Overview of the New Highway Capacity Manual

Highway Capacity Manual, 6th Edition: A Guide for Multimodal Mobility Analysis was released in late 2016 and replaces the 2010 edition of the HCM. This full day training class will provide an overview of the new analysis procedures and modified methodologies incorporated into HCM 6 and why these tools are useful in analyzing today’s transportation issues. This course will briefly touch upon the implementation of the HCM 6 in various settings, such as alternative intersections and interchanges; travel time reliability; updated roundabout procedures; managed freeway lanes; updated truck procedures; and freeway capacity and speed adjustments for weather, incidents and work zones – as well as demonstrations of the updated Highway Capacity Software (HCS7). A comprehensive 170+ page training manual will be provided which includes all slides and examples.

Wednesday, April 19. The training will begin at 8:00am and end at 4:30pm and includes lunch. The cost of the workshop is $50. (7 PDH)

Instructor: Bill Sampson, McTrans Center

Traffic Signal Operations Training by Iteris

This full day training class includes a general discussion of a traffic signal controller unit in free and coordinated operation, diamond phasing and diamond phasing setup, and Signal Performance Metrics (SPM). Subjects will include actuated timing parameters, phase intervals, ring and barrier configuration, detector channel assignments, load switch assignments, use of overlaps, and coordination programming (including time based coordination (TBC) as well as coordination rules. Diamond phasing will include 4-phase, 3-phase and separate intersection diamond phasing and will cover diamond ring sequence, phase concurrency, overlap assignments, timing, detector channel assignments, coordination rules and programming coordination for diamond phasing.

Wednesday, April 19. The training will be presented in two sessions. The morning session starts at 8:30am and ends at noon. The afternoon session starts at 1:30pm and ends at 4:00pm. No lunch is provided. The cost of the workshop is $20. (5 PDH)

Instructor: Nader Ayoub, Iteris

Ethics Seminar

Challenger disaster photoOn January 28, 1986, the space shuttle orbiter Challenger broke up 73 seconds after liftoff. The disaster claimed the lives of all seven astronauts aboard and led to a 32-month suspension of America’s space shuttle program. It was later determined that two rubber O-rings, which had been designed to separate the sections of the rocket booster, had failed due to cold temperatures on the morning of the launch. Dr. Miller will provide an insightful discussion of ethics through an analysis of the decisions, and the context surrounding them, which contributed to the Challenger disaster.

This seminar will meet the requirements of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers for ethics training. The seminar will meet on Wednesday afternoon after the above workshops and before the vendor exhibit reception. There is no cost to attend the seminar.

Instructor: Dr. Glen Miller, Texas A&M University