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Title: McTrans newsletter. Vol. 33.
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Title: McTrans newsletter. Vol. 33.
Series Title: McTrans newsletter
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Language: English
Creator: Center for Microcomputers in Transportation, College of Engineering, University of Florida
Publisher: Center for Microcomputers in Transportation, College of Engineering, University of Florida
Publication Date: July 2005
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States -- Florida -- Gainesville
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Bridge Software Institute

Bridge Software
from the University of Florida
now available

FB-MultiPier: A nonlinear finite element analysis
program capable of analyzing multiple bridge pier
structures interconnected by bridge spans.

FB-Deep: Used to estimate the static axial capacity
of drilled shafts and driven piles.

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University of Florida

Electronic Delivery of Graduate Engineering

Civil Masters Degree Online
at the University of Florida

The Civil and Coastal Engineering Department
is now offering a distance masters degree in Civil

This new degree program provides an outstanding
opportunity of off-campus students to obtain
their masters degree in just two years. Practicing
engineers can now earn their graduate degree
at home or work. Admission and registration
processing is now open for the first cohort, which
will start in Fall 2005.

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TW is Available!

This major upgrade
Scan now be ordered.

See Page 2

New in

For the best CORSIM
timing plan, try "Direct
CORSIM Optimization"

See Page 3

HCM 2000 Changes
by Robert S. Foyle, P.E.
North Carolina State University

The Highway Capacity Manual 2000
(HCM) is a dynamic document
with oversight by TRB Committee
AHB40 on Highway Capacity and
Quality of Service (HCQS) that
meets twice each year. During these
meetings, issues arising from users
implementing the methodologies
prescribed in the HCM and from
current research efforts sometimes
dictate adjustments to those
procedures. Since its publication
in December 2000, the following
computational changes have been
approved by the HCQS committee:

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Department of Civil and
Coastal Engineering
PO Box 116585
Gainesville FL 32611-6585
(352) 392-0378
Toll Free (US) 1-800-226-1013
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E-mail mctrans@ce.ufl.edu



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Civil Masters Degree
Online at the
University of Florida
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These are the same courses taught by CCE
faculty on campus. CCE graduate courses
will be held in the college's EDGE distance
education studios where the lectures will be
recorded. Distance students will receive the
same educational experience as on-campus
students. Course presentations are delivered
either via streaming video or DVD directly
to the student. Distance students will
participate in all traditional class activities
such as homework, team projects and exams.

The new masters degree has been structured
with a general civil engineering theme.
Courses have been selected from civil
engineering practice areas to provide a broad
inter-disciplinary graduate education. Five
courses for a total of 15 credit hours will
be offered each year. The planned course
offerings are:

* Construction Planning and Scheduling
* Traffic Engineering
* Ground Modification Design
* Public Works Planning
* Engineering Project Management
* Advanced Geotechnical Aspects of
Landfill Design
* Construction Engineering I
* Construction Engineering II
* Traffic Flow Theory
* Design of Temporary Structures

For additional information on the CCE
Distance Masters Degree contact:
Dr. Ralph Ellis
352/392-9537 x1485


NEW Products


The FB-
program is
a nonlinear
finite element
1 -program
capable of
multiple bridge pier structures
interconnected by bridge spans. The full
structure can be subject to a full array
AASHTO load types in a static analysis or
time varying load functions in a dynamic
analysis. Each pier structure is composed of
pier columns and cap supported on a pile
cap and piles/shafts with nonlinear soil. This
analysis program couples nonlinear structural
finite element analysis with nonlinear static
soil models for axial, lateral and torsional
soil behavior to provide a robust system of
analysis for coupled bridge pier structures
and foundation systems. FB-MultiPier
performs the generation of the finite element
model internally given the geometric
definition of the structure and foundation
system as input graphically by the designer.
This allows the engineer to work directly
with the design parameters and lessens
the bookkeeping necessary to create and
interpret a model.

These programs are distributed as annual
licenses that must be renewed each year at
these same prices for support:

Full Bridge w/ Dynamics $5000
Three Piers w/ Dynamics $3000
Single Pier w/ Dynamics $2000
Single Pier w/o Dynamics $1200

Mulitple-copy discounts are available.


