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ITS University Workshop #4
September 22-23, 2016 | ITS America Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Day 1 Presentation | September 22, 2016

FDOT’s Statewide TSM&O Excellence Program

Presenter: Raj Ponnaluri
Presenter's Org: Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

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The slides in this presentation are branded with the TSM&O and FDOT logos.

Slide 1: FDOT’s Statewide TSM&O Excellence Program

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[This slide contains a column of four photos: traffic on a highway, cars stopped at a stop light, the inside of a Transportation Management Center, and several elevated and ground-level highways crisscrossing each other.]

Slide 2: TSM&O Training

STEP: Statewide TSM&O Excellence Program

  • Trainings for Local and Regional Transportation Agencies
  • Technical Assistance on Traffic Control Systems & Devices
  • Construction Engineering and Inspection Training
  • Operations Staff Training
  • TIM & CVO Program Training

Slide 3: 1. ITS Projects, Role

  • Several projects to mention
  • TSM&O Strategic Plan
  • SPaT Challenge
  • Statewide Policy and Guidance on TSM&O
    • Ramp Metering
    • Hard Shoulder Running
    • Adaptive Signal Control Technology Guidance
  • Wrong-Way Driving
  • Training initiative on TSM&O (STEP)
  • Mainstreaming Arterial Management
    • Deployment focus - ASCT, SPM, connectivity
  • Signal Maint. and Comp. Agreement - Performance Measures
  • Plan to pursue Integrated Corridor Management etc.
  • Research projects - TSM&O from planning to O&M

Slide 4: 2. Need for Technical Content

  • Key challenge today: Work force skill set
  • Need professionals who are technically competent
  • How many know what goes into or in a controller cabinet?
  • How many understand the need for good CEI for ITS?
  • Role of Information Technology experts in TMC
  • Challenges with identifying and dedicating O&M funding
  • Migrating to an integrated freeway-arterial system
  • Institutionalization and not individualization
  • Distinguishing between ‘optimal’ and ‘efficient’ systems
  • Balancing safety and mobility; and multi-modalism

Slide 5: 3. Young Engineers; what is missing?

  • Back to basics! knowing basic traffic engineering & operations
  • Recognizing that TSM&O and transportation are very diversified
  • TSM&O is very interesting and a great future for young engineers
  • Instilling the need for understanding the role of data in decision-making
  • Willing to stick around to see project success
  • Need for combining technical knowledge with industry/client/academic/research needs
  • Practical, pragmatic research with statewide applications
  • Hands-on and field-level knowledge, skills and competence
  • Need folks who know what field implications can be and not based on mere simulations alone

Slide 6: 4. Education needs

  • Traffic Engineering and operations
  • Knowledge of field conditions
  • Practical, field-level immersion
  • Understanding how other units function (design, maintenance, etc.)
  • Computer science and public information type coursework

Slide 7: Planned STEP Courses

Managed Field Ethernet Switch (MFES)

  • Computer-Based Training
  • Basic understanding of MFES
  • Acceptance and Inspection on FDOT Projects
  • Audience: FDOT Project Administrators, Inspectors, PE Trainees, ITS Designers

Closed-Circuit Television

  • Computer Based Training
  • Ensure proper installation
  • Approved and properly configured devices
  • Audience: FDOT Project Administrators, Inspectors, PE Trainees, ITS Designers

Slide 8: Planned STEP…

Dynamic Message Signs

  • Computer Based Training
  • Basic understanding of Dynamic Message Signs
  • Acceptance and Inspection on FDOT Projects
  • Audience: FDOT Project Administrators, Inspectors, PE Trainees, ITS Designers

Microwave Vehicle Detection System (MVDS)

  • Computer Based Training
  • Basic understanding of MVDS
  • Proper configuration and installation for FDOT
  • Audience: FDOT Project Administrators, Inspectors, PE Trainees, ITS Designers

Slide 9: Planned STEP

Traffic Signals Training

  • 101 Course CBT - basic information on traffic signals, purpose/needs, and definitions
  • Classroom/Hands-on Training - Traffic signal planning and design, re-timing and basic controller know-how
  • Proficiency Exam - tested in the classroom
  • Audience - FDOT Project Administrators, Inspectors, PE Trainees, Signal Designers

[This slide contains a clipart image of a traffic light.]

Slide 10: Regional Integrated Transportation Information System (RITIS)

  • Computer-Based Training
  • 11 modules
  • Time to Complete the Course: 5 hours 45 minutes
  • Available now - Internal and External Users

[This slide contains the RITIS logo, which includes an image of a road map.]

Slide 11: RITIS

[This slide contains a flow chart with three main categories: Presentation, Integration, and Data. At the center of the flow chart, and the only item in the Integration category, is RITIS. Arrows lead both to and from RITIS to the four Presentation subcategories: Researchers, Media/3rd Parties, 511 Travel Info, and Travelers. Arrows lead from each of the seven Data subcategories to RITIS: Traffic, Events, Parking, Weather, Signals, CAD, and Transit. Each of the Presentation and Data subcategories are represented by clipart images.]

Slide 12: ITS-Facility Management (ITSFM)

Available now to Florida Districts and Regional Partners

  • Manager/ITS Engineer (Viewer) Training Session - one day training workshop, viewing capabilities
  • Maintainer Training Session - 2.5 days of training, learn to utilize the ITSFM to full capacity
  • Editor Training - Month long training that gives learner rights to edit any part of ITSFM

*User access contingent upon successful training completion*

[This slide contains a reproduction of an FDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Facility Management business card.]

Slide 13: Work Program

ITS & Traffic Operations Work Program Training
This training is to give a briefing of the Work Program Office, define key budget concepts, and explain how the ITS Program and Traffic Engineering and Operations are funded in Work Program.

  • Instructor Led
  • Available to Central Office and Districts
  • Computer Based Training available in late 2016
  • Approximately 1 hour

Slide 14: STEP Materials in Planning

  • ITS Fiber/Network Design
    • Computer Based Training
  • ITS Network Security
    • Computer Based Training
  • Ramp Signal Handbook

[This slide contains a slow exposure photo of a winding two-lane road with vehicle headlights and taillights forming bending lines of light.]

Slide 15: Thank you!

Raj Ponnaluri, PhD, P.E., PTOE
FDOT TSM&O Program
State Arterial Management Systems Engineer
Florida Department of Transportation
605 Suwannee St.; MS 90
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450
(850) 410-5616

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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



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