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ITS (UK) names 2017 award winners

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This year’s ITS (UK) award winners were honoured at a celebration dinner hosted by society President Steven Norris in Birmingham last week.

Four awards were presented during the evening to recognise excellence and best practice in the excellence in the field of intelligent transport systems.

Clearview Intelligence won both the UK Scheme of the Year and the Forward Thinking Award for Innovation for the Sheriffhall Roundabout: Mitigating Lane Transgression with the Intelligent Road Stud scheme. Partners on the project were Transport Scotland, Amey, BEAR (Scotland), and Edinburgh Napier University.

The solution involved introducing an LED intelligent road stud to the key six arm roundabout on the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass, which handles upwards of 2000 vehicles a day. It is the only at grade junction on the City Bypass and high traffic volumes mean it is often heavily congested.

The judges agreed that the intelligent road stud solution represents a significant innovation in the management of lane discipline on roundabouts, and can be readily replicated on similar junctions to improve safety.

There were two winners of the Young Professional of the Year award.

Robert Burns, a consultant at Mouchel, was praised for his work on the operational safety workstream of the high profile M1 J28 to J35A smart motorway project and the delivery of a comprehensive and innovative approach to the monitoring of smart motorway schemes.

The other winner Siddartha Khastgir is one of the UK’s youngest chartered engineers at the age of 26. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Warwick where he is developing new methods of testing autonomous vehicles to ensure their dependability and make them commercially viable.

The last honour of the night went to ITS (UK)’s own Secretary General Jennie Martin who received the Neville Rees and Peter Hills award for outstanding personal contribution by a UK ITS professional.

The award was in recognition of Jennie’s near 20 year career at the society, including more than 12 in her present role. In this time the judges agreed that ITS (UK) has gone from strength to strength.

Jennie’s personal contribution to this success is down to her strong organisational abilities, her open, warm and outgoing personality, and her dedicated and professional commitment to the organisation. She also chaired the European Network of ITS Nationals (27 organisations) with distinction and continues to participate as a member of the Coordination Committee.

Jennie is the first woman to win the award and she accepted it on behalf of all the women in ITS. Jennie described her honour as “humbling” and added that she also accepts it for the whole of ITS (UK). “All the members are so supportive and it wouldn’t have happened without them,” she said.