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Applying the Framework: Project Tasks and Timeline

In following the systems engineering approach and tailoring it to the needs of the project, the Connected Corridors team developed the following timeline to map the project's tasks:

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As the timeline illustrates, many of the tasks overlap or occur simultaneously. Some are relatively brief, while others continue throughout the life of the project. There is also considerable and ongoing interplay among the tasks. For example:

  • Project Management touches every task in the project, as does Outreach and Communications with stakeholders, whose input and engagement are integral to moving the project forward.
  • System design, development, integration, and deployment tasks are interdependent and proceed in parallel.
  • System Evaluation begins with the design phase and continues for the rest of the project, to monitor and critically assess whether the objectives and user needs are being met.

Note: The timeline may be updated periodically in the course of the project.


The following table describes each task. A detailed breakdown of the specific activities and milestones for each task can be found in the Appendix to the Project Management Plan.


Project Initiation & Management

General project management activities, such as staffing, budgeting, contracting issues
Outreach & Communications

Engagement of corridor stakeholders, coordination of activities among stakeholders, release of information to the public, etc.

Preliminary Concept Exploration & User NeedsEvaluation of current corridor operations (travel demand, observed speeds and travel times, status of detectors, etc.); identification of high-level user needs; and identification of operational gaps
Corridor PreparationActivities to ensure that the monitoring and control systems currently in place along the corridor are operating adequately; management of equipment upgrade requests prior to ICM system deployment
Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation (AMS)
Use of analytical and simulation tools to evaluate the potential improvements that may be provided by various candidate strategies
Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP)Identification of systems engineering activities that will guide the development of the proposed ICM system
Concept of OperationsDevelopment of the concept of operations for the I-210 Pilot ICM system
System RequirementsDevelopment of system requirements for the I-210 Pilot ICM system
Organizational DesignIdentification of organizational changes that may be implemented to enhance corridor-based operations
Technical DesignDesign of system architecture and technical components of the proposed I-210 Pilot ICM system
Component DevelopmentDevelopment of technical components of the I-210 Pilot ICM system
System IntegrationIntegration of developed technical components into a coherent integrated corridor-based traffic management system
Institutional Design and OperationsDesign and implementation of institutional procedures and practices needed to operate the ICM system
System DeploymentField deployment of the developed ICM system
TrainingTraining of operators and administrators of the proposed ICM system
Validation and AcceptanceValidation of the deployed ICM system and acceptance by corridor stakeholders
System OperationsOperations of the deployed ICM system
System EvaluationEvaluation of the benefits provided by the deployed ICM system
Migration to ProductionTransition of system operations from pilot system to standard production system
Lessons LearnedIdentification and documentation of lessons learned and best practices