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Professional Traffic Operations Engineer Certification Program Web Seminar Refresher Course

TITLE: PTOE REFRESHER COURSE SUITE-------- Registration closed
DATE: Tuesdays, December 3, 10, 17, 2013-January 7 & 14, 2014 (Modules 1-5 )
TIME: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Eastern/11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Central/10:00 a.m.-11:30a.m. Mountain/9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Pacific Time
SITE FEE: $625 ITE Member/ $781 Non-member/$313 Student Chapter Member

After registering you will receive a confirmation email. An email containing information about joining the webinar will be sent 2 business days prior to the event.
QUIZ FEE: The series registration includes one complimentary post-webinar quiz  for the site registrant. The comprehensive assessment consists of 25 multiple-choice questions for the entire Webinar series. Each attendee must enroll using their ITE Web account ID to register and complete an online course evaluation/quiz at the end of the course to receive course credit.   Signup here if you do not already have an ITE Web account. (Do not need to be a member to receive an ID)
BACKGROUND: The suite of courses includes five (5) learning modules on traffic engineering studies, traffic operations analysis, operational effects of geometric design, traffic safety and traffic control devices. See individual modules below for course details and learning objectives.


Robert K. Seyfried, P.E., PTOE, FITE, President,  RK Seyfried and Associates, Inc., Evanston, IL, USA

Robert was the former Director of the Transportation Safety of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety in Evanston, Illinois. He was responsible for the administration, planning, development and presentation of seminars and workshops in transportation engineering, both on-campus and throughout the United States. A graduate of Northwestern University, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Transportation Research Board and the Regulatory/Warning Signs Technical Committee of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Seyfried has a total of 32 years experience in transportation engineering and was on the staff of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety for 27 years. Seyfried is the primary author of the ITE Professional Traffic Operations Engineers Certification Program Refresher Course manual and the ITE Traffic Operations Practitioner Specialist (TOPS) Certification Program Refresher Course and Traffic Signal Operations Specialist (TSOS) Certification Program Refresher Course manual.

DATE: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
TIME: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Eastern

At the conclusion of the module participants should be able to:

1) Apply basic statistical concepts and calculate sample means, and standard deviations.
2) Recognize standard terminology related to traffic studies.
3) Explain the importance of and be able to apply traffic volume adjustment factors.
4) Define how to design a traffic speed study and interpret traffic speed study data, including calculation of 85th percentile speeds.
5) Understand and apply concepts of speed zoning.
6) Calculate advisory speeds for horizontal curves and be able to determine appropriate warning signs for curves.
7) Understand how to conduct travel time and intersection delay studies.
8) Conduct and interpret parking studies.

DATE: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
TIME: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Eastern

At the conclusion of the module participants should be able to:

1) Summarize traffic flow theory concepts and the relationships between speed, flow and density.
2) Calculate queue lengths for service facilities and freeway bottlenecks.
3) Apply concepts of highway capacity analysis and level of service analysis for freeways and signalized intersections.
4) Recognize the applicability of transportation system management (TSM) techniques.
5) Conduct and interpret site traffic impact analyses for land development.
6) Identify principles and recognize important elements of travel demand management (TDM) and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) techniques.

DATE: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
TIME: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Eastern

At the conclusion of the module participants should be able to:

1) Define and understand functional classification of roadway systems.
2) Describe the importance of design controls such as design speed, design vehicle, design traffic, and design level of service.
3) Recall parameters for calculating stopping sight distance and be able to apply these calculations.
4) Recognize relationships between horizontal and vertical alignment geometry and driver safety and comfort.
5) Set appropriate priorities for treatment of roadside obstacles.
6) Recall principles of intersection channelization design.
7) Identify and apply principles of “basic number of lanes” and “lane balance” to interchange and freeway design.

DATE: Tuesday, January 7, 2014
TIME: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Eastern

At the conclusion of the module participants should be able to:

1) Define concepts of safety management systems.
2) Recall and understand the basic elements of a successful highway safety improvement program.
3) Apply crash data to identify high-hazard locations and calculation of crash rates.
4) Interpret collision patterns and draw appropriate inferences regarding potential causal factors and effective countermeasures.
5) Perform economic evaluations of proposed safety improvements.
6) Explain the importance of after-implementation evaluation of safety improvements.
7) Recall basic terminology and concepts of civil liability.

DATE: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
TIME: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Eastern

At the conclusion of the module participants should be able to:

1) Explain principles of driver information processing as they apply to design and location of traffic control devices.
2) Recall five basic requirements for all traffic control devices.
3) Recall terminology and definitions used in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
4) Summarize the application of standard sign shapes, colors, and legends.
5) Distinguish between types and applications of modes of traffic signal control.
6) Identify basic principles of traffic signal phasing and timing and their effect on traffic safety and efficiency.
7) Calculate appropriate timing of traffic signal phase change intervals and pedestrian intervals.
8) Identify concepts of signal system timing.
9) Apply appropriate traffic control measures for highway work zones.
10) Calculate appropriate taper lengths for work zone lane closures.

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