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Traffic Engineering Fundamentals Workshop

The Traffic Engineering Fundamentals Workshop is aimed at engineering and planning professionals who regularly interface with traffic engineering or are new to the discipline. It can also be useful to introduce traffic engineers to other subjects within the profession. The workshop is intended to introduce several traffic engineering topics with some practical application for each. The workshop is designed to offer both lecture and computer demonstrations for an introduction to various topics. The class will be kept as informal as possible for discussion and a comprehensive workbook is included. The detailed three-day agenda is as follows, but a two-day version with a subset of topics is available:

Day 1

Welcome and Introductions Roster sign-in, workbook distribution, agenda, schedule, informal discussion.
Traffic Congestion Overview of congestion issues with historical data and mitigation techniques for several.
Volume Studies Basics of data collection and analysis of turning movement, AADT, PHF, and adjustments.
Speed Studies Basics of data collection and analysis of spot speeds, travel time and delay, result parameters.
Delay Studies Basics of data collection and analysis of delay for signalized and unsignalized intersections.
Traffic Control Devices Review of the MUTCD for signs, markings and signals including warrant analysis.
Freeway Facilities Instruction on the MUTCD process for performing a traffic signal warrant study and analysis.
Signal Operations & Timing Definition of terms, equipment, function, operation and timing of traffic signals.

Day 2

Safety Standard data collection and aggregation processes including condition and collision diagram forms.
Drivers Overview of special circumstances for younger and older drivers to illustrate mitigation strategies.
Safety Studies Description and application to identify hazardous locations with collision and condition diagrams.
Highway Safety Manual Overview of development, purpose, organization and application for crash prediction.
Rural Intersection Crash Prediction Model Procedure for estimating crash rates following the HSM rural method.
Urban Intersection Crash Prediction Model Procedure for estimating crash rates following the HSM urban method.

Day 3

Capacity and Level of Services Review of fundamental capacity and LOS concepts underlying methodologies.
Unsignalized Capacity Analysis HCM/HCS process for analyzing TWSC, AWSC & Roundabout intersections.
Signal Capacity Analysis HCM/HCS procedure for analyzing signalized intersections including phase duration.
Urban Streets Capacity HCM/HCS procedure for analyzing arterials including flow profile and access points.
Traffic Impact Analysis Overview of the process and definition of a project to illustrate the practical application.
Trip Generation and Distribution Review the procedures for development trips and assignment to road network.
Traffic Impact Analysis Step-by-step through an example analysis to illustrate the application process.


William M. Sampson, P.E. is a faculty member of the University of Florida (UF) Department of Civil Engineering with nearly 40 years of experience. He is the Director of the McTrans Center and also is responsible for technical assistance and ongoing development of the Highway Capacity Software (HCS). He teaches two graduate courses (Traffic Engineering and Highway Capacity Analysis) at UF. He is a former member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Highway Capacity and Quality of Service (HCQS) committee, and still serves on several subcommittees.

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