2019 Annual Virginia and Washington DC Joint SimCap Meeting at TRB Wrap-Up

The 4th annual joint SimCap meeting took place at the TRB venue on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. The meeting was well attended by private/public sector professionals, software developers and academia. The night started off with VASITE and WDCSITE update, including a group selfie (a new tradition), followed by roundtable and panel discussions, lightning presentations, and quick technology updates. The highlights of this meeting include the following:

A packed room for the WDCSITE SimCap Meeting at TRB.
Murat Ayçin (AIMSUN) gives a traffic software update and describes a mesoscopic model.
  • The roundtable discussion on data-driven decision making emphasized the importance of public agency/private sector collaboration, having a data scientist mentality in transportation professions, and making use of open-sourced data; Ford representative offered insights about their involvement in Smart Cities using various data, including Ford’s connected vehicle data.
  • FHWA and DOT representatives talked about recent updates to guidance of roadway system and capacity analysis in their jurisdictions and challenges and opportunities
Kevin Heaslip (Virginia Tech) gives a presentation about AV Effects on Freeway Capacity.
  • A variety of subjects ranging from complexity of airport multimodal transportation system, cost-effective transportation solutions in innovative intersections, to automated vehicles’ (AVs) impact on roadway capacity were discussed in the lightning presentations and technology update.
Gustavo Ceballos (Ricondo) gives a lightning presentation about Airport Ground Transportation and Landside Simulation.
Daniel Markham (Kimley-Horn) starts his presentation about innovative intersections.

2019 Annual Virginia and Washington DC Joint SimCap Meeting at TRB

WDCSITE and SimCap Virginia are delighted to invite you to the 2019 Annual Virginia and Washington DC Joint SimCap Meeting at TRB. You will be spending an evening with coffee and light refreshments, discussing and listening to – interesting array of presentations & panel discussions, around hot topics like Connected and Automated Vehicles, Data Driven decision making in the context of Emerging Technology, Agency Guidance for Analysis, etc. Presenters/Panelists would include representatives from VDOT, MDOT-SHA, DDOT, FHWA, FIU, and Ford.

When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019; 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

WhereMarriott Marquis Washington, 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

PDH: PDHs will be available to attendees that register.

Food / Refreshment: refreshment and coffee/tea will be served during this event.


  • 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Registration with Refreshment and Networking
  • 6:30 PM – 6:40 PM – Opening Remarks
  • 6:40 PM – 7:15 PM – Panel Discussion – Updates on Guidance for Roadway System and Capacity Analysis 
    • Speakers: David Hale (Leidos/FHWA), Sanhita Lahiri (VDOT), TBD (DDOT), Carole Delion (MDOT-SHA) 
    • Moderator: Jiaxin Tong (Kimley-Horn)
  • 7:15 PM – 7:25 PM – Traffic Software Update/Mesoscopic Model (AIMSUN)
    • Speaker: TBD (AIMSUN)
  • 7:25 PM – 7:45 PM – Networking Break
  • 7:45 PM – 8:00 PM – CV/AV Update
    • Analysis Modeling and Simulation (FHWA)
    • HCM (KIttelson)
    • Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (VDOT)
    • Moderator: George Lu (Jacobs)
  • 8:00 PM – 8:35 PM – Panel Discussion – Data Driven Decision Making in the Context of Emerging Technology
    • Speakers: Subrat Mahapatra (MDOT-SHA), Mena Lockwood (VDOT), Ryan Westrom (Ford), Mohammed Hadi (FIU)
    • Moderator: Burak Cesme (Kittelson)
  • 8:35 PM – 8:55 PM – Lightning Presentations
    • Airport Ground Transportation and Landside Simulation – Challenges and Opportunities by Gustavo Ceballos and Darrin McKenna (Ricondo)
    • Thinking Outside the Conventional Intersection by Daniel Markham (Kimley-Horn)
  • 9:00 PM – Meeting Adjourn

 Cost: FREE

Meeting Contact:

General meeting questions & Technical Agenda – Sanhita Lahiri (VDOT) or Vivek Hariharan (RS&H)  

Registration – Jiaxin Tong (Kimley-Horn) or Burak Cesme (Kittelson)

Venue and PDH – George Lu (Jacobs)