Emerging Surface Transportation Technologies


March 20, 2017 8:30 am - March 22, 2017 4:30 am

Emerging Surface Transportation Technologies:
ITS, Connected Vehicles, Automated Vehicles, Electric Vehicles and other Forms

Calgary, Alberta – March 20, 2017
Edmonton, Alberta – March 22, 2017
(8:30 am – 4:30 pm)



This course is focused on ‘Intelligent Transportation Systems’ (ITS) and its newer off-shoots such as ‘Advanced Driver Assistance Systems’ (ADAS), Connected Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles and other emerging transportation technologies. The socio-economic impacts of these systems will be discussed as well as how these technologies might change the surface transportation landscape in the future.

Given the depth and breadth of the subject matter, it is not the intent of the course to provide an in-depth education for the latest surface transportation technologies. The session’s main goal is to raise awareness for the latest trends and practices in a mainly Canadian setting to enable the attendees to make informed decisions for current and planned investment in transportation systems and development.

This course is primarily designed for transportation engineers and planners who have an interest on the technological side of surface transportation systems with limited exposure to ‘Intelligent Transportation Systems’. It is also for engineers with qualifications in other areas who are now working within the surface transportation industry. Experienced transportation engineers can benefit from Mr. Godsmark’s & Dr. Radmanesh’s extensive experience and knowledge in the ‘Emerging Surface Transportation Technologies’.

Course Instructor: Paul Godsmark. P.Eng. C.Eng.

Paul is the Chief Technology Officer of ‘Canadian Automated Vehicle Centre of Excellence’ CAVCOE. He is a widelyrespected specialist in emerging technologies in transportation and on the implications of fully automated vehicles. He has presented internationally, he has authored many papers, articles, and he has been interviewed on the subject. Paul’s blog on AVs is read around the world, and he also very involved on the principal internet fora where the technology is discussed and ideas disseminated. Mr. Godsmark founded the ITS Canada AV Task Force and is an active campaigner raising awareness of AV technology. He writes part-time for a Driverless web-page http://www.driverless.id/

Paul has been invited to speak to and advise numerous clients on the subject of how autonomous vehicles will impact on their business and operational models including Transdev, City of Calgary, City of Toronto, Regional Transportation Commission for southern Nevada and Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility.

Through Paul’s networking efforts CAVCOE have partnership arrangements with the ‘Central North American Trade Corridor Association’ (who are developing the concept of an Autonomous Friendly corridor), the ‘GoMentum Testing Station’ in California and the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative.

As a civil engineer he has worked as a project manager, team leader and technical specialist on various complex, high profile and multi-disciplinary highway projects around the world.

Paul holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton, UK. He is a Professional Engineer, licensed by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and a Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK).

Course Instructor: Ahmad Radmanesh, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Ahmad is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Calgary. He is also the Research & Academic Liaison for the ‘Canadian Automated Vehicle Centre of Excellence’ (CAVCOE). Prior to his retirement from the City of Calgary (2010), he was in charge of the City’s Traffic Management Centre (TMC) and a majority of ITS systems in that city.

Most of his professional career has been in industry and municipal government. He helped develop the City of Calgary’s ITS Strategic Plan and was the key person for creating the City of Calgary’s Traffic Management Centre and implementing many ITS projects for the City. He has also worked as a consultant for public and private transportation agencies in Canada and the U.S.

Before working for the City, Ahmad worked as a Systems Engineer for a company called “Niart Inc.” based in St. Albert, which was in the business of manufacturing traffic control equipment and installing computerized traffic control systems. He was a key player in installing traffic systems similar to the one in Calgary; in Edmonton, Anchorage and Fort McMurray. In all, Ahmad has over 30 years of experience in the traffic control and systems field.

Ahmad was a founding member of the local Calgary “Intelligent Transportation Systems” (ITS) group and has also served for two terms as a Director of ITS Canada for Alberta.

Ahmad has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Leeds in the UK as well as a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Control Systems Engineering from the University of Sheffield, also in the UK. His main areas of research/interest are the evolving technologies of Autonomous Vehicles and Connected Vehicles.

Course Outline

Emerging Surface Transportation Technologies:

ITS, Connected Vehicles, Automated Vehicles, Electric Vehicles and other Forms

  • Big picture 'ITS' as of 2017

    1. The Canadian ITS Architecture – the short version
    2. Physical & logical architectures
    3. Market Packages
    4. U.S. ITS Road Map (2015-2019)
    5. Mapping needs to the ITS architecture – essential for getting government funding
    6. Alberta ITS case studies
    7. Main Canadian players in the ITS scene
    8. ITS Canada and its role in promoting ITS
    9. Other ITS organizations (44 of them worldwide)
    10. The 2017 ‘ITS World Congress’ in Montreal (Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 2017)
    11. Business opportunities in the ITS industry

  • Electric Vehicles (EV) and the required charging infrastructure

    1. The case for EVs vs. other propulsion systems such as hydrogen, CNG, fuel cell, etc
    2. Can EVs ever reach a critical mass? By when?
    3. Why go EV? Total cost of ownership?
    4. Who will pay for the charging infrastructure?
    5. Role of governments in promoting EVs
    6. Canadian EV incentive programs
    7. Battery technology – the holy grail of EVs
    8. ‘Electric Vehicle Association of Alberta’ (EVAA)
    9. Future gazing – solar or fusion power providing free or cheap electric power
    10. Edmonton & Calgary EV initiatives

  • Developments in Connected Vehicles (CV) in Alberta, Canada, U.S. and international

    1. What is all the fuss about CVs?
    2. Who is funding it? What is driving the funding?
    3. Will CV really reduce collisions and other traffic mishaps? Reality check.
    4. Are there global CV standards? Who is setting the standards?
    5. Major CV test beds and trials in the U.S.
    6. The Canadian CV efforts – ACTIVE & AURORA projects at the U of A and UBC
    7. CV simulation study at the U of C – conclusions
    8. Major players in the CV scene
    9. To DSRC or not to DSRC? Hybrid solution to the rescue? 5G?

  • Developments in Autonomous Vehicles (AV) in Alberta, Canada, U.S. and international

    1. The case for AVs – separating facts from fiction
    2. Latest developments and the major players
    3. Transportation-as-a-Service (TaaS)
    4. Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS)
    5. The Future in Transit
    6. The Compelling Business Cases for AVs – TaaS, Employers, Data Heaven, the Forgotten 30%
    7. Wider Socio-economic impacts – planning, infrastructure, health, jobs, quality of life, equitability etc.
    8. Raising awareness at all levels and reaching the decision makers
    9. Regulatory challenges of AVs in Canada
    10. Probable deployment Scenarios
    11. Probable Timeline and Road Map

  • Other potential transportation technologies

    1. Personal Rapid Transit (PRT)
    2. Gondola in urban areas – cheaper than LRT or BRT? Calgary & Banff studies.
    3. Hyperloop – the cheaper alternative to ‘High Speed Rail’ (HSR)?
    4. Magnovate – an Alberta company
    5. Passenger drones

  • Business opportunities for consultants, contractors (road builders), academics, technology companiesand others

    1. Hardware, software and system integration
    2. Service companies
    3. Consulting opportunities
    4. Telecom & networking
    5. Security

  • Group Discussion

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