Canadian Consulting Engineer


  • CCDC issues new documents

    October 3, 2016 by Rosa L. Mauro, Miller Thomson LLP

    The Canadian Construction Documents Committee recently issued two new documents that relate to procurement practices in the industry.

  • Feature Buildings

    Critical Protection: Fire Safety and Casinos

    October 3, 2016 by William Kuffner, P.Eng., Senior Fire Protection Engineer

    In designing upgrades to the fire protection systems for a casino surveillance operations room, WSP evaluated various advanced systems for suppression and detection.

  • Next Generation Buildings: Power Over Ethernet

    October 3, 2016 by Andy Schonberger, P.Eng., Cisco Systems Canada

    In the emerging era of the Internet-of-Things and IP networks, the use of Power-over-Ethernet is a technology that can simplify a building’s electrical and communications infrastructure.

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    School Project: Calgary Board of Education building automation systems retrofit

    October 3, 2016 by Terry Irwin, CEM and Annie-Claude Thibeault, P.Eng., Ecosystem

    Over 100 schools in the Calgary Board of Education are having their building automation systems revamped and put under central control, but the buildings are diverse and each requires its own BAS logic.

  • Feature Buildings

    STGM Head Office

    October 3, 2016 by Sébastien Hogue, Ambioner

    An architect’s head office in Quebec City is the first commercial building in Quebec to earn LEED Platinum certification. Its sophisticated, minimal style is complemented by its innovative and highly efficient energy systems.

  • Feature Buildings

    Centre Vidéotron

    October 3, 2016 by Samuel Paradis, ing, SNC-Lavalin

    Quebec City’s new hockey arena and entertainment venue welcomes visitors into a grand soaring hall banked with immersive technologies. But behind the scenes, the engineering of the building structure and mechanical systems are just as extraordinary.

  • Radical problems call for radical change

    October 3, 2016 by Bronwen Parsons, Editor

    From the August-September print edition, page 4 They say everyone is either an optimist or a pessimist, and I generally count myself in the latter camp. So when I arrived in the U.K. in June just after the Brexit vote,

  • André Rochette – a story of resourcefulness and optimism

    September 26, 2016 by Bronwen Parsons, Editor

    André Rochette, president and CEO of Ecosystem, started a
    company in his parents’ basement in Quebec City 20 years ago.

  • Feature Buildings Energy

    School Project – Upgrading Calgary Schools’ building automation systems

    September 26, 2016 by Terry Irwin, CEM and Annie-Claude Thibeault, P.Eng., Ecosystem

    Over 100 schools in the Calgary Board of Education are having their building automation systems revamped and put under central control, but the buildings are diverse and each requires its own BAS logic.

  • Feature Engineering

    Drones and Engineering

    August 25, 2016 by Bill Corbett

    Unmanned aerial vehicles open up new vistas for surveying and photographing construction sites. They also can save companies time and manpower.

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    New Products

    August 24, 2016 by CCE

    From the June-July 2016 print issue, page 25 STRUCTURAL Legacy Building Solutions’ Solar Ship Brantford off-grid hangar, a joint venture with Canadian Energy and Solar Ship, was awarded the “Game Changer Project of the Year” by CanSIA. Located in Brantford,

  • The Green Drinks Phenomenon

    August 24, 2016 by Interview by CCE

    Jim Lord runs Green Drinks Toronto, a casual monthly event where up to 400 people who are interested in sustainability issues might drop by.

  • Feature Energy

    Reinvigorating Chaudiere Falls

    August 24, 2016 by Jim Law, P.Eng., Hatch

    Just over a kilometre from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, a new run-of-river hydroelectric generating station is being built underground.

  • Pangnirtung Wastewater Treatment Plant, Nunavut

    August 24, 2016 by Daryl Burke, P.Eng. and Ed Bowes, exp

    The addition of an MBR system to the sewage treatment plant of a hamlet in Canada’s High Arctic helps to preserve the pristine environment.

