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Geotab ITS @ Connect

RSG is thrilled to join members from Geotab ITS during the Geotab Connect conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday, February 15, 2024.

RSG Managing Consultant Kevin Johnson will be sharing insights from work our team members performed using Geotab data. Specifically, the presentation will describe the use of Geotab data to better understand commercial vehicle flows and integrate these into the existing regional travel model to better evaluate and identify infrastructure needs. Kevin will also describe the use of travel models to identify future network deficiencies and select projects to address those deficiencies.

Who? Kevin Johnson, Managing Consultant (RSG)

What? ā€œBuilding Connected and Evolved Communitiesā€

Where and When? Geotab ITS @ Connect* on Thursday, February 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PT. Kevin is expected to begin presenting at 3:00 p.m. PT. A “fireside chat” will follow Kevin's presentation and allow for questions from the audience and a discussion among panel members.

*Geotab ITS @ Connect is an invite-only session. If you have questions or would like to participate in these sessions, please contact the event organizers.

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ITE/IMSA Annual Conference and Exhibition

RSG will deliver a planning presentation during the ITE/IMSA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Bellevue, Washington, on February 13, 2024.

RSG Market Leader Jeff Frkonja and RSG Consultant Teddy Lin will deliver a presentation titled ā€œLocalization of the PSRC Regional Model for Pierce County, City of Seatac, and Seatac Airport.ā€ Their presentation will detail RSG's customization of the Puget Sound Regional Council's SoundCast model for Pierce County, the city of SeaTac, and SEA airport. Its focus will be on the adaptation of the model to local needs, challenges/solutions in performing localization work, and the incorporation of an airport ground-access submodel and enhanced land-use scenario analysis.

Who? Jeff Frkonja, Market Leader (RSG) and Teddy Lin, Consultant (RSG)

What? ā€œMultimodal Planning & Regional Connectionsā€

Where and When? Hilton Bellevue in Bellevue, Washington, on Tuesday, February 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PT.

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RSG team article on wind turbine noise published in WindTech International

RSG Senior Consultant Isaac Old, INCE Bd. Cert. and Timothy Carson of RWE CleanEnergy, LLC. recently coauthored an article on directional noise-reduced operations (NROs) for wind turbines that was published in WindTech International.

The article, titled ā€œImplementing and Measuring the Effectiveness of Directional Noise-Reduced Operations (NROs),ā€ is based on research our team conducted and presented at the 10th International Conference on Wind Turbine Noise last year. Our team used real-world project measurements to reveal how NROs can be used to diminish sound emissions under varying meteorological conditions and time periods.

To learn more about RSG's noise control engineering work, click here.


2024 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting

We're excited to gather at the 2024 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting from January 7 to January 11, 2024.

RSGers are presenting posters and lectures on several topics, including changes in travel behavior due to the pandemic, recurrent household travel survey programs, and the use of strategic modeling tools like VisionEval for exploratory scenario planning.

RSG is proud to be a Bronze Patron of the 103rd TRB Annual Meeting, which attracts thousands of transportation professionals. Its sessions cover all transportation modes and inspire thought-provoking industry dialogue and change.

A complete list of RSGersā€™ presentations/sessions is available here.

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Portland State University Transportation Seminar

RSG is excited to participate in the Portland State University (PSU) Transportation Seminar series in Portland, Oregon, on November 17, 2023.

RSG Director Jonathan Slason and ODOT Principal Planner Adam Argo will deliver a presentation titled ā€œOregon Transportation: Innovations in the Exploratory Scenario Planning Approach.ā€ Their presentation will discuss how RSG and the Oregon Department of Transportation used cutting-edge tools like VisionEval and TMIP-EMAT to develop an innovative scenario planning model for the Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP). The OTP used groundbreaking methods to communicate how investment strategies could impact regions and households across the state for the next 20-25 years and prioritizes equity, safety, sustainability, economic vitality, and multimodal travel options.

For more information on the Oregon Transportation Plan Update, clickĀ here. To learn more about RSG's strategic transportation planning service and how it supports scenario planning work, clickĀ here.

Who?Ā Jonathan Slason, Director (RSG)

What?Ā ā€œOregon Transportation: Innovations in the Exploratory Scenario Planning Processā€

Where and When?Ā PSU Transportation Seminar in Portland, Oregon, onĀ Friday, November 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT.



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New RSG-led ACRP study helps shape our advanced air mobility future

RSG is proud to announce the publication of “ACRP Synthesis 130: Airport-Centric Advanced Air Mobility Market Study.” This pivotal work, conducted under the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), analyses the current state and future potential of advanced air mobility (AAM) at airports nationwide. Led by RSG Senior Director Mark Fowler, the study synthesizes information our team gathered from literature reviews, airport operator surveys, and interviews with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and infrastructure developers.

The study addresses the pressing need for airports to adapt to rapidly evolving transportation technologies, such as electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. It presents findings from six airport case studies, describing the opportunities and challenges airport operators may face as they consider integrating AAM into their infrastructure. The report underscores the need for proactive planning to embrace these changes, from passenger service to cargo and medical transport.

