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!


Dec 2018 Luncheon Residential Shared e-Bike Program

December 5, 2018 NACITE Luncheon

This month’s luncheon is sponsored by:

ITE sponsor Bunt

Forests of highrise residential towers are growing across Metro Vancouver’s town centres. This density brings many advantages, but also some challenges. As this region’s urban centres continue to grow, congestion to, from and within these areas is causing problems for drivers and bus passengers. Meanwhile, a significant evolution in the public bike share industry, the emerging trends in shared e-bikes and dockless bikes, the data availability due to GPS-enabled bikes, and the advancing creativity in smart phone “apps” have created an opportunity to help address the impacts of densification, namely the “Residential Shared e-Bike Program.” This presentation describes the solution; the benefits that it brings to residents, municipalities and developers; the underlying magic/technology of shared e-bikes; potential business models; fleet recommendations; as well as potential parking credits for providing this TDM measure. The presentation will conclude with a case study.

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About the Speakers

Floris van Weelderen, P.Eng., PE, PTOE is an Associate and a Senior Transportation Engineer who re-joined Bunt & Associates Engineering Ltd. in September of 2017. He has over 25 years of project management and engineering experience focused on Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering projects in Western Canada and Washington State. As a regular course of business, Floris incorporates active transportation into transportation demand management (TDM) initiatives; be it for public sector TDM strategy / program development or TDM plan preparation for new developments.

Tyler Thomson, MURB, MCIP, RPP, PTP is an Associate and Transportation Planner who has been with Bunt & Associates Engineering Ltd. since 2006. He is passionate about sustainable urban transportation, including the promotion of sustainable and active travel modes, urban design, and innovative streetscape standards in order to improve both efficiency and enjoyment when moving through the urban environment. Tyler “walks the talk” as he regularly commutes 18 km to his office in Victoria’s historic downtown on his e-bike.

Warman and Martensville Interchanges Design-Build Project

May 2, 2018 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Dave Fraser and Andy Heath


NACITE welcomes Dave Fraser and Andy Heath, both of McElhanney. Dave Fraser is a Professional Engineer who specializes in major Design-Build and P3 projects and Andy Heath is the manager of McElhanney’s Infrastructure Division in their Edmonton’s office.

Dave and Andy are going to present on the Warman and Martensville Interchanges Design-Build Project in Saskatchewan, which is the first Design-Build undertaken in Saskatchewan. From a design perspective, while the geometry is straight forward, the prairie landscape adds challenges including traffic management phasing and designing for snow, from clearance to drifting to snow deposition. This presentation will detail these less conventional challenges and how they were solved through the design-build process.

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About the speaker:


Dave Fraser is a Professional Engineer, specializing in major Design-Build and P3 projects across Western Canada. He has been with McElhanney since 1976, managing design-build, highway, transit, municipal, and land development projects. He has 46 years of experience in engineering and construction management (including 22 years of design-build /P3 experience) and is familiar with highways, bridges, rail and transit systems, traffic management, storm drainage, urban streets, water supply, and sanitary sewer systems.

Dave undertakes project implementation from feasibility studies through construction management, including such high-profile projects as the Regina Bypass, Warman and Martensville Interchanges outside Saskatoon / Gateway Port Mann / Highway 1, Golden Ears Bridge, Canada Line SkyTrain, Sea to Sky Highway, Vancouver to Surrey Expo SkyTrain, and even the pursuit phase of Edmonton’s Valley Line.

Andy Heath has over 15 years of experience focusing on the functional planning, detailed design and construction management of transportation systems as a lead designer and project manager. Andy currently manages the Infrastructure Division within McElhanney’s Edmonton office, focusing on leading multi-disciplinary projects from concept through delivery. Andy brings experience from across North America (literally as he is originally from Wisconsin and North Carolina) and is never afraid to be hands on in a design or to solve a problem.

Andy has two young boys (both future baseball and football players) and after living here in the north for over a decade, he is proud to call Edmonton the home of his wife.


