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The calendar year is coming to a close, and CSCE would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer The CSCE e-Bulletin subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Wednesday January 7, 2015.





20. The civil engineer who saved London
Maritime Journal
From Nov. 19, 2014: Sir Thomas Peirson Frank, an engineer who thanks to his work on the city’s flood defences was credited with saving London from drowning no fewer than 121 times, has had his valiant efforts commemorated by a plaque near London's Houses of Parliament.
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19. Traffic takes off through $295 million tunnel
Calgary Herald
From May 28, 2014: For more than six years, Coun. Jim Stevenson sent letters to countless politicians, led hundreds of presentations and met with officials anywhere he could to garner support for a project he believed was important for a growing Calgary.
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18. Opinion: Don't keep penalizing all Quebec engineers and builders
Montreal Gazette
From Sept. 24, 2014: Anyone with even a passing interest in the news might be led to believe that the 26,000 or so construction and engineering companies that are active in Quebec are up to their collective necks in collusion and corruption to land public contracts.
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17. What is civil engineering?
Live Science
From Sept. 3, 2014: Civil engineering is the design and construction of public works, such as dams, bridges and other large infrastructure projects. It is one of the oldest branches of engineering, dating back to when people first started living in permanent settlements and began shaping their environments to suit their needs.
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16. Fibre-reinforced concrete seen as solution to infrastructure crisis
Montreal Gazette
From July 30, 2014: Montreal has seen far too many tragedies as a result of decaying overpasses, but a local professor believes there is a solution to the city’s crumbling infrastructure.
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15. Infrastructure cracks as Los Angeles defers repairs
New York Times
From Sept. 3, 2014: The scene was apocalyptic: a torrent of water from a ruptured pipe valve bursting through Sunset Boulevard, hurling chunks of asphalt 40 feet into the air as it closed down the celebrated thoroughfare and inundated the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. By the time emergency crews patched the pipe, 20 million gallons of water had cascaded across the college grounds.
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14. Why do infrastructure projects always go over budget?
Toronto Star
From June 11, 2014: In recent weeks, the pages of the Star have been filled with stories about major infrastructure development projects that have not gone according to plan. In Toronto, there are reports that the redevelopment of two important civic buildings, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and Union Station, are way over budget.
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13. The most in-demand (and aging) engingeering jobs
Forbes
From Sept. 17, 2014: Not pre-med. Not business. Not computer science. The most popular college major choice for high school seniors surveyed by CareerBuilder—the majority of whom already have a career in mind—is engineering.
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12. Sask. group paving roads with deep-fried canola oil
CJME
From July 30, 2014: While mixing a tank of used canola oil to power his diesel truck, Mark Hryniuk realized he had too much. Admitting it was by accident, Hryniuk discovered that canola oil, after it's been through the deep fryer, can be used as a road-resurfacing product.
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11. U.S. infrastructure crisis drives toll road bankruptcy
Financial Times
From Sept. 24, 2014: One of the highest-profile US private toll road concessions is to seek bankruptcy protection, the latest sign of how a decline in traffic is threatening private investment in the crumbling US road network.
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