Nov 2019 Luncheon: A Tale of Two Cities

Nov 6, 2019 NACITE Luncheon

This month’s luncheon is sponsored by IBI Group:

ITE sponsor IBI

The Smart Cities Challenge was a federal pan-Canadian competition open to all municipalities. The Challenge empowered communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. This luncheon will recount the experiences and lessons learned from IBI’s participation in Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, working with the teams from Edmonton and Vancouver/Surrey.

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About the Speaker
Matt Colwill, B.A.Sc., P.Eng., has over 15 years of experience in the fields of road user safety and traffic operations. Matt has conducted operational and safety reviews for a range of public and private sector clients, across North America and around the Globe. These projects have involved developing solutions to safety and operational challenges on freeways, rural highways, urban and suburban arterials, and local roadways, and they have addressed the needs of drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and specialty road users. More recently, Matt has been working to apply the knowledge and lessons learned from his work in transportation to help expand IBI Group’s service offerings in the Infrastructure, Buildings, and Intelligence sectors – Creating a Smarter Urban Future.

Oct 2019 Luncheon: The Value of LiDAR in Transportation Projects

Oct 2, 2019 NACITE Luncheon

This month’s luncheon is sponsored by Nektar 3D Consulting:


In the age of big data and at a time of transition towards smart cities and smart mobility, the demand for adopting intelligent tools and strategies when managing and designing transportation infrastructure is unprecedented. One innovative technology that has gained popularity in this regard is mobile LiDAR. This presentation will demonstrate the value of mobile LiDAR technology in improving the efficiency, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness of a variety of transportation projects. Whether it is functional planning studies, 3R/4R projects, or neighborhood renewal initiatives, this presentation will highlight how LiDAR technology could support the workflow of such projects by facilitating virtual assessments of existing infrastructure.

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About the Speaker

Dr. Suliman Gargoum is the Chief Research Officer of Nektar 3D Consulting. He holds a PhD and an MSc in Transportation Engineering from the University of Alberta. Dr. Gargoum’s research focuses on the applications sensor technology in improving design and management strategies of transportation infrastructure. Over the past few years, he has published over 30 peer-reviewed research papers in top tier transportation journals and conference proceedings and has received multiple best paper and best presentation awards. This includes multiple accolades from the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), the US Transportation Research Board (TRB), and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE).


May 2019 ||Universal Accessibility – Lunch & Learn + Walking Tour

Join the Northern Alberta Section on May 21 for a lunch & learn + walking tour focused on universal accessibility. At the lunch & learn, Linnie Tse, Barrier Free Administrator with the Government of Alberta, and Janice Gurlitz, a certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist with Vision Loss Rehabilitation Alberta, will share their perspectives on universal accessibility.

Following the lunch & learn, Linnie and Janice will lead a walking tour to a few different sites in Downtown Edmonton to discuss universal accessibility in the build environment. Note that all sites are located within 500 metres of Commerce Place.

When:      Noon til 2pm on May 21
Where:    Commerce Place, Boardroom 1603
Cost:         No cost but registration is required, bring your own lunch

For the lunch & learn, you are welcome to bring your lunch and eat during the presentations. Note that there are no microwaves for use as part of this event.

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About the Speakers

Linnie Tse currently serves as the Barrier Free Administrator in the Community and Technical Services Branch of Municipal Affairs of the Government of Alberta and a Director at the World Disability Union. In addition, LInnie is also currently acting as the Accessibility Advisor for the Disability Advisory and Engagement Branch and serves on the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities. Linnie earned a Masters Degree in Environmental Design and a Bachelors Degree in Community Rehabilitation and Sociology with a minor in Communication Studies.

Janice Gurlitz is a certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) with Vision Loss Rehabilitation Alberta (a CNIB organization). She has been teaching orientation and mobility skills to those with vision loss in Northern Alberta and NWT for over 17 years. Janice’s expertise of the built environment comes from a more practical side of seeing how it positively or negatively affects her clients on a daily basis. She is involved with various accessibility committees including the Barrier Free Committee at the Edmonton International Airport.  Janice consults with City of Edmonton regarding Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) and other projects and concerns that affect blind and visually impaired travelers.


