Eric Wood is our featured associate this month. [...]
One of the unique opportunities we’ve had at Sain Associates is conducting training for our clients. We first did this in 2006 with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), and this year we’ve had the chance to work with them again for training on traffic engineering fundamentals and traffic engineering software and usage.
The goal of our training is to equip several entry-level TDOT staff with a core knowledge base and skill set that will benefit them with their internal traffic engineering analysis efforts and allow them to effectively review various studies and reports submitted to their office as a reviewing agency.
Based on early discussions regarding areas of focus for providing training within their “Project Planning Division,” a listing of numerous topic areas was identified. From this listing, we developed nine training modules and related case studies that vary in complexity from “Traffic Engineering 101” to “Corridor Analysis with Multiple Signalized Intersections” and “Basic Freeway Interchanges”.
The format for each teaching module included lecture time to introduce each focus area, software application instruction, and time to practice learned skills with real-world case studies.
The teaching modules and associated real world cases studies are reflective of Sain’s approach in utilizing various technical/reference material, traffic software and important best practices that we’ve developed as part of our own project work efforts.
Sain Associates has offered technical/professional development training previously for clients, professional associations and internally to our staff. We will complete the training effort with TDOT in 2014 and will begin working with ALDOT on training in the area of traffic signing. We see providing training to our clients as a privilege and always welcome these opportunities.
Sain Associates, Inc., is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with offices in Cullman, Alabama, Pulaski, Tennessee and Mandeville, Louisiana. Sain is a site engineering, traffic/transportation engineering and planning and land surveying firm with experience in more than thirty states.