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ITS Architecture Use & Maintenance

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Date:   Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Cost:  All T3 webinars are free of charge
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T3 Webinars are brought to you by the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Professional Capacity Building Program (PCB) of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (U.S. DOT) ITS Joint Program Office (JPO). References 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 the U.S. DOT.


The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in an effort to improve the overall quality and promote consistency in the use and maintenance of ITS Architecture, is sponsoring a “Best Practices” forum. FHWA recently conducted an internal assessment of how regions nationwide are using and maintaining their respective ITS Architecture. At least 300 active Regional ITS Architectures were assessed nationwide for, among other things, use, updates, and maintenance statuses. The assessment was also designed to help identify where there are gaps among the regions, and determine how best to develop or leverage resources to help support and improve regional practices.


The FHWA Architecture team is taking steps to address some of the findings from that assessment. This webinar is designed to provide a forum for sharing some of the best practices that were identified. For this purpose, we selected regions from three States, Colorado, Michigan, and New Mexico, to share their experiences regarding efficient and productive use and maintenance of their architectures. FHWA's goal for the webinar is to provide relevant information and give other State and regional entities an opportunity to gauge where they are in effectively managing their architectures in accordance with the FHWA Rule 940/FTA Policy. Questions are, therefore, highly encouraged in this webinar. Participants will also learn about where to go for additional resources to help support their architectures going forward.

Learning Objectives

  • Share peer-to-peer experiences and best practices regarding the development, use, and maintenance of ITS Architecture.
  • Provide a forum for State and local planning and operations agencies to learn about national resources that are available to support their ITS Architecture processes.
  • Understand how the ITS Architecture can be used as a framework that promotes and ensures institutional agreement and technical integration for implementation of ITS projects.
  • Promote the establishment of a long-term vision and incremental steps to guide the development, use and maintenance of ITS Architecture that effectively supports project implementation.

Target Audience

The target audience for this webinar will include planning and engineering professionals with an interest in or responsibility for the support, development, use, and maintenance of their regional and statewide ITS Architecture plans and processes. This includes, but is not limited to, transportation and transit operations managers, consultants, vendors, academics, as well as government officials from local, State, or Federal Departments of Transportation. Any other individuals or entities involved in the development, use, and maintenance of ITS Architectures in accordance with FHWA Rule 940/FTA Policy and 23 CFR Parts 655 and 940 are also welcome.


Kingsley Azubike, P.E., PTOE, Transportation Specialist, Office of Operations, FHWA Headquarters

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Kingsley Azubike is a member of the Operations Deployment Team in the FHWA Office of Operations where he manages the Architecture, Standards, and Systems Engineering programs. Prior to his current position, he was an ITS Specialist in the FHWA PA Division where he managed transportation systems and traffic operations programs. He holds a Master of Science in Civil/Transportation Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.


Tom Bruff, Manager - Plan/Policy Development Group, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)

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Tom Bruff manages the Plan and Policy Development Group at SEMCOG. This group's work enhances decisionmaking affecting the region and its local governments, and ensures the region has access to Federal and State funding.

Mr. Bruff oversees the development, maintenance, and monitoring of SEMCOG's regional transportation plan (Creating Success with Our Transportation Assets) as well as several regional management systems including: safety, congestion, bridge, and pavement. Mr. Bruff also maintains a direct role in maintaining the region's ITS architecture and deployment plans as well as the Regional Concept for Transportation Operations (RCTO).

Mr. Bruff began his career with SEMCOG in 1997. Prior to working at SEMCOG, Mr. Bruff was employed for 10 years by the Macomb County Road Commission as its Traffic and Safety Engineer. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Bruce W. Coltharp, Senior Transportation Planner, Navjoy Consulting Services, Inc. (Denver, CO)

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Bruce Coltharp has been with Navjoy for about 18 months and has been responsible for developing a Performance Measure Report/Plan, Reorganization Report, Staffing Assessment, and a Statewide Operations Plan for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) - Division of Operations. Prior to coming to Navjoy, Bruce worked for CDOT for 35 years in the areas of data analysis and management, commercial motor vehicle operations and policy development, and the last 15 years in ITS. From 2005 through 2012, Bruce was the ITS Branch Planning Manager and the project manager for the development of the Statewide ITS Strategic Plan/Architecture. He also served as the project manager for four Regional ITS Strategic Plans and ITS Architectures, working with numerous stakeholders such as CDOT staff, city and county staff, FHWA, the metropolitan planning organization, the transportation planning requirements office, and law enforcement and emergency management personnel.

Elise Feldpausch, P.E., ITS Engineer, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

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Elise Feldpausch works as an ITS Engineer at Michigan Department of Transportation's Statewide ITS Program Office. She acts as the statewide architecture coordinator maintaining conformance and manages a number of statewide contracts. She is currently serving as the project manager for a contract that will perform administrative updates to six regional ITS Architectures, as well as the statewide architecture.

Ms. Feldpausch began her career at the ITS Program Office in 2012. She previously worked with the Congestion and Mobility unit at MDOT. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Nathan Masek, AICP, Transportation Planner V, Mid-Region Council of Governments of New Mexico

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Nathan has over 20 years of experience as a transportation planner in the private and public sectors. He specializes in ITS, as well as modeling, Congestion Management, traffic data collection and travel performance summary, and geographic information systems (GIS). He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography with a specialization in Urban Transportation from San Diego State University (SDSU). He also earned two Masters degrees with specializations in Urban Geography and GIS from SDSU and the University of New Mexico, respectively. Nathan is a certified planner in AICP, and is the current President of the New Mexico Chapter of ITS America.

Charles Remkes, P.E., Transportation Engineer, New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT)

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Charles Remkes has over 30 years of experience in engineering and management that includes programmatic oversight for contracts to domestic and foreign work with various government agencies. For the past 17 years he has worked within the public sector, 10 of which were with NMDOT's ITS services, where he is currently the Manager of Operations.

Susan S. Walker, P.E., Project Manager, Iteris

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Susan Walker is a project manager in ITS and transportation engineering services. Since joining the National ITS Architecture team in 1999, she has been involved in the maintenance of the National ITS Architecture, including revisions for versions 4.0 through 7.0. She has facilitated architecture workshops that have assisted numerous transportation agencies in developing, maintaining, and using their regional architecture. Over the past 12 years, Ms. Walker has led the development of regional ITS architectures for varied areas. She is a National Highway Institute certified instructor and has been involved in training transportation professionals for 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. Ms. Walker is a professional engineer in the State of Georgia, and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.