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‚Äôs Director of Engineering earns Infrastructure Sustainability Accreditation The City […]

Future Floods in Calgary?

The City of Calgary and many surrounding communities have recently experienced severe flooding, and there are several questions that engineers need to ask as the clean up is underway: how big was the flood, how frequently can we expect a flood that big, is this because of climate change, how likely is it that we […]

How Large was the Flood in Calgary?

The City of Calgary and many surrounding communities experienced severe flooding in June 2013, and amidst the fears, doubts and relief experienced post-flood there are several questions that decision-makers and engineers need to ask as the clean up is underway: exactly how big was the flood, how frequently can we expect a flood that big, […]

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 […]

Engineers Driving us Crazy

The urban experience is helped or hindered by elements that are ulitmately the responsibility of Civil Engineers. Despite this obvious statement, many of the urban form frustrations we experience day to day in our travels about our neighbourhoods or cities were decisions made by engineers or those in municipal or utility organizations that act under the authority of engineers

The Role of Stories in Civil Engineering Drawings

When you read a book, it is common to get caught up in the story, to view the characters, places and events as a “real” world, one that you’ve invested time into. When a story is poorly written, you can poke holes through the plot, there are missing scenes, or someone acts out of character […]