62 Considerations for an Integrated Urban Design

As a civil engineer involved in municipal, development, and transportation; one of the most important concepts to remember is that of integrated urban design. Simplified, if just the traffic engineer was responsible for the design, roads might be large enough for the maximum projected traffic demand; if just the public works manager was responsible for […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]