Showcase Awards Winners 2014

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Building Engineering

 Award of Excellence: Glacier Skywalk

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Firm: Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
Client: Brewster Travel Canada
Location: Jasper National Park, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Sturgess Architecture; SMP Consulting Electrical Engineers; Thurber Engineering Ltd.; Urban Systems Ltd.; Golder Associates Ltd.; RWDI Group of Companies Consulting Engineers & Scientists
Contractor: PCL Constructors Inc.      

Glacier Skywalk is a thrilling and dramatic structure. It features a geometrically complex kiosk, two pathways built into the side of the cliff with three distinct nodes – one cantilever, one cave and one tunnel. The path ends at the Discovery Vista, a 30m curved glass walkway extending up to 50m from the cliff face and 280m above the Sunwapta Valley. Read Jones Christoffersen (Prime Consultant and Structural Engineer), PCL Construction Management (Project Lead, Construction and Quality Management) and Sturgess Architecture (Architect) led the delivery of for owner Brewster Travel Canada. You don’t have to be a design or construction professional to appreciate the complexities of this project!

 Award of Merit: Emergency Operations Centre

showcase2014web-Emergency_Operations_Centre              Firm: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Client: The City of Calgary and the Calgary Emergency Management
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Mulvey + Banani International (Alberta) Ltd.; Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd.; Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.; Enersys Analytics Inc.
Contractor: Hoover Mechanical Plumbing and Heating Ltd.      
Other Key Players: Bird Construction

During an emergency event or disaster situation, the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) coordinates the activities necessary to ensure citizen safety and essential services are maintained. This vital facility is the eyes, ears, and hands protecting citizens, property, and equipment.

The EOC includes both emergency measures and the new City Data Centre over three stories, with two levels underground where majority of people and equipment are located.

Our team designed, assisted through construction, and tested the mechanical heating and cooling, fire protection, sanitary, and backup power solutions for this mission critical facility.


Community Development

 Award of Excellence: Shawnee Park Subdivision Land Use Re-designation and Outline Plan

showcase2014web-Shawnee_Park_Subdivision_Land_Use_Re-designation  Firm: AECOM Canada Ltd.
Client: Geo-Energy
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Other Key Players: Dillon Consulting

AECOM worked with Geo-Energy Enterprises on the Land Use and Outline Planning and successful approval of the Shawnee Park development.  This project will transform the former Shawnee Slopes golf course into a unique bio-diversely significant and sustainable new residential development.  The development will be characterized by retaining the majority of the beautiful mature trees, and will provide a variety of different housing types, shopping and employment opportunities.  AECOM was instrumental in supporting Geo-Energy in securing the necessary approvals from the City of Calgary. Professional services provided included environmental, geotechnical, stormwater, landscape architecture, infrastructure and transportation engineering.

Award of Merit: Bridge Drive Utility Corridor

showcase2014web-Bridge_Drive_Utility_Corridor Firm: MPE Engineering Ltd.
Client: City of Lethbridge
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: EBA, A Tetra Tech Company
Contractor: Whissell Contracting Calgary Ltd.     
Other Key Players: Hogeweide Management Inc.

The City of Lethbridge completed a significant infrastructure project with the construction of sanitary sewer and treated water pipelines to service the West Lethbridge Employment Centre.  MPE Engineering Ltd. provided engineering services and EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd. Provided quality assurance services for sewer and water lines that cross the Oldman River, ascend the river valley along Bridge Drive, and cross the CPR railway and University Drive to service West Lethbridge.  A partnering process was employed to establish positive working relationships between the owner, the consultant, and the contractor.  Whissell Contracting Calgary Ltd. started construction August 22, 2011 and completed the project March 26, 2012, two months ahead of schedule.


Community Outreach & In-House Initiative

Award of Excellence: Linking Science and Community in a Changing North

showcase2014web-Linking_Science_and_Community_in_a_Changing_North Firm: Golder Associates Ltd.
Client: Kuglutuk Angoniatit Association & Angoniatit Niovikvia Ltd.
Location: Kugluktuk, Nunavut

The environment is changing in the Canadian Arctic where traditional users rely upon fish and wildlife for both subsistence and commercial livelihoods. In response to community concerns over declines in Arctic char harvests, Golder Associates worked with the Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Organization to study and address fish passage at a historically significant stream. Channel surveys and subsequent engineering to restore low-flows were guided by traditional knowledge. Community involvement and capacity building for Kugluktuk youth and residents was an integral part of the project, providing the community with the tools and knowledge to continue the project in perpetuity.

Award of Merit: Southern Alberta Disaster Relief Efforts

showcase2014web-Southern_Alberta_Disaster_Relief_Efforts Firm: Opus Stewart Weir Ltd.
Client: Opus Stewart Weir Ltd.
Location: Calgary and High River, Alberta

After the floods in southern Alberta this summer, Opus Stewart Weir went into action.  In addition to an immediate monetary donation to the Red Cross, it was obvious that we needed to do more.  Opus Stewart Weir made the decision to donate over 700 volunteer hours totaling $25,000 in support of relief efforts.

As we look back, we are proud that our true values and commitment to the community rose to the challenge. We were compassionate, strong and made a conscious decision to help those in-need with planned and decisive actions; by showing leadership by giving back to the community when it was desperately needed.


Environmental

 Award of Excellence: Gregoire East Sanitary Sewer Outfall

 showcase2014web-Gregoire_East_Sanitary_Sewer Firm:  Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd.
Client: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Location: City of Fort McMurray, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Thurber Engineering Ltd.; CCI Inc.
Contractor: DIRECT Horizontal Drilling      

The Gregoire East Sanitary Sewer Outfall Project expands the capacity of the City of Fort McMurray's sanitary sewer system and enables future growth and economic development. The project involved open cut construction in a busy commercial area and horizontal directional drilling (HDD) for large diameter steel pipelines passing under an actively sliding slope and protected waterway, through a geologic formation consisting of oil sands, and underneath the environmentally sensitive Saline Creek valley. Associated Engineering implemented a project management plan addressing technical and environmental challenges, including a steep terrain, restricted construction space and a multitude of public stakeholders and permit providers.

Award of Merit: Glacier Skywalk Environmental Assessment and Monitoring

showcase2014web-Glacier_Skywalk_Environmental  Firm: Golder Associates Ltd.
Client: Brewster Travel Canada
Location: Sunwapta Canyon Viewpoint, Jasper National Park, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Talus Environmental Consulting Inc.
Other Key Players: Parks Canada Agency

Brewster Travel Canada retained Golder Associates Ltd. to conduct an environmental assessment of the redevelopment of Sunwapta Canyon Viewpoint into a new interpretive attraction: the Glacier Skywalk. The high-profile nature of the Skywalk provided unique challenges. Golder used an innovative approach to study design and data collection, in order to understand and mitigate the project’s potential effects on mountain goats, and reduce the associated risks for Brewster. This approach ultimately allowed Parks Canada to approve the project, which will provide benefits to visitors of Canada’s Four Mountain Parks. The Glacier Skywalk is set to open to the public May 2014.


