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Traffic Flow Principles for Practitioners, Oct 13

50 min 28 sec ago
This online training course provides fundamental and practical knowledge on traffic flows, with emphasis on how to assess and improve these flows. Attendees will learn basic assessment methods and traffic flow theories particularly for evaluating the effects of bottlenecks, as well as the application of these concepts to improve traffic conditions on street and highway networks. This course uses a combination of lectures, case-study examples, and classroom exercises to convey tools and logic for tackling traffic problems. It provides a sound technical foundation for more specialized courses such as traffic signal operations, freeway operations, and roadway capacity analysis.

Topics Include
Fundamental flow concepts and traffic stream properties
Assessment tools such as time space and queueing diagrams
Models for congested traffic
Bottleneck evaluation and capacity analysis
Evaluation of vehicle delays
Applications to traffic signals, ramp-metering, network design and network-wide congestion management

What You Will Learn
Attendees will gain good understanding of principles in traffic operations and how these principles can be applied to address real-world traffic problems.

Who Should Attend
This course is specially tailored for engineers and planners who work in the traffic and transportation fields, with or without previous formal training/experience in traffic flow fundamentals.

Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Dr. Lucy Jones, Oct 14

50 min 28 sec ago
Dr. Lucy Jones will present the Hitchcock lectures on October 14 and October 15, 2015. The first lecture is titled "Imagine America without Los Angeles: Applying Science to Understand the Vulnerability of Modern Society to Natural Disasters" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About Dr. Lucy Jones
Dr. Lucy Jones has been a seismologist with the US Geological Survey and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech since 1983. She leads long-term science planning for natural hazards research and the application of hazards research science to develop resilience in communities.

Dr. Jones created the SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Project to innovate and protect the safety, security, and economic well being of the Nation. One product of SAFRR is the Great ShakeOut, a public emergency preparedness event that began in 2008 with 5 million people in Southern California and has since grown to include more than 24 million around the world.

About the lecture:
Although many recent advances, such as building codes and construction techniques, have reduced some aspects of risk to natural disasters, other features of modern society— including population density and the networking of transportation, power facilities, and communications systems—have led to increased vulnerability to natural disasters in California and beyond. Jones will discuss and answer questions about interdisciplinary research to measure the vulnerabilities of modern society and ways to increase society’s ability to respond to future events

Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Dr. Lucy Jones, Oct 15

50 min 28 sec ago
Dr. Lucy Jones will present the Hitchcock lectures on October 14 and October 15, 2015. The second lecture is titled "The Challenges of Science Communication: What Does Storytelling Have to do with Climate Change?" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About Dr. Lucy Jones
Dr. Lucy Jones has been a seismologist with the US Geological Survey and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech since 1983. She leads long-term science planning for natural hazards research and the application of hazards research science to develop resilience in communities.

Dr. Jones created the SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Project to innovate and protect the safety, security, and economic well being of the Nation. One product of SAFRR is the Great ShakeOut, a public emergency preparedness event that began in 2008 with 5 million people in Southern California and has since grown to include more than 24 million around the world.

About the lecture:

A fundamental of scientific analysis is the rejection of stories. Anecdotes can mislead you and solid analysis of the data is needed to ensure that coincidence is not mistaken for correlation. But one of the fundamentals of communication is the human need for stories to make an emotional connection to the information provided. This talk explores the successes and challenges in bridging this gap between scientists and the larger public.

Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering, Oct 20

50 min 28 sec ago
This course has provided California's traffic engineers and planners with core training for more than three decades. Contents are regularly updated to reflect current practices and new issues. The course spans the full range of key areas from characteristics of the transportation system, analysis of flow and capacity, traffic operations, traffic control devices, pedestrian/bicycle facilities, to traffic safety and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). The course is taught by a team of expert practicing engineers and academics. Each student receives a copy of the best selling 15th Edition of Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering.

Topics Include
principles of traffic engineering
traffic stream characteristics
speed, volume, travel time, delay studies
roadway design
traffic control devices
signing, markings, roadside delineation
traffic and freeway operations
congestion management
capacity analysis
pedestrian and bicycle facilities
neighborhood traffic management
traffic safety analysis and practices
intersection and speed control
parking studies
traffic impact studies
introduction to advanced traffic management systems

What You Will Learn
Students gain a solid, comprehensive understanding of the basic vocabulary, principles, and working concepts of all major areas of traffic engineering as they are practiced today. Students are also introduced to the essential traffic engineering tool kit used to analyze roadway and traffic operations and to develop projects.

