Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum (WSRTTIF)

What does it take to make Rural ITS work? It takes technical excellence across a variety of skill areas. It takes creativity. It also helps to learn from the experiences of others. The challenges in making Rural ITS work are significant. Therefore, it’s important for ITS technology practitioners to be able to meet in order to share what they’ve learned and help advance the state-of-the-practice.

Starting in 2006, the Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum has provided ITS implementers and engineers from the western states region with valuable opportunities for detailed dialogue about some innovative engineering and communications projects designed to support the rural transportation system. The Forum is valuable, not only for the detailed and knowledgeable presentations and demonstrations, but also for the times outside of sessions where participants can network with their peers from other districts and states.

The Western States Forum is unique. Speakers are given an extended amount of time to really delve into the nuts and bolts of how a project works, whether it relates to equations, source code, component-level discussion, or lessons learned. Questions and discussion are encouraged throughout and not just at the end of a presentation or demonstration. High quality technical content, discussion, transparency and trust are the main goals of the Forum.

Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum (WSRTTIF) Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum (WSRTTIF)

Recent Updates:

WSRTTIF Update, 12/19/2017: Submit an Abstract for the 2018 Western States Forum WSRTTIF Update, 10/13/2017: 2017 Forum Continues Tradition of Detailed Discussion on Rural ITS Projects WSRTTIF Update, 05/02/2017: Register for the 2017 Forum! WSRTTIF Update, 12/16/2016: Submit an Abstract for the 2017 Western States Forum WSRTTIF Update, 7/14/2016: 11th Annual Western States Forum Another Success WSRTTIF Update, 3/24/2016: 2016 Forum Registration Opens
Submit an Abstract for the 2018 Western States Forum
December 19th, 2017
2017 Forum Continues Tradition of Detailed Discussion on Rural ITS Projects
October 13th, 2017
Register for the 2017 Forum!
May 2nd, 2017
Submit an Abstract for the 2017 Western States Forum
December 16th, 2016
11th Annual Western States Forum Another Success
July 14th, 2016
Registration opens for the 2016 Western States Forum!
March 24th, 2016

Check back soon for more Western States Forum updates.


UPDATE: Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Save the Date! The 13th Annual Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum will be June 19th, 20th, and 21st, in scenic Yreka, California. We’ve just released the Call for Abstracts – we are seeking both presentations and live demonstrations about rural ITS topics and technologies. If you have implemented or improved a project because of participation in a past Forum, we highly encourage you to submit an abstract for presentation/demonstration at this year’s event. Check out the 2018 Call for Abstracts for more information about the Forum’s technical program.

Participants in the 2017 Western States Forum listen to a technical presentation.

Photo by Doug Galarus

The presentations and demonstrations that are given at the Forum are highly technical and in-depth discussions of rural ITS system implementations, including what worked and what didn’t work. A wide variety of topics relating to ITS design and engineering are discussed during the Forum such as:

  • Design, engineering and installation of rural ITS field applications, such as warning and safety systems
  • Design, installation, calibration and evaluation of roadside traffic detection equipment (loop or non-intrusive)
  • Applications of microwave, radio, cellular, 802.11 WiFi and/or WiMax communications
  • Custom ITS application development
  • Innovative applications of commercial ITS applications
  • Lessons learned with application and development of standards and specifications (e.g. NTCIP, DOT specifications)
At the 2017 Forum, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Dr. Anurage Pande shares conclusions on his naturalistic GPS driving data study. John Slonaker showed the radar detection set-up, the C1 reader and its components, and demonstrated the VideoSync software used for his project. Bryan Prestel (left), discusses a point made during one of the presentations at the 2017 Forum. A presentation at the 2017 Forum gets lots of questions from the other Forum participants.

Photos by Leann Koon and Doug Galarus.

Forum agendas have been diverse over the years. Presentations and demonstrations have been given by speakers from many different states and institutions, including multiple state DOTs, universities and other transportation related offices. Here are some of the presentations from previous Forums:

For a better understanding of the content covered at the Western States Forum, visit the website at www.westernstatesforum.org/PastForums.

Jeremiah Pearce (front, seated) and Lonnie Hobbs (back, standing), Caltrans District 2, end their presentation with a demonstration during the 2017 Forum. Doug Spencer, an ITS Standards Engineer with the Oregon DOT, reviewed the needs for the ITS firmware ODOT helped to develop, uses of the ATC, and the many different sensors and devices that can operated in a standardized way utilizing the ATC and the controller’s application programming interface (API). Jim Whalen from the Nevada DOT examines Caltrans District 2’s ITS Node Equipment Cabinet.

Photos by Leann Koon and Doug Galarus.

If you are involved in a rural ITS project that would be relevant to the Forum, we encourage you to submit an abstract for presentation and/or demonstration at the 2018 Forum. For more information on how to submit an abstract please visit the Call for Abstracts page on the Forum website.

Deadline for submitting abstracts is Friday, January 19, 2018.


Project Contacts:

Steering Committee Member

Leann A.F. Koon
Research Associate
Western Transportation Institute
Montana State University - Bozeman
PO Box 174250
Bozeman, MT 59717-4250
(406) 994-7643
(406) 994-1697 (fax)
leann.koon "at" montana.edu
www.westerntransportationinstitute.org

Steering Committee Member

Jeremiah Pearce, P.E.
Acting Chief, Office of ITS Engineering and Support
Caltrans District 2
1657 Riverside Drive, MS-14
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 225-3320
(530) 225-3255 (fax)
jeremiah.pearce "at" dot.ca.gov
www.dot.ca.gov/dist2/

Steering Committee Member

Douglas Galarus
Program Manager
Systems Engineering, Development & Integration
Western Transportation Institute (WTI)
Montana State University - Bozeman
PO Box 174250
Bozeman, MT 59717-4250
(406) 994-5268
(406) 994-1697 (fax)
dgalarus "at" montana.edu
www.westerntransportationinstitute.org

Steering Committee Member

Sean Campbell, P.E.
Chief, ITS Special Projects Branch
Caltrans, Division of Research, Innovation,
and System Information
1227 O Street, PO Box 942873
Sacramento, CA 94273-0001
(916) 654-8868
(916) 657-4580 (fax)
sean.campbell "at" dot.ca.gov
www.dot.ca.gov/newtech/


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