SAITE Webinar: Pedestrian System Plan for Interface with the University of Calgary Campus
August 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT
University of Calgary – Civil Engineering, 4th Year Class – Capstone Project
Course: ENCI 570 – Civil Engineering Group Design Project
Academic Advisor: Dr. Hunt
Industry Advisor: Monique Castonguay
Rationale behind Project:
Improving pedestrian experience is an important aspect of modern transportation design. Policies such as Complete Streets provide an approach to design that prioritizes the pedestrian experience. However, currently it is difficult to quantify the benefits of pedestrian improvements in a dollar value. Our project creates a method to quantify the benefits of pedestrian improvements in a dollar value and apply this method to create a plan to improve the pedestrian experience in the area surrounding the University of Calgary. This project accomplishes the following goals:
- To create a short term, medium term and long term plan to improve the pedestrian infrastructure and pedestrian experience in the area surrounding the University of Calgary. Improvements range from adding new lighting to creating new pedestrian walking routes.
- To evaluate the benefits and the costs of the proposed improvements. Our project quantifies the benefits of our proposed plans in a dollar value, using Utility Function Analysis and TransCAD transportation modelling software. This is one of the first times that Utility Function Analysis was used to quantify the benefits on such an extensive pedestrian network.
Overall, the results of our project prove that it is possible to quantify the benefits of pedestrian projects in a dollar value, and to use quantitative techniques to identify improvements that will provide the most benefits relative to costs.
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Project Team Members and Presenters:
Ala graduated from civil engineering with a minor in structural engineering this April. She has completed an internship at ALSA Road Construction Ltd. and worked as an Assistant Estimator. Ala managed several projects with the City of Calgary and other general contractors requiring extensive estimating, inspection reports, and interpretation of tender documents. Ala’s main responsibility in the capstone project was to provide cost estimations for all three proposed transportation plans as well as proposing various design elements for the problem areas such as traffic calming measures and sidewalk enhancements.
Cassidy graduated from her civil engineering degree with distinction and a specialization in energy and the environment. During her internship, Cassidy worked as a municipal engineering intern at ISL Engineering and Land Services with a focus on stormwater and wastewater projects. Cassidy’s main focus during the capstone project was the development of user sensitivity parameters employed for the utility function analysis of the network.
Catalina graduated from civil engineering with a minor in transportation. She completed an internship in construction management with PCL Construction Management Inc.
Catalina’s main focus during the capstone project was the development of user sensitivity parameters employed for the utility function analysis of the network.
May is in her final year of her Civil Engineering undergrad at the University of Calgary. May has experienced both the transportation and geotechnical sides of engineering through her completion of internships at GeoGrout and Keller Foundations Ltd. as well as through her participation in the capstone project. She is passionate about applying what she’s learned throughout her degree towards new and innovative projects.
As a civil engineering graduate, Morgan currently works for Lafarge Canada Inc. in the road construction industry. He has over 2 years of experience in construction estimation. Morgan’s role in the project was to aid in the creation of criteria for the design and choosing the final design elements with information from the criteria and utility function.
Saad has completed research work in many engineering fields, including transportation engineering and completed an internship at Altalink, an Alberta electric utility. Saad graduated from his civil engineering degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.92/4.00 and is currently working as an entry level engineer at POWER Engineers. Saad’s main responsibility in the capstone project was to lead the development of the TransCAD model.
Zachary has explored many aspects of Civil Engineering throughout his degree, including two different NSERC summer internships in both Geotechnical and Transportation Engineering. He also took on a year long internship at Modern Niagara, where he got experience in both Project Management and the mechanical side of engineering. He will graduate in the Fall semester of 2020.
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