Past Events

Lock-Block Ltd. Plant Tour

October 12, 2016

Lock-Block Ltd. provided CSCE members with an interactive tour of their award-winning concrete recycling facility and innovative product systems. Lock-Block was the 2016 recipient of the CSCE Award for Excellence in Civil Engineering Innovation for its Arch-Lock and Zipper Truck System. The tour demonstrated production of high quality aggregate from waste concrete rubble in the concrete aggregate recycling and processing facility which has won the ASTTBC TechGREEN award. Thank you to Jay Drew, President, and Brent Wallace, General Manger, for their informative tour and hospitality. Below is a video of the Arch Block system in action which may change the future of sustainable overpass construction.

Check out this youtube video of Lock-Block Ltd.'s arch block system at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ns5UBd0gls

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BCIT Student Chapter Receives 2015-2016 CSCE President's Award

June 4, 2016

Congratulations to BCIT Student Chapter for winning the 2015-2016 CSCE President’s Award in recognition of the exceptional accomplishments of the chapter over the past year. The UBC Student Chapter was the first runner up for the award as the Lower Mainland student chapters continue to show their excellence among their peers. The CSCE Vancouver Section and the entire Western Region is incredibly proud of the accomplishments of these two student chapters who also finished in first and second, though with flipped position, the previous year. The awards were handed out in by CSCE President Tony Begin in London, Ontario at the CSCE National Conference. Shown below are Spencer Behn (BCIT), Riley Brown (BCIT) and Kevin Parrish (UBC) after receiving the awards along with Graham Walker (Vancouver Section Chair).

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National Lecture Tour: Canadian Infrastructure Report Card

April 25, 2016

The latest version of Canada’s Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) was released in January 2016. The Report Card provides comprehensive, scientifically based, and standardized information on the inventory, condition and asset management practices of Canada’s core public infrastructure. On April 25th 2016, Guy Félio Ph.D, P.Eng., FCSCE presented a overview of the CIRC process and results. Some ideas are presented on how we can engineer our infrastructure to make sure it can be sustained over the long term.

The latest version of Canada’s Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) was released in January 2016. The Report Card provides comprehensive, scientifically based, and standardized information on the inventory, condition and asset management practices of Canada’s core public infrastructure. On April 25th 2016, Guy Félio Ph.D, P.Eng., FCSCE presented a overview of the CIRC process and results. Some ideas are presented on how we can engineer our infrastructure to make sure it can be sustained over the long term.
For more information on the Infrastructure Report Card visit http://www.canadainfrastructure.ca/en/The latest version of Canada’s Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) was released in January 2016. The Report Card provides comprehensive, scientifically based, and standardized information on the inventory, condition and asset management practices of Canada’s core public infrastructure. On April 25th 2016, Guy Félio Ph.D, P.Eng., FCSCE presented a overview of the CIRC process and results. Some ideas are presented on how we can engineer our infrastructure to make sure it can be sustained over the long term.

For more information on the Infrastructure Report Card, please visit http://www.canadainfrastructure.ca/en/.

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George Massey Tunnel Replacement Seminar

April 4, 2016

CSCE Vancouver Section and ITE Greater Vancouver Section jointly hosted a presentation on the Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. Dr. Joost Meyboom, Director of Engineering, provided an update on the technical aspects of the project scope and the results of preliminary studies. The presentation brought together both young and senior members of various disciplines and opened up discussion amongst those who attended.

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The Low Level Road Project: A Sustainable Case Study Seminar

Feburary 23, 2016

On February 23rd 2016, a presentation on the Low Level Road Project was presented by Kip Skabar, Senior Associate for Transportation, with Stantec Consulting Ltd. The Low Level Road project was the first transportation project to receive the Platinum Award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system. The presentation highlighted the technical innovation and various sustainable aspects of the project.

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Latest Research Studies in Structural and Wind Engineering at UWO Seminar

November 4, 2015

CSCE Vancouver Section and the Structural Engineers’ Association of BC (SEABC) co-hosted an evening seminar on the topic of Structural and Wind Engineering Research at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), featuring Dr. Ashraf El Damatty as the speaker. Dr. El Damatty is a Professor, Faculty Scholar, and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UWO. He is also a Research Director of the WindEEE Research Institute.

Dr. El Damatty provided the audience an overview of the past 50 years of wind engineering research at UWO before introducing the WindEEE Dome, a new addition to the research facility. The WindEEE Dome is a first-of-its-kind world-class hexagonal wind tunnel testing facility with 25 metres diameter inner dome and 40 metres diameter outer return dome. The large scale facility allows for testing of large and complex terrain and simulation of various types of wind conditions, including tornado and downburst.

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Lafarge Richmond Cement Plant Tour

October 22, 2015

On October 22nd 2015, a group of CSCE members attend a tour of the Lafarge Richmond Cement Plant. The participants were given a virtual tour of the cement plant, covering the cement manufacturing process. The participants learned about the ongoing efforts in reducing the carbon footprint of both cement production process and raw material used. Following the presentation, participants were guided through a tour of the laboratory, control room, vertical roller mill, preheater tower, kiln, and cement milling. The Richmond Cement Plant is the oldest Lafarge plant outside of France and started production in 1957. The current kiln configuration is a benchmark for efficiency and technology in cement manufacturing.

