Picture of ITOC
Volume 1, Issue 8
ITS Engineers and Constructors, Inc.
I-10 Widening Project
Incident Of the Month…... Arizona Department
Inside this issue:
Incident of the 1
Data Chaos 1
Operator Spot- 2
Incident Manage- 3
20 Seconds 5
FMS movement 5
Above- On Tuesday, January 15, 2008, a semi-truck hit the guardrail on West-
bound I-10 at Prince Road closing the right lane for 4 hours. The semi-truck
crash took out 30 feet of guardrail. The freeway stayed open during clean up.
Special points of in-
We have a co-author of
NextPhase working at ITOC
Data Chaos, Part 2 ITOC is defying chaos theory
Like the scientists in the One of our operators is a future
FMS components opera- sponse to incidents are mother
movie Jurassic Park, tional status, and traffic multiple telephone calls
ITOC staff decided to management plans im- to specialized respond- 65 of theses sit on frontage roads
defy chaos theory in plemented. ers. For example, if bar-
January 2008. ricades need to be re-
The incident manage-
Using Microsoft Access ment logs will be used by placed due to a crash, or
application, operations ITOC operators to input if a hazmat incident oc-
supervisor Will Dobbs various incidents requir- curs various agencies
built 3 forms with corre- ing ITOC actions and need to notified and
sponding databases: in- response. Often the re- sent.
Continued on Page 4
Modular Living in the Santa Rita Yard
At the end of April 2007, four trail- walls allow first response agencies
ers wound their way down from to see an incident on the video wall
Phoenix to the ADOT Santa Rita without having to interrupt opera-
yard underneath the I-10/I-19 in- tions staff with their critical duties
terchange, just south of the Tucson
at this time.
Modular buildings are imported and
All four trailers were built together
constructed in areas where these
within days to create the building
buildings can be often self-
that has become known as the ITOC
sustaining and allow for personnel
on first responder radio waves in
to be housed to meet a temporary
the Old Pueblo. need and considered a cost-effective
The ITOC is about 2700 hundred alternative to permanent structures.
square feet in size. The building sits
6 feet above the ground level in the
yard, which should give the vast Above – ITOC Conference Room.
array of electronics and FMS tech-
nology a better chance of survival if
the Santa Cruz wash ever overflows
its bank areas. Highway Incident Responses
Inside the ITOC sits twelve rooms: a
large state of the art conference
room, to be used for large scale free- 120
way incidents. The operations room 100
containing the video wall and opera-
tor workstations, two executive 80
based offices in the operations 60
room, computer room, storage area,
two bathrooms, break room, IT of-
fice, reception office and media 20
One distinct feature other than the Court esy DPS Tucson 511 Report s Traf fic Elect ronic
monolithic video wall are the glass Tows Police M anagement M essage
walls that separate the operations
room from the conference room and Response Type
the media room. These 1/2 inch
Operator Spotlight: Trish Brown
Trish Brown is our future mother to zona State University pursuing a
be at the Interim Traffic Operations Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Stud-
Center. ies degree. Her concentrations are
Trish works the overnight shift, 10 in Business and Social Welfare.
PM– 6 AM. She likes the shift be- Before coming to ITOC. Trish
cause of the flexibility of work as- worked in many different adminis-
signments available during the trative positions in the insurance,
week, and the different issues a medical care industries.
night time operator faces such as
She decided not know her baby’s
unplanned construction closures.
sex until delivery.
Presently, Trish is a junior at Ari-
She likes the Patriots ya’ know!!!!
Volume 1, Issue 8 Page 2
Incident Management for January 2008
January 2008 saw various multi- the night of Tuesday, January
car and semi-truck crashes, and Speedway Blvd. bridges underneath 15th,closing the right lane down at
various interstate closures to ac- I-10 saw weekend closures due the Prince Road for four hours. Origi-
commodate re-striping operations, girder installation activities. nally, many believed I-10 was closed.
and new lane configurations, and a On Sunday, 1/13/08; Eastbound ITOC operations watched traffic slow
swift water rescue. and Westbound I-10 from Prince and move thru the scene with no is-
Stalls continued to be the most re- Road to I-10/I-19 junction closed in sues. On-duty operator asked DPS
alternating directions between 12 dispatch if I-10 was closed. No order
sponded incident by ITOC opera-
tors. Often, lack of gas and flat tires PM-4 PM for road re-striping opera- to close I-10 was issued thru DPS for
tions. No incidents occurred due to this incident.
seemed to be the primary culprits.
the above activity. Mainline traffic On the morning of January 28, law
On Monday, January 28; operators was diverted to frontage roads and enforcement agencies responded to a
dealt with a stalled Suntran bus on traffic management plans imple- swift water rescue at I-10 at Sunset
the westbound frontage road at mented. Road. The westbound frontage road
Crashes lowered for the first month was closed for one hour.