International

Award of Excellence: Sacramento Municipal Utility District

 showcase2014web-Sacramento_Municipal_Utility_District  Firm:  Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Client: Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Sub-Consultant: Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers; RSC Engineering Inc.; Turley & Associates
Contractor: Turner Construction Company;  ACCO Engineered Systems Inc.;  Redwood City Electric; Intech Mechanical 
Other Key Players: Stantec Architecture Inc.; RNL Design; Stantec Consulting Ltd.

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is showing their clients what’s possible. When America’s sixth largest utility district outgrew a 19-acre maintenance yard, they wanted a new facility to accommodate future growth and unite employees on one campus. As a major utility, SMUD takes energy efficiency seriously, so they incorporated stringent requirements into the design-build specifications, creating a genuine challenge for competing teams. The results are more impressive than SMUD could have hoped for. Our team delivered a net zero campus with an advanced, hybrid energy system, balancing energy efficiency with capital costs.


Natural Resources, Mining Industrial

 Award of Excellence: Oil Sands Technology Deployment Roadmaps

 showcase2014web-Oil_Sands_Technology_Deployment_Roadmaps    Firm: Golder Associates Ltd. (as part of The Consortium of Tailings Management Consultants)
Client: Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environmental Solutions
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: AMEC, BGC Engineering Inc.; Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd.; NorWest Corporation; Thurber Engineering Ltd.; The University of Alberta Geotechnical Group

The Consortium of Tailings Management Consultants (AMEC, BGC Engineering Inc., Golder Associates Ltd., Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd., NorWest Corporation, Thurber Engineering Ltd., and The University of Alberta Geotechnical Group), was contracted by Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions and the Oil Sands Tailings Consortium to create an oil sands technologies deployment roadmap and action plan. The purpose of the plan was to assist government and industry to understand the available technologies, achieve more timely deployment of end-to-end tailings solutions, and develop a sustainable management plan for the oil sands industry.

Award of Merit: Geomorphic Design of West Overburden Disposal Area

 showcase2014web-Geomorphic_Design_of_West_Overburden_Disposal_Area   Firm: CH2M HILL Canada Limited
Client: Shell Canada Energy
Location: Shell Jackpine Mine (near Fort McMurray, Alberta)
Sub-Consultant: KC Harvey LLC

The West Overburden Disposal Area is the first retrofitted, geomorphically-designed landform constructed at Shell Canada Energy’s Jackpine Mine. Designed by CH2M HILL and subconsultant, KC Harvey Environmental, this new approach uses quantitative geomorphology to design hillslope and valley morphometry similar to natural landforms. Designed transitions from hillslopes to valleys provide direct control on where channels begin on the landform. Retrofitting an in-construction landform to a geomorphic design decreases cut/fill, material stockpile, and haul truck time, as well as long-term maintenance costs and limits erosion and sedimentation. The geomorphic design enhances long-term stability, decreasing risk of catastrophic landform changes beyond closure.


Project Management

 Award of Excellence: North LRT Drainage Projects

showcase2014web-North_LRT_Drainage_Projects  Firm: SMA Consulting Ltd.
Client: City of Edmonton
Location: Edmonton, Alberta

The North LRT Drainage Projects rerouted and augmented drainage for Edmonton's new North LRT with a new 500m storm tunnel and the relocation of a large double-barrel tunnel. The downtown location of the tunnels meant encountering abandoned I-beams and concrete pilings, and there were major challenges: wet, sticky ground conditions, LRT coordination, traffic management, and tight laydown areas. SMA implemented rigorous planning and cost and schedule controls for the tunnels, including value engineering, constructability review, risk analysis, earned value analysis (EVA), Last Planner lean project management, and construction simulation. Ultimately, both tunnels were completed on schedule and well under budget.

Award of Merit: Edmonton International Airport – Expansion 2012

showcase2014web-Edmonton_International_Airport   Firm: MMM Group Limited
Client: Edmonton Regional Airports Authority
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Hanscomb
Other Key Players: PCL Constructors Inc.; EllisDon; Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd.

MMM Group Limited managed, on behalf of the Edmonton Regional Airports Authority, a five-year $650M redevelopment program. Our team’s role involved the technical and financial management of a multidisciplinary implementation team of over 100 companies consisting of engineers, architects, vendors, and contractors in the implementation of state-of-the-art improvements undertaken within a live operating airport environment. The new facilities opened to the travelling public and staff in 2012, within the original time schedule and under the capital cost budget established at the onset in 2008.


Small Firm - Big Impact

Award of Excellence: Gold Bar Thickener/Fermenter Operational Simulation

showcase2014web-Gold_Bar_Thickener Firm: SMA Consulting Ltd.
Client: EPCOR
Location: Edmonton, Alberta

EPCOR’s Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant treats over 100 billion litres of wastewater a year—280 million litres every day, enough to fill 110 Olympic swimming pools daily. Edmonton’s Combined Sewer Overflow Control Strategy means Gold Bar will receive even more wastewater, up to 1.2 billion litres/day. Innovation is necessary but difficult, because of environmental and regulatory constraints and Gold Bar’s complex processes. SMA Consulting developed an operations simulation model for the thickener/fermenter tanks, generating 24 million pieces of data and 16,000 lines of code to allow EPCOR to test strategies for handling these loads safely and with full control.

Award of Merit: North LRT Drainage Projects

showcase2014web-North_LRT_Drainage_Projects Firm: SMA Consulting Ltd.
Client: City of Edmonton
Location: Edmonton, Alberta

The North LRT Drainage Projects rerouted and augmented drainage for Edmonton's new North LRT with a new 500m storm tunnel and the relocation of a large double-barrel tunnel. The downtown location of the tunnels meant encountering abandoned I-beams and concrete pilings, and there were major challenges: wet, sticky ground conditions, LRT coordination, traffic management, and tight laydown areas. SMA implemented rigorous planning and cost and schedule controls for the tunnels, including value engineering, constructability review, risk analysis, earned value analysis (EVA), Last Planner lean project management, and construction simulation. Ultimately, both tunnels were completed on schedule and well under budget.


Studies, Software, Special Services

Award of Excellence: EVIMS (Earned Value Integrated Monitoring System)

showcase2014web-EVIMS_Earned_Value_Integrated_Monitoring_System Firm: SMA Consulting Ltd.
Client: SMA Consulting Ltd.
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: DRAXware Solutions
Other Key Players: City of Edmonton; AECOM Canada Ltd.

EVIMS, the Earned Value Integrated Monitoring System, is SMA Consulting’s answer to uncertainty management and forecasting on infrastructure projects. This server-based solution integrates proven earned value techniques with Monte Carlo risk analysis, change management, and 4-D CAD visualization to allow performance monitoring and robust cost/schedule forecasting from anywhere during any phase. EVIMS’s advanced rules of credit and state-of-the-art forecasting offer value to owners, consultants, and contractors and improve decision making in uncertain conditions. Built on years of academic research and with the technical support of DRAXware solutions, EVIMS has seen success on close to a billion dollars’ worth of projects.

