2017 Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition

Date:  Thursday, January 26, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
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 email 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.  After the bridge competition, please join for Professionals’ Night at a pub near campus!  We will acknowledge the winners and award prizes at Professionals’ Night, so be sure to join us to celebrate!

We hope to see you at this great event!

Specifications and Contest Rules
Professionals’ Challenge
Student Competition

CSCE Nooner – Highway 11/Highway 16 Interchange Functional Plan

It’s time for the fourth Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Saskatoon Section Nooner this season! Join us at the Park Town Hotel to lunch-and-learn about the functional plan for the Hwy 11/16 interchange!

Also, we now offer free parking for our nooners – see details below

Buffet starts at 12:00 p.m.; presentation ~12:30 p.m.

Eventbrite - CSCE Nooner - Highway 11/Highway 16 Interchange Functional Plan

Presentation Summary

Highway 11/Highway 16 Interchange Functional Plan

The City of Saskatoon is embarking on an important journey in developing an interchange at the junction of Highway 11 and 16 in the south portion Saskatoon. This project perfectly matches the ideals that Saskatoon is looking for in 21st Century solutions that will create a highly desirable and sustainable city. This project will have a dynamic impact on the quality of life for the community, as this interchange provides an important link to Regina via Highway 11 and an east-west connection to Winnipeg and Edmonton on Highway 16 and Circle Drive in the North. The existing cloverleaf interchange was constructed in the 1960s and requires upgrading to reflect increased traffic numbers unanticipated at that time. This functional planning study, commissioned by the City of Saskatoon, looks at various interchange configurations to resolve the present day problems of weaving length deficiencies, the close proximity of adjacent interchanges at Victor, Boychuk, Taylor and Preston, and an inadequate bridge clearance. A total of ten Interchange configurations that consider the present and future traffic volumes, mobility, noise and long term flexibility were evaluated and the advantages and disadvantages for each were examined. The detailed functional plan for the selected option is now being completed.

Speakers:

Justine Marcoux, P. Eng.

Justine Marcoux is a Transportation Engineer for the City of Saskatoon. She attended the University of Saskatchewan where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2010. She began her career with the City of Saskatoon’s Transportation Division in 2011. She has been involved in a number of projects relating to Neighbourhood Traffic Management, cycling, collision analysis, parking, intersections, and traffic safety. She is presently working with the ISL team with the Highway 11/16 Interchange Functional Planning project.

David LeBoutillier, P. Eng., Ph.D.

David LeBoutillier is a Senior Transportation Engineer for the City of Saskatoon. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at Indiana State University, and completed his doctorate at the University of Florida. He has been involved in a number of functional planning projects with the City of Saskatoon including the Traffic Bridge Needs Assessment study, the North Commuter Parkway Project, and a number of other recent interchanges and arterial road design projects. David’s focus in work is geometric design and data collection. He is presently working with the ISL team on the Highway 11/16 Interchange Functional Planning Project.

Steve Melton, M. Eng., P. Eng., PMP

Steve Melton is the General Manager of Roadway Engineering for ISL Engineering and Land Services. With experience spanning three decades in transportation engineering, he has increasingly been involved in management roles on complex projects and is presently leading the Highway 11/16 Interchange Functional Planning project for the City of Saskatoon, as well as the Warman/Martensville Interchanges project as Owner’s Engineer for the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure. Through his career, Steve has been involved as manager for ISL on Edmonton projects such as the Anthony Henday Drive Owner’s Engineer, the Walterdale Bridge Replacement and on the South and North LRT projects. Steve shows his commitment to advancing transportation engineering in Canada through past director roles with the Consulting Engineers of Alberta and the Project Management Institute (Northern Alberta Chapter) and participation in the standing committees for Road Safety and Sustainable Transportation for the Transportation Association of Canada. Steve has a Masters of Engineering in Transportation Engineering from the University of Alberta.

Looking forward to see you there!

CSCE Executive Team

Eventbrite - CSCE Nooner - Highway 11/Highway 16 Interchange Functional Plan

FAQs

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is FREE during our event. When you arrive at the Park Town Hotel, you can skip the parking payment machine and go to the front desk to let them know that you are there to attend the CSCE Saskatoon Section Nooner.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email us at communications@cscesaskatoon.com with any questions.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, it is. You can just give your ticket to a friend or colleague.

