In 2005 the Road Weather Management Program developed the NHI Course No. 137030A "Principles and Tools for Road Weather Management", a one-day course that provides training to help those involved in highway maintenance and operations develop tools and strategies for addressing road weather management issues. This course provides basic knowledge of meteorology and addresses the technological resources available to support highway personnel in making effective road weather management decisions. Key topics covered in the course include impact the impacts of weather on highway operations, fundamentals of meteorology including how it pertains to Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS), technical and institutional resources available for implementing RWIS and a range of effective and open solutions to various types of road weather conditions and for various management practices. The course focuses heavily on resources and solutions, and how those solutions can reduce the impact of adverse weather on the traveling public and highway agencies.
The Road Weather Management Program and the Consortium for ITS Training and Education (CITE) recently developed an interactive web-based version of the course. It is essentially the same material as the NHI Course No. 137030A, only it is converted to an on-line format. The course has been delivered a few times and received positive feedback from the participants.
Adverse weather is our common enemy in road maintenance, traffic, and emergency operations. Transportation agencies are well aware of the operational and logistical challenges of such weather. Many agencies are fighting this age-old battle by implementing Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS). This requires that critical personnel be well-informed of the impacts and considerations of deploying RWIS. The goal of this course is to, not only discuss RWIS initiatives and considerations, but through workshops, exercises, and self-assessments, explore individual state and local deployment challenges which will leave participants with an action plan tailored for their specific needs.
This course provides information and guidance to transportation system managers and operators to help them effectively manage traffic flow and operations during adverse weather conditions. Various Weather-Responsive Traffic Management (WRTM) strategies are described and case studies are presented to illustrate existing best practices. Specific guidance is provided on how to choose, design, and implement WRTM strategies that are appropriate for different roadway, traffic and weather conditions. Training materials include information and tools on traffic modeling and analysis, types and sources of traffic and weather data needed to support WRTM strategies, guidance on integrating weather and traffic data in daily operations, and procedures for performance measurement and evaluation of WRTM strategies. At the end of the course, participants should understand and be able to describe the WRTM concepts and framework, the different strategies and the types of data, analysis tools, and performance monitoring necessary to effectively manage traffic during weather events.
A new Road Weather Management Certificate is also being offered to those who will complete these three core RWM courses and additional elective courses on ITS. Information about the Road Weather Management Courses can be found in http://www.citeconsortium.org/courses/RW_Flyer_040113.pdf.
A comprehensive, interactive training program for winter operations was jointly developed by the FHWA, AASHTO's Snow and Ice Cooperative Program (SICOP), and a pooled-fund research program known as Aurora. The computer-based training program incorporates scenario based training exercises for equipment operators, supervisors, and middle managers. The training program covers an introduction to anti-icing and winter maintenance, winter road maintenance management, winter roadway hazards and principles of overcoming them, weather basics, weather and roadway monitoring for anti-icing decisions, computer access to road weather information, and anti-icing practice in winter maintenance operations. Two versions of the training program are available, one generic and the other customized. The customized versions are specifically tailored to the strategies and chemicals used in the snow and ice control operations of a particular state. The training course is available from AASHTO and the American Public Works Association (APWA).
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