SOURCE: Quantm, Inc.

May 17, 2005 10:45 ET

Planning With Quantm Paves the Way for Successful Construction of Southern California Highway

Company Integrates Transportation Planning With Environmental Considerations to Ensure Roads Get Built on Time and Within Budget

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 17, 2005 -- Quantm Ltd., today announced that it has established a new industry standard for integrating transportation planning with the environment as exemplified by the Southern California Foothill Transportation Corridor-South (FTC-S) project, undertaken in concert with the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) and their appointed consultant, the Corridor Design Management Group (CDMG). The mega-project comprises the planning, design, building and operation of a 16-mile toll road from Oso Parkway in Rancho Santa Margarita to the I-5 Connector at the Orange/San Diego County border in Southern California.

With the need to demonstrate compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section (4f) of the Department of Transportation Act a key requirement of every transportation infrastructure undertaking in the United States, the process of route selection for transportation projects has achieved a level of complexity that can and often does stop transportation infrastructure projects dead in their tracks.

Quantm's route optimization technology dramatically improves the process of integrating the information that comes from the various agencies involved in the NEPA process, resulting in reduced environmental impacts, improved relations with stakeholders and the local community, and a substantially curtailed planning cycle. The success of the Foothill Transportation Corridor-South project, located in a part of southern California dense in population and natural habitat, demonstrates how Quantm enabled the project team to balance environmental and economic concerns to satisfy all stakeholders. The collaborative approach that it fostered enabled environmental streamlining that delivered, among other things:

--  Reduced impact to riparian ecosystems (wetlands) from 107 acres to 49
    acres;
--  Reduced impact to sensitive species by completely avoiding the Pacific
    Pocket Mouse habitat;
--  Reduced  landslide risk/disturbance limits by avoiding many of the
    existing landslides by identifying roadway geometry that more closely
    follows the natural terrain; and,
--  Reducing residential displacement from 32 to zero homes.
    
In parallel to the considerable reduction in environmental and urban impact, Quantm helped reduce earthworks and structures, delivering construction cost savings of more than $80 million.

Explains James Brown, chief engineer of the Transportation Corridor Agencies, "Prior to using Quantm, we spent two years developing alternative route scenarios using conventional GIS and CAD systems but found them unable to satisfy the multiple interests of different project stakeholders. Quantm was able to greatly improve the collaboration between the engineering and environmental project teams."

"The power of the Quantm system means that alternative scenarios can be investigated in just days," said Alan Griffiths, Quantm Chairman. "This allows the planners to demonstrate comprehensive consideration of each stakeholders priorities, achieve consensus and maintain the momentum of the project."

For the Foothill Corridor project, over 150 different elements (including wetlands, sensitive habitats, cemeteries, utilities and other land-use) were defined for consideration, resulting in 3,750 individual constraint zones input into the system (utilizing existing GIS and other data sources). The Quantm system also provided an audit trail that documents how the recommended alignments were derived, recording the sequence of iterations and the project decisions made by the planners, engineers and other decision makers -- helpful when justifying the selection of one alternative or when negotiating mitigation cost agreements with resource agencies.

About Quantm Ltd.

The Quantm system for route alignment selection addresses the shortcomings of the conventional approach to transportation route planning by allowing transportation planners to integrate environmental, community, cultural, engineering and cost factors into a single analysis. By integrating the large amounts of data required by agencies involved in the environmental protection process in the United States, Quantm helps achieve the objective of reducing project impacts on the environment, including demonstrating that "all reasonable alternatives" have been considered as required by NEPA and CEQA. The system has been successfully applied on road and rail projects worldwide, including California, Texas, North Carolina, Indiana, Arkansas, Washington, Colorado, Louisiana, Delaware, Michigan and Idaho along with Canada, France, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and China.

Contact Information

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