SThe FB-Deep
computer program
y is a Windows-based
program used to
estimate the static
axial capacity of
drilled shafts and
driven piles. The
S 5Z1 methodology
1 is based upon
Federal Highway
(FHWA) reports. FB-Deep guides the user
through pile and shaft materials data, shape
and dimensional inputs, soil properties, and
boring log info. FB-Deep then computes
drilled shaft or driven pile capacity in clays,
sands, and intermediate geomaterials,
provides settlement analyses, and load
transfers. FB-Deep presents the data analysis
in both clear graphical and text form. Among
its advantages over competitors' software
is FB-Deep's emphasis on user efficiency.
The first screen the user sees is also the most
important, serving as the program's control
center, so the user doesn't waste time finding
their way through the program.

This program is distributed as an annual
license that must be renewed each year
at these same prices for support at $400.
Mulitple-copy discounts are available.

McTrans July 2005

HCM 2000 Changes

Signalized Intersections
- Delay and queuing progression factor
formula constraints revised (May 2001)
Back of Queue calculation revisions
(January 2002)
Quick Estimation Procedure equation
modifications (January 2003)

Unsignalized Intersections
- TWSC flared right turn methodology
corrected (June 2002)
TWSC upstream signal procedure
modified (June 2002)
TWSC upstream signals queue clearance
limits revised (July 2003)

Two-Lane Highways
Percent Time-Spent-Following directional
equation modified (October 2004)
Percent Time-Spent-Following directional
no-passing table replaced (October 2004)

Urban Streets (Arterials)
Travel speed equations modified (June
Planning Application computation steps
revised (June 2002)

Capacity flow through doors methodology
adjusted (January 2003)

Areawide Analysis
- Link speed equations modified (June
In many instances, these computational
changes in the HCM procedures can
significantly affect your analysis results. For
detailed descriptions of these (and many
other editorial) changes, go to the HCQS
Committee web site at: http://www.ahb40.org/

It is incumbent upon all users to know what
changes are taking place within the HCM.
This can de done by regularly visiting the
HCQS Committee web site to view the
latest errata posting. Also, users should view
any readme file distributed with a software
patch to understand the changes being
implemented by the patch. Neither the
HCQS Committee nor TRB provide direct
support to any software developer to keep
their software current with the HCM and
approved corrections. Therefore, the user
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HCS+ is Available! CORSIM Optimization in

Freeway Facilities: A complete overhaul
of this module replaces the research-
level spreadsheet with an HCS-style
Warrants: This new module automates the
procedures in the 2003 (MUTCD) for
the eight prescribed signal warrants.
LOSPLAN: Three programs from the
Florida Department of Transportation
have been added for planning level
analysis of Arterials, Freeways and Two-
Lane Roads.
Several new features have been added to the
Signals module to greatly improve the data
coding and overall analysis efficiency of this
most-widely used module.
Multiple-Period Analysis: This feature
allows coding of multiple time periods,
especially for oversaturated flow
Preset Phasing: The most likely phasing
options are presented in a pull-down
list based on coded lane configuration.
I-Value: The ability to import upstream
signal data to get the volume-to-
capacity ratios for determining the
I-Value for each approach has been
Quick Entry: This feature has been
updated to make coding lane
configuration even more efficient.
Advice: A new feature in this release is the
"Advice" button to monitor data coding
relationships for potential errors and
Collection: A program (DAITA) has been
added to allow collecting intersection
turning movement counts directly from
within HCS+.
Reports: Several new formatted reports
saveablee for easy forwarding or
sharing) plus graphing sensitivity
analyses is introduced.

Release 10.2 ofTRANSYT-7F introduces
direct CORSIM optimization of cycle
length, splits, and offsets, using the genetic
algorithm. T7F 10 applies the genetic
algorithm to supply timing plan candidates,
and CORSIM evaluates them through
its own simulation. The end result is a
new copy of the original CORSIM input
(*.TRF) file containing the optimized
timing plan, plus TRAFVU animation
for the optimized timing plan. Direct
CORSIM optimization can be easily applied
by anyone, because there is no learning
curve. Simply launch T7F 10, load any
TRF file, select one of the nine available
optimization objective functions, and click
on "Run". This alone achieves a better
CORSIM timing plan than any other
program or process. Once the user gains
experience in choosing genetic algorithm
parameters, the optimization process
becomes even more effective. Release 10.3,
which features an improved Map View, is
targeted for January 2006.

