September 2009 GVITE Monthly Meeting
Topic: Tips and Techniques for Working with the Railways that Pass through Your Municipality
Speaker: Ana Coady, Transport Canada
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020
Time: 7:30am to 9:00am
Location: River Rock Casino, Thompson Room
8811 River Road, Richmond, BC
Click here for a map of the venue.
Members:  $25
Non-members:  $30
Students:  $15
Pay by credit card below or via cash or cheque at the meeting.
Registration: See the Registration page.
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Transport Canada is responsible for the development and enforcement of regulations, rules, standards and procedures governing safe railway operations in Canada. Ana Coady, P.Eng., PTOE is based in the New Westminster office of Transport Canada and works with railways and municipalities to provide a safe environment wherever railway infrastructure interfaces with road or trail users. The presentation will provide an overview of topics and resources that traffic and transportation engineers will find useful when working on projects adjacent to or affecting railway rights-of-way.

To maximize the value of this meeting, we encourage you to provide rail-related questions or topics for Ana to discuss during her presentation. Please send your questions by Thursday, September 17 to:

Call for 2010 Annual Meeting Abstracts
The call for abstracts for ITE’s 2010 Annual Meeting and Exhibit is now open! The Meeting is the largest annual get-together for ITE, and will be held in Vancouver on August 8 to 11. The Section encourages you to submit an abstract as an opportunity to showcase local studies to an international audience in a local setting! Abstract submissions must be completed by 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, August 24, 2009.

Please go to for more information.

BC Interior Chapter Event - October 30, 2020
The BC Interior Chapter would like to get you thinking about the next BC Interior Chapter Event, scheduled for Friday, October 30, 2020. The half day event will be held in Kamloops with a theme revolving around Highway Traffic Safety and Rural Transportation Challenges.

At this time the executive are looking for sponsors and speakers for this event. There are limited sponsorship spots available, if your company would like to sponsor the event (recognition at the event and on all event news) please let us know.

Individuals or organizations who would like to present any recent projects related to the theme are encouraged to contact Erin Felker,, to register as a speaker for the event. Deadline to express interest in sponsorship and presenting is September 18, 2009. We look forward to hearing from you.

GreenModes and Canadian Capacity Guide for Signalized Intersections
The ITE Greater Vancouver would like to solicit feedback from you in regards to holding the following two training workshop in the Greater Vancouver area. If you are interested in attending these training workshop, please send an email to the section Secretary Matthew Chan at to indicate your interest. Once we have enough interested participants, we will be working with CITE to bring these two workshops to Vancouver. The following are the descriptions of the two training workshops.

GreenModes - Facilitating the Effective Application of CITE's Site Design Guidelines on Promoting Sustainable Transportation in New Developments

The GreenModes workshop will cover the following:
  • an overview of the site design guideline (SDG) project, including history, objectives, scope, and status;
  • a summary of the sustainable transportation principles applied in the guidelines;
  • an overview of GreenModes, including objectives, structure, and building blocks;
  • the application of the software to a demonstration project, including group discussions on selected guidelines topics;
  • an introduction to the system's project management functions and other features, e.g. discussion forum; and
  • a facilitated discussion on feedback relating to the value of the system and a proposed implementation strategy.
On completion of the course, attendees will have
  • an improved understanding of current sustainable transportation practices in site design;
  • an awareness of how GreenModes can be applied in site design projects; and
  • a one-year / 5 application licence for the use of GreenModes.

For more information please visit

Canadian Capacity Guide for Signalized Intersections

Intersection capacity analysis is one of the fundamental processes of traffic engineering. Irrespective of the methodology one uses, a thorough understanding of this process is a core skill in our profession. The Canadian Capacity Guide for Signalized Intersections is a comprehensive guide to intersection planning and analysis, reflecting Canadian conditions, data, and experience. The 3rd Edition is about to be released, together with software that replicates the Guide. This one-day course will provide detailed instruction in intersection capacity analysis procedures, following by hands-on examples using the new InterCalc software. Attendees will develop a detailed understanding of how to accurately model operations at signalized intersections.

The course will include:
  • a review of basics of intersection capacity analysis, focusing on critical factors;
  • the CGSI methodology, including comparisons to the Highway Capacity Manual and Synchro;
  • a detailed capacity analysis examples using the CGSI; and
  • instruction in the use and application of the InterCalc software. The software includes advanced features such as scenario management, a digital link to Synchro, and an improved process for unsignalized intersection capacity analysis.


Land Use, Transportation & Air Quality Conference
Land Use, Transportation & Air Quality: Making Healthier Decisions - October 27, 2020
Location: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, Burnaby, BC

The A&WMA; BC & Yukon Chapter, the BC Lung Association and the Fraser Basin Council are proud to present this conference, which will feature presentations from land use, transportation, air quality, and health experts, as well as a workshop designed to encourage dialogue and network-building.

The following topics will be presented and discussed during this event:
  • Understanding air quality and exposure at the community-level;
  • Best management practices for urban and rural land development;
  • Healthy transportation policies;
  • Strategies to overcome challenges associated with implementing healthy, air quality-friendly actions; and
  • Greenhouse gas co-benefits and how to avoid unintended consequences.
For more information, please visit:

Sustainability and Urban Design Certificates - SFU
Apply now for these SFU certificates for mid-career professionals:

Urban Design Certificate Program
A flexible, part-time, program that focuses on the education and development of mid-career professionals - planners, engineers, architects, and others.
  • Enhance your urban design skills and knowledge
  • Learn from experienced urban design practitioners
  • Take the entire program or individual 2-day courses

"The urban design series provides necessary background in an interactive learning medium. This fabulous program is vital to engineers who believe in a presence at the decision making table." -David Grigg, APEGBC, UBC Campus and Community Planning

Sustainable Community Development Certificate
Sustainability -- a six-syllable word with a dozen definitions. But what do you really need to know? SFU offers a certificate designed to give you the practical information you need today, from the most experienced consultants and instructors available. It's a flexible program comprised of short intensive courses.

"Instructors are innovative and informative, providing insight into real-world projects. It's a great forum for testing out ideas with participants from many different disciplines. I recommend this program for people who want a solid foundation in sustainable community development."

Roger Bayley, P.Eng, Design Manager, Millennium Water Olympic Village

Principal, Merrick Architecture - Borowski Lintott Sakumoto Fligg

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