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Detection and Advanced Operations

When - Where

October 27, 2022

(8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Central Time)


6 Professional Development Hours can be granted for this course. No partial credit available. Attendees must attend at least 90% of each day of the workshop to get 6 PDHs.

Ellington Agricultural Center
UT Extension Office
5201 Marchant Dr.
Nashville, TN  37211-5112
Tel: 615-832-6550 for directions

Register ONLINE here.


Register by mail. Click here to download the brochure.


Simulation examples will illustrate the functionality of several controller parameters related to current guidelines on detection system design. The concepts of dilemma and indecision zone will be discussed and, low-speed and high-speed detection designs will be covered. A detailed presentation will provide appropriate values used by agencies on Volume Density settings and information on advanced controller features as well as on video detection will be presented. Relevant guidelines and references on Traffic Signal Priority Control, Traffic Responsive Control, Adaptive Traffic Signal Control and the System Engineering Analysis will be covered. Diamond Interchange Operations will be discussed and controller settings included. Preemption concepts will also be covered.


Since 2010, the Traffic Signal Academy has provided services to over 1,000 participants in 6 different courses. Federal, state, county and city agencies plus consultant firms have attended our classes.


Airton G. Kohls, Ph.D.
Dr. Kohls is a Research Associate at the University of Tennessee's Center for Transportation Research. He holds a B.S., M.S. and a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He has twelve years of practical experience in Traffic Engineering with both public and private agencies. Dr. Kohls serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University of Tennessee, Department of Civil Engineering, teaching Traffic Engineering Operations.


Opening Remarks, Introduction
Detection System Guidelines

  • Low Speed
  • Dilemma Zone
  • High Speed Video Detection
Pedestrian Guidelines
Advanced Operations
  • Traffic Responsive
  • Adaptive Control
  • Diamond Operations
  • Preemption
Systems Engineering
Traffic Management


Fee ($150 per day) The workshop registration includes course materials and refreshments for onsite workshops only. Attendees are responsible for meals and lodging. See additional information on the website under Location and Facilities.

Register ONLINE here.


Register by mail. Click here to download the brochure.