CSCE E-Bulletin
Jan. 21, 2015

CSCE Annual Conference 2015 - FINAL CALL FOR ABSTRACTS!
The FINAL submission deadline has been extended to January, 26, 2015 for the General and Specialty Conferences


February 13, 2015 for the Innovation in Engineering Practice conferenceMore

Lifelong Learning:
Armature en polymères renforcés de fibre (PRF) et renforcement externe avec PRF pour les structures en béton

Montréal, 25 février 2015 & Québec, 26 février 2015More

Wanted: CSCE Liaison Officer for South Asia
The CSCE's International Affairs Committee (IAC) is looking for a dynamic CSCE member willing to join the committee as CSCE Liaison Officer for South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Bangladesh). The CSCE member must be willing to serve a minimum of two years on IAC and to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours per year on unpaid volunteer committee work. If interested, please contact Dr. Rishi Gupta, Deputy Chair of the International Affairs Committee, at

Judges needed for the CSCE Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition
Looking for a way to give back and to get involved with some of the brightest students from across the country? Sign up to be a judge for the 21st CSCE Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition. Experts in areas ranging from concrete/materials engineering to project management are needed. The competition is being hosted by the University of Toronto from May 8 to 10, 2015.More

Appel aux juges pour le Concours national de canoë en béton de la SCGC
Cherchez-vous un moyen de redonner et de vous impliquer avec certains des étudiants les plus brillants venant de tout le Canada? Engagez-vous comme juge du 21e Concours national de canoë en béton de la SCGC. Des experts dans les domaines allant du génie des matériaux/ béton à la gestion de projet sont demandés. Le concours est organisé par l’Université de Toronto du 8 au 10 mai 2015.More

Naheed Nenshi says Calgary infrastructure financing should be explored
CBC News
Mayor Naheed Nenshi says the downturn in the economy might be an opportunity for Calgary to catch up on its infrastructure needs — even if it means taking on more debt.More

Old water pipes in capital region like 'ticking time bombs'
Times Colonist
Confusion about who owned a 60-year-old water pipe that burst in October, unleashing a river through a Saanich home and damaging several others, is raising questions about whether other areas are vulnerable. More

Bonavista facing fiscal crunch as infrastructure needs grow
CBC News
Residents and business owners in the Town of Bonavista will not see any increases in their municipal tax rates in 2015. But according to the town's chief financial officer, David Hiscock, future tax increases are likely. More

Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race 2015
This year, the GNCTR competition is being hosted by University of British Columbia - Okanagan in Kelowna, BC from Jan 21 to Jan 24. There are 17 teams from across Canada and even one from the U.S. taking part in what promises to be a great time! Find the competition on Instagram and Twitter (#gnctr2015) to follow along with the fun or better yet come and experience it for yourself if you can. Race Day at Big White on Jan 24 is open to the public. More

La grande course 2015 de toboggan en béton du nord
Cette année, la GCTBN sera organisée par l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique-Okanagan à Kelowna, BC du 21 au 24 janvier. 17 équipes de tout le Canada et une équipe des États-Unis prendront part à ce qui promet d’être une grande fête! Trouvez le concours sur Instagram et Twitter (#gnctr2015) afin de le suivre ou, encore mieux, venez en faire l’expérience en personne si vous le pouvez. La course à Big White est ouverte au public le 24 janvier.More

Online career resources
The Engineering Career Coach
Are you wondering how to becoming a better public speaker? How to build the engineering career you want? How to balance work with the rest of your life? Check out Anthony Fasano's website The Engineering Career Coach for lots of helpful blog posts, podcast episodes, and more! More

Popsicle stick bridges, spirit, and a whole lot of fun!
The 31st Annual CSCE Troitsky Bridge Building Competition is happening at Concordia University in Montreal on March 5 - 8, 2015. Registration is still open for student teams. Check to see if your school already has teams or if they are holding a qualifier competition and get involved! You don't want to miss this fun event!More

Top 10 most impressive projects of all time
Value Walk
In today's infographic, we count down the Top 10 most impressive civil engineering projects ever endeavoured by humanity. These are projects that transcend time and continue to bestow wonder upon new generations.More

Importance of civil engineering in construction
Western Daily Press
Importance of civil engineering may not be taken into consideration by those unaware of the job but the fact is that the civil engineer is the main person who is all responsible for the safe and efficient carryout of construction work.More

Feds to study climate change effects on northern infrastructure
Toronto Star
The federal government is commissioning a study into how infrastructure in Canada’s northern communities can cope with "extreme climatic events" and the effects of climate change. Transport Canada advertised a study Wednesday to look at the effects of climate change on three airports in the North — and specifically the impact of thawing permafrost on the strength and stability of transportation infrastructure. More

Southwest ring road construction up in the air thanks to falling oil prices
Calgary Herald
After decades of failed negotiations, rejected deals and political infighting, final construction of the southwest ring road may be facing yet another hurdle as the province deals with plummeting oil prices and dwindling energy revenues.More

Skyscraper construction total hits record in 2014
CBC News
Ninety-seven skyscrapers, including three in Canada, were completed around the world in 2014, setting an annual construction record, according to a new report. The total height of those 97 towers is 23,333 metres, another record.More