Award of Merit: Gold Bar Thickener/Fermenter Operational Simulation

showcase2014web-Gold_Bar_Thickener Firm: SMA Consulting Ltd.
Client: EPCOR
Location: Edmonton, Alberta

EPCOR’s Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant treats over 100 billion litres of wastewater a year—280 million litres every day, enough to fill 110 Olympic swimming pools daily. Edmonton’s Combined Sewer Overflow Control Strategy means Gold Bar will receive even more wastewater, up to 1.2 billion litres/day. Innovation is necessary but difficult, because of environmental and regulatory constraints and Gold Bar’s complex processes. SMA Consulting developed an operations simulation model for the thickener/fermenter tanks, generating 24 million pieces of data and 16,000 lines of code to allow EPCOR to test strategies for handling these loads safely and with full control.


Sustainable Design

Award of Excellence: Sacramento Municipal Utility District

showcase2014web-Sacramento_Municipal_Utility_District Firm:  Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Client: Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Sub-Consultant: Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers; RSC Engineering Inc.; Turley & Associates
Contractor: Turner Construction Company;  ACCO Engineered Systems Inc.;  Redwood City Electric; Intech Mechanical 
Other Key Players: Stantec Architecture Inc.; RNL Design; Stantec Consulting Ltd.

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is showing their clients what’s possible. When America’s sixth largest utility district outgrew a 19-acre maintenance yard, they wanted a new facility to accommodate future growth and unite employees on one campus. As a major utility, SMUD takes energy efficiency seriously, so they incorporated stringent requirements into the design-build specifications, creating a genuine challenge for competing teams. The results are more impressive than SMUD could have hoped for. Our team delivered a net zero campus with an advanced, hybrid energy system, balancing energy efficiency with capital costs.

Award of Merit: Jasper Place Library

showcase2014web-Jasper_Place_Library Firm: Williams Engineering Canada Inc.
Client: City of Edmonton/Edmonton Public Library (owners) and Dub Architects, HCMA Architects (clients)
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Fast & Epp
Contractor: Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd.

After 25 years since its last major renovation, the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Public Libraries deemed that Jasper Place Library was in need of a fresh new look. Williams Engineering Canada partnered with HCMA and Dub Architects, Fast & Epp (structural), and Stuart Olson Dominion (contractor) to create a sustainable, open, and adaptable environment. The library is a LEED® Silver potential building that achieved 51% energy savings and 52% water savings. Jasper Place Library represents a significant community achievement that WEC is proud to have provided mechanical and electrical engineering services for.

 


Transportation Infrastructure

 Award of Excellence: North Highway Connector

showcase2014web-North_Highway_Connector              Firm:  Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Client: City of Red Deer
Location: Red Deer, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.; Parkland Geotechnical Consulting Ltd; Thurber Engineering Ltd.
Contractor: Pidherney's Trucking Ltd.      
Other Key Players: Border Paving Ltd. (Sub-contractor); Proform (Sub-contractor); Timcon Construction Ltd. (Sub-contractor), Appollo Landscaping Services (Sub-contractor)

Stantec provided detailed design and construction services for the first phase of the City of Red Deer's 30-year plan to build a unique ring road expressway around the east side of Red Deer. Stantec provided project management, preliminary and detailed design, tender preparation, and services during construction and post construction. This project will improve the existing road network providing a more efficient means of access for the community to residential and commercial areas as well as connections to provincial highways. The cross section was designed with a vision of expansion while minimizing any environmental impacts for future roadway improvements.

Award of Merit: Highway 63 Widening in Fort McMurray: Pinch Point Secant Pile Wall

showcase2014web-Highway_63_Widening_in_Fort_McMurray  Firm: AECOM Canada Ltd.
Client: Alberta Transportation
Location: Fort McMurray, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Thurber Engineering Ltd.
Contractor: Graham     
Other Key Players: Tervita; Red Deer Piling; Stantec Consulting Ltd.

The secant pile wall with strand anchors fulfills an important role in the Highway 63 widening project in Fort McMurray.  This 420m long, 9m high wall retains a steep, unstable hillside where the roadway alignment is tightly constrained at the base of the hill by the Athabasca River.  This slender wall design maintains roadway geometry and safety standards along this portion of the highway.

AECOM was responsible for the wall design and Thurber provided geotechnical input.  This project demonstrated excellent collaboration with the Contractor and the design had to consider complex loading variables and multiple stages of wall construction.

 


Water Resources & Energy Production

 Award of Excellence: Wandering River Pipeline and Reservoir Design Build

showcase2014web-Wandering_River_Pipeline_and_Reservoir

Firm: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Client: Athabasca County
Location: Wandering River, Alberta
Contractor: Graham Construction and Engineering, a JV; M. Pidherney's Trucking Ltd.; Schendel Mechanical Contracting Ltd.; Vector Electric and Controls Inc.
Other Key Players: Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd.

The Wandering River regional waterline project is unique for many reasons. It was the first regional water project in Alberta completed under a Design-Build delivery model. It’s the world’s longest fusible polyvinyl chloride pipe (FPVC) system. The method of installation was directional drilling for over 95% of the 88km system.  Through close cooperation and teamwork by Stantec, Pidherney’s, and Graham Construction along with Owners and Regulators, the project was designed, constructed and put into operation in just 13 months. It services the communities of Grassland and Wandering River, and provides safe, secure water to 70 rural residences along the alignment.

Award of Merit: Bridge Drive Utility Corridor

showcase2014web-Bridge_Drive_Utility_Corridor

Firm: MPE Engineering Ltd.
Client: City of Lethbridge
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: EBA, A Tetra Tech Company
Contractor: Whissell Contracting Calgary Ltd.   
Other Key Players: Hogeweide Management Inc.

The City of Lethbridge completed a significant infrastructure project with the construction of sanitary sewer and treated water pipelines to service the West Lethbridge Employment Centre.  MPE Engineering Ltd. provided engineering services and EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd. Provided quality assurance services for sewer and water lines that cross the Oldman River, ascend the river valley along Bridge Drive, and cross the CPR railway and University Drive to service West Lethbridge.  A partnering process was employed to establish positive working relationships between the owner, the consultant, and the contractor.  Whissell Contracting Calgary Ltd. started construction August 22, 2011 and completed the project March 26, 2012, two months ahead of schedule.


Award Submissions 2014

Building Engineering

Bow Valley College South Campus

showcase2014web-Bow_Valley_College_South_Campus  Firm: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Client: Bow Valley College
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. (Structural); MP&P Engineering Inc. (Electrical)
Contractor: Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd.    
Other Key Players: Stantec Consulting Ltd. (Mechanical Engineer); GEC Architecture (Architect)

An educational facility needs to provide superior indoor environmental quality to promote increased learning and health. High density occupancy increases the demands on the cooling and ventilation systems and typically requires large ducts to supply air to the building. This will affect the maximum ceiling height and reduce the amount of useable floor space. These considerations were taken into account in the design of the Bow Valley South Campus. A combination of chilled beams and variable air volume (VAV) reduces the size and return ductwork, minimizes the materials used and maximizes usable space while balancing proper air quality.

