2013 Annual Meeting


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The ITS Heartland's Operations Working Group once again hosted a symposium on the afternoon before the start of the ITS Heartland Annual Meeting. THe topic for this year was Smart Work Zones. Presentations, when available, can be found below.

Welcoming Remarks and Introductions - Sarah Tracy, NEbraska Department of Roads
I-44 SWZ Deployments in St. Louis County - Brian Umfleet, Missouri DOT & Noah Jenkins, ASTI
Guide for Using ITS in Work Zones - Case Studies - Tracy Scriba, FHWA
Southern Illinois Projects- Ted Nemsky, Illinois Department of Transportation
I-35 SWZ Project- Eric Nichol, KDOT & Rod Odom, Ver-Mac
Systems Engineering Use in Developing ITS Projects - Sarah Tracy, Nebraska DOR
Contractual Challenges of Successful Smart Work Zones - Ralph Adair, Minnesota DOT
Evaluation of Temporary Ramp Metering for Work Zones - Praveen Edara, University of Missouri-Columbia & Dan Smith, Missouri DOT

  • Mike King, Secretary, Kansas Department of Transportation (no presentation)
  • Richard V. Eckert, City of Topeka (presentation)
  • Tom Kern, ITS America (presentation)

  • Leslie Fowler, Kansas Department of Transportation (presentation - pending)
  • Sarah Tracy, Nebraska Department of Roads (presentation)
  • Alan Stevenson, Oklahoma Department of Transportation (presentation)
  • Jon Nelson, Missouri Department of Transportation (presentation)
  • Tim Simodynes, Iowa Department of Transportation (presentation)

Traveler Information During Hurricane Sandy - Alex Appel, FHWA-New York Division
Emerging Trends in Freight Focused Traveler Information - Christopher Hedden, Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
Next Generation of Traveler Information at Rest Areas - Mike Fritsch, Zoom Information Systems

Virtual Environments for ITS Operations Training - Nikola Ivanov, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Lab
Visualization and Performance Measures Using Operations Data - Nikola Ivanov, University of Maryland, Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Lab
Designing for Travel-time Reliability - Ingrid Potts, MRI Global

Lightning Protection 101 - Bud VanSickle, Lightning Protection Institute
Lightning and Grounding Protection Devises - Ken Pettlon, Preferred Lightning Protection
Surge Suppression for ITS Devises - Lou Farquhar, Advanced Protection Technologies, Inc.

Innovative Traffic Control Methods for Fighting Congestion - Jason Sims, Kansas City Scout
AVL-DMS Automation & Bluetooth - Steve Garbe, Iteris
Assessing Arterial Performance with Bluetooth Traffic Monitoring - Stan Young, University of Maryland

Best of ITS Awards (1st year)

This is the first annual Best of ITS Awards, which recognizes three categories of excellence - Best ITS Project in the Heartland Region, Best New ITS Product and ITS Service or Recognition Award.

Best ITS Project in the ITS Heartland Region
Kansas City Scout Operations & Incident Management Program

Best New ITS Product
St. Louis Regional Mobility Report

Award for Outstanding Service to ITS Heartland
Sinclair Stolle
Bruce Baldwin

Congratulations everyone!

2013 Student Awards

The 2013 ITS Heartland Student Competition challenged student to analyze operations data in a highly congested corridor and suggest and defend mitigations measures to relieve congestion, and increase safety and reliability. The Center for ITS Training and Education (CITE) co-sponsored the event by offering prizes to attend ITS America in April as well as the awards and prizes provided by ITS Heartland.

The study location was a well known portion of the Washington DC beltway, famous for its congestion and unreliable travel characteristics. Sensor data, outsourced probe data, and incident data were made available to the students through the Regional Integrated Transportation Information System, (RITIS), hosted at the University of Maryland. RITIS contains multi-state operations data and various analysis and visualization tools to manipulate that data. RITIS also contains a suite of tools developed specifically for the visualization, access, and analysis of leading edge probe data provided through the I95 Corridor Coalition’s Vehicle Probe Project. The objective of the competition was to provide students access to the best operations data available, and see what their skills, imagination and ingenuity could produce.

Copies of the student entries can be found below.

1st Place
University of Missouri-Columbia (Boris Claros) (read paper)

2nd Place
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Nebulas) (read paper)

Other Teams Competing
University of Missouri - Columbia (Kyoung Nam) (read paper)
University of Missouri - Columbia (Yue Zhang) (read paper)
University of Nebraska - Lincoln (Dragon Slayers) (read paper)
University of Nebraska - Lincoln (SSL) (read paper)
University of Nebraska - Lincoln (MSQ Inc.) (read paper)
Saint Louis University (read paper)

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Platinum Level:
Olsson Associates
Schneider Electric

Gold Level:
Affinis Corp.
Castle Rock Associates
Delcan Corporation
Gades Sales Co. Inc
gba Systems Integrator LLC
GBA Architects Engineers
HNTB Corporation
MG Squared Lowering Systems
Rhythm Engineering
Skyline Products Inc.
Skyline Technology Solutions
Southern Manufacturing
SRF Consulting Group
Traffic Control Corporation


4Ward Sciences
American Signal Comapany
Axis Communications
Brown Traffic Products, Inc.
Castle Rock Associates
Cohu Electronics
Delcan Corporation
Digital Traffic Systems
Etherwan Systems
Gades Sales Co. Inc
gba Systems Integrator LLC
Larson Data Communications, Inc.
Mid American Signal, Inc
MG Squared Lowering Systems
Olsson Associates
Skyline Technology Solutions
Southern Manufacturing
Titan Protection and Consulting
Traffic And Parking Control Co. Inc.
Traffic Control Corporation
Treehaven Technologies


Sensys Networks, Inc.
Skyline Technology Solutions


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