Four Workshops | One Instructor | Two Locations
What do roadway geometric design, fundamentals of traffic engineering, and traffic calming have in common? They are all UVA TTA classes being taught this fall by Dr. Rod Turochy, a home-grown Virginian who also worked for VDOT and VTRC.
As the James M. Hunnicutt Professor of Traffic Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at Auburn University, Turochy teaches on topics related to all forms of traffic and transportation engineering such as roadway design, traffic engineering, and highway safety. With research interests in traffic engineering and data analysis, highway safety, and work zone traffic operations, Turochy promotes various engineering practices and countermeasures as important components of the entire transportation system life cycle, including planning, design, construction, maintenance and operations, and safety performance.
These activities, as well as several years at VDOT with responsibilities for traffic design and work zone safety in the Salem District, and later as a Research Scientist at VTRC, have positioned Turochy as a strong advocate for equipping local agencies and other stakeholders with the tools, skills and knowledge to improve the effectiveness of their transportation systems.
“Since I was I child, I’ve been ‘playing in traffic’ – from drawing stop signs and constructing play roadways to pursuing an education in civil engineering,” explained Turochy. “I continue to be drawn to the vital role we play as transportation engineers, planners and technicians. It is critical we stay informed about latest best practices and safety performance metrics to ensure safety and efficiency for the travelling public.”
Register now for Turochy’s classes in Arlington, Virginia and Charlottesville, Virginia.
Roadway Geometric Design I | September 10 | Arlington, VA | Register
This one-day workshop provides an overview of the basics of roadway geometric design, particularly establishment of the alignment and selection of design elements and their impacts on safety. The class material is grouped into five general topics:
- Selection of design elements
- Horizontal alignment
- Vertical alignment
- Current topics (overview of trends that impact safety for all users, such as the complete streets movement, traffic calming, and context sensitive solutions)
Upon completion of this class, participants will be able to select values for key design elements and design the roadway alignment and superelevation transitions.
Who should attend: This course is designed for anyone with an interest in learning, or reviewing, the basics of roadway design, in any field of transportation engineering. Little prior knowledge of geometric design is assumed; therefore, this course can serve as a foundation for the less-experienced roadway design engineer or engineering technician or as a refresher for the experienced roadway design engineer.
Roadway Geometric Design II | September 11 | Arlington, VA | Register
This one-day class is intended to delve into topics beyond basics of roadway geometric design. After a brief review of design factors and establishment of horizontal and vertical alignments, topics addressed include roadside design, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and safety implications of intersection design decisions.
Upon completion of this class, participants will be able to make decisions regarding roadside design features and modify designs to accommodate non-motorized users.
Who should attend: This course is designed for anyone with an interest in learning about roadway design concepts beyond the basics of developing an alignment. Some prior knowledge of the basics of geometric design is assumed; it is recommended that course attendees have completed the Roadway Geometric Design I (basic) course or have some experience in roadway design. Roadway design engineers at all levels may benefit from the course.
Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering | September 25 | Charlottesville, VA | Register
This one-day workshop provides an overview of traffic engineering fundamentals. The class material is grouped into four general topics:
- Traffic control and management (including an overview of traffic control, key principles in the MUTCD, and traffic devices)
- Traffic engineering studies (including speed, volume, and signal studies,)
- Safety studies (including measures, trends analyses, and countermeasures)
- Capacity and level-of-service analyses (including basic traffic flow theory, capacity, and level of service concepts).
Upon completion of this class, participants will understand principles applied in traffic engineering and related engineering studies, and will have a toolkit of available resources needed to help implement these principles.
Who should attend: This class serves as a refresher for the experienced traffic engineer as well as a foundation for the less-seasoned traffic engineer or engineering technician.
Traffic Calming | September 26 | Charlottesville, VA | Register
This one-day class provides an overview of the evolution of traffic calming policies and practices. Over the course of the day, detailed information on commonly used traffic calming measures will be presented, including selection, design, effectiveness, and issues. VDOT Traffic Calming Guidelines are also reviewed.
Upon completion of this class, participants will be able to describe concepts and components in traffic calming plans and policies, select and design traffic calming measures, quantify the effectiveness of commonly-used traffic calming measures and develop a model policy and procedure for applying traffic calming measures.
Who should attend: This class is intended primarily for traffic engineers, engineering technicians, transportation planners, and others who are responsible for management of local streets.
Dr. Rod E. Turochy, P.E. is the James M. Hunnicutt Professor of Traffic Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at Auburn University where he has been teaching since 2002. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering at Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia.