On Monday, the Transportation Research Board (TRB)’s Transportation-Related Noise and Vibration Committee honored a paper co-authored by RSG Sr. Director Ken Kaliski and AECOM’s Roger Wayson with the Harter Rupert Award. The paper, titled “Acoustic Modeling of Meteorological Effects on Roadway Noise,” shares how to account for meteorological impacts when modeling road traffic noise levels. The award honors TRB’s best paper on transportation noise.
We’re looking forward to sharing some of our work and learning from others at the 2020 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC next week. We’ll be moderating and giving several presentations at the event, covering a range of topics— from quantifying the health impacts of transportation investments to understanding new mobility services through visualization.
The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. The program is expected to attract over 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world. We are proud to be a sponsor of the event.RSG at 2020 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting »
We are pleased to welcome Jay Evans as Vice President of Operations at RSG. Jay brings over 25 years of experience in consulting and successfully building teams and delivering results across distributed, highly matrixed organizations. His addition to RSG will enhance the delivery of projects through supportive business operations and investments in RSG staff. For more information on Jay, check out his profile at https://rsginc.com/team/jay-evans/.
RSG’s Ryan Haac, Ken Kaliski, and Matthew Landis were published in a recent issue of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Their paper, part of a multi-disciplinary research effort led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, evaluates the factors that affect outdoor audibility and noise annoyance of wind turbines.
Interestingly, they found that wind turbine sound level was the most robust predictor of audibility yet only a weak, albeit significant, predictor of noise annoyance. Consistent with international findings, they found that communities in the US are less tolerant of wind turbine noise than other common environmental noise sources.
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The following article appeared in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (Vol.146, No.2) and may be found at https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5121309.
RSG Senior Director Steve Lawson was asked to present recently at the New Hampshire State Park Managers Meeting in Pembroke, NH. His presentation shared the framework for managing visitor use and capacities at parks and how to apply this information to address issues like overcrowding, resource impacts, and risk management within public lands. The meeting, held annually in New Hampshire, draws in park managers, park directors, and district supervisors from across the state.
Learn more about our work on public lands in our latest summary report for the National Park Service and Department of the Interior.
Last month, RSG Senior Director Bob Chamberlin and Consultant Austin Feula presented at the 2019 Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Annual Conference. The conference, held over three days in Sandy, UT, was projected to draw in approximately 2,300 attendees.
Bob shared findings on the impact of shared autonomous vehicles on vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in Utah—research RSG completed in collaboration with the University of Utah. The research concluded that this disruptive technology would result in a 1-7% increase in trip making and a 4-9% increase in VMT. Austin’s presentation was on RSG’s work with the UDOT traffic studies process. He shared an update on the Traffic Study Support program—including the streamlined process, updated guidelines, and expanded scope of studies performed since its inception in 2013.
While on a U.S. Department of State-sponsored trip to Nepal, RSG’s parks and protected lands expert Steve Lawson was interviewed by Annapurna FM Radio and Kathmandu Press. He, along with Penn State University’s Peter Newman, explained that while “building infrastructure is important for tourism promotion… Nepal needs to do it responsibly taking into consideration its fragile ecosystem, and possible impacts of overtourism on local communities, culture and the environment.”
RSG Sr. Director Steve Lawson is in Nepal this week, sponsored by the US State Department. In addition to presenting at two Nepali universities, he is meeting with officials from several government agencies and commercial tourism and trekking enterprises – including Nepal’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation; Tourism Board; and Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation – to discuss sustainable tourism and visitor use management, including visitor use, crowding, and safety on Mt. Everest.
Yesterday, RSG Director Erica Wygonik presented at the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) September ‘Talking Freight’ seminar on drones. She provided an overview of the relative strengths and weaknesses of delivery drones as a freight transportation mode compared to other long-established or emerging freight transport methods.
FHWA hosts the ‘Talking Freight’ seminars as part of a broader program aimed at providing technical assistance, training, tools, and information to help the freight and planning workforce meet the transportation challenges of tomorrow.
RSG Director Steven Gayle attended and presented earlier this week at the ITE New York Upstate Section Annual Meeting in Buffalo, NY.
On Tuesday, he led a roundtable discussion where representatives of other professional associations, including American Planning Association, American Public Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Highway Engineers, and the Congress for New Urbanism, discussed their organization’s response to 21st century transportation challenges. Yesterday, Steve gave a presentation on planning for future mobility, including sharing RSG’s proposed future mobility planning process for metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and cities.Meeting Details »