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TE-06 California MUTCD Update Workshop, Oct 3

October 3, 2017 - 11:36pm
Description
Are you aware that California adopted a new CA MUTCD standard (CA MUTCD 2014 Revision 2) in April 2017? This affects how you do your daily work in transportation because it 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 CA 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 2017 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 Learn where your prior California Supplement/Traffic Manual applications still apply or have become outdated.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 2014 Revision 2
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 CA MUTCD to traffic engineering practice. Individuals with or without prior knowledge of the CA MUTCD will benefit.

ITS Seminar: The Interesting and Risky Way in Which Transport System Risk Is Managed, Sep 29

September 29, 2017 - 11:41pm
The evolution of thinking around transport system risk management provides an excellent case study on how implicit and explicit assumptions can drive methodological development. Once methodological momentum builds, often these previously embedded assumptions are long forgotten, yet continue to drive methodology. It is fruitful to revisit and question these assumptions from time to time. This talk discusses the history of transport network safety management methodology from theoretical and empirical perspectives. It highlights some of the critical assumptions made along the way, and describes how and why these assumptions might be hindering further development and real improvement in our ability to prevent crashes. The recommended directions for future methodological development are identified and discussed.

GraphXD Seminar, Sep 28

September 28, 2017 - 11:37pm
One of the greatest advantages of representing data with graphs is access to generic algorithms for analytic tasks, such as clustering. In this talk I will describe some popular graph clustering algorithms, and explain why they are well-motivated from a theoretical perspective.

View from the Top: Lisa Davis, Sep 28

September 28, 2017 - 11:37pm
Never before have energy systems faced a greater transformation than today, and never before was energy – primarily electricity – so important. With a growing global population, rising economic output and, above all, ever more uses of electricity, the demand for electricity is expected to nearly double by mid-century. At the same time, the demand for greater system sustainability and affordable energy is for many countries also a prerequisite for security. The energy transitions taking place throughout the world show that many countries are seeking new solutions. And never before have there been so many possibilities. Technical possibilities that make the system more secure and sustainable as well as new business models for greater economic efficiency. Digitalization will further accelerate the merging of power generation, transmission, distribution and consumption and spawn changes extending far beyond the energy sector itself, increasing the importance of energy even more. In the end, electricity will become the global source of energy.


Lisa Davis is a Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG. Appointed to the Siemens board in August 2014, she is responsible for the company’s Oil & Gas, Power Generation and Power Services businesses as well as for the Region North America and South America. In addition, she has been named Chair and CEO of Siemens Corporation, USA in January 2017.

After graduating with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, she joined Exxon in 1986 and subsequently worked for Exxon Corporation before moving to Texaco from 1988 to 1998. That year, Davis joined Royal Dutch Shell in the USA, holding executive positions prior to transferring to Shell in the UK. Upon returning to the USA in 2008, she served as Vice President, Sales and Marketing Lubricants & Bulk Fuels Americas before being appointed Executive Vice President, Strategy, Portfolio & Alternative Energy at Royal Dutch Shell, UK, in 2012.

TE-29 California Traffic Engineering License Exam Review, thru Oct 11

September 27, 2017 - 10:35pm
This twelve-session live-online training course is intended to help transportation engineers prepare for the California Traffic Engineer exam to become a professional Traffic Engineer in California. The course includes a set of sample problems for each session with fully developed solutions to give examinees more opportunity to hone in their test-taking skills. The twelve sessions are designed to cover the topics identified on the TRAFFIC ENGINEER EXAMINATION CONTENT OUTLINE on the California Board for 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. We will be using our an online learning management system (LMS). The LMS allows ongoing online communication with the expert instructors throughout the training. Students will be given problem sets to work on in between online training sessions, which can be submitted online via the LMS.

Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science, Sep 26

September 26, 2017 - 10:41pm
The rapid growth in the size and scope of datasets in science and technology has created a need for novel foundational perspectives on data analysis that blend the inferential and computational sciences. That classical perspectives from these fields are not adequate to address emerging problems in Data Science is apparent from their sharply divergent nature at an elementary level---in computer science, the growth of the number of data points is a source of "complexity" that must be tamed via algorithms or hardware, whereas in statistics, the growth of the number of data points is a source of "simplicity" in that inferences are generally stronger and asymptotic results can be invoked. On a formal level, the gap is made evident by the lack of a role for computational concepts such as "runtime" in core statistical theory and the lack of a role for statistical concepts such as "risk" in core computational theory. I present several research vignettes aimed at bridging computation and statistics, including the problem of inference under privacy and communication constraints, and including a surprising cameo role for symplectic geometry.

The Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science, co-hosted by the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) and the Berkeley Division of Data Sciences, features faculty doing visionary research that illustrates the character of the ongoing data, computational, inferential revolution. In this inaugural Fall 2017 "local edition," we bring forward Berkeley faculty working in these areas as part of enriching the active connections among colleagues campus-wide. All campus community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Arrive at 3:30pm for tea, coffee, and discussion.

ITS Seminar: Environment, Economy, and Equity, Sep 22

September 22, 2017 - 11:34pm
New mobility services including carsharing and ride-sourcing are growing quickly, but are they providing mobility for all travelers? Who is using these services? For what purposes? And what are they replacing? I will share results from a series of recent studies addressing these questions. Some have used system data gleaned from the car2go and Uber application programming interfaces (APIs) to examine the types of trips served by car2go, and the quality of Uber services across diverse neighborhoods. In another study we used intercept surveys to characterize travelers using UberHOP (a fixed-route, flat-fare service tested by Uber in Seattle in 2016) and their reasons for choosing HOP. Finally, I will share results of a field experiment in Seattle and Boston that tested whether Uber and Lyft drivers discriminated against travelers on the basis of a traveler’s perceived race.

TE-29 California Traffic Engineering License Exam Review, thru Oct 11

September 20, 2017 - 11:36pm
This twelve-session live-online training course is intended to help transportation engineers prepare for the California Traffic Engineer exam to become a professional Traffic Engineer in California. The course includes a set of sample problems for each session with fully developed solutions to give examinees more opportunity to hone in their test-taking skills. The twelve sessions are designed to cover the topics identified on the TRAFFIC ENGINEER EXAMINATION CONTENT OUTLINE on the California Board for 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. We will be using our an online learning management system (LMS). The LMS allows ongoing online communication with the expert instructors throughout the training. Students will be given problem sets to work on in between online training sessions, which can be submitted online via the LMS.

ITS Seminar: Cooperation for Autonomous Cars: Why and How?, Sep 15

September 15, 2017 - 11:36pm
Autonomous cars are being deployed - at least automated functions - but these cars are mainly standalone. Making autonomous cars that are also cooperative is difficult, but arguably this is unavoidable. This talk will briefly present the why, and in more detail, the how, especially the various impacts cooperation has on autonomous car architectures (technical challenge) and the further problems it raises (scientific challenges).

TE-29 California Traffic Engineering License Exam Review, thru Oct 11

September 13, 2017 - 10:41pm
This twelve-session live-online training course is intended to help transportation engineers prepare for the California Traffic Engineer exam to become a professional Traffic Engineer in California. The course includes a set of sample problems for each session with fully developed solutions to give examinees more opportunity to hone in their test-taking skills. The twelve sessions are designed to cover the topics identified on the TRAFFIC ENGINEER EXAMINATION CONTENT OUTLINE on the California Board for 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. We will be using our an online learning management system (LMS). The LMS allows ongoing online communication with the expert instructors throughout the training. Students will be given problem sets to work on in between online training sessions, which can be submitted online via the LMS.

School of Public Health's State of the School, Sep 19

September 11, 2017 - 12:36pm
Dean Bertozzi invites all SPH affiliates to join him for a presentation of topics relevant to the School.

ITS Seminar: Future of the Interstate Highway System, Sep 8

September 8, 2017 - 11:37pm
The Interstate Highway System (IHS) is a key component of the US transportation system. While it makes up only 1.2 percent of roadway line-miles of the country's public road system, it handles nearly 25 percent of the total vehicle miles traveled (VMT) annually and almost 40 percent of the nation's total truck traffic. The IHS of today, with a network little changed since its inception, serves more traffic than the entire U.S. road network served when the IHS was authorized in 1956. However, what was once a premier system that stood as a symbol and enabler of American growth and economic vigor is showing its age.

The Future Interstate Study is being done pursuant to Section 6021 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015, which calls for the Transportation Research Board to conduct “a study on the actions needed to upgrade and restore the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways to its role as a premier system that meets the growing and shifting demands of the 21st century.” This talk will present updates from the study.

TE-29 California Traffic Engineering License Exam Review, Sep 6-Oct 11

September 6, 2017 - 11:36pm
This twelve-session live-online training course is intended to help transportation engineers prepare for the California Traffic Engineer exam to become a professional Traffic Engineer in California. The course includes a set of sample problems for each session with fully developed solutions to give examinees more opportunity to hone in their test-taking skills. The twelve sessions are designed to cover the topics identified on the TRAFFIC ENGINEER EXAMINATION CONTENT OUTLINE on the California Board for 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. We will be using our an online learning management system (LMS). The LMS allows ongoing online communication with the expert instructors throughout the training. Students will be given problem sets to work on in between online training sessions, which can be submitted online via the LMS.