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RSG Director John Hinckley’s article “Air Quality Permitting for Anaerobic Digesters” was published in this month’s issue of BioCycle. The article, which is part one of a two-part piece, discusses how the air permitting process can be thoughtfully anticipated to avoid significant project costs and delays.
Published since 1960, BioCycle is the leading magazine on composting, organics recycling, anaerobic digestion, and renewable energy.
RSG Director Steve Gayle was a member of the research panel for the Transportation Research Board (TRB)’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) report “Advancing Automated and Connected Vehicles: Policy and Planning Strategies for State and Local Transportation Agencies.”
The report assesses policy and planning strategies at the state, regional, and local levels that could influence private-sector automated vehicle (AV) and connected vehicle (CV) choices to positively affect societal goals.
The RSG report “Estimating Truck Trip Generation for Airport Air Cargo Activity,” co-authored by RSG’s Kaveh Shabani, was just published by the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP).
The existing literature and research regarding air cargo facility-related truck trip generation rates is limited in both scope and detail. In addition, the complexity of the modern air cargo industry makes it difficult to obtain the data necessary to develop truck trip generation rates. This synthesis of practice compiles information from experience to develop methods and tools to support the planning and development of roadway infrastructure at a range of airport sizes and types of cargo facilities.
An article authored by RSG’s Jerry Hendricks, “Consumption is More Social Than You Think,” was published yesterday on “The Research Insighter.” The piece, fusing together Jerry’s sociology background with his current work in consumer research, explores the dynamics of the consumer experience in an increasingly complex social world.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently honored RSG again with the prestigious When Work Works Award for 2017, recognizing RSG’s use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success. Applicants are evaluated on factors associated with employee health, well-being, and engagement: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work-life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits, and opportunities for advancement.
Three of RSG’s offices were eligible to apply—White River Junction, Burlington, and Chicago—and all three were honored with the award. RSG welcomes this national honor for the third year in a row—reflecting the company’s commitment to workplace excellence and a unified culture spanning geographies.
RSG Senior Engineer Erica Wygonik co-authored the article, “Evaluating the Impacts of Density on Urban Goods Movement Externalities,” which was recently published in the Journal of Urbanism. Compared to previous research on the subject, this article examines the impacts of replacing passenger travel for shopping with delivery services over a broad set of externalities (VMT, CO2, NOx, and PM10) in both urban and rural communities.
Last week, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) issued a statewide news release titled “Updated research looks in-depth at how poor road conditions will impact Oregon’s economy.” As the title suggests, the release explains that funding shortfalls for infrastructure will have significant negative impacts on the state economy and resident’s quality of life.
One of the reports that the release references, “Rough Roads Ahead 2,” relied on the Oregon Statewide Integrated Model (SWIM) to study an issue that many state DOTs are facing—declining revenue accompanied by increasing costs due to the need to maintain and/or replace deteriorating infrastructure. RSG’s Joel Freedman and Ben Stabler helped build the model that was used for the analysis, and—along with RSG’s Nagendra Dhakar—assisted Oregon DOT staff define alternatives to be tested in the model, analyzed model outputs, and interpreted results.
See Oregon’s Rough Roads/Pavement Reports website for more information.
Two RSG-involved projects received recognition at the American Council of Engineering Companies of NH (ACEC NH) Engineering Excellence awards banquet last week.
RSG assisted AECOM by collecting and analyzing traffic and survey data for the “NH Statewide Rest Area and Welcome Center Study,” which received an honorable mention.
In addition, the RSG project “Your Guide to Promoting Walking and Bicycling Accommodations in New Hampshire” received a Silver award. The guide, completed in collaboration with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) and its Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation Advisory Committee (BPTAC), informs bicycle and pedestrian stakeholders on how to most effectively engage in the transportation project planning and design process. The final product marries complex technical content with reader-friendly design and language, serving as both an outreach and educational resource for the public.
RSG’s proprietary location-aware market research app, rMove, was featured on NBC San Diego last week. RSG is conducting a household travel survey for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and, as the segment explains, is using rMove to allow for participation via smartphone. rMove is a platform that collects data on participants’ day-to-day movements and motivations to help organizations confidently plan for future transportation needs.
The study, which is taking place from August 2016 to March 2017, is projected to include data from 5,500 households. Compared to traditional survey methods, data collection via rMove will provide more accurate and robust data as well as more enjoyment and convenience for participants. Find out more at meetrmove.rsginc.com.
RSG Senior Director Steve Lawson’s appointment as adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont (UVM) was recently renewed by the university. In this role, Steve serves on graduate student committees and provides opportunities for professional experience to graduate and undergraduate students in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR). In addition, he serves in this role as a liaison with the school for collaboration on research, scholarship, and consulting projects.
Steve’s adjunct faculty appointment at UVM reinforces RSG’s commitment to its academic roots and the scientific rigor of our work.
RSG Director Joel Freedman presented “Enhanced Methods to Forecast Travel Behavior in Response to Travel Time Reliability and Pricing” at last week’s Travel Model Improvement Program (TMIP) webinar.
His presentation, which had 121 attendees, described the work undertaken to enhance the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) activity-based model’s sensitivities to priced infrastructure and travel time reliability. The enhancements implemented during this project are based on research conducted under the Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) C04 track to improve understanding of how highway congestion and pricing affect travel demand.
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (Pittsburgh regional planning agency) freight plan that RSG helped create, in collaboration with WRA, was featured earlier this week in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The article, titled “Pittsburgh regional freight movement expected to increase 40 percent by 2040,” covered the highlights of the plan, particularly the dramatic increase in freight movement projected for the region over the next few decades and what performance measures should be carefully monitored to accommodate this growth.
RSG Senior Director Peter Plumeau was quoted in an article this week in “Transport Topics.” The article, titled “Experts Say Lack of Public Understanding Complicates Urban Freight Movement” highlights the topics covered at a Transportation Research Board (TRB) freight panel at the TRB Annual Meeting on Monday morning. In particular, the panel discussed the disconnect between the government agencies that regulate freight and the companies that move it.
RSG Director Steven Gayle was recently selected by Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) International President Shawn Leight to chair the ITE Strategic Initiatives Committee. This committee is tasked with working alongside the ITE Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and senior staff to develop recommendations to keep ITE relevant and growing in a world where both transportation and professional organizations are dynamically evolving.
RSG earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2016 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating. RSG was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement.