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Fundamentals of Inspection Practice (PD-01), Feb 10-11

33 min 53 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.

Construction Inspection of Traffic Signals (PD-02), Feb 16-17

33 min 53 sec ago
Traffic signal projects must comply with specifications as required by the Caltrans Standard Plans and Specifications Manual. Inferior work on signals or inadequate traffic management during project construction can create potentially dangerous conditions with liability impacts for local agencies. This two-day course provides training on best practices for the management and construction inspection of these systems, including examinations of wires, cables, signal heads, and pedestrian/vehicle detectors.

Pavement Management Systems and Preservation Strategies (IDM-28), Mar 2-3

33 min 53 sec ago
Pavement networks are often the most valuable asset that an agency owns. This asset is not only expensive to replace, but it is an essential component to the traveling public's safety. Agencies are looking for more cost-effective ways to perform engineering, maintenance, management, and rehabilitation of roadways more than ever before to stretch funding allocations. A pavement management system is an essential tool to assist in cost-effective roadway maintenance planning.

California MUTCD Update Workshop (TE-06), Mar 8

33 min 53 sec ago
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.

Multimodal Transportation Planning and Engineering (TE-40), Mar 8-10

33 min 53 sec ago
Multimodal transportation networks and systems are planned, designed, built, operated, and maintained to provide safe, comfortable, and environmentally sustainable travel for all users of all ages and differing levels of mobility. Ideally these systems should provide for all modes, including walking, bicycling, taking transit, and driving. Transportation facilities must always be functional to allow for emergency response, road maintenance, and overall movement of goods.

This course covers the planning and conceptual design of sustainable multimodal transportation facilities; the history of multimodal transportation planning in the US; the policy environment for sustainable, multimodal transportation; how to integrate multimodal transportation into the urban planning process; and how to design streets, intersections, crossings, and interchanges consistent with the sustainable, multimodal approach. While the aforementioned elements span across the nation and maybe worldwide, the course's discussion of the legislative environment is more focused on California. The course spans the full range of key areas from characteristics of the transportation system, analysis of flow and capacity, traffic/transportation operations, traffic control devices, pedestrian/bicycle facilities, and surface transit operations to traffic safety and advanced analytical methods.

The course is taught by a team of professional engineers and planners who practice in the private and public sectors with a collective experience exceeding 100 years. Key learning concepts to be highlighted throughout the three days of intensive training include: managing conflict between/among modes, striving for a balanced approach to promoting multiple modes along the same right-of-way (ROW) or crossing each other, promoting safety between modes and for each mode, options for separating or prioritizing modes in layered networks, planning for multimodal travel wherever possible, managing multimodal transportation operations efficiently, promoting economic development and livability (in addition to access and mobility), and the best practices in multimodal transportation infrastructure planning and sustainable land development.

TS-04 Improving Safety at Intersections, Mar 10-24

33 min 53 sec ago
About 65 percent of all crashes in urban areas and 40 percent of those in rural areas occur at or near intersections or driveways. Safety improvements at these locations have always been a priority and pose a challenge for most transportation agencies in California. Because crashes are typically complex events, a great diversity of mitigation measures have been tried with varying degrees of success, including the modern round-about. This workshop offers a range of guidelines, solutions, and strategies for reducing conflicts and crashes at intersection locations. Safety improvements appropriate for both urban and rural areas are explored.

TE-32 Pedestrian Facility Design, Apr 12-14

33 min 53 sec ago
State and federal policies assert that pedestrian facilities are important parts of a multi-modal transportation system. Communities across California are asking for more emphasis on walkability, with facilities that are safe and comfortable for all pedestrians, including those who are disabled. This new course covers principles and good practices, including how to plan, design, and operate a wide range of pedestrian-friendly facilities, including sidewalks, crosswalks, and other public spaces adjoining or intersecting the vehicular transportation system. Application of current standards and guidelines is emphasized. Case studies supplement lectures.

TE-04 Traffic Signal Operations: Fundamental Concepts, Apr 13-14

33 min 53 sec ago
This course covers the basic concepts and practical applications and operations of traffic signal timing systems for isolated and coordinated intersections. The course engages students through hands-on exercises and real-world examples of signal timing and operations. Some class exercises and demonstrations are taught in a computer lab. A basic knowledge of EXCEL is needed to complete the exercises. NOTE: This is an introductory course in a series of courses on traffic signal operations offered by the Technology Transfer Program. It is strongly recommended that students complete this course before taking either Traffic Signal Operations: Advanced Applications (TE-10) or SYNCHRO and SimTraffic (TE-13). It is also helpful for students to complete this course before taking Type 170 Traffic Signal Controller (TE-08) or Type 2070 Traffic Signal Controller (TE-09).

