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    U.S. and Canadian consultants meet

    June 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Southern drawls and other U.S. accents added a fresh note to the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada (ACEC) annual meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario in May. Its counterpart, the American Con…

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    Goodbye

    June 1, 2000 by Shelley Boyes

    The tightly knit camaraderie that is woven in engineering firms under the shared pressures of constantly meeting project deadlines, budgets and client expectations can be torn asunder when someone is …

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    Table 1: PRIVATE PARTICIPATION IN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS (by sector)

    June 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Sector199019911992199319941995199619971998TotalTelecommunications6.613.17.91…

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    NOTES

    June 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The Government of B.C. and Pacifica Papers have agreed to dismantle a dam on the Theodosia River near Powell River, B.C. in an effort to restore salmon runs. The earth/concrete capped dam was built …

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    Acres: portrait of a firm

    June 1, 2000 by Bronwen Ledger

    Name: Acres InternationalLocations: corporate office recently located to Oakville, Ontario. Eleven offices across Canada, six in the United States, one in IranNumber of employees: 1,000 approximatelyS…

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    TIGHT TREATMENT

    June 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The sequencing batch reactor plant in a downtown wastewater treatment facility in Quebec is pie-shaped to save on costs.BCD Consultants of Valleyfield, Quebec were asked to double the capacity of the …

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    Blue Box Syndrome

    June 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The use of blue box and other recovered paper waste to feed pulp mills is one of the most important environmental thrusts taking place in the pulp and paper industry. This in spite of the fact that ma…

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    Floor Assemblies

    May 1, 2000 by M.A. Sultan, N. Benichou and V.R. Kodur, P.Eng.

    Acoustic requirements for multi-family dwellings became more stringent in the 1995 National Building Code of Canada. Sound transmission class (STC) ratings between units increased to 50, from 45 in th…

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    Sightseeing on the Internet

    May 1, 2000 by Elaine Laprairie, Morrison Hershfield

    Fire protection engineers can find ever-increasing amounts of resource materials on the Internet. Web sites, e-zines, discussion lists and newsgroups are just some of the sources of fire and life safe…

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    Storing flammable and combustible liquids; A

    May 1, 2000 by R.P. Benedetti, National Fire Protection Association

    A new edition of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code, is being proposed for adoption at the NFPA 2000 World Fire and Safety Congress in Denver, Color…

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    On-line seminars

    May 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    EDUCATION Engineers wanting to hone their expertise in sprinkler design can do so without leaving their desks. The National Fire Sprinkler Association runs live on-line technical seminars on the Inte…

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    Disaster in Taiwan

    May 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    EARTHQUAKESAteam of Canadians was sent to Taiwan last fall to study damage from an earthquake that killed 2,300 people. The earthquake hit the city of Jung Shung Shin Tsuen on September 21 with a magn…

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    Evolution of NFPA Rules on Flammable and Combustible Liquids

    May 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The National Fire Protection Association has been developing rules and requirements for the storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids since 1912. The first edition of the code now know…

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    ON THE BURNER

    May 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The U.S. has its first comprehensive set of national model construction codes. The 2000 International Building Code issued early in 2000 completed a series of coordinated model construction codes is…

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    New training centres simulate emergencies on board ship

    May 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    TRAININGThe Canadian Navy is building a new generation of emergency training centres on both the east and west coasts. Elisha Gallup of the Winthrop/ Fowler joint venture in charge of the project says…

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    How different fire detection sensors work

    May 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Photoelectric sensorsThese detect large smoke particles from .05 to 10,000 microns, smoke typical of the slow smouldering fire. They operate by projecting a light source into a sensing chamber. A ligh…

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    PRODUCT NEWS

    May 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Grinnell Supply Sales Company is to be known as Mueller Flow Control. The Toronto-based company has become a division of Mueller Holdings Group which was formed last August. Mueller Flow Control will …

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    CONFERENCE

    May 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    In February, 110 delegates from the U.S. and Canada converged on the University of British Columbia for a series of workshops on “Performance Based Design for Fire Safety.” The event was held with the…

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    Atriums and Plugholes

    May 1, 2000 by G.D. Lougheed and G.V. Hadjisophocleous

    Atriums are popular in commercial and residential buildings as they provide high marketing value with their environmentally controlled, naturally lit spaces. Such spaces, however, present a challenge …

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    Exit Sign Language

    May 1, 2000 by Kevin Cheong, P.Eng.

    One of my colleagues recently commented that the codes change about as fast as molasses, and I quipped that they seem to move more like glaciers. Actually, the codes do change as issues change, but be…

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    Keeping workers on top

    May 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    SAFETYAn Alberta consulting firm, Techna-West Engineering, won the international award of excellence and a small firm merit award in the Consulting Engineers of Alberta Showcase 2000 for a system that…

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    when rules don’t make sense

    May 1, 2000 by Demir Delen, P.Eng., Morrison Hershfield

    The first evidence of building regulations is in the Codes of Hammurabi of Babylon in the third century B.C. They were made to deal with the hazards and punishments that result from faulty constructio…

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    Objectives in Sight

    May 1, 2000 by John C. Haysom

    As Canada’s first objective-based national model codes evolve towards a 2003 publication deadline, we are approaching an important step in the consultations. Committees and the staff at the Canadian C…

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    Protecting Calgary’s Bankers Hall

    May 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Busy construction towers mark the fact that Calgary is booming these days. One of their progeny, the new 52-storey West Tower of Bankers Hall, was completed last March, a mere 22 months after owners T…

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    Blowing smoke: Commissioning smoke management systems

    May 1, 2000 by Jonathan M. Rubes, P.Eng., Leber/Rubes

    Smoke management systems play several roles as a component of a building’s fire protection and life safety system. Also referred to as smoke exhaust or smoke control systems, they help to provide tena…

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    E-Commerce @ ACEC (March 01, 2000)

    March 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    ACEC publications and contract documents can be purchased online via ACEC’s secure transaction server. The ACEC E-Shoppe shortens the process of obtaining business documents and management tools, ef…

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    Edging to Green

    March 1, 2000 by Gray Taylor

    A five-year political circus ended with the passage by the Senate last September of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The Act (CEPA 1999) is expected to come into force this spring afte…

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    Client relations, old-style

    March 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The search for a good engineer-client relationship is as old as engineering itself. Richard White’s Gentlemen Engineers: the Working Lives of Frank and Walter Shanly (Toronto: University of Toronto Pr…

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    LETTERS (March 01, 2000)

    March 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Stuffed shirts rebuffedTwo letters in the January/February issue made the same old pseudo-intellectual arguments to support the antiquated idea that the new millennium doesn’t “really” start until Jan…

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    Consulting engineers poised for a good year

    March 1, 2000 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    If the survey results from ACEC’s 1999 Business Survey of Members are an indication, 2000 should be a very good year for many in the industry. In total, 57% rated the general business climate in Canad…