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Dr. Gord Lovegrove, PEng


Associate Professor, School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science 


Educational Background

  • PhD – Civil Engineering (UBC)
  • MBA – Public Policy (SFU)
  • MEng – Civil Engineering (UBC)
  • BASc – Civil Engineering (UBC)           

Upcoming Events

ENGR 449 Poster 2017  UBCO CITE Industry Night Fall 2017


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General Background

Dr. Lovegrove is passionate about sustainable communities, and is one of the School of Engineering’s experts in applied sustainable civil engineering - he is currently working with the Canadian and American Societies of Civil Engineers (ASCE/CSCE) on the release of a new reference textbook for practitioners and students-alike on civil engineering practices "Toward Sustainable Communities" (working title). His sustainability expertise stems from over 30 years of hands-on professional engineering experience and innovative, rigorous science-based research. In addition to his valuable contributions to the School’s teaching and research programs at UBCO, Dr Lovegrove works hard off campus as a volunteer to promote sustainable lifestyles, government, and built form in Kelowna and globally. He has served as a Director of Kelowna's Fresh Outlook Foundation (, charter Director of Kelowna's Okanagan Car Share Co-Op (, Christian Service Brigade (, TRB Bicycle Committee (ANF20), among others. Dr Lovegrove's contributions, expertise, and reputation have been recognized by his peers as worthy of several distinguished grants, including: a Natural Science & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grant, a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Grant to equip his Sustainable Transport Safety (STS) Research Lab, and NSERC Engage Grants to solve emerging industry problems. His STS Research Lab researches and develops knowledge based technologies and systems for more sustainable and safe communities, including ways to measure and predict sustainability metrics for community planners and engineers. Currently under development are web-based, empirical safety planning tools, and, field-based, experimental data collection and analysis tools. Scan down to the bottom of this web page for more details, and opportunities for joining and/or collaborating with Dr Lovegrove’s team.


Dr Lovegrove is regularly asked to speak at sustainable community land use and transportation conferences, to co-author and contribute as expert consultant on sustainability texts used today by governments and universities across the globe. His leadership has facilitated teaching, research, planning, and implementation of projects promoting sustainability at all levels, including:


  • Serves on two working groups within British Columbia's Road Safety Strategy Commitees. These include Safer Roads and Communities as well as Data and Research groups.
  • Presented at penTALKtonlinks to external site, a public engagement to discuss sustainable communities and gear up for the 2017 Penticton Official City Plan. 
  • Has been invited to sit on the TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Panel 17-81 as expert advisory and steering committee to oversee development of pedestrian and bicycle collision prediction models to update the Highway Safety Manual ( 
  • Instructor of the UBCO School of Engineering's first Go Global international course, on planning and design of sustainable communities, in which he took 15 UBC students on a 3-week course to Delft, NL.
  • Hosted the Sustainable Transport Safety workshop at UBC Okanagan, June 8 & 9, 2016.
  • Invited to UC Davis to lecture on sustainable community development, including the Fused Grid (Dutch Safe Systems) Neighborhood design, which promotes multi-generational health, safety, and active living (see his 2015 book on this topic below).
  • Invited to Tongji University guest lectures on Sustainable Transport Safety in May 2014, including case study advising on applications of STS principles in Shanghai historic network.
  • Invited to consult to RHS community planning team in Chongqing, China in August 2012, including planning and design of several new towns in and around Chongqing.
  • Invited to guest lecture on The Future of Safety and Sustainable Communities at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India in March 2012, including design of the Fused Grid neighborhood.
  • UBC Okanagan School of Engineering member since its inception in 2005, part of the team that lead to its successful full certification by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board in June, 2010.
  • Advocating for a staff/faculty U-Pass at UBC Okanagan, including survey, analysis, and design of an U-Pass integrated with 10 days of campus parking.
  • Launching in 2003 of UBC Vancouver’s award-winning student Universal Transportation Pass (U-Pass) program that is saving 40,000 university students over $4 million per month, reducing GHG emissions by over 15,000 tonnes per year, increasing use of sustainable transportation, and improving road safety. This was pre-cursor to planning and development of the UBC Okanagan U-Pass program, launched in 2008.
  • Founded UBC Vancouver’s successful TREK Program Centre (, in 1998 dedicated to promote sustainable transportation and development on campus. The UBC TREK Program has been featured by Toor and Havlick in Transportation & Sustainable Campus Communities (2004).
  • Project Engineer for the Township of Langley’s award-winning Shared-Use (equestrian, bicycle, pedestrian) Trails program in 1994, promoting active transportation and reduced auto reliance.
  • Project Engineer for planning, design, and construction in 1988 of the City of Vancouver’s award-winning Solid Waste Transfer & Recycling Station, to reduce City fleet fuel and maintenance costs, increasing crew productivity, and reducing solid waste tonnage.
  • As part of his M.Eng. degree conducted a Landfill compaction research study with findings that led to a 30 year extension in useful life to the Greater Vancouver’s Burns Bog Landfill.
  • Project Engineer for the City of Vancouver’s Seaside Bicycle Route, connecting Stanley Park to UBC, in time for Expo 1986, the first of what is now a city-wide award-winning bicycle network.