TE-08 Type 170 Traffic Signal Controller, Apr 20-21

33 min 53 sec ago
The Type 170 traffic signal controller is widely used in California. This hands-on course covers all key topics needed to understand the capabilities and uses of the 170 controller, including hardware and software, communication protocols, how to program signal timing plans into the controller, and how to maintain the equipment and trouble-shoot problems. Students will engage in numerous hands-on exercises in a combined controller and computer lab.

NOTE: The companion course, Type 2070 Traffic Signal Controller (TE-09), requires a separate registration.

PL-58 Managing Transportation and Land Use Interactions, May 3-6

33 min 53 sec ago
Transportation networks are one of the most powerful influences of local land use patterns. Local land use decisions shape the demand for transportation services and improvements. Managing this interaction to achieve multiple goals is one of the more difficult problems for planners and engineers. This new online course covers how to create successful plans and projects, how to address land use and transportation as an integrated system, how land use and transportation goals are changing the way we approach traffic management, , including how to identify key feedback relationships in your community; how to develop alternatives that balance competing goals and increase choice; and how to communicate the interactive nature of transportation and land use investments to decision-makers.

TE-10 Traffic Signal Operations: Advanced Applications, May 11-12

33 min 53 sec ago
This two-day course focusing on advanced signal operations topics, will enable you to develop and evaluate performance of two types of traffic signal coordination -- time of day and traffic responsive systems. This course also introduces the advanced traffic adaptive system. For time of day and traffic responsive systems, attendees learn how to determine good timing and coordinated solutions with innovative approaches for managing vehicle queues, turns, and potential gridlock situations, how to find optimal timing solutions, and how to safely accommodate non-motorists. Students will work on signal timing plans using several signals along arterials including freeway interchange signals; assess whether more complex timing solutions offer operational improvements; solve specialized problems such as offset intersections and diamond interchanges; and learn to perform analysis and evaluation of traffic volumes and field checks. The operational concept for traffic adaptive systems will be introduced and results compared with results from the time of day and traffic responsive plans. A basic knowledge of SYNCHRO is helpful.

PL-02 Funding and Programming Transportation Projects in California, May 19-20

33 min 53 sec ago
Funding state and local highway projects in California has become a complex process involving multiple inter-related federal, state, regional, and local planning and operating agencies as well as an alphabet soup of documents and funding programs. The process is further complicated by changing requirements and shifting political priorities. Without a map and a strategy for developing fundable projects, public agencies risk losing funding opportunities. This course explains how the process works in the "real world" and provides planners, project managers and grant managers with guidelines for thinking strategically as they develop fiscal plans, programs, and project descriptions.

IDM-27 Superpave Mix Design for Local Agencies, May 24-26

33 min 53 sec ago
The SUPERPAVE mix design method is designed to replace the Hveem method. California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) started implementing the national SUPERPAVE standard for designing, specifying, and accepting pavement projects for all state jobs. The new mix design accounts for traffic loading and environmental conditions and includes a new method of evaluating the asphalt mixture. This course provides an overview of the SUPERPAVE mix design for local agencies and adjustments needed to start transitioning to the new mix design.

TE-41 Traffic Signal Design: Complete Streets Application, Jun 6-7

33 min 53 sec ago
This new course introduces the practical design considerations in traffic signal designs that are above and beyond the basic introductions. Within the framework of the California Vehicle Code, the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD), and other national and state references with recommended practices and real-world illustrations, this course will explore the multi-modal design expectations from today's traffic signal designers in a complete-street environment.

This course will introduce complex signal phasing diagrams, typical features of controller firmware, and configuration of signal cabinets; and signal indications/heads placement and detection layout with respect to design applications for rail crossings, emergency vehicles, bus transit, bicycles, pedestrians, and cars. Additionally, this course will introduce the design concept for bus rapid transit (BRT), light rail transit (LRT) and heavy rail.

