Canadian Consulting Engineer


  • Managing Community Relationships

    December 17, 2016 by Debbie Cox

    Most large projects have to undergo extensive public consultations in order to win approval. Here’s advice on how to effectively handle these delicate community and stakeholder encounters.

  • Prompt Payment

    December 15, 2016 by Interview by CCE

    Bruce R. Reynolds and Sharon Vogel of Borden Ladner Gervais led an independent expert review of the Ontario Construction Lien Act this fall. One of their recommendations was for a 28-day payment period.

  • Feature Engineering

    Showing that engineering has beauty and a heart

    December 5, 2016 by Bronwen Parsons, Editor

    From the October-November 2016 print issue, p. 4 Why should engineers give themselves awards?” asked Robert W. Lucky in an article posted late this summer online by IEEE. Lucky points out that despite our best efforts to engage the public

  • Feature Engineering

    2016 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards/Prix Canadiens du genie-conseil – Introduction & Jury

    December 5, 2016 by CCE

    From the October-November 2016 print issue, page 16. The competition was tough! On the following pages we are proud to present the winning projects in this year’s Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards / Prix Canadiens du genie-conseil. The winners were announced

  • Feature Buildings

    Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre – Schreyer Award & Award of Excellence

    December 5, 2016 by Fast + Epp

    Jury Comments: “We gave this project the top technical award. It shows out-of-the-box thinking, particularly in how it spans the primary structure across the long span rather than the short span, and accommodates an undulating roof structure that has hanging timber ‘cables’ suspended between concrete buttresses.”

  • Enerkem Alberta Biofuels – Tree for Life Award & Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by BBA

    Jury Comments: “Winner of a special award for environmental stewardship, this commercial refinery for converting non-recyclable garbage into biofuels deals with the challenges of being a “first” technology. The process converts the waste material to biomethanol, and has the potential for very significant environmental benefits, potentially reducing landfilled material by 90%.”

  • Infrastructure Protection in Haiti – Ambassador Award & Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by AECOM

    Jury Comments: “Winner of the special
    award for international
    work is this project in a
    Caribbean country that is
    subject to dramatic weather events. The engineers proposed all manner of civil works to help contain flooding and help to sustain the agricultural community. Perhaps as important is the transfer of knowledge to the Island residents, helping them to continue to make improvements.”

  • Feature Transportation

    Mistissini Wooden Bridge – Engineering a Better Canada Award & Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by Stantec

    Jury Comments: “This bridge won the special award given to a project that showcases how engineering enhances the social, economic or cultural quality of life of Canadians. The bridge demonstrates the strength of wood in a demanding design, supporting road traffic loads on four spans each nearly 43 metres long. It also provides a vital link in a remote community, and the local Aboriginal work force participated in its construction.”

  • Rio Abajo Footbridge – Outreach Award & Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by COWI North America and Kiewit

    Jury Comments: “Winners of the Outreach special award, COWI engineers reviewed the design for this 81-metre footbridge, provided funding and sent a team to help with the construction. The bridge crosses a fast-moving river and gives the remote community its first year-round access to schools, clinics and markets in a nearby town.
    The impact of the project is truly life changing both for the community and the engineers involved.”

  • Feature Buildings

    Varennes Net-Zero Library – Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by Stantec

    Jury Comments: “Demonstrating “the small community that could … and did, “this municipal library is proof that net-zero buildings can be achieved at any scale while making no compromise in the design. Visits to the library have doubled since it opened, and it serves as a model and inspiration for the citizens and the engineering profession. ”

  • Feature Buildings

    351 Water Street – Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by Stantec

    Jury Comments: “This project showed an innovative use of seawater in a geo-exchange system. It reduced the use of energy by 35 per cent, and helped to create a sustainable and healthy work environment. The approach was also respectful of the historical surroundings.”

  • Westmount Recreation Centre – Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by CIMA+ s.e.n.c.

    Jury Comments: “We see this building as a testimony to the value of multidisciplinary engineering.
    It uses a bridge building
    method with long spans in order to create a green roof above an underground arena. The steel girders are six metres above the arenas and withstand significant unequal pressures from the earth without using internal buttresses.”

  • Robinson Place Ontario Government Building LEED Upgrades – Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by Morrison Hershfield

    Jury Comments: “At the time this was the only government building in Canada to meet a LEED-EBOM Platinum designation. It shows a high level of commitment to sustainability by Infrastructure Ontario and demonstrates that it is possible to drastically reduce water and energy consumption, while improving the comfort of workers and reaching out to the community.”

  • Feature Buildings Energy

    Whale Cove Arena — Ice Plant – Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by Accutech Engineering

    Jury Comments: “Engineering elegance and simplicity! We were impressed by the originality and the environmental savings in this arena retrofit. The new systems require practically zero operating and maintenance costs, even in this challenging northern landscape.”

  • Feature Transportation

    Union Station and Front Street Revitalization – Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by AECOM

    Jury Comments: “At one of the busiest underground transit stations in Canada the engineers successfully designed and managed the construction of a second platform. Since it was critical to keep the subway trains running, they found ways to control the dynamic and static forces on the structure and used a complex shoring and staging process. A side benefit of the project was enhancing the public “space on Front Street.”

