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How will the Comprehensive Deployment of Modern Technologies Change the Global Parking Equation?


Simon Fraser University,

Vancouver, Canada

June 26 to June 29, 2016



1800 - 1830  Welcome, Introduction
Maurice Anderson, Chair, Canadian Parking Foundation
Scott Wallace, President, Canadian Parking Association
Chair, Conference Host Committee


1830 - 1930   Keynote Speaker

Larry Beasley

Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning,
University of British Columbia;
Principal of Beasley and Associates

Beasley2Larry Beasley is Chair of the National Capital Commision Committee on Planning Design & Realty. A retired director of planning for the City of Vancouver, he is the Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning at the University of British Columbia and the founding principal of Beasley and Associates, an international planning consultancy.
Over his 30 years of civic service, Mr. Beasley played a significant role in reshaping Vancouver’s inner city, and was a principal decision maker for Vancouver’s development approvals during his last 13 years as director.
Currently, he is the chief advisor on urban design for the City of Dallas, Texas, sits on Rotterdam’s International Economic Development Advisory Board in the Netherlands, and is the special advisor on city planning to the government of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. For three years, he was vice-president of a development company, and is now senior development advisor to Concord Pacific Developments. He recently completed an award-winning plan for Moscow, the capital of Russia.
He is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners, an honorary member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, and has been recognized as an Advocate for Architecture by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He is also a fellow of the Dallas Institute, and sits on the board of the Canadian Urban Institute. Mr. Beasley was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2005, and, in 2007, received the Kevin Lynch Prize from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and political science, a master’s degree in planning and  honorary doctorates from Simon Fraser University (2007) and Dalhousie University (2011)


1930 - 2130   Welcome Reception



0800    Walk to Simon Fraser University, Downtown Campus. If you are staying at the Delta Vancouver Suites, it is directly across the street from the University. A walking map will be provided.

0800 - 0830    Coffee

0830 - 0915   Transportation Demand Modeling: Better Options Through Technological Convergence?

David Harkness

Manager - Parking Services
City of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

This paper looks at traditional and widely used techniques for transportation demand modeling that are rooted in the 1960’s and how a convergence of technologies over the past 3 years now offers drastic improvements in accuracy, speed of data collection, and interpretation /accessibility of findings. It provides a scan of current transportation demand modeling processes and their inherent flaws, but which are still relied upon for major transportation projects. The paper shows how remarkable advances and convergence in GIS, personal data gathering devices, vehicle based systems, and the mining of Big Data by private data aggregators can provide a highly accurate predictor of transportation demand trends that also factors in human behaviour and preferences.

Mr. Harkness is currently Parking Services Manager with the City of Surrey, soon to be British Columbia's largest city by population and geographic area. He has held leadership positions in a progression of operations management and business development roles, including Canada’s largest private parking management firm, and Vancouver International Airport, where he coordinated and implemented the Canada Line air rail system and the 2010 Winter Olympics transportation plan.


0915 - 1000    Management Paradigm From Parking to Integrated Access Management: The Transformation of America's Parking

L. Dennis Burns, CAPP

Vice President
Kimley Hornand Associates
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

This presentation describes the evolution in parking management over the past decade with an emphasis on how the parking management paradigm has expanded in terms of integrating with the larger community transportation and access management equation. It explores the concept of “integrated access management” as a more holistic approach to addressing community access needs. The presentation evaluates industry changes into terms of “big picture thinking”, explores a “Parking was… Parking is…” comparison and delves into eight key areas illustrating how the parking management paradigm has been shifting.

Mr. Burns is a Senior Practice Builder and Regional Vice President for Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. and has over 30 years of parking operations, management and consulting experience. In the past several years, Mr. Burns has lead national and international research and analysis efforts in the areas of parking system strategic planning, “smart parking” system development, innovative parking district development models, parking and transportation program integration and urban space management concepts.


1000 - 1015    Break

1015 - 1100   New Concepts for Parking in Residential Areas

Annum Khaliq

The Transportation Research Institute (IMOB),
Hasselt University,
Diepenbeek, Belgium


Dr. Peter van de Waerden

Practice Assistant, School for Transportation Sciences,
The Transportation Research Institute (IMOB),
Hasselt University,
Diepenbeek, Belgium.


Geert Wets

Director, The Transportation Research Institute (IMOB),
Hasselt University, Diepenbeek, Belgium.

