Transpedia Consulting Engineers 

 

Staff

Mousa Abbasi, PhD, PE, TE, PTOE


KEY QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY

Dr. Abbasi has over 30 years of broad civil and transportation engineering, including Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).  His range of responsibilities included office and project management; traffic/ITS planning, design and operation; business development, client management and proposal preparation; QA/QC and technical direction.  His rich experience covers a wide range of technical expertise, including regional ITS architecture and ITS master plan; parking management guidance system; construction services; user and functional requirements; mapping to NTCIP standards and National ITS Architecture; system operation definition, component evaluation, manuals preparation, training, testing and calibration; ITS technology evaluation; commercial vehicle operation (CVO) and intermodal freight transportation; resource management and schedule adherence; construction engineering and management; and management board member for an engineering firm.  Dr. Abbasi is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, College of Professional Studies.
 

EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy, Transportation Engineering, 1998, Michigan State University

Master of Science, Construction Management and Engineering, 1993, Illinois Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 1981, University of Jordan

 

 

TRANSPORTATION AND TRAFFIC AND INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS EXPERIENCE (July 1998 to Present) at the following companies:
 

 

Transpedia Consulting Engineers, Santa Rosa, California- Principal with the following responsibilities:

·         Traffic/ITS engineering technical work

·         Project management

·         Firm management

·         Marketing and business development

·         Quality control for firm’s traffic engineering projects

·         Project manager or principal-in-charge for over 75 traffic engineering projects in northern California for public and private clients.  These projects include traffic impact studies; parking generation, demand and analysis; traffic trip generation and distribution; traffic signal design; and peer review for traffic studies.

 


T.Y. Lin International, Santa Rosa, California
- Associate Vice President/ITS Study Director with the following responsibilities:

·         Office management

·         Leadership of firm’s ITS Study practice

·         Traffic/ITS engineering technical adviser for East Bay Unit

·         Marketing and business development including northern California

·         Project management and technical work

·         Quality control for East Bay Unit traffic engineering projects

·         Provided ITS and systems engineering support; reviewed transportation management plan; and QA/QC for ITS/Traffic Operation System (TOS) design plans for I-580 HOV Lane Widening Design Project, Alameda County, CA.  This project, under the sponsorship of the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency (ACCMA) in conjunction with other regional agencies, the cities of Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore, and Caltrans, is to widen eastbound I-580 to 5 lanes to provide for an HOV lane by widening into the median from approximately 0.1 mile west of Greenville Road to Hacienda Drive Interchange.

·         Reviewed traffic surveillance and control systems of Project’s Design Basis Report for Port of Miami Tunnel & Access Improvements Design/Build Project.  The system elements include operations control rooms, closed circuit television, dynamic message signs, signals, overheight vehicle detectors, dedicated short range communications, portal traffic signals, highway advisory radio and incident detection and management.

·         Project manager or principal-in-charge for over 15 traffic engineering projects in northern California for public and private clients including traffic impact studies; parking generation, demand and analysis; traffic trip generation and distribution; traffic signal design and timing; traffic origin-destination studies; and peer review for traffic studies.

 


TJKM Transportation Consultants, Santa Rosa, California
- Office Manager/Senior Associate with the following responsibilities:

·         Office management

·         Corporate Management Committee Member

·         Marketing and business development

·         Project management and technical work

·         Intelligent Transportation Systems/traffic engineering technical adviser

·         Quality control for all office traffic engineering projects

·         Project manager or principal-in-charge for over 70 traffic engineering projects in northern California for public and private clients.  These projects include traffic impact studies; parking generation, demand and analysis; traffic trip generation and distribution; traffic signal design and timing; interchange deficiency study; and peer review for traffic studies.

 


HNTB Corporation, Chicago, Illinois
- Project Manager with the following responsibilities:

·         Metra Parking Management Guidance System (PMGS)- served as a project manager and provided technical assistance in the development of PMGS for the Northeastern Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation- Metra.  The system will provide accurate and timely information on parking availability to assist commuters with making informed travel mode choices and efficiently locating open spaces.  The project includes the design, bidding, construction management and administration and technical evaluation/user survey of a pilot system installed at two Metra stations.

·         Northeastern Illinois Regional ITS Architecture- served as a project manager and provided technical assistance in the development of the Regional ITS Architecture for Northeastern Illinois.  The project includes technical review of existing documentation, conduct outreach meetings, and development of a base architecture, communication preliminary plan and an architecture maintenance and operating plan.

·         Indianapolis Traffic Management Center Construction Engineering & Inspection- provided technical assistance and construction services for the technology component of the Indianapolis Traffic Management Center (TMC), a $12.6 million facility.

·         Indianapolis Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS)- served as a QA/QC coordinator for Indianapolis ATMS, which covers about 145 miles of expressways and comprises of electronic surveillance, traveler information, communication network, traffic management center and highway service patrols (Hoosier Helpers).

