Eanson Ho’s Experience

Eanson has over 40 years of experience in business administration, road safety, highway engineering, traffic engineering, transportation planning, land development, municipal infrastructure and teaching.  His experience includes working for engineering departments of municipal governments in the Lower Mainland between 1970 and 1980, and after that in private consulting business.  He was the president and director of Hamilton Associates in British Columbia between 1985 and 2006.  He was also a director of Synectics Road Safety Research Corporation in British Columbia; Hamilton-Finn Road Safety Inc. in Alberta; Synectics Transportation Consulting Inc. in Ontario; Hamilton Associates in Detroit, U.S.A., and Peru Consultores in Piura, Peru.  In 2006, Hamilton Associates was purchased by an international consulting company.  Since 2007, Eanson has been the president of EYH Consultants Ltd. which provides civil engineering consulting services.

Teaching Experience

  • Visiting Lecturer, Master of Transportation Engineering, University of Puira, Peru, in traffic and transportation engineering and road safety, 1994 to present.
  • BC Institute of Technology
    • Between 1985 and 1995, Eanson published teaching materials in traffic engineering and transportation planning for the training of BC Ministry of Transportation personnel located outside city centres.  The training was the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) certificate program.
    • Between 1990 and 2006, published teaching materials for the Distance Learning program at BCIT, including marking assignments, examinations and helping students.
    • Between 1985 and 2006, taught traffic engineering and transportation planning extension and continuing education evening courses at BCIT.
    • Over a period of eight years, Eanson was a member of the Transportation Systems Advisory Committee at BCIT in developing technical training and distance learning programs and liaised between BCIT and the engineering industry.
  • Guest Speaker and lecturer in road safety, business administration, traffic engineering and project management at:
    • The University of British Columbia
    • The Master of Engineering Program at the University of Piura, Peru
    • The Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand
    • The Ministry of Public Security at Wuxi, China – an Asian Development Bank project
    • The Traffic Management and Road Safety Capacity Strengthening Symposium in Nanjing, China. In 2001, representing CIDA and BCIT.  The symposium was sponsored by and for the Ministry of Public Security staff.
    • BCIT for the training of more than 200 senior administrative and professional personnel of the Chinese Ministry of Communications which is responsible for highway design, construction, operation and maintenance

Traffic Engineering
As the president of Hamilton Associates, a consulting firm specializing in traffic engineering, Eanson directed traffic studies throughout British Columbia for over 30 years.  Some typical studies were:

  • Traffic impact studies for major mixed-use land developments throughout British Columbia, including golf courses, resorts, hotels, marinas, schools, downtown commercial areas, and shopping centres
  • Traffic improvement studies for major hospitals and institutions throughout British Columbia
  • Pioneered the use of capacity analyses in the 1980’s and was adopted as standard analysis requirements by the BC Ministry of Transportation
  • On behalf of BC Ministry of Transportation, studied freeway information signing practices in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Belgium, resulting in updating the Ministry’s highway signing policies and standards
  • Traffic management studies for the major reconstruction and repair of the Oak Street Bridge, the Lions Gate Bridge and the Iron Worker Memorial Bridge repairs resulting in the pioneering use of advance warning signs, use of moveable changeable message signs and early public announcements to successfully diverted commuter away from the bridge closures.  The advance warning signs and public announcements have become standard practice and are still in use by the Ministry, many municipalities and the City of Vancouver.
  • Traffic control device installation warrants and policies

Transportation Planning
As the president of Hamilton Associates, a consulting firm specializing in transportation planning, Eanson directed transportation planning studies throughout British Columbia for over 30 years.  Some typical studies were:

  • Development highway planning methodology, relative comparison and evaluation techniques
  • Highway planning including the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Highway 17 between Swartz Bay and Victoria, Highway 16 through Terrace, among others
  • Transportation computer modelling
  • Planning for major developments: The Rise and Predator Ridge in Vernon
  • Major event planning
  • SkyTrain Station roadway planning

Road Safety
As the president of Hamilton Associates and with the firm’s expert road safety team, Eanson directed road safety studies throughout British Columbia since for over 25 years.  Between 1990 and 2006, Eanson has also directed road safety studies with partners in Alberta, Ontario, and many U.S. cities.  Some typical projects were:

