T3 Webinar Overview

ITS Architecture Made Easier Using Turbo Architecture: An Overview of NHI's New Web-based Turbo Architecture Course

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Date:   February 2, 2012
Time:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Cost:  All T3 webinars are free of charge
PDH:  1.5   View PDH Policy

T3 Webinars are brought to you by the ITS Professional Capacity Building Program (ITS PCB) at the U.S. Department of Transportation's (US DOT) ITS Joint Program Office, Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). Reference in this webinar to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by U.S. Department of Transportation.


The purpose of this webinar is to introduce the National Highway Institute's (NHI) new Turbo Architecture Web-based course to potential users (students) in the ITS community. The webinar assumes that participants have a general knowledge of ITS concepts and terminology, including National ITS Architecture terms.


Turbo Architecture is an interactive software program that helps transportation planners and systems integrators develop and maintain regional and project architectures built on the National Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Architecture framework. NHI is now offering a web-based Turbo Architecture course that prepares participants to immediately and confidently use Turbo to create and maintain a regional or project ITS architecture.

This webinar is not the Turbo Architecture course. The webinar will, however, give participants insight into Turbo Architecture's modular design, feature a real-time demonstration of Turbo Architecture, and outline the time-saving benefits of using Turbo Architecture to develop and maintain a project or regional architecture.

Target Audience

  • Current or potential Turbo Architecture users in metropolitan planning organizations, transit agencies, local highway agencies, state DOTs, and FHWA Division Offices who plan, deploy, or operate ITS.
  • Consultants and systems integrators who help public agencies develop their architectures.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the Webinar, participants will be able to:

  • State the purpose of the Turbo Architecture software.
  • Define the structure of the NHI Web-based Turbo Architecture Course.
  • Describe when and how to use each module of the course.
  • State how to obtain assistance on the course and the Turbo software.


  • Introduction to Turbo Architecture
    • Purpose
    • Structure
  • Introduction to NHI Web-based Turbo Architecture Course
    • Format
    • Outcomes
    • Modules
  • Walk-through of Turbo Architecture Modules: When and How to Use Each Module
    • Start Turbo
    • Link to Planning
    • Stakeholders
    • Inventory
    • Services
    • Operational Concept
    • Requirements
    • Interfaces
    • Standards
    • Agreements
    • Reports, Diagrams & Web Pages
    • Projects
  • Where to Find Out More
    • Course registration
    • Course assistance
    • Turbo help
  • Preview of Turbo Architecture Version 7.0
  • Questions & Answers


Emiliano Lopez, ITS Deployment Program Manager, FHWA Headquarters

photograph of Emiliano Lopez

Mr. Lopez is currently the ITS Deployment Program Manager for ITS Regional Architectures and Systems Engineering in Washington DC. Prior to his assignment in Headquarters, Emiliano worked in the FHWA Resource Center providing technical expertise and assistance on ITS project development, review, deployment, and operations/maintenance. He also provides expertise and assistance on ITS Standards. Before joining FHWA, Emiliano worked at both the state and local levels with agencies such as the Virginia Dept. of Transportation, and the Cities of San Diego and Anaheim. Emiliano brings over 25 years of experience to the agency. He has a Masters in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering and minor in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.

Emiliano provides training, outreach, and technical support for the National ITS Architecture and Systems Engineering programs. He co-chairs FHWA's Architecture Field Support Team, and FHWA's Operations Council architecture and systems engineering working group. Emiliano is a certified instructor for NHI. He teaches courses in ITS Software Acquisition, Systems Engineering, and National ITS Architecture.


Susan S. Walker, Iteris
Ms. Walker is a project manager in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and transportation engineering services. Susan, as a member of the National ITS Architecture team, assists in updating and maintaining the architecture and has facilitated workshops that have assisted numerous transportation agencies in developing, maintaining, and using their regional architecture. Over the past 12 years, Susan has led the development of regional ITS architectures for varied areas. She is a National Highway Institute (NHI) certified instructor and has been involved in training of transportation professionals most of her career. She has been involved in the development and delivery of many ITS-related training courses and has thousands of hours of classroom training experience. Susan has been involved in the development of seven NHI courses including the instructor-led and Web-based Turbo Architecture courses. She is a Professional Engineer in the state of Georgia and holds a BS and Master of Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.