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McElhanney’s Traffic App receives CEA Award of Merit

Feb 18, 2015

The Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) honoured McElhanney with the Award of Merit for its innovative Traffic Count App at the recent 2015 Showcase Awards.

Now in its 19th year, the annual awards program recognizes excellence in the Alberta engineering sector. This year, the CEA received 58 submissions from 21 member firms and selected the most distinctive projects to honour after conducting an extensive evaluation of the submissions.

Engineers and designers rely on traffic count data for the planning, design, and operation of major roadways. McElhanney recognized the need for an electronic traffic counting system for intersections and interchanges, and began its investigation into developing an app in 2005. The team worked hard, trying and discarding several possibilities through the ensuing years. Their vision finally became reality in April 2014 when they finished developing an app that uses tablet-based touch technology. Created by McElhanney and its contractors, Jibinfo System Inc. Canada (programming) and Ben J. Cote (graphics design), the patent-pending app has transformed the collection of traffic data at intersections and interchanges by bringing traffic counting into the digital age, and enabling reliable, real-time, paperless traffic counts. The app on the portable tablet allows traffic counters to collect data based on vehicle classifications established by Alberta Transportation. Since its launch less than one year ago, the app has been used at over 500 locations for a variety of clients and has proven itself to be reliable, efficient, and user-friendly.

McElhanney’s award was accepted by Troy Peacock, Traffic Technician, Raju Daniel, Division Manager, and Don Cornthwaite, Transportation Manager. Mr. Peacock and Mr. Daniel were responsible for design as well as all data and technical aspects, while Mr. Cornthwaite managed the project throughout development, testing, and patenting.

This year’s event was held at the Edmonton Expo Centre in Northlands on February 5th, 2015 and its theme was Serving Albertans.

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