Emergency Operations Centre

showcase2014web-Emergency_Operations_Centre              Firm: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Client: The City of Calgary and the Calgary Emergency Management
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Mulvey + Banani International (Alberta) Ltd.; Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd.; Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.; Enersys Analytics Inc.
Contractor: Hoover Mechanical Plumbing and Heating Ltd.      
Other Key Players: Bird Construction

During an emergency event or disaster situation, the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) coordinates the activities necessary to ensure citizen safety and essential services are maintained. This vital facility is the eyes, ears, and hands protecting citizens, property, and equipment.

The EOC includes both emergency measures and the new City Data Centre over three stories, with two levels underground where majority of people and equipment are located.

Our team designed, assisted through construction, and tested the mechanical heating and cooling, fire protection, sanitary, and backup power solutions for this mission critical facility.

Glacier Skywalk

showcase2014web-Glacier_Skywalk 

Firm: Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
Client: Brewster Travel Canada
Location: Jasper National Park, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Sturgess Architecture; SMP Consulting Electrical Engineers; Thurber Engineering Ltd.; Urban Systems Ltd.; Golder Associates Ltd.; RWDI Group of Companies Consulting Engineers & Scientists
Contractor: PCL Constructors Inc.      

Glacier Skywalk is a thrilling and dramatic structure. It features a geometrically complex kiosk, two pathways built into the side of the cliff with three distinct nodes – one cantilever, one cave and one tunnel. The path ends at the Discovery Vista, a 30m curved glass walkway extending up to 50m from the cliff face and 280m above the Sunwapta Valley. Read Jones Christoffersen (Prime Consultant and Structural Engineer), PCL Construction Management (Project Lead, Construction and Quality Management) and Sturgess Architecture (Architect) led the delivery of for owner Brewster Travel Canada. You don’t have to be a design or construction professional to appreciate the complexities of this project!

International Vaccine Development Centre (InterVac)

showcase2014web-International_Vaccine_Developmet_Centre  Firm:  Hemisphere Engineering Inc.
Client: University of Saskatchewan
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Sub-Consultant: Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Inc.; AODBT Architecture + Interior Design; Daniels Wingerak Engineering Ltd.; PWA Engineering Ltd.
Contractor: PCL Constructors Inc.     

InterVac is a state of the art research facility focused on the advancement, development, and commercialization of vaccines to treat diseases and viral infections affecting both humans and animals.  Owned and operated by the University of Saskatchewan and located on Campus, it contains Containment Level 2 and 3 laboratories capable of handling the most serious known, or unknown, strains of viruses in a completely isolated setting.  The building infrastructure required significant attention to detail and innovative design which was delivered through strong collaboration and execution by a team of experienced consultants.  Specific strategies relating to air handling and filtration requirements were developed to ensure compliance with necessary Standards, and that a safe environment was created both inside and outside the facility.

Jasper Place Library

showcase2014web-Jasper_Place_Library  Firm: Williams Engineering Canada Inc.
Client: City of Edmonton/Edmonton Public Library (owners) and Dub Architects, HCMA Architects (clients)
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Fast & Epp
Contractor: Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd.      

After 25 years since its last major renovation, the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Public Libraries deemed that Jasper Place Library was in need of a fresh new look. Williams Engineering Canada partnered with HCMA and Dub Architects, Fast & Epp (structural), and Stuart Olson Dominion (contractor) to create a sustainable, open, and adaptable environment. The library is a LEED® Silver potential building that achieved 51% energy savings and 52% water savings. Jasper Place Library represents a significant community achievement that WEC is proud to have provided mechanical and electrical engineering services for.

Muttart Conservatory Re-Lighting

showcase2014web-Muttart_Conservatory_Re-Lighting Firm: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Client: City of Edmonton
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Contractor: Lee Ridge Electrical Services Ltd.; Pemco Construction Ltd. 

A small project with a big impact. Stantec’s design for the Muttart Conservatory Re-Lighting project incorporates a new lighting system inside the existing structure and uses it as a canvas for the lighting to project around the entire perimeter of the pyramids. This achieves the desired appealing visual effect and keeps the luminaires in a controlled environment.

The design includes a sophisticated DMX lighting control system distributed throughout the facility that offers full lighting control for the 156 high-performance, colour-changing LED luminaires.

This lighting system provides the Muttart infinite ways to light up the river valley community throughout the year.

 


Community Development

Bridge Drive Utility Corridor

showcase2014web-Bridge_Drive_Utility_Corridor Firm: MPE Engineering Ltd.
Client: City of Lethbridge
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: EBA, A Tetra Tech Company
Contractor: Whissell Contracting Calgary Ltd.     
Other Key Players: Hogeweide Management Inc.

The City of Lethbridge completed a significant infrastructure project with the construction of sanitary sewer and treated water pipelines to service the West Lethbridge Employment Centre.  MPE Engineering Ltd. provided engineering services and EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd. Provided quality assurance services for sewer and water lines that cross the Oldman River, ascend the river valley along Bridge Drive, and cross the CPR railway and University Drive to service West Lethbridge.  A partnering process was employed to establish positive working relationships between the owner, the consultant, and the contractor.  Whissell Contracting Calgary Ltd. started construction August 22, 2011 and completed the project March 26, 2012, two months ahead of schedule.

East Rocky View Water Supply System

showcase2014web-East_Rocky_View_Water_Supply_System  Firm: MPE Engineering Ltd.
Client: Rocky View County
Location: Rocky View County, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Thurber Engineering Ltd.
Contractor: Bluebird Contracting Ltd.; Kidco Construction Ltd.; Maple Reinders Group; CDM Mechanical Ltd.       

Rocky View County’s economic development initiatives have included creation of the Balzac and Conrich Development Nodes.  In 2013, the “Conrich Water Supply System”, an extension of the “East Rocky View Water Supply System” was completed.  Major infrastructure designed and constructed for the entire system included raw water reservoir upgrades for a water treatment plant, over 20 kms of potable water transmission pipeline, and potable water storage reservoir and pumpstation.  MPE Engineering Ltd. provided design, project management and led commissioning; Thurber Engineering Ltd. provided geotechnical design and quality assurance services.  Construction undertaken by Bluebird Contracting Ltd., Kidco Construction Ltd., Maple Reinders Group, and CDM Mechanical Ltd.

Edmonton Valley Zoo Utility Assessment

showcase2014web-Edmonton_Valley_Zoo_Utility_Assessment Firm: AECOM Canada Ltd.
Client: City of Edmonton
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: T2 Utility Engineers

The City of Edmonton’s local zoo is undergoing a significant transformation from the former Storyland Valley Zoo to one that encourages an educational and interactive focus, as well as houses an increased proportion of climate tolerant animals.  Due to the zoo’s age and lack of reliable record drawings, AECOM performed a subsurface utility investigation and utility assessment for the new zoo Master Plan.  This involved the mapping of existing utility infrastructure to create an updated base plan for use in determining existing and future capacity and condition.  In addition, a utility maintenance plan and site specific engineering standards were developed.

