This week, a major national outreach program was initiated to support the development of the Second Edition of the Highway Safety Manual (HSM). The current outreach effort includes a broad-based survey of current HSM users that will provide the research team with both a sense of how the HSM is being used, as well as where it usability, accessibility and technical content can be improved. The survey can be accessed at the new “HSM2 Development Website” at www.hsm2.org.
Respondents are being asked to complete and submit the survey and their suggestions by February 15, 2016.
Members of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Access Management recently returned from Shanghai, China, where transportation professionals from around the world gathered for the International Conference on Access Management at Tongji University.
This was the second International Conference on Access Management, and it drew about 80 attendees. Chinese organizers said the conference’s aim was “efficient, safe, smart and innovative ways to strengthen academic exchange at home and abroad and learn about up-to-date developments in the field.”
As professionals from all facets of the transportation industry prepare for the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Annual Meeting, KAI is thrilled to announce our robust social media presence throughout the weeklong conference. While KAI currently engages with the professional community via social networking sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, 2013 marks the first year that the firm will be "live tweeting" from TRB.
The aviation industry represents a dynamic market, with enormous potential for transportation engineers to apply new tools to improve airport operations. Airports are seeking to gain competitive advantages by making travel to, from and through facilities more efficient for travelers in the wake of the vast changes in security and operations following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
From a young age, Johnny Lin was fascinated by Legos, and by taking things apart and trying to put them back together. “That’s how I destroyed my first watch,” he said with a laugh.
So while he was always interested in how things worked, it wasn’t until Johnny started his studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane that his focus turned to engineering. He chose to pursue a dual degree in civil engineering and economics, and is poised to enter his sixth and final year at the school on Australia’s east coast.
On top of his studies, Johnny has gained a valuable measure of practical engineering experience, interning with Kittelson & Associates, Inc. as part of a program considered a cornerstone of the firm’s comprehensive commitment to professional development.
This article is one in a series about the experiences of KAI staff members at the recent Transportation Research Board annual meeting.
Assessing accomplishments from the prior year, strategizing about how goals and objectives will be met in the coming 12 months, and getting acclimated to a new leadership role – Kittelson & Associates Inc.’s Brian Ray tackled a bit of the past, present and future during the just-concluded 2012 Transportation Research Board annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
The KAI principal engineer wrapped up his two, three-year terms of service as chair of TRB’s Geometric Design Committee (AFB10), and got his feet wet as the incoming chair of its Design and Construction Group’s Design Section. When his term is over, he will have served on the committee for 15 years. Ray officially takes over as section chair April 15, but the TRB annual meeting gave him the chance to tag team his new role with the outgoing section chair.
The National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) is a volunteer organization that provides input to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on issues related to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The NCUTCD convenes twice a year: once in January in Arlington, VA preceding the annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) conference and once in the summer. Kittelson & Associates, Inc. staff actively contributes to the NCUTCD and uses that involvement as a way to contribute directly back to the profession.
The Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting is big, attracting more than 11,000 transportation professionals from around the globe and sprawling across three hotels in the nation’s capital.
It’s encompassing, with thousands of presentations, many of which will focus on the meeting’s theme, “Transportation: Putting Innovation and People to Work.”
For attendees such as Adam Burghdoff, an engineer in Kittelson & Associates Inc.’s Orlando, Fla., office, this year’s TRB annual meeting will be his first, offering an abundance of networking and professional opportunities in a city he’s never before visited.
($1) In 2006, Lee Rodegerdts delivered a presentation about roundabouts to the Transportation Research Board’s Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee. For Rodegerdts, an associate engineer with Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI), the presentation – a progress report on research regarding a new procedure to analyze roundabouts in the United States – was heady stuff. He was principal investigator on the KAI-led research, and committee members were individuals for whom Rodegerdts had the utmost respect.
Knowledge about tort law and risk management, interaction with teaming partners, university professors and the people behind transportation research – the opportunities presented by the upcoming Transportation Research Board’s 91st Annual Meeting abound for Christopher Brehmer.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) will kick off their Annual Meeting in Washington DC on Jan 22nd. This one-of-a-kind meeting attracts more than 11,000 transportation professionals from around the globe and this year marks the 91st anniversary of the event. The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 4,000 presentations in nearly 650 sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees—policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops will address the spotlight theme for 2012: Transportation: Putting Innovation and People to Work.
Transportation professionals from Kittelson & Associates, Inc. have a long history of participation at the annual conference and the firm plans to send a variety of team members again this year. As a way to provide more insight to TRB, Streetwise interviewed several first-time and veteran TRB attendees from KAI. The following is the first of these interviews which will continue daily as we lead up to the start of TRB.
For Erin Ferguson, the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting is an invaluable source of knowledge and inspiration. And what she has contributed and gleaned from the international event has evolved with her career.
Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. James A. Bonneson, P.E. to the KAI team. Dr. Bonneson brings to the firm nearly 30 years of experience as a researcher, educator, and consultant in the transportation industry, with expertise in arterial traffic operations, highway safety, and highway geometric design.
Jim joins KAI after 17 years with the Texas A&M University System, where he served as a professor and Senior Research Engineer in the Signal Operations Program at the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI). Over that period, he has acted as a partner and advisor to KAI on numerous national research efforts, including development of the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual and the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual. He has also been a principal investigator for multiple research projects, such as NCHRP 3-79: Measuring and Predicting the Performance of Automobile Traffic on Urban Streets. Through this experience, he has developed expertise in intersection capacity analysis, traffic flow theory, simulation, traffic data collection, highway geometric design, and road safety.
