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B.Tech. Alumni Helps Bring Changes to Baggage Handling at Pearson Airport

December 13, 2016.

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Terminal 3 at Canada’s largest airport is getting a significant overhaul of its baggage handling operation and Matt Colby, B.Tech. 2011, plays an important role in making it happen.

For the past two years, Colby has been part of a team from Stantec Consulting that is managing the design and installation of a comprehensive re-haul of the Terminal 3 conveyor systems. There’s at least another year to go before anticipated completion. It’s a big project with enormous challenges that impact public safety, along with airport vendors, employees and visitors, plus the travel experience of millions of air passengers annually.

As Colby explains, Stantec has a unique role in this project as design managers working with all the specialty contractors and the many stakeholders involved with such a complex project. “We act as go-between for our client with contractors, write the specs for specific aspects of the project and coordinate requirements from all the stakeholders.”

“It means coordinating with airlines, airport services, the Canadian Transport Services Authority (CTSA), US Customs and Border Patrol and other stakeholders on issues like radiation and bomb detection, contingency plans, safety and security and efficient baggage handling,” says Colby. “There are a lot of moving parts.”

It’s been a huge learning curve for Colby but he says he acquired a better understanding of his learning style and how to problem-solve in the B.Tech. program. He admits this is the most complex project he’s ever been involved with and takes understandable pride in his involvement. “I’m fortunate to have a supervisor on the project who has spent the last 30 years becoming a baggage handling expert. She’s been very generous sharing her expertise and I’m absorbing as much as I can, as quickly as I can. It’s been a great opportunity for me. ”

Photo courtesy of Toronto Pearson International Airport

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