Shawnee Park Subdivision Land Use Re-designation and Outline Plan

showcase2014web-Shawnee_Park_Subdivision_Land_Use_Re-designation  Firm: AECOM Canada Ltd.
Client: Geo-Energy
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Other Key Players: Dillon Consulting

AECOM worked with Geo-Energy Enterprises on the Land Use and Outline Planning and successful approval of the Shawnee Park development.  This project will transform the former Shawnee Slopes golf course into a unique bio-diversely significant and sustainable new residential development.  The development will be characterized by retaining the majority of the beautiful mature trees, and will provide a variety of different housing types, shopping and employment opportunities.  AECOM was instrumental in supporting Geo-Energy in securing the necessary approvals from the City of Calgary. Professional services provided included environmental, geotechnical, stormwater, landscape architecture, infrastructure and transportation engineering.


Community Outreach & In-House Initiative

Linking Science and Community in a Changing North

showcase2014web-Linking_Science_and_Community_in_a_Changing_North Firm: Golder Associates Ltd.
Client: Kuglutuk Angoniatit Association & Angoniatit Niovikvia Ltd.
Location: Kugluktuk, Nunavut

The environment is changing in the Canadian Arctic where traditional users rely upon fish and wildlife for both subsistence and commercial livelihoods. In response to community concerns over declines in Arctic char harvests, Golder Associates worked with the Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Organization to study and address fish passage at a historically significant stream. Channel surveys and subsequent engineering to restore low-flows were guided by traditional knowledge. Community involvement and capacity building for Kugluktuk youth and residents was an integral part of the project, providing the community with the tools and knowledge to continue the project in perpetuity.

Southern Alberta Disaster Relief Efforts

showcase2014web-Southern_Alberta_Disaster_Relief_Efforts Firm: Opus Stewart Weir Ltd.
Client: Opus Stewart Weir Ltd.
Location: Calgary and High River, Alberta

After the floods in southern Alberta this summer, Opus Stewart Weir went into action.  In addition to an immediate monetary donation to the Red Cross, it was obvious that we needed to do more.  Opus Stewart Weir made the decision to donate over 700 volunteer hours totaling $25,000 in support of relief efforts.

As we look back, we are proud that our true values and commitment to the community rose to the challenge. We were compassionate, strong and made a conscious decision to help those in-need with planned and decisive actions; by showing leadership by giving back to the community when it was desperately needed.


Environmental

East Coulee Wastewater Treatment Plant Retrofit

showcase2014web-East_Coulee_Wastewater_Treatment_Plant_Retrofit    Firm: MPE Engineering Ltd.
Client: Town of Drumheller
Location: Drumheller, Alberta
Contractor: Sapphire Water International; Wildstone Construction and Engineering Ltd.      

The Town of Drumheller’s East Coulee Wastewater Treatment Plant was approximately 30 years old; replacement was necessary.  Site restrictions, more stringent treated effluent water quality standards and a low cost solution contributed to the project challenges.  Knowledge, experience and application of innovative engineering were required for a successful project.  A Moving Bed Bio-film Reactor (MBBR) was retrofitted within the existing wastewater facility.  Use of this technology allowed the site constraints to be met, plus permitted upgrades to the existing facility.  This approach allowed for a very cost-effective solution to be implemented.  MPE Engineering Ltd. provided the detailed engineering and contract administration. Construction was undertaken by Wildstone Construction and Engineering Ltd. and Sapphire Water International Corp.

Geomorphic Design of West Overburden Disposal Area

 showcase2014web-Geomorphic_Design_of_West_Overburden_Disposal_Area   Firm: CH2M HILL Canada Limited
Client: Shell Canada Energy
Location: Shell Jackpine Mine (near Fort McMurray, Alberta)
Sub-Consultant: KC Harvey LLC

The West Overburden Disposal Area is the first retrofitted, geomorphically-designed landform constructed at Shell Canada Energy’s Jackpine Mine. Designed by CH2M HILL and subconsultant, KC Harvey Environmental, this new approach uses quantitative geomorphology to design hillslope and valley morphometry similar to natural landforms. Designed transitions from hillslopes to valleys provide direct control on where channels begin on the landform. Retrofitting an in-construction landform to a geomorphic design decreases cut/fill, material stockpile, and haul truck time, as well as long-term maintenance costs and limits erosion and sedimentation. The geomorphic design enhances long-term stability, decreasing risk of catastrophic landform changes beyond closure.

Glacier Skywalk Environmental Assessment and Monitoring

showcase2014web-Glacier_Skywalk_Environmental  Firm: Golder Associates Ltd.
Client: Brewster Travel Canada
Location: Sunwapta Canyon Viewpoint, Jasper National Park, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Talus Environmental Consulting Inc.
Other Key Players: Parks Canada Agency

Brewster Travel Canada retained Golder Associates Ltd. to conduct an environmental assessment of the redevelopment of Sunwapta Canyon Viewpoint into a new interpretive attraction: the Glacier Skywalk. The high-profile nature of the Skywalk provided unique challenges. Golder used an innovative approach to study design and data collection, in order to understand and mitigate the project’s potential effects on mountain goats, and reduce the associated risks for Brewster. This approach ultimately allowed Parks Canada to approve the project, which will provide benefits to visitors of Canada’s Four Mountain Parks. The Glacier Skywalk is set to open to the public May 2014.

Gregoire East Sanitary Sewer Outfall

 showcase2014web-Gregoire_East_Sanitary_Sewer Firm:  Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd.
Client: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Location: City of Fort McMurray, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Thurber Engineering Ltd.; CCI Inc.
Contractor: DIRECT Horizontal Drilling      

The Gregoire East Sanitary Sewer Outfall Project expands the capacity of the City of Fort McMurray's sanitary sewer system and enables future growth and economic development. The project involved open cut construction in a busy commercial area and horizontal directional drilling (HDD) for large diameter steel pipelines passing under an actively sliding slope and protected waterway, through a geologic formation consisting of oil sands, and underneath the environmentally sensitive Saline Creek valley. Associated Engineering implemented a project management plan addressing technical and environmental challenges, including a steep terrain, restricted construction space and a multitude of public stakeholders and permit providers.

Rampart Industrial – Integrating Stormwater Management into the Ecological Network

showcase2014web-Rampart_Industrial Firm: Al-Terra Engineering Ltd.
Client: City of Edmonton - Corporate Properties Land Services
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: EIDOS Consultants Incorporated; Hoggan Engineering & Testing (1980) Ltd.; Magna IV Engineering; Pals Geomatics Corporation; Spencer Environmental Management Services Ltd.
Contractor: Sureway Construction Management Ltd.; Heritage Nurseries Ltd. 

