HDR, ITS Heartland Receive TSMO Award

HDR and ITS Heartland Win National Operations Center of Excellence Award for TSMO Training Effort

From left: Randy Johnson, president of ITS Heartland, and Matthew Volz of HDR.

HDR has been honored in the inaugural Transportation Systems Management & Operations Awards presented by the National Operations Center of Excellence. The awards, presented Jan. 13-14 at the 2019 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., recognized organizations that best use TSMO and encourage its expansion throughout the United States. HDR and ITS Heartland were recognized by NOCoE as one of four national winners of its first TSMO awards, selected from more than 60 submissions.

The National Operations Center of Excellence is a partnership of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, with support from the Federal Highway Administration.

ITS Heartland is a five-state regional chapter of ITS America that includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.  They advocate and support the use of technology to improve the safety and reliability of the transportation system.

TSMO focuses on improving existing transportation systems through better coordination, integration and systematic implementation of key operational strategies. The goal, as the Federal Highway Administration puts it, is to get the most performance out of the transportation facilities we already have. 

Training Development

On behalf of ITS Heartland, HDR created a training program, dubbed TSMO University, to teach TSMO strategies and policies to transportation professionals in the ITS chapter’s five-state region. Over the two-year project, HDR developed a series of webinars and live training events, lined up expert speakers, created curriculum and presented the content. More than 600 attendees took part in the first phase of training, which began in June 2017. Phase two of the training included a train-the-trainer seminar to provide the departments of transportation with the tools to be able to effectively present TSMO principles to management, engineering staff and field personnel.

“ITS Heartland and HDR have worked very hard to push Transportation Systems Management & Operations education out to the transportation community in the Midwest and nationally,” said Project Manager Matthew Volz, P.E., who led the effort for HDR. “This award from the National Operations Center of Excellence is testament to the value of our work and the quality of the people who have contributed to this project.”

Lasting Cost-Saving Impact

Importantly, TSMO University’s educational value will continue to multiply. ITS Heartland has access to all of the webinars and presentation materials developed on its behalf, and its members can continue to use them for self-paced training. 

“Development of TSMO University is another example of our commitment to helping our clients understand, evaluate and adopt new cost-saving strategies to improve system performance,” said Bernie Arseneau, P.E., PTOE, HDR’s highways & roads director. “This is well-deserved recognition of the quality work by the ITS Heartland and HDR team.”

About HDR's Transportation Experience
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