Eagle Point Software, Dubuque, Iowa, in conjunction with the state of Arizona and the state of Sonora Mexico, provided software solutions to further technical transportation design capabilities and data exchange between Border Technology Exchange Program (BTEP) members.
BTEP, originally created in 1994, provides opportunities for sharing transportation information and technology among the U.S. border states and their counterparts in Mexico. The BTEP is designed to enhance and expand the working relationships of the border state DOTs. The BTEP also strives to improve the planning, design, construction and operation of land transportation facilities in the border region.
The BTEP program helps the transportation infrastructure keep pace with the economic growth spurred by NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement), which significantly boosted trade between the United States and Mexico. In 1997, Mexico overtook Japan as the second largest importer of U.S. goods. As a result, border infrastructure demands have also significantly increased. To effectively address these needs, the BTEP has established a permanent technology exchange program for improved transportation systems in the US-Mexico border region. Eagle Point Software helped to meet the need to adequately maintain and improve the current transportation infrastructure by applying new technologies that facilitate design, safety, construction and maintenance.