Community Planning

Public Works Association of the British Columbia – 2018 Trade Show and Conference


This year the Public Works Association of British Columbia (PWABC) is again holding their technical conference and trade show at the Sun Peaks Resort, September 16th to 18th. We are excited to be one of the conference sponsors. This year two presentations will be led by Urban Systems consultants. Dr. Joanne Quarmby from our Kamloops office will be lending her expertise on organic waste while Vancouver’s Jeremey Finkleman will lead his discussion that focuses on a autonomous vehicles survey he conducted earlier in the year. For a more detailing description of their talks please see below.

Organic Waste – The Trials and Tribulations of Turning Toxic Trash into Treasure

When: Tuesday, September 18th, 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Dr. Joanne Quarmby, R.P.Bio, Urban Systems
Pat Miller, Public Works Manager, Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality

Presentation Abstract
Pressure to reduce waste production and increase the use of substances that were traditionally viewed as waste is increasing. The use of some of these materials (e.g. yard waste) is more socially acceptable than others (e.g. sludge/ biosolids). Unfortunately, the sludge/biosolids aspects continue to become more complicated with the drive for higher effluent quality being confounded by the lack of desire for land application. Organic wastes are often viewed separately, but streamlining is possible through co-treatment. This presentation will explore the issues related to different organic wastes, unravel some myths and misunderstandings related to sludge/biosolids, and provide direction as to the pathways for turning these wastes into resources.

Tomorrow’s Transportation Revolution: Implications for Communities

When: Tuesday, September 18th, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Presenter: Jeremy Finkleman, Transportation Planner and New Mobility Specialist, Urban Systems

Presentation Abstract
Autonomous Vehicle (AV) technology is rapidly emerging and is poised to represent a US$42 Billion global market by 2025. Over the next several years, industry analysts expect fully autonomous vehicles to be available for purchase with market adoption occurring over the next 30 years. To understand the scope of these changes, Urban Systems conducted a nationwide public survey that generated over 700 responses. A wide-cross section of respondents, from large cities to rural areas, representing all adult age groups, provided insights on how they would use autonomous vehicles when they become available. These insights are valuable in understanding the threats and opportunities communities of all sizes will face as a result of this technological shift.

Jeremy’s bio

Jeremy Finkleman
Jeremy is a transportation planner and new mobility specialist with a strong background in transportation business cases, traffic operational analysis, traffic modeling, multi-modal integrated planning studies and transportation impact assessments. He is pioneering a new practice area in car sharing, working and advising clients as to how best to leverage new mobility applications in pursuit of strategic goals. Over the past three years, Jeremy has spearheaded a process to develop 21st century tools to streamline transportation network assessments and planning, working in tandem with a global GPS firm to develop in-vehicle methods of operationalizing big data offerings to assess roadway delays, speeds, and traffic volumes. Additionally, Jeremy is co-leading Urban System’s nascent Automated Vehicle practice. Jeremy has a background in transit planning with experience in long range transit planning, service planning, and transit priority treatments. He has worked with clients across Western Canada.

For further detailed information read the conference program here.

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