A challenge to state and local public sector transportation infrastructure owners and operators to cooperate together to achieve deployment of DSRC infrastructure with SPaT broadcasts in at least one corridor or network (approximately 20 signalized intersections) in each of the 50 states by January 2020. SPaT broadcasts are expected to be accompanied by MAP and RTCM broadcasts. Please click the link here to go to the SPaT Challenge webpage.
Welcome to the National Operations Center of Excellence
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is seeking a graduate student to work in the National Operations Center of excellence (NOCoE) during the spring 2017 semester. Questions are due no later than COB December 15, to the attention of Mr. Strat Cavros, AASHTO Manager of Acquisitions, Contracts & Business Development (Contracts Manager), at email@example.com. AASHTO will strive to answer questions and send those answers by e-mails to prospective interns by December 22. Please send a cover letter and resume to Mr. Cavros no later than 4:00 PM EST December 29. It is expected that AASHTO will make selection no later than January 19.
The NOCoE’s origins date from August 2013 when AASHTO, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to complete a business plan for the creation and start-up operations for a National Operations Center of Excellence using the Cooperative Model as defined in NCHRP Report 298. Another MOU between the three associations was signed in April 2014 to outline joint roles and responsibilities, as well as the individual association roles and responsibilities for establishing the NOCoE. The NOCoE was successfully launched in January 2015 at the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and begins its second year this month. During its first year the NOCOE completed an Outreach and Engagement and Technical Services Plant (TSP) and began the delivery of a broad array of technical services including a series of webinars and peer exchanges.
The key objectives of the NOCoE are as follows:
- Identify, collect, and disseminate best practice information and promote its application with the purpose of improving the operations outcomes of agencies charged with transportation systems management and operations and establishing the NOCoE as the resource for all such information;
- Expand Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSM&O) knowledge and identify research gaps and needs;
- Support TSM&O community building through peer exchanges, communities of practice, and collaboration; and
- Assess the needs of the TSM&O community (both public and private), identify customer and client needs, and encourage collaboration across government, industry, and academic institutions.
The NOCoE office is located adjacent to the AASHTO office in Washington, D.C., and relies on AASHTO for administrative, legal, contracting, and accounting support.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Task 1: Quality Check for Existing Entries
The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) has over 1100 items within its knowledge database: www.transportationops.org. Although the items have been uploaded, proper tagging is needed to ensure consistent and quality use of the database. An intern will read and briefly scan the many different sources of information available in the knowledge database that may be relevant to their field of study. The following scope of works seeks to have a person document and evaluate the tags that were used and any missing tags based on the items itself. The steps to be completed are as follows:
- Identify item
- Identify existing tags on item
- Briefly scroll through document and identify additional tags for the item
- Update item on EKTS
The person updating the tagging will be supervised by NOCoE staff or designated person and the items will be spot checked to ensure quality and provide feedback.
The intern will have the opportunity to learn and understand TSM&O topics by reviewing the items available within the database. Other opportunities to engage with researchers in areas that the intern is interested is encouraged and will be supported.
Task 2: Upload New Entries into Knowledge Database
Connect with industry sources to search for new items to be uploaded into the knowledge database.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
A graduate student (Masters or PhD) is sought who is obtaining a degree in a transportation-related discipline, which includes (but is not limited to) traffic engineering, maintenance, planning, civil engineering, emergency management, intelligent transportation systems, public administration, and policy. Knowledge of transportation systems management and operations is desired.
No travel is expected for this position.
Computer equipment will be provided.
The intern is expected to work regularly in the NOCoE office located in the Hall of States Building, 249 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. The office is walking distance of Union Station.
PAY AND PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE
Pay will be set at $15 per hour, and the total hours for this assignment will not exceed 200 hours. Work is expected to occur between January 1 and May 31, 2017. We will work with the intern’s class schedule to set working hours. The candidate must be able to legally work in the United States.
The National Operations Center of Excellence’s (NOCoE) identified workforce development as one of the focus areas that would provide value to the Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) community and hosted a two-day summit on TSMO workforce development June 22–23, 2016. The proceedings and findings from its two-day workforce development summit are presented in this document for the TSMO community, participants and partners.
The goal of the summit was to identify viable actions that NOCoE can either influence and encouragement the development of additional resources for TSMO workforce development. In preparation for the summit, NOCoE produced three white papers focused on the current workforce environment for the TSMO community prepared in advance of the summit.
The white papers provided context and discussion starting points by focusing on four key issues: institutional context for TSMO in transportation agencies, professional capacity building needs vs. available resources, recruitment, retention, and career development.
Rowan University Integrates 16 SHRP2 Solutions into Engineering Curriculum
In 2015, the SHRP2 Education Connection initiative was launched, and the Federal Highway Administration awarded cooperative agreements to 10 universities. This initiative was designed to introduce the academic community to SHRP2 Solutions – and to equip the next generation of transportation professionals with SHRP2 Solutions while they are still in school.
Each university met this challenge, integrating one or more SHRP2 Solutions from the Renewal, Reliability, and Capacity focus areas into existing curriculum. One recipient – Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey – had the opportunity to share its experience and curriculum this summer, in a presentation at the annual conference and exposition of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). This university’s creative approach to merging the latest transportation innovations with undergraduate coursework sparked the attention of its peers at ASEE. The society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology.
Rowan University took an ambitious approach involving 16 SHRP2 products from all three focus areas. A team of instructors integrated the products vertically, meaning they inserted SHRP2 lectures into seven courses that covered the full four years of Rowan’s Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) curriculum. The Rowan instructors, Drs. Yusuf Mehta, Parth Bhavsar, and Ayman Ali presented at the session, Use of Technology in Civil Engineering Courses.
Their paper was entitled "Integration of Strategic Highway Research Program 2 Products within the Entire Civil Engineering Curriculum." The paper describes how the Rowan CEE team methodically integrates 16 SHRP2 Solutions into courses from the freshman year course, “Introduction to Infrastructure,” through its senior and graduate course, “Elements of Transportation Engineering.”
The Board of Directors of the National Operations Center of Excellence has named Patrick Son, P.E., as its Managing Director, effective August 3, 2016.
Son is a registered civil engineer with more than 10 years of experience including transportation and traffic planning, design, operations, and construction inspection. Son has also managed and worked in a nonprofit environment working directly with transportation stakeholders and is actively involved in volunteer engagement.
Most recently Son served as Vice-President of Technical Programs for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. He has managed complex projects at the Federal level working on various technical programs such as decision support systems, connected and autonomous vehicles, emergency response management, traffic incident management, and multi-modal technologies.
Please read the full press release announcing Mr. Son as Managing Director. Welcome to Patrick Son!
The report presents the idea and origins of the Center, the importance of the TSM&O stakeholder community, and a brief description of the Center’s launch in January 2015.
It also offers a look at the products and services of NOCoE in its first twelve months and assesses its learnings in order to help direct its future efforts.
NOCoE one-page executive summary.
- Get the latest TSM&O news and content postings, colleague-to colleague insights, upcoming events, and the latest research reports. Sign up for the monthly NOCoE Newsletter . Check out our past newsletters here.
- Visit the SHRP2 Archive to explore more than 2 terabytes of reliability-related data from over 45 SHRP2 projects. The Archive is free for users to search, visualize, and download travel time reliability-related data, as well as analysis results, tools, models and other resources.
- Learn more about the services being offered by the NOCoE through a webinar recording from the NOCoE Executive Director and other industry leaders.