CSCE E-Bulletin
Apr. 8, 2015

CSCE 2015 Annual Conference
CSCE
Please be advised that the early-bird registration date for the CSCE Annual conference in Regina has been extended to April 11, 2015. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of these attractive registration rates before that date.

Veuillez noter que la date limite des préinscriptions pour notre Congrès annuel de Regina est prorogée au 11 avril 2015. Nous vous recommandons fortement de profiter des tarifs réduits avant cette date.

Have a look at our great technical tours we are offering at this year. They are sure not to disappoint!

Please click HERE for more information on special rates and to register today!

Cliquez ICI pour plus de détails sur les tarifs spéciaux et vous inscrire dès aujourd’hui! More

Cherchez-vous votre carte de membre?
AGCA
Ouvrez une session sur le site SCGC. Vous serez dirigés vers une page intitulée "Mon compte". Vous y trouverez des instructions pour localiser et télécharger votre carte ainsi que votre reçu pour le paiement de votre cotisation.More

Looking for your membership card?
CSCE
Log in as a member on the CSCE website. You will be taken to a page entitled "My Account". There you will find instructions on how to locate and download your card as well as your receipt for membership dues paid.More

Engineering Institute of Canada
CSCE
CSCE is very proud to announce that the following CSCE members have been honoured by the Engineering Institute of Canada;

• As Fellows of the Engineering Institute of Canada:
o Gord Jin (past President of CSCE) - St. John’s, NF
o Baher Abdulhai – Toronto, ON
o Carlos Estuardo Ventura – Vancouver, BC

• As recipient of the K.Y. LO MEDAL - For significant engineering contributions at the international level
o Edward Arthur McBean - Guelph, ON More

Lifelong Learning
CSCE
Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa
April 28-30,
Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon
May 12-15, 2015
This course will be offered in Quebec and the Maritimes at a later date.
Cette formation sera offerte au Québec et dans les Maritimes à une date ultérieure.More

CSA-S850 Design and Assessment of Buildings Subjected to Blast Loads
CSCE
Regina, Saskatchewan
May 27, 2015
This course presents CSA S850, Canada’s first standard for the design and assessment of buildings subjected to blast loads. It is the most detailed and comprehensive standard of its kind in the world. More

Nominations Now Open for the 2015 CSCE National Capstone Design Competition
CSCE
The 3rd annual CSCE National Capstone Design Competition is being held in Regina, SK on Friday, May 29, 2015 during the CSCE Annual Conference. Students from across the country will be presenting their final year projects with a poster and two minute presentation to be evaluated by industry judges. Nominations are submitted by your Department. Click 'Read More' for more details More

Eco Certification program embraced by RMCAO members
Daily Commercial News
As of the beginning of this year every member plant of the Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario (RMCAO) was required to comply with the association’s Eco Certification program. More

Montreal municipal contracts: Savings come at a price
Montreal Gazette
Oddsmakers would love the city of Montreal. What are the chances that a firm would submit precisely the same bid as a rival company on a municipal contract, down to the penny? Try: $1,546,988.63.More

Russia-U.S. superhighway an awesome-sounding pipe dream, expert says
CTV News
Imagine being about to drive all the way to London, England, without ever getting on an airplane or ferry. It could happen one day, if a proposed superhighway and railway system goes ahead, linking North America and Europe via Alaska and Siberia.More

Student and Young Professional Programming at CSCE 2015
CSCE
The 2015 CSCE Annual Conference is being held in Regina, Saskatchewan from May 27 to 30, 2015. Similar to previous years, there will be an exciting program with educational workshops as well as social events in the evenings. Click the link to learn more and to sign up for email updates.More

Nominations Now Open for the 2015 CSCE National Capstone Design Competition
CSCE
The 3rd annual CSCE National Capstone Design Competition is being held in Regina, SK on Friday, May 29, 2015 during the CSCE Annual Conference. Students from across the country will be presenting their final year projects with a poster and two minute presentation to be evaluated by industry judges. Nominations are submitted by your Department. Click 'Read More' for more details.More

Cégep de Chicoutimi is top of the pops
CSCE
Concordia University hosted the 31st Annual CSCE Troitsky Bridge Building Competition. Thirty three teams and hundreds of students gathered in Montreal for three days of fun and competition, including bridge building, design presentations, and the infamous bridge crushing! Congratulations to Cégep de Chicoutimi who held on to the title of overall winner, which they also earned at last year's competition.More

'Very large' infrastructure announcements on the horizon: industry minister
CTV News
The upcoming federal budget will reaffirm the Conservative government's commitment to infrastructure spending, Industry Minister James Moore says, adding that a number of major infrastructure announcements are on the horizon.More

Building resilient infrastructure in a changing climate
CNW
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) announced their involvement in developing a new National Standard of Canada (NSC) to help Canada's North build a resilient infrastructure despite the uncertainties of a changing climate. More

Massive island concrete pour was a smooth operation
Journal of Commerce
It may have been Friday the 13th, but one of Victoria's largest concrete pours went off without a hitch in February. Starting at 6 a.m., 110 loads of concrete were delivered by Ocean Concrete, Vancouver Island, for the bascule pier of the capital city's new Johnson Street Bridge.More

Construction challenges are an ongoing battle
Daily Commercial News
As an industry, construction faces its share of challenges, says Kitchener contractor Gary Hauck, retiring chair of the Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA). "(This includes) government red tape, governments' commitment to infrastructure planning and spending, competition both locally and foreign, labour shortages, industry best practices, business succession, globalization, capturing and sharing innovation and using technology," he told the association's Feb. 17 annual general meeting.More

Ontario investing $25 million in cycling infrastructure
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
As part of Ontario's 20-year #CycleON strategy, the province is moving forward with a $25-million investment over three years to create a more cycling-friendly future for the province. This includes $15 million for cycling routes that provide key connections and linkages on provincial highways, such as paved highway shoulders and barriers on bridges that separate cyclists from vehicles. Early proposals include:More

61,000 American bridges need fixing
Today's Trucking
There are 61,064 structurally compromised bridges sprinkled across America's highway system. And trucks, buses, cars and other vehicles cross them 215 million times a day. The troubling statistic was part of a study released by an organization called the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The research was based on data collected by the U.S. government and showed that even though there are 2,000 fewer structurally deficient crossings than there were two years ago, the situations appears as though it's going to worsen before it gets better .More

City of Montreal used different bid evaluation systems to award two non-professional service contracts
Montreal Gazette
Where there's a will, there's a different formula to award municipal contracts. The city of Montreal showed that on two occasions in the past year, when it awarded two non-professional services contracts based on untraditional bid-evaluation methods in the Quebec municipal world.More