3rd Canada-China International Symposium on Winter Road Maintenance Successfully Held in Waterloo, Ontario
Following the success of the two previous events – first in Edmonton, Alberta (2012) and then in Harbin, China (2014) – the 3rd Canada-China International Symposium on Winter Road Maintenance (ISWRM) was held in Waterloo, Ontario, June 3-4, 2016. Hosted by the University of Waterloo, the Symposium was jointly sponsored by the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE) and the China Highway and Transportation Society (CHTS). The Symposium was applauded as a great success by the participants for the richness in its technical program and organization – thanks to the participation of a delegation of 13 members from China, and over 20 attendees from local organizations including the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), University of Waterloo, University of Alberta, and private companies such as Esri, Amec Foster Wheeler, Harbin Zhongcheng Science and Technology Development Co. Ltd. and the Viking-Cives Group.
In the opening ceremony, the Chairs of the Symposium- Dr. Liping Fu (UW) and Mr. Max Perchanok (MTO), Acting Dean of Engineering of the University of Waterloo – Dr. Rick Culham, and the Secretary General of the China Highway and Transportation Society – Mr. Wenjie Liu delivered welcome speeches (see Fig 1).
The discussions and presentations focused on the latest technologies, methods and operational strategies used to manage the similar winter weather conditions that both countries experience and included presentations from both academia and industry
From the left, at the bottom row: Mr. Xiaocheng Zhang (Chairman, Harbin Zhongcheng Science and Technology Development Co. Ltd.), Ms. Heather McClintok, Head, Maintenance Contracts, Contract Management and Operations Branch, MTO), Mr. Max Perchanok (Research Coordinator, Highway Maintenance Office, MTO; 2016ISWRM Co-Chair), Mr. Wenjie Liu (Secretary-General of the CHTS, Head of the CHTS Delegation), Mr. Liping Fu (Director, iTSS Lab, University of Waterloo; 2016ISWRM Co-Chair), Mr. Rick Culham (Acting Dean of Engineering, University of Waterloo), Ms. Zhang Rannin (Highway and Transportation Society of Shaanxi Province), Ms. Nina Guan (Deputy Director, CHTS)
From the left, at the second row: Mr. Wenjiang Liu (Deputy Director, Shangdong Jiatong University), Mr.Qulei (Research Institute of Highway Science and Technology, Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.) Mr.Zhang Chongman (Shanxi Kaida Road and Bridge Engineering Construction Co. Ltd), Mr. Jianfeng Xi (Associate Professor, School of Transportation, Jilin University), Ms. Ranning Zhang (Deputy Secretary-General, Highway and Transportation Society of Shanxi Province), Mr.Zhu Baolin(Research Institute of the Highway Ministry of Transport), Mr.Tian Xiaoping (Research Institute of Highway Science and Technology, Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps), Mr.Ma Wanchun (Harbin Zhongcheng Science and Technology Development Co. Ltd ), Mr. Chaozhe Jiang (University of Waterloo), Mr. Wen Chao (University of Waterloo)
From the left, in the back rows: Jim Nicoll (MTO), Mr. Li Lin (Research Institute of the Highway Ministry of Transport), Paul Milne (Viking-Cives Group), Paula Grcevic (MTO), Matthew Muresan (University of Waterloo), Andy (University of Waterloo), Mr.Zhao (President, Xian Traffic Consultant Co.Ltd.), Sajad Shiravi (University of Waterloo), Christopher Balsa (MTO), Taimur Usman (University of Waterloo), Ted Reeler (Amec Foster Wheeler), Andrew Xu (MTO), Lalita Thakali (University of Waterloo)
With an expanded scope, this year’s symposium covered many topics related to winter maintenance. The Symposium provided more than 15 presentations over three technical sessions and covered a wide range of topics including presentations on operational aspects of winter road maintenance, such as an overview of maintenance contracting in Ontario and an overview of Ontario’s current maintenance methods and application rates, to presentations on state of the art technologies, such as the Snow Lion series of ice and snow removers manufactured by Harbin Zhongcheng Science and Technology Development Co, and an overview of a recent deployment of Fixed Automated Spray Technology (FAST) in China. Attendees were also able to attend sessions on how to effectively use technology to monitor weather and maintenance equipment, including presentations on optimizing the placement of Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS) and a demonstration of using AVL data to monitor maintenance equipment in real time. Finally, this year’s symposium also included a discussion on the future of winter maintenance, including discussions on the potential uses of Big Data and Connected Vehicles (see Fig 3).
Fig 3: A Glance at the Technical Presentations
The Symposium also provided several technical and leisure tours with many memorable and fun-filled moments! Special events included a University of Waterloo campus guided tour (Fig 4), tour of Canada’s largest year-round farmers’ market, maple sugar bush and Mennonite farm tour (Fig 5), and a site visit to the Region of Waterloo’s winter maintenance facility (Fig 6).
Fig 4: University of Waterloo Campus Guided Tour