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ITS ePrimer: Application of ITS in TSMO and ITS in Emergencies and Disasters

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This webinar was sponsored by ITS Professional Capacity Building Program, ITS Joint Program Office, U.S. Department of Transportation

Webinar Description:
Supported by U.S. DOT, the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) ePrimer provides transportation professionals with fundamental concepts and practices related to ITS technologies. Since its initial release in 2013, this resource has been widely used by public and private agencies and educational institutions. In 2020, the USDOT initiated an update to several ITS ePrimer modules to keep up with the significant technological advances that occurred in the ITS world. This free webinar includes presentations on the new Module 3: Application of ITS in Transportation Systems Management Operations (TSMO) and the new Module 14: ITS in Emergencies and Disasters.

Module 3-Application of ITS in TSMO describes a broad overview of ITS technology, tools, and workforce skills used to manage transportation strategies, systems, and networks to maximize mobility, reliability, safety, and system efficiency.

Module 14-ITS in Emergencies and Disasters describes basic information on operational resilience, emergency transportation operations (ETO), and traffic incident management (TIM) as it relates to intelligent transportation systems (ITS). The presentation will identify strategies to improve ITS infrastructure in emergencies and disasters. The presentation will also highlight examples being used by agencies around the country.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how ITS enables an organization to achieve its TSMO goals and objectives
  • Understand the fundamental ITS building blocks that collectively provide real-time and historical information to help maximize existing transportation network capacity while maximizing safety
  • Learn how organizations need to evolve their workforce to meet emerging needs
  • Provide a basic introduction to ETO and TIM practices as they relate to ITS
  • Identify how to make ITS infrastructure and related systems resilient to natural and human caused events
  • Identify how to use ITS for a reliable transportation system in nonrecurring events (e.g., incidents, emergencies, and disasters) and use ITS to detect and respond to the impacts of these events


  • Egan Smith, P.E. PTOE PTP, Managing Director, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office | U.S. Department of Transportation

    Egan has decades of professional experience in ITS, transportation program management and transportation planning. Egan is a registered Professional Engineer, Professional Traffic Operations Engineer and Professional Transportation Planner. Egan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, a Master of Engineering degree in Traffic Engineering and Operations research, and a Master of Science degree in Technology Management.

    In 2008, Egan entered federal government as a mid-career hire at Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on the Planning Oversight and Stewardship Team. At FHWA he served as the planning lead for the integration of technology and innovation into the planning process across disciplines. This led to Egan’s current position in 2015 as Managing Director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) in 2015.

    Prior to USDOT Egan worked as a consultant leading several ITS projects - going back to FHWA’s Automated Highway Systems Precursor Systems Analysis in the 90’s.

  • Todd Szymkowski, Senior Project Manager, Advanced Mobility Group | Gannett Fleming, Inc.

    Todd Szymkowski has 25 years of experience in management, research, planning, design, construction inspection, and transportation project evaluation with an emphasis in traffic operations, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), freight operations, workforce development and Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO). He has a BS in Civil Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is licensed professional engineer in ten states, certified as a professional traffic operations engineer, and a project management professional. He is also a Fellow of ITE.

  • Christopher Poe, Director, Product and User Experience | Mixon-Hill

    Dr. Christopher Poe is the Director of Product and User Experience at Mixon Hill, Inc. where he is involved with Connected and Automated Vehicle deployment, ITS, and Transportation System Management and Operation. Mixon Hill’s products assist infrastructure owners/operators effectively and efficiently plan, design, operate, manage, and maintain transportation infrastructure to improve safety, mobility, and resiliency. Prior to joining Mixon Hill, Dr. Poe retired with 26 years of service with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute where he led CAV, ITS, and traffic incident management projects.

  • Lee Mixon, President | Mixon-Hill

May 20, 2021
Thu 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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