  • The pioneer use of the traffic conflict technique in combination of capacity analyses, road geometry reviews and accident record analyses.
  • Establishment of a road safety program for ICBC – the program has been active since 1986 with a recent annual budget over $10 million.  It resulted in improving road safety in British Columbia for over 25 years.
  • The implementation of the road safety programs and methodologies to many other jurisdictions in Canada and the US.
  • The extension of Hamilton Associates road safety business to Calgary, Alberta (as Hamilton Finn Road Safety Consultants); St. Catharines, Ontario (as Synectics Transportation Consultants Inc.); in Kelowna (as a branch) and in Detroit (as a branch).
  • Road safety audit for major projects:
    • Golden Ears Bridge and approach road systems
    • Kicking Horse Canyon bridge and approaches
    • Highway 1 High Occupancy Lane expansion, Vancouver to Port Mann Bridge
  • In 2000, Eanson was the author of a training text book, Highway Design with Road Safety Principles
  • Road safety and signage review for the Predator Ridge Golf Resort

Parking Studies and Management
Eanson has led the parking demand and supply theories and analytical tools for shared parking since the mid 1985.  His studies had led to optimal supply levels and substantially reduced parking costs.  Some of his major studies are:

  • In the 1991’s, Eanson developed the Hamilton Parking Accumulation Model for estimating parking demands by establishing the relationship among trip generation and departure rates, and the duration of parking.  The model was presented in a paper at an Institute of Transportation Engineer conference.  The model was applied to major activity centres such as regional hospitals and resort developments.  The model helped the establishment of optimal parking supply strategies and saved millions of dollars in parking infrastructure.
  • Parking studies in major hospitals in the Lower Mainland, Kelowna, Penticton, Cranbrook, Williams Lake, Trail, among others.
  • The College of the Rockies’ planned expansion.
  • Major ferry terminals.
  • Schooner Cove Mixed Use Development project.
  • Predator Ridge Golf and Resort.

Project and Business Management
Since the mid 1995, Eanson was responsible for the business of Hamilton Associates, including the offices in Kelowna, Calgary, St. Catharines, Detroit and Peru.  He also directed many multi-disciplinary study teams.  Some of his projects are:

  • In the early 1990’s, Eanson introduced the ISO-9001 quality assurance program to Hamilton Associates’ operation.  Hamilton’s quality assurance system was registered annually with ISO and was welcomed by staff and clients.  The quality assurance program set out the practice requirements for operation procedures, project and client management, report writing, analysis, solution generation and evaluation using the rational approach.
  • Eanson had mentored many young engineers on the ISO and quality assurance approach and it was very successful based on their feedbacks years later.
  • In the 1995, Eanson developed the Navin-Ho model of Project Management Success Factors which has been used in project management practices and teaching.  A paper of the model was published in engineering and road safety conferences in North America and internationally.
  • As guest lecturer at the University of British Columbia and the University of Piura, Peru on business management and finance of consulting firms, as well as project management.

Land Development
Land use planning and development was a significant portion of the Hamilton’s business.  Eanson participated in the following recent major land development projects:

  • Since 2006, a 250-hectare (approximately 625-acres) residential subdivision on Bowen Island, BC.
  • Between 2007 and 2009, a multi-million dollar Neighbourhood Plan Study for the Cape Roger Curtis land on Bowen
  • Project management of multi-disciplinary consulting team of the above two land development studies including:
    • Town planning consultants;
    • Municipal engineering consultant in water supply and distribution systems, sanitary sewer collection and treatment systems
    • Geotechnical, hydrogeology, groundwater, wells, and archaeology consultants
    • Environmental consultants: wildlife and fish habitats, forestry and plants, and general environmental reviews
    • Land economists
    • Traffic, transportation and road safety consultants
    • Marine docks and coastal engineering consultants
    • Architects
    • Land surveyors
    • Structural engineering consultants for bridges and other structures
    • Subdivision design, contract administration and construction certification consultants
    • Foreshore and marine engineering consultant for docks and moorages
    • Solicitors
    • Contractors
  • 300-acre Riverwood subdivision in Port Coquitlam, BC.