The course includes lectures, sample problems, and exercise projects that will familiarize the course participant with the design process that starts with preliminary and progress design submittals, as well as formats of design review comments and resolutions expected by typical public agencies. While this course is suitable for traffic signal designers with varying experience, this course will be introduced as a sequential next-level course to Tech Transfer's TE-02 (Traffic Signal Design: Engineering Concepts), or equivalent. The goal is for the course participants to become familiar with real-world, multi-modal, signal-design applications that accommodate various street types and intersections users.

AV-12 Airport Systems Planning and Design (45th Annual Short Course), Jun 13-16

33 min 53 sec ago
The course is being offered in association with the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research. This four-day course covers the broad spectrum of airport planning and design issues within the evolving context of the air transportation industry. It provides an introduction to issues that arise in planning airport systems and the development of new and existing airports, as well as the design of airport facilities to handle both aircraft and passenger demand. These issues are examined in the context of recent trends in airline service, fuel costs, industry structure and evolving efforts to address climate change and sustainability. The course provides an opportunity to explore these issues with experts from different segments of the industry. The topics covered range from airport and airline economics and travel demand forecasting to airport capacity analysis, noise analysis, and environmental planning. Airfield design, passenger processing, and airport ground access are also discussed. The past fifteen years have been a period of great turmoil in the airline industry. Following a decade of fairly steady growth in air travel and air cargo demand that resulted in then-record levels of air traffic in 2000, a slowdown in economic growth starting in 2001 together with the terrorist attacks of September 11 and the impacts of the resulting security measures led to a steep decline in air travel. As a result of significantly improved airport security and a rebounding economy, the growth in air travel resumed as the decade progressed and by 2005 air traffic had exceeded pre-September 11 levels. Over the next two years air traffic continued to grow and most airlines were again able to achieve profitability. Industry trends showed a continued growth of low-cost carriers, the expanded use of regional jets in markets previously served by larger aircraft, and increased point-to-point service. As a result, airports were again experiencing increased congestion and delays.Then oil prices soared, driving up the cost of aviation fuel and wiping out the gains in airline profitability, quickly followed by a collapse of the financial markets and a severe recession. Since mid-2012 , the economy has been continuing a slow recovery from this recession, although air travel has not yet returned to pre-recession levels, in part due to higher air fares as airlines struggle to achieve profitability in the face of high fuel prices. However, future air traffic growth is forecast to reach traffic levels that exceed the previous peak by 2015 and to continue growing thereafter, presenting new challenges for those involved in airport planning and design. Complicating this situation are growing pressures to respond to longer term concerns about climate change and sustainability.

PL-11 Complete Streets Planning and Design, Jun 15-16

33 min 53 sec ago
Complete Streets are planned, designed, operated, and maintained to provide safe and comfortable travel for all users of all ages. Complete Streets provide for all modes of transportation, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit vehicles, and motorists, as well as allow for emergency response, road maintenance, and goods movement. This course covers the planning and design of Complete Streets, including the history of Complete Streets; the policy environment for Complete Streets, particularly in the California legislative environment; how to integrate Complete Streets with the urban planning process; and how to design streets, intersections, crossings, and interchanges consistent with the Complete Streets approach.

Models, Algorithms, and Evaluation for Autonomous Mobility-On-Demand Systems, Feb 19

33 min 53 sec ago
Abstract: In this talk I will discuss the operational and economic aspects of autonomous mobility-on-demand (AMoD) systems, a rapidly emerging mode of personal transportation wherein robotic, self-driving vehicles transport customers in a given environment. Specifically, I will discuss AMoD systems along three dimensions: (1) modeling -- analytical models capable of capturing the salient dynamic and stochastic features of customer demand, (2) control -- coordination algorithms for the vehicles aimed at throughput maximization, and (3) economic -- fleet sizing and financial analyses for case studies of New York City and Singapore. I will conclude the talk by presenting a number of directions for future research.

Dr. Marco Pavone is an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, where he is the Director of the Autonomous Systems Laboratory. Before joining Stanford, he was a Research Technologist within the Robotics Section at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010. Dr. Pavone's areas of expertise lie in the fields of controls and robotics. His main research interests are in the development of methodologies for the analysis, design, and control of autonomous systems, with an emphasis on autonomous aerospace vehicles and large-scale robotic networks. He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, a NASA Early Career Faculty Award, a Hellman Faculty Scholar Award, and was named NASA NIAC Fellow in 2011. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Control Systems Magazine.

