IDM-01 Geometric Design for California
DescriptionThis 3-day course covers the principles and best practices of roadway geometric design for various functional classes of roadways, including local streets, arterials and freeways, intersections and interchanges. This course focuses on practical, real world applications of geometric design methods. Developed with professionals in California in mind, the course will use design standards and guidelines in the Caltrans Highway Design Manual, the AASHTO "Greenbook," and other materials as appropriate. In addition to the geometric design focus, this course also addresses topics related to successful design and re-design practices in California, including stage construction, traffic handling, value analysis, context sensitive approach, owners to designers, etc. This fast-paced, hands-on course combines presentations, case-study examples, problem-solving and class exercises, with ample opportunity for networking and questions.
- overview of roadway components and traffic operation
- sight distances
- horizontal and vertical curves
- cross section elements
- overcrossing layout
- intersection design
- interchange design
- pedestrian and bicycle considerations
- traffic calming strategies
- truck and bus vehicle accommodations
What You Will LearnStudents will become well versed in the principles and best practices of geometric design for various functional classes of California roadway systems, including external factors that affect the geometric design decisions.
Who Should AttendThis class is intended for roadway design engineers and technicians who have some basic prior knowledge of or experience with geometric design, as well as for those more experienced who seek a refresher course.
RequirementsParticipants will need a pencil, pen, engineer's scale, and a calculator to complete the in-class problem sets.
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