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Traffic Signal Operations Specialist Certification Program Web Seminar Refresher Course


TITLE: TSOS REFRESHER COURSE SUITE
DATES: Thursdays, April 14-May 12, 2011  (Modules 1-5 )
TIME:  3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Eastern                                                     
SITE FEE: $625 ITE Member/ $781 Non-member /$313 Student Chapter Member
QUIZ FEE: The series registration includes one complimentary quiz per course for the site registrant. The comprehensive assessment consists of 25 multiple-choice questions for the entire series. Information on how to access the assessment and evaluation will be sent by email at the conclusion of the course.
CREDIT: 7.5 PDH/.8 IACET CEU
BACKGROUND: The suite of courses includes five (5) learning modules on traffic signal control, signal design and installation, signal phasing and timing, signal system timing and operations and signal operations and safety review. See individual modules below for course details and learning objectives.

INSTRUCTOR:

 

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 36 years experience in transportation engineering and was on the staff of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety for 32 years. Seyfried is the primary author of the ITE Professional Traffic Operations Engineers Certification Program Refresher Course manual and the upcoming ITE Traffic Operations Practitioner Specialist (TOPS) Certification Program Refresher Course and Traffic Signal Operations Specialist (TSOS) Certification Program Refresher Course manual.

TITLE: MODULE 1: PRINCIPLES OF TRAFFIC SIGNAL CONTROL
DATE: Thursday, April 14, 2011
TIME: 3:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Eastern
BACKGROUND:  The module includes a review of the following topic areas: 

-Purpose and application of signal control
-Signal installation warrants
-Types of signal controls: insolated and system operation
-Special user needs
-Traffic flow theory
-Performance measures, data needs and collection procedures                                             

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

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

1) Identify and apply the traffic signal installation warrants.
2) Recognize the importance of data collection for warrant analysis and traffic signal design.
3) Recognize and appreciate the need to accommodate roadway users with many different capabilities and limitations.
4) Define traffic flow theory applications for signal operations.

TITLE: MODULE 2: ELEMENTS OF SIGNAL DESIGN AND INSTALLATION
DATE: Thursday, April 21, 2011
TIME: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern 
BACKGROUND:

The module includes a review of the following topic areas:

- Design standards
-Signal controller units
-Detector types and installation practices
-Intersection geometrics
-Signing and pavement marking
-Temporary traffic controls
-Equipment switch over and initial turn-on 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

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

1) Recall terminology associated with traffic signal design and operation.
2) Recognize the important characteristics of pre-timed and traffic actuated modes of signal control.
3) Identify with various types of vehicle and pedestrian detection.
4) List the requirements of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) relative to vehicle and pedestrian signal face placement and visibility.
5) Differentiate the relationship between intersection design and signal operation.
6) Recognize the importance of traffic signs and pavement markings at signalized intersections.

TITLE: MODULE 3: SIGNAL PHASING AND TIMING
DATE: Thursday, April 28, 2011
TIME: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern 
BACKGROUND: The module includes a review of the following topic areas:               

-Signal phasing
-Phase change intervals
-Detector design and placement
-Isolated signal timing: pre-times and actuated operation
-Dilemma zone treatments
-Preemption and priority control
-Available software                      

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

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

1) Recall terminology and concepts of traffic signal phasing.
2) Determine appropriate phasing to accommodate left turns.
3) Calculate efficient cycle lengths.
4) Define the operation of fully-actuated control.
5) Determine appropriate detector placement and controller unit settings for dilemma zone protection on high-speed approaches.
6) Identify concepts of railroad and emergency vehicle preemption.

TITLE: MODULE 4: SIGNAL SYSTEM TIMING AND OPERATIONS
DATE: Thursday, May 5, 2011
TIME: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern 
BACKGROUND: The module includes a review of the following topic areas:

-Principles of coordinated signal system operation
-Timing of signal system and system control
-Micro-signal systems (queue backup issues)
-System performance measures, implementation and performance review

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

1) Define concepts of coordinated signal system operation and be able to determine appropriate applications of signal coordination.
2) Distinguish between alternative technologies for signal coordination.
3) Develop a time-space diagram for analysis of a coordinated signal system.
4) Recall how to develop a library of signal system timing plans.
5) Divide a street network into workable signal sections for signal system plan development.
TITLE: MODULE 5: SIGNAL OPERATIONS AND SAFETY REVIEW
DATE: Thursday, May 12, 2011
TIME: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern 
BACKGROUND:

The module includes a review of the following topic areas:

-Functional classification of roads
-Vehicle operating characteristics
-Horizontal alignment
-Sight distance
-Cross section elements
-Intersection design, freeway and grade-separation intersection design

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

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

1) Recite the potential advantages and disadvantages of signal control.
2) Interpret crash patterns at signalized intersections, and be able to identify appropriate remedial treatments.
3) Discuss the impact of signal phasing and timing decisions on intersection safety.
4) Identify the problem of “left-turn traps” and understand how to avoid them.
5) Define the application of road safety audits to improving safety at existing signalized intersections.
6) Prioritize signal installation decisions and maintenance calls.


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