Barge Design Solutions Presents At 2018 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

30 / January / 2018

Barge Design Solutions recently presented at the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Annual Meeting, held on January 7-11 in Washington, D.C. Daniel Spann, Peter Kauffmann, and Lauren Gaines participated in three technical sessions. It is the second consecutive year for Barge Design Solutions to attend and present.

Kauffmann presented on the company’s redesign of a roundabout in Middle Tennessee as part of the TRB Standing Committee on Roundabouts’ annual “Roundabout Theater” session. The presentation showcased improvements that Barge Design Solutions recommended to address safety and capacity complaints at a congested intersection, most notably realigning the approaches to slow entering traffic and reduce lane departures.

All three individuals presented a second poster for the Standing Committee on Operations Effects of Geometrics and the Standing Committee on Highway Safety Performance. The group’s presentation related to a case study on Techniques for Presenting Operational and Safety Benefits to the Public.

This second poster discussed the public outreach component of a Barge Design Solutions road widening project, also in Middle Tennessee, including how the project team highlighted the physical impacts, safety impacts, and operational impacts of each alternative from a qualitative standpoint. In this way, all three sets of impacts were presented on equal footing to convey the trade-offs of design decisions.

Spann, Business Unit Director for Transportation, moderated a lectern session for the Standing Committee on Roundabouts entitled Lessons Learned from Roundabout Implementation. This session featured four presenters from across the country, including discussions on multi-lane roundabout performance in Ohio, roundabout interchanges in Missouri, performance of roundabouts during hurricane evacuations, and roundabout design guidance within a global context.