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Academic Case Studies: Highway Transportation Engineering: ITS Case Study Component 3 - Debrief

Component 3 Terminal Learning Objective:

  1. Connect case study exercise to real world application. Component 3 Enabling Learning Objectives:
  2. ELO 1: Identify characteristics of successful transportation engineers.
  3. ELO 2: Explain how data can be used understand a situation.
  4. ELO 3: Explain why a systems engineering approach is used in transportation projects.
  5. ELO 4: Recognize the impact of Adaptive Signal Control.

Component 2 Recap

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Concept Map

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Task 1: Your Job as a Transportation Engineer

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Transportation Engineers

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Transportation Engineer Career Paths

ITS comprises a large portion of the U.S. and North America market. North American ITS end-use product and services market of $52 billion. Almost 180,000 private sector jobs to the U.S. ITS end- use market alone. ITS end-use market alone, with a total of 445,000 jobs in the total industry value chain. U.S. ITS industry is growing with CY 2015 projected end-use revenue increasing by almost 41 percent (over CY 2009) and private sector employment of more than 205,000. Growth in the ITS market and jobs equates to greater deployment and operations of these technologies in the future.

Reference: ITS America 2011

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Task 2: Traffic Patterns and Signal Architecture

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What Does the Data Tell Us?

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Additional Resources

Every Day Counts The vision of the Every Day Counts Adaptive Signal Control Technology (ASCT) Initiative is to mainstream the use of ASCT. “Their website has includes resources, webinars, and case studies. https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/everydaycounts/technology/adsc/

Traffic Signal Timing Manual is a guide to signal timing practitioners, focusing on the principals of traffic signal timing, identifying sound timing practices, and a practical and comprehensive tabletop resource. http://www.signaltiming.com/

MOST uses a new simulation environment to let you directly observe how the signal timing parameters that you select affect the quality of traffic operations at a signalized intersectionhttp://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/most/

Model Systems Engineering Documents for ASCT these model systems engineering documents support the process of exploring the need for ASCT and articulating a set of requirements that enable agencies to specify, select, implement and test ASCT.
http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/fhwahop11027/mse_asct.pdf

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Operational Strategies

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Funding

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The Importance of Funding Sources

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Objectives-Driven Approach

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Purpose of Objectives-Driven Approach

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Systems Engineering Approach

This figure represents the systems engineering process in the shape of the letter "V." The project timeline and process flow run from the upper left, down to the point of the V, and up to the right.
The steps of the actual process, which proceeds from the upper left and down towards the bottom point of the V, are as follows: concept exploration, system engineering management plans, concept of operations, system requirements, high level design (project architecture) and subsystem requirements, and component level detailed design. At the bottom-most point of the V is the next step: software coding hardware fabrication, and it is labeled implementation. From the lower part of the right leg and flowing up to the top of the right leg, the figure continues with: unit testing, subsystem verification, system verification, system validation, and operation and maintenance

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Task 4: Adaptive Signal Control Technology

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Task 4: Innovations in Transportation

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Conclusion and Evaluations

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For more information, contact:

Michelle Noch
ITS Professional Capacity Building Program Manager
ITS Joint Program Office
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R)
U.S. Department of Transportation
202-366-0278
Michelle.Noch@dot.gov

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