FHWA Traffic Noise Model: Version 3.0 Software Development

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(158)
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Solicitation Number: 1114
Partners: CA, CO, OH, PADOT, TX, WA
Contractor(s): Volpe National Transportation Systems Center,Bowlby & Associates, Inc.,Resource Systems Group, Inc.
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date: Jan 30, 2015
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: May 28, 2019
Contract End Date: Jan 30, 2015
Financial Summary
Contract Amount: $166,500.00
Total Commitments Received: $461,500.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Aileen Varela-Margolles
a.varela-margolles@dot.gov
Phone: 305- 978-7780
Study Champion(s): Adam Alexander
adam.alexander@dot.gov
Phone: 202.366.1473
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
California Department of Transportation 2007 $30,000.00 Jim Andrews Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Colorado Department of Transportation 2010 $10,000.00 David Reeves Aziz Khan aziz.khan@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2013 $10,000.00 David Reeves Aziz Khan aziz.khan@state.co.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2007 $30,000.00 Noel Alcala General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2007 $10,000.00 Danielle Shellenberger Lisa Tarson (717) 705-2202 ltarson@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2008 $10,000.00 Danielle Shellenberger Lisa Tarson (717) 705-2202 ltarson@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2009 $10,000.00 Danielle Shellenberger Lisa Tarson (717) 705-2202 ltarson@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2011 $50,000.00 Danielle Shellenberger Lisa Tarson (717) 705-2202 ltarson@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2012 $75,000.00 Danielle Shellenberger Lisa Tarson (717) 705-2202 ltarson@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2013 $75,000.00 Danielle Shellenberger Lisa Tarson (717) 705-2202 ltarson@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2014 $75,000.00 Danielle Shellenberger Lisa Tarson (717) 705-2202 ltarson@pa.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2007 $20,000.00 Mike Shearer Frank Bailey 512- 416-4730 rtimain@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2008 $20,000.00 Mike Shearer Frank Bailey 512- 416-4730 rtimain@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2009 $20,000.00 Mike Shearer Frank Bailey 512- 416-4730 rtimain@txdot.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2007 $10,000.00 Mia Waters Tim Carlile 360-705-7975 carlilt@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2009 $6,500.00 Mia Waters Tim Carlile 360-705-7975 carlilt@wsdot.wa.gov

Study Description

The FHWA Traffic Noise Model (FHWA TNM) was originally released in 1998 and has undergone several upgrades. On May 2, 2005 the FHWA TNM, Version 2.5 became the required traffic noise prediction model to be used on Federal-aid highway projects.

FHWA TNM Version 3.0 Software Development:

FHWA is currently funding the development of the FHWA TNM Version 3.0. The main objective of Version 3.0 is to contemporize the software, making sure that the FHWA TNM does not become obsolete as computers/operating systems advance. Contemporizing FHWA TNM will allow for more efficient upgrades and future maintenance. The FHWA is also funding a limited number of enhancements which will be included in Version 3.0.

Objectives

FHWA TNM Version 3.0 Software Development:

1) Enhance the graphical user interface (GUI).

2) Correct known software bugs.

3) Enhance functionality.

Scope of Work

FHWA TNM Version 3.0 Software Development:

The FHWA has conducted surveys and has held small discussion groups where many GUI improvements, software bugs, and functionality enhancements have been identified. Some of the commonly suggested improvements include:

1) Make the ¿Tables¿ function more like MS Excel (copy/paste cells, wrap text in cells, etc.);

2) Graphically show roadway widths; and

3) Redesign the Ldn and Lden input dialog boxes to allow greater detail and more flexibility.

These commonly suggested improvements as well as the other suggested improvements can be found in the attached file in the Documents section.

Through this pooled-fund study, a Design Review Group (DRG) made up of representatives from the participating State DOTs will work with the FHWA to identify and help prioritize additional software enhancements (GUI upgrades, bug fixes and functionality). Since it is essential to include input from the TNM user community, the Highway Noise Subcommittee of the TRB ADC40 committee, Transportation Related Noise and Vibration, will also be solicited for input on model enhancements. Some enhancements may be contingent upon additional work outside the scope of this pooled-fund study. For example, implementing pavement noise effects into the FHWA TNM is dependent on related investigations currently being funded by FHWA. Pavement noise effects may be added at a future date, possibly as part of a pooled fund project, depending on the outcome of ongoing research.

Included in the proposed cost of this pooled-fund study are funds to allow for comprehensive status reports by the developer at the TRB Annual Meeting and the ADC40 Summer Meeting. During these meetings, there will be a status presentation, as well as a separate DRG meeting. Travel cost for the DRG members are included in the ¿minimum contribution¿ cost (see comment section).