High Performance Transportation System Simulations, Mar 4

33 min 53 sec ago
Vadim will present an agent-based modeling framework that integrates dynamic simulation of travel demand, network supply and network operations. The software relies on a parallel discrete event engine, and memory allocator, as well as a number of ancillary utilities: visualization library, database IO library. The overall framework emphasizes the design goals of: generality, code agility, and high performance. This framework allows the modeling of several aspects of transportation system that are typically done with separate stand-alone software applications, in a high-performance and extensible manner. The issue of integrating such models as dynamic traffic assignment and disaggregate demand models has been a long standing issue for transportation modelers. The integrated approach shows a possible way to resolve this difficulty. The simulation model built from the POLARIS framework is a single, shared-memory process for handling all aspects of the integrated urban simulation. The resulting gains in computational efficiency and performance allow planning models to be extended to include previously separate aspects of the urban system, enhancing the utility of such models from the planning perspective. Vadim will present several case studies that use POLARIS coupled with vehicle system simulations to analyses energy impacts transportation systems.

Vadim Sokolov is a principal computational scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, a fellow at the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago and lecturer at the Master of Science in Analytics program at the University of Chicago. He works on building robust solutions for large scale complex system analysis, at the interface of simulation-based modeling and statistics. This involves, developing new methodologies that rely on agent-based modeling, Bayesian analysis of time series data, design of computational experiments and development of open-source software that implements those methodologies.

He has published in such leading statistics, mathematics and engineering journals, as the Annals of Applied Statistics, Transportation Research Part C, Linear Algebra and Its Applications as well as in Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing. He holds a PhD in computational mathematics from Northern Illinois University, and pursued graduate studies in statistics at the University of Chicago, while working at Argonne.

Real-time Transit Information: Enablers, Impacts, and Implications, Mar 11

33 min 53 sec ago
In order to attract more choice riders, transit service must not only have a high level of service in terms of frequency and travel time but also must be reliable. Although transit agencies continuously work to improve on-time performance, such efforts often come at a substantial cost. One inexpensive way to combat the perception of unreliability from the user perspective is real-time transit information. OneBusAway (OBA – is a real-time transit rider information system that relies on open data from transit agencies co-developed with researchers in the field of human-computer interaction. The primary use of OBA is to provide real-time next bus countdown information via multiple interfaces, including native smartphone applications. The goal of OBA is to conduct research to understand the burdens of using public transportation and assess the impact of better information on measures such as rider satisfaction, wait time, and transit ridership. Dr. Watkins will discuss the results of research on impacts of real-time transit information, as well as the enablers and implications of real-time information, including the ubiquity of mobile devices in passengers’ pockets, the third-party developer and open data culture, and the importance of transit data standardization efforts.

Bio: Dr. Kari Edison Watkins is an Assistant Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She returned to her undergraduate alma mater to become a faculty member in 2011 after completing her PhD at the University of Washington. Her teaching and research interests revolve around multi- modal transportation planning and the use of technology in transportation, especially as related to transit planning and operations and improved traveler information. Dr. Watkins’ co-created the OneBusAway program ( to provide transit rider information tools and assess their impacts on riders in greater Seattle-Tacoma and she was awarded the CUTC Wootan Award for best dissertation in transportation policy and planning. She continues to work on improved traveler information, but has begun to examine opportunities to crowdsource cycling infrastructure and amenity data through the Cycle Atlanta ( program. Dr. Watkins was recently recognized by Mass Transit Magazine as a Top 40 under 40 and she has twice been invited to a National Academy of Engineers Frontiers of Engineering. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Watkins worked in industry for a decade as a senior transportation engineer for Wilbur Smith Associates.

Interdependence of Structure and Function in the Failure of Complex Transportation Networks, Apr 1

33 min 53 sec ago
Resilience Engineering in coupled networks represents a new way of thinking about design, operations and planning of systems. Resilience Engineering requires that systems to fail gracefully with minimum impacts on the surrounding social and environmental systems when failure happens. This presentation will discuss new notions of resilience based on research in the last five years. The interdependence of the structure and function of networks will be characterized using stochastic failures in transportation networks. Functional loss of the network will be measured. Insights related to resilience design, adaptive capacity and linkages between the structure and function will be discussed using real-world data from various transportation networks.