Issue - December 2009

Dear CSCE Members in British Columbia,
Season's Greetings and Happy Holidays!
In this issue,
  1. Back by popular demand: Re-offering Seminar on New 2009 Steel Design Code CSA-S16-09 on January 22
  2. CSCE National Lecture on Climate Change and Water Management in March-April 2010
  3. Workshop on Top 10 Targets to Improve Construction Productivity in Spring 2010
  4. Seminar on Soil-Structure Interaction in Spring 2010
  5. Attached- Tips and Primer on Civil Engineering
  6. Attached- Federal Government Business Opportunities
  7. Membership
Details

1. Seminar on the New 2009 Steel Design Code CSA-S16-09

 

 

Back by Popular Demand - our first offering on 20th November with 80 seats was sold out! 
Honoring the overwhelming request from our members, we are re-offering the seminar on Friday, 22 January 2010.

This 1-day seminar will be a thorough examination of the newest edition of CSA Standard S16-09 to be the reference structural steel design standard for the NBCC 2010. The 2009 Edition contains numerous additions to the Standard that deal with new seismic systems (e.g., restrained buckling bracing systems, protected zones), design of single angles in various situations, more detail for laterally unrestrained beams, new material for infill plates with perforations, and new Annexes on topics such as Design to prevent brittle fracture and Structural design for fire conditions (now a procedure permitted by the NBCC).

Instructor: Mike Gilmor, FCSCE
Vice Chair, CSA S16 Technical Committee; 
Member of Standing Committee on Structural Design; 
Former President; & 
Former Editor of Handbook of Steel Construction for Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC), and 
Chairman of the Canadian Steel Construction Council (CSSC).

Date: Friday, 22 January 2010
Venue: Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites, 1763 Comox Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 1P6

Please note that early registration is on/before Friday, 8 January 2010.

For further information, please download the brochure from 
(please note that the new offering date is Friday, 20-Jan-2010)
http://cscevancouver.ca/csce/src/docs/09_CSCE_CSAS16_09.pdf

Please note that seats are limited and being filled quickly this time around too.

2. National Lecture on Climate Change and Water Management in March-April 2010

 

 

The CSCE National Hydrotechnical Division is launching a National Lecture Tour (NLT) series entitled - 
Climate Change and Water Management: The Renaissance of Systems Approach and will be delivered by 
Dr. Slobodan P. Simonovic, Director of Engineering Studies at the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, University of Western Ontario.

This presentation will focus on using a systems approach in addressing the practical issues related to climate change and its impact on water resources management. It will seek to discuss such questions as what the impacts of climate change are on water resources management on local and regional scales. The research on Upper Thames Basin with respect to the City of London, Ontario will be presented as a case study on the assessment of climate change impacts on municipal infrastructure.

We are targeting the period of end March to early April, 2010 to organize the lecture. We will certainly keep you posted as soon as we finalize the exact date and venue. 
Please stay tuned for further developments.

 

 

 

3. Workshop on Top 10 Targets to Improve Construction Productivity in Spring 2010

 

 

CSCE National is developing a workshop on improving the industry bottom-line through ways to enhance construction productivity. The content is based on past extensive research of ICI construction sites and seeks to increase effectiveness on such issues as worker motivation and satisfaction, best practice guidelines on supervision, efficient materials management, tool-time improvement, strategies for communication technology, and change management. The workshop will be presented by Dr. Janaka Ruwanpura from the University of Calgary. Please stay tuned for further developments.

 

4. Seminar on Soil-Structure Interaction in Spring 2010

 

 

CSCE is co-sponsoring with SEABC a seminar on soil-structure interaction with a seismic focus in the spring of 2010. Please stay tuned for further developments.

The Events page of the CSCE Vancouver website maintains information on local Professional Development events organized by CSCE or any other similar societies. Please keep checking the Events page of our website at: http://cscevancouver.ca/csce/activities/events.shtml

 

5. Attached - Tips and Primer on Civil Engineering

 

 

Courtesy of popular civil engineering author and columnist- Mr. Vincent Chu (from Hongkong), we received two of his works on the broader practice of Civil Engineering which are attached with this newsletter. If you have any comments, please feel free to write to Mr. Chu directly at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

6. Attached - Federal Government Business Opportunities

 

 

We were informed by the Public Works and Government Services Canada about an RFSO (Request for Standing Offer) opportunity with the Fisheries and Oceans Canada for Engineering Services for their Fuel System Design and Review projects.

It is stated that Fisheries and Oceans Canada intends to authorize multiple Standing Offers for Architect and Engineering Services to be provided in British Columbia as a result of this solicitation. If you are interested, please refer to the attached document "DFO-RFSO-185544.pdf"; and also note that the RFSO closes on 2:00 PM PST, 15-Dec-2009.


7. Membership 
Being a CSCE member is a great way to advance your professional knowledge and network. There is strength in numbers - by increasing our membership base we can become a louder voice on matters relevant to the profession. Please spread the word to your colleagues.
Please visit and refer to your friends the CSCE National Website Membership page
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Sincerely Yours,

CSCE Vancouver Section 
www.cscevancouver.ca
06-Dec-2009

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