Course code TraZ4059

Credit points 1

Roads and Traffic Management II

Total Hours in Course40

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Independent study hours24

Date of course confirmation07.02.2017

Responsible UnitInstitute of Engineering and Energetics

Course developer

author Inženiertehnikas un enerģētikas institūts

Ruslans Šmigins

Dr. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

TraZ4058, Roads and Traffic Management I

Course abstract

The aim of the study course: to master the basic elements of road equipment, their use and connection with automated traffic management systems, as well as to get an idea of traffic modeling programs and their role in ensuring traffic safety.
Students are provided with knowledge on transport flow, main parameters of traffic intensity, as also on traffic organization and modelling. The course take a look on road facilities, roads and traffic safety, work psychology of vehicle drivers, fundamentals of transport flow theory and technical recourses for traffic control, software for traffic modelling.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

1. Knowledge - is able to demonstrate specialized knowledge about the elements of road equipment and their application, as well as their integration into the overall traffic management system.
2. Skills - the ability to integrate and use knowledge in solving traffic organization problems and analyzing the factors influencing it. Ability to compare different solutions and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages.
3. Competence - is able to constantly analyze and solve traffic organization problems, using modeling tools and performing qualitative and quantitative analysis based on available data.
• Familiar with the problems of the traffic organisation, the basic principles of traffic management, technical means and solutions – Test No. 1.

• Capable of creating a model and modelling traffic situations – Practical works.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Theory of transport flows. (1 h lect.)
2. Traffic organisation in specific circumstances. (1 h lect.)
3. Identification of dangerous road sections. (1 h lect.)
4. Road equipment. (1 h lect.)
5. Road signs, road markings. (1 h lect.)
6. Methodological bases of the traffic organisation. (1 h lect.)
7. Traffic management, its technical means. (1 h lect.)
8. Automated traffic management systems. (1 h lect.)
9. Major challenges and solutions to road safety. (1 h practical w.)
10. The economic effectiveness of the activities of the traffic organisation. (1 h practical w.)
11. Basic principles for traffic modelling. (1 h practical w.)
Test No. 1: Problems of traffic organisation, basic principles, technical means and solutions for traffic management
12. Traffic modeling programmes. (1 h practical w.)
13. Model creation. (1 h practical w.)
14. Traffic modeling in VISSIM. (1 h practical w.)
15. Traffic modeling in the VISUM. (1 h practical w.)

16. Analysis and assessment of the established traffic model. (1 h practical w.)

Requirements for awarding credit points

There must be written test and counted practical works.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Preparation for test and practical works.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The overall assessment of the study course compose the exam grade.
Student can get a successful mark on the test if at least 50% of the questions are answered correctly.
Practical works are evaluated according to the established evaluation procedures of such practical works.

Compulsory reading

1. Šmigins R. Autoceļi un satiksmes vadība. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 100 lpp.
2. Mannering F.L., Washburn S.S. Principles of Highway Engineering and Traffic Analysis. Singapore: Wiley, 2013. 330 p.
3. Slinn M., Guest P., Matthews P. Traffic engineering design: principles and practice. Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005. 232 p.

4. Traffic simulation and data: validation methods and applications. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2017. 245 p.

Further reading

1. Bidzāns J. Pilsētu ceļi, ielas un laukumi. Rīgas Tehniskā universitāte. Ceļu un tiltu katedra. Rīga: RTU, 2007. 88 lpp.
2. Zemītis M. Autoceļu ekspluatācija. Rīga: RTU, 2007. 75 lpp. Pieejams tiešsaistē:

3. Handbook of transport systems and traffic control. Edited by K. J. Button, D. A. Hensher. Amsterdam: Pergamon, 2001. 602 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Ceļu specifikācijas. VAS "Latvijas Valsts Ceļi". [tiešsaiste] [Skatīts 24.07.2021.] Pieejams tiešsaistē:


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