Who Should Attend
This course benefits engineers, planners, and technicians who are new to traffic engineering principles and practices. It should be viewed as the introductory course for other advanced classes on focused topics in traffic engineering.

Fundamentals of Inspection Practice, Oct 27

50 min 28 sec ago
Inspectors are key members of the construction project team. Inspectors ensure that public agencies produce quality projects and help reduce potential liability caused by poor engineering performance. The administrative and technical responsibilities of the inspector continue throughout project delivery and are critical for effectively maintaining a project's compliance with contract requirements. This course provides an introduction to all of the basic skills needed by the field inspector for most traditional highway construction projects.

Topics Include
scope of an inspector's authority and responsibilities
documentation, reports, and legal requirements
how the inspector helps ensure safety on the job site
how to minimize disputes and claims between parties and get your point across to the contractor
inspection methods and tips for earthworks, pilings, asphalt pavement construction, pipelines, portland cement, protective coatings
duties of the inspector at project closeout

What You Will Learn
Students gain good working knowledge of the sources, scope, and limits of the inspector's authority and responsibilities, including the importance of inspectors for reducing liability risks for the public agency. Students learn how to inspect wood construction, structural steel, earthworks, pavement, pipelines, Portland Cement concrete, and protective coatings; what to do when a problem is found; and how to be an effective member of the construction project team.

Who Should Attend
This course is intended for public agency resident engineers and construction inspectors responsible for the physical observation and inspection of construction work on the job site.

Traffic Signal Design: Engineering Concepts, Nov 4

50 min 28 sec ago
This newly updated course covers basic concepts, standards, and practices related to the design and installation of traffic signals. Within the framework of the California Vehicle Code, California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD), and Chapter 9 on Highway Lighting from Caltrans Traffic Manual, this course will explore the relationship among various engineering disciplines as foundations for signal design; introduce signal phasing diagrams, signal controllers and cabinets; explain the layouts of signal heads, signal poles, conductor schedule, and associated signal conduits, pullboxes, wiring, interconnects, detection and safety lighting. The course includes lectures, sample problems, and exercise projects that will familiarize the course participant with the design process for a simple signal design plan, and to provide for a unit-price-based cost estimate. While this course will focus only on the introductory engineering aspects in signal design and introduce some local agencies' equivalent standards and specifications that vary from Caltrans, the goal is for the course participants to become familiar with standards and specifications that guide the design and lead to successful project delivery of an operational traffic signal.

Topics Include
relationship of street designs and signal designs
signal phasing, controllers, cabinets
signal phasing
signal heads, poles, conduits, pullboxes, detection
intersection safety lighting
the format of contract documents

What You Will Learn
Students gain a good working understanding of concepts and standards needed to develop plans for traffic signal installations, including step-by-step procedures.

Who Should Attend
This is an introductory course targeted for traffic engineers, technicians, and maintenance and construction personnel with little or no experience in how to plan for and install traffic signals.

Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) Methodology for Bridges, Nov 18

50 min 28 sec ago
California agencies are required to adopt the AASHTO load-and-resistance factor design (LRFD) specifications plus the California Amendments for new bridges that have preliminary engineering authorized after October 2006.
This 2-day course provides practical training to bridge design engineers and technicians on the application of the AASHTO LRFD specifications plus the California Amendments to the design of concrete bridges that are common in California (cast-in place box girdle, slab, pre-cast, and box culvert bridges). All structural components of bridges are covered; but retaining walls and the geotechnical design of deep foundations are not. This course emphasizes various technical design aspects that are affected by the newly adopted LRFD bridge design specifications plus the California Amendments, so that a more uniform level of safety for bridges can be achieved. This course is a hands-on training that combines lectures, class exercises on real-world bridge design problems, class discussions, and Q&A. Various bridge design examples utilizing the new LRFD specifications plus California Amendments are highlighted throughout the training.

Topics Include
Changes in bridge design specifications relative to existing specifications
LRFD design approach
limit states (serviceability, strength, extreme condition, and fatigue & fracture limit states)
permanent and live loading
live load distribution
structure analysis
concrete design (flexure, shear, strut and tie models)
pre-stressed concrete
design problems and examples

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for bridge engineers and technicians from California agencies and the private sector, who wish to learn how to incorporate the newly adopted LRFD specifications plus the California Amendments into bridge design work as well as the impact of these new specifications in achieving a uniform and accepted level of bridge safety.

