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January 2022

Episode 56: Winter operations is more than salt and snowplows

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Maintenance operations during extreme events is far more complex than salt and snowplows.  Historically we thought of the motorist as a consumer of maintenance’s efforts but in reality they are an active participant who’s actions have implications on the operations of the network.  In this episode Wilf Nixon, President of the Professional Snowfighters Association, joins the discussion of how we operate the network with the many major events that have happened so far in the winter of 2021-22 as a backdrop.

Things like Traffic Incident Management (TIM), traveler information, preemptively holding traffic, and disaster exercises are all part of the discussion.

Additional listening:
Episode 19: When the snow hits the fan – Emergency operations methodology
Episode 20: TSMO365 Weather or not
Episode 22: EDC5  – Weather responsive management strategies


Episode 55: Calgary 2022 What’s in it for me – The technical program

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The 16th PIARC World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress is just around the corner.  Being able to exchange knowledge and learn from winter service and road resilience professionals from around the world is a valuable takeaway from participating in this event.  The technical program offers papers from a diverse body of authors from around the world ranging from practitioners showcasing their approach to the challenges they face to academics sharing their current research into issues facing winter service and road resilience. Papers have also been considered for international prizes in several categories.  Learn about the technical program, the international prize categories, and what you can take away from attending this congress by listening in as we talk to members of the Calgary 2022 Organizing Committee about the technical program.

Find out more about the 16th PIARC World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress and the technical program through their website at this link: