PBX Engineering is proud to announce that the Variable Speed Limit System (VSLS) wins its second award at the 2017 Annual ACEC-BC Awards for Engineering Excellence.
The VSLS was entered with IBI Group, our partner on the project, in the Soft Engineering category competing against some of Canada’s largest engineering firms. The Award was presented to PBX Engineering at the prestigious ACEC-BC Awards Gala on April 8th. The night was a very successful one for PBX having received two Awards of Merit! While it is an honour to be recognized amongst our peers and competitors, we also look forward to continuing our work that impacts positively and enhances the safety of the travelling public everywhere.
The VSLS informs drivers of safe speed limits along three corridors which are particularly affected by changing and adverse weather conditions. These include: the Sea-to-Sky Highway (30km), the Coquihalla Highway (40km), and the Trans-Canada Highway West of Revelstoke (30km). By analyzing inclement weather, road state, and traffic conditions, the VSLS updates electronic speed limit signs in real-time, distributed along these highways. Contracted by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI), PBX Engineering and IBI Group designed, and deployed, all aspects of the VSLS.
Innovative software design approaches were employed to incorporate redundancies, and robust strategies, in order to ensure this live system maintains a high level of operational effectiveness. The Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS), at the Ministry’s Regional Transportation Management Centre (RTMC), monitors and controls 53 VSLS sites along the corridors. As the VSLS is a regulatory system, custom software and design strategies verify that speed limits are displayed correctly.
The primary benefit of the VSLS is to the travelling public; helping to reduce traffic incidents by acting on road conditions. Ministry staff benefit from real-time and archival data. The VSLS, a first of its kind in BC, has been live since May 2016, operating 24/7 with promising results.
Our poster board, above, depicting and describing the Wildlife Detection System is now on a year-long Road Show around BC!