The average response time for stall of 2008. One crash happened on
clearance is 20 minutes. Operators
did note that many of the vehicles
do attempt to try to leave the road- Incident Summary
way or create a rolling stall by stop-
ping and starting. Also, operators
noted several law enforcement calls 90
based around wrong way recrea- 80
tional vehicles. Motorists are re- 70
minded when using the frontage 60
road due note directional traffic flow N umb er o f 50 .
I nci d ent s 40
and do not turn into approaching
Lanes reopened at Grant alleviating 10
some of the rush hour commute 0
St alls Crashes Debris Hazards Pedest rians
back-ups. St. Mary’s Street and
Inci d ent D escr ip t i o n
Tucson Freeway Management System (FMS) Component……….Autoscope
What technology can be used as signal arms perched over the Top Right– Pic-
a smoke detector during tunnel roadway. ture of an Auto-
operations? Autoscope cameras work on scope camera
Autoscope or video detection the premise “of cars driving located above
technology! thru boxes.” Cameras are the Eastbound
Autoscope cameras are part of
pointed downward at inter- Frontage Road at
sections. A detection zone of I-10.
many types of traffic based de-
boxes and lines are created
tection systems. These detection
on the roadway thru camera Bottom Right–
based systems encompass a
adjustment. The motorists Real-time Auto-
wide variety of methods from
never see these boxes. When scope picture at
acoustic to infrared.
a car drives up to a traffic
The Autoscope or video detec- the eastbound
signal, it fills up the box su-
tion technology is applied to the perimposed on the roadway. approach on
Tucson FMS because this tech- The camera senses the car Speedway Boule-
nology is presently used within and will start the countdown vard at I-10.
the City of Tucson, works well to actuate traffic signals to
in all weather environments, meet that movement’s de-
and can attach to traffic signal mand.
Data Chaos Part 2 continued…...
ITS Engineers and
Constructors, Inc. The ITOC incident report form guides
the operators using a preset form on
The FMS operational status form is
22505 North 19th Avenue, the important particulars of han-
used by operators during their shift to
Suite 101 dling and recording an incident. check operational status of CCTV,
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Also, this form allows the data to be Autoscopes, and the connectivity and
stored and queried for monthly inci- status of traffic signal systems. This
dent management statistics to pro- form requires operators to choose from
ject stakeholders. drop down boxes their answers to the
operation status of an FMS compo-
email@example.com The ITOC incident report form con-
nent. And reminds operators to con-
tains the certain particulars opera-
This edition of the ITOC tact the technician if a component is
tions staff spotted they could use to
newsletter is planned, com- not operating. A distinctive feature of
record: courtesy patrol called, ETA,
piled, and edited by Will this form requires the operator to
arrival, and cleared times; weather
Dobbs. Any story ideas, make conclusions on the status of the
during the incident, boxes asking if
questions, or concerns e-mail FMS system and write-up a problem
traffic management plans need to be
him at: activated for an incident, reminders resolution at the end of the form.
will.dobbs@itsengineers. to turn dynamic message signs on
and off, a checklist for operators to
determine whom they may need to
call for the incident, and open box
areas to write incident descriptions
and additional comments.
The traffic management plans form
allows operations personnel and traf-
fic engineers the ability to record
traffic plans implemented during
incidents, events or rush hours.
20 Seconds with….Dan O’Neill , ITS Engineers and Constructors, Inc.
Q: What is your present background On this project, I have to stay on top
in ITS or Traffic Engineering? of all aspects the hardware, software,
A: 18 years traffic experience. 8 years
as a traffic signal electrician for Los
Angeles County Public Works. 10
years of programming and systems
integration with various ITS vendors.
Also, author of LACO-4E ( the LA
County control program), Wisconsin
DOT Ramp Metering program, and co-
author of NextPhase (the Siemens ATC
Q: What makes the ITOC different
from other projects you have worked
A: This is the only time I’ve worked for FMS movement-1/12/08, 7:30 AM -
a company that performed construc- Layer 3 Ethernet movement from
tion, integration and operation of a
ITOC building to adjacent node
facility all within the same project.
Also, prior to this project, my integra-
building. For 12 hours no FMS com-
tion experience was limited to field ponents were available. Connectivity
equipment and communications be- restored the same day. ITOC opera-
tween the field equipment and TOC. Above-Dan O’ Neill tional at 7:30 PM.