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Teaching Interests

Dr. Lovegrove has contributed to the School of Engineering undergraduate / graduate (5xx) courses as follows:

  • Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering Design - APSC 169
  • Engineering Analysis (Calculus and Statistics) - APSC 172 / 173
  • Engineering Economics and Social Cost Benefit Analysis - ENGR 305 / 505
  • Transportation Systems Design - ENGR 435
  • Planning and Design of Sustainable Communities - ENGR 449
  • Sustainable Transport Safety Engineering - ENGR 534
  • Railways Systems Engineering - ENGR 437 / 537
  • Directed Studies Courses on various topics to supplement graduate researcher skill set preparation

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Student Clubs

Dr. Lovegrove also invites all students (undergraduate and graduate) and faculty to participate in the following UBC Okanagan student clubs for which he acts as a faculty sponsor:

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Research Team

Lab Group Summer 2016      GordLovegrove2016

Graduate Students

The following student are completing their graduate studies and working on laboratory research under the guidance of Dr. Gordon Lovegrove:

  • Mr. Abdul Rahman Masoud, (co-supervised with Dr. Idris), is a  PhD student. He is working with Dr. Lovegrove on ways to promote safer and healthier communities in Canadian cities through Fused Grid neighborhood planning developments that encourage more physical activity, and by implementing Active Transportation Infrastructure that promote Vulnerable Road User safety. Abdul started his work as a MASc student, and excellent efforts upon graduation in 2015 have resulted in him continuing his research at the PhD level. 
  • Mr. Farhad Faghihi is working towards completion of his PhD. His current research is working on collision prediction models using dynamic (time series) artificial neural network (ANN). As well measuring the effectiveness of speeding reduction strategies and technologies that have been implemented on Springfield Road in Kelowna, BC. His research also involves recommending future methods regarding Active Transportation, safety, and speed management issues along this corridor. This research will help to develop and expertise that will aid with a future career in the transportation field.
  • Ms. Esraa Jamal is PhD student under the Inter-Disciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program. She is researching Sustainable Community Planning. This includes technical and political concerns, land use, the environment, and urban design with a focus on public transportation in Kuwait. Her research goals are to reduce car dependency, improve active transportation practice, and increase transit use through a comprehensive impact analysis and business plan development for the government of Kuwait. 
  • Mr. Mohamed Hegazi is enrolled at UBCO in the Masters of Applied Science program. He is conducting clean rail research, focusing on the application of electrical energy storage technologies in railway locomotive power source systems. His research primarily deals with developing trip and powertrain simulators to study the optimization of the on-board hybrid power sources (Fuel Cells / Batteries / Ultracapacitors) to meet range and speed requirements whilst abiding by mass and volume. It is intended to provide a gateway technology to electrification of the entire North American freight and inter-city passenger train locomotive fleets
  • Mr. Firoz Mahmood Ovi is currently pursuing Masters in Applied Science in Civil Engineering. His enthusiasm and love for sustainable communities and design has led him to join the UBCO STS team. He is currently working on designing a SMARTer Growth city. This is a community where housing, transportation and resource conservation are managed in ways that retain the economic, ecological and scenic values of the environment and where the consumption of fossil fuels, emissions of greenhouse gases, water resources and pollution are minimized. His hope is that this work will lead into a career designing and developing SMARTer Growth neighborhoods and cities in the future.
  • Mr. Vipul Garg is a student completing his Masters in Applied Science. He is working on Integrated High-Level Safety Planning (IHSPM) model, a proactive approach to road safety planning. The objective of his masters is to finalize and to refine the web-based application based on macro-level collision prediction models (CPM) to automates the planning process.
  • Mr. Adam Lee is an Engineer in Training as well as Masters student. He is working with Dr. Lovegrove's Instrumented Probe Bicycle (IPB) technology and conducting research on the safety, comfort, and practicality of cycling. The objective of the project is to develop a bicycle comfort and safety prediction model that can be used to assist consultants with the planning and design of bicycle facilities.