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QuickZone 2.0

The development of QuickZone 2.0 has
been a direct result of the needs and feedback
generated by previous versions of QuickZone
and the partnership program. The feedback
from QuickZone users included three major
requests for enhancements.

The network editor for the TSIS simulation
program was adapted for use in QuickZone.
The QuickZone Network Editor now
provides an easy-to-use graphical user
interface to easily create and modify
QuickZone networks.

Version 2.0 has been enhanced to calculate
capacities and directly model various types of
two way one-lane operations including signal
controlled (both fixed and optimized) and
flagging operations.

A major focus area for QuickZone 2.0 was a
detailed analysis of user cost estimation and
the development of a more detailed user cost
estimation module for QuickZone.

In addition to these three improvements,
other features included in QuickZone 2.0
- Maryland State Highway Administration's
(MDSHA) work zone capacity estimator;
Ability to model more complex work zone
Improved data entry including a re-
designed work zone project information
interface and the ability to copy
construction phasing and work zone plans;
More comprehensive outputs that can be
modified by the user; and
Packaging of the QuickZone and QZEdit
(network editor) together.

Turbo Architecture 3.0

Turbo Architecture Version 3.1 is compatible
with Version 5.1 of the National ITS
Architecture (released in April 2005).
Version 5.1 of the National ITS Architecture
incorporates the following high-level

Vehicle Control of Barriers/Gates: Added
an Maintenance & Construction Vehicle
to Roadway interface and an Emergency
Vehicle to Roadway interface that directly
controls gates/barriers via roadside Dedicated
Short Range Communications (DSRC).
Additionally, added flows between the
Maintenance and Construction Management
System and the Roadway to request
activation/deactivation of gates so that the
center has the same control capabilities as the

Updated Equipment Packages Descriptions:
The description of several Equipment
Packages, called Functional Areas in Turbo,
and related areas were revised.

Updated Functional Requirements:
Functional Requirements were reorganized
and some were modified in support of other
changes to the Equipment Packages and
underlying logical architecture detail.

The titles and document numbers for several
of the ITS Standards that are mapped to the
National ITS Architecture were modified
since the release of version 5.0. These
include the Location Referencing Message
Specification (SAE J2266) and the standards
in the DSRC 5.9 GHz Standards Group as
well as the addition of a new standard to
the Incident Management Standards Group
- IEEE P1512.4: Standard for Common
Traffic Incident Management Message Sets
for Use in Entities External to Centers.

An update patch is available on the McTrans
web site for all users of Turbo Architecture
Version 3.0 at: http:llmctrans.ce.ufl.edul

Highway Safety Analysis

Highway Safety Analysis (HSA) Software is
a computer program for conducting traffic
accident studies on major highways or local
roads. HSA Software is designed to assist
engineers in analyzing accident data while
performing highway safety investigations
or other traffic engineering studies. HSA
includes entering and editing crash data
from the source documents, filtering data
by multiple criteria, preparing accident data
listing and summaries with proportional
distribution of different accident categories,
generating data charts, calculating accident
rates using US customary (English) or metric
units for the segment length, estimating
safety benefits based on proposed safety
improvements, and producing Collision

Collision Diagrams are generated based
on accident data entered and filtered for
the particular intersection or roadway
segment. After the diagram is displayed, it
may be edited to better reflect the existing
conditions and accident locations. Accident
symbols may be moved to more precise
location and rotated. Also, symbols can be
copied to display the same accident type
with the same vehicle directions) of travel
at different locations within one diagram.
Different accident categories, such as fatal,
injury, wet road, nighttime, multi-vehicle
accidents, and crashes involving trucks may
be highlighted. Diagrams can be prepared
for the preset roadway layouts, such as a 4-
legged intersection (which may be converted
into an offset intersection), T-intersection, or
segment, and for a custom geometry layout
using an image file as a background.