The study provides airport operators, planners, and policymakers with information to better understand the AAM landscape, identify gaps in current research, and gain strategic insights into the planning required for future integration. This report is not just a resource but a stepping stone for those looking to lead in the transformation of urban air mobility.


Michie Blevins joins RSG as Vice President

Michie Blevins joins RSG as Vice President of Finance and Accounting and brings over a decade of experience in the professional services industry.

Throughout her career, Michie has championed the delivery of superior financial data and services, ensuring her clientele and stakeholders remain a step ahead. Across her roles, she has overseen accounting systems and teams to deliver streamlined workflows to project stakeholders.

“Iā€™m excited to be joining RSG!” said Michie. “This is an incredible opportunity to join a dynamic and forward-thinking company where I can contribute my financial expertise to help steer RSG to continued success. I look forward to collaborating with our talented team while playing an integral role in financial management and analysis.”

Michie's experience delivering financial knowledge and insights will help us ensure we are honoring our commitments while delivering exceptional services to clients and vendors.


2023 AMPO Annual Conference

RSG is excited to participate in the 2023 Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, from September 26 to September 29, 2023.

RSG Consultant Caroline Wood will deliver a presentation titled “From Commutes to Couches: The Evolution of Telework and Trip Replacement Behaviors,” which will explore the rise in teleworking, the impacts of trip replacement behaviors like food delivery, and the current trends in travel modes and purposes. Using data from recurrent travel surveys, including the Metropolitan Councilā€™s Travel Behavior Inventory, the Puget Sound Regional Councilā€™s Regional Travel Study, and the Triangle Travel Survey, Caroline will share insights into changes in travel patterns, comparing the period before the pandemic to the present. Caroline will deliver her presentation with Dennis Farmer, a Planning Analyst at Metropolitan Council.

With a spotlight on teleworking trends and their correlation to various factors such as age, income, and industry, the session aims to give MPOs actionable insights for effective post-pandemic planning.

Who? Caroline Wood, Consultant (RSG)

What? “From Commutes to Couches: The Evolution of Telework and Trip Replacement Behaviors”

Where and When? The AMPO Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday, September 28 from 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.

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European Transport Conference 2023

RSG is excited to share insights into our team's travel model development work during the European Transport Conference (ETC) 2023, hosted at the Bovisa Campus of the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy, from September 6 to September 8, 2023.

RSG Senior Director Joel Freedman and RSG Senior Consultant Nagendra Dhakar will be presenting on two topics at ETC 2023. The first topic, “Modelling vehicle type with autonomous vehicle extension in an activity-based travel model framework,” will discuss ActivitySim and the integration of existing vehicle-type models with extension to include autonomous vehicles for the Metropolitan Washington region and San Diego, California. The second topic, “Incorporating telecommuting in forecasting travel models,” will describe how activity-based and strategic planning travel models can be leveraged to account for an uptick in remote work following the pandemic.

Who? Joel Freedman, Senior Director (RSG) and Nagendra Dhakar, Senior Consultant (RSG)

What? Two presentations: “Modelling vehicle type with autonomous vehicle extension in an activity-based travel model framework” and “Incorporating telecommuting in forecasting travel”

Where and When? The European Transport Conference 2023 will be held at the Bovisa Campus of the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy. Joel will be presenting during Session 4 on Thursday, September 7 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. local time, while Nagendra's presentation will be during Session 10 on Friday, September 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. local time.

About ETC 2023: The European Transport Conference is Europe's premier event for transport professionals, fostering networking, learning, and discussions on myriad transportation topics.

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52nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering: Inter-Noise 2023

RSG is thrilled to contribute our noise control engineering expertise to the 52nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (Inter-Noise 2023) in Chiba, Japan, which begins on Sunday, August 20, 2023.

RSG Senior Director Dana Lodico, PE, INCE Bd. Cert. will deliver a lecture on acoustical consulting to the I-INCE Practice of Noise Control School while in Japan. The lecture, which is available on an invitation-only basis to students and other young professionals registered at Inter-Noise 2023, will discuss noise control engineering projects in the context of transportation, renewable energy, and community planning projects.

RSG Principal Ken Kasliski, PE, QEP, INCE Bd. Cert. will also have his work represented at Inter-Noise 2023. Ken coauthored “Status of the revision of ISO 1996-1 standard on the assessment of environmental noise.” His paper will be presented by coauthor Douglas Manvell. Their work will be published in the proceedings of Inter-Noise 2023.

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

What? Lecture at the I-INCE Practice of Noise Control School and coauthorship of a presented paper titled ā€œStatus of the revision of ISO 1996-1 standard on the assessment of environmental noiseā€

Where and When? The 52nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (Inter-Noise 2023) is being held in Chiba, Japan. Dana is delivering her lecture on Sunday, August 20 at 1:00 p.m. local time. Ken's paper will be presented on his behalf by his coauthor on Tuesday, August 22 at 2:20 p.m. local time.

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