Enhancing a Megaproject

British Columbia’s Port Mann/Highway 1 bridge – the widest in the province at the time of its construction – was outdated. It needed a range of updates – chief amongst them being the requirement for an ITS, an intelligent transport system.

But what is an intelligent transport system? It’s called “intelligent” if you can cross a toll booth without stopping. While that might seem simplistic, it’s perhaps also slightly misleading: an “intelligent” transport system certainly provides greater convenience to motorists who use its roads – with, for example, the ability to cross tolls seamlessly.

But it’s more than just about convenience. An intelligent transport system cuts congestion and travel time, boosts safety and accessibility, simplifies dependable transit services, expands the infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians – all while keeping in mind the task of accommodating future rapid transit.

Fundamental to all of this, though, is the need for the construction services deploying the hardware to function efficiently. The government had selected an array of vendors to execute the project: from building the bridge, lanes, tolling systems, and orchestrating the software that underpins everything. For Mindfield Consulting – entrusted with assessing, reviewing, and optimizing the efficiency and safety of the tools used by these vendors – the project represented a remarkable and exciting challenge.


Viewing the project requirements together with relevant parties allowed both client and vendor to build an immediate blueprint for success.


Our iterative approach allowed for the project to be assessed and optimized at different stages of its implementation, allowing for full transparency and a world class final product.


A sense of any project’s urgency permeates Mindfield’s work; with our emphasis on providing timely updates and deliverables, the project went to schedule perfectly.

Iterative approach for exceptional results.

The first task was to provide advisory and oversight for the vendors by auditing the physical infrastructure of the project. A process was needed to ensure that all of the technical requirements and configurations used by the vendors could be transparent, accessible, and mutually shareable.

Using many years of experience in communicating detailed projects with transparency and accuracy, Mindfield produced an itemized list of deficiencies in the vendor’s processes, identifying critical areas for improvement that would cut costs, boost efficiency and even potentially save lives.

Mindfield’s emphasis on transparency and communicability was paramount to the project’s success: using our trademark, iterative approach allowed for the project to be assessed and optimized at different stages of its implementation.

No data set too complex.

After completing an audit and report for the vendors’ data centers, it was time to inspect the software solutions. Drawing on our remarkable depth and breadth of experience in auditing and building software solutions, Mindfield posed key questions to perceive the fundamentals of the construction enterprise as a whole.

Does the software have sufficient computing power? Do we have the proper storage requirements to maintain data for sufficient length of time? Are privacy, retention and security policies being adhered to – down to the last detail. Using intermediate proposals, no problem is insurmountable; participating in discussions with the vendors every step of the way helped streamline the project and keep all parties on a unified course to success.