Undergraduate Students

The following student s are completing their respective undergraduate studies while assisting with research under the supervision of Dr. Gordon Lovegrove:

  • Mr. Brandon Vollmer is currently in his final year of the Bachelors in Applied Science in Civil Engineering program at UBCO. His reasoning for join the STS Research team was to gain invaluable experience and knowledge in the transportation field while assisting both masters and PhD students in their research and projects. He is currently working on compiling weather station data for one of the PhD students also working on the UBCO STS team that will be used to analyze data using ArcGIS. His goal with his position on the UBCO STS team was to provide myself with enough experience in the transportation field to decide on his interested in pursuing a career with transportation.
  • Mr. Ren Visser is a fourth year student completing his Bachelors in Applied Science. He joined the STS Laboratory team out of interest for the transportation field and to have more experience in a research based setting. He is currently working with the day to day upkeep of Dr. Lovegroves and the STS Laboratory websites. He also helps with data collection and projects related to the research of the Masters students, PhD students and the Laboratory. In the future he plans to pursue a career in transportation while using his experiences and knowledge from working with the laboratory team to build a successful career after graduation.
  • Dustin Yanke is a fourth year student completing his Bachelors of Applied Science. He joined the STS Laboratory team to gain hands-on experience in research and data analysis while promoting research development in the field of Civil Engineering. He is helping Graduate students with their varying research by assisting in data collection and analysis.  He plans to use this experience in his future careers by developing his skills with industry related software and exposure to different techniques in research.  
  • Ms. Saskia Huesing is a fourth year civil engineer student. She has been a part of the STS Laboratory team since January of 2017. Her work has included assisting with the BC Highways Provincial Speed Review Study as well as analyzing and georeferencing the data associated with laboratory studies. Saskia has also taken part in writing the technical report for this study and looks forward to continuing with this work in 2018. 

 Past Members:

Dr. Lovegrove has trained and graduated the following highly qualified personnel with the help of industry and NSERC Discovery Grant funding:

