CSCE Nooner – Designing Mass Timber Schools in Calgary


Join us for our February Nooner! Reid Costley from ISL will be presenting on two Calgary schools designed with heavy timber and cross-laminated timber. Lunch starts at 12:00 pm, with presentation to follow at 12:30 pm.

Presentation Summary

Two schools located in the Calgary neighborhoods of McKenzie Towne and New Brighton for the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) are the CBE’s first use of Heavy Timber and Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT). With a total gross floor area of 8181 square meters per school, these two-storey structures, were designed from start to tender in 64 days and came back from the marketplace a total of $3M under budget.

The opportunities and challenges of a new type of school construction as well as a tight design timeline will be discussed. Design and construction triumphs and, just as importantly, lessons learned, will be discussed. The presentation will leave the attendees with an understanding of Heavy Timber and CLT, the need to recognise limitations, why it is important to identify the need for early involvement and will help the attendees to apply concepts to future projects

Speaker Biography

Reid Costley, P.Eng., Buildings Discipline Manager

As the Buildings Discipline Manager for ISL, Reid is responsible for leading and managing ISL’s Buildings group in the delivery of building projects for public and private sector clients. His responsibilities include providing QA/QC review of design and related deliverables, providing technical leadership and supporting business development with prospective clients. Reid is a professional engineer specializing in structures, building evaluations and building science. He has over 30 years of experience in the consulting engineering industry, with his own firm and other well-known engineering companies. Prior to joining ISL in 2012, Reid was a principal and Calgary Operations Manager of Cascade Engineering Group and managed that company’s growth from a single office in Canmore to other offices in Calgary; Fernie, BC; and Hanoi, Vietnam.


Popsicle Bridge Competition 2018


DATE: Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
TIME: Registration: 5:00 pm
Testing: 5:30 pm
Reception and awards to follow
LOCATION: Structures Lab, Room 1C01, Engineering Building, University of Saskatchewan

Our annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition is back again this January!  For this event, we welcome both student teams and professional teams to build a bridge using 100 popsicle sticks and a bottle of glue.  Prize money is at stake for the student teams, and for the professional teams the bragging rights that come with successfully completing a small design-build project.  More info is included in the documents below, including the specifications, entry form, and information on the student competition and the professionals’ challenge.  Teams (student and professional alike) can register by emailing communications[@] or in person at the Civil & Geological Engineering Department office (3B48 Engineering).

Supply kits are available free of charge to all teams, and can be picked up from the Civil & Geological Engineering office also.  Teams are also welcome to purchase their own supplies, as long as they conform to the instructions for the competition.

We hope to see you at this great event!

Specifications and Contest Rules
Professionals’ Challenge
Student Competition

CSCE National Lecture Tour – Lac-Mégantic’s Human & Environmental Disaster


Join CSCE Saskatoon as we host the CSCE National Lecture Tour this January! We are excited to welcome Dr. Rosa Galvez – Canadian senator for Québec (Bedford), professor at Université Laval à Québec, and one of Canada’s leading experts on environmental impact and pollution control – who will present about the events, impacts, and lessons to be learned from the Lac-Mégantic train derailment.

This special event will be held in the Quance Theatre of the Education Building at the University of Saskatchewan. Doors open at 6:30 pm; lecture will start at 7 pm. Coffee and light refreshments will be served before the lecture.

This event is open to the public – everyone is welcome to attend!

Presentation Summary:

The Lac-Mégantic train derailment and fire on July 6, 2013 was a human catastrophe and an environmental disaster. A runaway train containing 74 rail cars of light crude oil derailed and caught fire. The explosions and fire killed 47 residents and destroyed over 30 buildings. This was the deadliest rail accident in Canada since 1864. Approximately 6.3 million litres of oil were released into the environment, creating air, water, and soil contamination.

This presentation will describe what happened and outline the efforts made to remediate the impacts to this community and the environment.


Senator Professor Rosa Galvez is an expert in environmental impact and risk evaluation, contaminated site restoration and groundwater contaminant transport. She has served on the Canadian Senate since being appointed in December 2016, representing Québec (Bedford). She is also a professor in the Department of Civil and Water Engineering at Université Laval à Québec, having joined the department in 1994 and having headed the department since 2010. Senator Galvez is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, as well as a member of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and Engineers Without Borders.


The lecture will be held in the Quance Theatre (room 1003) in the Education Building at the University of Saskatchewan, 28 Campus Drive. This lecture theatre boasts comfortable seats, great audio-visual equipment, and great acoustics.


Parking is available near the Education Building – there is a paid parking lot (“Lot 4”) across from the Education Building, just off of Education Road. Parking in this lot is a flat rate of $4 after 6 pm; this parking lot is fully automated (pay-on-exit) and accepts cash and credit cards. There are also a limited number of metered parking spots available near the Education Building, along Education Road and Education Court.

Role of Engineers in Utility-Scale Wind Projects in SK


Our 3rd Nooner of the 2017-2018 is upon us! Join us at the Park Town for their excellent lunch buffet and a presentation by Chad Eggerman of Miller Thomson LLP about the role engineers play in wind energy projects in Saskatchewan.

