Services

The TOPS Laboratory provides several services related to Traffic and Safety Engineering. The following describes the core service areas the TOPS Laboratory supports:

  • Core Service Area 1: Traffic Operations & Safety Engineering
    • Microscopic Traffic Modeling
    • 3D/4D Modeling of Transportation Systems
    • Signal System Design & Timing Plan Support
    • Safety Audits
    • Hazard Elimination Projects
    • Crash Analysis Support
    • Pedestrian/Bicycle Studies
    • Local Community Speed Studies
    • Driver Behavior/Comprehension Studies
    • Human Factors Studies
    • Full-Scale Driver Simulation Studies
    • Work Zone Congestion Management
    • Variable Speed Limits Research
    • Winter Related VMS Use
    • Traffic Inventory (Speed Zones, Pavement Marking, etc.)
    • Traveler Warning and Information Services
    • Functional Performance Measures System Resources
  • Core Service Area 2: Traffic Operations Technology & Services Development
    • Public–Private Partnerships
    • Real-World Transportation Product Research and Development
    • Develop Proof of Concept / Beta Testing
    • Product Testing and Evaluation
    • Market Research
    • Hardware-in-the-loop (real-time integration between hardware and analysis programs)
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Related Product Evaluation
  • Core Service Area 3: Traffic Operations Program Review
    • External Independent Review of Traffic Ops. And Safety Related Deliverables
    • State Traffic Operations Plan (STOP) Audit Support
    • Geometric Improvements Evaluation
    • Operations Enhancements Evaluation
    • Operations Related Program Evaluation
    • Access Management Support
  • Core Service Area 4: Traffic Operations Policy Support
    • State / Federal Legislative Impact Analysis
    • Communications and Outreach Planning Analysis
    • Enforcement Community Coordination
  • Core Service Area 5: Traffic Operations Program Administration
    • Grant Application Writing
    • Event / Conference Coordination Support
    • Outreach Development Support
    • Website / Multimedia Development
    • Technology Transfer
  • Core Service Area 6: Knowledge Management
    • Training Curriculum Development
    • Conduct Training Courses
    • Transportation Operations Manual Development
    • Information Clearinghouse (Training, on-line traffic resources, etc.)
  • Core Service Area 7: Transportation Operations Data Management
    • Transportation Operations Data Management
    • Archived Data Management System Development and Support
    • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Based Transportation Applications Development
    • Transportation Related Data Collection (e.g., traffic counts, license plate surveys, speed, safety belt use, etc.)
    • Prototyping of Data Management Tools