Highway Capacity Analysis Virtual Series

Virtual or In-Person | Applicable for 12 PDHs

This course is for engineering and planning professionals who wish to understand HCM methods and their applications. It is also designed to provide a solid foundation for studying for exams such as PE or PTOE.

Experienced instructors will provide an overview of the methodology steps, highlighting key concepts, best practices, common mistakes and limitations of the methods. The instructor will also highlight major methodological changes in the 7th Edition of HCM (2022). Several example problems will be discussed in class and students will have the opportunity to practice the use of the Highway Capacity Software (HCS) to perform HCM-based capacity analyses.

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A brief overview of HCM key concepts, principles, and an introduction to the methodological changes in the HCM 7th Edition (2022)

HCM methods to analyze individual freeway segments (basic, merge, diverge, and weaving), freeway facilities, oversaturated conditions, work zones, and travel time reliability

HCM methods to analyze multilane highways and two-lane highways

HCM methods to analyze stop-controlled intersections (Two-Way Stop Control and All-Way Stop Control) and roundabouts

HCM methods to analyze signalized intersections, including: single and multi-period analyses; pre-timed, actuated and coordinated control; signal timing optimization

HCM methods to analyze urban streets segments and facilities:

HCM methods to analyze interchanges (Diamond, Parclo, SPUI and DDI) and alternative intersections (Restricted Crossing U-Turn, Median U-Turn and Displaced Left-Turn)

The series is organized as follows, with all presentations from 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET.

Highway Safety Analysis Webinar Series Schedule (All Times are ET)
Day 01
1:00 – 2:00 pm
HCM and HCS Overview
2:00 – 5:00 pm Freeways
Freeway Segments (Basic, Weaving, Merge & Diverge, Managed Lanes, Work Zone)
Freeway Facilities (Travel Time Reliability, ATDM)
Day 02
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Multilane Highways and Two-Lane Highways
2:30 – 4:00 pm Unsignalized Intersections
Two-Way Stop Controlled Intersections (TWSC)
All-Way Stop Controlled Intersections (AWSC)
Roundabouts and Roundabout Segments
4:00 – 5:00 pm Signalized Arterials
Signalized Intersections (NEMA, Phase Duration, Multiple-Period Analysis)
Day 03
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Signalized Arterials
Urban Streets (Flow Profile, Access Points, Travel Time Reliability, ATDM)
Ramp Terminals and Alternative Intersections (DDI, DLT, RCUT, MUT)
Course fees are $500 per person

ITE Member Discount*
For members of ITE (Institute of Transportation Engineers) the fee is discounted 20% at $400 per person (register here)

Group Discount*
For multiple registrations from the same agency or company on a single transaction, the fee is discounted 10% at $450 per person.

(*) Discounts are not cumulative and only one category of the above may be used

Upon completing the course, attendees are provided a certificate of completion and 12 PDHs.
Those who attend in-person courses are provided PDHs consistent with the course workload.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this course attendees will be able to:

  • Understand key concepts for capacity analyses, including level of service, service measures, free-flow speed, peak hour factor, undersaturated x oversaturated conditions, etc.
  • List strengths and limitations of the HCM methods
  • Apply the HCM methods for planning level and operational analyses
  • Determine the Level of Service of different road elements
  • Use the Highway Capacity Software to analyze different road elements (freeways, highways, intersections, urban streets, interchanges, and alternative intersections)
  • Understand the required inputs for HCS analyses and learn about common modeling mistakes
  • Extract HCS reports and interpret performance measures
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Attendees must meet minimum technology requirements such as having a computer with a steady internet connection and access to basic applications such as Zoom and a PDF reader. The use of HCS for the hands-on problem presented in the course is optional to attendees.

A comprehensive workbook is provided for the lectures. The use of the Highway Capacity Software (HCS) is strongly recommended for the classes – a time-limited version can be provided to students upon request.

This course was specially designed for:
Engineers, planners, designers, managers and analysts who perform transportation studies and desire to obtain a solid understanding of the required tools and methods;
Public agency employees who either perform transportation studies or review studies submitted by contractors;
Professionals who want to build a solid foundation for exams such as PE or PTOE;

Course Availability

This course is offered virtually from 1-5pm (ET) on the following dates:
December 6 – 8, 2022

For information about in-person training options, click here.