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March 2016 Newsletter

KMJ Consulting, Inc. Newsletter 

March 2016

KMJ Shares Experiences and Insights with Drexel Engineering Students

Drexel Group

Drexel Class of 1982 Alumni, Karen Jehanian and Darin Gatti (Chief Engineer and President of the Board of Surveyors for the Philadelphia Streets Department) along with several KMJ staff members brought their expertise and work experience to Drexel’s CIVE 585 class. It was a learning experience for both KMJ’s staff and Drexel’s students.

The guest lecture session was broken down into several categories, each relating to a different facet of Urban Transportation Engineering.

Darin began the class with an overview on Complete Streets and how the Philadelphia Streets Department is adapting to an ever-changing urban landscape. Marty Williams spoke on his experience with curb ramp design specifically the Historic Street Project in Philadelphia. Marty engaged the students in a real-world conversation on ADA Ramps. He noted – “anyone can become disabled and rely on ADA ramps for mobility. It is our responsibility as civil engineers to provide accessibility to all members of the community.” Justin Ferri gave students insight on Transit Signal Priority and how it improves mobility and assists the shift toward a more universal multimodal transportation. Bridget Postlewaite brought real-life urban traffic engineering issues to the students by exploring the 30th Street Station Master Plan.

The students were also given vital tips on communicating in a professional setting. Joanna Reagle emphasized the importance of communications with clients, colleagues and peers to get positive results. Darin demonstrated two methods of presenting to the public, the ineffective way and the much more effective manner showing that it is not just the data/analyses you provide but how you do it that matters. The session was engaging and interactive with several students staying after to ask further questions.

Field trip to Signal Service, Inc.

Signal Services Group 2KMJ visited Signal Service, Inc. of West Chester, PA for a tour and information session. Signal Service representatives gave KMJ staff an update on Synchro Green Adaptive Signal Management Software, FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared Radiometer) detection for vehicles/pedestrians/bicycles, Trafficware Pod Magnetometer, and Campbell Audible Pedestrian Stations for crosswalks. This session provided a collaborative forum on traffic signal design and traffic engineering.

 Quote of the Day 

“Don’t wait until conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes conditions perfect”– Alan Cohen, writer and motivational speaker

Email Communications Tip

  • State the purpose and action needed up front
  • Give the response timeframe
  • Be professional – email replaces a letter
  • Write it, then, look at it three times!
    – Read it
    – Read it aloud
    – Read it backwards

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