March 7th, 2017

posted Mar 6, 2017, 2:55 PM by Mr Becker   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 7:02 PM ]

I hope you enjoyed the airplane exercise. We will discuss the results in class and discuss improvements and enhancements that you could have applied to make your plane. Remember the terms we discussed ( Lift ,Roll ,Pitch,Thrust. ect....), there will be a quiz coming next week. 

For now, we are on to our next subject...

So let's take a more general look at transit, and in particular, how it can effect our Gwinnett County.

Within the next few years, the population of Gwinnett County will exceed 1,000,000 people. That’s a good news/bad news proposition.
On the one hand, people are moving to Gwinnett County because of the opportunity, vibrance and opportunity it presents.

On the other, increasing population translates to more traffic and road congestion.

Compared to other counties,  where infrastructure pre-existed or kept pace with population increases, Gwinnett County is at a bit of a disadvantage in dealing with traffic problems; its transition from a rural to suburban/urban area has been very rapid. Growth has outstripped the capacity of roads and highways and adding new roads or widening existing ones has become increasingly expensive, often to the point of being almost impossible.

The flip side of traffic problems is appreciating home values and wider entertainment, shopping and dining options. Higher population densities also tend to bring with them more educational and employment opportunities. In addition to a host of businesses that are now headquartered here, the county is also home to Georgia Gwinnett College.

Neither the college nor the business activity would have occurred a few years ago, when the county was largely a combination of rural and bedroom communities. People moved here for a variety of reasons, primary among them reasonably priced houses and a decent commute to work outside the county. It wasn’t until the population increased that local business activity began to rise. And each fueled the other—population increased business activity and business activity increased population. As a result, many of the once easy commutes have become longer and more frustrating.

Which brings us to your assignment:

How can we alleviate the headaches of today’s traffic and prepare for our future residents?

A regional transit transit system may be the answer.

Many factors need to be taken into account when designing a regional transit system. A new transit system design must take into account future population growth, the need for more environmentally friendly transportation options, the need to reduce reliance on imported fuels, and the cost of inefficient systems that result in traffic congestion leading to lost worker production

Your assignment is: you are engineer that works on transit solutions.

Your regional transit board has hired your company to design a map showing possible solutions for existing transportation problems. You have been chosen as a consultant because of your knowledge of mass transit systems (rail, bus) , alternative modes of transportation such as bicycle and walking, future systems like autonomous vehicles, and your expertise in geospatial technologies for forecasting and planning.

Your design must include new and or improved roadway routes, through fares, and high occupancy vehicle lanes. It also should have multiple options for mass transit as well as bicycle and pedestrian options.

The design choices should be based upon geospatial data or geographic information. Iit is the data or information that identifies the geographic location of features and boundaries on Earth, such as natural or constructed features, oceans, and more.

Spatial data is usually stored as coordinates and topology, and is data that can be mapped

Your company will present the transit design to the Regional Transit Board (the class). The presentation will include charts to display the data gathered from geospatial information systems, and maps that show the routes of the various transportation options

Feel free to use the links below to get you started!

Mr Becker,
Mar 6, 2017, 2:55 PM