Hrycay Consulting Engineers staff attended the 2014 Ontario Good Roads (OGRA) and Ontario Road Salt Management Group’s (ORSMG) Snow School Training for Operators, Supervisors, Patrollers and Mechanics. The OGRA-ORSMG Snow School is an award-winning (2007 TAC Educational Achievement Award) workshop that provides a comprehensive overview of the latest winter maintenance practices, equipment and materials. Topics covered in the workshop include Environment Canada’s Code of Practice, interpretation of weather data and Road Weather Information Systems, Minimum Maintenance Standards, levels of service, salt management, plowing techniques, blowing snow management and winter operations plans. The workshop concludes with case study evaluations and a written exam.
HCEI has updated its toolbox with a new Leica P20 3D scanning station. This equipment will assist us in our documentation of evidence processes as well as assessing and creating as-built models for our civil design projects. Another example of HCEI’s continued commitment to providing our customers with the best quality and service available in the industry.
HCEI was a silver sponsor and participated in the vendor technology display at this year’s Arkansas Trucking Seminar. We had a great time catching up with many clients as well as meeting new potential clients. The workshops and sessions were very fascinating and informative. We are definitely looking forward to attending this seminar again next year.
This year the Canadian Independent Adjusters’ Association (CIAA) hosted their 30th Annual General Meeting & Conference in the heart of old Quebec City at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, and HRYCAY Consulting Engineers participated as an exhibitor. Engineers Kent McKee and Roger Bortolin enjoyed travelling to Quebec to see some familiar faces, as well as the opportunity to meet new people. Congratulations to John Smith who was the winner of our Kindle Fire 8 GB door prize.
Though the company’s main office is in Windsor, ON, Kent hails from HRYCAY’s Guelph, ON satellite office. Being so close to Toronto, that naturally this means frequent dealing with clients in and around the GTA. Roger is based out of the company’s Atlantic Canada office located in Dartmouth, NS, and primarily deals with cases along the east coast. Together, the offices mutually support each other and cover a wide geographic area to give our clients the support they need. Not all the locations are as nice to visit as old Quebec City, but we’ll go anyway!
HCEI engineers, in conjunction with the additional 3 other Volvo/Mack HVEDR data imaging service providers, met at Volvo’s North American headquarters in Greensboro, NC with Volvo representatives. At this meeting we were able to gain valuable insight into Volvo/Mack’s new products and share experiences between the service providers. It was a very valuable and educational meeting. As always feel free to contact us with any of your Volvo/Mack questions and requests.
HCEI engineers were presenters and attended the 24th Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference in Vancouver, BC. The presentation and peer reviewed published paper presented by HCEI was in regards to development of crash modification factors as they relate to cycling facilities. It was a great research topic for HCEI which was able to utilize our strengths in roadway and active transportation design with our accident reconstruction capabilities. Overall the conference was very beneficial to keep us enlightened on forthcoming research regarding all aspects of road safety. For more information on our paper, presentation and other research projects please contact our office.
On May 1, 2014 HRYCAY Consulting Engineers Inc. entered into an agreement with Volvo Group North America LLC as one of four engineering firms in North America and the only firm in Canada approved by Volvo/Mack as a service provider authorized and trained to image the VECU/EECU modules on Volvo/Mack heavy truck engines. This is another example of our commitment to being a leader in the field of accident investigation, analysis, and reconstruction.
HCEI presented at the RIMS 2014 International Conference on the topic of “Motor Transport: the Double-Edged Sword of Technology for Auto Liability Exposure” as part of a 5 person panel. Other panel members were Corporate Risk Managers from the trucking industry and Attorneys who represent the trucking industry.
Whether large or small, a truck fleet operator has to know the locations of its vehicles in order to best manage its business. On a day to day basis loads need to be delivered or picked up from customers, and other activities such as vehicle maintenance or repairs have to be routinely accommodated. Some fleets use aftermarket electronic systems for keeping track of vehicle locations, driver hours of service and for wirelessly text messaging drivers via cellular or satellite networks. Such aftermarket systems include GPS (Global Positioning System) technology, which in part uses a network of satellites in orbit. This makes it possible for the fleet manager to remotely view the location of a vehicle and view a map of its past route. These systems can obtain data directly from vehicle sensors or from the vehicle network, and therefore report other information such as fuel economy. The fleet manager can receive alerts when high-level brake applications occur, which could be an indication of tailgating or aggressive driving behavior.
The London Chapter of the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association (OIAA) hosted an annual trade show, and HRYCAY Consulting Engineers participated as an exhibitor. We enjoyed seeing some familiar faces and it was a great opportunity to network. Congratulations to Sonia Fabiani of Lerners LLP who was the winner of our door prize (dinner at Moxie’s and a bottle of Crown Royal).