Dec 4, 2019 NACITE Luncheon
This month’s luncheon is sponsored by McElhanney:
Calgary’s Plus 15 structure became operational in the early 1970’s and has expanded to include eighty-three structures covering over 18 km and is one of North America’s most extensive pedestrian skywalk systems. However, there was never a system-wide Plus 15 network plan to identify specific bridge locations or where tie-ins needed to occur. The existing Plus 15 network is meant to serve multiple objectives, including decreasing pedestrian/vehicle conflicts, providing a climate controlled pedestrian space, improving access to downtown amenities, and encouraging further development in the downtown.
The objective of the network study was to create a network plan that improves the current Plus 15 network and develop ways to expand and enhance the network. The plan included extensive stakeholder engagement and developed recommendations on missing links, hours of operation, boundary expansion, accessibility, placemaking opportunities and wayfinding.
About the Speaker
Irini Akhnoukh is a Senior Transportation Engineer at McElhanney with fourteen years of experience in the public and private sectors managing and leading large complex transportation planning projects, scoping and reviewing transportation impact assessments, implementing Complete Streets, organizing and facilitating collaborative community and public engagement events.
She’s been heavily involved in ITE for 15 years in a multiple array of roles and is currently the chair of the CITE Technical Liaison Committee. In her free time, she loves travelling and has made it to 33 countries in 5 continents.
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 21, 2019
Where: WerkStatt, 10015 103 Avenue #29
Join us for our annual “Transportation Practitioners Social Night” with special guest City of Edmonton Councillor Andrew Knack who will be giving a presentation on Transportation Projects in Edmonton. There will also be a wine tasting by Adega de Favaious – Famous Wines from the Douro Valley in Portugal.
Tickets can be purchased here.
Nov 6, 2019 NACITE Luncheon
This month’s luncheon is sponsored by IBI Group:
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.
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.
When: October 15, 2019
Where: University of Alberta
Join us for a tour of the Connected Vehicles Lab at the U of A’s Centre for Smart Transportation (CST). Dr. Tony Qiu will provide an overview of current research at the CST and demonstrate the connected vehicle test bed.
Cost: $15 (includes light lunch)
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.
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).
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.
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.
March 6, 2019 NACITE Luncheon
This month’s luncheon is sponsored by:
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.
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.