  • Mr. Craig Hostland, P.Eng., MBA, PhD (2016), in sustainable living environments, focusing on measuring, modeling, and predicting the mould-induced health impacts of residential indoor air quality (co-supervised with Dr. Roberts).
  • Ms. Ellen Morrison, EIT, MASc (2015), researched a Community U-Pass program for Kelowna residents in the Glenmore neighbourhood, a ComPASS. It promotes sustainable transportation, and includes a Community Revenue Neutral funding model whereby local transit and merchants are patronized, and local residents' see their auto-alternative transport choices enhanced. She has already been hired by Opus/Dayton Knight consultants for her expertise in Active Transportation (click here to read more).
  • Ms. Vicki Feng Wei, MASc (2013), in sustainable road safety engineering, including development of community-based, macro-level collision prediction models related to bicycle use - See thesis
  • Ms. Bidoura Khondakar, MASc (2008), in sustainable road safety engineering, including development and transference of collision prediction models in Kelowna (co-supervised with Dr Sayed) - See thesis
  • Ms. Elham Boozarjomehri, MASc (2010), in sustainable road safety engineering, including the sustainable road safety benefits of an Okanagan Valley all-electric, semi-high-speed passenger/freight railway - See thesis
  • Mr. James Sun, MASc (2010), in sustainable road safety engineering, including the development, transference and application of collision prediction models across Canada - See thesis
  • Mr. Ahsan Alam, MASc (2012), in sustainable road safety engineering, including the sustainable road safety benefits of public transit in the Regional District of the Central Okanagan - See thesis
  • Mr. Olakunle Williams, MEng (2014), in sustainable transport safety engineering and high-speed rail.

Summer Internships

Dr. Lovegrove also welcomes the privilege of supervising international students.

For Summer 2016, his research team of interns included:

  • Mr. John Rozema, entering his 4th year UBC Okanagan BASc in Civil Engineering. He is assisting Dr. Lovegrove's team in developing the IHSPM online tool and its documentation, as well as assisting in lab communications, duties and website maintenance.
  • Ms. Jinglei (Victoria) You, an international student from China completing her BASc in Civil Engineering at UBC Okanagan. She is assisting Hegazi Mohammed in his All-electric locomotive gateway technology research
  • Mr. Justin Choi, 4th year graduating civil engineering student, assisting Adam Lee with his IPB research
  • Mr Jeff Bulmer, entering his graduating year of Computer Science, working on the IHSPM program
  • Dr Lovegrove has hosted the 'united nations' of interns from all parts of the world over the year, including: India (IIT), China (Chinese government), Brazil (Scientists without Borders), and Canada. If you would like to come work with Dr Lovegrove in the STS Lab as a summer research intern, please do not hesitate to contact your university's internship program and see what is possible. UBCO cannot pay you anything as an intern, but if your university as funding, please contact us.

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Opportunities to Join Our Team

Due to the high volume of inquiries, the Sustainable Transport Safety Research Lab is not able to respond to individual applications made by email. Please do not contact Dr. Lovegrove directly with CV materials or applications as these requests will go unanswered; instead, we recommend that you apply to UBC Okanagan.

If you are serious about Joining Dr. Lovegrove's Research team, please review the information provided below before clicking HERElinks to external site to begin your formal application. All applications must be made directly with the UBC Okanagan College of Graduate Studies to ensure that the process is open and fair to all interested applicants. 

Dr. Lovegrove is always looking for exceptional graduate students to join his team at the MASc, PhD, and Post-Doctoral levels. However, he cannot accept everyone who applies; therefore, PLEASE NOTE all candidates applying to join his research team will demonstrate explicitly, as part of their application/covering letter, how they meet the following criteria:

  • Award-winning achievements in scholastic, research, and/or community service
  • Excellent and fluent English language skills (written, oral, comprehension)
  • Above 90% academic standing in university studies to date
  • A passion for sustainable communities and transport safety
  • Your funding expectations are reasonable, including that you can self-fund in part through successful scholarships and/or other self support, and that you do not expect Dr Lovegrove to provide more than 50% funding (please keep in mind that a typical student needs a total of $18,000 CDN per year to study at UBC).