Parking is still free to attend our Nooners – just check in at the front desk.

Buffet starts at 12:00 pm; presentation ~12:30 pm.

Presentation Summary:

In his presentation, Chad will discuss a number of key components related to wind energy industry in Saskatchewan, primarily:

– The procurement of wind energy in Saskatchewan, and how engineers are retained to work on wind projects;

– The times in a typical utility-scale wind project when lawyers and engineers collaborate; and

– The biggest risks for engineers on utility-scale wind projects, during the design phase, construction phase, interconnection of the facility, commissioning, and operation and maintenance phases.

Speaker Biography:

Chad Eggerman is the co-lead of the Projects Group with Miller Thomson LLP. He provides cost-effective advice to clients to minimize risks and complete projects on time and on budget. Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 for Energy Law, Chad counsels clients on projects in many industries, but he has particular expertise in renewable energy, infrastructure, and natural resource projects. Chad acts for many clients located in Europe undertaking projects in Canada, as well as Canadian clients doing projects abroad.

Chad provides strategic advice in a number of areas relevant to developing a project in Canada or abroad, including contracts, procurement, finance, corporate and commercial law, environmental law, aboriginal law, mergers & acquisitions, and project dispute resolution.

CSCE Nooner – New Methods and Techniques to Evaluate Road Safety


It’s our 2nd Nooner of the 2017-2018 season! Join us at the Park Town for their excellent lunch buffet and a presentation by Emanuele Sacchi about making roads and transportation networks safer!

Parking is still free to attend our Nooners – just check in at the front desk.

Buffet starts at 12:00 pm; presentation ~12:30 pm.

Presentation Summary:

The way transportation engineers study and evaluate road and traffic safety has remarkably advanced in recent years. Engineers can now employ a systematic and rigorous process to analyze safety at road sites that identifies opportunities to reduce collisions and implement potential safety countermeasures. This process mainly relies on a set of statistical techniques and models developed over several years of research.

Another area of advancement is related to the use of surrogate safety measures to gain insight into a variable, collision frequency, that is sometimes impractical or difficult to measure directly. Hence, surrogate safety data represents a promising and proactive alternative to the exclusive use of collision data in road safety analysis.

In this regard, the presentation will focus on recent case studies where the use of new statistical methodologies and surrogate safety measures has been employed to evaluate road safety.

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Emanuele Sacchi is currently an assistant professor of transportation engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. His primary research interests focus on the relationship between traffic conflicts and collision events, as well as the use of advanced statistical techniques for determining the effectiveness of road engineering safety countermeasures. Before joining the University of Saskatchewan, he obtained a M.Sc. degree in 2008 and a Ph.D. in 2012 in transportation engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy. Between 2012 and 2016, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia on several research projects funded by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.


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Osler Storm System – Wet/Dry Pond

Presentation Summary:

The Town of Osler has historically faced challenges with regards to storm water management, as storm water drains primarily via overland drainage and the Town has very little elevation change to facilitate efficient drainage. In 2016, a wet/dry pond, storm water pumping station, and storm sewer system were installed to provide better storm water management opportunities. This presentation will review the system installed in 2016, as well as the system extensions currently under construction.


Ehren Gadzella has been a full-time Project Engineer at Catterall & Wright Consulting for three years. She graduated from the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in 2014, and has been gaining experience working on a range of municipal projects in field and office roles since then. She has also been an active member of the CSCE Saskatoon Section Executive, serving as the chair for the 2016-2017 season.

Looking forward to see you there!

CSCE Executive Team


Eventbrite - Osler Storm System – Wet/Dry Pond



What are my parking options for the event?
Parking is FREE during our event. When you arrive at the Park Town Hotel, skip the parking payment machine and go to the front desk to let them know that you are attending the CSCE Saskatoon Section Nooner.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email us with any questions.

Is my registration/ticket transferable?
Yes, it is. You can give your ticket to a friend or colleague.

Do I have to bring a copy of my ticket to the event?
While not absolutely necessary, it does help us check our guests in faster if you bring either a paper copy of your ticket or download it to your smart phone.

Thank you for a great 2016-2017 season!

On behalf of CSCE Saskatoon, thank you for making our 2016-2017 season a success!  We were pleased to host numerous events this year, and have great attendance at each event.  We look forward to seeing everyone in the fall, for our 2017-2018 year!  Check back here, subscribe to our email list, or follow us on social media (Facebook or Twitter) to stay up to date with the events we have upcoming – we will be posting more here in the next month or two.

CSCE Saskatoon AGM

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Please join us for our annual general meeting (AGM)! We will be hosting this event at the Park Town, as they have been great hosts for all of our events thus far this year. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

  • Cocktails: 5:15 pm
  • Supper: 6:00 pm
  • Presentation: 6:45 pm
  • AGM: 7:30 – 8:15 pm


Supper will be a plated meal service. The entrée options are:

  • Baked chicken supreme
  • Stuffed pork loin
  • Baked salmon

Vegetarian and other dietary restrictions will be accommodated as well on request. Once we receive your ticket order, we will contact you by email to inquire about your choice of entrée and any dietary restrictions, if applicable.


