Course Syllabus

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Spring Semester 2005

CEE 495.001/CEE 771.009 – TRAFFIC ENGINEERING OPERATIOS AND ANALYSES

(SPRING 2005)

Instructor

Telephone

:

:

Office Hours

:

Zong Z. Tian

Office

: SEM 221

775-784-1232

Email

: [email protected]

Tuesday and Thursday: 10 am to 11 am and 2:00 to 3:00 pm or anytime I am in my office

Time and Day

: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm

Location

: SEM 257

Text

(required): Roess, R., Prassas, E. and McShane, W., "Traffic Engineering," 3 rd

Edition, 2004, Prentice Hall,

ISBN 0-13-142471-8

Additional

References

(Optional)

1. Highway Capacity Manual 2000, Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C., 2000

2. Trip Generation Manual, 7 th

Edition, Institute of Transportation Engineers

3. Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Millinium Edition, 2003.

Prep Day

:

Final Exam

:

Spring Break

:

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

May 5, 2005 between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 26, 2005 to Sunday, April 3, 2005

Holiday

: Monday, February 21 (President’s Day), 2005

Final Day for Dropping Classes

: Friday, March 11, 2005

Goal

: The content of the course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills for conducting studies in the area of traffic enginnering operations.

Course Objectives

:

Familiarize the students with the basic principles of traffic engineering operations (a)

Familiarize the students with the standard traffic engineering software used by traffic engineering professionals to analyze the operations of traffic facilities, including intersections and arterials (b,c,e)

Provide the students with the opportunity of working in a team environment for completing an actual project (d)

Provide the students with practical experience of working on a traffic impact study project (f,g,h,j,k)

Provide the students with general knowledge of various traffic engineering topics for more advanced traffic engineering courses (i)

What You Will Learn:

Understand the analytical procedures for capacity and level of service calculations at signalized and unsignalized intersections

Understand the basic principles of traffic signal timing and coordinating

Master the principles and procedures for conducting traffic impact studies

Learn at least two popular traffic engineering software, SYNCHRO and TRAFFIX

Have the knowledge and skills for seeking employment in traffic engineering firms or public transportation agencies

Prerequisite:

CEE 426 or instructor permission

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Exams, Homeworks and Projects:

There will be two exams, the midterm and final exams. There will be a number of homework assignments, covering each major topics of the course. You will be working with other members in a team of about 4 students on a traffic impact study project. The project is designed to provide you with practical experiences and apply the necessary traffic analysis tools.

Course Grading

:

Percent Breakdown by Items

Midterm Exam

Final Exam

Quizzes

Homework

Project

25%

25%

10%

15%

25%

Grade Scale

A

B

C

D

F

90-100

80-90

70-80

60-70

<60

Assignment Due Dates:

All homework are due the week after they were assigned at the beginning of class, unless otherwise stated. Late assignments will be accepted with a penalty as shown below

Days Late

1

2

Penalty

10%

50%

>2 No Credit

*Extenuating circumastances will be considered according to university regulations

Make-Up Exams:

Make-up exams will be given according to university regulations regarding excused absences. However, events with schedules that are within your control do not quality as an excused absence.

Course Schedule:

Table 1 shows the planned schedule and topic areas for the lectures. Table 2 shows the schedule for the project.

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Table 1

Course Schedules – CEE 495.001/CEE 771.009: Traffic Engineering

Operations and Analyses

Week

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

2/8

2/10

2/15

2/17

2/22

2/24

3/1

3/3

Date

1/18

1/20

1/25

1/27

2/1

2/3

Topic

Introduction to Traffic Engineering

Traffic Studies (1)

Traffic Studies (2)

Speed, Travel Time, and Delay Studies

Intersection Control and Signal Warrants

Signal Timing Terminologies and Parameters (1)

Signal Timing Terminologies and Parameters (2)

Actuated Signal Control and Operations (3)

Actuated Signal Control and Operations

Analysis of Signalized Intersections (1)

Analysis of Signalized Intersections (2)

Analysis of Signalized Intersections (3)

Midterm Exam Review

Midterm Exam

8

9

10

11

12

13

3/8

3/10

3/15

3/17

3/22

3/24

3/28

4/5

4/7

4/12

4/14

Unsignalized Intersections – TWSC

Unsignalized Intersections – TWSC

Unsignalized Intersections – AWSC, Roundabout

Traffic Impact Analysis – Trip Generation

Traffic Impact Analysis – Trip Distribution

Traffic Impact Analysis – Other Issues

Spring Break

Signal Timing and Coordination (1)

Signal Timing and Coordination (2)

Signal Timing and Coordination (3)

Traffic Simulation

14

15

4/19

4/21

4/26

4/28

ITS Fundamentals (1)

ITS Fundamentals (2)

Project Presentation

Final Review

16 5/5 Final Exam

*Note: The course schedule is subject to change depending on student performance

Reading

1

5,8

9

16

18

20

21, Handout

23, Handout

Handout

24, Handout

Handout

Handout

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Table 2

Project Schedule – CEE 495.001/CEE 771.009: Traffic Engineering

Operations and Analyses

Week

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Date

1/10

1/24

1/31

2/7

2/14

2/21

2/28

3/7

3/14

Assignment

Initial project team formation

Deliverable

Finalize project teams Report on team and members

Field data collection: volume, delay, geometry Report describing data collection results

No project related assignments

Field data collection: signal timing Report describing data

Conduct signalized intersection analysis

No project related assignments

No project related assignments

Analysis of unsignalized intersections collection results

Report on LOS for signalized intersections

Report on LOS for unsignalized intersections

10

11

12

3/21

3/28

4/4

Presentation of results for existing operations

Spring Break

Trip generation, distribution, and develop

TRAFFIX model

Class presentation

13

14

15

16

4/11

4/18

4/25

5/2

Final analysis with site development

Prepare project report and presentation

Project Presentation

Final week

Class presentation

*Note: The course schedule is subject to change depending on student performance

If you have a disability for which you will need accommodations, please contact me or Mary Zabel at the Disability

Resource Center (Thompson Student Services – 107), as soon as possible to arrange for appropriate accommodations.

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