Geometric Design for California

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Description

This 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.

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Topics Include

  • overview of roadway components and traffic operation
  • sight distances
  • horizontal and vertical curves
  • superelevation
  • transitions
  • cross section elements
  • clearances
  • overcrossing layout
  • intersection design
  • interchange design
  • pedestrian and bicycle considerations
  • traffic calming strategies
  • truck and bus vehicle accommodations

What You Will Learn

Students 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 Attend

This 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.

Requirements

Participants will need a pencil, pen, engineer's scale, and a calculator to complete the in-class problem sets.
Hours:24.00
CEUs:2.40

Robert Himes

PE, President, Mark Thomas & Company, Inc.

Mr. Himes has over 30 years of experience in municipal and transportation engineering with Mark Thomas. Rob is a President of the firm and specializes in all aspects of transportation projects ranging from transportation studies to construction documents. Rob's experience in managing studies includes, project reports, project study reports, and concept approval reports.


Adrian Engel

PE, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Fehr & Peers

Adrian is the Fehr & Peers Active Transportation Market Leader for the Sierra Region. He has over 20 years of experience in transportation planning and engineering. He has planned and designed numerous complete street, bikeway, and highway interchange projects. Mr. Engel specializes in complete streets, active transportation and sustainable civil engineering projects. In addition to be being a Registered Engineer, he is a LEED-Accredited Professional and currently the Chair of Mission Advancement for the Sacramento District Council of the Urban Land Institute.

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