Tomas Tales: CMS Engineering Manager “Drones On” on Raceline Radio!

CMS Aerial Survey  David BrubacherDePodesta headshot BW 2016May 11, 2016

While The Canadian Motor Speedway site plan runs through process with the Town of Fort Erie to return heavy equipment to the site to resume work this summer, tasks such as engineering data gathering moves forward on the CMS time line.

As part of the CMS Traffic Management Plan, the road and street grid around the site between Gilmore and Bowen Roads on the west side of the Queen Elizabeth Highway is being surveyed to map out widening plans and upgrades.

Under the direction of Canadian Motor Speedway Manager of Engineering Services Ken DePodesta, a recently developed high-tech aerial surveying system is being deployed to gather data on the 15 lineal kilometers of road service that will carry customers and fans in and out of the $400 million dollar auto racing and entertainment complex.

Maximum seating capacity for the oval portion of the development, designed my 4-time NASCAR Sprint Cup stock car racing champion Jeff Gordon is 65 thousand, so the road service has to be state of the art in efficiency and coordination.

To gather this crucial data, DePodesta is working with Strata Aerial Surveys that uses a small propeller-driven UAV ( Unmanned Aerial Vessel ) or drone aircraft to take a series of photographs that along with conventional ground survey operations, will be compiled into highly detailed documents and plans that will be used to finalize road system development.

This Sunday night and all next week, DePodesta will add further details on the UAV/Strata Aerial Survey system being used for CMS survey work in a full-length interview, coast-to-coast on The Raceline Radio Network, the exclusive national radio voice of Canadian Motor Speedway, anchored by Erik Tomas.

Networked to 16 major and medium radio markets, Raceline Radio can be heard on the following affiliates, most featuring live audio streaming, podcasting and Iphone access. Some use The “Audio Vault” show retrieval system:

Sportsnet 590 The FAN Toronto: Sun. 12 Midnight and Sat. 7 AM. The FAN / Raceline is also available on Bell Express-Vu Sat. channel 959, and podcasted on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. Raceline Podcasts:
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TSN 690 Montreal: Sunday 11 PM Eastern

TSN 1040 Vancouver: Sunday 12 Midnight Pacific and podcasted

TSN 1410 Vancouver Saturday 4 AM Pacific and podcasted

Sportsnet 960 The FAN Calgary: Sunday 11:06 PM Mountain

TSN 1260 Edmonton: Wednesday 8 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM Mountain

TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Friday 10 PM Central

News 95.7 Halifax: Monday 8:00 PM Atlantic

TSN 1200 Ottawa: Monday 7:06 PM Eastern

AM 800 CKLW Windsor: Sunday 8:06 PM Eastern

AM 900 CHML Hamilton: Sunday 8:06 PM Eastern and on Audio Vault

NEWS-TALK 610 CKTB St.Catharines-Niagara: Sunday 9:06 PM and Saturday 4:06 PM Eastern

NEWS TALK 1290 CJBK London: Monday 7:06 PM Eastern

AM 1070 CHOK Sarnia: Sunday 8:06 PM Eastern
103.9 FM CHOK Sarnia: Sunday 8:06 PM Eastern

Photos: CMS Manager, Engineering Services Ken DePodesta and Strata Aerial Survey’s David Brubacher holding the UAV Aerial Survey drone aircraft.