Multi-Modal Transportation

Northern Transportation Systems Study (Transport Canada): 1998 and 2010

PROLOG audited and analyzed all existing freight volumes, routes, rates, and transportation systems in the three territories serving resource projects and arctic communities, and forecasted freight volume demand to 2030. Recommendations for infrastructure investments were provided to improve supply chain systems and lower freight costs to communities and northern resource project areas.

Over the years, PROLOG has developed working knowledge of northern transportation company capacities and shipping service capabilities from the Hudson Bay/Eastern Arctic Sealift to the Mackenzie River/Western Arctic Sealift. Included is an understanding of the ability and methods of handling the assembly and barging of mining equipment and supplies, and heavy drilling and oil well processing modules in the Mackenzie watershed and Beaufort Sea.

Manitoba-Nunavut Transportation Assessment (Province of Manitoba; Government of Canada)

The purpose of this study was to conduct an assessment of opportunities for improving logistics links between Manitoba and Nunavut, with a focus on the Kivalliq Region. The study was commissioned by the Government of Manitoba in conjunction with the Government of Canada and Nunavut.

PROLOG conducted the transportation assessment work and ND Lea conducted a companion study of potential road and electric transmission line access to the Kivalliq region of Nunavut.

The context of the study is a severely constrained transportation system serving a very small population base spread over a very large land area. In Nunavut, surface transport from the south relies almost exclusively upon seasonal marine services, with no all-weather roads available.

Air cargo, bulk fuel and general freight movements were analyzed by PROLOG. It was determined that all dry cargo marine re-supply from Churchill to Kivalliq communities remained economically viable, albeit with container vessels and improvements in intermodal rail service. Methods of transporting bulk fuel were noted, as were new recommendations for air transport services, particularly on the routing of Food-Mail services away from established staging points.

Benchmarking Alberta's Transportation Infrastructure & Competitiveness (Alberta Economic Development)

This work concentrated on transportation and market access as key issues affecting decisions to establish new businesses in Alberta. PROLOG concentrated on two principal tasks: (1) measuring the competitive performance of Alberta's road and rail transportation systems in relation to other selected provinces and states; and (2) measuring Alberta's transportation competitiveness in key corridors and markets.

The study provided a current picture of Alberta's road and rail transportation system in terms of physical and operational performance and the regulatory environment in which the system operates.

Grand Prairie Multi-Modal Logistics Park Demand Analysis (Grand Prairie County; Northern Alberta Development Council)

The County of Grand Prairie No.1 and the Northern Alberta Development Council committed to undertake an economic initiative to promote job growth and enhance the industrial tax base and standard of living for citizens. A 107 acre industrially-zoned property was conditionally purchased to develop a Multi-Modal transportation hub and Logistics Park.

PROLOG Canada Inc., RJ Consulting Ltd and The Van Horne Institute were retained to initially carry out a demand analysis to identify potential users of the facility. It was determined that the Multi-Modal Park could indeed attract sufficient business to justify the initial investment and cover annual operating costs for the companies who provided Letters of Interest as potential users.

The client then commissioned the same consulting group to develop a comprehensive Business Plan. Working with the rail service provider, CN Rail, a detailed financial analysis was prepared which provided the Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return of the investment, based on corporate savings to the user Companies. The project is now proceeding with detailed engineering work.