I worked for Innovative Transportation Solutions (ITS) Engineering in South Africa for a year to gain traffic operations experience and to broaden my understanding of transportation issues internationally. In this capacity, I worked extensively with Traffix models to track the impacts of public and private developments in different locations throughout South Africa. Two impact studies evolved into larger projects that assessed the overall capacity needs in newly developing regions in Gauteng on both a local and regional scale.
In addition to the operational impacts related to new construction, I also assisted in the development of interchange designs for a new international convention center in George. These designs required understanding of safety, weaving, traffic operations and travel demand on a limited network. The outcome of this exercise was a selection of the preferred interchange design.
This was also an opportunity for cross-cultural exchange to be exposed to different work environments and styles.
Founded in 1997, ITS Engineers is currently one of the largest black owned, transport- and traffic consulting engineering companies in South Africa. With offices in Tshwane and Cape Town, ITS Engineers serves many public and municipal clients, as well as large private clients in South Africa. The firm emphasizes an integrated approach to transportation engineering, road design and construction management. Active relationships with partners in the United States and Germany ensure that the latest thinking and technology are available for local applications. ITS is the lead consultant for Park and Ride facilities at the Soccer City and Rustenburg stadiums for the 2010 World Cup.