Illecillewaet River in the Spring

With the recent flooding in the Balkans’ it is easy to get complacent about flood risk in this part of the world. But the reality is that we have a huge amount of snow still up in those mountains, and warm weather and rain could cause flooding here like that seen in Calgary last year. […]

AWWA’s 2014 State of the Water Industry

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has released their state of the infrastructure report for 2014 (pdf), collecting responses from 1,739 AWWA members across the US and Canada. This report gives an insight into the industry without political or corporate interference ((although it is a self selecting group that chooses to participate, there appears to […]

Are you an infrastructure sustainability professional?

I’ve been blogging about sustainable infrastructure for eight years ((See some of my early articles such as Massive NSW water recycling plant opens and A Brief Argument Against Stormwater Pipes)), have presented on sustainability, was involved in designing award winning sustainable subdivisions ((Murrays Beach, NSW North of Sydney, retained 70% of the trees on site […]

A Focus on Infrastructure Sustainability – Envision

Some news on the professional front for Mike ((City of Revelstoke Media Release pdf: Director of Engineering earns Infrastructure Sustainability Accreditation)), I’ll follow up this post later this week with some more information on why I chose to pursue this accreditation, and why now! [divider] Revelstoke’s Director of Engineering earns Infrastructure Sustainability Accreditation The City […]

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 […]

Canadian Flood Insurance

Most homeowners are unaware that their home insurance policies are extremely limited when it comes to flood protection. Insurance companies are pointing at a lack of flood risk information across Canada, that reflects inconsistent standards, mapping and knowledge that are costing all Canadians: Insurance executives say homeowners will never have access to comprehensive flood insurance […]

Designing for Hazards – A Wall of Lake Ice

Who is responsible for determining the impact and designing to protect against manmade or natural disasters on your home or neighborhood? A local state of emergency has been declared in a western Manitoba municipality after homes in Ochre Beach were destroyed and seriously damaged by a wave of lake ice.Area officials told CBC News the […]

The Disaster Management Simulator

This week we learnt that the Fukishima disaster was man made. Not just that it involved a nuclear reactor, but the underlying culture, decision making process and lack of disaster experience all contributed to the extent of the disaster. It “could and should have been foreseen and prevented. And its effects could have been mitigated […]