2007 Houston National Summer Transportation Institute
Director: Khosro Godazi
Houston National Summer Transportation Institute is hosted at Texas Southern University every year during summer. This educational experience started in 2001 and it exposes students to a series of lectures, technical tours, guest speakers, and academic exercises in the transportation industry.
Field trip to Houston TranStar Facility Houston Light Rail Maintenance Facility
The HNSTI offers a four-week introduction to all modes and careers in transportation as well as academic enhancement activities. The on-campus sessions are designed to encourage a diverse cadre of motivated secondary school students to pursue transportation careers and to address the need for a well-trained, qualified, diverse workforce in the 21st century. The HNSTI is one of several educational initiatives of the DOT, challenging the country to work with youth of all ages and help them to focus on skills in math, science, and technology. To date, the HNSTI host sites include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority institutions of higher education across the nation. Texas Department of Transportation serves as the National Resource Center.
GeoSpatial World Conference
CTTR research associate Sharon Adams Boxill was one of more than 1,250 individuals representing 58 countries who attended GeoSpatial World 2005, the Intergraph Geospatial Users Community (IGUC) annual international training and management conference, which was held April 26-28 in San Francisco, Calif., showcasing strategies, advantages, and solutions for enabling spatial enterprises. The conference proved once again to be the premier event for Intergraph customers and individuals interested in learning more about managing and applying geospatial information and solutions from an international perspective.
Technology Transfer Highlights
CTTR’s 3D Traffic Simulation Demonstration Lab Hosts
Training Workshop with PTV Vision America and METRO
Principal Investigator: Sharon Adams Boxill
The 3D Traffic Simulation Demonstration Lab at Texas Southern University, hosted a VISSIM Introduction Training Workshop on May 23-24, 2005. The event was held in the Robert J. Terry Library computer training laboratory at Texas Southern University and was attended by 10 consulting engineer professionals from a wide variety of agencies including Parsons Brinckerhoff, Wilbur Smith Associates, METRO, Turner Collier & Braden, the University of Houston and Texas Southern University. The objective of this seminar was to provide participants with the knowledge to build, calibrate, and analyze transportation systems using the VISSIM simulation software and to provide the practicing transportation professional with skills that can enhance their productivity.
Attendees were instructed in topics ranging from basic VISSIM features such as links and connectors, vehicle routing decisions, priority rules, stop signs and RTOR, virtual NEMA controller, and advanced topics such as 3D animation and AVI files and 3D modeler. The Workshop also offered attendees PDH credits. In conjunction with the VISSIM Introduction Training Workshop the 3D Traffic Simulation Demonstration Lab hosted a VISSIM/VISUM demonstration for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Houston. Requested by METRO the demonstration covered an overview of PTV America’s PTV Vision Software Suite, PTV’s partnerships with ESRI and NAVTEQ, and VISSIM/VISUM standard applications. The workshop instructors were PTV America Project Manager Kiel Ova and PTV America Vice President Robert M. Shull. For questions regarding the workshop and demonstration, contact Sharon A. Boxill.