TRB Webinar: Rapid Scenario Planning: Freeway Facilities Analysis Using the HCM

July 29, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM U.S. Eastern
Cost (for your seat)
Professional Development Hours for this webinar
1.50 hour(s)
Continuing Education Hours for this webinar
AAE: 0.00 hour(s)
AICP: 0.00 hour(s)
CLE: 0.00 hour(s)

TRB will conduct a webinar on Monday, July 29, 2019, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET that provides updates to the latest version of the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM), Sixth Edition: A Guide for Multimodal Mobility Analysis, which will be released next year.  HCM is commonly used by transportation agencies to evaluate and forecast operations of roadway facilities. It may also be used to cost-effectively and reliably support agencies’ planning, programming, and management decisions.

This webinar will provide an overview of the HCM freeway facilities methodology. This methodology integrates all freeway segment methods in the HCM (basic, merge, diverge, and weaving segments) into a multi time-period analysis framework that tracks queue build-up and dissipation over a 24-hour period.  It provides similar performance measures to a microsimulation analysis, but with shorter turnaround time and a streamlined calibration process. Once a facility has been set up and calibrated, the method supports a Rapid Scenario Planning process, which generates scenario-specific results and sensitivity analyses within minutes, allowing for near real-time decision support for freeway analysis projects. The presenter will provide case study applications of the method, including evaluation of capital improvements, transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) strategies, and work zones from multiple states.

This webinar was organized by the TRB Standing Committee on Highway Capacity and Quality of Service.

Some registrants will need to pay $95 to attend this webinar.  Sign into to view registration information.

Webinar Presenter

  • Bastian Schroeder, Kittelson and Associates

Moderated by: Tom Creasey, Caliper Corporation

Webinar Outline

  1. Overview of Rapid Scenario Planning in HCM6
  2. Applications and case studies of Rapid Scenario Planning
  3. Question and answer session

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe Rapid Scenario Planning
  • Apply use cases from the HCM

Professional Development Hour Information

A certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be provided to Professional Engineers (PEs) who register and attend the webinar as an individual. For approved webinars, TRB’s webinar program awards Registered Continuing Education Provider (RCEP) Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits associated with participation only to the registered individual and not to other members of a group that view the webinar together. To receive PDH credits, please register as an individual and sign into the webinar from your personal computer. After doing this, you may join your group in a meeting room.  To be eligible for the credits, individuals must remain signed in for the entire webinar, including for any question and answer session following the presentations.

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This webinar was developed in October 2019. TRB has met the standards and requirements of the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP). Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to RCEP by TRB. Complaints about registered providers may be sent to RCEP, 1015 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20005. Website:

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