Canadian Consulting Engineer


August 1, 2013
By Canadian Consulting Engineer



At the recently opened GE Innovation Centre in Calgary, the company’s latest energy efficient LED lighting was installed, including the GE Lumination LED Recessed Troffer Luminaires which produce an even glow for ambient lighting. When the light is turned off there appears to be no visible light source in the panels. Another product installed is the Tetra AL10 linear LED system that provides high colour rendering (93 CRI).


Seresco recently expanded its Ottawa manufacturing plant and added 90 to 140-ton indoor pool humidifiers to its Protocol Series, making them the largest in the industry. The humidifiers come as rooftop package units with airflows of up to 65,000-cfms. They also use environmentally preferred propylene glycol as a refrigerant.


The FX-3500 Series from Mircom provides addressable fire detection, signaling and protection. Recommended for special hazard and critical infrastructure suppression and special agent applications, the series can release up to six discrete physical hazard zones. The RCUs provide up to three intelligent data communication links that support up to 954 intelligent devices.

SimplexGrinnell has introduced TrueAlert ES, a new family of intelligent notification appliances for fire or other emergencies. The addressable, web-enabled technology is self-testing and reports to a Simplex 4100ES alarm panel.


The Dynatrol Windows-based security system by Marcomm Systems Group is an enterprise software suite with a touch screen intuitive graphical user interface. The software can be interfaced with multiple systems, including card access, CCTV, audio and fire alarms. These can all connect to one command and control station and can communicate with each other.


S-FRAME Software has developed an online training curriculum for structural and civil engineers that is delivered in a short, focused online format. The curriculum is based on feedback from hundreds of the company’s clients around the world. It has applicability for the practicing engineer and new engineers who work in modeling and simulation of 2D and 3D structures.


Schoeck Canada and consulting engineers Morrison Hershfield have released a study on the thermal and energy performance of thermal break technology in concrete balconies. The report shows structural thermal breaks can reduce overall heating energy consumption from 7 to 14% and raise interior surface temperatures by roughly 7ºC, versus conventional concrete slabs. The report is entitled ‘Thermal and Whole Building Energy Performance of Thermal Break Technology for Concrete Balconies in High-Rise Multi-unit Residential Buildings.” It is available at


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