Version 3.0 includes the following new
features: Save Collision Diagrams, Undo/
Redo diagram editing commands, Rotate
accident symbols, Reduce symbol size,
Generate Data Charts (including Direction
Daisy), and more. HSA Version 3.0 is
offered at LOS 7 for $690 .

McTransJuly 2005

01 f S I NA iE T WEi

HCS: In modeling congested
signalized intersections,
the use of a multiple-period
analysis as prescribed by
HCM Chapter 16, Appendix
F, offers a much more
detailed view of the overall
operations. HCS+ automates
this procedure to allow
residual queues from one
period to be passed as initial
queues in the next period
to better estimate delays
attributable to the building
and dissipating of queues in
oversaturated conditions.

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must determine if software is
being maintained in a manner
that reflects approved corrections
to the HCM procedures.

Do you have questions about the
HCM procedures? Questions
that reach the committee
are sent to the User Liaison
Subcommittee for processing.
They are treated either as a
question or a clarification.
Questions receive a response sent
back to the user and are recorded
as a response to a question.
Questions where the issue
requires a formal clarification of
the procedures in the manual
must be voted on by the HCQS
Committee. These clarifications
are also posted on the committee

web site. Regardless of how
questions are processed, the
committee members enjoy
hearing from users and
responding to questions about
and clarifications on the
procedures in the HCM.

Another means for seeing how
other users handle different
kinds of analysis situations is
through the HCM webboard.
Any user can register for
free on the webboard, select
specific topic areas of interest,
post questions, and respond
to questions. The link to
the webboard is found on
the McTrans web site: http://

optimization node list
is mentioned in the
documentation, but is
probably not emphasized
enough. For large networks,
or for direct CORSIM
optimization, it is important
to remove non-critical
intersections (i.e., already
operating at LOS A or B)
from the node list for more
efficient optimization.

The HCQS Committee
members encourage all users to
attend our mid-year and January
meetings to hear the latest
information and participate
in discussions regarding the
procedures in the HCM. Your
input is vital to the quality
and usability of the HCM
procedures. Should you have an
interest in becoming a member
of the HCQS, you can start by
attending a mid-year or annual
meeting and becoming an
active subcommittee member.
Subcommittee activities cover
all chapters of the HCM and
meetings typically contain
lively discussion about the
methodologies in the HCM.

CORSIM can model
pedestrians in three ways:
1. Coding pedestrian
volume intensities. Higher
pedestrian volumes cause
vehicles to slow down more
when making right-turns. 2.
Pedestrian actuated signals.
This is only applicable
to actuated controllers,
although actuated signals
can be made to "act" pre-
timed by invoking max
recall. 3. Mean discharge
headway (saturation flow
rate). Mean discharge
headways can be reduced
to account for pedestrians
as recommended by the
Highway Capacity Manual

The HCM is a dynamic and
changing document. User
input through discussions at
meetings and participation on
research projects enables the
HCM to set the standard for
documented methodologies
covering design, operational,
and planning methodologies
for highway, pedestrian, bicycle,
and transit facilities. Your
active participation in helping
ensure that the HCM is current
and relevant is vital to the
HCQS Committee and the
transportation profession.

HCS2000 was updated to include
each approved HCM change
through timely software patches.
HCS+ includes the latest Two-Lane

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TRANSYT-7F Release 10
CORSIM (TSIS 5.1) for
Traffic Engineeing
Site Impact Analysis
Acess Management
Contact McTrans to set up a
training course in your area, or
read about currently scheduled
training courses at:

Signal Capacity Analysis Seminar
McTrans 1-800- 226-1013 ext. 229

Aug 4, 2005
Aug 19, 2005

Highway Capacity Analysis Seminar
McTrans 1-800-226-1013 ext. 229

Traffic Network Study (TRANSYT-7F) Seminar
McTrans 1-800- 226-1013 ext. 229

CORSIM Simulation for Beginners
McTrans 1-800-226-1013 ext. 229

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