U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
Melissa Hewitt, P.E.
We have been designing and deploying ITS projects for the past two decades. We have always utilized a full life-cycle approach and considered stakeholder commitment to be the most critical factor leading to a successful project.
We seek to find the best solution for our clients and that can be different for every situation depending on the project and client objectives. We explore some of these very topics in our TE-21 class (offered free of charge to public sector employees in California) and encourage you to learn more about the many challenges we face in ITS and how it has evolved over the last decade.
We have always felt that systems engineering helps to minimize schedule and cost overruns and helps to ensure system integrity on a range of projects. We also value the importance of the more predictable outcomes from projects, systems that evolve with a minimum of redesign and cost, and systems that really meet the functionality benefits of the stakeholders. We feel systems engineering has been beneficial to our clients as we find reliable solutions to their needs as well as promote business efficiency.
That’s a tough one because there are so many aspects of systems engineering that are helpful. From systems engineering required on a multimillion dollar traffic management center to a small, municipal signal system upgrade, every project requires a thoughtful approach to systems engineering and applying ITS elements to achieve beneficial systems operations.
How have you benefited from use of the Systems Engineering Guidebook website?
We love the transition to a web-based format. The site is easy to traverse, and makes it quick and easy to access refresher material and examples of how different steps of the process have been carried out for different situations and projects.
Yes, it has helped us develop systems engineering process guidance for use within our organization.