Canadian Consulting Engineer


  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Acquisitions

    February 20, 2015 by Kelly Kolke, Grant Thornton

    If you are considering acquiring another firm as a way of expanding your business,
    here’s advice on different steps you need to consider.

  • Feature Engineering

    Continuing professional development for engineers should be more targeted

    February 19, 2015 by CCE

    Are continuing professional development programs for engineers adequate? Should they be mandatory? Are they really measuring an engineer’s knowledge and adequacy, or are they just window dressing?

  • Flipping the Classroom: Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence

    February 19, 2015 by CCE

    York University’s engineering school is expanding and moving into an extraordinary new building. At the same time it is embarking on a radically different way of teaching engineering students.

  • Feature Buildings

    Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, Engineering Highlights

    February 19, 2015 by Hassan Ally, P.Eng., Arup

    Engineering the new home for engineers at York University involved heavy duty, large-scale testing labs, flexible spaces, environmental chambers and unusual architectural features.

  • Feature Buildings

    Energy Audits

    February 19, 2015 by Kyle Hasenkox, Rocky Point Engineering

    Building automation systems can be useful in diagnosing problems in a building’s HVAC systems. Here are some typical trouble spots that arise.

  • High Definition 3D Laser Scanning

    February 19, 2015 by By Peter Srajer, P.Eng. MMM Group

    New tools are enabling engineers to survey and re-envision everything from vast industrial plants to civil structures with an extreme degree of precision.

  • Feature Buildings

    Big Box Stores and Fire Protection

    February 19, 2015 by Sophie Kneisel

    The sprawling precast stores and distribution centres seen across Canada present challenges for fire protection owing to the contents and equipment they contain.

  • Feature Buildings

    Products: 2015 AHR Expo Innovation Award winners

    December 1, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Ten HVAC&R products have been selected as Innovation Award Winners for the 2015 AHR Expo to be held in Chicago on January 26-28, 2015.

  • Feature Buildings

    2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference

    December 1, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The ASHRAE Winter Conference is on January 24-28, 2015 at the Palmer House Hilton, while the accompanying AHR Expo is on January 26-28 at McCormick Place.

  • Up Front

    December 1, 2014 by Staff report

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