Led by the vision of City of Edmonton – Corporate Properties Land Services to create an “Eco-Industrial Park”, Al-Terra Engineering with sub-consultants EIDOS Consultants and Spencer Environmental provided consulting services to develop Rampart Industrial, a greenfield development which successfully integrated functional and marketable industrial sites with existing ecological features. A retained woodland and wetland are reconnected through bioswales and a dedicated wildlife crossing provides small animal passage.  A 10-hectare wetland was built to provide peak storm attenuation, water quality improvement, wildlife habitat and public amenities. The scale and connectivity of the features provides a sustainable ecosystem.  The project team also included Magna IV Engineering, Hoggan Engineering & Testing (1980) Ltd., and Pals Geomatics.

Riel Park: The 10 Year Journey to Closure

showcase2014web-Riel_Park Firm:  Golder Associates Ltd.
Client: City of St. Albert
Location: St. Albert, Alberta
Other Key Players: EBA, A TetraTech Company; Spencer Environmental Management Services Ltd.

In 2004, the City of St. Albert implemented a phased closure of the former Riel Park sewage lagoons and landfill in response to concern over public use of the site. Golder Associates was retained to review site management alternatives, which ultimately resulted in the implementation of a Landfill Environmental Management Plan. The redeveloped Riel Park now consists of a first-rate recreational area used by many local organizations; an example of a municipality investing in the protection of their environment while transitioning decommissioned municipal infrastructure into something that benefits the community.


International

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

 showcase2014web-Sacramento_Municipal_Utility_District  Firm:  Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Client: Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Sub-Consultant: Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers; RSC Engineering Inc.; Turley & Associates
Contractor: Turner Construction Company;  ACCO Engineered Systems Inc.;  Redwood City Electric; Intech Mechanical 
Other Key Players: Stantec Architecture Inc.; RNL Design; Stantec Consulting Ltd.

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is showing their clients what’s possible. When America’s sixth largest utility district outgrew a 19-acre maintenance yard, they wanted a new facility to accommodate future growth and unite employees on one campus. As a major utility, SMUD takes energy efficiency seriously, so they incorporated stringent requirements into the design-build specifications, creating a genuine challenge for competing teams. The results are more impressive than SMUD could have hoped for. Our team delivered a net zero campus with an advanced, hybrid energy system, balancing energy efficiency with capital costs.


Natural Resources, Mining Industrial

Beef Grinding Line System Expansion

showcase2014web-Beef_Grinding_Line_System_Expansion Firm: Ready Engineering Corporation
Client: Cargill Value Added Meats - Canada
Location: Spruce Grove, Alberta

Many people are surprised to find out that all the beef patties for their favourite nationwide fast food restaurant are produced at the Cargill Value Added Meats – Canada (CVAM) processing facility in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada.  During the recent CVAM Beef Grinding Line System Expansion project to optimize product handling and increase throughput, Ready Engineering provided expertise in automation installation, integration, and commissioning to increase overall facility production volume by 25 percent. Ready kept its customer’s concerns central by providing innovative solutions for unanticipated issues and exceeding expectations by doing what “couldn’t be done”.

Ready Engineering: We get it.  Done.  Professionally.

Geomorphic Design of West Overburden Disposal Area

 showcase2014web-Geomorphic_Design_of_West_Overburden_Disposal_Area   Firm: CH2M HILL Canada Limited
Client: Shell Canada Energy
Location: Shell Jackpine Mine (near Fort McMurray, Alberta)
Sub-Consultant: KC Harvey LLC

The West Overburden Disposal Area is the first retrofitted, geomorphically-designed landform constructed at Shell Canada Energy’s Jackpine Mine. Designed by CH2M HILL and subconsultant, KC Harvey Environmental, this new approach uses quantitative geomorphology to design hillslope and valley morphometry similar to natural landforms. Designed transitions from hillslopes to valleys provide direct control on where channels begin on the landform. Retrofitting an in-construction landform to a geomorphic design decreases cut/fill, material stockpile, and haul truck time, as well as long-term maintenance costs and limits erosion and sedimentation. The geomorphic design enhances long-term stability, decreasing risk of catastrophic landform changes beyond closure.

Oil Sands Technology Deployment Roadmaps

 showcase2014web-Oil_Sands_Technology_Deployment_Roadmaps    Firm: Golder Associates Ltd. (as part of The Consortium of Tailings Management Consultants)
Client: Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environmental Solutions
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: AMEC, BGC Engineering Inc.; Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd.; NorWest Corporation; Thurber Engineering Ltd.; The University of Alberta Geotechnical Group

The Consortium of Tailings Management Consultants (AMEC, BGC Engineering Inc., Golder Associates Ltd., Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd., NorWest Corporation, Thurber Engineering Ltd., and The University of Alberta Geotechnical Group), was contracted by Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions and the Oil Sands Tailings Consortium to create an oil sands technologies deployment roadmap and action plan. The purpose of the plan was to assist government and industry to understand the available technologies, achieve more timely deployment of end-to-end tailings solutions, and develop a sustainable management plan for the oil sands industry.

Temperature and Strength testing During Cut-off Wall Construction in the Oil Sands

showcase2014web-Temperature_and_Strength_testing   Firm: Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd.
Client: Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Location: Fort McMurray, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Geo-Solutions Inc.
Contractor: Geo-Solutions Inc.   

A deep cement bentonite slurry cut-off wall was constructed to control seepage within a subsurface alluvial channel at an active oil sands site. An innovative temperature and strength testing program was implemented as part of quality control during construction. The slurry mix design laboratory program highlighted cold conditions decreased the rate of slurry strength increase. Installing temporary thermistors in the trench allowed the temperature of the slurry to be monitored as it cured. Stringent field testing resulted in the wall being completed within a time frame that allowed for the rest of the project to proceed with no disruptions to upstream infrastructure.


Project Management

Edmonton International Airport – Expansion 2012

showcase2014web-Edmonton_International_Airport   Firm: MMM Group Limited
Client: Edmonton Regional Airports Authority
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Hanscomb
Other Key Players: PCL Constructors Inc.; EllisDon; Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd.

MMM Group Limited managed, on behalf of the Edmonton Regional Airports Authority, a five-year $650M redevelopment program. Our team’s role involved the technical and financial management of a multidisciplinary implementation team of over 100 companies consisting of engineers, architects, vendors, and contractors in the implementation of state-of-the-art improvements undertaken within a live operating airport environment. The new facilities opened to the travelling public and staff in 2012, within the original time schedule and under the capital cost budget established at the onset in 2008.

Gregoire East Sanitary Sewer Outfall

 showcase2014web-Gregoire_East_Sanitary_Sewer Firm: Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd.
Client: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Location: City of Fort McMurray, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Thurber Engineering Ltd.; CCI Inc.
Contractor: DIRECT Horizontal Drilling     

The Gregoire East Sanitary Sewer Outfall Project expands the capacity of the City of Fort McMurray's sanitary sewer system and enables future growth and economic development. The project involved open cut construction in a busy commercial area and horizontal directional drilling (HDD) for large diameter steel pipelines passing under an actively sliding slope and protected waterway, through a geologic formation consisting of oil sands, and underneath the environmentally sensitive Saline Creek valley. Associated Engineering implemented a project management plan addressing technical and environmental challenges, including a steep terrain, restricted construction space and a multitude of public stakeholders and permit providers.