·         Indiana Toll Road ITS Project- served as a project manager and assisted in the development of an ITS Master Plan for the Indiana Toll Road.  The plan included inventory of existing ITS systems, identification of ITS market packages, development of ITS architecture, identification of ITS projects for implementation, and development of incident management preliminary plan and deployment plan.

·         Borman Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS)- served as a QA/QC coordinator for the Borman ATMS, which covers about 20 miles of expressways and comprises of electronic surveillance (detector and closed circuit television), traveler information, communication network, traffic management center and Hoosier Helpers.

 


National Engineering Technology (NET), Chicago, Illinois
- Group Leader, Transportation Applications with following responsibilities:

·         Wisconsin Department of Transportation District 2 Communications-Data Infrastructure (CDSI) Project.  Served as a project manager, provided technical assistance in the development of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional ITS Architecture, assisted in mapping the District fiber network and reviewed project deliverables.

·         Illinois State Toll Highway Authority Traffic and Incident Management System (TIMS) Project.  Led procurement of project hardware/software, assisted in development of HD/SW specs and System Hardware Design, and reviewed Closed Circuit Television Design.

·         Georgia Department of Transportation Metropolitan ITS Integration Project- Phase I.  Assisted in mapping the NavGAtor, MARTA and City of Atlanta systems to the NTCIP standards and National ITS Architecture.

·         Illinois Department of Transportation Traffic Systems Center (IDOT TSC) Upgrade.  Populated the database of the expressway system geometry characteristics, developing the System Engineering Manual, System Operations Manual, System Administration Manual, Test Plan Document, and training material, and conducting training.

·         Kansas City Area Advanced Transportation Management System.  Assisted in the development of the Ramp Metering Needs and Feasibility Study for the Kansas City Metropolitan area and conducted Field Component Technology Assessment Study.

·         California Department of Transportation District 7 ATMS.  Developed a System Engineering Manual for District 7 ATMS.

·         Wisconsin Department of Transportation District 2 Integrated Corridor Operations Project (ICOP).  Provided technical assistance in the development of the system architecture and concept of operations and in the assessment of recommended technologies.

·         Gary-Chicago-Milwaukee ITS Priority Corridor.  Developed the Corridor’s Location Reference Message Specification Migration Plan and maintained the GCM Public Information Center Library on the Internet.

·         The Port Authority of NY & NJ George Washington Bridge (GWB) Intelligent Transportation System.  Developed the incident detection algorithms for the GWB ITS project.

·         Portland Advanced Transportation Management System.  Developed a procedure to calibrate the Incident Detection Subsystem.

 


TRANSPORTATION & CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
(January 1992 to June 1998) at the following institutions:

 


Michigan
State University, East Lansing, Michigan 

·         Participated in research to evaluate the impact of work zone traffic signing on speed, and to study delay and queue length on selected work zone areas in the State of Michigan.

·         Involved in site exploration and preparation, data collection, image processing, statistical analysis, congestion modeling, and evaluation of the Advanced Traffic Management System in the Detroit, Michigan Metropolitan area.

·         Participated in site exploration and preparation, data collection, image processing, and statistical analysis to evaluate the impact of work zone traffic signing on speed in the State of Michigan.

·         Performed research on freeway traffic congestion, simulation modeling, and ramp metering.

 

Federal Highway Administration, Washington, District of Columbia

·         Conducted research on Intermodal Freight Transportation in the Intelligent Transportation Systems/Commercial Vehicle Operations Division.

 

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois

·         Assisted in teaching construction management courses and managed the Construction Management and Engineering Laboratory in the Department of Civil Engineering.

 


CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AND ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE
(June 1981 to December 1991) at the following companies:

 


Manar Consulting Engineering, Amman, Jordan- Senior Planning Engineer

·         Provided structural design, prepared schedules, visited construction sites, prepared change orders, reviewed contractors’ claims, and approved projects monthly payments.

 


Badran Consulting Engineers, Amman, Jordan
- Geotechnical Engineer

·         Assisted in site exploration, laboratory soil testing and preparation of soil reports.

 


Steel Mesh Industry Company, Amman, Jordan- Research and Marketing Engineer

·         Performed research on steel mesh uses, prepared marketing brochures, and visited architects’ firms to introduce steel mesh in their designs.

 


General Security Directorate, Amman, Jordan- Site Engineer

·         Monitored construction of a reformatory building, prepared schedules, recommended change orders, studied contractors’ claims, and prepared monthly payments.

 


LANGUAGES
- English, Arabic.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS  

Member, TRB Freeway Operations Committee, since 2003

Member, Transportation Research Board, since 1998

Member, ITS Midwest, since 1998

Member, Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society, since 1997

Member, ITS America, Since 1995

Member, Institute of Transportation Engineers, since 1995

Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, since 1993

Member, Jordan Association of Engineers, since 1981

 


Dr. Abbasi is a Licensed Civil Engineer in the State of California (License Number 67935), State of Illinois (License Number 62054434) and Jordan (License Number 2844).  He is also a Licensed Traffic Engineer in the State of California (License Number 2324); and a Licensed Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (License Number 1297).