Tickets must be purchased in advance for this event – tickets for members and non-members can be purchased here. If you prefer to pay-at-the-door, there are pay-at-the-door ticket types as well.

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Phil Bruch, P.Eng., will be presenting about the various slope stability issues experienced along the east bank of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon.

Presentation Summary: Numerous slope instabilities (landslides) have occurred along the east bank of the South Saskatchewan River within the City of Saskatoon. This presentation will outline the locations of significant landslides in Saskatoon and discuss the various failure mechanisms for the landslides. Case histories of several recent landslides along Saskatchewan Crescent will be reviewed.

Speaker Biography: Phil Bruch is a Principal and Senior Geotechnical Engineer with Golder Associates’ Saskatoon office. He has 30 years of experience, and has been involved with projects in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, Alaska, Mongolia and Israel. A significant portion of Phil Bruch’s project experience has involved slope stability issues. This includes stability analyses of both natural and constructed slopes, including slope stabilization and landslide mitigation. These projects have included site characterization, field investigation, installation of various instrumentation (piezometers, inclinometers, and settlement monitoring), design, construction, and decommissioning. He was also involved in the development of a framework to evaluate slope stability conditions along the South Saskatchewan River through the City of Saskatoon. Follow-up work to this has included investigation of several landslides in the City, including the design and implementation of remedial measures.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can reach us by email at

What’s the refund policy?

Tickets can only be refunded if received with adequate notice of at least three business days before the event. Please contact us by email (see above) to inquire about refunds. Unfortunately, due to the nature of this event, an invoice will be issued for pay-at-the-door tickets ordered if payment for these tickets is not received on the night of the event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Bringing a paper copy of your ticket or bringing an electronic copy on your phone or other device are the fastest way for us to check you in at the event.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?

You can give your ticket to a colleague or friend without issue – just make sure they have a copy of the ticket with them (either paper or electronic), or let us know that someone else will be using your ticket so we know who to expect!

Modern Masonry Connector Design and Specification


The cross-section of contemporary exterior masonry construction consists of multiple layers of material, each serving a unique function. Ensuring the proper connection between these layers is critical to achieving a well performing masonry veneer. As these wall systems become more complex to meet the demands of modern efficiency standards and architectural styles, structural engineers are having to take on the responsibility of designing masonry connectors to ensure loads can be transferred from the veneer to the backup wall.

CSA A370-14 Connectors for Masonry is the latest edition of the Canadian standard which covers the design of masonry connectors and includes minimum corrosion protection and spacing requirements. Changes to the latest edition of this standard and best practices for masonry connector design will be covered in this presentation along with short case studies of unique masonry building envelopes.

About the Presenter

Sasha studied at the University of Saskatchewan, earning a M.Sc. degree in 2014 for his work on construction solutions for non-contact lap splices in concrete block walls. He then joined the Canada Masonry Design Centre (CMDC) through its partnership with the Saskatchewan Masonry Institute. The CMDC is heavily involved with the development of the CSA masonry standards and supporting masonry research across Canada with the aim of advancing the state of the art in masonry design and construction. The CMDC also provides support to the design community through educational seminars, the development and distribution of MASSTM structural design software, publishing the textbook “Masonry Structures – Behaviour and Design” which is used in universities across Canada, and providing masonry-related technical assistance to members of the design community. Sasha’s mandate is to make the services of the CMDC more accessible to the local design and procurement community.


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CSCE Nooner – Turning Wastewater Into Fertilizer: Canada’s First Nutrient Recovery Facility


Saskatoon is home to Canada’s first full scale nutrient recovery facility.  In 2009, the Saskatoon Wastewater Treatment Plant was plagued with struvite formations that were damaging to the operation of the sludge handling facilities. In 2012, the WWTP commissioned Ostara’s innovative nutrient recovery technology that recovers phosphorous removed during treatment for reuse as an environmentally responsible fertilizer. Since opening, over 500 tons of fertilizer product have been recovered for commercial sale by using “Waste Activated Sludge Stripping to Remove Internal Phosphorous”. This presentation details the formation of struvite, and the adverse effects its can have on wastewater treatment plant.  The phosphorous cycle will be discussed from the influent of the wastewater, removal in the activated sludge process, and recovery in the nutrient recovery facility.

About the Presenter

Mike Sadowski is the Operations Superintendent at the City of Saskatoon, Wastewater Treatment Plant.  He completed his degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in 2011 and obtained his Professional Engineer designation from APEGS in 2014.  While working at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, he has been involved with commissioning and optimizing the nutrient recovery process, while working to overcome the challenges struvite formation has caused to the treatment process.


Eventbrite - CSCE Nooner - Turing Wastewater Into Fertilizer - Canada's 1st Nutrient Recovery Facility