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HERS-ST Workshop Summary


The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Asset Management, in cooperation with the FHWA Division Office and Department of Transportation, offers a free, one day hands on workshop on the application and use of the Highway Economic Requirements System - State Version software. The workshop walks the participants through the step-by-step process in using the software; how to import state highway data, analyze the data and generate reports, charts/graphs and GIS maps. The workshop does not require prior training other than the participant should be familiar with computers and windows based software.

What is HERS-ST?

  • A computer model designed specifically for State Departments of Transportation, but can be utilized by academia and local governments, such as Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
  • A decision tool used to analyze highway "needs" for programming & planning
  • Answers questions such as:
  • What level of capital expenditure is justified on benefit-cost grounds?
  • What user cost level will result from a given stream of investment?
  • What investment level is required to achieve a certain level of performance?
  • What is the cost, over 20 years, of correcting all existing and accruing highway deficiencies?

Intended Audience:

The workshop is appropriate for anyone interested in the application of economic-engineering analysis to help determine highway infrastructure needs for programming & planning. Potential participants include the managers and staff of the State and local Department of Transportations, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, the FHWA Division Office, private industry, and academia.

Location, Date & Duration:

  • Location: Training facility selected by state or local agency. (A computer lab is preferable)
  • Date: Coordinated with state or local agency and FHWA Division Office
  • Duration: The typical one-day workshop starts at 8:00 AM and completes by 4:00 PM. There is an hour break for lunch and a series of shorter breaks over the course of the day.

A Typical Workshop Agenda

Time Activity
7:45 AM - 8:00 AM Sign In
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Overview of HERS-ST
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Break
9:10 AM - 10:10 AM Exercise 1 - Getting Started
Exercise 2 - Adjusting Initial Settings
10:10 AM - 10:20 AM Break
10:20 AM - 11:30 AM Exercise 3 - Working with the Highway Data
Exercise 4 - State Improvements
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Exercise 5 - Tabular Output
Exercise 6 - Section Output
1:30 PM - 1:40 PM Break
1:40 PM - 2:40 PM Exercise 7 - Ad-hoc Tables and Reports
Exercise 8 - Creating and Modifying Charts
2:40 PM - 2:50 PM Break
2:50 PM - 3:40 PM Exercise 9 - GIS Features
3:40 PM - 4:00 PM Wrap-up (final question & answer session, general discussion)
4:00 PM Workshop Adjourned
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Updated: 12/17/2012