CSCE E-Bulletin
Dec. 31, 2014

10. Engineering firm found guilty for building problems that led to condo evacuations
Calgary Herald
From Nov. 5, 2014: A provincial court judge has found an engineering firm guilty of building code infractions that endangered the structural integrity of a downtown Calgary condominium complex, forced the evacuation of several businesses and caused millions of dollars in damage.More

9. Montreal engineering firm WSP Global to buy Parsons Brinckerhoff
Financial Post
From Sept. 10, 2014: Canadian engineering firm WSP Global Inc. is buying New York City-based infrastructure specialist Parsons Brinckerhoff in a potentially transformative US$1.35-billion deal as it pushes to bulk up amid continued industry consolidation.More

8. New report says tearing down The Gardiner, best bet
From Feb. 9, 2014: Tear it down. That’s the upshot of a new report examining the long-term future of the 2.4 kilometre stretch of the Gardiner Expressway that runs east of Jarvis. That report is part of a full environmental assessment, necessary because the roadway is crumbling and soon won’t be safe to drive on, or under. The four options that are on the table: maintain the roadway as-is and undertake massive repairs to ensure it is safe; keep the Gardiner but try to improve its aesthetics and the ways it interacts with the public realm; replace it with a new roadway; and remove it altogether.More

7. Why American women are leaving engineering
From July 9, 2014: Workplace climate issues including poor treatment and behaviour from supervisors and colleagues as well as a lack of policy and culture to support work/life balance and advancement are among key reasons why women are leaving the engineering profession, two researchers in America say.More

6. Engineering giant Aecom buys URS for $4 billion
Canadian Manufacutring
From July 16, 2014: Engineering design company Aecom Technology Corp. is buying URS Corp. for $4 billion in cash and stock. The price is 19 per cent above the average price for URS stock over the last 30 days. Shares spiked and retreated on July 11 on a report that URS was looking to sell.More

5. Editorial: A bridge to Quebec...too far?
Brock Press
From Oct. 15, 2014: The busiest bridge in Canada is in dire need of repair, and repairing it is exactly what our government plans to do. The Champlain Bridge spans the Saint Lawrence River and Saint Lawrence Seaway, connecting the Montreal boroughs of Verdun and Le Sud-Ouest to Brossard on the South Shore.More

4. Dr. Todd Chan awarded China Friendship Award
China Daily
From Nov. 5, 2014: One hundred foreign experts from 25 countries received China's Friendship Award — the nation's highest honor for achievement by a foreigner — at the Great Hall of the People on Monday afternoon.More

3. Building the world's most sustainable modern town
From Feb. 18, 2014: In the middle of the Panamanian jungle, about an hour northeast of downtown Panama City, lush foliage swathes a 7,000-acre valley. The intense rainy season, which lasts nine months out of the year, inspires rich greens, reds and browns across the landscapeMore

2. Alberta leads Canada through next wave of construction
Calgary Herald
From Feb. 26, 2014: A new report released Thursday says Alberta will lead Canada's construction industry through the next decade, with major new oilsands projects and residential work driving job growth in virtually every year between now and 2023. BuildForce Canada's 2014-2023 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecast said the pace of expansion has resumed, with construction employment across all markets growing past the 2008 peak by 2013.More

1. Spectacular Glacier Skywalk Causes Controversy
From Feb. 26, 2014: While opponents claim that Jasper National Park’s Glacier Skywalk, scheduled to open in May 2014, ruins the experience of untouched wilderness that attracts so many tourists, the cantilevered glass structure is inarguably a spectacular achievement.More