Parking problems are more visible in residential areas due to vehicles parking for longer duration. Increases in the car ownership rate during last decades has also raised the need to house more vehicles for a longer term. A significant growth in traffic searching for a parking space can be seen in mixed use areas causing nuisance for overall traffic flow. Cars parked in front of resident’s houses often creates an obstruction for other road users, which makes the residential areas look aesthetically unpleasant, and affects the livability and safety of the area. Such issues urge for new parking concepts to be introduced in residential areas.

In this study, the shortcomings of conventional parking techniques are highlighted and new concepts - such as automated parking, centralized parking, share parking, smart parking, etc. – that are being used in developed countries are identified. The applicability and acceptance of these identified concepts in the study area - Runkst, Hasselt - is measured using physical observations and focus group discussions with the municipality, and reveal opinions of parking experts regarding the benefits and feasibility of adopting the identified concepts for Runkst, Hasselt. This research aims to direct the policy makers while planning to devise solutions to parking problems in residential areas, and also it highlights the importance of focus group while collecting data for qualitative research and to gain insights of decision makers regarding the introduction of a new idea or program.

Annum Khaliq is currently a Phd student at Institute of Transportation Research (IMOB), Belgium. She obtained her degree of bachelor in City & Regional Planning at University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore, Pakistan (2011). After working as an urban planner in both public & private sector for two years in Lahore (Pakistan), she secured a MS leading Phd Scholarship from HEC Pakistan in 2013. She finished her Masters in Transportation Sciences at UHasselt in 2015 and continued Phd at the Transportation Research Institute (IMOB) at Hasselt University. In Masters her focus was to identify new concepts of Parking for residential areas. Her Phd is related to Agent based parking simulation software ParkAgents.


1100 - 1145   How not to implement Pay Parking in a municipality: A case study

Jim Watts

Resort Municipality of Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Jim Watts, a private parking operator, had a front row seat while the Resort Municipality  of Whistler expanded a user pay parking system. A community revolt ensued, resulting in a 100% change of the elected council.  As a member of a volunteer transportation committee, Jim sounded the alarm bells when he saw history repeating.  Jim will present a check list on how not to implement pay parking, and the dangers of ignoring your parking professionals.

Jim Watts is the CEO of  FastPark, a private parking operator and equipment and technology specialist based in Whistler BC.  Jim is also a member of Clayton Hill Associates, specializing in technologies including ALPR for parking studies.


1145 - 1300      Lunch


1300 - 1345   Parking Fee: Additional Tax or Necessity

Andrzej Szarata Ph.D., D.Sc.

Associate Professor
Head of Department of Transportation Systems
Cracow University of Technology
Cracow, Poland

Paid parking zones are always considered by drivers as an additional way of collecting money by the city authority. Whenever there is discussion about extension of paid parking zones or fee changes, public discussion becomes very critical. Decision makers are aware that this is a very controversial decision and try to find a suitable way to implement such changes. This is controversial due to the fact that residents of the area and the commuters have divergent expectations and requirements of the parking system. In Polish conditions, where the law establishes a fixed maximum fee, provision of proper parking management is quite difficult.

The paper will characterize the paid parking zones in several Polish cities and will present a brief analysis of their operation, and the function of Poland’s very specific regulations. It will describe the results of a questionnaire conducted in 5 Polish cities, aimed at collecting opinion of drivers about fee levels, and their acceptance of further zone extensions, and concepts of providing paid parking systems in their cities. It will also describe a project of paid parking zone extension together with results of the questionnaire survey among users affected by planned changes. The results demonstrate the complexity of the problem and give reason to believe that a large part of users, especially those whose motivation to come and park is a place of employment will be dissatisfied with the implementation of fees, or a desire to avoid fees will change to a different mode of transport.

 Bio: tba


1345 - 1430   Technology Changes Society; The Effects on Parking

Sjoerd Stienstra

Stienstra Adviesbureau stedelijk verkeer BV
Heiloo, The Netherlands

Technological changes have a direct effect on parking (ie. in the search for a parking-space, enforcement, etc). Indirect effects may be even larger, and may lead to fundamental changes in the way how and where we park in the future, and how parking will be organized.

As an example, modern technology allows a lot of work to be done independently and remotely from where and when the work was done; in this case, business offices lose (part of) their significance as workplaces. This will have consequences on parking demand. The same applies to the way shopping will be done in future, and many more human activities. The urban society will be organized differently. This requires rethinking future parking management.

Sjoerd Stienstra is an internationally recognised specialist in the field of urban-traffic in all its facets (including parking), as well as city-center development since 1974. His activities at present are focused on expertise-based consultancy, fundamental research and teaching.


