CMT Communities of Practice bring together team members across the firm who have similar talents, skills, and interests. Together, Community of Practice members are building thriving cross-functional networks, sharing knowledge and expertise, and creating paths for individual and firm-wide growth and innovation. In this ongoing series, CMT is highlighting each of its Communities of Practice and showcasing the value these networks provide to their members, to CMT’s clients, and to the firm.
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- Bring together colleagues who have specialized knowledge in traffic engineering
- Foster collaboration across CMT’s geographic footprint of 25 offices
- Provide opportunities for members to become familiar with – and learn about – the many niche specialties within the discipline of traffic engineering
- Offer connections – for CMT team members, subconsultants, and project teams
- Create a conversational atmosphere for members of all experience levels to share their areas of interest and expertise
- Community of Practice holds quarterly meetings centered on knowledge transfer, training, best practices, work sharing, and strategy of project pursuits
- Members of the CoP engage in education-focused discussions and presentations – on topics such as transportation equity and relevant software tools – that empower fellow CoP members to learn and grow
- Community of Practice members participate in skillset inventories to develop a collective understanding of subject matter expertise among colleague
- Outside of quarterly meetings, Community of Practice members communicate via Teams group chat to gather perspectives on client projects and pursuits
- Community of Practice members provide colleagues with additional resources and support on an as-needed basis
CMT Traffic Engineering Community of Practice Member Voices:
It’s rewarding to be part of this group of creative people that comes together around impactful projects – like unique interchanges or safety-driven improvements – to brainstorm together, leverage our combined strengths, and elevate our game to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve.
Safety is a significant component of what we focus on in the Traffic Engineering Community of Practice. A lot of people go into engineering because they want to help people, and the safety aspect of our work as engineers is one of the areas where we can make the most direct positive impact on other people. When I was in college I did traffic research for Purdue, which included a lot of safety-oriented work, so I was able to develop an early interest in it. For me, the Community of Practice is just a great opportunity to connect with other people who are like-minded in the discipline of traffic engineering, including the safety aspects of that work.
One of the things I appreciate most about the Traffic Engineering Community of Practice is how it intentionally brings this professional community together on a regular basis and allows us to develop relationships with fellow traffic engineers in other offices. As a result, we have been able to leverage the strengths of different offices and work in a highly collaborative way, even as we grow.