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Complete Streets Design and Construction Standards

April 10, 2018 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Jack Niepsuj and Anika Muhammad


NACITE and APPI welcome Anika Muhammad and Jack Niepsuj from the City of Edmonton to present the City’s new Complete Streets Design and Construction Standards (CSDCS).

The CSDCS combines the former Roadway Design and Construction Standards, and Complete Streets Guidelines, into a single design reference document that aligns with the Transportation Association of Canada’s 2017 Geometric Design Guide. The new CSDCS document introduces additional guidance and flexibility into the City’s design standards to facilitate a context-sensitive approach to designing transportation infrastructure. This presentation will highlight major changes to our design standards, including pedestrian realm, cycling infrastructure, and lane widths.

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About the speaker:



Jack is a Supervisor in Transportation Planning and Design at the City of Edmonton. A graduate of the University of Alberta, Jack has been been involved in the planning, design, and construction of various transportation infrastructure projects both in the public and private sector. Since joining the City of Edmonton over six years ago, Jack has spent time working on long-term planning and concept plans, reviewing land development plans and applications, and most recently overseeing the planning and design of transportation infrastructure. Having grown up in Edmonton, Jack has long been interested in making our City more livable, accommodating, accessible, and enjoyable for everyone. When he’s not busy with work, Jack enjoys spending his free time with his two young kids and two dogs.

Anika is a Senior Engineer in Urban Places with City Planning at the City of Edmonton. After graduating from the University of Calgary in 2010 with a BSc. Civil Engineering and travelling, she developed an interest in the way cities, streets, urban design and land use is planned and built. Anika has worked with the City of Edmonton for the last 5 years on development and policy projects such as rezonings, neighbourhood structure plans, putting Complete Streets into Practice workshops, Park & Ride and LRT. Anika lives in Edmonton and spends her spare time going to shows, checking out restaurants, spending time outside and travelling.

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Strathcona County – Transportation Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

March 7, 2018 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Ron Fraser


NACITE welcomes Ron Fraser, Director of Transportation Planning and Engineering for Strathcona County. Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. Planning and constructing quality infrastructure is a priority for Strathcona County to better serve it’s residents and foster a supportive environment for industry and business.

Ron will provide insights into the County’s strategic transportation planning direction, what drives transportation improvements in the County, and the challenges that the County faces in delivering infrastructure to accommodate on-going urban growth and development of the Industrial Heartland.

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About the speaker:


Ron Fraser is a Professional Engineer with 23 years of experience in transportation planning and engineering. The majority of Ron’s experience was with Alberta Transportation which included his role as Manager of Infrastructure and Operations in Fort McMurray. Ron also has experience in municipal government with the Town of Drayton Valley, where he was the Director of Engineering and Development, and Strathcona County, where he currently serves as the Director of Transportation Planning and Engineering.

Ron hails from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He obtained a Degree in Mathematics from Acadia University before pursuing a Degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University. When he isn’t spending time with his wife, Judy, and son, Ryan, Ron enjoys riding his motorcycle, camping and dabbles in photography.


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Edmonton’s Transit Strategy

February 7, 2018 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Sarah Feldman


NACITE welcomes Sarah Feldman, Director of Planning and Scheduling for Edmonton Transit Service, to discuss Edmonton’s Transit Strategy. Edmonton City Council approved a new Transit Strategy in 2017. One of the five pillars of the Strategy is the creation of a market responsive transit network design. The new transit network consists of several different service types, each with its own purpose and corresponding level of service. Sarah will present the draft network redesign, showing how the different route types work together to provide service based on the principles of the Transit Strategy and discussing the trade-offs that were considered.

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About the speaker:


Sarah Feldman is the Director of Planning and Scheduling of Edmonton Transit Service. Her career has included diverse roles in municipal government related to long range planning, sustainability policy and strategy development. Sarah’s work has spanned a diverse a variety of fields including land use and transportation planning, waste management, district energy, green buildings and corporate strategy. Joining the City of Edmonton in 2015 to lead the development of Edmonton’s Transit Strategy, Sarah has been instrumental in articulating a new strategic direction for transit.

Sarah holds a Bachelors in Environment and Development from McGill University and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Montreal and is a registered professional planner.


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