1430 - 1445    Break

1445 - 1530   Title - TBA

Ralph Bond

Senior Vice President
BA Group
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Abstract: tba

Ralph Bond is an expert in mixed-use intensification developments and shopping centres, having worked on over 300 such projects across Canada and internationally. Ralph leads BA Group's parking planning practice, where he enjoys producing strategic action plans for downtown areas, as well as financial feasibility, operational planning, and functional design studies for parking systems and facilities. He has recently completed several projects which include the integration of parking, transportation demand management, and transit strategies. Ralph has been actively involved with the Canadian Parking Association (CPA) for many years, serving as a board member, treasurer, and president. He is also an active board member of the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT), Canada’s new TDM organization. Ralph has made numerous presentations regarding the subject of parking planning and design and transportation demand management.


1530 - 1615   Park and Ride - Australian experience and lessons learnt

George Brown

Principal Consultant
Clayton Hill Associates
Swanbourne, WA, Australia

Abstract:  tba

George Brown is a transport planner who recently has moved from government to become an independent consultant in parking policy and strategy. George came to parking planning and policy when he was tasked with a major role in development and implementation of a new approach to parking in his home city of Perth, Western Australia, in a the mid 1990s. He has contributed to policy in the areas of transport and the environment, land use/transport interaction and parking management. He has a strong professional interest in sustainability and transport. And he has written and presented papers on parking policy, parking tax and transport policy at WPS and other international forums.


1615 - 1700   Panel: The Technology Slingshot

Moderator:         David Hill, Clayton Hill Associates, Calgary, Alberta


Laurens Eckelboom, Parkmobile
Thomas Hoenacker, Cleverciti Systems
David Harkness, City of Surrey
Ian Maher, City of Toronto



1700   Return to the hotel

         Evening Free

         A list of restaurant suggestions will be available and delegates may sign up at the hospitality desk.



0800    Walk to Simon Fraser University, Downtown Campus

0800 - 0830    Coffee

0830 - 0915   Data vs. Luck - Cleverciti's Smart Parking Solution

Jan Schulte

Head of International Business Development
Cleverciti Systems GmbH
Starnberg, Germany

The search for a parking space is one of the largest global time-wasters in the mobile age. Motorists in Paris, for example, spend 3 years of their lives finding a parking space. In Germany there are about 50 million registered cars claiming a parking space area of 1,500 square meters daily. Most valuable land in inner cities is reserved for cars. But after a frustrating search for a parking space the payment behaviour of motorists falls by the way side. "Service instead of punishment - digital data rather than luck" – Cleverciti systems aims to make parking space management intelligent and efficient and simultaneously reduce CO2 and NOx emissions, thereby increasing the quality of life of motorists and citizens.

 Jan Schulte is Cleverciti’s Head of International Business Development. Jan has 10+ years international sales and management experience with companies like Amazon, Digital River and Flixmedia, in the UK and Germany. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Lugano, Switzerland.


0915 - 1000   How Urban Parking Affects Traffic Performance on Urban Networks

Jin Cao

Ph.D. student of research group Traffic Engineering (SVT)
Institute for Transport Planning and Systems (IVT)
Zürich, Switzerland

The urban parking and the urban traffic systems are essential components of the overall urban transportation structure. The short-term interactions between these two systems can be highly significant and influential to their individual performance. The urban parking system, for example, can affect the searching-for-parking traffic, influencing not only overall travel speeds in the network (traffic performance), but also total driven distance (environmental conditions). In turn, the traffic performance can also affect the time drivers spend searching for parking, and ultimately, parking usage. In this study, we propose a methodology to model macroscopically such interactions and evaluate their effects on urban congestion.

The model is built on a matrix describing how, over time, vehicles in an urban area transition from one parking-related state to another. With this model it is possible to estimate, based on the traffic and parking demand as well as the parking supply, the amount of vehicles searching for parking, the amount of vehicles driving on the network but not searching for parking, and the amount of vehicles parked at any given time. More importantly, it is also possible to estimate the total (or average) time spent and distance driven within each of these states. Based on that, the model can be used to design and evaluate different parking policies, to improve (or optimize) the performance of both systems. Numerical examples and a case study based on city of Zurich, Switzerland will be given as well.>

Jin Cao is a research collaborator in Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland. Currently she is on her fourth year of her Ph.D. study, meanwhile, she teaches and conducts research in traffic engineering field. Her main research focuses on the interactions between urban parking system and traffic system.

