Posts Tagged ‘ British Columbia ’

What it’s Like to Work in Transportation Engineering Part 2

What it’s Like to Work in Transportation Engineering Part 2

  In Part 1 of our interview series, we introduced you to a traffic and safety engineer, an electrical engineer, and a highway design engineer. It’s time to round out our engineering team by getting to know what it’s like to work up high, down low, and where the wild things are. That’s right, today we talk to those who work with bridges, earth materials and wildlife. So, without further ado…   Zach Staples, Structural Engineer Explain what you do,...

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What it’s Like to Work in Transportation Engineering Part 1

What it’s Like to Work in Transportation Engineering Part 1

Engineering reveals itself in all sorts of ways on highways. To help you understand the wide range of engineering expertise involved in building and improving transportation in British Columbia, we created a blog post summarizing the 4 Types of Transportation Engineers. But now we want to go a step further by introducing you to some of the people who make up our engineering team. So, we asked an engineer from each discipline a few questions about what their work...

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Watch What Happens When Moose Meet Wildlife Underpass

We set up cameras at wildlife overpasses and underpasses to monitor how mammals and amphibians use them to safely cross highways. If we can watch their behaviour, we can see what’s working and what can be improved upon. So we get excited when we capture evidence of wildlife not only understanding how to navigate the safe passageways, but also teaching their young how to use them. After all, the ministry’s wildlife underpasses and overpasses are alien environments for most...

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Behind the Scenes: BC Wildlife, Trucks Saved from Collision

Now that the two Wildlife Detection Systems on Highway 3 have been operating for about three months, we thought you’d be interested is seeing some of the thermal camera footage we’ve captured showing the system safely guiding interactions between vehicles and animals. How do these thermal cameras work? They create images based on heat radiating from animals and objects such as vehicles. There are nine thermal cameras set up in each wildlife detection corridor, and they work in conjunction...

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What is the RTMC and what makes it Cutting Edge?

What is the RTMC and what makes it Cutting Edge?

What is the Regional Transportation Management Centre (RTMC)? Well, for starters, think of it as the nerve centre for road/weather conditions and traffic information across BC. Based in Coquitlam, the RTMC is the hub for collecting transportation information and communicating it to the public, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your Eyes on the Road The RTMC is equipped with more than 200 live-streaming video feeds, and 600 cameras strategically located on highways across the province (you...

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The Dark Side of Off-Road Vehicle Lights

The Dark Side of Off-Road Vehicle Lights

Drivers who operate vehicles off road – working in the bush or enjoying wilderness recreation – now have access to a dazzling selection of specialized off-road vehicle lights and light bars, to brighten their way. But while these popular ultra-bright lights can be useful and fun, there’s a dark side. We frequently receive reports of motorists and commercial drivers, who are driving on highways with their off-roading lights turned on. Those drivers get a super illuminated view of what’s...

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New Way to Protect Wildlife on Highway 3

UPDATE March 7, 2017 When we pilot a new project like this, we do so with the intent to test, learn and with understanding that there may be some bumps along the way. Those “bumps” help us smooth out any challenges the project might have before it becomes a permanent or large scale installation. We’ve recently had one of those bumps in our Wildlife Detection System pilot project near Elko. Radars along this particular corridor depend on their antenna...

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Road Trip Time Machine: BC Highway 97 – U.S. Border to Vernon, circa 1966

BC Highway road trip

As some of you already know, we’ve been digging deep into storage and digitizing 16mm photolog footage from 1966 to give you our BC Road Trip Time Machine video series. (“Photologs” were created to capture road condition information across the province and give our engineers the ability to study a particular stretch of road without having to travel into the field.) So far, we have travelled over the Malahat and along Highway 1 and the original Port Mann Bridge...

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Learn How to Make Your RV Safe and Legal with CVSE

Everyone’s recreational vehicle setup is different. From licencing to load and towing capacities, drivers can be left scratching their heads about their personal specifications… and how to travel safely (and legally) on BC highways. Our Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement (CVSE) branch wants to clear up any questions you may have about your RV to help gear you up for the adventures ahead this spring and summer. So, our trusty CVSE officers are shutting down the Kamloops Westbound Scale to...

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A Cheat Sheet for BC Provincial Rest Areas

BC Rest Area Map

One of the best ways to see BC is by hitting the road. (Who doesn’t love yelling “Road Trip!”?) I remember moving from Smithers to Merritt, packing up all my belongings and hitting the Highway 16, turning right down Highway 97 until I drove into the Thompson-Nicola area. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous in mid-August, with some great stops along the way, but the breaks that really made the trip worthwhile were the rest areas. Whether you’re travelling for...

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