Brian Simmonite was the founder of JCT Consultancy and the creator of the well respected junction design and modelling software, LinSig. In 2009, after a distinguished career spanning 35 years Brian lost his long running battle with cancer and died at the age 55. Throughout his professional career Brian trained and mentored thousands of engineers. He was generous, well respected and liked by all who met him. As an engineer, Brian had a reputation for innovative thinking and he leaves behind countless examples of his work both large and small. In celebration of Brian’s professional life and in recognition of his unsurpassed contribution to the world of traffic signals, JCT are proud to once again announce the running of The Brian Simmonite Award for Innovation in Traffic Signal Design.
For 2012 JCT are pleased to relaunch the award in association with a new partner - TEC Magazine. TEC has been responsible for publishing papers on traffic signal and control topics including many on new or innovative design techniques for many years - Brian himself published a number of papers in TEC - so is a natural partner to join with JCT in promoting and judging the Brian Simmonite award.
The Brian Simmonite award for innovation in traffic signal design will be conferred to the winner of this annual competition. The winner will receive a cash prize of £1000 together with a £500 JCT training voucher.
Entries must focus specifically on the design and implementation of traffic signal junctions but may include innovation in control techniques if they are rooted in junction design. Entries based solely on new equipment will not be eligible. The award will be granted to the entry which in the opinion of the judging panel represents the most innovative solution to a particular problem, sets an example of practice worthy of imitation and is one capable of advancing the field of traffic signal engineering. To enter for the award please register an interest with JCT as soon as possible and then provide us with a brief synopsis no later than the 31st May 2012. Shortlisted entries must provide full entries by 31st July 2012. All shortlisted entries will be invited to present a paper on their entry at the JCT Traffic Signals Symposium in September 2012 and will receive a free delegate place, overnight accommodation and meals for the principal speaker. The winner of the prize will be awarded on the last day of the Symposium.
The 2010 winner of the Brian Simmonite award was Richard Butler of GMUTC following his work with complex interstage designs and intelligent phase delays. His paper was published in the November issue of tec. You can download a copy of the paper here: Maximising junction efficiency with complex interstage design and 'Intelligent' phase delays, presented at the JCT Symposium, Hatfield 2010.
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