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

Yes, please bring a printed copy of your ticket to the event.

Nooners in the New Year

Once the rush of holiday season is over, the new year will be upon us!  And we have a great line-up of programming lined up for the second half of our 2016-2017 season!

We have three more Nooners, starting in January.  We’ll be hosting them at the Park Town, where we’ve had a great time hosting our first three Nooners of the year.  We are ecstatic with the wonderful turnout that we’ve had thus far, and will be bringing more interesting topics and challenging projects in our Nooners for the rest of the season!

2017 Nooner Dates:

Wednesday, January 25th
Wednesday, February 15th
Thursday, March 23rd

Nooners start at 12 (noon), with presentation at ~12:30.  Parking is free, and the buffet at the Park Town is always excellent!  We appreciate advance RSVPs (tickets available through our Eventbrite pages), and welcome attendees at the door as well!

In the new year, we’ll be posting more here and on our social media channels (like us on Facebook; follow us on Twitter), and will be sending out information via our mailing list (which is easy to join if you haven’t already!) – just keep in touch!  We look forward to seeing you for the second half of the season!

Kinsmen Park Redevelopment Phase 1 – Wed. Nov. 23, 2016

Presentation Summary

Kinsmen Park is a vital and vibrant environment for the citizens of Saskatoon. In 2014/15 the landmark park underwent redevelopment to revitalize this important place of play. The rejuvenation focused on providing a place for children in the city to play, integrating the character of the park with Spadina Crescent, rehabilitating the riverbank, integrating the Mendel building with the park, and provided a winter activity hub in the city.  Phase 1 of the project included a new parking lot and multi-zone children’s park. The park amenities feature a ride plaza, play structure area, sand and water features, and an enhanced train complete with a new station. In the rides plaza the existing carousel has been refurbished and a 60 diameter foot Ferris Wheel has been added. The most recognizable feature of the new park has been the new train which was modeled after a CP Rail engine with replica Canpotex transport cars for passengers.

 

Speaker: Keith Munday, P. Eng. (Project Manager, PCL Construction Management Inc.)

Keith holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan (1997) and is a Gold Seal certified project manager.  He has worked in the construction industry for nineteen years joining the PCL team in 2006 after spending nine years with a prominent Saskatchewan structural engineering firm as a design engineer.  Keith has worked on many projects during his career including the Stadium Parkade at the U of S campus, redevelopment of the Saskatoon Airport 2012 and K+S Potash corporate offices.

Eventbrite - CSCE Nooner -  Kinsmen Park Redevelopment Phase 1

Disruptive Technologies and Transportation Planning – Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 2016

Presentation Summary:

Mobile phone technology and oil/gas manufracturing technologies are examples of disruptive technologies, or technologies that completely change how the world ‘works’, including everything engineers plan for and design. In transportation, these technologies include cloud and fog computing, linear programming, autonomous and connected vehicles, magnetic levitation, and lithium-powered vehicles that extend range of an electric vehicle to over 500 km.  Disruptive technologies are already redirecting how engineers design, plan, build and manage the world’s assets.
The unprecedented pace of technology change, combined with static and even declining public resources to build and manage infrastructure, dictates that engineers not only fully understand  future trends, but dissect them and incorporate them into their planning today.

Speaker Summary:

Carl Kuhnke is the Managing Director of the Saskatchewan Centre of Excellence for Transportation and Infrastructure (SCETI). He joined the University of Saskatchewan in November 2013, returning to his prairie roots after five years as Executive Director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Association of Canada, the national advocate for the development and deployment of smarter transportation technologies, in Toronto. An Albertan, he spent 20 years as a Science and Technology diplomat in the Canadian Foreign Service, creating partnerships among universities, governments and the private sector, before leaving to work with technology firms in Canada to grow their businesses.
Among other assignments, he has been Consul General in Seattle, Canada’s Science and Technology Ambassador to Asia, and Director of the Science Council of British Columbia. He sits on a number of Boards, including the International Programs Committee of the ITS World Congress. He is an appointed tribunal member of the New West Partnership Trade Agreement, which includes Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan. Carl speaks English, German, French and Japanese.



