ITECPP was invited to join UCLA’s ITE Student Chapter on a joint tech tour at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on October 25th. The students were taken on a bus and driven around the surface level of the airport. The tour consisted of information on how airport operations are run and information about the different planes coming in and out of the airport.
The airport has 4 runways total; the southern side contains the longest ones at 12,000 feet and 11,000 feet. The other two runways located at the northern section of the airport are 10,000 feet and 9000 feet.
The students were taken on the southern side of the airport where the cargo airlines are located along with the catering companies. During the tour, students were able to witness many planes landing and taking off at a close up view while stationed at the end of the runway. There are around 1700-1800 operations happening per day at the airport with a peak of 2200 operations. During the peak hours there is an amazing view of the variety of planes queuing up in line ready to take off on all runways.
Tom Bradley International terminal recently completed their phase 1 and opened to travelers, with the project costing 2.9 billion dollars the terminal will be opening in a series of phases. It will consist of new terminals that are able to handle new bigger aircrafts like the Airbus A380, which is the largest passenger aircraft in the world. The students were taken along the runway and were able to see the Tom Bradley International Terminal from the outside where the Airbus A380’s were parked.
By going to this tech tour students were able to learn about the different operations happening within the airport and the different improvements that are implemented to accommodate different types of aircrafts. Airplanes are one of the different modes of transportation, and this was a great opportunity for students to relate to.
This year’s ITE Technical Conference was held on March 3-6 in San Diego. On March 3, I was able to attend the council meetings. ITE has special interest councils for members who want be involved in research and dealing with specific issues. There are two different types of councils, Employer-Type councils and Technical councils. At the conference, there was a coordinating council, which is made up of the chairs of each technical and employer type council. The main goal of this council is to serve as a link for all the councils so everyone can collaborate together on specific topics. Continue reading →
Neil Nilchian, PE is the former Riverside County Transportation Department’s Transportation Engineering Project Manager and Emergency Manager. (Please see his full biography on the Meeting’s Guest Speaker-page found here)
“After & Before” rather than “Before & After”!
For so many years, we have always seen, heard, used and/or follow the term “Before & After” to convey a message in persuading an audience about advantageous of a certain method or procedure for comparison purposes . However, in my Power Point Presentation of a very exceptional project (Development of the First Largest Group of 10-Existing Road Improvements in 20-2011) on October 25, 2012, I thought to do something different, in order to leave a long lasting memory of the presentation for the audience. Therefore, I began from the last slide-shot # 39 toward the beginning which happens to become “After & Before” photos and messages rather than the normal “Before & After”. Subsequently, this method of “After & Before” worked out very well, since audience did not leave the room during my presentation and also some of the students posed a number of very good questions to me after the event. Accordingly, I would like to encourage students to consider using an out of “Norm” approach in their projects and have an audacity to be a pioneer, as much as possible.
Alyssa Reynolds is the President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Western District, which includes the 13 western states and US Pacific territories. She is a Project Engineer with the City of Henderson, Nevada. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and Professional Traffic Operations Engineer.
I was recently asked to look at the traffic circulation and parking situation at a local school, Greenspun Middle School. The impetus of the parent concerns was the removal of a volunteer crossing guard from the crosswalk in front of the school. In Henderson, the City’s police department hires, trains, and assigns crossing guards to Elementary Schools. They are not provided at middle and high schools. I’ve heard various reasons for this ranging from: kids of this age should know how to cross the street safely to the kids refuse to obey the crossing guard. There is also an additional expense to adding guards at the upper level schools. The school removed the volunteer guard due to liability concerns.
Walter Okitsu is Vice President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Western District, which includes the 13 western states and US Pacific territories. He is a principal at KOA Corporation, headquartered in Monterey Park. He is licensed in traffic engineering and civil engineering in California, and is a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer and Professional Transportation Planner.
SO, WHERE ARE THE JOBS?
By Walter Okitsu, PE
ITE Western District and its sections have done a good job getting students interested and involved with transportation engineering. Now that we’ve grabbed your attention, you may be wondering, where are the jobs? If you’re graduating soon, or already have, you’re aware these are tough times for hiring. It’s the toughest I’ve seen since the early 1980’s.