Poor people – mostly women – in areas of Africa and South Asia are going to be able to make cell phone calls easily.
The Canadian Commission on Buildings and Fire Codes is giving free online presentations on the 2010 National Model Construction Codes. The 30-minute presentations provide overviews of the major technical changes in the 2010 National Building…
Water For People, the non-profit international aid organization that is supported by several large consulting engineering companies in Canada, is hoping to find an organization to take over the development and promotion of its FLOW…
IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), has started developing common standards and a roadmap that will promote further development of “cloud” computing.
“What you will find about people in my business is that we love talking about what we do,” says Rae Ackerman in Vancouver.
The March-April issue of Canadian Consulting Engineer featured an office building in Saskatoon with combined technologies that achieve almost 70% energy savings compared to a standard office building.
Engineering firms have role in Campbell River highway, CHUM hospital, lithium mine, Alberta power transmission, carbon capture
R.F. Binnie & Associates of Parksville, B.C., Highland Engineering and Surveying, and McElhanney Consulting Services, both from Campbell River, B.C. provided design engineering and contract administration services for the recently completed…
The final design for a National Music Centre was revealed in Calgary on June 22.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is proposing a revised standard practice to prevent legionellosis associated with building water systems.
Precast tunnel liner segments destined for the Toronto Transit Commission’s York-Spadina Subway extension are being manufactured with Radio Frequency Identification Tags (RFID) embedded in the units.
A blizzard hit Oshawa east of Toronto on June 13, with temperatures around minus 27 celsius. The unseasonable weather was created inside a brand new climatic wind tunnel being officially opened at the University of Ontario Institute of…
Quote: “‘We believe (Stuxnet) is going to mark a major shift in international conflict,’ [Ralph] Langner told The [Toronto] Star at a Thomson Reuters global security seminar in London last week.
A study released on June 2 by the Montreal Public Health and Social Services Agency (DSP) blames humidity and mould in housing units as the major cause of children having asthma and other respiratory problems.
The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, Ontario Chapter, gave out its awards on May 19. Four awards of excellence as well as awards of merit were handed out.
NRC’s Institute for Research in Construction reports that it has been developing a durable concrete that will increase the average lifespan of bridge decks by more than 20 years compared to typical high-strength concrete, and by more than 40…
The gritty environment of a highway underpass is being transformed into a unique urban park along Toronto’s waterfront.
Schools across Toronto will be covered with solar panels over the next three years, the Toronto District School Board recently announced.
This past weekend, on May 21, over 5,000 people came out to celebrate the official opening of a new bridge in Montreal. The A25 Bridge between Montreal and Laval is part of the first public private partnership project in Quebec, and also the…
As summer’s heat and humidity start to make inroads in areas of southern Canada, building engineers might take note of two initiatives based in the southern U.S.
The Canadian Wood Council has come out batting after a spate of media reports questioned the safety of using wood-frame construction for six-storey buildings. A fire in Richmond, B.C. that destroyed the Remy housing development under…
A large fire that destroyed a housing development under construction in Richmond, B.C. has prompted a public relations battle among associations representing different construction materials.
Consulting engineering companies won awards at the 2011 Masonry Design Awards of Alberta held on April 8 in Calgary. DIALOG won the top honour, the Presidential Award, for the Royal Canadian Pacific Railway Pavilion in Calgary. Inspired by a…
The American Society for Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has issued a new BACnet standard. It contains 19 addenda approved since the 2008 standard was published.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is asking for public comment on a revised standard for retrofitting existing buildings for energy efficiency. The ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 100-2006 was…
Ground source heat pumps (geo-exchange heat pumps) have their place as an effective heating/cooling plant solution, and are a great application in some parts of the country. But if I was building a house and had to decide whether to put $15,000…