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Friday, 19th April 2013 - 13:00

ITS United Kingdom makes Awards for excellence in Intelligent Transport Systems


 ITS (UK), the Intelligent Transport Society for the United Kingdom, has made four Awards for excellence in ITS:

  • The Rees Hills annual award for personal contribution has been given to Dr Alan Stevens of TRL.
  • The Scheme of the Year award went to Transport for London’s Games Playbook.  This Award was collected by Glynn Barton of TfL.
  • The Forward Thinking award for innovation was made to the Games’ Spectator Journey Planner.  This Award was collected by Graeme Scott of IBI Group.
  • The Young Professional of the Year award went to Denis Naberezhnykh of TRL.

The awards are open to any organisation or individual with a UK business office.

The nominations were judged by an eminent panel of ITS professionals chaired by ITS (UK) President and former Transport Minister, Steven Norris.  The Panel Members were:-

  • Professor John Nelson, University of Aberdeen
  • Elaine Rodgers, Mott MacDonald
  • Adrian Tatum, TEC Magazine
  • Steve Kearns, Transport for London
  • Will Tyler, Transport Scotland
  • Janet Cooke, London TravelWatch
  • Neal Skelton, ITS United Kingdom

The Awards were presented by Steven Norris at the ITS United Kingdom Traffex Dinner at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham on 17 April 2013.

Photo  shows (from left) ITS (UK) Chairman Jeremy Evans, Young Professional of the Year Award winner Denis Naberezhnykh of TRL, Rees Hills Award Winner Dr Alan Stevens of TRL, and ITS (UK) President Steven Norris.  Photos of all the Award winners are available on request.  Photos - Marcus Van Lyden

More details about the award winners:

UK Scheme of the Year

Winner – the Games Playbook

The Games Playbook provided TfL with one single platform for operational planning during the 2012 Games. The platform was utilised across TfL by more than 500 Surface Transport staff combining for the first ever time multiple live system links, extensive Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping and comprehensive database information into one platform, making a giant leap in utilising transport operational planning information.

Playbook was used extensively over the Games period, when the capital hosted around 17 800 athletes and officials, 22 000 members of the world media and 5 000 games family vehicles, to assist in traffic operational decision-making and ensure the effective operation of the 109 mile Olympic Route Network (ORN) and the flexible management of 30 miles of dedicated Games Lanes. The Playbook contained 135 495 separate pieces of information that otherwise would have been located in an array of individual datasets, systems and mapping so limiting their use.

This new operational planning platform allowed the development of multiple firsts, including a comprehensive traffic modelling library covering half of Central London’s road network. This allowed the referencing and storing of all modelling types spatially and temporally, and single GIS layer to display Games Time site layout information (i.e. banned turns, road closures, new facilities, barriers, staff location etc), instead of having 200+ individual site drawings.

It also gave TfL staff an ability to use live CCTV images in conjunction with other spatial information such as live roadwork’s, games routes and layout changes, also allowing for interactive contingency routing in a GIS layer to allow all TfL staff to be aware of diversion routes.

Playbook was an important contributor in achieving the target of 95.7% of Games Family journeys being completed reliably during the Olympics (against a target of 95%) and no athlete or official was late for their event because of transport issues.

The Playbook was the key tool that made the smooth operation of the Games possible, it is currently being developed into the Surface Playbook an operational planning tool taking the operational benefits of combining considerable information into one platform to inform operational as well as business planning decision making.

Forward Thinking Award

Winner – the Olympics Spectator Journey Planner

The Spectator Journey Planner was delivered by Transport Direct, ATOS Origin and IBI Group (the main parties) as part of a contract to the Olympic Delivery Authority for the London 2012 Olympics.

The Spectator Journey Planner was the official multimodal planner of the London 2012 Games and was integrated into the information architecture of the web site to allow ticket holders to plan by public transport, bike and road and included the first national accessible journey planner and was available on mobile and as part of the London 2012 App. The delivery of the Journey Planner was a huge success and contributed to the successful delivery of transport for the Games.

The Spectator Journey Planner in numbers:

  • 2,659,823 unique visitors (circa 75% of all ticket holders);
  • Significant numbers of journeys planned by car, by cycle and river transport; and,
  • Received virtually no customer complaints during the Games.

Evidence indicated that spectators listened to TDM advice and modified their behaviour. An average of 35% of Londoners changed their travel every day during the weekdays of the Olympics.

Predicted levels of crowding were averted even though the transport system carried record numbers of passengers, with nearly 50 million people carried between 27th July and 10 August.

Numerous compliments were received in the press about the non-emergence of transport problems indicating that both the risk to journeys and the reputational risk to London were mitigated. Compliments were also received from passengers about the range and value of the travel advice they received. Nearly 75% of respondents to survey research indicated that messages delivered by the TDM programme had been relevant to them.

Young professional of the year

Winner – Denis Naberezhnykh of TRL

Since joining in 2008 Denis has become TRL’s lead in electric vehicle technology and Team Leader for the Future ITS part of the business.  Three years ago, TRL had no work in the Electric Vehicle (EV) field and Denis has been instrumental in developing our expertise and business in that area.

Within Electric Vehicles, Denis specialises in adoption scenarios and charging infrastructure. He has developed project proposals for battery recycling and reuse, formed consortiums and won TSB funding. Two projects were successfully delivered in 2012 with Denis acting as project manager and lead researcher; the projects culminating in events attended by cross-industry stakeholders and being considered as a major success by the attendees. This feeling was mirrored by the TSB who gave Denis the best possible marks for performance on both of these projects.

As well as EV, Denis has delivered other ITS projects, acting as either lead researcher or project manager.   Topics have included road pricing (for the DfT and EC), cooperative ITS, and technology for vehicle access to secure compounds.

Denis is keen to publicise his work and has published several papers, including contributions to three ITS (UK) publications and with recent work being presented at the European ITS Congress in Lyon.

Neville Rees & Peter Hills Award for outstanding contribution

Winner:  Dr Alan Stevens of TRL

Previous winners: Prof. Eric Sampson, Dr John Miles, Richard Harris, Prof. Mike McDonald, Ian Catling, Prof. Phil Blythe.  Alan was nominated by all the previous Rees Hills Award holders.

Alan is Chief Research Scientist and Research Director (Transportation) at TRL where he has been working on the application of new technology to transport for over 25 years. He is currently Technical Director at ITS (UK) and as a Fellow of the IET serves on two key committees – the Transport Policy Panel and the Transport Sector Team.

Alan is a respected and influential thought leader in ITS. He helped establish the UK’s reputation and position as leaders in HMI associated with ITS and is personally regarded as a global leader in this area. He evaluated Autoguide, Trafficmaster and various other in-vehicle devices for the DfT.  He has remained a prominent international figure in ITS ever since, and has been involved in innovative European projects. 

Alan wrote the draft “UK Code of Practice for In Vehicle Information Systems”, which subsequently formed the “ECMT European Code of Practice”. He was Co-Chair of the EC E-Safety Working Group on HMI which developed the “European Statements of Principles” (ESoP) for information and communication systems. He worked on developing specific techniques for evaluating distraction and dual task efficiency such as tachistoscopic presentation and the occlusion technique using goggles. Much of this work was distilled as good practice guidelines and codes of practice.

More recently, Alan has worked on the design of driver assistance systems and their evaluation and implementation,  human factors guidelines and driver adaptation to platoon driving. He is currently working as a European expert in an EU/US group on distraction and inattention. This offers the prospect of combining the ESoP with more recent developments from FHWA within their distraction guidelines.

Alan has helped shape ITS (UK) since its beginnings and remains a keen supporter.

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