The improvements that will be included in Version 3.0 will be dependent on their complexity and cost. If a participating State DOT wants to fund a particular improvement that does not make the final list due to cost, they may do so by pledging additional funds.

FHWA TNM Web-based Training:

The DRG will be solicited to determine the basic structure, duration and key points to be included in an NHI, instructor-led, web-based training course on the FHWA TNM. The DRG will be provided updates on the development of the course and be asked to submit comments on its content.

Comments

FHWA TNM Version 3.0 Software Development:

The minimum amount of funds needed is $200,000. This would not allow for the completion of Version 3.0, but would allow for activities to begin.

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Quarterly Report: July - September 2007 Quarterly_Report_20070930.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2008 Quarterly_Report_20080331.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: May 6, 2009 Quarterly_Report_20090331.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2010 Quarterly_Update_Jan_to_March_2010.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2011 Quarterly_Report_20110331.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2011 Quarterly_Report_20110630.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July-September 2011 TPF5-158 2011 3rd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October-December 2011 TPF5-158 2011 4th quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January-March 2012 TPF5-158 2012 1st quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April-June 2012 TPF5-158 2012 2nd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July-December 2012 TPF5-158 2012 2nd&3rd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January-March 2013 TPF5-158 2013 1st quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April-June 2013 TPF5-158 2013 2nd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July-September 2013 TPF5-158 2013 3rd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October-December 2013 TPF5-158 2013 4th quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January-March 2014 TPF5-158 2014 1st quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July-September 2014 TPF5-158 2014 3rd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April-June 2014 TPF5-158 2014 2nd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October-December 2014 TPF5-158 2014 4th quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January-March 2015 TPF5-158 2015 1st quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April-June 2015 TPF5-158 2015 2nd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July-September 2015 TPF5-158 2015 3rd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October-December 2015 TPF5-158 2015 4th quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January-March 2016 TPF5-158 2016 1st quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April-June 2016 TPF5-158 2016 2nd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Status Report (8/25/2008) TNM_Pooled_Fund_Update_8-25-08.pdf Report Public
Funded Functions to be Added to the FHWA TNM Version 3.0 work_plan.pdf Work Plan Public
Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
FHWA Traffic Noise Model: Version 3.0 Software and Training 1114.pdf Solicitation Public

FHWA Traffic Noise Model: Version 3.0 Software Development

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(158)
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Solicitation Number: 1114
Partners: CA, CO, OH, PADOT, TX, WA
Contractor(s): Volpe National Transportation Systems Center,Bowlby & Associates, Inc.,Resource Systems Group, Inc.
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date: Jan 30, 2015
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: May 28, 2019
Contract End Date: Jan 30, 2015
Financial Summary
Contract Amount: $166,500.00
Total Commitments Received: $461,500.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Aileen Varela-Margolles
a.varela-margolles@dot.gov
Phone: 305- 978-7780
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
California Department of Transportation 2007 $30,000.00 Jim Andrews Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Colorado Department of Transportation 2010 $10,000.00 David Reeves Aziz Khan aziz.khan@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Transportation 2013 $10,000.00 David Reeves Aziz Khan aziz.khan@state.co.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2007 $30,000.00 Noel Alcala General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2007 $10,000.00 Danielle Shellenberger Lisa Tarson (717) 705-2202 ltarson@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2008 $10,000.00 Danielle Shellenberger Lisa Tarson (717) 705-2202 ltarson@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2009 $10,000.00 Danielle Shellenberger Lisa Tarson (717) 705-2202 ltarson@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2011 $50,000.00 Danielle Shellenberger Lisa Tarson (717) 705-2202 ltarson@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2012 $75,000.00 Danielle Shellenberger Lisa Tarson (717) 705-2202 ltarson@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2013 $75,000.00 Danielle Shellenberger Lisa Tarson (717) 705-2202 ltarson@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2014 $75,000.00 Danielle Shellenberger Lisa Tarson (717) 705-2202 ltarson@pa.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2007 $20,000.00 Mike Shearer Frank Bailey 512- 416-4730 rtimain@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2008 $20,000.00 Mike Shearer Frank Bailey 512- 416-4730 rtimain@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2009 $20,000.00 Mike Shearer Frank Bailey 512- 416-4730 rtimain@txdot.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2007 $10,000.00 Mia Waters Tim Carlile 360-705-7975 carlilt@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2009 $6,500.00 Mia Waters Tim Carlile 360-705-7975 carlilt@wsdot.wa.gov

Study Description

Study Description

The FHWA Traffic Noise Model (FHWA TNM) was originally released in 1998 and has undergone several upgrades. On May 2, 2005 the FHWA TNM, Version 2.5 became the required traffic noise prediction model to be used on Federal-aid highway projects.