Asphalt Pavement Maintenance for Local Agencies, Dec 10

50 min 28 sec ago
Asphalt pavement is a major component of our transportation system. Transportation agencies at the city and county level can maximize the value of their huge investment in streets and roads by using proper pavement maintenance strategies. This course provides a solid working knowledge of the most common pavement maintenance and preservation practices. Basic principles, best field practices and safety issues are covered.

Topics Include
Pavement Management Systems Overview
Pavement Distress Types
Asphalt Materials: Review & Update
Maintenance vs. Rehabilitation: Concepts & Definitions
Maintenance Strategies
Crack Sealing
Surface Treatments
Fog Seals
Scrub Seals
Chip Seals
Slurry Seals
Sealcoats For Parking Lots
Cape Seals
Thin Overlays
Rehabilitation Strategies
Structural Overlays

What You Will Learn
By the end of this course, students have a better understanding of the most common pavement maintenance strategies and materials, and their most appropriate uses in an agency's overall pavement management plan.

Who Should Attend
This class is tailored for those directly involved in asphalt pavement maintenance or rehabilitation as well as maintenance supervisors and managers, engineers with some responsibility for maintenance, pavement management, or rehabilitation. It is appropriate for those who are new to the subject as well as for experienced pavement managers wanting additional technical background or an update on the state-of-the-practice.

Roadside Safety and Guardrail System, Oct 6

October 6, 2015 - 11:34pm
This one-day course offers students an opportunity to learn how to design more "forgiving" roadways-those that minimize hazardous installations and reduce potential for death, injury, and property damage associated with crashes. Instruction focuses on best practices in the design and evaluation of common roadside structures such as guardrails, concrete barriers, signs, light pole supports, and work-zone devices. This course is based on the AASHTO Roadside Design Guide, Caltrans Standard Plans, and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 350: Recommended Procedures for the Safety Performance Evaluation of Roadside Features. Video presentations illustrate various safety devices and impact attenuators, to help students understand the dynamics of roadside crashes.

Topics Include
identification of potential hazards
design of guardrails, concrete barriers, and impact attenuators
new requirements for guardrail end terminals
NCHRP crash test results for barrier systems
break-away sign and lighting supports
traversable drainage facilities

What you will learn
Students learn how to recognize, evaluate and resolve potentially hazardous situations involving common roadside structures. Students also learn how to design, install, and maintain new devices to mitigate or avoid these hazards, and how to identify conditions that could make some safety features less effective than expected.

Who should attend
This class is intended for engineers, planners, and managers with responsibilities for safety management and traffic problem analysis.

California MUTCD Update Workshop, Sep 22

September 22, 2015 - 10:40pm
Are you aware that California recently adopted a new CA MUTCD standard and it affects how you do your daily work in transportation?
Are you aware that California has adopted another updated version of the MUTCD in late 2014, which further updates or changes the State's traffic control requirements?
Are you aware of your company or public agency's requirements to follow this document related to transportation projects?
Are you wondering how the prior Caltrans Traffic Manual, the California Supplement to the MUTCD, and the most recent Federal MUTCD all relate to each other and to your work?
Do you know the status of some of the more significant changes to the MUTCD, such as signal timing parameters, pedestrian and bicycle traffic controls, traffic signs, and speed zones apply?
Would you like to find out how other California practitioners are applying these new standards and guidelines successfully? Would you like to benefit from their real-world, transportation experience in both the public and private sides of the industry, and be able to apply their "lessons learned" to your projects spanning traffic control devices, signage, traffic signals, school zones, pavement markings, and the latest requirements and guidance for these?
Do you want to hear about some of the changes that have been approved for 2014 and some changes that may occur in the future?

If so, you will want to attend this important workshop, which emphasizes application areas of the new CA MUTCD. Learn where your prior California Supplement/Traffic Manual applications still apply or have become outdated. Fully understand where and how California practice differs from Federal practice to be in compliance. Pick-up wide-ranging good practices in applying these standards to new and existing transportation facilities in California. The workshop is a combination of presentations by experts, discussion, and Q&A, so whether you are a seasoned practitioner or completely new to the field, bring your issues and experience to further your knowledge.

