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06.21.2022

Second International Symposium on Noise from UASs/UAVs/eVTOLs

RSG Senior Director Eddie Duncan, INCE Bd. Cert. will co-moderate a panel discussion during the fully remote Second International Symposium on Noise from UASs/UAVs/eVTOLs (“Quiet Drones 2022”).

Eddie's panel, titled Managing Community Noise from Drone Delivery, will feature a global group of experts on drone noise. Panel members will include drone operators, government regulators, and acoustical consultants.

Who? Eddie Duncan, INCE Bd. Cert., Senior Director (RSG)

What? Second International Symposium on Noise from UASs/UAVs/eVTOLs

Where and When? Quiet Drones 2022 is fully remote. Eddie is co-moderating a panel discussion on Monday, June 27 at 12:00 p.m. CEST.

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06.06.2022

NOISE-CON 2022

RSG Principal Ken Kaliski, PE, QEP, INCE Bd. Cert. and RSG Director Dana Lodico, PE, INCE Bd. Cert. will present at the NOISE-CON 2022 conference in Lexington, Kentucky.

Dana will chair a session during the event and present awards in her capacity as Vice President of Honors and Awards for the Institute of Noise Control Engineering. The session she is chairing is titled “Railroad and Road Transportation Noise.”

Ken will also chair a session, titled “Renewable Energy and Infrastructure.” Ken is presenting during the session as well. His presentation, titled “Sound emissions in solar and battery energy storage projects,” is based on a paper he coauthored that identifies existing options for determining sound power levels and interpreting and applying sound modeling around the equipment in an acoustical evaluation.

Both Ken and Dana provide noise control engineering services for RSG's clients.

Who? Ken Kaliski, PE, QEP, INCE Bd. Cert., Principal & Dana Lodico, PE, INCE Bd. Cert., Director (RSG)

What? NOISE-CON 2022

Where and When? The NOISE-CON 2022 conference is being held in Lexington, Kentucky. Dana is chairing a session on Monday, June 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. ET; she is also presenting awards on Wednesday, June 15 at 8:00 a.m. ET. Ken is chairing a session on Monday, June 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET; he is presenting during this same session from 1:20 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. ET.

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06.02.2022

2022 Census Data for Transportation Planning Conference

RSG Director Lucia Maloney, PMP, will present at the 2022 Census Data for Transportation Planning Conference in Reno, Nevada.

Lucia will attend a workshop, titled “COVID-19 – Understanding the Transportation Effects and Sorting through the Data,” where she will present a summary of findings from RSG's COVID-19 Transportation Insights Survey. Lucia will also lead a breakout session to discuss what data sources people have used to understand changes to date as well as what data sources are needed to monitor these changes.

The conference is being organized by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). The event provides an opportunity for professionals to gather and share experiences, examine strategies for data improvements, reflect on previous successes, and explore census data needs for the future.

Who? Lucia Maloney, PMP, Director (RSG)

What? 2022 Census Data for Transportation Planning Conference

Where and When? The AASHTO conference is being held in Reno, Nevada. Lucia is presenting during a session on Thursday, June 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. PT.

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05.23.2022

Conference on Sustainability and Emerging Transportation Technology (SETT)

Several RSGers are moderating or presenting at the Transportation Research Board's (TRB's) Sustainability and Emerging Transporation Technology (SETT) Conference in Irvine, California, from May 31 through June 2, 2022.

RSG Principal Mark Bradley will present results from RSG's COVID-19 Transportation Insights Survey. The presentation, titled “Equity Implications of Changes in Travel Behavior Due to COVID-19: Results from a National Survey Across Two Years,” will describe changes in behavior around mode use (including use of new modes), teleworking, and use of remote services as a substitute for travel. The presentation will describe analyses undertaken to identify differences in effects related to income, race, and ethnicity; urban versus rural location; and regions of the country.

RSG Principal Johanna Zmud, PhD, will moderate Technical Session C5: Policy Impacts on Emerging Mobility Services. This session will explore the policies or policy frameworks needed to evolve shared mobility acceptance, implementation, and use over time. Johanna will also present during the Research Roundtable and Conference Conclusion.

RSG Consultant Lama BouMjahed, PhD, will moderate Technical Session D3: Planning Through Change: Transportation Demand Management Applications. This session will produce insights that will help inform policy and planning aimed at shaping a more sustainable future. Lama will also present during the Research Roundtable and Conference Conclusion.

Who?

Mark Bradley, Principal (RSG)

Johanna Zmud, PhD, Principal (RSG)

Lama BouMjahed, PhD, Consultant (RSG)

What?

Conference on Sustainability and Emerging Transportation Technology

Where and When?

The 2022 SETT Conference is being held in Irvine, California.

Mark is presenting during Technical Session D4 on Thursday, June 2 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT.

Johanna is moderating Technical Session C5 on Thursday, June 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT. She is also presenting during the Research Roundtable and Conference Conclusion on the same date from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT.

Lama is moderating Technical Session D3 on Thursday, June 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT. She is also presenting during the Research Roundtable and Conference Conclusion on the same date from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT.

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05.17.2022

182nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America

RSG Director Dana Lodico, PE, INCE Bd. Cert. and RSG Analyst Emma Butterfield will present at the 182nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) in Denver, Colorado.

