Chris Ellis, a second year student studying Human and Physical Geography at Reading University, is currently spending two weeks with MMM Group to gain work experience in the transport sector. Chris is keen to be involved in a field related to his course and hopes this placement will be a...
The 11th Annual CILT Young Professionals' Conference was held this year on Thursday 21st March at The Royal Society Edinburgh, George Street.
Senior Consultant Ralph Anderson enjoyed two days in attendance at the Healthcare Innovation Expo 2013, held on 13th & 14th March at the ExCeL in London.
The first ever Dundee edition of the Global Service Jam was held this past weekend at the Duncan Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee. The Jam commenced on the Friday evening at 5:00pm, and attendees gathered in anticipation of the theme announcement, made at 6:30pm...
Last week SPT ran their annual Travel Plan Seminar with a focus on influencing travel choices. There was a good range of speakers, from the team organising the transport for Glasgow 2014 through to Sarah Barr from TfL who spoke about the development of Barclays Bikes in London. It was...
This month saw the 3rd annual Travel 2020 event take place in London. Travel 2020 focuses largely on the experience of the user rather than simply physical transportation services. This years conference was attended by Ralph Anderson from MRCMH who participated in sessions on 'Providing travel in the new era of customer-driven...
Earlier this year, Nesta launched a competition called Destination Local. The aim of the competition was to fund innovative ideas for expanding the creation and sharing of hyper local media through the use of mobile technologies.
The Royal Geography Society usually hold their annual conference in London. This year, however, it headed north to Edinburgh. The conference, themed as 'Security of geography/geography of security', featured more than 275 sessions and 1,150 speakers in the largest gathering of academic geographers in Europe. Our very own Sara Tilley...
Sara Tilley will be presenting results from her PhD research at two upcoming conferences: the 'Aging, Mobility and Quality of Life (AMQoL) 2012 Conference' being held at the University of Michigan from the 24-26th June and the RGS-IBG 'Annual International Conference' being held in Edinburgh from 3rd-5th July 2012.
Fiona and George attended the 1st stakeholder meeting of the new E-cosse partnership, promoting and advancing Electric Vehicles in Scotland. The group "aims to establish Scotland as an EV pioneer, maximizing the economic, environmental and social benefits of EVs as an integral part of a sustainable transport system and a...
Tonight Steve will be presenting at the The Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy Forum on 'Enhancing Mobility' in the region of Waterloo. The forum will be held at The Lang Tannery in Kitchener, and will explore opportunities to enhance mobility within the Central Transit Corridor, in particular strategies to make it...
Steve has contributed a chapter to a new book on Data Management for schools and how data can be used to improve all aspects of school life. In the book Effective Data Management for Schools, Steve's chapter looks at all aspects of sustainability and its monitoring, and especially how data can...
Steve's Mum and Dad aka Audrey (82) and Chris (87) are now using a taxi contract with Fleetways taxis York. They are struggling with mobility and have always been worried about the cost of taxis. Now the contract has been set up they can use the service at a lesser...
MMM Edinburgh has been working directly with Scottish Enterprise and cities to develop innovative world-class projects and programmes which will attract international attention and investment from throughout Europe and North America. Dr Steve Cassidy, Managing Director of MMM Edinburgh, was recently invited to speak at a webinar on Global Smart Cities which was...
Fiona Blackley and Lisa Lynch attended the 10th Annual CILT(UK) Young Professionals' Conference, held on Tuesday 13th March 2012 at The Royal Society of Edinburgh.
As part of the recent RENAISSANCE Consortium Meeting in Szczecinek (Poland) Steve, Fiona and Ralph ran a series of interactive and engaging workshop sessions which included quick teambuilding exercises, reflective discussions, vision storyboarding and future project design activities.
On the 25th February 2012 Fiona Blackley and Lisa Lynch attended and participated in the Glasgow session of the Global Service Jam 2012. This year the event was held at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, and ran from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February 2012.
On Wednesday, Beth headed down to London to attend a CILT conference which was focussed on the issues surrounding accessibility of transport for both disabled users and the elderly. It was an excellent turnout with people from across the transport sector - including consultancies, the DfT, local authorities, transport operators,...
