Brilliant Bridge

This weekend has been a series of rainy fall days, the mist and cloud cover punctuated with brief downpours and temperatures hovering around 14 degrees. During one of the breaks in the rain we got out for a quick walk on the recently restored Brilliant Bridge, built by the Doukhobors in 1913 for $60,000, and …

80 Year Old Watermain

There is a story to these pictures, if you are wondering what the growth is called, it is referred to as “pipe tuberculation” or “insoluble corrosion residue buildup” and the main issue is that it increases pipe friction losses thus reducing fire flows, but can also ultimately lead to pipe failure. The infrastructure in many …

Spring Freshet at Brilliant Dam

This time of year makes for some magical photos around the Kootenays. This is the Brilliant Dam and Generating Stations on the Kootenay River taken from HWY 3A just outside of Castlegar on the road to Nelson, BC. We often stop here with the kids to watch the memorizing flow of water over the spillway. …

Boomer Housing Denial

Have you noticed the disconnect between reality and expectations for housing options in the Baby Boomer crowd? A recent AARP study, for example, found a massive disconnect between perceptions of aging and its reality. The vast majority of people surveyed expressed optimism that they would not only be in good physical health in their later years, …

Tender to Replace the Rossland Arena Roof

The Rossland Arena may be set to receive a new roof. Details of the tender can be found at BCBid. There is a Pre-bid meeting at the arena on the 2nd of February 2010, and bids to be received by 2pm February 9th, 2010. The decision to fund the project is happening under the Alternate …

The High Cost of the Cul De Sac

In my opinion and the experience I’ve had as a City Engineer, roads in general are a blessing – but Cul de Sacs are a curse. And I’m not just talking about the planning aspects in terms of traffic circulations and the creation of neighbourhood identities, but on the cost of providing services to these …

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 …

Municipal Risk Management

A recent BC court case confirmed my belief that inadequate design should not be managed with "cover your ass" signage. Some of the quotes below serve as an excellent case study for understanding the relationship between a municipal engineering design, the designer and the municipality regarding safety and risk management. The case, Lovely v Kamloops …