As a Senior Principal Engineer based in College Station, Texas, James will work with all KAI offices to help clients nationwide achieve better transportation system performance. He can be reached at (979) 319-1886 or email@example.com.
The 2011 Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Joseph L. Schofer, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Associate Dean, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University, in recognition of his outstanding achievement in transportation research. Schofer has made important, wide-ranging contributions on the planning and management of transportation systems, particularly the provision and use of data and information for effective decision making, decision support for infrastructure preservation and rehabilitation, and transportation policy.
NCHRP Synthesis 412: Speed Reduction Techniques for Rural High-to-Low Speed Transitions was recently released by the Transportation Research Board (TRB). This synthesis is a state-of-the-practice report concerning effective and ineffective rural high-to-low speed transition treatments that have been tried by state DOTs and some overseas agencies. The scope of this research was limited to engineering measures that are used to transition motorists from high-to-low speed areas, and does not include the broader topics of speed management or the more specialized techniques and methods required for areas such as work zones, toll plazas, and school zones. The NCHRP Committee for this project was chaired by Cathy Nelson of Oregon DOT. John Mason of Auburn University was one of many other committee members also involved in this project. To view a PDF of the complete report use the link below.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is hosting the 3rd Annual International Roundabout Conference in Carmel, Indiana this week where several Kittelson & Associates, Inc. staff are giving presentations and moderating sessions. A spot on Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN) demonstrated Carmel's roundabouts (the city has over 60!) and other benefits of their use.
The fifth edition of the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM2010) incorporates more than $5 million of funded research that has occurred since publication of the HCM2000. This latest edition will significantly update how engineers and planners assess the traffic and environmental effects of highway projects.
ITE, in conjunction with the Transportation Research Board is offering a host of webinars to help users learn and apply HCM2010 methods, including --
Highway Capacity Manual 2010 Overview: Now in Four Volumes!
Applications of the New Active Traffic Management Chapter
Changes to Unsignalized Intersection Methodologies
New Multi-Modal Urban Streets Methodology- Pedestrian, Bicycle and Transit Methods
New Signalized Intersection Methodology
Multi-Modal Urban Streets Methodology- Auto Mode
New Material on the Use of Alternative Tools: Micro Simulation Models
New Freeway Weaving Methodology
Enhancements to the Freeway Facilities Method
Enhanced Planning Methods and Application of Generalized Service Volume Tables
The Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Manual (TCQSM) provides transportation practitioners with a consistent set of techniques for evaluating the quality of service and capacity of transit services, facilities, and systems. The manual’s objectives include providing a logical set of methods for assessing transit services, facilities, and systems; assuring that practitioners have access to the latest research results; and presenting example problems illustrating the application of different procedures. The TCQSM is the primary source document incorporating research findings on transit capacity and quality of service.
How can you help? We need assistance from volunteers like you to ensure this manual stays relevant to the transit community. You can help by filling out a brief TCQSM online survey. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and all answers are confidential. Survey responses need to be completed prior to February 7, 2011.
It is not necessary to have previously used the TCQSM to participate in this survey; however, if you would like additional information about the manual before beginning, please view one of several comprehensive & fully narrated PowerPoint presentations or download a full copy of the 2nd edition from the Transportation Research Board's website.
Your time and input in this process is appreciated and will be an important contribution toward developing the 3rd Edition of the manual.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) kicked off their Annual Meeting in Washington DC this weekend. This one-of-a-kind meeting attracts more than 10,000 transportation professionals from around the globe and this year marks the 90th anniversary of the event. The 2011 program covers all transportation modes, with more than 4,000 presentations in nearly 650 sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees—policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. More than 85 sessions and workshops will address the spotlight theme for 2011: Transportation, Livability, and Economic Development in a Changing World.
As the Principal Investigator (PI) on many high profile TRB research projects such as, the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual, The Highway Safety Manual, Update to the Roundabout Guide, an many more, Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI), has been a long-time supporter and active participant at the Annual Meeting. KAI is sending nearly 20 people to the event this year and the majority of them are presenting or speaking at the event. A list of KAI workshops and/or committee members is listed below for your reference. We look forward to sharing some wonderful information from the 2011 TRB experience in upcoming posts.
TRB’s Committee on Travel Survey Methods has developed the transportation community's first-ever Wiki-style Online Travel Survey Manual with details on virtually everything transportation survey developers & survey managers need to know. Please visit travelsurveymanual.org for a look at the 25 extensive chapters covering all types of transportation surveys, including household, visitor, parking, freight & establishment surveys; stated preference and qualitative surveys; GPS-based designs and data expansion; survey costs and quality control. The newly developed Appendix provides high-quality samples of RFPs, diary forms, and other field materials.
What does a safe road look like? Is a safe road one where vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians all share the same right-of-way without sidewalks or striped bike lanes? Are the shoulders paved or gravel? Are those shoulders 8 or 10 feet wide? Is it a divided roadway or is it undivided? How many driveways access the roadway in each mile? Are the driveways and intersecting streets controlled by traffic signals, stop signs, or roundabouts? How much do these elements affect roadway safety?
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