NOCoE Needs Your Help Improving Its Technical Service Offerings!

The National Operations Center of Excellence is currently evaluating its suite of services from 2016, in order to identify improvements for future offerings. Please visit the link below, and answer a series of questions about each of the services that you participated in during 2016. Based on your level of participating in previous services, we anticipate the survey will take between 5 and 20 minutes to complete.

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Patrick Son Announced as Managing Director

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. 

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NOCoE Member Survey and Technical Services Ideas

Thanks to all of you who responded to the NOCoE Member Survey in February and March – we received significantly more feedback than in 2016, which will help us to improve our Technical Services Program going forward to maximize its value! NOCoE’s mission is to empower the TSMO community to succeed by enhancing knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs). Part of the value proposition associated with KSA enhancement is constantly being on the search for new ways to connect with our stakeholders at all levels of TSMO programming and plan development.

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Drone Video Footage Helps Washington State Engineers Monitor Unstable Rock Slide Area

Via AASHTO Journal

When part of a steep hillside gave way March 13 in southwestern Washington and emptied debris onto part of State Route 503 near Woodland, the Washington State Department of Transportation needed to assess slope conditions before trying to clear the road.

So engineers sent up an aerial drone, which delivered video (below) that helped showed how unstable the hillside might still be.

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How Do I Deliver My Traffic Operations Program? By Dean H Gustafson, PE, PTOE State Operations Engineer, Virginia DOT

Every State DOT and locality is trying to improve how they operate their transportation system.  Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSM&O) has several key building blocks: 

•    Transportation Management Center (TMC), 
•    Freeway Service Patrol (FSP)
•    Maintenance of field ITS devices
•    Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS)

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My NOCoE SouthEast Peer Exchange Experience By Melissa Eckert

The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) organized and facilitated the 2016 Southeast Peer Exchange that included representatives from the I-95 Corridor Coalition, the North Carolina DOT, the South Carolina DOT, the Florida DOT and the Virginia DOT. I was given the opportunity to represent the Florida DOT with a colleague of mine from our Central Office.

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