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Geometric Design for Canadian Roads: Advanced

A Cross-Canada Series

EVENT:  Two-Day Seminar
TIME: 8:30 AM -5:00 PM
COST: TAC Member $995 / Non-Member $1195
EARLY-BIRD: TAC Member $895 /Non-Member $1095
GROUP RATES are available for 5 or more individuals, from the same organization attending on the same date.

Dates and Locations:

May 16-17, 2018

Vancouver, BC
Venue to be announced

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Early-bird ends 04/25/2018

May 23-24, 2018 Moncton, NB
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Early-bird ends 05/02/2018

May 30-31, 2018 Edmonton, AB
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Early-bird ends 05/09/2018

June 6-7, 2018 Regina, SK
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Early-bird ends 05/16/2018

June 13-14, 2018 Winnipeg, MB
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Early-bird ends 05/23/2018

Fall 2018 Ontario

Dates, locations and registration
to be announced

The 2017 Edition of TAC’s Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads provides guidance to planners and designers in developing design solutions that meet the needs of a range of road users while addressing the context of local conditions and environments. Design guidelines are included for freeways, arterials, collectors, and local roads, in both urban and rural locations as well as for integrated bicyclist and pedestrian design.

This two-day seminar provides designers with a review of new elements of the geometric design process resulting from the 2017 TAC Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads. It covers both the urban and rural design environments with an emphasis on the application of concepts such as flexible design, cost-effectiveness analysis, human factors considerations in roadway design, and quantitative road safety analysis in support of design decisions.

Promotion

Those registering for a seminar will receive a 15% discount when they purchase one copy of the GDG in print (PKG-GEODES17-E) or e-book (PKG-GEODES17-EBK) formats. A promo code will be provided as part of the seminar confirmation email. Offer valid until 2018-06-30.

Outline

  • Introduction - New direction
    • Need to consider all road users
    • Urban versus rural context
    • Need for design flexibility
  • Safety and risk management
    • Key principles and essential human factors considerations
    • Includes work group activities
  • Design controls and consistency
    • Overview of changes in the new Guide
    • Case study: Stopping  sight distance versus decision sight distance critique and discussion
    • Case study using the FHWA’s Interactive Highway Safety Design Model - Design Consistency Module
  • Alignment and cross section
    • Overview of changes in the new Guide
    • Cross section and speed
    • Human factors considerations
    • Quantitative road safety analysis to support design decisions using real-world examples
  • Roadside design
    • Assess change to encroachment distances with real-world example
    • Roadside design for low volume roads
    • Roadside design in constrained urban areas
    • Cost-effectiveness analysis
    • Changing barrier technologies
    • Enhanced median barrier warrant discussion with real-world example
    • Overview of AASHTO RSAP v2 with a comparison to the RSAP v3 currently under development using real world example
  • Bicycle integrated design
    • Bicycle design needs
    • Facility types and selection
    • Alignment and intersection elements
    • Road safety considerations
    • Real-world case study on application of facility selection tool
  • Pedestrian integrated design
    • Pedestrian design needs
    • Crosswalks
    • Design elements
    • Road safety considerations
    • Real-world case study
  • Intersection design
    • Building safer intersections - What designers need to know
    • Guidance on the accommodation of all road users
    • Rural versus urban design context
    • Changes to the intersection sight distance model
    • Case  study:  Simple  urban  intersection  design  critique  and discussion
    • Case study:  Complex urban intersection design critique and discussion
    • Rail crossings
    • Innovative intersections
  • Interchange design
    • Overview of safety conscious interchange design principles
    • Challenges presented by complex roadway systems
    • The relationship between the spacing of interchanges / consecutive design elements and the drivers ability to deal with constrained situations
    • A group work activity
    • Quantitative road safety analysis to support design decisions using real world examples
  • Q&A
    • Opportunity for participants to ask questions and provide practical examples of challenges faced by designers.

Learning Objective

  • Provide participants with an overview of key technical changes to geometric design elements resulting from the 2017 TAC Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads.
  • Provide designers with real-world examples of the application of concepts such as flexible design, cost-effectiveness analysis, human factors considerations in roadway design, and quantitative road safety analysis.

Target Audience

  • Experienced designers wishing to reinforce their knowledge of all aspects of the Guide, including particular reviews of new applications and practices arising from the 2017 TAC Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads. Knowledge of basic principles of design will be assumed and the seminar will provide numerous examples. Significant participant interaction will be required.

Presenters

John Robinson, Ph.D., P. Eng., Senior Partner, Flood Murray International, Inc.
Flood Murray International specializes in road safety science and the application of both engineering and human-centered design principles to the increasing presence of challenging and complex design situations on our land transport systems in North America. Dr. Robinson, Traffic and Transportation Systems Engineer with 45 years of experience in the field, brings an extensive body of proven expertise in road safety engineering to the company. John was co-author of the roadside design and intersection chapters of the 2017 TAC Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads.

Geoff Millen, P. Eng., Senior Road Safety Engineering Specialist and Road Safety Auditor, WSP
Geoff has more than 25 years of experience in road and highway design, roadside design, road safety engineering, and value engineering analysis with WSP. Geoff served as Technical Director for the GDG and was co-author of the new roadside design and intersection chapters.