TE-13 SYNCHRO and SimTraffic

Please Note:   This is a computer class

Class Information

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CEUs:  CEUs: 1.60

This class is offered in partnership with the California Department of Transportation, Division of Local Assistance. Registration fees are subsidized with funding from the Cooperative Training Assistance Program. Reduced rates are available to employees of California's city, county, regional, and other public agencies only.

Class Requirements

To attend this class, we recommended that students have the Synchro and SimTraffic v11 software on their computer. If you only have Synchro and SimTraffic v10 software, you can attend this class, but will not be able to use the scenario manager and integrated Bing aerial features.

We recommend students directly connect through their agency's network and not attend the class from remote access or Wi-Fi. For questions and concerns, please email the class coordinator, Bernadette Edwards.

This class will be delivered via ZOOM. New to Zoom? Sign up here https://us05web.zoom.us/ free.


This two-day online course provides beginning-to-intermediate training in Synchro and SimTraffic V11 software and the recently published Highway Capacity Manual 6th Edition: A Guide for Multimodal Mobility Analysis (TRB 2016 and HCS7) for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Using a combination of interactive lecture, question and answer, and computer lab, you will become proficient in the network coding and use of Synchro and SimTraffic. Working on a real-world multi-modal project, students will use Synchro to incorporate a Bing aerial background, add/modify roadways, input intersection geometrics, enter multi-modal traffic volumes (cars, trucks, pedestrians, and bicycles), and signal timings to perform capacity analysis for signalized, unsignalized and roundabout intersections. Students will also use Synchro 11 to evaluate and develop optimal signal timing plans that reduce delays, congestion, fuel consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions. The seamless integration of Synchro with SimTraffic, a microsimulation software, will be used to evaluate intersection operations and compare the differences between "isolated - macro-level" Synchro and "network-wide - micro-level" SimTraffic analysis that is recommended for multi-modal, closely spaced intersections and congested corridors. Lastly, this course will teach you how to review and understand the potential differences in delay, level of service, and queuing analysis when using the empirical (Synchro) analysis or the micro-simulation (SimTraffic) analysis.

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Topics Include

  • Detailed review of Synchro 11 input requirements
  • Developing a Synchro 11 network for a real-world multi-modal project
  • Analysis of signalized, unsignalized and roundabout intersections using Synchro 11
  • Multi-modal vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle LOS using HCM 2016
  • Optimizing signal timings for a group of intersections
  • Seemless Integration of SYNCHRO with SimTraffic
  • SimTraffic Model Calibration and Application

What You Will Learn

Using a real-world project in a virtual computer lab class setting, students will be able to interact with the instructor as they learn how to develop a network and use the Synchro and SimTraffic V11 software. This includes incorporating a Bing aerial background, add/modify straight and curved roadways, inputting intersection geometrics and pocket lengths, entering multi-modal volumes (cars, trucks, peds, and bicyclists), and signal timings to perform capacity analysis for signalized, unsignalized and roundabout intersections. You will also learn to review and understand the analysis results and the potential differences when using the empirical (Synchro) analysis or the micro-simulation (SimTraffic) analysis.

Who Should Attend

No prior experience using Synchro and SimTraffic is necessary. This course is designed for traffic engineers, planners, and technicians in both public agencies and private firms who are involved in the planning, design, operation and management of signal systems.

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellation fee is $75. There are no refunds for classes with registration fees of $75 or less. For all other classes, you may cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your registration fee less $75, provided we receive your written request to cancel at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin.

In lieu of canceling your registration, you have three additional options, you may (1) transfer your registration to another class, (2) receive a tuition credit for the full amount, useable toward a future class, or (3) send a substitute in your place. Please contact us at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin so we may process your request.

We recommend you discuss any possible problems or online security issues with your IT person before you register for any online classes. If you are worried about connectivity issues, please contact the online training coordinator the week before the class to schedule a time to test your system. If you do not test your system and you have technical issues during a live online class, we will not provide a refund.

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