Traffic Eng & Safety

Travel safety, complete streets, advanced signal tech, and VMT as a metric for environmental analysis in California

Geometric Design for California

This 3-day course covers the principles and best practices of roadway geometric design for various functional classes of roadways, including local streets, arterials and freeways, intersections and interchanges.

This course focuses on practical, real world applications of geometric design methods. Developed with professionals in California in mind, the course will use design standards and guidelines in the Caltrans Highway Design Manual, the AASHTO "Greenbook," and other materials as appropriate.

In addition to the geometric design focus, this course also addresses topics related to successful design and re-design practices in California, including stage construction, traffic handling, value analysis, context sensitive approach, owners to designers, etc.

This fast-paced, hands-on course combines presentations, case-study examples, problem-solving and class exercises, with ample opportunity for networking and questions.

Additional course detail is provided in the sections below.

  • Course Topics
    • Overview of roadway components & traffic operation
    • Sight distances
    • Horizontal & vertical curves
    • Superelevation
    • Transitions
    • Cross section elements
    • Clearances
    • Overcrossing layout
    • Intersection design
    • Interchange design
    • Pedestrian and bicycle considerations
    • Traffic calming strategies
    • Truck & bus vehicle accommodations
  • Course Outline


    • Introduction
    • Course Objectives
    • Defining Roadway Types
    • Traffic Operation Bsics
    • Group Exercise
    • Geometric Design
    • Sight Distance
    • Superevelation
    • Individual Exercise
    • Horizontal
    • Grades
    • Individual Exercise
    • Pavement Transition
    • Airway Highway Clearances
    • Structures
    • Group Exercise


    • Geometric Cross Sections
    • Indivdual Exercise
    • Intersections at Grade
    • Bike Lanes & Paths
    • Truck Turning
    • Group Exercise
    • Tee Intersections
    • Turn Pockets
    • Curb Ramps
    • Driveways
    • Individual Exercise


    • Interchanges
    • Ramp Design
    • Ramp Metering
    • Individual Exercise
    • Stage Construction
    • Traffic Handling
    • Group Exercise
    • Overview of Related Items
    • Group Discussion
    • Course Evaluation
  • What you will learn

    Students will become well versed in the principles and best practices of geometric design for various functional classes of California roadway systems, including external factors that affect the geometric design decisions.

  • Who should attend

    This class is intended for roadway design engineers and technicians who have some basic prior knowledge of or experience with geometric design, as well as for those more experienced who seek a refresher course.

  • Course Prerequisites

      Participants will need a pencil, pen, engineer's scale, and a calculator to complete the in-class problem sets.

  • Course Instructors

      Robert Himes, PE, President, Mark Thomas & Company, Inc.

      Mr. Himes has over 30 years of experience in municipal and transportation engineering with Mark Thomas. Rob is a President of the firm and specializes in all aspects of transportation projects ranging from transportation studies to construction documents. Rob's experience in managing studies includes, project reports, project study reports, and concept approval reports.

      Adrian Engel, PE, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Fehr & Peers

      Adrian is the Fehr & Peers Active Transportation Market Leader for the Sierra Region. He has over 20 years of experience in transportation planning and engineering. He has planned and designed numerous complete street, bikeway, and highway interchange projects. Mr. Engel specializes in complete streets, active transportation and sustainable civil engineering projects. In addition to be being a Registered Engineer, he is a LEED-Accredited Professional and currently the Chair of Mission Advancement for the Sacramento District Council of the Urban Land Institute.

  • Registration Information

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      A confirmation email will be sent to you within two business days of TechTransfer receiving your paid registration.

      If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the TechTransfer Registrar at (510) 643-4393 or

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      Cancellation Policy:

      The cancellation fee for this course is $75. At TechTransfer, there are no refunds for classes with registration fees of $75 or less. For all other classes, you may cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your registration fee less $75, provided they receive your written request to cancel at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin. In lieu of canceling your registration, you may (1) transfer your registration to another TechTransfer class, (2) receive a tuition credit for the full amount, useable toward a future class, or (3) send a substitute in your place.

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LTAP Subsidized

This class is offered at a reduced fee to employees of California's city, county, regional, and tribal public agencies

Course Fee

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Course Credit

This course grants:

2.40 CEUs

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