Workshop on Performance Based Practical Design
Workshop Length: 1 Day (6 Instruction Hours)
Training Level: Intermediate to Accomplished
Class Size: Maximum of 30
Target Audience: Federal, State, or local transportation officials (engineers primarily) interested learning how to apply Performance Based Practical Design.
Workshop Description: FHWA developed this workshop to help agencies evolve toward a Performance-Based Practical Design (PBPD) approach. A successful PBPD program will involve agency staff at all levels working together to understand how project-level decisions contribute toward established system-level priorities and needs.
Transportation agencies face the increasingly complex task of balancing available resources with priorities and needs. This workshop will challenge participants to think beyond cost-based choices by identifying measureable or predicted performance information used to establish a relative performance value of the options, and ultimately better understand the investment value of their choices.
Outcomes: Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of the performance impacts of project choices;
- Prepare analytical methods designed to yield objective data;
- Quantify and evaluate costs, performance, and associated trade-offs; and
- Present their PBPD analysis to decision makers.