Canadian Consulting Engineer


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    The big urban squeeze is on

    March 16, 2016 by Bronwen Parsons

    Editorial “Comment” from the January-February 2016 print edition, page 4. Hundreds of people came out on a cold night in January to hear plans for changing the Gardiner Expressway in downtown Toronto (see p. 8). It was mostly the grey-hair

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    Fort York Visitor Centre

    March 16, 2016 by Bronwen Parsons

    Wedged between Toronto’s most important historic site and the giant concrete piers of the Gardiner Expressway is a building that is as unique as its location.

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    Going Underground – Copeland Transformer Station

    March 16, 2016 by Bronwen Parsons

    The Copeland Transformer station in downtown Toronto is only the second station in Canada to be built underground. Adding to the project’s complexity, it is being constructed on the site of a historic railway Roundhouse.

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    Power Boost – Vancouver Aquarium Expansion

    March 16, 2016 by Sophie Kneisel

    Consulting engineers AES saved the Vancouver Aquarium from an expensive upgrade to its high-voltage power supply by using emergency generators during peak demand.

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    Testing Integrated Fire Systems

    March 16, 2016 by Simon Crosby, LEL, CET, CFPS, Jensen Hughes Consulting Canada

    The new CAN/ULC-S1001 standard sets out the testing required to ensure that fire protection and
    life safety systems work in concert. It will be included in the new version of the National Building Code.

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    The BIM Revolution

    March 16, 2016 by Araina Bond

    The use of Building Information Modeling is taking off in Canada and around the world. It has many advantages, but for
    engineers it’s not all smooth sailing yet.

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    Corporate Structures to Save Taxes

    March 16, 2016 by Chad Saikaley, GGFL

    Basic advice on ways to set up your professional consulting company — using
    holding companies, family trusts and avoiding probate fees.

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    AHR Innovation Awards handed out

    March 14, 2016 by CCE

    A list of the 2016 AHR Expo Innovation Awards given for inventive HVAC & R products, systems and technologies.

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    Conversations: Sports Psychology Applied

    March 1, 2016 by Interview

    Mark Blamey of Kerr Wood Leidal follows a rigorous regime to achieve physical and mental health and to manage stress. He is now applying the model to help people in his company achieve life balance.

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    CHUM – Mega Hospital in Montreal

    December 16, 2015 by CCE

    From the December 2015 print edition, p. 10 Near the Ville-Marie Expressway in downtown Montreal, a gigantic construction project is transforming the landscape. The $1.9-billion Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) is one of the most ambitious urban integration

  • Two inquiries over. Now watch for action

    December 16, 2015 by Bronwen Parsons

    Editorial comment from the December 2015 edition, p. 4 Just before we went to press, the Charbonneau Commission of Inquiry report was released on November 24. Four years and $45 million have been spent on uncovering problems of collusion, bid

  • On the Rebound – How Recent Events Are Affecting Consulting Engineers across Canada

    December 16, 2015 by Bronwen Parsons

    Canada’s consulting engineering sector is facing repercussions from some dramatic events recently, including two engineering failures, an economic downturn in the oil patch, and scandal in Quebec.

  • Feature Buildings

    Parliamentary ‘Digs’

    December 16, 2015 by Adjeleian Allen Rubeli

    A heritage building at 180 Wellington Street in Ottawa has been hollowed out to provide temporary space for the federal government while the Parliament buildings across the street are being renovated.

  • Controlling Legionella

    December 16, 2015 by By Lan Chi Nguyen Weekes, P.Eng. and Donald M. Weekes, CIH, CSP InAIR Environmental

    Legionella bacteria can be very persistent in building HVAC and water systems, as recent tragedies have shown. In order to avoid such problems, designers need to consider not just a system’s functionality, but also how it can be maintained.

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    Chilled Beam Systems

    December 16, 2015 by Hugh Crowther, P.Eng.

    ASHRAE has issued a guide to help engineers design an energy efficient technology that can both heat and cool individual building zones.

  • Company Cars

    December 16, 2015 by Bob Boser, Collins Barrow

    When staff travel on company business there are different tax consequences
    for the company and the employee, depending on who owns the vehicle.

  • No Little Plans

    December 15, 2015 by Interview

    An exhibition in Toronto shows that things haven’t changed much since 100 years ago
    when it comes to planning large infrastructure projects.

  • Feature Engineering

    Comment: Heroic buildings and hope for First Nations

    October 24, 2015 by Bronwen Parsons

    The awards allow us to profile excellent projects, but at a deeper level they show directions in which engineering is going.