If you meet these criteria, please apply to be trained and supervised by Dr. Lovegrove in one of the following research areas:

  • Railway systems planning and engineering
  • Sustainable land use & transportation design and implementation
  • Social cost benefit analyses and planning of sustainable communities
  • Knowledge-based system development (computer algorithms and programming)
  • Development & application of community-based, macro-level collision prediction models
  • Development & application of bicycle safety and comfort, macro-level collision prediction models
  • Micro-processor based inertial sensor and 3D video data capture for bike/pedestrian on/off-road paths

As of June 2016, Dr. Lovegrove is inviting applications for a postdoctoral fellow focused in systems automation related to road safety planning to join the Sustainable Transportation Safety Research Laboratory. If you are interested, please see the link below to a PDF containing position and applications details.

STS Lab IHSPM Research Opportunity

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Current Research

Dr. Lovegrove’s research program on sustainable communities covers two streams: 1) Sustainable Transport Safety, and, 2) Sustainable Development Patterns.

1. Sustainable Transport Safety (STS)

The burden on communities due to the enormous economic and social costs associated with road collisions has been recognized worldwide as a major problem and impacts directly on the sustainability of our society (see WHO, 2013). As 96% of collisions are due to driver error, Dr Lovegrove is pursuing ways to reduce the use of private auto’s as well as evaluate ways to create safer neighbourhoods. He is working on the following areas:

  • Sustainable Transportation Safety Evaluation Models

    Development of macro-level Collision Prediction Models (CPMs), and guidelines for their use by planners and engineers is a critical need for our community. These models predict mean collision frequency based on associations with variables from one of four neighbourhood characteristic themes, including exposure, socio-demographics (S-D), Transportation Demand Management (TDM), and network. Dr. Lovegrove and his team have developed models for Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna, and Ottawa, in Canada. He is seeking partnerships to develop and apply his models in other cities across Canada, with the intent to plan, design, and build neighbourhoods based on his STS principles to validate his theoretical modelling results.

  • Interactive High-level Safety Planning Model (IHSPM)

    Development and use of a knowledge-based web application based on his macro-level CPMs for remote access to and reference by communities world-wide interested in planning safer, more sustainable communities. Dr Lovegrove is working with ITE, TRB, AASHTO, and FWHA colleagues towards adding an on-line safety planning module (termed the Interactive High-level Safety Planning Model, or IHSPM) to the existing micro-level AASHTO Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) on-line tool, the Interactive Highway Safety Design Model (IHSDM). This on-line tool, in coordination with the widely used HCM, will accelerate and automate the development and application of safety planning by practitioners world-wide to preclude safety problems from happening in the first place.

  • Sustainable Railway Technology, SoE colleagues

    A Transport Canada research service contract has been secured to pursue ways to transition North American railway technology from inefficient, energy-intensive, carbon-based technology, into more globally competitive, innovative and sustainable operations, including: ultra-capacitor driven locomotives, risk-based infrastructure management, and lighter running gear materials. Railway electrification is seen by many as a gateway technology away from current NA diesel-based freight fleets, toward quieter, cleaner, more efficient freight and passenger transport. Dr Lovegrove has built a demonstration track at UBC Okanagan for training and research of his students. He is always looking for railway industry partners to assist in guest lectures and outfitting of his railway research program.

  • Transportation Safety Management Systems

    Innovative community corridor safety management programs to reduce speeding and promote active transport use, including the City of Kelowna’s Springfield Road corridor research project. This project is analyzing the effectiveness of a multi-prong, integrated approach to manage safety on a busy city arterial, including enforcement, pavement marking, signal phasing, and information technology in real-time adaptive modes.

  • Macro-Level Bicycle Comfort and Safety Prediction Model

    Cycling is a sustainable and healthy mode of transportation. The objective of this project is to promote cycling by developing a community-based, macro-level bicycle comfort and safety prediction model. The developed model will quantify the safety and comfort levels of cycling routes and will be a tool in the planning and design of more convenient, desirable and safer bicycle facilities.

