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Work Zone Traffic Analysis Strategies

March 25, 2019@8:00 am to 4:00 pm EDT

$50 – $400

Work Zone Traffic Analysis Strategies

Monday March 25, 2019, 8am-4pm
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Toronto Airport, 3279 Caroga Drive, Mississauga
Breakfast, lunch and morning/afternoon refreshments will be provided

Course Description

Accurately predicting the traffic impacts of future roadway construction projects helps assure safety and mobility for all road users. This one-day instructor led course will utilize lectures and small-group collaborative exercises to provide an overview of the work zone traffic analysis process and information about selecting effective work zone traffic management strategies. A key focus of the course is aligning analytical tools with the complexity of the work zone and the available technical resources. The advantages and disadvantages of various types of work zone analysis tools will be discussed, including sketch planning tools, macroscopic analytical tools, and microsimulation modeling. Although there is no hands-on computer modeling in this course, worked examples will be provided to encourage discussion of the ways analysis outputs can be used to assist decision-making such as evaluating trade-offs between construction costs and construction-related impacts on road users.

Instructor Bio – Mr. John Shaw

Mr. Shaw is a civil engineer, community planner, and researcher who brings a practitioner’s eye to research, and a researcher’s eye to practice. He received a BS in Civil Engineering (1988) and Master of Urban Planning (1990) from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Shaw worked for 18 years at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, where his responsibilities included oversight of traffic analysis and simulation modelling for the Statewide Traffic Operations Centre, management of the traffic data collection program for the state’s largest metropolitan area (metro Milwaukee, population 1.2 million), and oversight of transportation funding assistance to state and local governments.

After joining the University of Wisconsin Traffic Operations & Safety Laboratory in 2011, Mr. Shaw developed guidelines for managing traffic incidents in roadway work zones and engineering design guidance for work zone lighting, pedestrian and bicyclist accommodation in work zones, and appropriate use of traffic barriers. Mr. Shaw has designed and instructed work zone analysis courses and conducted research on the use of Bluetooth technologies for traffic data collection. He was the lead author of NCHRP Synthesis 482, Work Zone Speed Management.

Since joining the Iowa State University staff in 2017, Mr. Shaw has been developing work zone design and training materials for FHWA, preparing a Rural Transportation Research Roadmap for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), and conducting research on motor vehicle crashes involving railway level crossing signal apparatus. He also served as Local Road Safety Liaison to disseminate information about methods for improving safety on county and municipal roadways. Mr. Shaw has published on methods for calibrating and validating traffic models, bicyclist and pedestrian safety in work zones, highway safety, and performance evaluation for public transport systems. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin.

Work Zone Traffic Analysis Strategies


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March 25, 2019
8:00 am to 4:00 pm EDT
$50 – $400
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