Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Clark Dietz and University of Illinois team to train local engineers


Clark Dietz recently hosted a week-long Traffic Capacity Workshop with Professor Rahim (Ray) Benekohal, PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Clark Dietz employees, sub-consultants, and local area engineers attended the training session, where they learned how to interpret and use the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual while also gaining hands-on experience with highway capacity software.

This training, in conjunction with active traffic engineering projects, enables attendees to maintain their Traffic Studies prequalification with the Illinois Department of Transportation. Specific topics discussed in the training included the fundamentals of capacity analysis and how it relates to freeways, multi-lane highways, two-lane highways, signalized and un-signalized intersections, and arterial streets. New topics such as pedestrian and bicycle level of service analysis were also included in the training. Attendees earned up to 32 professional development hours.

Professor Benekohal has been on faculty at the University of Illinois in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 1987. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and conducts research in traffic flow modeling and simulation, traffic flow theory, intelligent transportation systems, traffic operations, and traffic safety. He also serves as Director of the Traffic Operations Lab.

Clark Dietz is a multi-discipline consulting engineering firm operating from offices in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. The firm’s primary areas of service include transportation and civil and environmental infrastructure as well as electrical, mechanical, and structural engineering. For over 60 years, Clark Dietz has served local, municipal, and state clients. More information can be found at www.clarkdietz.com.

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