Ex-MRCMH Director, Sue Flack, has has joined Nottingham City Council as its Director of Planning and Ttransport. Everyone at MRCMH wishes her the best of luck.
Steve Cassidy was invited by the CIVITAS+ Vanguard project to assist in the delivery of a training event on the 14th & 15th December 2011. The training event, held in Bologna, looked at the potential of ITS to bring policy delivery forward and included participants from cities throughout Europe.
Steve Cassidy recently spoke at the Creativity World Forum held at the Ethias Arena in Hasselt, Belgium. He had been nominated by Scottish Government to take part in a workshop on clean technology for sustainable cities. Other speakers included Jimmy Wales the Founder of Wikipedia.
MRCMH, alongside Snook and the Aliss Project have successfully got through Stage 1 of the Design Council's "Keeping Connected" Business Challenge. More information on this business challenge is available here.
As the chief advisor to Evergreen, George Hazel attended a series of Charrettes that they ran from the 10th - 13th November 2011. The Charettes where held to prepare the case studies for the Evergreen Transport Expo that will be held May 2012 in Toronto.
Earlier this month, George Hazel attended and participated in the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) Fall Conference that was held in Toronto. George presented a paper on the Future of Mobility Management, then facilitated a lunchtime session with all 500+ delegates.
Whilst on his recent trip to Toronto, George Hazel gave the keynote address for the 'Toronto Talks Mobility' forum at Toronto City Hall on the 9th November 2011. Two hundred guests where invited to discuss the future of mobility in Toronto.
From Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th October 2011, Fiona Blackley attended the Annual Civitas Forum, held this year in Funchal, Madeira. As well as a valuable opportunity to participate in a network of European cities with similar interests in sustainable transport, the technical and roundtable workshop sessions offered delegates the...
On 4th & 5th October 2011, George Hazel joined Marco Jungbacker (Head of Mobility, Siemens Canada) in Edmonton and then Calgary where they jointly presented the findings of our Complete Mobility studies of the two Cities. A range of stakeholders from both Cities attended the two events where the reports...
George Hazel attended the Evergreen Conference in Toronto on the 29th September 2011, as one of their guest speakers. The conference was the first of several conferences leading up to the Evergreen Transport Expo that is to be held in Toronto from May 2012.
From Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th September 2011, Fiona spent her time surrounded by architects and urban designers at the 2nd Annual Design Skills Symposium Scotland held in Stirling and organised by Architecture and Design Scotland.
Steve Cassidy was a panel member in a discussion about the role of intelligent mobility in low carbon economies at a conference addressed by former VP Al Gore and the Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.
On the 27th September 2011, George was one of four speakers who spoke at the National Capital Commission (NCC) 'A Capital Conversation' Conference, held at the Ottawa Convention Centre, on their views of ' The Future of Capital Cities' .
Umberto Pernice spoke at the final conference of the FP7 project DEMOCRITOS, held in Genoa Italy, on 23 Sept 2011, presenting results so far achieved on the FP7 project CATCH.
Sue Flack is going to help facilitate the Architecture and Design Scotland 'Design Skills Symposium'. This year, the Symposium will be hosted in Stirling on the 27-29th September 2011.
Sue Flack spoke at Enermodal’s conference on Sustainability in Kitchener, Ontario. Her subject was ‘New Approaches to Sustainable Cities’.
Steve Cassidy chaired 2 key sessions at the 5th RENAISSANCE Civitas+ conference which was held in Skopje, Macedonia on Wednesday 7th September 2011.
Steve, Fiona and Ralph attended the recent RENAISSANCE Consortium Meeting on 5th & 6th September in Skopje, Macedonia, which marked the end of the 3rd year of this 4-year research project.
The CIVITAS Initiative for 'Cleaner and Better Transport in Cities' has recently launched its new and revised website. The improved site has a new design, structure and navigation system to make it more user-friendly. For example, the five RENAISSANCE cities now have an easy-to-access page on the main CIVITAS website...
As of the 1st September 2011, MRC McLean Hazel Ltd became a member of the global Cities for Mobility Network.
