Canadian Consulting Engineer


  • Feature Buildings

    Future-Proofing Hospitals

    September 3, 2015 by Kim Osborne, P.Eng., AngusICAT

    The information technology needs of health care institutions are rapidly expanding, which makes it critical that the communications infrastructure is planned strategically.

  • Feature Buildings Energy

    For Hockey and Housing: Westhills Recreation Complex, Langford, B.C.

    September 3, 2015 by Art Sutherland, Accent Refrigeration Systems

    The Westhills Recreation Centre in Langford, B.C. integrates its ice rink systems with the building HVAC. It also pumps excess energy to a nearby housing development.

  • Delays with Infrastructure Construction Projects

    June 24, 2015 by Bronwen Parsons

    Large transit and other construction projects are taking years longer than they’re supposed to — and the public want to know why. Engineers give their views on what are the causes.

  • Engulfed – Warding off Floodwater in Alberta

    June 24, 2015 by Bill Corbett

    After the 2013 flood of the century in southern Alberta, engineers are drawing up plans for dikes, dams and other large structures to save vulnerable communities from future disaster.

  • Changing the Model – Wandering River Regional Pipeline

    June 24, 2015 by Stephen Weninger, P.Eng., Stantec

    A design-build team completed the Wandering River Regional Pipeline across 88 kilometres of Northern Alberta, taking just over a year.

  • Saving the River Thames – Vauxhall Pollution Control Plant Upgrades

    June 24, 2015 by Dillon Consulting

    Upgrades to the Vauxhall Pollution Control Plant in London, Ontario enable it to treat wet weather flows that are 10 times the plant’s everyday capacity.

  • Algae – Bane of Our Lakes

    June 24, 2015 by Simon Breese, P.Eng., AECOM

    Algae blooms are spoiling our lakes and clogging our water treatment plants. Here are a range of techniques to deal with the problem.

  • Editorial: Project Delays Need a Cure

    June 24, 2015 by Bronwen Parsons, Editor

    Canada’s media is also rife with stories of big infrastructure construction projects running into problems.

  • Who’s Responsible?

    June 24, 2015 by CCE Interview

    John Clague of APEGBC weighs the question of whether engineering companies as well as individual engineers should be certified to practice.

  • Blacklisting Bidders

    June 24, 2015 by Owen Pawson and Alizee Bilbey, Miller Thomson

    In a disturbing trend, a B.C. municipality is refusing to work with contractors and consultants who have been involved in recent litigation brought against it.

  • Feature Engineering

    How Bad Can It Be?

    June 24, 2015 by Cal Harrison, MBA, CMC

    The amount of money that engineers and architects spend cumulatively in preparing Requests for Proposals to compete for projects comes under analysis — with disturbing results.

  • Feature Environmental

    Trash to Treasure

    June 24, 2015 by Sophie Kneisel

    A handful of “industrial symbiosis” networks are starting to take hold in Canada. The idea behind them is that the output of one industrial plant becomes feedstock for another.

  • Feature Buildings

    Data Centres Downtown

    June 3, 2015 by Tanya Enberg, Urbacon

    New data centres in Toronto and Montreal have architectural exteriors that fit in with their bustling, pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods. But inside the buildings are windowless spaces built to protect banks of machines.

  • Feature Uncategorized

    Privatizing innovation means privatizing information

    June 3, 2015 by Bronwen Parsons, Editor

    Without having non-biased, independent research results from government and academic sources, we find that if we want to tell readers about new ways of building and new technologies, we must rely increasingly on the manufacturers of those products.

  • Feature Buildings

    Critically Complex – Data Centre Design

    June 3, 2015 by Peter Sharp, IBI Group

    Data centre facilities are far from being commodity, “off the shelf” designs. They require a team that can identify HVAC and electrical systems for each owner’s precise business needs.

  • Feature Buildings

    Teaching in Green: Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario HQ

    June 3, 2015 by Christopher Piché, P.Eng., Integral Group

    The award-winning Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario Headquarters
    in downtown Toronto combines passive and active energy saving measures to achieve over 55% savings.

  • Solar Power: Dancing With Physics

    June 3, 2015 by Gordon Howell, P.Eng. Howell Mayhew Engineering

    The engineer who designed the largest BIPV solar PV system in Canada explains what makes it unique. The array is located at the University of Alberta’s Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre in Camrose.

  • The Alternative Village

    June 3, 2015 by Leona Krahn

    Buildings formed with unconventional materials like straw bales and hemp are being monitored at a unique research site at the University of Manitoba.

  • Feature Energy

    Very Small Nuclear Reactors

    June 3, 2015 by Brian Gihm, P.Eng., Hatch

    The nuclear power industry believes that deploying very small modular reactors in Canada’s remote mines and communities will have substantial environmental and economic benefits.

  • Conversations: Airtight in Saskatchewan

    June 3, 2015 by CCE

    Harold Orr, P.Eng. of Saskatoon travelled to Germany in April to receive the international Passive House Institute Pioneer Award for his work during the oil crisis of the 1970s.

  • Dismissed Employees: What’s Fair?

    June 3, 2015 by Cole L. Lefebvre, Miller Thomson

    The rule of thumb for how much compensation an employee should be given upon termination is a myth that does not hold up in the courts.

  • Revitalization of Union Station, Toronto

    March 25, 2015 by Hassan Saffarini, P.Eng., Ph.D, NORR

    The extraordinary structural engineering involved in expanding Toronto’s Union Station using a “dig down” approach is unprecedented in Canada. The lead structural engineer explains what is involved.

  • Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks – Kamloops Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

    March 25, 2015 by By Troy D. Vassos, Ph.D, P.Eng., Sam Turk, Ph.D, P.Eng., Golder Associates & Chris Town, P.Eng., Urban Systems

    In Kamloops, B.C., a lagoon — the most basic technology for sewage treatment — has been modified to provide state-of-the-art tertiary treatment with biological nutrient removal (BNR).

  • Feature Transportation

    Space for Bikeways

    March 25, 2015 by Bronwen Parsons

    Engineers are finding new design tools to make space for bikeways on our roads to make things safe for everyone.

  • A Piece of the LNG Pie?

    March 25, 2015 by Jean Sorensen

    British Columbia has set its sights on a billion dollar LNG industry. While consulting engineers are already reaping benefits doing early preparatory work, they wonder how much work will be sent offshore.

  • Feature Uncategorized

    Transit planning – just build

    March 25, 2015 by Bronwen Parsons, Editor

    As an undergraduate I took a course in the history of western architecture which included studying how cities were formed. We reviewed the superbly rational, orthogonal plans of Ancient Greek and Roman cities and compared them with the higgledy-piggledy way

  • Caution: Limitation Clauses May Not Apply

    March 25, 2015 by Philip A. Carson, Miller Thomson

    A decision by the Alberta Court of Appeal means that engineers and architects are not protected by a limitation of liability clause in two surprising situations.

  • Marital Breakdown

    March 25, 2015 by Nathalie Boutet

    Engineers are not immune from the devastating impacts of marriage breakdown, but using “collaborative negotiation” can help ease the division of assets and the impact on your business.

  • Beakerhead

    March 25, 2015 by CCE Interview

    Lisa Konopski of Urban Systems helped plan the crazy “smash up” of art, science and engineering that transformed Calgary’s streets for several days last fall.

  • Keeping Up: Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programs

    February 23, 2015 by Bronwen Parsons

    Are mandatory continuing professional development programs necessary to show that engineers are competent? Some engineers support them, and others are passionately against.