As a young professional, she has produced several publications and they are accepted by cutting edge transportation journals including "Transportation Research Part B: Methodological", "Journal of Advanced Transportation" and "Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board". Also, her work has been presented in many international conference such as ISTTT held in Kobe, Japan (The International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory), TRB held in Washington D.C., the U.S. (Annual Meeting - Transportation Research Board), hEART head in Stockholm, Sweden (European Association for Research in Transportation), STRC held in Ascona, Switzerland (Swiss Transport Research Conference), WCTRS that will be held in Shanghai, China (World Conference on Transport Research Society).


1000 - 1015    Break


1015 - 1100    City Centre Parking Demand: A Novel Forecasting Model, Its Applications and Extensions

Jacob Martin

Team Leader – Transport Planning
West Perth, WA, Australia

There is a growing recognition that parking is an essential contributor to the function of the transport system. Widely adopted “conservative” parking provisions have resulted in undesirable parking outcomes at significant social, environmental and economic cost. This paper describes a parking demand model developed specifically to assess the requirements for dense mixed-use City Centres. This model extends best-practice by taking into account the synergies between land-use components of the City that arise from both time-of-use and internal trip capture in a way that is independent of external mode share.

Mr. Martin is responsible for traffic and transport analysis in the State of Western Australia, including studies for mixed-use, residential, recreational and commercial developments. He has experience in integrated transport management, sustainable transport and parking studies and has worked on projects and policy for a wide variety of Local and State Government agencies across Australia.


1100 - 1145   Parking as High Tech Product: Practical Experiences of Automated Parking Systems

Dr.Ilja Irmscher

CEO / Managing Director
Berlin, Germany

Can automated parking solve parking problems in high-density areas and replace be a gloomy and narrow parking facilities? Or is automated parking just an expensive and failure prone high-tech toy? In many dense urban locations, aboveground space is expected to be kept free for other primary urban and civic uses, with the result that many car parks in general (and automated parking systems in particular) are often built underground. The acceptance of automated parking systems as alternative for conventional parking differs significantly, depending on market and region.

Automated parking systems are user friendly and save floor and building site space. The increased efficiency of floor space use by automated parking systems is primarily due to the replacement of ramps by vertical conveyors and deeper multiplerow arrangements and storage areas that simply adhere to actual vehicle dimensions. These advantages can only be usefully assessed by considering all relevant premises (available cubage and ground, number of parking spaces, vehicle dimensions, traffic connection, transfer cabins, logistical requirements, costs, user comfort features, etc.).

The paper will give a wide overview with some typical examples as well as a critical reflection on the topic.

Dr. Irmscher is CEO of GIVT mbH, a planning and consulting company for parking and parking systems for many years. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of conventional, mechanized and automated parking. Dr. Irmscher started his academic career at the University of Dresden as mechanical engineer for the automotive industry and obtained his doctorate in 1982. He lectured and conducted research at the Humboldt University Berlin, and was a professor for vehicle technology.


1145 - 1300   Lunch


1300 - 1345   Where Have the Parkers Gone?

Cristina Lynn

Managing Partner
Parking & Traffic Consultants

Cities around the world possess a significant stock of off-street car parking spaces, whether in free standing multi-storey structures, underground basements or large expanses of at-grade areas. As the cost of parking increases, technology innovations disrupt our traditional transport concepts and efforts to change travel mode are implemented by various levels of government, there is a risk that some of those spaces will become under utilised if not altogether obsolete.

The paper will discuss what impacts are being felt by owners of parking assets in major CBDs and what alternative uses are some of these unwanted parking spaces being put to (and with what outcomes).

Cristina Lynn is the Managing Partner of Parking & Traffic Consultants, a specialist independent consulting firm operating around Australia out of offices in Sydney and Melbourne.

Cristina is a chartered accountant by profession and has had many years’ experience in auditing, consulting and management. During her more than 13 years in the parking industry she has acquired extensive experience in the areas of parking demand, feasibility studies, equipment reviews and car park strategies for improving the bottom line. Together with her team, Cristina has provided advice to countless car park owners within airports, hospitals, universities, shopping centres, commercial buildings and mixed use developments. Her client list reads like the “Who is Who” of the Australian property industry and no location is too far, with projects also located in South East Asia and even as far away as South America,
Cristina has been active within the parking industry in Australia since 2007 and is currently the President of Parking Australia, the association which represents the interests of all businesses operating within the world of parking. She has also held roles within IPI’s Consultants and International Outreach subcommittees and is also a member of the Parking Consultants Council (NPA). Cristina regularly presents papers at national and international conferences.