Mar 2019 Luncheon: Transit Priority Measures

March 6, 2019 NACITE Luncheon

This month’s luncheon is sponsored by:

ITE sponsor IBI

The City of Edmonton is currently completing a Bus Network Redesign based on the 2017 Transit Strategy. In addition to creating a new network, the Strategy also call for the implementation of Transit Priority Measures in congested areas to improve service reliability and operating speeds. The City retained IBI Group to study locations where Transit Priority Measures could be applied.

The study is now nearing completion, and this presentation will focus on how and why the locations were identified. The study considered recent ETS operational data to identify existing challenges, looked at the proposed bus network to assess how these issues could impact future operations, and looked into the near-term future to confirm locations with persistent operational challenges.

The technical evaluation resulted in an initial set of nearly thirty segments across the City. A set of evaluation criteria and implementation considerations was applied in a workshop setting with City staff, and from that process, a shortlist was identified. The current step (underway) is the development of the measures for the shortlist locations.

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About the Speaker

Blair Smith is a Senior Transportation Engineer and Planner with IBI Group. Since 1993, he has worked across Canada and in the western United States on corridor and master plan studies for nearly all modes, with additional involvement in technology deployment for transportation. He currently divides his time between Alberta and BC. Blair is the consulting team project manager for the Transit Priority Measures Study (2018-2019) and he is also leading the Edmonton Mass Transit Study as part of The City Plan.


Feb 2019: Luncheon Building the Walterdale Bridge

February 6, 2019 NACITE Luncheon

This month’s luncheon is sponsored by:


Edmonton’s Walterdale Bridge was reaching the end of its service life. Planning, design and construction of the replacement bridge served as an opportunity to respect the historical significance of the site while providing the City with a new architectural and engineering signature.

This presentation will focus on how significant project construction challenges were resolved. These challenges include: procurement of contractors and materials; geotechnical conditions and foundation construction; steel fabrication; arch erection; temporary works; share-use path fabrication and erection as well as stakeholder engagement and construction staging/constraints.

The result is not simply a bridge that carries traffic from Edmonton’s south side to the downtown core – it is a place to gather, enjoy the magnificence of the North Saskatchewan River Valley, to reflect on the historical significance of the site and to be active. The bridge has quickly become Edmonton’s signature.

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About the Speakers

Rodney Peacock was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of ISL Engineering and Land Services in 2010 with full responsibility for the operation of all ISL offices. He is also involved in a senior capacity on select major transportation projects. Rodney was the consulting team project manager during the planning phase of the Walterdale Bridge Replacement Project (2010-2011) and the completion of the construction phase (2015-2018).

Ryan Teplitsky is a Program Manager with the City of Edmonton and works with the
Transportation Delivery Section of the Infrastructure Services Department. Since joining the City of Edmonton in 2009, Ryan has managed several highly complex construction projects including the 23rd Avenue Interchange, Horsehills Snow Storage Facility, 170 Street CN Rail Bridge Rehabilitation, and numerous arterial road developments. He  recently completed his role as the City’s Project Manager for the Walterdale Bridge Replacement Project.


2018 Year End Social

2018 Year End Social

Wow! 2018 was a fantastic year for CITE and the Northern Alberta section! Edmonton was a proud host to transportation professionals from all over Canada for the 2018 CITE conference in June. All the hard work by everyone involved in planning and organizing the conference and the amazing volunteers requires celebration! NACITE was also awarded Section of the Year Award! So let’s get together and celebrate 2018!

Tickets are $10 and include one drink plus appetizers. Limited spots are available so register early!

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NACITE is is putting a call out for Pecha Kucha presenters as part of the Year-End Social on November 27.

A Pecha Kucha is a fast-paced presentation of 20 images x 20 seconds per slide (6 minutes and 40 seconds total presentation time). We’d like to keep a transportation theme but be creative! The presentation possibilities are endless and could include topics such as a new design idea, or your transportation observations around Edmonton or even other cities, and so much more!

If you have a topic you would like to share and are interested in presenting Pecha Kucha style, please fill out the form. Thanks for considering!