CE 451/551 Syllabus date modified: 11/10/2010 10:00 pm (please watch for modifications)

Week/

Date

Mondays 8-9am 206 Town

Tuesdays (lab) 10am-12N 134 Town

Wednesdays 8-9am 206 Town

1: 8/23

Instructor on travel this week.  Following is your assignment for the first week of class, due (in print form) on Monday August 30 at 8:00:   

 

CE 451/551 Assignment #1: Click here

2: 8/30

2-1 Introduction to Planning, Travel Forecasting/Modeling

 

· Read: http://www.caliper.com/TCTravelDemand.htm

 

· Planning and Modeling Review Lecture Slides

· Long Range Planning Lecture Slides

 

 

Lab 2: FHWA/NHI Travel Demand Forecasting Workshop Must work on a computer that you can load software on (will not work on Town computers due to permissions).

· Work in teams of two: teams list

· Program Download instructions (click here)

· Lab Instructions: Click Here (note: it is helpful to view these instructions on a neighboring computer or laptop, or print them out) – see the lab report requirement below, before beginning.

· See Lab report requirement

· TransCAD manuals not needed for this lab

2-2 Networks

· Networks (lecture)

· TAZ design (please read)

· NHI Session 3: Networks (notes – for study review))

· NHI Session 3: Networks (workshop)

-  Due as homework#1, on Wednesday, Sept. 8

Print out the first page (3-42) only and fill out by hand

 

· QUIZ 1 due

· QUIZ 2 due

· QUIZ 3 due

· QUIZ 4 due

 

3: 9/6

Labor Day Holiday

 

 

Lab 3:  Introducing TransCAD and Quick Start Tutorial

· Work in teams of three: teams list

· Read Manual A (GIS user’s guide) Chapter 1;

· Read and complete the exercises in Manual A, Chapter 2.

· Read Manual B (Travel Demand Modeling with TransCAD 5.0 user’s guide) Chapter 1;

· Lab report requirement

 

· QUIZ 5 due

· QUIZ 6 due

 · QUIZ 7 due

· QUIZ 8 due (note, no quiz – just let me know that you have read it)

3-2 ·Finish last slides of Network Lecture

 

· QUIZ 9 due

· QUIZ 10 due

4: 9/13

4-1     Trip Generation

NHI Session 5: Trip Generation (lecture)

· NHI Session 5: Trip Generation (notes – for study review)

· NHI Session 5: Trip Generation (workshop)

-  Answer Sheet (print out answer pages only and fill out by hand)

-  Also complete this problem: click here

-  Both due as homework #2, on Wednesday, Sept 24

 

 

· QUIZ 11 due

· QUIZ 12 due

Lab 4:  GIS Tutorials (Manual A)

· Work individually or in teams of three

· Read the sections and complete the “60 second tutorials” in Manual A (Manual B not needed for this lab). For instructions, click here.

 

4-2 Trip Generation, Continued

 

· Read Manual A: Chapter 19 (before lab 5 begins)

· QUIZ 13 due

· QUIZ 14 due

 5: 9/20

5-1  Rail Planning – Guest lecture by Tammy Nicholson, Iowa DOT

 

· Lecture Slides

 

· QUIZ 15 due

· QUIZ 16 due

Lab 5: Trip Generation

· Work in teams: teams list/seating chart

· Both TransCAD manuals needed for this lab

· Refer to Manual A, Chapter 19 (especially focus on summary statistics, correlation matrices and model estimation and evaluation).

· Assignment

· Data set #1 (right click, save as)

· Data set #2 (right click, save as)

5-2 Trip Distribution

· NHI Session 6: Trip Distribution (lecture)

· NHI Session 6: Trip Distribution (notes)

· NHI Session 6: Trip Distribution (workshop)

-       Due as homework #3, October 4

-       Answer sheet (print out answer pages only and fill in by hand only)

· QUIZ 17 due

· QUIZ 18 due

6: 9/27

6-1 Trip Distribution, continued

· NHI Session 6: Trip Distribution (lecture continued)

· Supplemental Lecture Notes (explains attraction adjustment)

Review for Exam 1

· In class Review

· QUIZ 19 (last one)

Lab 6:  Trip Distribution

· Work in teams: teams list/seating chart

· Instructions

· Files

Exam #1

covering Weeks 1-5

 

7: 10/04

6-2 External Analysis

· NHI Session 8a: “External Trips” portion

· NHI Session 8a: (notes)

 

 

Lab 7:  External Analysis

· Work in teams: teams list/seating chart

· Read NCHRP Chapter 5 – Click here for text

· Instructions

· Example answers for first (EE) part

7-2   Traffic Assignment

- first, go over PA to OD conversion

· NHI Session 10: Assignment

· NHI Session 10: Assignment (notes)

8: 10/11

8-1 Traffic Assignment (cont.)

