Ice Pigging

[divider] This post is not about farm animal rights, or some cruel porcine-based Japanese reality TV game-show. Check out the video above for a glimpse of the power of a technology recently introduced into the North American Market from the UK. It’s not hard to see from the video above that the pipes are getting […]

Public Investment Decisions

As I am headed to Vancouver for a couple of days later this week, I thought today’s post could start with a focus on a controversial transportation project, the Gateway Freeway “mega-project”. The City of New Westminster is smack in the middle of this project and public sentiment seems to be against the project, at […]

Lifecycle Project Costs

I see a lot of new engineering technologies that have been developed in an attempt to better solve old problems. And I see a lot of people buying into these technologies because of the sticker price. I’m ashamed to say that even engineers are suckers for a “bargain” sometimes – without taking into consideration the […]

Irish Water Scouts – Thermal Imaging and Posties

In a situation that has exposed systemic issues in the organization of Northern Ireland Water, at last a ray of hope in the battle to address the infrastructure issues spread out across thousands of kilometers of water mains. The solution – a mix of new technology and old… A police helicopter fitted with the latest […]

Castlegar Water Management Plan

In light of the recent decision of Castlegar Council to keep utility rates static for 2011, I’ve posted below copies of the Water Management Plan reports that were completed in March and June of 2009. These reports outline a planned $66 Million cost over 20 years on water infrastructure. As far as I know, there […]

Teaching Kids about Municipal Engineering

The engineering profession is often challenged with ways to pass on the enthusiasm for the profession to younger generations. Part of this is based in the education system and the streamlining of subjects taught, but most of the blame for the seeming obscurity of the profession has to lie with the profession itself. For Civil […]

Did I Miss the Future?

To heck with the current range of Stimulus Spending programs, this video plans out the future we were promised but never received. The only part of the whole vision we truly received was this: the shape of our cities will change as expanded highway transportation decentralizes our population centers into vast urban areas This Disney […]

Fredericton Roads and Streets Masterplan – 2009

Infrastructure masterplans are at the backboneof a community’s capital spending plan. While not addressing every possible outcome or required project, the process of considering a masterplan identifies many of the “big-ticket” items that are on the spending horizon for the community. Often these masterplans are written by consultants, for many reasons, political, staff availability, expertise, […]