ACEC-Manitoba handed out its awards earlier this month at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre in Winnipeg on April 16.
The special “Keystone” award went to KGS Group for the Mayo B Hydro Enhancement project. A project for Yukon Energy Corporation, it enlarged the Mayo Hydroelectric Facility from 5 MW to 15 MW within a two-year fast-track schedule. The enhanced hydropower capacity helps to reduce peoples’ reliance on costly diesel generation and results in an estimated elimination of 25,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
The project design required tunnelling 300 metres through conditions of poor bedrock and challenging artesian groundwater pressures. The engineers also had to tie in to a 60-year old tunnel at the intake, a situation that was
KGS Group, winners of the Keystone Award for the Mayo B Hydroelectric project in 2015. Photo: Joel Ross Photography.
complicated by its proximity to the full reservoir head. The project involved careful mapping using LiDAR 3-D survey techniques and modeling.
The project also won an award of excellence in the energy resource development category.
Four awards of excellence were given, to:
Teshmont Consultants for the Montana Alberta Tie Line Remediation Action Scheme for Engridge/Montana (energy resource development category);
Dillon Consulting for the Waverley West Arterial Roads Project, Part III for the City of Winnipeg (infrastructure/transportation);
Accutech Engineering for the Whale Cove Arena Ice System Uprade for the Government of Nunavut (building engineering);
WSP Canada for the J.C. Wilt Infectious Diseases Research Centre in Winnipeg for Public Works and Government Services Canada (building engineering).
Six awards of merit were given. They went to: SMS Engineering for the Seven Oaks General Hospital Dialysis Unit 3; Tetra Tech WEI for Bridge Foundation Repairs; MMM Group for Rotated Ellipse Arch Pedestrian Bridge for the Calgary West LRT Extension; KGS Group for the City of Brandon Third Street Dam Replacement; Stantec Consulting for the Boeing Building Expansion; and JR Cousin Consultants for the Sioux Loukout Water Treatment Plant Process Wastewater Treatment.
The Rising Star award went to Jomar Manzano, P.Eng.
The Engineering Action award went to Grantley King, P.Eng.
The Lifetime Achievement award went to Tom Wingrove, P.Eng. of Golder Associates.