North LRT Drainage Projects

showcase2014web-North_LRT_Drainage_Projects  Firm: SMA Consulting Ltd.
Client: City of Edmonton
Location: Edmonton, Alberta

The North LRT Drainage Projects rerouted and augmented drainage for Edmonton's new North LRT with a new 500m storm tunnel and the relocation of a large double-barrel tunnel. The downtown location of the tunnels meant encountering abandoned I-beams and concrete pilings, and there were major challenges: wet, sticky ground conditions, LRT coordination, traffic management, and tight laydown areas. SMA implemented rigorous planning and cost and schedule controls for the tunnels, including value engineering, constructability review, risk analysis, earned value analysis (EVA), Last Planner lean project management, and construction simulation. Ultimately, both tunnels were completed on schedule and well under budget.

SWiTab for Project Management

showcase2014web-SWiTab_for_Project_Management   Firm:  Opus Stewart Weir Ltd.
Client: Opus Stewart Weir Ltd.
Location: Sherwood Park, Alberta

SWiTab has been developed as a paperless project management tool for staff, contractors and clients. SWiTab is a tablet-based application that allows for remote wireless access of all project related information; resulting in field staff having access to, and making decisions based on, complete and up-to-date data. SWiTab’s advantage is that all data is cached on the iPad so WiFi/cellular connectivity is not required. This is a significant advantage in remote areas where connectivity may not exist. Stewart Weir continues to develop SWiTab information management and manipulation tools in order for our staff and clients to achieve the extraordinary.

 

 


Small Firm - Big Impact

EVIMS (Earned Value Integrated Monitoring System)

showcase2014web-EVIMS_Earned_Value_Integrated_Monitoring_System  Firm: SMA Consulting Ltd.
Client: SMA Consulting Ltd.
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: DRAXware Solutions
Other Key Players: City of Edmonton; AECOM Canada Ltd.

EVIMS, the Earned Value Integrated Monitoring System, is SMA Consulting’s answer to uncertainty management and forecasting on infrastructure projects. This server-based solution integrates proven earned value techniques with Monte Carlo risk analysis, change management, and 4-D CAD visualization to allow performance monitoring and robust cost/schedule forecasting from anywhere during any phase. EVIMS’s advanced rules of credit and state-of-the-art forecasting offer value to owners, consultants, and contractors and improve decision making in uncertain conditions. Built on years of academic research and with the technical support of DRAXware solutions, EVIMS has seen success on close to a billion dollars’ worth of projects.

Gold Bar Thickener/Fermenter Operational Simulation

showcase2014web-Gold_Bar_Thickener Firm: SMA Consulting Ltd.
Client: EPCOR
Location: Edmonton, Alberta

EPCOR’s Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant treats over 100 billion litres of wastewater a year—280 million litres every day, enough to fill 110 Olympic swimming pools daily. Edmonton’s Combined Sewer Overflow Control Strategy means Gold Bar will receive even more wastewater, up to 1.2 billion litres/day. Innovation is necessary but difficult, because of environmental and regulatory constraints and Gold Bar’s complex processes. SMA Consulting developed an operations simulation model for the thickener/fermenter tanks, generating 24 million pieces of data and 16,000 lines of code to allow EPCOR to test strategies for handling these loads safely and with full control.

North LRT Drainage Projects

showcase2014web-North_LRT_Drainage_Projects Firm: SMA Consulting Ltd.
Client: City of Edmonton
Location: Edmonton, Alberta

The North LRT Drainage Projects rerouted and augmented drainage for Edmonton's new North LRT with a new 500m storm tunnel and the relocation of a large double-barrel tunnel. The downtown location of the tunnels meant encountering abandoned I-beams and concrete pilings, and there were major challenges: wet, sticky ground conditions, LRT coordination, traffic management, and tight laydown areas. SMA implemented rigorous planning and cost and schedule controls for the tunnels, including value engineering, constructability review, risk analysis, earned value analysis (EVA), Last Planner lean project management, and construction simulation. Ultimately, both tunnels were completed on schedule and well under budget.


Studies, Software, Special Services

3D Laser Scanning & Point Cloud Data Management on Old Trail Road

showcase2014web-3D_Laser_Scanning  Firm: Opus Stewart Weir Ltd.
Client: Lac La Biche County
Location: Lac La Biche, Alberta
Other Key Players: SarPoint Engineering

Opus Stewart Weir utilized an innovative preliminary engineering task on a 23 kilometre long road project in Lac La Biche County, by using mobile 3D Laser Scanning technology instead of a conventional GPS survey.  A truck-mounted module collected high-density, high-accuracy 3D topographic data and accurately geo-referenced digital photography.  This point cloud data formed the basis for geometric assessments and preliminary design, and was eventually incorporated into the detailed design of selective roadway segments.  This technology has provided project benefits including cost-saving for the Client, improved worker safety by reducing exposure to traffic, an accelerated project delivery schedule, and overall client satisfaction.

Beef Grinding Line System Expansion

showcase2014web-Beef_Grinding_Line_System_Expansion Firm: Ready Engineering Corporation
Client: Cargill Value Added Meats - Canada
Location: Spruce Grove, Alberta

Many people are surprised to find out that all the beef patties for their favourite nationwide fast food restaurant are produced at the Cargill Value Added Meats – Canada (CVAM) processing facility in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada.  During the recent CVAM Beef Grinding Line System Expansion project to optimize product handling and increase throughput, Ready Engineering provided expertise in automation installation, integration, and commissioning to increase overall facility production volume by 25 percent. Ready kept its customer’s concerns central by providing innovative solutions for unanticipated issues and exceeding expectations by doing what “couldn’t be done”.

Ready Engineering: We get it.  Done.  Professionally.

EVIMS (Earned Value Integrated Monitoring System)

showcase2014web-EVIMS_Earned_Value_Integrated_Monitoring_System Firm: SMA Consulting Ltd.
Client: SMA Consulting Ltd.
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: DRAXware Solutions
Other Key Players: City of Edmonton; AECOM Canada Ltd.

EVIMS, the Earned Value Integrated Monitoring System, is SMA Consulting’s answer to uncertainty management and forecasting on infrastructure projects. This server-based solution integrates proven earned value techniques with Monte Carlo risk analysis, change management, and 4-D CAD visualization to allow performance monitoring and robust cost/schedule forecasting from anywhere during any phase. EVIMS’s advanced rules of credit and state-of-the-art forecasting offer value to owners, consultants, and contractors and improve decision making in uncertain conditions. Built on years of academic research and with the technical support of DRAXware solutions, EVIMS has seen success on close to a billion dollars’ worth of projects.

