PBX Engineering and IBI Group, both of Vancouver, took the top award for Specialized Engineering Services at the 13th annual Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Awards, for their exceptional work on the variable speed limit systems.
“The variable speed limit systems are another step in keeping B.C. drivers safe, and we thank PBX Engineering and IBI Group for their vital roles in this important project,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “Many of the components of the project were new to both the ministry and our consultants, and their innovative work has allowed us to make three corridors in the province safer for all travellers.”
The variable speed limit systems improve safety throughout the corridors where they are located and maintain a smooth flow of traffic during unfavourable weather conditions by notifying drivers of a change in speed during adverse weather. While the posted static speed is based on optimum conditions, these signs adjust speed limits to fit weather conditions, letting drivers know the safe speed to travel.
The system was developed as a pilot project by the ministry, and uses real-time data collected on road surface conditions, weather and vehicle speed to post an updated speed limit. IBI developed the system software, while PBX came up with some creative ways to install the equipment in the field.
“This project had a very ambitious time line, and the corridors were located in challenging rural terrain with limited access to power and communications,” said Vancouver-False Creek MLA Sam Sullivan. “Congratulations goes to PBX Engineering and IBI Group, who were as resilient as they were innovative, and have worked to benefit many communities as we enter the winter season.”
The finalists in this category were Hemmera Envirochem Inc. for work on the Highway 91 at 72 Avenue Interchange, and 360 Surveillance Inc. for work on the Wildlife Detection System.
The Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Awards recognize technical excellence in consulting engineer services that improve transportation infrastructure in B.C. Finalists were chosen for their work in 2016 in the categories of:
- Design and Contract Preparation – Roads
- Design and Contract Preparation – Structures
- Construction Management and Supervision Services
- Specialized Engineering Services
- Alternative Transportation
Further information, including videos and photographs of the award winners and finalists can be viewed at: www.gov.bc.ca/celebratingexcellencetransportation
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