Congratulations to MRCMH's Fiona Blackley who won the Regional Finals of the Colas Paper Awards which was held in Glasgow on 25th August. Fiona will now go through to the National Finals in Newcastle in November.
Following the Central and Southern Scotland heats in July, Fiona Blackley has been selected to present at the Regional Final of the Colas Papers Award in Glasgow on the 25th August 2011. Fiona will be one of three presenters on the night competing for a place in the national final.
Beth Garner returned to Alberta in July along with Steve Cassidy to run the second series of Stakeholder Workshops in Calgary and Edmonton. This is part of an exciting series that Siemens' are completing investigating Complete Mobility in Canadian Cities. The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Study was completed in 2010...
The evening of Tuesday 19th July 2011 marked the 2nd of three heats for the Central and Southern Scotland Colas Premium Papers Award. The session comprised 4 presentations from young professionals - including one by our own Fiona Blackley - in the Central and Southern Scotland area to the local...
Further to Dr. Hazel’s attendance and participation of the World Parking Symposium in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada on 26th-29th of June, George has been asked to be an advisor to WPS and to join their editorial board.
Dr George McLean Hazel OBE, Chairman of MRC McLean Hazel, has been appointed Chair of the Advisory Group for the Transport Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University.
Steve and Umberto, along with the other CATCH partners, participated in CATCH's third Core Interest Group meeting in Brussels on 14th June 2011. The core interest group included representatives from Lisbon, London Hounslow, Baia Mare, and COVOCO. During the meeting, the partners presented and did a walk through of the platform and the...
In early May, George Hazel and Beth Garner headed over to Calgary for the first of two stakeholder workshops for the latest cities to be studied under Siemens' Complete Mobility Canadian Cities Series. The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Study was completed in 2010 and now Calgary and Edmonton are the...
Steve visited the offices of SICE in Madrid for a technical coordination meeting. This was to finalise the first CATCH Platform which is to be presented to CATCH Interest Group Members on June 14th at the CATCH interest group meeting in Brussels.
Fiona Blackley presented at the Scottish Transport Applications and Research (STAR) conference in Glasgow. The conference was held at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Thursday 12th May 2011. The presentation, entitled "Sustainable development – theory vs.
Fiona Blackley spent three days in Bath carrying out one-to-one interviews with a range of stakeholders from the fields of transportation and tourism for the EC research project RENAISSANCE. The stakeholders included representatives from First buses, the Bath Bus Company which runs the city sightseeing tour buses, the Transport and...
On the 5th April Dr George Hazel chaired a Hustings event on behalf of the Capital Rail Action Group . The topic was Public Transport in South East Scotland. There were 5 politicians from all the main national parties present and about 50 people in attendance.
The 5th Ajman Urban Planning Conference ran from 21st to 25th March at Ajman University in the United Arab Emirates. The theme of this year's conference was "City Identity in the 21st Century". Beth Garner, senior consultant at MRCMH, attended the conference and presented on the topic of "Success and...
Prof. George Hazel attended the 'Investing in Better Places' seminar held by the University of St Andrews and St Andrews Centre for Housing Research at The Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh on 22 March 2011. George spoke to those attending the seminar about Complete Mobility and our Transport Retail Model.
George was the Industrial Advisor for presentations from groups of 3rd year students on the BSc Civil Engineering course at Edinburgh Napier University. The project aim was the design of a new railway station at Craiglockhart on the Edinburgh South Suburban Railway. George's role was to critically assess their presentations and work.
Two years ago Beth Garner and George Hazel attended the third Ajman Urban Planning Conference. Ajman is one of the smallest emirates within the United Arab Emriates and is located about 35km from Dubai. The conference runs in cooperation with Wolverhampton University and attracts many well known planners, architects, engineers...
On 3rd March 2011, Beth Garner, Senior Consultant at MRCMH, headed down to Manchester Town Hall for the Transport Times Conference entitled, "Is the North Losing Out on Transport? Promoting Balanced Economic Growth through Transport Investment".
All the RENAISSANCE partners met in Bath, England at the start of March for the first official Consortium Meeting in this project city. The first day of meetings involved two parallel working sessions; one on the Evaluation workstream and the other on the Dissemination and Exploitation workstream.
