ITE and the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Safety are pleased to offer targeted training for transportation engineering and planning professionals at the ITE 2008 Technical Conference and Exhibit in Miami, FL, USA, on safety evaluation and human factors. These modules are the first in a series of eight introduaory courses to be offered by ITE.
Additional planned courses will address enforcement, environment, EMS and education. The learning objectives of the modules are based on guidance from the Transportation Research Board's Joint Subcommittee for Highway Safety Workforce Development document, Research Results Digest 302, Core Competencies for Highway Safety Professionals.
At this conference, ITE is taking a different approach to providing participants with ample opportunity to attend classroom seminars and technical sessions at a reduced cost, without extended travel time and additional lodging expenses. The modules will be held on Monday, March 31,2008 and will be repeated on Tuesday, April 1, 2008. Each module earns 1.5 PDH/. 15 IACET CEU.
You may register for one or two module. If you already are registered for the ITE 2008 Technical Conference and Exhibit, the cost is $50 per module. If you choose only to attend the modules, the cost is $75 per module.
Introduction to Safety Evaluation and Application of Crash Modification Factors Module
Monday, March 31,11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 1,11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Participants will learn about safety evaluation and how to apply crash modification factors (CMFs) or accident modification factors (AMFs). This session will help attendees understand how AMFs will be presented in the upcoming Highway Safety Manual and the SafetyAnalyst software tool.
The course will introduce students to the importance of empirical (factual) safety evaluation of treatments and using the findings to become effective in the identification, selection and implementation of suitable countermeasures to the problems identified. Effectiveness is measured in terms of the impact in reducing the occurrence of future crashes and severity of crashes. At the conclusion of the course, participants will:
* Understand the value of utilizing science-based highway safety research and its application as fundamental to achieving further improvements in highway safety.
* Identify the most recent sources of information about effective countermeasures that address specific crash factors.
* Consider alternative interventions/ countermeasures based upon expected cost and effectiveness and select countermeasures to implement.
* Identify various statistical techniques in safety management (use of empirical bayes and/case-control designs).
* Understand the importance of computing the expected safety cost/benefit associated with implementation of a countermeasure.
Instructor: Geni Bahar, Vice President, iTRANS Consulting, Washington, DC, USA
Introduction to Human Factors Module
Monday, March 31,2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 1, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Human factors involves the study of all aspects of the way humans relate to the world around them. This introductory module will cover the basic principles of human factors. It will also include discussion of how human factors and the four Es (education, engineering, enforcement and encouragement) impact driver decision-making and safety.
At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:
* Recognize how highway user decision-making is influenced by highway design, transportation planning and traffic operations.
* Identify the linkages among human factors and behavior, vehicle design, roadway design, design and the environment and the impact these linkages have with respect to identified crash problems.
Instructor: Gregory W. Davis, Assistant Research Scientist, Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX, USA
For more information about the conference and the professional development modules, go to www.ite.org/conference.
© 2008 Institute of Transportation Engineers Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.