Training

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Our approach: Courses designed to provide transportation professionals with safety and human factors state-of-art knowledge to incorporate explicitly in their assignments.

An Introduction to Road Safety Science

This three-day course provides valuable insights into safety engineering, driver abilities, and limitations which need consideration in highway design and traffic engineering. The course objectives are: develop awareness of basic principles of safety engineering and of driver limitations in vision, attention, information processing, and perception-reaction time; learn about cost-benefit assessment of traffic engineering countermeasures; how to bring human factors analysis of traffic accidents; and how to include safety in design and traffic engineering studies.

These courses are intended for traffic engineers and technologists, highway designers, police accident reconstructionists, government safety traffic managers, and fleet managers. Similar material has been offered in previous courses to Ministry of Transportation, Ontario employees in six regions, to the Consulting Engineers of Ontario, and to other regional municipalities in Southern Ontario. More than 600 practitioners have participated in such courses. Evaluations have shown a high level of satisfaction for course presentation.

Introduction to Safety Evaluation and Application of Crash Modification Factors – Institute of Transportation Engineers (USA)

A module piloted at the 2008 ITE Technical Conference in Miami, FL. This module is an introductory session to safety evaluation aiming to demonstrate the relevant concepts with practical examples. The module will also provide information about how to critically review publications about safety studies, and appreciate the value of science-based highway safety research and its application. It will also introduce the participants to the expected safety effect and costs associated with the implementation of a treatment or combination of treatments. This module is one of 8 module- 101 series under development by ITE.

Highway Safety Analysis Workshop – Federal Highway Administration

A 3-day course for National Highway Administration (NHI): # 380075A: “New Approaches to Highway Safety Analysis” at several State Departments of Transportation in the US.. These course sessions provide an introduction to safety principles and measurements, which are not taught in any other course by NHI. This introduction is critical for professionals to understand the upcoming Highway Safety Manual (HSM), SafetyAnalyst Tools, Interactive Highway Safety Design Model (IHSDM), among others. This course embodies key principles and their applications while integrating road and traffic safety with human factors resulting in the development of better designs and operating roads.

The sessions were delivered to the several states, including New York, Michigan,, Kansas , Pennsylvania, Indiana, Colorado, California, Georgia, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Illinois, Vermont, Florida, Arizona, Connecticut, Tennessee, Nevada, New Jersey and Ohio.

Screening Training and Safety Review – City of Edmonton and City of Kingston

A one-day training course on the Safety Performance Functions (SPFs) and Network Screening Tools for signalized intersections. This course includes discussions on the need for quantifiable safety; the effects of regression to the mean, and the development of SPFs. Examples were developed and worked through with the participants of the course. Each city selected one intersection for an in-service road safety review, including a field investigation and city staff in attendance to provide input and gain insight on methods used to conduct safety reviews.