Cobra Electric (South Coast) Ltd. of Surrey and PBX Engineering took the top award for Specialized Engineering Services at the 9th annual Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Awards, for exceptional collaborative work on the George Massey Tunnel and Alex Fraser Bridge Advanced Traveller Information System. The government invested $2.7 million for five new intelligent, overhead message signs to estimate travel times for motorists travelling to or from the Oak Street Bridge and King George Boulevard via the George Massey Tunnel and Alex Fraser Bridge.
The project team took a technology leap by using Bluetooth tracking technology for the first time in B.C. The system detects motorists who are using Bluetooth technology such as hands-free headsets and in-dash stereos. Sensors detect vehicle locations and determine how long it takes to travel through the corridors. These times are displayed on the overhead message signs so drivers can choose the best route and save time on their commute.
PBX Engineering undertook the electrical design, testing, construction supervision and commissioning of the new system. The project team was ambitious, creative and extremely efficient in the project delivery – ensuring that the project was designed and built within five months. In the end, the project was delivered on time and under budget.
The Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Awards recognize technical excellence in consulting engineer services that improve transportation infrastructure in B.C.
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Mary Polak: “This award highlights the advanced technology that can result when two great teams work together on a highway project. The new intelligent, overhead message signs save motorists precious time during their commute, helping them choose the fastest route. Congratulations to all of the finalists for their work to further boost B.C.’s thriving transportation networks.”