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. […]

Project Management Initiatives

This week I gave a verbal report on some project management initiatives that are underway in the City. Click through for the speaking notes that give some context to the slides – HaikuDeck – Construction Management Presentation. Much of the effort is in developing better project management processes for staff to use in planning and […]

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 […]

Transparent Snow Plowing – ClearStreets

I feel like I’m tempting fate by writing about snowplowing in the middle of November, but here goes! As part of and leveraging the OpenCity initiative in Chicago, some data-hounds pulled together a slick interface for viewing real-time snow plow data, and turning this into an estimate of which streets have been plowed. Each of the city’s […]

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 […]