1345 - 1430   Connected Parking as a key driver for Connected Networks

Laurens Eckelboom

VP, Head of Business Development, Connected Vehicles
Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.

Parking is one of the last industry verticals dealing with fragmentation and friction in the user experience. Connected vehicles, the Internet of Things, and mobile payments alone will not be able to solve these issues. The solution is believed to be in new Connected Networks; centralized marketplaces where service aggregators provide consumers access to multiple vehicle / user journey centric services via participating channels – in a cashless way of course.
Learning Objectives:
1.    Participants will get a better understanding how innovation in the parking industry is driven by the user experience
2.    Participants will get a better understanding how connected vehicles will impact the parking industry in the near future
3.    Participants will get a better understanding how transaction standardization in Connected Networks will change the user journey. 
Laurens Eckelboom is an international business development executive who has held senior positions in the financial and technology industries. He played a key role in the launch of mobile payment solutions in Europe and the U.S. where he was one of the founders of Parkmobile. Under his strategic direction the company became an industry leader. Laurens is currently VP, Head of Business Development at SAP Vehicles Network. He is serving on the IPI Board since 2012.


1430 - 1445   Break


1445 - 1530   Deep Cove Parking and Access Study

Floris van Weelderen, P. Eng., PTOE

Manager, Transportation Planning
MMM Group Limited,
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

This paper addresses the traffic and parking problems encountered in the idyllic waterfront community of Deep Cove, a once quiet backwater of North Vancouver. Today The Cove experiences a large number of visitors and special events, and numbers continue to increase each year. The District of North Vancouver retained MMM to complete a technical study, meet with residents and businesses, and conduct a public opinion survey.   Before identifying solutions, existing conditions needed to be understood. MMM’s study provided technical data regarding traffic and parking around the Cove. This included the collection and analysis of parking metrics which were measured using License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology. Traffic metrics included peak hour traffic volumes, intersection level of service and queuing were also measured. Using data visualization techniques such as “heat maps”, MMM created a complete picture of traffic and parking in Deep Cove. This allowed the District to understand things that work well along with those elements that could be improved.

Floris van Weelderen leads the Transportation Planning business unit for MMM Group's Vancouver office, providing well-reasoned, cost-effective transportation solutions to best serve clients and the public. Since beginning his professional career in 1990, Floris' project management and engineering experience has focused on Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering projects in Western Canada and Washington State. As Project Manager for the Deep Cove Parking and Access Study, Floris and his team developed an innovative alternative to manual data collection by effectively using LPR technology to gather over 4,000 data sets.


1530 - 1615   Are We Past Peak Parking

Ian Maher

Vice President
Toronto Parking Authority
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Abstract & bio: tba


1615 - 1700   Panel: New Trends in Strategic Planning

Moderator:   Dennis Burns, Phoenix, Arizona

Panelists:   tba


1700   Return to hotel


1830 - 2230      Gala Dinner - Teahouse Restaurant, Stanley Park


The Teahouse Restaurant in Vancouver’s Stanley Park will provide an unforgettable dining experience for our Gala Dinner. With towering trees in its backyard and the ocean at its front door, the breathtaking view of English Bay and the North Shore act as a backdrop to the exquisite West Coast cuisine.  Guests are welcome to join in this spectacular evening (see registration information for cost).




0900      Walk to Simon Fraser University, Downtown Campus

0900 - 0945   Coffee and refreshments

1000 - 1045   Global Parking Association Liaison Project Update

Shawn Conrad

International Parking Institute
Washington DC, USA


1045 - 1145   Plenary Session Summarizing the Conference

Randy Topolniski

Chief Operating Officer, Winnipeg Parking Authority
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

1200 - 1230    Symposium Summation, Closing Remarks, Call to WPS XI

Chair, Canadian Parking Foundation, and the Symposium Board of Advisors


1230              Conference Closing


1300 - 1600    WPS XI   Board of Advisors Meeting (informal)



The Teahouse Restaurant in Vancouver’s Stanley Park will provide an unforgettable dining experience for our Gala Dinner. With towering trees in its backyard and the ocean at its front door, the breathtaking view of English Bay and the North Shore act as a backdrop to the exquisite West Coast cuisine.  Guests are welcome to join in this spectacular evening (see registration information for cost).