Eventbrite - CSCE Nooner - Disruptive Technologies and Transportation Planning

FAQs

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Your parking will be FREE during our event. When you arrive at the Park Town Hotel, you can skip the parking payment machine and go to the front desk to let them know that you are there to attend the CSCE Saskatoon Section Nooner.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email communications@cscesaskatoon.com with all your questions.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, it is. You can just give your ticket to a friend or colleague.

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

Yes, please bring a printed copy of your ticket to the event.

Networker Bowling Night

Join us for some frames of bowling and a chance to network with fellow colleagues and future colleagues! For only $10 for regular members, $5 for student members, you will get 1 hour of bowling (shoe rental included). RSVPs not required for this event – just join us at Eastview Bowl!

Time: 6:45 pm
Location: Eastview Bowl, 2929 Louise St. E, Saskatoon, SK, S7J 3L8

Drone Technology in Surveying – Tuesday, Sept. 27th, 2016

Welcome to our first Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Saskatoon Section Nooner of the 2016-2017 season! Join us at the Park Town Hotel for a great buffet lunch, an opportunity to network with others in the civil engineering industry, and a chance to learn about how drones are being used in surveying!

Our buffet will start at 12:00 p.m., and our presentation will start around 12:30 p.m.

 

Presentation Summary

Drone technology allows surveyors to gather data in a timely and cost effective manner, while collecting information that traditional surveying methods may miss.  This presentation will review the data collected by UAV Surveying, and demonstrate the practical engineering applications of the data.

Speaker: Calen Miller

Calen Miller has been actively involved in the rise of UAV surveying over the past 3 years in Saskatchewan.  Trained through Sask Polytechnic’s Geomatics program, he has a 10 year background in Surveying and Civil Engineering projects, and is currently employed by Catterall & Wright as a Field Staff Manager.  As an active member of SASTT (Saskatchewan Applied Science Technologists & Technicians), SAGT (Saskatchewan Association of Geomatics Technologists) and a compliant UAV Pilot through Transport Canada, Calen brings a unique blend of knowledge together when applying UAV surveying to Civil Engineering applications.

 

Looking forward to see you there!

CSCE Executive Team 

Eventbrite - CSCE Nooner - Drone Technology in Surveying

 

FAQs

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Your parking will be FREE during our event. When you arrive at the Park Town Hotel, you can skip the parking payment machine and go to the front desk to let them know that you are there to attend the CSCE Saskatoon Section Nooner.

 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email communications@cscesaskatoon.com with all your questions.

 

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, it is. You can just give your ticket to a friend or colleague.

 

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

Yes, please bring a printed copy of your ticket to the event.

CSCE 2016 Annual Conference

Extension! Abstract deadline is now December 14th, 2015!

Online abstract submission for the CSCE 2016 Conference in London is now live! You can choose either (1) to submit a paper and make a presentation or (2) to make a presentation only at the Annual General Conference or one of five International Specialty Conferences.

To download the call for papers flyer please click HERE.

SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT

London is proud to host the 2016 Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, on June 1-4, 2016! We will address the CSCE Strategic Direction “Leadership in Sustainable Infrastructure” through our theme RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE.

As well as the General Conference, we will also feature International Specialty Conferences in:

Environmental Engineering
Materials Engineering
Natural Disaster Mitigation
Structural Engineering
Transportation Engineering

Presentations of peer-reviewed papers at these Specialty Conferences and of relevant case studies by innovative practitioners, accepted through submission of an abstract only, will inform practicing Canadian Civil Engineers of new developments in infrastructure resilience.

For more details, visit www.csce2016.ca

National Lectures Tour – Canadian Infrastructure Report Card

Canada’s latest Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) was released in January 2016. The CIRC project is the continuation of a collaboration struck in 2012 between the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA), the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The 2016 edition also received support from the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) as well as the Federal-Provincial/Territorial Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Committee.

The Report Card provides comprehensive, scientifically based, and standardized information on the inventory, condition and asset management practices of Canada’s core public infrastructure. It is intended to assist policy-makers, asset owners and managers in their infrastructure asset management, planning and decision-making. The total value of core municipal infrastructure in Canada was estimated to be $1.1 trillion, one-third of which was identified as being in fair, poor or very poor condition. This infrastructure represents a call for action – and governments at all levels seemed primed to respond with significant investments in a range of infrastructure systems across Canada.

The speakers present a detailed overview of the CIRC process and results and provide some ideas for how we can engineer our infrastructure to make sure it can be sustained over the long term.