Traditionally, road safety is measured as a number of accidents happened or number of people injured in traffic. However, accidents are often under-reported, the available records have very limited description of what exactly happened and it is also necessary to wait for long time (several years) before sufficient for safety analysis amount of accidents is collected.
An alternative approach is to make safety assessments based on events that are not accidents, but still are safety-related. Such events, called traffic conflicts, occur much more frequently compared to accidents and thus can be registered within a relatively short time. Safety analyst can learn about the conditions and factors contributing to the accident risk since the conflicts are actually observed (and often video recorded).
Traffic conflict observations are particularly suitable in conditions when the accident data is limited or have poor quality, for quick safety evaluations (for example, a before-after study for a new safety measure) and when the nature of the safety problems is difficult to understand from the short accident descriptions only.
The course will cover theory and practice of performing traffic conflict observations according to the Swedish traffic conflict technique method. Moreover, the students will get acquainted with the recent developments in the broader area of the surrogate measures of safety, including modifications of the ‘classical’ technique to the modern traffic conditions and use of video recordings and specialised video analysis software to assist in data collection and processing. The course includes lectures, practical experience of field and video-based conflicts observations and interactive sessions with the tutor where the found conflicts are discussed in a broader context of road safety. After the course completion, the participants receive a Conflict Observer Certificate, a proof of qualifications for independent planning and performing of traffic conflict studies.
THE DEPARTMENT OF TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
The Department of Technology and Society at Lund University has for a long time been active in the research and education of road safety. It has a multidisciplinary composition with expertise in civil engineering, psychology and sociology. The department offers graduate courses in Traffic Planning, Traffic Engineering and Highway Engineering, as well as specially designed courses for practitioners.
Aliaksei Laureshyn, is the main tutor or the course. He has a PhD in Transport Engineering and has been doing research on surrogate measures of safety for the last 15 years. Aliaksei is involved in a number of international initiatives related to the subject, such as SAE, TRB and ICTCT (sub-)committees on surrogate measures. In 2015-2018, he was the main co-ordinator of the Horizon 2020 project InDeV (www.indev-project.eu) in which the improvements in methods in tools for surrogate-based analysis of safety contributed the major bulk of the research work.
Road safety professionals, preferably with a background in Civil Engineering.
Course period and venue
Three days course at Lund University in Lund. The course can also be tailor-made for organisations and thus carried out at their locations.
14 500 SEK (Approx. 1500 Euro), VAT excluded.
Fee includes lectures, literature, course binder, coffee breaks, lunch, course certificate and insurance.
Application to course is binding. At cancellation 4 weeks before the course start the participant will be billed 7000 SEK. At cancellation less than 2 weeks before the course start the participant will be billed full amount.
Substitution of participants is allowed at any time and without charges, but it is advisable that such should take place at the start of the course.
Contact and application
For further information about the course, please contact Jessica Hansson at Lund University Commissioned Education.
+46-46 222 07 07