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The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The information-packed program is expected to attract 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world to Washington, DC, January 11-15, 2015.
The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 750 sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees—policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme for the 2015 TRB Annual Meeting, Corridors to the Future: Transportation and Technology.
RSG Senior Consultant Elizabeth Greene and Director Stephane Hess will attend the 10th International Conference on Transport Survey Methods in Leura, Australia from November 16th-21st. The conference will focus on embracing technological and behavioral changes to improve the conduct of surveys.
RSG Senior Director, Kenneth Kaliski, will be co-chairing a conference session on Wind Turbine Noise at the fall meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) in Indianapolis on October 29th.
Ken will also be presenting a paper with RSG analyst, David-Michael Lozupone, titled, “Massachusetts Wind Turbine Acoustics Research Project – Goals and Preliminary Results.” The presentation will outline the methodologies and preliminary results of a study that RSG is working on with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to provide a quantitative basis for testing and evaluating pre-construction and post-construction wind turbine noise.
RSG Senior Director, Robert Chamberlin, is presenting today at the Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference (OTEC) in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is researching the vulnerability of Ohio’s transportation infrastructure to identify climate change impacts. Bob’s presentation titled “ODOT Climate Change Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment” will review the status of that research with discussion of initial findings and potential asset-specific adaptation needs.
RSG Senior Consultant Chad Worthen and Transportation Engineer Kordel Braley will be attending the Utah Department of Transportation Annual Conference in Sandy, Utah. The conference offers unique networking and training opportunities for attendees, including tracks on leadership, program development, and project delivery.
The annual Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) conference will be held this week in Atlanta, GA. RSGers Peter Plumeau and Steven Gayle will be in attendance and RSG Senior Consultant, Jeff Frkonja, will be presenting in the Thursday session titled “Project Evaluation.” His presentation will provide an overview of benefit cost analysis principles, identify environmental issues relevant to long-range transportation plans, describe key inputs and assumptions used in benefit cost analysis, and provide examples and illustrations.
RSGers Eddie Duncan, Senior Engineer, and Colin High, Principal Consultant, will present this week at RE2014 (Renewable Energy 2014) in Burlington, VT. RE2014 is Vermont’s annual convention bringing together key players in the renewables sector. This year’s conference highlights current energy challenges, Vermont’s leadership role in the energy industry, and the steps needed to implement an integrated energy infrastructure.
Eddie will present during the session titled “Wind: the Facts on Production, Sound and Wildlife,” and Colin will present on the session titled “The Transportation Challenge: Meeting 90% by 2050.”
RSG Senior Consultant, Vince Bernardin, will present at the 2014 Indiana MPO Conference in downtown Columbus, Indiana. The presentation titled “New Modeling Data, Techniques and Capabilities in MACOG, MCCOG, and Beyond” will review recent work for the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) and Madison County Council of Governments (MCCOG) in the context of new exciting developments in the field of travel data and modeling.
RSG Senior Director, Ken Kaliski, will present at NoiseCon 2014 – The Institute of Noise Control Engineering’s annual conference – on September 9th in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The presentation titled “The Massachusetts Research Study on Wind Turbine Acoustics – Methods, Goals and Preliminary Findings” will outline the methodologies and preliminary results of a study that RSG is working on with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to provide a quantitative basis for testing and evaluating pre-construction and post-construction wind turbine noise.
RSG consultants will lead five sessions and one workshop at the 14th National TRB ‘Tools of the Trade Conference’ in Burlington, VT from July 21-23. The conference is designed to share knowledge on factors affecting the planning, development, programming, and implementation of multi-modal transportation facilities for small and medium-sized communities. RSG is a gold sponsor of the conference.
RSG Senior Director, Bob Chamberlin, will speak at the Ohio Planning Conference on July 15th. He will speak in the session titled, “What Do We Plan When We Plan for Climate Variability and Transportation Sustainability.” The conference, held in Columbus, is focused on emerging trends and new tools for effective transportation planning across Ohio.
Jeff Dumont and Jeff Keller presented posters at the American Marketing Association’s 25th Annual Advanced Research Techniques (ART) Forum in Santa Fe, NM this week. Jeff Keller’s poster focuses on RSGHB (RSG’s modeling package for R) and Jeff Dumont’s explains why individual level models are not better than sample-level models.
RSG Senior Consultant, Steve Gayle, will lead an ITE webinar titled “Traffic Engineering Fundamentals. Module 8: Social, Environmental, and Institutional Issues”. The webinar series is offered periodically by ITE to teach the basics of traffic engineering. This module, considered the “planning” element, covers a variety of topics that may affect the work of an engineer designing a project. These topics range from the Americans with Disabilities Act, to local land use law, to air quality conformity and climate change.
RSG Senior Director, Peter Plumeau, will present “Complete Streets and Goods Movement: Options and Considerations” at an FHWA “Talking Freight” webinar on May 21st. Peter’s talk will examine how complete streets approaches and projects have addressed goods movement needs and whether there are opportunities for more fully integrating these needs into complete streets.
The concept of “complete streets” is becoming an important part of planning and design in urban and community planning across the country. Projects to design and re-engineer our streets to accommodate all users in a more safe and equitable manner have been pursued in large and small cities, with tangible benefits for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and community quality of life in many locations. However, it is uncommon to find goods movement mobility highlighted as a consideration in complete streets planning and implementation.