The International Monorail Association will conduct its annual conference, Monorailex 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA from Thursday, November 12th to Saturday, November 15th. With the subject of Think Elevated, Think Monorail, the presenters will allow the participants to learn about the intricacies of running and operating monorails in urban areas, and how to select public transportation systems. Many presentations will be provided by suppliers of monorail system hardware bringing field tested samples of their work. The depth of knowledge of the presenters and their hands on experience assures that the attendees will get a good grasp of the issues surrounding monorails systems.
Members of the Executive Committee met in Orlando with members of the ASCE Automated People Mover group on February 6-8th to identify areas of interest where IMA could contribute to ASCE 21 elements of the Performance Specifications currently under development to capture Mass Transit Monorail characteristics.
After the meeting with ASCE APM, the executive committee members attending the session, Peter Keller, Peter Timan, Peter Wittwer, Jaap Ketel and Carlos Banchik. The workshop counted with the attendance of Mr. Patrick Sweet, Monorail Product Manager of Bombardier Transportation as a guest. The group worked on many tasks:
During the event and recognizing the notable contributions in the area of internet marketing and sales of Mr. Sweet, the Executive Council offered him the position of Director of Marketing and Social Outreach, position he gladly accepted. This is another example of how the association works towards the distribution of monorail related knowledge.
There will be a general meeting taking place later in the year, to go over advancements in projects under construction, work on performance specifications, and to chart the progress of the Association in the future. Stay tuned!