  • Feature Transportation

    West Toronto Diamond Rail — Rail Grade Separation – Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by Parsons

    Jury Comments: “This project’s team found a unique technical solution using bridge slide technology to improve the performance of a 103-year old infrastructure. By using silent piling they also minimized the impact on the surrounding residential area. The project shows a remarkable understanding of the strategic significance of rail and public transit in our communities.”

  • Low Level Road Project – Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by Stantec

    Juror Comments: “The engineers brought harmony to a project that had multi-faceted conflicting and complex needs. It involved changes to 2.5 kilometres of roads and included the replacement of three at-grade rail crossings with new vehicle overpasses. Pedestrian and cycle trails and bridges, street lighting, and the relocation of utilities were involved.

  • Giant Mine Roaster Complex Decontamination – Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by AECOM

    Jury Comments: “This was an urgent, high-risk project, and its execution protected workers, the public and the environment in an exceptional way. The engineers’ work involved assessing and remediating a large former gold mining site, where a variety of hazardous materials had to be removed, notwithstanding that some of the buildings were near collapse.”

  • Feature Energy

    Whitehorse Diesel to LNG Conversion – Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by Allnorth Consultants - KGS Group - CAP Engineering

    Jury Comments: “This is a “first of its kind” project creating a standalone generating station fuelled by liquid natural gas (LNG) to feed into a small hydro grid. The experience gained here can be leveraged for further LNG use across Northern Canada to reduce the reliance on diesel for back-up power, with its associated greenhouse gases. The project also involved the local community and First Nations in the construction.”

  • Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture Storage – Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by Stantec

    Jury Comments: “Another “first,” this project is a global leader — the first in the world to capture post-combustion carbon from an existing coal-fired power plant at a large commercial scale. It extends the life of the existing plant by 30 years and has the potential to keep coal as an energy option for the future. The challenges of integrating the systems into the existing plant were of a huge magnitude.”

  • Capilano Break Head Tank and Energy Recovery Facility – Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by Knight Piesold

    Jury Comments: “In this innovative project, the engineers met the challenge of using energy recovery while reducing the downstream water pressure in a potable water supply system. It uses a large energy recovery turbine at the terminus of a 7-km tunnel that carries treated potable water at high pressures. The energy that would otherwise be lost is expected to save Metro Vancouver 9,600 MWh a year.”

  • Feature Industrial

    Goldcorp Eleonore Mine – Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by SNC-Lavalin

    Jury Comments: “This major mining infrastructure project in the remote James Bay region of Northern Quebec required
    well executed up-front planning and had a very good risk management process. The project involved building the above ground facilities for a gold mine, including the ore processing plant, a work camp for 400, administrative buildings, wastewater treatment plant, and tailings management facilities. There was also good involvement with First Nations.”

  • Feature Energy

    Lower Mattagami River Project – Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by Hatch

    Jury Comments: “This was a very large hydroelectricity generating project that added 500 MW to Ontario’s grid and was successfully completed on budget and ahead of schedule. It involved completely replacing the 1931 Smoky Falls generating station and increasing the capacity of four other linked stations downstream. There was an exceptionally strong involvement of local communities and First Nations.

  • Coastal Protection, Cotonou, Benin – Award of Excellence

    December 2, 2016 by Norda Stelo

    Jury Comments: “This six-year program was to stop erosion of 13 kilometres of shoreline that was causing serious problems folocal residents. The construction of new breakwaters was done with environmental sensitivity and we especially liked how the engineers involved local engineers from the beginning.”

  • Webinars

    December 2, 2016 by Carl Friesen

    On-line presentations can be a good tool for engaging and recruiting clients, and also for internal training. Here’s
    some advice on what works and what doesn’t.

  • Feature Uncategorized

    New Products

    December 2, 2016 by CCE

    ELECTRICAL Rittal Systems has added the LED System Light, the first lighting system designed specifically for industrial enclosures. It shines into every corner with a brilliant 900 to 1200 lumens. The units can be installed into a TS 8 enclosure.

  • Phil Sullivan and poor math scores

    December 2, 2016 by Interview by CCE

    Engineering rests on mathematics, but things aren’t looking good for future generations because children are not being taught the basic skills.

  • Feature Buildings

    Security at Casinos and Hotels

    October 3, 2016 by Bronwen Parsons, Editor

    From the August-September 2016 print issue, p. 32 Mike Prsa, P.Eng., vice president at Mulvey & Banani International in Toronto, has seen a great advance take place in security systems in the last decade. “No longer are security systems simply

  • Situation at the OIQ: Interview with the president

    October 3, 2016 by Interview by CCE

    From the August-September 2016 print issue, p. 42 On July 6 the Office des professions du Québec, an arm of the provincial government that oversees professional bodies, placed the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) under its administration. The order

  • Tax and business implications of opening a branch office

    October 3, 2016 by Marlin Miller, Collins Barrow

    When a firm decides it’s time to expand into a new province or even into the U.S. or overseas, what are the must-know tax risks and implications?