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2. Sustainable Development Patterns

While there is a global awareness that more sustainable community development patterns are imperative, there is no science-based, empirical agreement on the impacts and benefits of those patterns. As such, Dr Lovegrove’s sustainable communities research seeks to develop reliable, predictive, empirical tools that will quantify those evaluations for community planners, engineers, and decision-makers. Several SoE and UBCO faculty collaboration opportunities have broadened his research focus from strictly transport safety, and into land use systems, as follows:

  • Fused Grid Neighbourhoods

    His research has resulted in a novel neighbourhood road pattern design – the Fused Grid neighbourhood - that suggests that over 60% of common road collisions in neighbourhoods can be eliminated. He also wishes to use his models to show the progressive improvement in road safety as more and more drivers get out of cars and onto bicycles, buses, and sidewalks. Currently, the City of Calgary is employing Fused Grid design principles in its new subdivision, which Dr Lovegrove plans to research on to confirm its effectiveness.
  • Community U-Pass (ComPASS)

    Dr Lovegrove has used various Sustainable Community Grants to conduct research into an innovative sustainable transportation program, ComPASS. Combined with an NSERC USRA student, and his NSERC Discovery Grant funds, Dr Lovegrove is researching ways to facilitate a permanent shift by residents of an existing community (Glenmore) to more sustainable transportation habits. This research will model and quantify current patterns together with a social cost benefit analysis of desired outcomes, to inform a consultative design of effective community transition strategies toward more active transportation patterns, and away from private auto use.

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Selected Publications

Books / Book Chapters

  1. On Fused Grid (Dutch Safe Systems) neighborhood safety research: “Remaking the City Street Grid - A Model for Urban and Suburban Development”, Co-Authors: Fanis Grammenos & Gord Lovegrove, McFarland Publishers, 2015. 207 pages.
  2. Mohan, Dinesh, editor (2012) Safety, Sustainability, and Future Urban Transport, Elsevier Ltd, features my sustainable road safety analyses research on Fused Grid Street Network.
  3. Lovegrove, G. (2007) Road Safety Planning: New Tools for Sustainable Road Safety and Community Development, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Berlin, Germany. 218 pages.
  4. Toor, W. & Havlick, S. (2004) Transportation & Sustainable Campus Communities, Island Press, Chapter 5 features a case study of the UBC TREK Program Centre, based on several interviews with Dr. Lovegrove. 28 pages.

Technical Reports

  1. CLASP (2014) Innovative Infrastructure Solutions for Safer Active Transport: Case Studies from Canada, Report prepared for the for the Joint Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineering (CITE) Technical Liaison Committee (TLC) / Healthy Canada by Design (Coalitions Linking Action & Science for Prevention) CLASP Initiative, UBCO School of Engineering, Kelowna, BC. (P-I).
  2. Swanson, A., Finn, N., Drdul, R., Lovegrove, G. (2013) University of Calgary TDM Plan, DA Watts & Associates, Calgary, Alberta
  3. ITE Safety Council (2013) ITE Informational Report: School Site Selection, Design, and Transportation, ITE Safety Council, Washington DC. (co-author).
  4. De Vries, J., Barss, P. & Lovegrove, G. (2012) Promoting Safe Use of Roads & Pathways for Vulnerable Road Users: A Review of Canadian Promising Practises, Report prepared for the Public Health Agency of Canada, Kelowna, BC. (P-I) (GRL contribution 90%). []
  5. Hostland, C., Johnson, J., Roberts, D., Lovegrove, G. (2012) Sustainable Indoor Environments: Addressing consequential sickness from indoor mould exposure utilizing policy to effect change in the provision of health care, Report submitted January 13th, 2012 on-line to Provincial Select Standing Committee on Health, Province of British Columbia, Victoria, BC. (GRL contribution 40%)
  6. Morrison, E. & Sonmor, D. & Lovegrove, G. (2011) Sustainable Glenmore Community Research: ComPASS Phase 1 Report, September 2011. Prepared for the City of Kelowna, Kelowna, BC. 95 pages. (P-I) (Dr. Momer of UBCO Geography Department contribution 10%)

Peer Reviewed Papers


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