4th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design

June 2nd-5th 2010 Valencia, Spain

June 2nd


Workshop on New Directions in Road Safety Modeling

The workshop will be held on June 2, 2010, in conjunction with the 4th International Symposium on Highway Design. The workshop utilizes an outcome of another workshop on future directions in highway crash data modeling held in Washington, D.C., in November 20, 2008, sponsored by TRB and FHWA. The 2008 workshop identified needed directions in safety modeling including applications of structural modeling and surrogate measures to safety modeling together with more emphasis on driver behavior and improved evaluation of safety-related interventions. This workshop will continue exploration of these emphasis areas.

The primary objectives of the 2010 workshop are:

1. Advance the discussion on the safety modeling with the emphasis on crash causality and the role of human behavior to build better models suitable for safety consideration in road design and safety management.

2. Expose a larger audience to the new opportunities brought by the advances in research methodologies and availability of new data.

3. Build a consensus among researchers, road administrators, and model users about the identified directions for research.


Joint American – European Workshop on Engineering Applications of Visualization

Joint American—European Workshop will focus on the application of Visualization methodology as an integral part of the geometric design process for engineering analysis, optimization, and quality assurance of highway geometric design.  Attendees will learn about the engineering principles and purposes of design visualization, the capabilities, and limitations; and will be provided with a toolbox of world-class techniques and examples.  The workshop will include technical presentations of best practices in America and Europe by topic experts.  Interaction with the attendees will be elicited throughout the workshop sessions.


Workshop on Managed Motorways – A Way Forward for the Future

With climate change on most countries agenda, emission targets being imposed, financial constrains being imposed due to the current global financial situation, and the need to improve performance, there is a growing need to better manage and make better use of the highway assets that authorities control.  Limited public funding, increasing construction costs, restricted urban environments, environmental constraints, and continued growth in travel is further limiting the ability of agencies to construct new capacity in congested urban motorways.

Looking to actively manage the cross section and operation of a freeway or motorway is now becoming common place in a number of countries.  Managed motorways is a context sensitive solution countries are pursuing to mitigate the detrimental effects of congestion within these corridors while optimizing the investment that has or will be made in the roadway infrastructure.  Agencies are using innovative geometric design treatments in an attempt to optimize the utilization of the roadway cross-section in support of actively managing traffic and dynamically using different operational strategies (e.g., speed harmonization, vehicle restrictions (e.g., occupancy, trucks), or, pricing or tolling) to improve the performance of specific lanes or the entire motorway.

This workshop will explore the issues technical, behavioral and political surrounding the introduction of managed motorways on a strategic road network.  The workshop will also examine the use of innovative geometric design techniques that are being used in support of these managed motorways.


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