When I was a teen, I visited the City of Saskatoon’s traffic operations centre. Admittedly, my memory is a bit fuzzy, but I recall a centralized control board visualizing the status of most of the traffic signals in the city. I also recall some complaint about “fault” conditions and “communication issues” with this centralized system. While impressive at the time, transportation technology has come a long way since the mid-1990s.
For the past decade, I have worked as a transportation engineer and conducted both planning and operational analyses. One of the biggest challenges to performing this type of work is acquiring relevant and sufficient field data – household activity surveys, vehicle turning movement counts, travel time surveys, etc. can become costly endeavours in many circumstances. Continue reading
When my wife and I moved to London, Ontario in 2009 from Calgary, Alberta, we decided to give inner city living a try. The result? We haven’t been happier! A smaller, established city such as ours has a lot of amenities and potential going for it. While there is always room for improvement, I wanted to share some of my favourite things about our inner city living decision.
I also acknowledge that everyone’s life circumstances are different, requiring different needs – not one shoe fits all. I merely wish to share some of our positive experiences and advocate that inner city living is a great opportunity that one should consider when deciding where to live in any city. Continue reading
Hello and thank you for checking out my personal blog!
My name is Jon Kostyniuk and I have worked as a professional engineer for the past 10 years. In that time, I have gained some great experience, while at the same time I am humbled by what I have yet to learn.
I am starting this blog because I thought it was time to begin a conversation on topics that I am interested in and passionate about that transcend what I do on a daily basis in my career. Through the process of this conversation, I hope to learn more and further my experience in the areas of interest discussed here. Continue reading
This year marks the centennial of the Great War, more commonly known today as the World War I (WWI), which began on July 28, 1914. Through Remembrance Day here in Canada and other celebrations performed around the world, one can hardly forget such phrases as never again and lest we forget, or the seminal poem “In Flanders Fields” by Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. This Christmas marks what, in my humble opinion, is one of the more significant centennial events from the whole WWI conflict, the Christmas Truce.