 

 

Lab 8:  Traffic Assignment

· Work in teams: teams list/seating chart

· Instructions

 

8-2    Transit/Mode Split

· NHI Session 7: Mode Split

· NHI Session 7: Mode Split (notes)

· NHI Session 7: Mode Split (workshop)

-       Due as homework #4, Monday, Oct. 25 (turn in last 2 pages only)

9: 10/18

9-1 Guest instructor, Prof. Edward Kannel

Traffic shift assignment method for Corridors

· Reading from NCHRP 365

· Lecture Slides

-       Due as homework #5, Wednesday, Oct. 27 (see page 20 of power point)

Time-of-Day and Directional Factoring / Peak Hour Models (if time)

· NHI Session 9: Time of Day

· Peak Hour Model spreadsheet

· NHI Session 9: Time of Day (notes)

Lab 9: Running a TransCAD Model: Ames Guest Instructor, Adam Shell, Iowa DOT

 

· Work in teams: teams list/seating chart

· Instructions

· Files

9-2   Statewide Planning and Modeling

Phil Mescher, Iowa DOT (to be invited)

· Lecture Slides

 

 

10: 10/25

10-1  Calibration, Adjustment and Validation, Part 1

· Lecture Slides

 

References:

· Calibration and Adjustment of System Planning Models

· BA’s Model Validation and Reasonableness Checking Manual

· Minimum Travel Demand Model Calibration and Validation Guidelines for the State of TN

· TMIP Peer Review Program

· Virginia Travel Demand Modeling Policies and Procedures Manual

Lab 10:   Visioning exercise, Room 316 Town

·         Power Point

·         Handouts

·         Transit Plot

·         Bike Plot

·         Streets Plot

·         Draft Master Plan

10-2   Calibration, Adjustment and Validation, Part 2

 

· Lecture Slides

 

11: 11/1

11-1 review for Exam 2

· In class Review

 

Lab 11:  Creating and Running a TransCAD Model: Maquoketa

· Work in teams: teams list/seating chart

· Instructions

· Moquoketa.doc (model documentation)

· Files

11-2 Exam #2 covering Weeks 6-10

12: 11/8

12-1

Lab 12:    Des Moines Model

· Work in teams: teams list/seating chart

· Instructions

· Model documentation

· Files

Model Post Processing

· Lecture Slides

· Spreadsheet app

13:11/15

13-1  The value of Data -  CTPP

·    Lecture Slides

·    Comsis Conversion Factors Report (for using census data in transportation planning)

·    Example NHTS Brief (example of what you can do with the census data)

Lab 13: 

· Work in teams: teams list

· Instructions

 

 

13-2  Safety in Planning

· Safety Culture

· Lecture Slides

· TDM Impacts on Safety

· Transportation Planner’s Safety Desk Reference

· NCHRP 546

· PLANSAF

· Alex’s Poster

11/23

FALL BREAK

THANKSGIVING

THANKSGIVING

14: 11/29

14-2    Dynamic Traffic Assignment

http://www.fsutmsonline.net/images/uploads/mtf-files/dta_primer.pdf

 

Lab 14:  Developing an evacuation model for the City of Ames

· Work in teams: teams list/seating chart

due Tuesday, Dec. 14

· Instructions (2 week lab)

 

14-2  Freight Planning

Mr. Adam Shell and Mr. Craig O’Riley, Iowa DOT Office of Systems Planning

· video

· Freight planning (lecture)

 

 

15: 12/06

15-1   Transportation and Society, Looking Back/Looking Forward

· Lecture Slides

 

 

Lab 15:  continue with lab 14 –  due Tuesday, Dec. 14

15-2  Transportation and Society, Looking Back/Looking Forward

· Lecture Slides

 

Final Exam High Speed Buses

 

Possible lectures:

Planner Expectations: Iowa DOT District Planners/Planning Job Opportunities

Guest Lecture – Phil Mescher, Principal Transportation Planner, Iowa DOT – for power point, click here

Checklist of topics of interest to district planners: click here

 

14-1  MPO Plans and Documents

Tom Kane, Director, Des Moines Area MPO (to be invited)

· Lecture Slides (may be revised)

 

TBA (tentative: Ed Christopher, FHWA Olympia Fields, CTPP, NHTS and the future of data)

 

 

Validation Lab

 

· Instructions (2 week lab)

 

References:

· What’s “new” in the BA report

· FHWA Model Certification Checklist

· See also lectures 10-1 (and its references), 10-2 and 12-1

 

CTPP for Story County

Note: Story County FIPS code is 169.

BTS TranStats web site

For table descriptions, see: click here

For variable levels, see: click here