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:

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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:

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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.

 

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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