On Tuesday 1st March 2011, George Hazel and Steve Cassidy attended the Siemens UK Mobility Conference in Daventry, England. George made an inspirational and visionary presentation on Future Transport Systems to the group of assembled Siemens Mobility staff from across the UK.
The last few days of February 2011 saw the main project partners of the RENAISSANCE Consortium gather in Perugia, Italy for the second Annual Review of the project by the Project Officer and two Project Reviewers from the European Commission.
MRCMH is working with Canadian colleagues in MRC Ottawa to develop a strategy to improve transit in Ottawa, Ontario and the adjacent city of Gatineau, Quebec. The strategy will make use of best practice examples to bring forward proposals for better integration including governance, infrastructure, user focus, city building and transit operations.
MRCMH has established a new cities-based initiative with their parent company, the MMM Group (Canada). The 'MMM Cities Group' held its first webinar on Friday 11th February. There was fantastic attendance from both sides of the Atlantic. The Group began the webinar with a presentation which explored the global trends...
Prof George Hazel attended the 'Re-Thinking the Post Industrial City: Detroit' workshop in London on 9th February 2011. The workshop was co-ordinated by WAN (World Architechture News) and Buro Happold, and was held at the Buro Happold offices.
MRCMH, co-ordinators of the EU funded project CATCH (Carbon Aware Travel Choices), hosted the recent CATCH Consortium Meeting at their Edinburgh office on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th of February 2011. Representatives from the project's partners attended the two day discussions, as well as a late supper at the Scotch Malt Whiskey...
MRCMH is working with planning, environmental and transport consultants working for our parent company MMM Group, from all over Canada, on an exciting new initiative to generate new ideas and proposals for Making Cities Work. We also hope to be working with our PhD sponsored student at the University of...
George, Hazel, Chairman of MRCMH, is to join a panel discussion for the Economist Summit on Sustainable Business. The event is on March 17th in London. George will be discussing 'The Sustainable City: New Business Environments'.
MRCMH has developed a new advisory service for authorities considering Workplace Parking Levy, based on Sue Flack's unique experience in leading the development of the Nottingham scheme. Contact Sue for further information or download our Workplace Parking Levy offer!
MRCMH Managing Director Sue Flack was featured in last weeks edition of Novae Res Urbis (City of Toronto edition). The article highlights a number of key arguments set forth by Sue in a recent presentation that she gave to the Transport Futures Road Pricing and Smart Growth Forum, also held in Toronto.
MRCMH, co-ordinators of the EU funded project CATCH (Carbon Aware Travel Choices), are preparing for the project's forthcoming Interest Group meeting on the 15/16th of November. The event, which will bring together the consortium, including its Chinese and Brazilian partners, the Interest Group Cities (Rotterdam, Odense, Lisbon, London Borough of...
MRCMH, working alongside their Canadian colleagues at MRC in Toronto, has just completed a City Audit of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The Study was commissioned by Siemens as part of a series which has examined future mobility challenges in cities. Initially the GTHA, along with 5 of...
On the morning of the 14th of October something slightly different happened on 3 Hill Street, Edinburgh... It was the day of the MRCMH marketing workshop.
MRCMH director Steve Cassidy is the guest speaker on show 8 of the 'Half Hour or So' on the Thinking Highways website. He shares his thoughts on transport in Edinburgh, the importance of understanding users, and solutions for the future of mobility, and also explains more about the CATCH project.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but what if you are eating while dangling 100ft above the ground via a crane? Well we decided to give it a try. The Sky dining experience was set in Princes Street Gardens giving us incredible panoramic views of the city and...
To celebrate the launch of our new Cycle to Work Scheme and the installation of our new office bike racks, the MRCMH team decided to take a small bike trip along the Union Canal to Ratho. The 15km trip went very well with no one taking any accidental spills into the canal and...
MRCMH's chairman, George Hazel, has been invited to be a member of the Cambridgeshire Quality Panel- which is being established by Cambridgeshire Horizons to provide a consistent approach to design review for the major growth sites in Cambridgeshire.