Topics Include
Important changes due to the adoption of the CA MUTCD
How the prior California Supplement and Traffic manuals still apply and don't apply
CA versus Federal Differences
Issues encountered by practitioners
All-way STOP application and useful forms
Application of speed zones and the law of the real-world tips!
Application of warning signs and key curve advisory standards
Differences between and applications of guide, warning, and regulatory signs
Improperly used signs
Application and recent changes to traffic signal warrants
Traffic signal timing parameters and operations
School area traffic controls devices, recent changes and application
Common errors by practitioners
Good practices

Who Should Attend
This 1-day workshop will benefit traffic engineers, planners, and technicians who work in the various facets of traffic engineering. The workshop will also benefit other individuals who wish to learn about practical applications of the MUTCD to traffic engineering practice. Individuals with or without prior knowledge of the MUTCD will benefit.

Access Management (TE-37), Sep 14

September 14, 2015 - 11:47pm
Managing the location, type and design of vehicular connections to a roadway is an important strategy in the reduction of crash rates and maintaining reliable mobility and capacity in accordance with a road's functional purpose. This course focuses on good practices for effective access management. It provides a sound technical foundation for engineers and planners whose work involves designing or reviewing site access, driveway permitting, roadway safety, roadway design, intersection and driveway spacing and network and corridor planning.

Topics Include

principles of Access Management
reasons to manage access
access control within functional hierarchy
multi-modal aspects
managing access is network management
access management plans
impact mitigation elements of driveway and intersection design
techniques that work in applied access management
interchange cross street access control
access decision making - proof of necessity
respecting property rights
frequency and spacing
access design for larger vehicles
public involvement on corridor projects
economic aspects
examples of agency programs, policies and practices

What You Will Learn
Students learn about access management strategies and techniques so they can locate, design and manage safe, efficient means to move traffic to and from adjoining land use. They will learn techniques to improve traffic flow and travel times with less delay and how to protect the public investment in their road system to help reduce agency capital costs.
Who Should Attend
This course is designed for agency staff and consultants that are involved in the planning, engineering and maintenance of streets, roads and highways. It is also very useful for those in land use planning who are involved in any aspect of development planning and zoning, including site design, the design or review of traffic circulation plans and traffic impact studies and review of development projects. Experienced professionals will benefit from the focus on state-of-the-practice tools and techniques. No previous knowledge of access management is required for the course.

California Traffic Engineering License Exam Review, Sep 12

September 12, 2015 - 11:40pm
This five-session online training course is intended to help transportation engineers prepare for the California Traffic Engineering License Exam to become Professional Engineers (PE). The course is being expanded to include a new set of 16 problems with fully developed solutions to give examinees more opportunity to hone in their test-taking skills. It covers over 50 topics identified on the Examination Outline for Traffic Engineering Licensing on the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists website. It provides strategies and techniques needed to manage time and solve exam questions under pressure, and apply required manuals, handbooks and references, such as California Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD 2014), Highway Capacity Manual (HCM), Caltrans Traffic Manual, ITE Trip Generation Handbook and ITE Parking Generation Handbook to solve traffic engineering problems. Throughout the course, practice exam problems and solutions covering all three main areas of traffic engineering-planning, operations, and design-are used. The course is taught by a team of expert practicing traffic engineers. New for this year, each student receives a copy of the best-selling 15th Edition of Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering. Also new for this year is the use of an online learning management system that will allow ongoing online communication with the expert instructors throughout the five weeks of online training. Students will be given problem sets to work on in between online training sessions, which can be submitted online via the learning management system.

Transportation Student Orienttion, Aug 24

August 24, 2015 - 10:41pm
Transportation graduate student orientation will tale place from 1-3 p.m. in the ITS Library (412 McLaughlin Hall) Aug. 24.

Impressions of California's Current Passenger Rail Situation, Jun 24

June 24, 2015 - 12:42pm
Paul Dyson, President of RailPAC (, a statewide organization dedicated to improving California's passenger rail services, will give a presentation on his impressions of California's current passenger rail situation Wednesday June 24, 4p.m. in Wurster Hall, Room 106.

Mr. Dyson is very familiar with and knowledgeable about California's HSR program, as well as with the status of the federal transportation funding program and California rail generally.