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10.19.2022

Using ActivitySim for Transportation Forecasting

RSG Senior Director Joel Freedman will present at the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) Annual Conference on Wednesday, October 26, 2022.

Joel's presentation will update attendees on some of the work RSG has been doing to update ActivitySim and describe how the state-of-the-practice activity-based modeling platform can be used in transportation forecasting.

Who? Joel Freedman, Senior Director (RSG)

What? ActivitySim Presentation during the AMPO Annual Conference

Where and When? The AMPO Annual Conference is being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Minneapolis Marriot City Center. Joel is presenting on Wednesday, October 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT.

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10.18.2022

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

RSG Senior Director Dana Lodico, PE, INCE Bd. Cert. will present as part of a panel during an Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Orange County (OC) Chapter lunch program.

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.

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

What? OC AEP lunch program, titled “The 3 dB Myth: Applying Tiered Traffic Noise Thresholds and Mitigation Strategies”

Where and When? The OC AEP lunch program is a Zoom event. Dana is presenting on Thursday, October 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. PT.

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2022 Renewable Energy Vermont Conference & Expo (REV2022)

RSG Senior Director Eddie Duncan, INCE Bd. Cert. will serve as a panelist during the 2022 Renewable Energy Vermont Conference & Expo (REV2022) on Friday, October 28, 2022.

Eddie's panel, titled “Bringing Back Wind to Vermont,” will discuss Vermont's wind sound rules (the most stringent in the United States) and how the state can still benefit from renewable wind energy going forward.

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

What? Panel Session during the 2022 Renewable Energy Vermont Conference & Expo (REV2022)

Where and When? REV2022 takes place in Burlington, Vermont, at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Eddie is serving on a panel scheduled for Friday, October 28 from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. ET.

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09.27.2022

Incorporating Health Into the Transportation Planning Toolkit

RSG Senior Consultant Theodore Mansfield, PhD will present during the Transportation Seminar sponsored by the Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies on Friday, October 7, 2022.

Ted's presentation, titled “Incorporating Health Into the Transportation Planning Toolkit,” will discuss opportunities to incorporate health metrics and measurements into the transportation planning process. This is an important consideration for agencies given the intersection between health outcomes and the transportation system.

Who? Theodore Mansfield, PhD, Senior Consultant (RSG)

What? Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies: Transportation Seminar

Where and When? The Berkeley seminar series occurs throughout the fall and includes both in-person and webcast options. Ted is presenting during a session on Friday, October 7 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. PT.

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09.22.2022

2022 Indiana MPO Conference

RSG is a proud sponsor of the Indiana MPO Conference this year. We're honored to support this important regional event, which brings together our clients, colleagues, and collaborators to tackle transportation planning topics.

The conference, which is held in Jeffersonville, Indiana, features an array of speakers and mobile sessions for attendees. The 2022 Indiana MPO Conference is hosted by the Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency.

 

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09.08.2022

2nd Conference on Scenario Planning in Transportation

RSG Senior Analyst Gabrielle Freeman will present at the 2nd Conference on Scenario Planning in Washington, DC, on Monday, September 19, 2022.

Gabrielle will present two posters during the exhibitor/reception portion of the conference. The posters will describe RSG's work on VisionEval strategic planning model application projects in Chittenden County, Vermont, and Oregon at the statewide level.

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) adopted the VisionEval Regional Strategic Planning Model (VERSPM) to evaluate the impacts of hundreds of policy and planning strategies on the Interstate 89 corridor through Chittenden County. The Oregon Department of Transportation’s statewide Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP), which is currently in development, is utilizing one of the most sophisticated and advanced scenario planning analysis methods for a long-range plan at a statewide scale. The OTP leverages Oregon’s application of the VisionEval State (VE-State) strategic model to evaluate hundreds of scenarios that account for multiple simultaneously changing variables.

RSG was part of the original team that designed and implemented VisionEval, and we have since assisted in its implementation across the United States.

Who? Gabrielle Freeman, Senior Analyst (RSG)

What? Presentation of posters, titled “Scenario Planning and Strategic Modeling for the Oregon Transportation Plan” and “VisionEval Strategic Planning Model for Northwestern Vermont”

Where and When? The 2nd Conference on Scenario Planning in Transportation is held at the National Academies of Sciences Building in Washington, DC, from September 19 through September 21, 2022. Gabrielle is presenting her posters on Monday, September 19 during an exhibitor/poster session that begins at 5:30 p.m. ET.

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08.08.2022

51st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (Inter-Noise 2022)

RSG Director Dana Lodico, PE, INCE Bd. Cert. will present at the 51st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (Inter-Noise 2022) in Glasgow, Scotland, on Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

Dana will present findings from her paper, titled “Field Validation of Octave Band Sound Modeling for Wind Turbines,” which compared modeled and background-adjusted measured octave band sound levels for a 57-turbine wind farm in Logan County, Illinois.

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

What? Presentation of paper, titled “Field Validation of Octave Band Sound Modeling for Wind Turbines”

Where and When? The 51st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (Inter-Noise 2022) is held at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow, Scotland. Dana is presenting during a session on Wednesday, August 24 that begins at 11:10 a.m. local time.

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08.04.2022

17th National Tools of the Trade Conference

We're excited to join our clients, colleagues, and collaborators at the 17th National Tools of the Trade Conference in Boise, Idaho, from August 29 to August 31, 2022.

RSGers are presenting on several topics, including big data, transportation impact fees, travel forecasting method selection guidance, innovative tools to estimate demand for public lands, and much more.

The 2022 Tools of the Trade Conference brings together diverse practitioners to discuss methods, tools, and techniques designed to improve the state of practice in transportation planning for small and medium-sized communities.

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07.14.2022

Penn State Symposium on Transportation Noise and Vibration

RSG Principal Ken Kaliski, PE, INCE Bd. Cert. will present at the Penn State Symposium on Transportation Noise and Vibration at Penn State University.

Ken will discuss findings from a paper, titled “Potential uses of machine learning in traffic noise applications,” which he coauthored with Eddie Duncan, Jeff Dumont, Dana Lodico, and Hugo Rost. Machine learning is a method that uses pattern identification to differentiate a target signal.

Who? Ken Kaliski, PE, INCE Bd. Cert., Principal (RSG)

What? Presentation of paper, titled “Potential uses of machine learning in traffic noise applications”

Where and When? The Penn State Symposium on Transportation Noise and Vibration is held in the HUB-Robeson Center at Penn State University Park. Ken is presenting during a session on Tuesday, July 19 at 2:50 p.m. ET.

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06.28.2022

RSG Director published in Transportation Research Record

RSG Director Dana Lodico, PE, INCE Bd. Cert. authored an article on traffic noise modeling of short safety barriers that was recently published in the Transportation Research Record.

Dana's article looked at existing modeling methods for their ability to calculate the noise reduction of short barriers. These barriers are commonly constructed along highways for safety reasons. However, their noise reduction potential requires the identification of noise modeling techniques to ensure that such models can accurately predict noise reduction in the surrounding community.

The article documents the findings of Dana's research, which were also presented at the 2022 TRB Annual Meeting. These findings include the observation that shorter sound walls (3 to 6 feet in height) may be an option to reduce noise in surrounding communities in cases where taller sound walls are considered cost-prohibitive under current FHWA policy.

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