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.
Mark Bradley, Principal (RSG)
Johanna Zmud, PhD, Principal (RSG)
Lama BouMjahed, PhD, Consultant (RSG)
Conference on Sustainability and Emerging Transportation Technology
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
The Zephyr Foundation has given RSG Principal Johanna Zmud, PhD, its Outstanding Industry Contributor Award. This annual award recognizes an individual who selflessly contributes to the travel demand modeling industry through their work.
Johanna has been at the forefront of applying survey science to the gathering of data on past, current, and future travel behavior to understand important phenomena, such as transportation mode choice, and to ascertain developing trends, such as propensity to use automated vehicles. Her recent research has examined how technology-enabled mobility impacts society. She has also researched the implications for transportation providers and agencies.
Zephyr Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission is to advance rigorous transportation and land-use decision-making for the public good. It does this by advocating for and supporting improved travel analysis and facilitating its implementation.
RSG Principal Johanna Zmud, PhD, will present as part of a panel during the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference in Austin, Texas. SXSW brings together people from all walks of life and industries to network, learn, brainstorm, and further creative endeavors.
Johanna's panel will focus on the intersection between technology and data as part of the SXSW Conference's Transportation Track. The panel, titled “Connecting the Mobility Dots Via Open Data,” will be led by MobilityData, which is a member of the industry coalition authoring the Mobility Data Interoperability Principles. Panelists will include both public and private sector stakeholders. Johanna will contribute her perspective on how the digitization of transportation has affected various facets of RSG's work, with specific examples from our projects.
Who? Johanna Zmud, PhD, Principal (RSG)
What? Panel Session, titled Connecting the Mobility Dots Via Open Data
Where and When? The SXSW Conference is being held in Austin, Texas. Johanna is presenting during a panel session at the Hilton Austin Downtown on Friday, March 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CT). The SXSW Conference runs from March 11 to March 20. The full event schedule is available here.
RSG Principal Ken Kaliski and Senior Analyst Ryan Haac both coauthored a peer-reviewed paper, titled “In the shadow of wind energy: Predicting community exposure and annoyance to wind turbine shadow flicker in the United States,” which was published in the Energy Research & Social Science journal. The paper is also the subject of a webinar on March 11, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. PT). The webinar is free and open to the public.
Ken and Ryan worked with their paper's coauthors from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Vermont Environmental Research Associates, Inc. to model shadow flicker (SF) exposure. SF is the effect of sunlight passing through moving wind turbine blades, which can lead to annoyance among those exposed.
The team modeled shadow flicker exposure at nearly 35,000 US residences across 61 wind projects and surveyed 747 people. The results shed light on what contributed to perceived shadow flicker and annoyance. The team did not find a significant correlation between shadow flicker annoyance and exposure. Instead, the team's model identified a greater correlation with other factors among respondents. These included a person's level of education, age, perception of how wind turbines look, and annoyance at other human-caused sounds.
Research of this nature is increasingly important as the renewable energy market expands. By 2035, the installed capacity of wind energy in the United States will be 600 gigawatts (GW), up from 110 GW now. This will require thousands of new wind projects. To understand how those projects will affect nearby communities, additional research like that undertaken by RSGers for this paper will be necessary to better understand wind turbine shadow flicker exposure.