Overview

As defined in the Charter, at least four educational meetings will be organized and held each year. Educational meetings will include an invited speaker (internal or external) on a relevant SimCap-related topic and be webinar accessible. At least two business meetings will be held each year. These may coincide with the educational meetings.

Please see below for information on upcoming and past activities. Members may access presentation slides and recorded webinars of past meetings in the “Meeting Archive” tab.

Upcoming Activities

SimCap Louisiana plans to host their next educational meeting in February 2022. Please contact Christopher Melson (cmelson1@lsu.edu) if you are interested in presenting or have a topic you are interested in. We plan to “switch gears” a bit and reduce the number of presentations and encourage more discussion.

Past Activities

Educational Meeting #10 (October 21, 2021)

  • “Welcome and Updates”
    •  Christopher Melson | Program Manager | LTRC
    • Rebecca Murray | Transportation Engineer | Gresham Smith
  • “Simulation in the ’00s: Continued Improvements and Growth”
    • Karl Wunderlich | Director of Surface Transportation | Noblis
    • John Halkias | Retired (formerly Systems Management Team Leader, FHWA)
  • Wrap-Up
    • Christopher Melson | Program Manager | LTRC
    • Rebecca Murray | Transportation Engineer | Gresham Smith

Educational Meeting #9 (July 15, 2021)

  • “Welcome and SimCap Updates”
    •  Christopher Melson | Program Manager | LTRC
  • “Simulation in the ’90s: Advancement of the Field”
    • David Hale | Senior Transportation Project Manager | Leidos, Inc.
  • “Integration of Highway Safety Manual Methods into TransModeler”
    • Tom Creasey | Vice President of Transportation Engineering | Caliper
  • “Core Competencies of a Traffic Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation Practitioner”
    • Christopher Melson | Program Manager | LTRC

Educational Meeting #8 (March 11, 2021)

  • “Welcome and SimCap Updates”
    •  Christopher Melson | Program Manager | LTRC
  • “Simulation in the ’70s and Beyond: An Insider’s Retrospective”
    • Mark Yedlin | Director of Simulation Modeling Services | GPI
  • “Open Discussion”
    • All

Educational Meeting #7 (December 8, 2020)

  • “Welcome and SimCap Updates”
    •  Christopher Melson | Program Manager | Louisiana State University
  • “Traffic Modeling and Big Data: Scaling, Synergy, and Success”
    •  Jim Hubbell | Solution Engineer | Streetlight Data
  • “Connected and Automated Vehicles: Role of Computer and Human-in-the-Loop Simulation in Advancing the Technology”
    • Osama Osman | Assistant Professor | University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • “DOTD’s DSRC Pilot for Connected Vehicles”
    • Clarke Chauvin | Project Engineer | ITS, LLC

Educational Meeting #6 (September 9, 2020)

  • “Welcome and SimCap Updates”
    •  Christopher Melson | Program Manager | Louisiana State University
  • “Dynamic Traffic Assignment: Capabilities, Applications, and Limitations”
    • Michael Mahut | Vice President, Traffic Simulation | INRO
  • “Multiresolution Modeling (MRM) for Traffic Analysis”
    • Mohammed Hadi | Professor | Florida International University
    • David Hale | Senior Transportation Project Manager | Leiods, Inc.

Educational Meeting #5 (June 30, 2020)

  • “Welcome and SimCap Updates”
    •  Christopher Melson | Program Manager | Louisiana State University
  • “NYSDOT’s Local Count Program: Overview, Lessons Learned, and Local Stakeholder Involvement”
    • Andrew Haynes | Assistant Engineer | New York State DOT
  • “Use and Coordination of Multiple Data Sources: Experience from North Florida TPO”
    • Jeff Sheffield | Executive Director| North Florida TPO

Educational Meeting #4 (September 12, 2019)

  • “Identifying Travel Conditions using Cluster Analysis: Illustrative Investigations”
    •  Christopher Melson | Program Manager | Louisiana State University
  • “Utilizing the NPMRDS for Model Calibration/Validation”
    • Pong Wu | Sr. Transportation Planner | Capital Region Planning Commission
  • “Mini Roundtable”
    • Christopher Melson | Program Manager | Louisiana State University

Educational Meeting #3 (April 4, 2019)

  • “Microsimulation Study of Crescent City Connection Bridge”
    •  Joey Lefante | Traffic Engineer | Stantec
  • “Introduction to Dynamic Traffic Assignment”
    • Michael Mahut | Vice President, Traffic Simulation | INRO
  • “Mini Roundtable”
    • Christopher Melson | Program Manager | Louisiana State University

Educational Meeting #2 (October 31, 2018)

  • “Overview and Updates from FHWA’s Traffic Analysis Tools (TAT) Program”
    •  Jim Sturrock | ITS Operations Engineer | FHWA
  • “Microsimulation and LaDOTD”
    • Jody Colvin | Traffic Engineering Division Administrator | LaDOTD
  • “Overview of Toronto SimCap”
    • Matthew Davis | Program Manager | City of Toronto
  • “Business Discussion”
    • Christopher Melson | Program Manager | Louisiana State University

Educational Meeting #1 (July 17, 2018)

  • “Overview of North Carolina SimCap”
    •  Bradley Reynolds | Associate Engineer | Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
  • “Application of Transportation Modeling and Simulation in Planning and Decision-Making Process”
    • Pong Wu | Sr. Transportation Planner | Capital Region Planning Commission
  • “Business Discussion”
    • Christopher Melson | Program Manager | Louisiana State Universit

Inaugural Meeting (February 13, 2018)

  • “Overview Presentation of SimCap”
    •  Christopher Melson | Program Manager | Louisiana State University
  • “Open Discussion to Define Our Identify”
    • All