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April 16, 2019

The April meeting of the ITE Manitoba Section will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the Winnipeg Winter Club.

The presenter was Craig Milligan, Ph.D., P.Eng., ing., from MicroTraffic and Fireseeds North Infrastructure.

Craig is an expert road safety engineer applying a proactive and safe systems approach to vision zero. He has thirteen years of progressive leadership experience and is the current chair of the TAC Road Safety Standing Committee.

Craig has completed road safety audits for more than $6B of urban and rural road projects at all stages covering complex intersections, freeways, bridges, interchanges, and cycling facilities, and he is a road safety audit instructor for the International Road Federation.

Craig has also completed in-service road safety reviews of 170 intersections and 4000 km of highway in six countries, updates of 10 road safety technical guidelines and safety performance functions for network screening at four road agencies. He is the author of over 30 road safety publications in top journals and conference proceedings. He worked for the World Bank and the Province of Manitoba before starting his consulting practice called Fireseeds North and his technology firm MicroTraffic Road Safety Video Analytics.

Craig’s presentation was on Short-term camera deployments for rural traffic safety studies: Case studies from Western Canada.

Compared to urban intersections, those on rural highways have comparatively lower availability of ITS sensors to support traffic studies. Traditional data collection efforts for rural traffic studies have relied on low-tech, manual processes. However, consultants have recently started using portable camera deployments for rural intersection improvement studies. Recent advances in artificial intelligence and deep learning computer vision have helped transform portable cameras from simple tools for counts and observational studies into sophisticated ITS sensors.

Using six rural case studies from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, this paper demonstrates how several consultants used portable camera deployments to obtain high resolution data and intelligence. Vehicle trajectory data automatically extracted from camera sensors served as a foundational dataset for other data points which the study engineers want to incorporate in study design.

The case studies include a dump access road and a resort access intersection in BC, an at-grade rail crossing in Alberta, the site of a potential future interchange on the Yellowhead Highway in Saskatchewan, and two intersections on the Trans-Canada Highway in Manitoba.

March 14, 2019

The March meeting of the ITE Manitoba Section was held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM at the Winnipeg Winter Club.

The presenter was Rob Poapst, M.Sc., P.Eng., from MORR Transportation Consulting.

Rob is a Transportation Engineer with MORR who has extensive experience in big data analysis, GIS, and active transportation. He is currently one of the key team members for the development of TAC’s new Bicycle Facility Safety Study. He is active member of TAC’s Active Transportation Committee and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. Rob has presented his work at conferences throughout North America and has published multiple research papers on pedestrian accommodation and active transportation.

Rob’s presentation was titled: TAC Bicycle Infrastructure Safety Study: What We Heard from Practitioners and Cyclists.

The Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) is currently completing a study to develop a better understanding of the safety performance of different types of bicycle facilities. Three key components of this study were: (1) a comprehensive literature review regarding the safety performance of various types of bicycle facilities; (2) an extensive survey of jurisdictions from across the country to understand current practices regarding the selection and implementation of bicycle infrastructure; and (3) a survey of Canadian cyclists to better understand issues associated with perceived safety and comfort associated with bicycle infrastructure. This presentation will tell the following story:

  • State of Canadian affairs
  • Lack of crash and volume data for safety analysis
  • What the research tells us about bicycle infrastructure safety
  • What cyclists tell us about bicycle infrastructure safety
  • Where do we go from here?

The intended outcome of the presentation is to give inform the audience about the new knowledge obtained through these three comprehensive tasks, with a view to continue to expand the dialogue regarding bicycle safety in Canada. This will contribute to advancing our understanding of the safety performance of new facilities in Canada.

Rob Poapst, M.Sc., P.Eng., from MORR Transportation Consulting

February 13, 2019

The February meeting of the ITE Manitoba Section was held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 12:00 PM at the Winnipeg Winter Club.

The presenter was Jeff Crang, P.Eng., PTOE from Dillon Consulting Ltd.

Jeff is a transportation engineer with 25 years’ experience in transportation studies, functional planning, detailed design and contract administration of streets, highways and facility site works. He has expertise within both urban and rural environments. Jeff has been fortunate to have worked as the client with the provincial government and for the client as a consultant.  He currently serves on the executive of the TAC Geometric Design Standing Committee

Jeff’s presentation was titled: Planning and Design of Fermor Avenue (St. Anne’s Road to Archibald Street).

Jeff’s presentation focused on the transportation planning and design aspects of the Fermor Avenue corridor.  New features of this arterial currently undergoing reconstruction include a pedestrian-cyclist underpass, smart channels, raised crossings, accessibility for the visually challenged, cross-rides, and improved traffic operations and safety through the use of access management and auxiliary lanes. An overview of the traffic staging plans was also provided.

January 23, 2019

The January meeting of the ITE Manitoba Section was held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM. The luncheon was held at the Winnipeg Winter Club, at 200 River Avenue. 

The presenter was Scott Suderman, C.E.T., P.Eng. from Stantec.

Scott is a Transportation Engineer with 13 years of experience in planning, design, and managing roadway, active transportation and roundabouts projects. Scott was on the Project Steering Committee for TAC’s first Canadian Roundabout Design Guide as well as the new Geometric Design Guide, and is currently a member of the Geometric Design Standing Committee at TAC.

Scott’s presentation was titled: Detailed Design of the PTH3 and LaVerendrye Boulevard Roundabout.

Scott’s presentation shared some of the key design considerations and solutions incorporated into the detailed design for the proposed multi-lane roundabout that will accommodate development in the City of Morden and effectively serve as an entrance to the City. Items that were discussed were site context, high speed entry design, pedestrian and cycling accommodation, vertical design, construction details and traffic staging.

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