In This Issue
A Gift
Transportation Superlatives IV
Member Profile - Holiday Edition
Engineer a Better Snowman
What Does Christmas Cost Santa?
Christmas Signs and Physics
Quick Hits
Mascot Fight
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The Changing Face of Transportation


Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! Happy Chanukah! Happy Kwanzaa! Seasons Greetings! Happy Winter Solstice! Elf_image


We decided to bring back the holiday edition of the newsletter.  This is still a relatively slow time for KYSITE, but you might find a few things below that interest you: 


- Holiday Greetings from the 2013 KYSITE Board

- Transportation Superlatives IV - Longest Ice Road

- Member Profile - Special Edition - Part 2

- Engineering a Better Snowman

- How Much Does It Cost Santa?

- Christmas Signs and Physics

- Quick Hits

- Mascot Fight (not Holiday related, but fun)


We hope you enjoy this edition.  We will return to the regular format in the first edition next year.

As always, contact us at anytime!      


- KYSITE Officers


Our Gift to You! 
The 2013 KYSITE Board would like to send Seasons Greetings to all.  We worked hard on the following just for you:
Seasons Greetings!
Seasons Greetings!


Transportation Superlatives IV: 
World's Longest Ice Road 
The world's longest ice road is a winter supply route for four Northwest Territories mines and a marvel of engineering.  

For most of the year, the world's longest ice road is a series of lakes strung together by 64 portages. But in winter, this rugged network is transformed into a vital supply route snaking its way across the Barren Lands from Tibbitt Lake, 70 kilometres east of Yellowknife, to Contwoyto Lake, nearly 600 kilometres north, in western Nunavut. Thousands of rigs thread their way along the frozen highway each year, hauling fuel, cement, equipment and supplies to four diamond mines and several exploration sites otherwise accessible only by air.




The Northwest Territories is criss-crossed by 2,200 kilometres of all-weather highways. Ice roads add another 1,400 kilometres to the system. The most northern ice road links Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk, on the Beaufort Sea. The Tibbitt-to-Contwoyto Winter Road is owned by the Joint Venture Management Committee (JVMC), made up of BHP Billiton Diamonds Inc. and Diavik Diamond Mines Inc., two of the mining companies that use the road.


There's more than big rigs riding on these ice roads. Trucks can haul in a year's worth of supplies for one-quarter to one-eighth the price of air cargo. So when a road is out of service, costs quickly escalate. As climate change takes its toll, warmer weather has delayed ice-road openings by as much as two weeks and made it harder to construct the roads. "The major problem is building sufficient thicknesses of ice to support commercial vehicles," says Greg Cousineau, senior transportation planner with the N.W.T. government.


Photography by Loïc Seron with story by Hélèna Katz via Canadian Geographic



Member Profile - Holiday Edition - Part 2
Prepared by: North Pole Elves


Back by popular demand, our 'member profile' for theBumbles2  holidays.


NameThe Abominable Snow Monster of the North (a.k.a. Bumbles)   


Place of Work: Arctic North


Title: Reformed Snow Monster


Degree(s) BS in Terror


Other Qualifications: Can put star on Christmas Tree


Place of BirthUnknown 


Family: None but I have a best friend in Yukon Cornelius (my BFF)


1. What do you do day-to-day?

I used to scare anyone in my path.  However, after my reformation, I am currently on the speaker circuit talking about overcoming anger.  The tour is called "Monster to Manners: How I Became a Friendly Bumbles"

Also, I am the designated light bulb changer (no ladder) at Santas Workshop.


2. What are your technical interests?

Safety (i.e., not falling off mountains)


3. What are your hobbies?



4. Favorites:

a. Favorite Color? Red and Green

b. Favorite TV Show: Ice Road Truckers

c. Favorite Music?  Any Christmas song in the famous Rudolph television special, including:

 - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

 - We are Santa's Elves
 - Silver and Gold

 - We're a Couple of Misfits


5. Five Questions:


a. Dracula or Frankenstein: Neither -- both are mean

b. Silver or Gold:  Silver     

c. Dasher or Dancer: Dancer -- I just like to dance (a secret skill of Bumbles).   

d. Snow or Ice:  Snow (softer when you bounce)

e. Cats or Cards?   CATS!  (The Cardinals are still on the naughty list according to Santa)


7. Other Information:

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!



Engineering A Better Snowman 


Wondering why your snowman never comes to life?  It's snowman_on_water probably because you aren't building it right.  Here are a couple of links to help you out.  


How To Build A Snowman 


Snowman Construction Kit (online tool)


Toysmith Dress a Snowman Kit


Frosty the Snowman - Fun Facts / Trivia


And Here's Some Advice from a Snowman:


Advice from a Snowman (link

  • Be a jolly, happy soul
  • Spend time outdoors
  • Stay cool
  • It's okay to be a little bottom-heavy
  • Avoid meltdowns
  • Be well-rounded
  • Live well, life is short!

If this increases your success in the snowman arena, please send video / pictures to us for inclusion in future editions.



How Much Does Christmas Cost Santa?

Submitted by: Billy Garrison (GRW)

Santa travels millions of miles every Christmas. Most of us would not be able to afford this. How does he do this? Here is a breakdown of his costs. Click here.



Christmas Signs and Physics
Some Engineers have speculated if Santa exists of not. Their arguments are in the following links.


Quick Hits 
snowman fight

Sierra Club Picks 50 Best and Worst Projects Nationwide


Traffic Deaths Down Thanks to Safety Technology


LaHood Continues Push for High-Speed Rail  

10 Techniques for Making Cities More Walkable





Mascot Fight 

While not necessary in the Christmas spirit, it's tough not to post a mascot fight from a local Kentucky school that makes national news.  Add to the fact that it's your editor's dear old high school involved in the brawl (Go Bulldogs), it was mandatory to include.


Mascots from Louisville Male and duPont Manual high schools fight during basketball game
Mascots from Louisville Male and duPont Manual high schools fight during basketball game





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2012/2013 KYSITE Board; and

Scott Walker, Editor