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CSA S6-14 Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code: One-Day Course

May 12, 2015

Over 75 participants attended the CSCE one-day seminar on the code updates in CHBDC S6-14. The seminar provided an excellent opportunity for the local bridge engineering community to network while studying the changes between S6-06 to S6-14. The seminar consisted of four main components as listed below.

  • Updates to Seismic Design and Analysis Requirements (Chapter 4)
  • Updates to Analysis Methods Section (Chapter 5)
  • Updates to Geotechnical Design and Analysis Requirements (Chapter 6)
  • Updates to the Design of Barriers and Highway Accessories (Chapter 12)

 

Evergreen Line Construction Tour

February 25, 2015

Participants from the CSCE Vancouver Chapter were guided by the technical staff of SNC-Lavalin Constructors on a tour of the tunneling operations of the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project. The tour consisted of a brief power point presentation overviewing the project scope and TBM details, as well as a walking tour of the completed tunnel sections and the TBM in operation. The group visited the various components of the TBM including the main control room.

 

Flood Management Seminar

November 26, 2014

CSCE Vancouver hosted an evening presentation discussing the flood management and mitigation strategy implemented by the Town of High River in Alberta, BC after being hit by extreme flooding in 2013. Worley Parsons was hired to develop a flood mitigation strategy that would protect the Town against similar floods in the future. Speakers Amanda Rust and Lee Martin of Worley Parsons came to share their experiences and insights dealing with such a significant project.

To better understand the June 2013 flood and simulate flood mitigation strategies, WorleyParsons created an RMA-2 model, a detailed two-dimensional model of the Highwood River floodplain. Some of the flood mitigation strategies that were designed and constructed in 2014 include: dike/berm structures, diversion structures, channel enhancements and erosion control/bank protection. They described how the design criteria was developed and looked at several engineering and construction challenges and solutions that developed during the fast paced program that was conducted over the last year and a half to protect the Town against future flood events.

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Expo Line Upgrade Strategy Study

March 10, 2014

CSCE Vancouver hosted an evening presentation on the Expo line Upgrade Strategy Study. The presenters, Andy Tam of Interfleet Technology Inc. and Dan Gomez-Duran of Steer Davies Gleave, spoke about their involvement in the study and its findings. The Expo Line, the backbone to Vancouver’s rapid transit system, has served millions of customers since its operation in 1986. With continued passenger demand growth, service overcrowding will reduce service levels unless the line’s capacity is increased. The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Translink spearheaded this comprehensive study to identify the appropriate timing and costs of Expo Line upgrades needed over the next 30 years in support of the BC Provincial Transit Plan goal of doubling the Expo Line capacity.

The study team reviewed Expo Line ridership forecasts, identified the current system constraints and developed Multiple Account Evaluation to support a business case for the proposed upgrade strategy. The presenters reviewed issues faced at specific stations, as well as the 30-year implementation plan proposed by the project team to accommodate staged and gradual upgrades to the Expo Line. Some components of the strategy are currently being implemented, such as the expansion of the Main Street-Science World station to increase capacity.

Photo credit: Ian Fisher (Translink).

 

Regional Lecture Tour - Glacier Ice Walk

February 25, 2014

CSCE Vancouver hosted the Regional Lecture tour on the Jasper Glacier Walk project which recently opened in Jasper National Park, Alberta. The presentation was given by Dr. Simon Brown, from Read Jones Christoffersen, who led the design of the project. Glacier Skywalk is an awe-inspiring interpretive experience in one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. The project allows visitors to explore the immense powers of glaciology from a fully-accessible, cliff-edge walkway that leads to a glass-floored observation platform 280 metres (918 ft) above the Sunwapta Valley.

Dr. Brown walked the group of attendees through all aspects of the project, from conception through to construction. Some of the challenges the designers had to consider during design and construction included considerations of the pristine location of the project, coupled with complex computer modeling due to the irregularity of the structure.

 

Tour of the Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel

November 22, 2013

CSCE Vancouver organized a tour of the Port Mann Water Tunnel Project. The tour was led by Ian Whitehead, assistant project manager, and Tim Langmaid, project manager, of Hatch Mott MacDonald. The tour focused on the south tunnel shaft, which will be the launch shaft for construction of the 3.5 m diameter, 1.0 km sub-aqueous tunnel, crossing the Fraser River downstream of the Port Mann Bridge.

The group of 20 attendees had the opportunity to tour the project site and were able to see the construction of the reinforced concrete shaft liner. Attendees were given a presentation on the background information and challenges of the project, and then given a tour of the project site.

 

CAN/CSA S850 – Design and Assessment of Buildings Subjected to Blast Loads

April 23, 2013

The technical seminar presented the design and assessment of buildings subjected to blast loads, as a part of Canada’s first standard on the topic. The standard allows designers to determine for a given blast scenario, or design basis threat, the level of protection that can be provided by an existing building structure or that can be achieved in a new structure. The lecture was presented by the authors of the standard, Dr. Ghani Razaqpur, P.Eng. and Dr. Murat Saatcioglu, P.Eng., and Ken Clupp, P.Eng., Lead Physical and Technical Security Equipment Evaluation Engineer in the RCMP Departmental Security Branch.