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Manitoba flood relief project wins Manitoba’s top consulting engineering award

The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Manitoba, gave out its annual awards on April 19. The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State was at the gala dinner at the Winnipeg Convention Centre for the 2012 Manitoba Awards of...


Emergency work on the 2011 Assiniboine River System flood in Manitoba. KGS Group won the Keystone award from ACEC-Manitoba for their role in averting catastrophe.
Emergency work on the 2011 Assiniboine River System flood in Manitoba. KGS Group won the Keystone award from ACEC-Manitoba for their role in averting catastrophe.

The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Manitoba, gave out its annual awards on April 19. The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State was at the gala dinner at the Winnipeg Convention Centre for the 2012 Manitoba Awards of Excellence in Consulting Engineering.

The Keystone Award and an Award of Excellence (infrastructure-transportation category) was presented to KGS Group for their 2011 Assiniboine River Flood Emergency Engineering Project. In 2011 KGS helped the Manitoba Government and Canadian Forces to deal with an unprecedented 300-year flood in the Assiniboine River system that overwhelmed south-western Manitoba.

Using its geotechnical, hydraulic survey and GIS expertise, KGS provided design and site support to help maintain the integrity of dikes and control structures along the river system and avert catastrophic damage. Working under pressure in difficult conditions, the operations included helicopter support, infrared night surveillance, flow monitoring, adaptable designs and the use of geo-tubes.

The Manitoba awards were selected from 23 entries by an independent judging panel.

The other awards were as follows:

Awards of Excellence:

• AECOM Canada for the Lake St. Martin Emergency Flood Relief Channel Final Design and Construction Management. Client: Province of Manitoba. (Infrastructure/transportation)

• Enermodal Engineering, a member of MMM Group for the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. (Building engineering)

• MMM Group for the Pointe du Bois Spillway Replacement Environmental Assessment. Client: Manitoba Hydro. (Environment).

• AECOM Canada and KGS Group for the Analysis of Options of Emergency Reduction of Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin. Client: Province of Manitoba. (Municipal and water technology).

Awards of Merit went to:

• Dillon Consulting for the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor Osborne Street Station. (Infrastructure/transportation)

• Hatch for the Portage Diversion Pre-2011 Flood Assessment Project. (Infrastructure/transportation)

• Dillon Consulting for the Red River Bridge on P.R. 201, Letellier, Manitoba. (Infrastructure/transportation)

• AECOM Canada and Gateway Construction & Engineering for the Chief Peguis Trail Extension Rothesay Street Overpass. (Infrastructure/transportation)

• KGS Group for the Mayo B Hydro Enhancement Project, Yukon. (Energy Resources)

• GENIVAR for the WESTEST New Vehicle Performance Centre. (Industrial)

• AECOM Canada for the University of Winnipeg Combined Sewer Overflow Storage Facility. (Municipal and Water Technology)

The Engineering Action Award was presented to Tom Wingrove, P.Eng. as an actively practising engineer who has demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to association, the Canadian consulting engineering profession and the community.

The Rising Star Award was presented to Jonathan Epp, P.Eng. in recognition of his emergence as a leader in the early stages of his career through outstanding engineering achievements and active involvement in the association.