  • Feature Environmental

    Flood Protection in Manitoba

    August 24, 2016 by Patrice Leclercq, P.Eng. and Colin Siepman, P.Eng., KGS Group

    After doing an
    extensive study of
    flood prone areas of the
    Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba basins
    KGS Group went on to analyze and conceptually design scores of solutions.

  • Feature Industrial

    Humbled by the huge responsibility of engineers

    August 24, 2016 by Bronwen Parsons, Editor

    From the June-July print issue, page 4.  Editorial Comment. Looking at aerial photographs of the 2014 Mount Polley Mine tailings spill, I was shocked by the size of the tailings pond. This one in the Cariboo Region of B.C. was

  • Plants to the Rescue: Sechelt Water Resources Centre

    August 24, 2016 by Sophie Kneisel

    At the Sechelt Water Resources Centre in B.C. innovative technologies save wastewater effluent from being discharged into the ocean.

  • Danger is my middle name

    June 23, 2016 by Chad Eggerman, Miller Thomson

    Five considerations when signing a contract to consult on a remote international project.

  • Sioux Lookout Water Treatment Plant

    June 23, 2016 by J.R. Cousin Consultants

    A 1990s-era membrane filtration plant in a northern Ontario town was creating too much backwash until upgrades enabled the process wastewater to be recycled.

  • Mount Polley – the Aftermath

    June 22, 2016 by Bronwen Parsons

    The failure of a 40-metre high tailings dam at a copper mine in the B.C. interior caused widespread environmental damage. It has also shaken up the mining industry — and its engineers.

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    June 16, 2016 by CCE

    HVAC Johnson Controls now has a full line of York chilled beams. The beams deliver comfort while reducing energy use and require 60% less vertical space than conventional all-air systems. The Dri-Steem Wetted Media System (left) for evaporative cooling

  • The Female Advantage

    June 16, 2016 by CCE

    Marg Latham, P.Eng. believes that the engineering companies who support women have a competitive advantage.

  • Minority Shareholders – Moving On

    June 16, 2016 by Paul Mandel, Collins Barrow

    When you are a minority shareholder at a private firm and decide to leave and sell your shares, the situation can become complicated and lead to disputes.

  • Biomass Energy Evolves

    June 16, 2016 by Jean Sorensen

    Across Canada everyone from universities,
    to utilities, to farmers are finding diverse ways to turn waste organic materials
    into bioenergy, and so reducing
    our carbon footprint.

  • Flywheel Energy Storage

    June 16, 2016 by Geoff Osborne, NRStor

    The Minto flywheel project in Ontario is a “mechanical battery” that stores electricity in the form of kinetic energy — one ingenious solution to the search for the “holy grail” of the electricity system.

  • Feature Buildings Energy

    Infrared Thermography

    June 16, 2016 by Gord Rajewski, R.E.T., Williams Engineering Canada

    Infrared thermography is a powerful tool for discovering where energy is leaking from building roofs and wall assemblies.

  • Seawater Exchange at 351 Water Street

    June 16, 2016 by Brad Daw, P.Eng., Stantec

    An office building in St. John’s, Newfoundland draws energy for its geo-exchange system from seawater that permeates the ground below the site.

  • Earth Benefits: Environmental Science and Chemistry Building, U of T Scarborough

    June 16, 2016 by Bronwen Parsons

    At the Environmental Science and Chemistry Building at University of Toronto Scarborough, massive earth tubes that temper incoming air help to reduce the energy use.

  • We’re seeing a groundswell of green action

    June 16, 2016 by Bronwen Parsons

    From the May 2016 print edition, page 3. Today  the impulse to do what’s right for the planet is becoming entrenched in what we design and build. Big shifts are taking place in the political stratosphere, worldwide and in Canada.

  • Staying Small

    April 13, 2016 by CCE

    Dick Walters and Don Chambers started their own structural engineering company in Edmonton during the depths of the 1980s oil crisis. The company thrived, but they consciously decided to keep it to a modest size.