PBX Engineering is incredibly honoured and proud to receive the 2017 ACEC Canada Award of Excellence for the Wildlife Detection System (WDS) project.
Our managing director, Ian Steele P.Eng., attended the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Gala in Ottawa last night to accept this prestigious award.
Wildlife Vehicle Collisions (WVCs) endanger wildlife, often result in serious personal and property damage. The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) identified two corridors along Highway 3 as having the highest densities of WVCs. MoTI sought to reduce WVCs to protect wildlife and improve personal safety by employing technology to detect the presence of wildlife and advise motorists to slow down. The solution PBX planned, designed, and commissioned utilizes ITS components integrated with high-performance detection and analysis technologies from the security field. When a large animal is detected on or near the corridor, the control system activates a series of warning signs that advise motorists of the presence of animals. The resulting Wildlife Detection System provides the area’s wildlife with greater protection and motorists within the corridor a safer commute than ever before. Since its implementation a 79% and 23% reductions in WVCs have been reported on the two corridors.
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of Canada holds an annual Award Gala where the Awards of Excellence and Special Awards are granted to engineering firms, as a formal recognition of excellence, from all over Canada in a number categories. This year 50 entries were received in 8 categories. Our Wildlife Detection System project earned the Award of Excellence in the Special Projects category, being chosen from 9 exceptional projects in that category alone. The judges were most impressed by the fact that “The system’s 97% accuracy and use of artificial intelligence is a move toward the future. It’s important to recognize how the system protects the environment as well as animal and human life.” – Jury
Additionally, the Canadian Consulting Engineer Magazine features each project in their October/November Special Issue.
PBX Engineering is looking forward to future possibilities to implement this successful and award winning system in other jurisdictions across Canada.