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Data-Driven Safety Analysis: Fundamentals and Practical Applications of the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual

October 28, 2019@8:00 am to 4:00 pm EDT

$50 – $325

1-Day Training Course – Data-Driven Safety Analysis: Fundamentals and Practical Applications of the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual

Training Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Target Audience:  Public and private-sector transportation engineers and planners involved in developing and implementing strategies and projects to improve roadway safety performance.

Workshop Description:  This one-day workshop introduces the Highway Safety Manual (HSM), a publication of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation (AASHTO).  The HSM is being used by Canadian transportation professionals to make more-informed decisions in planning and project development from a quantitative safety performance perspective.  This workshop will provide an overview of the HSM components, and will demonstrate practical applications of these methodologies and available software-based solutions through Ontario, Quebec and other North American case studies.

Outcomes:  Upon completion of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the fundamentals of roadway and intersection crash prediction methods in the HSM
  • Identify roadway and intersection attributes and conditions that impact safety performance
  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of crash prediction in data-driven safety analysis
  • Identify opportunities to quantitatively measure safety performance impacts during the planning, design and operations stage of a transportation facility.

Course Details:

  • Module 1 – Introductions and an Overview of the HSM
  • Module 2 – Human Factors and Fundamentals
  • Module 3 – Roadway Safety Management and Systemic Safety Approaches
  • Module 4 – Safety Performance of Rural Highways and Urban / Suburban Arterials
  • Module 5 – Safety Performance of Freeways and Interchanges
  • Module 6 – Crash Modification Factors
  • Module 7 – Demonstrations of HSM Software-Based Solutions (including ISATE and IHSDM)
  • Module 8 – Group Discussion and Concluding Remarks

Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided

Instructor Bios:

Russell Brownlee, B.Sc., M.A. Sc., FITE, P. Eng.

Russell has over 23 years of experience in the areas of road user safety, pedestrian and cycling safety, rail safety, and transportation engineering. Russell is a recognized expert in undertaking in-service safety reviews of transportation facilities. He has completed safety reviews for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario and many of regions and major municipalities in Ontario.

At True North Safety Group, Russell focuses on safety consulting services and independent forensic investigations relating to transportation facility design, construction, operations, and maintenance, including winter maintenance. He has investigated incidents on facilities ranging from remote highways and cottage roads in Northern Ontario, through provincial freeway facilities, and federally operated highways and railways.

Russell is an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). He was the Canadian District Director and represented Canada on ITE’s International Board of Direction. In addition, he chaired Transportation Safety Council Executive Committee, and the Expert Witness Council Executive Committee, and was a past member of the Traffic Engineering Council Executive Committee. In 2017, Russell received the Transportation Safety Council Edmund R. Ricker award given in recognition of leadership in the field of traffic safety.


David A. Petrucci, Jr., P.E., PTOE, RSP1


United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Office of Technical Services (OTS) Resource Center Safety and Design Technical Service Team (SDTST)

Job Description/Duties:

Mr. Petrucci is a Senior Safety Engineer and member of the Safety and Design Technical Service Team in the Federal Highway Administration’s Resource Center and has served in this position for the past five (5) years. Mr. Petrucci has over 17 years of total traffic engineering experience in consulting and government while specializing in intersection and roadway design and safety analysis. Mr. Petrucci has served as a core team member of the FHWA Every Day Counts (EDC4) Data-Driven Safety Analysis (DDSA) effort and provides technical assistance, training, and technology deployment to state, local, and tribal governments throughout the United States. Mr. Petrucci is an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) at the local and international levels including serving as a member of Executive Committee of the ITE Traffic Engineering Council (2011 to 2017), and the ITE Transportation Safety Council as Vice-Chair (2016 to 2018) and Chair (2018 to present). Mr. Petrucci is also a member of the Technical Committee of the ITE Mid-Atlantic Section (2009 to present) and FHWA representative with the ITE Vision Zero Task Force Working Group (2016 to present).

Data-Driven Safety Analysis: Fundamentals and Practical Applications of the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual


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October 28, 2019
8:00 am to 4:00 pm EDT
$50 – $325
Event Category:


ITE Toronto Section


IBI Group – Toronto | Ground Floor Multi-purpose Room
55 St. Clair Avenue West
Toronto, Canada
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