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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

    News briefs

  • The Quantity Surveyor

    December 1, 2014 by Staff interview

    Matt Weber, AScT, PQS, is the current president of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors – British Columbia (CIQS-BC). He is also the vice president of Concosts Management and the general manager of Concosts Consultants in B.C., a…

  • Personal Tax Tips

    December 1, 2014 by Kelly Kolke, Grant Thornton LLP

    Canadian professionals pay a lot of tax, which is why individuals — including shareholders of professional corporations — and members of partnerships are always looking for ways to reduce their annual tax burden. Luckily, there are…

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    Dimming Protocols

    December 1, 2014 by By Andrew Parker, P.Eng., LC, LEED AP Salex

    Lighting controls are readily used in commercial, industrial and residential buildings to save energy. They are also mandated through their inclusion in government building codes and encouraged through energy standards such as ASHRAE 90.1 and…

  • The Elliot Lake Report

    December 1, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    On October 15 the Honourable Paul R. Bélanger, Commissioner of the Elliot Lake Inquiry, released his report on the fatal collapse of part of the parking deck roof of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, northern Ontario in June 2012. The…

  • Opinion: Specialization – or Not?

    December 1, 2014 by By Angelo Mattacchione, P.Eng. & Livia Mattacchione, P.Eng. Prosum Engineering

    Professional Enginees of Ontario (PEO) is considering making regulatory changes to create a Structural Engineering Specialist designation to ensure “… that incidents like the Algo Centre Mall collapse are not repeated.”1 PEO defines a…

  • Comment: Elliot Lake – a litany of neglect

    December 1, 2014 by Bronwen Parsons

    Justice Paul R. Bélanger’s report on the travesty at the Algo Mall in Elliot Lake in 2012 makes for excellent — if unhappy — reading (see p. 23). Part I of the report describes the litany of bad decisions and neglect…

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    TRIUMF Advanced Rare IsototopE Laboratory

    December 1, 2014 by Mechanical engineer: Stantec

    A recently completed building on the TRIUMF campus near Point Grey in Vancouver houses the Advanced Rare IsotopE Laboratory (ARIEL). TRIUMF is Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. It has over 350 scientists,…

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    Surgical Suite at Kleysen Institute

    December 1, 2014 by Prime consultant: WSP

    The OR/IMRIS surgical suite located in the Kleysen Institute for Advanced Medicine at HSC Winnipeg is the first of its kind in Canada and only one of seven in the world. It is built to house a moveable inter-operative magnetic resonance imaging…

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    History Matters

    December 1, 2014 by Jessica Krippendorf

    The built environment in Canada tells a story. From the sturdy Baroque-style homes that created mini-fortresses across the country’s early landscape, to Canada’s distinct architectural variations — Château Style,…

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    October 1, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    HVAC Navien’s NPE-A series ComfortFlow technology has a built-in buffer tank and recirculation pump inside the units. They provide a zero GPM activation rate and are for commercial and residential applications. From Bosch Thermotechnology is a new commercial grade

  • Conversations: Engineering on TV

    October 1, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Steve Burrows, PE, CBE, is executive vice-president and director of the U.S. buildings business of WSP. Over his 30 year career with WSP and other companies, he has engineered buildings around the world. But for the past six years he has also…

  • Potential Liability

    October 1, 2014 by By Owen Pawson & Jordan Regehr, Miller Thomson LLP

    When a person suffers a loss where there is no physical injury or damage to personal property, it is known as “pure economic loss. Historically, the law of negligence did not permit a person to collect damages for pure economic loss. A party…


    October 1, 2014 by Sophie Kneisel

    For some consulting engineers, a small firm offers the independence, the hands-on work and company culture that no increase in pay or corporate prestige can match. Others, like Wojciech Remisz, P.Eng., cite a passion for…

  • Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Winners Gallery The Winners!

    October 1, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Schreyer Award

  • Award of Excellence Mount Pleasant Substation

    October 1, 2014 by WSP Canada

    Located at 338 West 6th Avenue, the 400-MVA Mount Pleasant Substation is an integral part of the most significant investment in central Vancouver’s electrical system in 30 years. It is the only publicly-visible portion of BC Hydro’s…