“Imagine that you’re motoring down the highway in a Ferrari. Now imagine that you’re also trying to change the engine piece by piece while driving that Ferrari at top speed. That’s what our team is doing to the baggage system here at Pearson.
I’m a Conveyance and Controls Systems Engineer, part of a big team that is working to overhaul Pearson’s entire baggage system. At the same time as we complete these enhancements for tomorrow, that system needs to continue operating today. Self-serve bag drops are just one example of the kinds of technology we’re trying to bring to the baggage system to enhance its overall function.
Largely speaking, we strive to enhance the strengths of the system and minimize its limitations to make it work better for everybody at the airport. Today, we have approximately 35 kilometers of baggage belts in both terminals—it’s a complex system.
In engineering, there’s a difference between theory and practicality, and I try to find that balance. We’ve been able to pioneer advanced simulation technology to make living models of the airport, testing how changes to the baggage system will impact the overall airport function. Even with those simulations, it’s something that you need to get out there and investigate in person.
It’s these moments that I enjoy most. Being here at Pearson in the wee hours of the night, you see the quietness of the airport when it’s empty. There’s a stillness as we prepare for the next day’s hustle and bustle.”
- George, Conveyance and Controls Systems Engineer, GTAA