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Traffic Incident Management - What’s New?

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Date:   Wednesday, June 7, 2017
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 Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Professional Capacity Building Program 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.


Background

Traffic Incident Management (TIM) consists of a planned and coordinated multi-disciplinary approach to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible. Effective TIM strategies reduces the duration and impacts of traffic incidents and improves the safety of motorists, crash victims, and emergency responders. Currently, there are new and updated reports, events, and training sessions that contribute to the success of the practice.

The webinar covers Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) TIM updates, which include: information about the “Traffic Incident Awareness Week,” SHRP2 National TIM Responder training and its evaluation, Every Day Counts-4 “Using Data to Improve TIM,” and other resources.

The webinar examines the technology used for the investigation and reconstruction of traffic crashes and provides information about each technology’s capabilities and limitations to inform crash investigation units of available options.

The final presentations include two TIM experts sharing information about Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Advanced TIM training and the agency’s Predictive Analytics project. TDOT’s training is a program developed in response to the SHRP2 L12 and L32 modules. This program is intended to develop concepts that are more advanced than the TIM 4-hour program. The advanced concepts involve full-scale training exercises on the TIM Training Track located in Nashville, TN. Finally, a speaker shares TDOT’s Predictive Analytics project’s research, review of technologies, and recommendations to improve investigation strategies and reconstruction methods of crash sites.

Agenda

Paul Jodoin provides an introduction to the webinar and discusses FHWA’s TIM updates.

Andrew Klane discusses using Unmanned Aircraft System technology to forensically map collision scenes and to facilitate the quick clearance of highway fatal collisions. Mr. Klane further explains why this method is an emerging best practice for TIM.

Kevin Comstock discusses TDOT’s Advanced TIM training.

Phillip Freeze discusses TDOT’s Predictive Analytics project.

Learning Objectives

This webinar will:

Target Audience

Host

Paul Jodoin, TIM Program Manager, Office of Transportation Operations, U.S. Department of Transportation, FHWA, Washington, D.C.

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Paul Jodoin has served as the TIM Program Manager for FHWA for the last five years. Prior to joining FHWA, he worked for 38 years at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) as the manager of the Highway Operations Center and was instrumental in starting their TIM program.

Mr. Jodoin previously served as the Federal host for the following Traffic Incident Management-related T3 webinars:

Presenters

Andrew Klane, Section Commander, Massachusetts State Police, Middleboro, MA

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Andrew Klane has been a member of the Massachusetts State Police for 29 years and holds the rank of Lieutenant. He has been assigned to the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (CARS) for the past 25 years. Upon promotion to the rank of Lieutenant in 2009, he has been the Section Commander of the CARS Unit with 4 Sergeants and 19 troopers reporting in to him.

Mr. Klane has reconstructed over 500 serious injury and fatal motor vehicle crashes. He has testified numerous times as an expert witness in both District and Superior Courts throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) and also holds the position of board member on the ACTAR governing board of directors. Mr. Klane represents the Massachusetts State Police on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts TIM Task Force. He has been responsible for the selection and implementation of technology to facilitate CARS achieving the department's quick clearance initiative which he participated in developing. Mr. Klane was responsible for the design and implementation of the UAS (Drone) program for the Massachusetts State Police, used specifically for the quick clearance of traffic crashes.

Kevin Comstock, Manager, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Traffic Operations Division, Nashville, TN

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Kevin Comstock has over 30 years of experience in the transportation and communications infrastructure industry. He currently serves as the Program Manager for the TDOT Traffic Management Office. Prior experience includes providing technical leadership and strategic planning for ITS to various communities within TN.

Mr. Comstock graduated summa cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies and a concentration in Organizational Leadership. He currently serves as the 2017 President of the Tennessee Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and is a member of the Southern District of ITE Leadership Committee.

Phillip Freeze, Director, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Traffic Operations Division, Nashville, TN

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A TDOT employee since 2002, Phillip Freeze is the Director of the TDOT Traffic Operations Division. The mission of the Traffic Operations Division is to maximize the capacity of the existing roadway network in Tennessee. He is a licensed engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from UT - Knoxville. Previous to his current position in the Traffic Operations Division, Mr. Freeze oversaw the development of ITS and Traffic Signal Design projects.

Mr. Freeze currently serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE), which was established through a partnership with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), ITE, and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA). The NOCoE is intended to serve the emerging transportation systems management and operations (TSM&O) community, which focuses on deploying strategies and technologies to increase the safety and efficiency of the nation’s transportation system.

Mr. Freeze holds professional memberships with ITS Tennessee, ITS America and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He is a past President of ITS Tennessee and currently serves on its Board of Directors.