Dana will present findings from a paper she coauthored with RSG colleagues. The paper, titled “Field validation of octave band sound modeling for wind turbines,” describes preconstruction and postconstruction attended sound modeling conducted at Sugar Creek Wind Project, a 57-turbine wind farm in Logan County, Illinois, with a capacity of up to 202 megawatts.

Emma will also present findings from a paper she coauthored with RSG colleagues. The paper, titled “Attended sound monitoring of wind turbines,” describes the challenges of attended octave
band sound measurements made at 38 sites in the vicinity of wind turbines in Illinois in September, October, and November of 2021.

Both Dana and Emma provide noise control engineering services for RSG's clients.

Who? Dana Lodico, PE, INCE Bd. Cert., Director & Emma Butterfield, Analyst (RSG)

What? 182nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America

Where and When? The ASA meeting is being held in Denver, Colorado. Dana is presenting during a session on Tuesday, May 24 from 10:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. MT. Emma is presenting during the same session on Tuesday, May 24 from 10:35 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. MT.

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05.16.2022

2022 International Choice Modelling Conference

RSG Director Stephane Hess, PhD, is co-chairing the 2022 International Choice Modelling Conference (ICMC) in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The ICMC gathers fellow global leaders in the practice of choice modeling to discuss advances in knowledge and understanding in methodology as well as real-world applications of choice models and stated choice and revealed preference survey techniques. Stephane will be presenting several papers at the ICMC stemming from his work and research as Professor of Choice Modelling and Director of the Choice Modelling Centre at the University of Leeds.

RSG is a leader in developing and applying choice models to understand how and why people make choices among competing products and services. Click here to learn more about our choice modeling services.

Who? Stephane Hess, PhD, Director (RSG)

What? 2022 International Choice Modelling Conference

Where and When? The 2022 ICMC is in Reykjavik, Iceland. Stephane is co-chairing the event, which runs from Monday, May 23 through Wednesday, May 25.

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05.06.2022

77th AAPOR Annual Conference: Improving Equity and Inclusion in Travel Surveys through Differential Incentive Offerings

RSG Senior Director Michelle Lee, GISP, PMP, will present at the 77th Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) in Chicago, Illinois.

Michelle's presentation will discuss methods to improve equity and inclusion in travel surveys through the use of differential incentives. Incentives are offers (e.g., gift cards) that have been shown to encourage greater participation in surveys. Her presentation will describe two recent RSG-led travel surveys in Minnesota and Washington State that used differential incentives to encourage greater participation among historically underrepresented groups in particular. Her presentation will review the effectiveness of these approaches across both studies.

Who? Michelle Lee, GISP, PMP, Senior Director (RSG)

What? Presentation, titled “Improving Equity and Inclusion in Travel Surveys through Differential Incentive Offerings”

Where and When? The 77th AAPOR Annual Conference is in Chicago, Illinois. Michelle is presenting during a session on Friday, May 13 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. CT.

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04.19.2022

RSG Director published in National Council of Acoustical Consultants Newsletter

RSG Director Dana Lodico, PE, INCE Bd. Cert. authored an article on product noise rating (PNR) that was recently published in the National Council of Acoustical Consultants (NCAC) Newsletter.

PNR has been in development for nearly two decades. It would allow consumers to quickly and easily assess a product's sound (or lack thereof). The work on a PNR system started with volunteers for the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE-USA).

The PNR system developed through INCE-USA's work is ready. However, lack of funding has constrained deployment to date.

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04.05.2022

The 3 dB Myth: Applying Tiered Traffic Noise Thresholds and Mitigation Strategies

RSG Director Dana Lodico, PE, INCE Bd. Cert., will present as part of a workshop during the 2022 Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Conference in Yosemite, California.

Dana's panel will discuss the use of 3 dBA (A-weighted decibel level) threshold for a potentially significant traffic noise increase as well as the use of tiered sets of thresholds. Such tiered thresholds could consider not just the overall increase, but also the existing and resulting ambient noise levels, to assess the significance of a permanent traffic noise increase. The panel will also cover effective vehicular noise mitigation strategies such as sound barriers and berms and quiet pavement in the context of the City of Newport Beach, which currently uses tiered traffic noise thresholds.

Who? Dana Lodico, PE, INCE Bd. Cert., Director (RSG)

What? Workshop, titled “The 3 dB Myth: Applying Tiered Traffic Noise Thresholds and Mitigation Strategies”

Where and When? The 2022 AEP Conference is in Yosemite, California. Dana is presenting during a workshop on Monday, April 11 from 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. PT.

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03.29.2022

Triangle Regional Model (TRM) User Forum Panel Discussion: Traditional and Emerging Data

RSG Senior Director Michelle Lee, GISP, PMP, will present as part of a panel during the Triangle Regional Model (TRM) User Forum. The TRM User Forum is a collaborative effort. It involves agency staff and consultants who work on and contribute to the development of the regional travel demand model in use in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina.

Michelle's presentation will discuss data needs around special market models (specifically university models). This type of data is important to regional models given the special generator status of most large colleges and universities. Michelle will be joined by fellow panelists Vince Bernardin, PhD, and Greg Erhardt, PhD, who will discuss big data and combining data sources, respectively.

Who? Michelle Lee, GISP, PMP, Senior Director (RSG)

What? Panel Discussion: Traditional and Emerging Data

Where and When? The TRM User Forum is a virtual meeting. Michelle is presenting during a panel discussion on Wednesday, April 6 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET. For an invite, email leta_huntsinger@ncsu.edu.

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