  • 2015 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Prix canadiens du génie-conseil

    October 24, 2015 by CCE

    Introduction, Chair’s Comments & Jury Members for the 2015 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards. A joint program of ACEC-AFIC-Canada, and Canadian Consulting Engineer Magazine. Now in its 47th year.

  • Schreyer Award: Queen Richmond Centre West

    October 24, 2015 by Stephenson Engineering and CAST CONNEX

    “We were totally amazed by this project. The engineers were able to put an 11-storey tower on a “tabletop” above two heritage buildings and develop special frame systems to take the loads. The huge joints a metre thick are unique and very difficult to cast — completely innovative.” – Jury

  • Tree for Life Award: Forrest Kerr Hydroelectric Project

    October 24, 2015 by Hatch

    “At this remote dam project in Northern B.C. the engineers used innovative and sustainable techniques, such as carefully
    protecting the fish habitat downstream with a creative use of turbines to quickly offload the power when necessary. The project involved First Nations and produces 195 MW of clean energy with minimal impact on their ancestral lands.” – Jury

  • Ambassador Award: Milton-Madison Bridge Replacement

    October 24, 2015 by Buckland & Taylor

    “This was an outstanding project. It was remarkable that the engineers came up with an alternative design that didn’t require the U.S. crossing to close. They used the existing piers and slid the new bridge onto them. We thought it was really innovative, creative and courageous. We gave it the Ambassador award for international work. The ultimate beneficiaries were the people who live in the area.” – Jury

  • Engineering a Better Canada Award: Halifax Central Library

    October 24, 2015 by SNC-Lavalin

    “This project is a combination of dramatic architecture with a complicated structural design to accommodate it. We gave it the special award for “social, economic and cultural benefits to the community.” The library serves as an important focal point that attracts people to Halifax. It also enhances the urban site.” – Jury

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    Outreach Award: Hatch and Hatch Mott MacDonald Canadian Outreach Program

    October 24, 2015 by Hatch and Hatch Mott MacDonald

    “This is a tremendous effort on the company’s part to reach out to their neighbourhoods and the wider world to show the value of engineering and to encourage others to take up engineering as a career. It’s not about the money, it’s about the time. It’s making the effort. That’s a big deal.”– Jury

  • Award of Excellence: University of Toronto Goldring Centre

    October 24, 2015 by Blackwell

    “The tight urban site for this sports research and recreation complex necessitated a top-down built structure, in which
    the lower floors were suspended from a large truss. We admired this unusual arrangement which required complex detailing to deal with load deflections in the truss and movement in the lower levels.” – Jury

  • Award of Excellence: Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office

    October 24, 2015 by Fast + Epp

    “This mid-rise commercial building in Vancouver is a hybrid timber and steel structure, with an extensive use of wood. It seems relatively simple construction, but the engineers had to work from first principles. The interface of the floor diaphragm with the steel lateral system, for example, needed careful design to meet the intent of seismic requirements in the code.” – Jury

  • Award of Excellence: Edmonton International Airport Office and Control Tower

    October 24, 2015 by DIALOG

    “This was visually a very impressive project. Combining the control tower with an office building above the terminal was challenging. The steel shear walls were innovative.
    A lot of the solutions are partly driven by the structure, partly driven by the architecture, which means it’s a truly
    integrated solution.” – Jury

  • Award of Excellence: Thunder Bay Courthouse – Acoustic Design

    October 24, 2015 by Aercoustics Engineering

    “What was interesting about this building in northern Ontario was the close integration of the acoustic design with the construction. The acoustic engineers’ expertise provided natural acoustics inside courtrooms that are open and daylit, unlike the typical heavily insulated “black box” environments.” – Jury

  • Award of Excellence: Calgary International Airport Runway and Tunnel

    October 24, 2015 by Associated Engineering and CH2M

    “The complexity of designing a runway on top of a tunnel to accommodate the new large aircraft was impressive, especially as there were no Canadian codes or standards for it. They also introduced LED lighting for the Category IIIA runway — a first in North America.” – Jury

  • Award of Excellence: St. Patrick’s Bridge

    October 24, 2015 by WSP / Parsons Brinckerhoff and RFR

    “The bridge is very elegant, very light and transparent, with an efficient structure that minimized its use of materials. It is also
    an innovative design that allowed much of the structure to be prefabricated. Despite the setbacks of the 2013 flood, it was completed on budget and for half the cost per square metre of other signature bridges in Calgary.” – Jury