Dr. Ahsan Habib was invited to present DalTRAC’s work on evacuation planning to the Atlantic zone volunteer members of the Canadian Red Cross at 6pm on October 17. Each month, as part of preparedness activities and education, Red Cross volunteers meet to debrief on local responses, receive updates from the organization, learn new skills, complete team building exercises, and much more. Dr. Habib explained the evacuation simulation study to the volunteers and emphasized the key lessons learned including the need to reduce evacuation time and importance of preparing for vulnerable evacuees. DalTRAC’s work for the Halifax peninsula is of great interest to the Red Cross volunteers as they provide basic and immediate needs such as feeding, lodging, personal services, etc. during responses to disasters or evacuations. DalTRAC’s work relating to evacuating has received significant media attention in the last year.
DalTRAC would like to acknowledge and congratulate MD Jahedul Alam for receiving the Izaak Walton Killam Predoctoral Scholarship award at the Dalhousie University Annual Killam Celebration on Wednesday October 11, 2017. MD Jahedul Alam, Civil Engineering PhD student and DalTRAC researcher, accepted the Killam scholarship which is awarded to provide resources to students to fulfill their research goals. Additionally, Jahed was also awarded the Dalhousie Presidents award 2017-18.
The DalTRAC team presented current research at the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) conference last week. The conference was held in St. John’s, Newfoundland from September 24-27 with theme of Investing in Transportation: Building Canadas Economy. The three presentations include: Tracking Progress in Transportation Sustainability: NovaTRAC Survey by Dr. Ahsan Habib on Monday, Nova Scotia Share the Road Campaign: Lessons Learned by Dr. Ahsan Habib on Tuesday, and Proto-type Implementation of a Life-oriented Agent-based Integrated Transport Land Use and Energy Model by Mahmudur Fatmi on Wednesday.
On Thursday September 21, 2017, Daniel Richardson gave a public talk at Dalhousie University entitled “Ottawa’s BRT to LRT Conversion from an Operations Planning Perspective”. Daniel is the Team Lead of Service Reliability for O.C. Transpo in Ottawa. A native of the Greater Toronto Area, Daniel has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Ottawa, majoring in English Literature and Geography, as well as a Masters of Planning Degree from Dalhousie University. Prior to working for the City of Ottawa, Daniel worked as a Research Assistant for Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC). Daniel’s professional experience includes project management for various transit priority projects, transit oriented infrastructure projects, and other bus stop and station improvements. Specifically, over the past 3 years, Daniel’s work has focused primarily on the coordination of transit detours and construction impacts throughout the closure of the Transitway for the construction of the O-Train Confederation Line.
On Monday September 11, Dalhousie University hosted an announcement of funding for the Halifax projects under the Department of Energy’s Connect 2 sustainable transportation grant program. The Honourable Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, on behalf of the Minister of Energy, announced a grant of $30,000 to DalTRAC. DalTRAC’s project will aim to increase awareness of shared mobility services and integration of future transportation options. The Minister also announced funding for Dalhousie Green Corridor project, as well as projects by the Ecology Action Centre and CarShare Atlantic.
DalTRAC would like to acknowledge and congratulate Shaila Jamal and Stephen McCarthy for receiving awards at the Dalhousie University School of Planning Convocation Tea on Monday May 29, 2017. Shaila Jamal, Master of Planning Studies graduate (’16) and DalTRAC researcher, accepted the award for School of Planning MPS Sexton Honor Roll and School of Planning Prize for Outstanding Graduate Research. Additionally, Stephen McCarthy, Master of Planning student and DalTRAC research assistant, was awarded a Rosetti Scholarship to enable his participation in the North American meetings of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) in Vancouver, November 2017.
Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC) will participate in the 2017 Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (CITE) Atlantic Provinces Section Spring Meeting on Thursday May 25 in Halifax. Dr. Habib, DalTRAC director, will present a project entitled “Evacuation of Halifax Peninsula: A Dynamic Microsimulation Modelling of Halifax Peninsula” and Mahmudur Fatmi, Ph.D. student, will present his research work entitled “Results of the Agent-based Integrated Urban Systems model for Halifax”. Other members of the DalTRAC team will host a poster session highlighting some of the projects being conducted over the last year. These projects range from traffic microsimulation, vehicle transaction decision modeling, and smartphone use and travel.
Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC) research will be presented in Portugal for the 8th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies. On May 17th, Dr. Habib will present a paper entitled Vulnerability in Transport Network during Critical Infrastructure Renewal: Lessons Learned from a Dynamic Traffic Microsimulation Model by MD Jahedul Alam PhD Student, Department of Civil and Resource Engineering; Dr. Muhammad Ahsanul Habib, Associate Professor School of Planning, and Department of Civil and Resource Engineering (cross); and Dr. Kevin Quigley, Associate Professor Scholarly Director, MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance, Dalhousie University. On May 19th, Dr. Habib will present a paper entitled Baseline Synthesis and Microsimulation of Life-stage Transitions within an Agent-based Integrated Urban Model by Mahmudur Rahman Fatmi, PhD candidate, Department of Civil and Resource Engineering; and Dr. Muhammad Ahsanul Habib, Associate Professor School of Planning, and Department of Civil and Resource Engineering (cross), Dalhousie University. Dr. Ahsan Habib will present both papers on behalf of DalTRAC and Dalhousie University researchers.
DalTRAC students will be participating in the Community Transportation Nova Scotia (CTNS) Conference and AGM on Tuesday, May 16 in Truro. The theme of this years conference is Transforming Community Transportation: Mobility for All! DalTRAC students will have posters displayed throughout the entire conference related to topics such as transportation sustainability, accessibility, smartphone use and travel, risk assessment and emission modelling.
For more information about the CTNS Conference please visit http://communitytransitns.ca/events/
Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC) has partnered with Dalhousie University to conduct data collection for the University Avenue Protected Bicycle Lane Pilot Project. These counters will help increase the availability and transparency of data for bicycle use in Halifax. A permanent counter is located on the North side of University Avenue outside the Dalhousie Arts Centre. This counter has a permanent real-time display. The second counter is installed on the South side of the boulevard, outside the Kenneth Rowe Management building. Online bicycle counts will be available through DalTRAC’s StreetSenseNetwork website at http://www.eco-public.com/ParcPublic/?id=4638.
If you are a cyclist travelling on University Avenue, make sure you are counted. For more information about the StreetSenseNetwork please contact firstname.lastname@example.org