A region’s transportation system influences the economy, environment, and general quality of life for its residents and visitors. With the increasing urbanization of regions and limited space, funds, and effectiveness of current transport modes and solutions, it is important that decisions on the evolving development of the transport system are made with purposeful intent, sound information, and evidence-based judgement. Ultimately, decisions on the right investments are needed to increase value for current and future generations.
Furthermore, the increasing significance of modern technologies to how we work and live will shape and disrupt the transportation industry as it approaches its “singularity” moment of a connected and autonomous transportation system.
Engineers, planners, and decision makers need to understand the complex, dynamic, and industry/domain-spanning issues that will challenge urban transportation systems over the coming decades. An approach based on a more complete and holistic scope founded on sound fundamentals is needed for professionals to turn this challenge into opportunities to sustain and improve our livability.
The session will cover fundamentals across the “transportation vertical” from data and analytics to policy and governance (i.e. “data-to-decisions”), the latest planning methods, techniques and tools, and the increasing impact of advanced technologies to the planning status quo.
Participants would ideally have prior knowledge of or experience in traffic or systems engineering, as well as planning concepts. Knowledge and interest of transport systems, technologies, and regional planning would be helpful to engage and add to discussions.
Participants will cover:
- Traffic and Planning Fundamentals: traffic flow theory; driver psychology; planning frameworks and processes
- Policy & Governance: current polices; processes; policy adoption; institutional arrangements and partnerships
- Evaluation: planning scenarios; multiple account analyses
- Data: collection techniques; processing; analysis; summary
- Analytics and Tools: modelling and simulation; current and next generation methods
- Technology Impacts: intelligent transport systems; internet of things; connected and autonomous vehicles
The seminar will be both theoretical and practical, with numerous examples of best practices and recent advances in modern techniques in transportation engineering and planning.
Engineers and planners in the transportation and urban planning industry, or those that have interest in this domain. This includes students or experienced professionals, including decision makers or entrepreneurs with ideas for future transportation policies, services and solutions.
With the increasing significance and importance of technology to modern transportation systems, professionals in non-traditional transportation fields such as electronics, communications, and computer programming would benefit in widening their knowledge of the transportation domain to discover areas where their skillsets can be effectively utilized.
Audience Level: Novice, Intermediate
Clark Lim, P.Eng.
Principal, Acuere Consulting
Clark Lim has 25 years of experience in transportation engineering and planning within public, private, and academic sectors. As Principal of Acuere Consulting, he provides transportation planning and analytics services to clients locally and abroad. He is also an Adjunct Professor at UBC's Civil Engineering Department, where he teaches and researches on transport subjects such as planning, engineering, technologies, freight, and Olympic Games evaluation.
Utilizing an evidence-based approach to support decision making, which includes the development of data models and web and mobile applications, his research interests span the complete transportation planning vertical from visioning and governance, down to modelling and monitoring. Previously he worked for the City of Coquitlam, BC Ministry of Transportation, Metro Vancouver, and TransLink—which he helped establish in the late 1990’s as the world’s first multi-modal regional transportation authority.