FHWA TNM Version 3.0 Software Development:

FHWA is currently funding the development of the FHWA TNM Version 3.0. The main objective of Version 3.0 is to contemporize the software, making sure that the FHWA TNM does not become obsolete as computers/operating systems advance. Contemporizing FHWA TNM will allow for more efficient upgrades and future maintenance. The FHWA is also funding a limited number of enhancements which will be included in Version 3.0.

Objectives

FHWA TNM Version 3.0 Software Development:

1) Enhance the graphical user interface (GUI).

2) Correct known software bugs.

3) Enhance functionality.

Scope of Work

FHWA TNM Version 3.0 Software Development:

The FHWA has conducted surveys and has held small discussion groups where many GUI improvements, software bugs, and functionality enhancements have been identified. Some of the commonly suggested improvements include:

1) Make the ¿Tables¿ function more like MS Excel (copy/paste cells, wrap text in cells, etc.);

2) Graphically show roadway widths; and

3) Redesign the Ldn and Lden input dialog boxes to allow greater detail and more flexibility.

These commonly suggested improvements as well as the other suggested improvements can be found in the attached file in the Documents section.

Through this pooled-fund study, a Design Review Group (DRG) made up of representatives from the participating State DOTs will work with the FHWA to identify and help prioritize additional software enhancements (GUI upgrades, bug fixes and functionality). Since it is essential to include input from the TNM user community, the Highway Noise Subcommittee of the TRB ADC40 committee, Transportation Related Noise and Vibration, will also be solicited for input on model enhancements. Some enhancements may be contingent upon additional work outside the scope of this pooled-fund study. For example, implementing pavement noise effects into the FHWA TNM is dependent on related investigations currently being funded by FHWA. Pavement noise effects may be added at a future date, possibly as part of a pooled fund project, depending on the outcome of ongoing research.

Included in the proposed cost of this pooled-fund study are funds to allow for comprehensive status reports by the developer at the TRB Annual Meeting and the ADC40 Summer Meeting. During these meetings, there will be a status presentation, as well as a separate DRG meeting. Travel cost for the DRG members are included in the ¿minimum contribution¿ cost (see comment section).

The improvements that will be included in Version 3.0 will be dependent on their complexity and cost. If a participating State DOT wants to fund a particular improvement that does not make the final list due to cost, they may do so by pledging additional funds.

FHWA TNM Web-based Training:

The DRG will be solicited to determine the basic structure, duration and key points to be included in an NHI, instructor-led, web-based training course on the FHWA TNM. The DRG will be provided updates on the development of the course and be asked to submit comments on its content.

Comments

FHWA TNM Version 3.0 Software Development:

The minimum amount of funds needed is $200,000. This would not allow for the completion of Version 3.0, but would allow for activities to begin.

Title File/Link Type Private
Quarterly Report: July - September 2007 Quarterly_Report_20070930.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2008 Quarterly_Report_20080331.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: May 6, 2009 Quarterly_Report_20090331.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2010 Quarterly_Update_Jan_to_March_2010.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2011 Quarterly_Report_20110331.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2011 Quarterly_Report_20110630.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July-September 2011 TPF5-158 2011 3rd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October-December 2011 TPF5-158 2011 4th quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January-March 2012 TPF5-158 2012 1st quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April-June 2012 TPF5-158 2012 2nd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July-December 2012 TPF5-158 2012 2nd&3rd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January-March 2013 TPF5-158 2013 1st quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April-June 2013 TPF5-158 2013 2nd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July-September 2013 TPF5-158 2013 3rd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October-December 2013 TPF5-158 2013 4th quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January-March 2014 TPF5-158 2014 1st quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July-September 2014 TPF5-158 2014 3rd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April-June 2014 TPF5-158 2014 2nd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October-December 2014 TPF5-158 2014 4th quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January-March 2015 TPF5-158 2015 1st quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April-June 2015 TPF5-158 2015 2nd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July-September 2015 TPF5-158 2015 3rd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October-December 2015 TPF5-158 2015 4th quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January-March 2016 TPF5-158 2016 1st quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April-June 2016 TPF5-158 2016 2nd quarter report.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Status Report (8/25/2008) TNM_Pooled_Fund_Update_8-25-08.pdf Report Public
Funded Functions to be Added to the FHWA TNM Version 3.0 work_plan.pdf Work Plan Public
Title File/Link Type Private
FHWA Traffic Noise Model: Version 3.0 Software and Training 1114.pdf Solicitation Public

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