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Planning for Success: Applying Systems Engineering to ASCT Implementation TRANSPO 2012 October 29, 2012 Eddie Curtis, PE FHWA Office of Operations / Resource.

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1 Planning for Success: Applying Systems Engineering to ASCT Implementation TRANSPO 2012 October 29, 2012 Eddie Curtis, PE FHWA Office of Operations / Resource Center

2 Adaptive Signal Control Technology 2 1 Monitor Traffic 2 Evaluate Performance 3 Update Timing Trigger Event Data Collection Modeling / Optimization Implement & Fine Tune Reporting

3 US Implementation Source: NCHRP & FHWA Arterial Management Program

4 ASCT Systems Deactivated

5 Knowledge gained from demonstrations Substantial benefits over coordinated TOD operation – Travel time, Delay, Emissions, – Congestion, Safety Most effective where demand conditions are Variable and unpredictable Linear Arterials, limited success within tight grids Under Saturated

6 What we know about Traffic Signal Management & Operations Practices

7 Technology Innovation Warm Mix Asphalt Precast Bridge Elements Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Safety Edge Adaptive Signal Control Technology Better, Faster, Smarter Shortening Project Delivery o Planning & Environmental Linkages o Legal Sufficiency Enhancements o Expanding Use of Programmatic Agreements o Use of In–Lieu Fee and Mitigation Banking o Clarifying the Scope of Preliminary Design o Flexibilities in ROW o Flexibilities in Utility Accommodation and Relocation o Enhanced Technical Assistance on Ongoing EISs

8 Benefits Better – Benefits to Road Users & Agencies Travel time reduction 13% - 50% Fuel Consumption 8% - 38% – Ongoing performance measurement Smarter – Solves problems that are difficult to address with time-of-day and traffic responsive – Saves cost of mundane data collection and retiming Faster – Reduces retiming intervals from years to minutes

9 Barriers to Adoption – Complexity – Cost – Uncertainty about Benefits 9

10 Possible Approaches Consumer Reports – Evaluate Available Technology – Consult with vendors / Distributors – Deploy small scale system (DEMONSTRATION) – Evaluate – Abandon or Expand Systems Engineering – Objectives – Needs / Constraints – Requirements – Design – Implement – Verification – Validation – (Operate & Maintain) – Abandon or Expand 10

11 Successful Deployment Goals well understood Agency describes its needs Positive response to requirements in RFP Requirements are verified Performance objectives are validated System is effective over entire life cycle 11

12 What are the Risks - ASCT? Problem could be solved with other strategies Functional Objectives of the system do not align with agency objectives Loss of other critical functions / features Constraints not properly addressed Cost Maintenance 12

13 Other Risk Issues Technology NEW to most Technology still evolving Most systems have very limited track record Documented history of failed ASCT projects (40%+) Significantly increased complexity Extremely dependant upon infrastructure – Communications systems – Detection – Staff Not “one size fits all” Marketing often exceeds performance 13

14 The Role of Systems Engineering Understanding the problem Projects getting bogged down with shifting requirements Acquisitions being challenged by unsuccessful bidders/proposers/vendors Projects not meeting agency needs Managing risk + it is mandatory for federal-aid projects

15 Purpose of SE Model Documents Evaluate need for Adaptive Control Help agencies identify verifiable, needs-driven requirements for evaluating design and implementation choices Model documents greatly reduce systems engineering effort by providing wording and documentation… …but agencies still must identify their needs

16 Model Document Process Build Requirements Answer questions About the situation About you Select and tailor ConOps statements Select and tailor requirements Evaluate Alternatives Evaluate proposed approaches/products against requirements Solution feasible given constraints? Continue Tailoring Until Solutions… Fulfill requirements Are feasible

17 FHWA Every Day Counts Outreach/Support/Technical Assistance

18 US Implementation

19 FHWA EDC/ASCT Influence

20 Rate of Implementation

21 Application of Systems Engineering

22 Influencing Change “Innovation is not what the customers does it is what the customer adopts” ~ Jesse Glazer CAL-SOUTH Change Agent 22

23 Questions?


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