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Free Webinar - Connected Vehicles, Smarter Cities, & Modern Signal Timing

December 14, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc.,
1650 Watermark Drive, Ste 200
Columbus, OH 43215

  • Offered for free to Central Ohio Section ASCE Members
  • Seating is limited to the first 25 people
  • Bring your own lunch

Sponsored by ASCE Continuing Education and the 
Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI).

INSTRUCTOR: Peter Koonce, P.E.

Purpose and Background
Recent advances in traffic signal system technology have led agencies to modify practices and adopt new ways of managing traffic. Traffic signals and the accompanying equipment enable more effective transportation solutions than the industry has seen in the past. The 2nd Edition of the Traffic Signal Timing Manual (STM2) has an increased focus on signal system users and their priorities. In addition to the STM2, there are state DOT manuals and other guidance materials that are changing the way engineers are managing the transportation system. Current signal timing models tend to provide a one-size-fits-all approach to signal timing, which often leads to the incorrect assumption that the model provides the optimum solution. A traffic analyst simply inputs the data required by the model, hits the optimize button, and gives the optimized results to the appropriate person for implementation. The results largely reflect the model's priorities (generally some version of vehicle delay) for system users, which may or may not fit the needs of the actual operating environment or users (including pedestrians, bicycles, and transit). New technology and data (for instance Google Traffic), put a variety of tools in the hands of engineers to solve problems. 

To this end, the use of an outcome based approach to signal timing allows the practitioner to develop signal timing based on the operating environment, users, user priorities by movement, and local operational objectives. Performance measures are then used to assess how well the objectives are being met. Once the objectives and performance measures are established, timing strategies and timing values can be chosen. The final steps of the process involve implementation and observation (i.e., determining if the timing strategies and values are working), as well as sustaining operations that meet the operational objectives through monitoring and maintenance. This webinar familiarizes transportation engineers/planners with the newest innovations in traffic signal timing. The presenter of the webinar discusses recent developments in available design guidance and considerations when designing signal timing and monitoring transportation system performance.

Primary Discussion Topics

  • Overview of traffic signal timing concepts
  • Emerging technology and how it can be incorporated into engineering design
  • Innovative signal timing treatments and measurements
  • Examples where unique signal timing strategies have been applied, measured, and managed

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain traffic signal timing concepts
  • Describe the USDOT smart city challenge
  • Identify an approach to engineering design that is appropriate contextually
  • Discuss the application of the signal timing in concert with other engineering design principles and technology innovations
  • Name the various design considerations for signal timing when designing roadways

Webinar Benefits

  • Discover the latest advances in signal timing and technology
  • Learn about current state of the practice
  • Gain an understanding of the engineering approach behind traffic signal timing and design
  • Develop an awareness of emerging technologies and how it is changing transportation design today and in the future

Webinar Outline

  • Overview of traditional approaches to traffic engineering
  • Brief discussion on recent push towards rebalancing transportation network/complete streets
  • Origin of technology that provides new opportunities
  • Determining where and when to apply new applications and how it relates to USDOT smart city concepts
  • Design considerations
  • Conclusions
  • Questions 

The Central Ohio Section of ASCE sponsors free continuing education webinars as a service to our members. These webinars are produced by ASCE and normally cost $250 or $300 for ASCE members. However, the Central Ohio Section is paying the registration fee and inviting any interested section members to attend for free. Just RSVP by the deadline. Seating is limited, so do not delay.

The Central Ohio Section is partnering with ASCE to promote live and on-demand webinars. Use the Promo Code WEBCENOHSEC when signing up and ASCE will provide a portion of the registration fee to the Section to use toward more free webinars. Thank you for your support!

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