PBX was engaged by the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to design a region-wide fibre optic network to interconnect key Ministry assets and external agencies with the new Regional Transportation Management Centre (RTMC). This pivotal project involved the development of 14 different work packages to build out key network links. High priority nodes, including all of the Ministry’s Local Operations Centres (LOC) were completed first to meet the demanding timeline of the RTMC. The full build out will include a 64 km fibre ring topology that interconnects Port Mann Highway 1, the South Fraser Perimeter Road, Hwy 99, the Cambie corridor, and the Port’s southshore roadway. Key star connections from the ring will connect critical transportation hubs, including Golden Ears Bridge, Lions Gate Bridge, Surrey’s new TMC, Richmond’s TMC, and YVR. Collapsed ring topologies will be established where path redundancy does not exist. Additionally, provisions have been made to connect major corridors and infrastructure, including Pattullo Bridge, Knight St, DeltaPort Way, and other locations.
At the start of the project, PBX undertook a preliminary design and cost-benefit analysis to evaluate candidate options. Our team then undertook the design for the various work packages. Significant coordination was required with the various partner agencies to prepare designs that properly accounted for everyone’s requirements. PBX worked closely with the City of Vancouver, the City of Surrey, the City of Richmond, Port Metro Vancouver, TransLink, and SkyTrain, as well as various groups within the Minisitry. This project deployed an extensive communications infrastructure designed specifically to support regional ITS objectives.
This project was the recipient of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Award for Specialized Engineering Services (2013/14).