Gold Bar Thickener/Fermenter Operational Simulation

showcase2014web-Gold_Bar_Thickener Firm: SMA Consulting Ltd.
Client: EPCOR
Location: Edmonton, Alberta

EPCOR’s Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant treats over 100 billion litres of wastewater a year—280 million litres every day, enough to fill 110 Olympic swimming pools daily. Edmonton’s Combined Sewer Overflow Control Strategy means Gold Bar will receive even more wastewater, up to 1.2 billion litres/day. Innovation is necessary but difficult, because of environmental and regulatory constraints and Gold Bar’s complex processes. SMA Consulting developed an operations simulation model for the thickener/fermenter tanks, generating 24 million pieces of data and 16,000 lines of code to allow EPCOR to test strategies for handling these loads safely and with full control.

Regional Water Quality Management in the Industrial Heartland and Capital Region

showcase2014web-Regional_Water_Quality_Management Firm: Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd.
Client: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
Location: Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Black & Veatch

Recognizing the urgency to develop a plan to manage water resources, the Province of Alberta embarked on a project to create and implement the Water Management Framework for the Industrial Heartland and Capital Region.  Associated Engineering and Black & Veatch evaluated Industrial Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment Alternatives and developed water and wastewater management scenarios.  The team adopted a collaborative approach for comparative scenario analysis based on a Triple Bottom Line plus Risk framework.  Working with more than 40 stakeholders, the team facilitated an interactive dialogue and identified a consensus-based strategy to improve water quality in the North Saskatchewan River.

Sidewalk Inventory and Asset Management Program

showcase2014web-Sidewalk_Inventory_and_Asset_Management Firm: Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd.
Client: City of Medicine Hat
Location: Medicine Hat, Alberta

Associated Engineering developed a sidewalk asset management program for the City of Medicine Hat that allows the City to proactively identify and respond to sidewalk deterioration and reduce public liability due to accidents arising from sidewalk tripping hazards. Applying Associated Engineering’s web-based asset management system, the City’s new asset management program includes a comprehensive sidewalk inventory and transparent risk mitigation strategy, which helps the City to manage their assets, risks, and respond to public needs. The team developed, hosts, and maintains a web-based geographic information system for the collected data, making information easily available and editable by City staff.

Smaller Can Be Better: A New Way to Look at Transportation Planning

showcase2014web-Smaller_Can_Be_Better Firm:  McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.
Client: City of Calgary
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Russell Public Relations; Sulpher Consulting Ltd.

Conventional transportation planning often results in upsizing road classifications to accommodate ever-increasing traffic volumes. On this project, McElhanney adopted a unique, holistic approach to downsize the classification of a major road, resulting in better neighbourhood integration, enormous cost savings, and a better balanced distribution of traffic flows.

With major transportation upgrades underway in Calgary’s northeast, McElhanney was retained by the City to map the resulting traffic patterns and to identify future infrastructure requirements. Instead of looking at the major roads simply as transportation corridors, McElhanney adopted a comprehensive approach, evaluating each option based on 20 local community factors.


Sustainable Design

Bow Valley College South Campus

showcase2014web-Bow_Valley_College_South_Campus  Firm: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Client: Bow Valley College
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. (Structural); MP&P Engineering Inc. (Electrical)
Contractor:  Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd.    
Other Key Players: Stantec Consulting Ltd. (Mechanical Engineer); GEC Architecture (Architect)

An educational facility needs to provide superior indoor environmental quality to promote increased learning and health. High density occupancy increases the demands on the cooling and ventilation systems and typically requires large ducts to supply air to the building. This will affect the maximum ceiling height and reduce the amount of useable floor space. These considerations were taken into account in the design of the Bow Valley South Campus. A combination of chilled beams and variable air volume (VAV) reduces the size and return ductwork, minimizes the materials used and maximizes usable space while balancing proper air quality.

Jasper Place Library

showcase2014web-Jasper_Place_Library Firm: Williams Engineering Canada Inc.
Client: City of Edmonton/Edmonton Public Library (owners) and Dub Architects, HCMA Architects (clients)
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Fast & Epp
Contractor: Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd.

After 25 years since its last major renovation, the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Public Libraries deemed that Jasper Place Library was in need of a fresh new look. Williams Engineering Canada partnered with HCMA and Dub Architects, Fast & Epp (structural), and Stuart Olson Dominion (contractor) to create a sustainable, open, and adaptable environment. The library is a LEED® Silver potential building that achieved 51% energy savings and 52% water savings. Jasper Place Library represents a significant community achievement that WEC is proud to have provided mechanical and electrical engineering services for.

Rampart Industrial – Integrating Stormwater Management into the Ecological Network

showcase2014web-Rampart_Industrial Firm: Al-Terra Engineering Ltd.
Client: City of Edmonton - Corporate Properties Land Services
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: EIDOS Consultants Incorporated; Hoggan Engineering & Testing (1980) Ltd.; Magna IV Engineering; Pals Geomatics Corporation; Spencer Environmental Management Services Ltd.
Contractor: Sureway Construction Management Ltd.; Heritage Nurseries Ltd.

Led by the vision of City of Edmonton – Corporate Properties Land Services to create an “Eco-Industrial Park”, Al-Terra Engineering with sub-consultants EIDOS Consultants and Spencer Environmental provided consulting services to develop Rampart Industrial, a greenfield development which successfully integrated functional and marketable industrial sites with existing ecological features. A retained woodland and wetland are reconnected through bioswales and a dedicated wildlife crossing provides small animal passage.  A 10-hectare wetland was built to provide peak storm attenuation, water quality improvement, wildlife habitat and public amenities. The scale and connectivity of the features provides a sustainable ecosystem. The project team also included Magna IV Engineering, Hoggan Engineering & Testing (1980) Ltd., and Pals Geomatics.

Replacement and Widening of the Steinhauer Bridge Superstructure

showcase2014web-Replacement_and_Widening_of_the_Steinhauer Firm:  AECOM Canada Ltd.
Client: Alberta Transportation
Location: Fort McMurray, Alberta
Contractor: Flatiron Construction     
Other Key Players: Stantec Consulting Ltd.

The replacement and widening of the Steinhauer Bridge superstructure over the Athabasca River is a key component of the Highway 63 upgrading scheme through Fort McMurray to increase traffic flow and improve user safety.

An innovative method of construction was developed by AECOM that eliminated the need to work in the river.  Construction utilized portions of the existing and new superstructure as working platforms in a phased approach.  This had significant environmental, cost and schedule benefits, and allowed the construction by Flatiron to progress continuously with reduced construction-related risk.  Design required careful consideration of loading during all stages of construction.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

showcase2014web-Sacramento_Municipal_Utility_District Firm:  Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Client: Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Sub-Consultant: Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers; RSC Engineering Inc.; Turley & Associates
Contractor: Turner Construction Company;  ACCO Engineered Systems Inc.;  Redwood City Electric; Intech Mechanical 
Other Key Players: Stantec Architecture Inc.; RNL Design; Stantec Consulting Ltd.

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is showing their clients what’s possible. When America’s sixth largest utility district outgrew a 19-acre maintenance yard, they wanted a new facility to accommodate future growth and unite employees on one campus. As a major utility, SMUD takes energy efficiency seriously, so they incorporated stringent requirements into the design-build specifications, creating a genuine challenge for competing teams. The results are more impressive than SMUD could have hoped for. Our team delivered a net zero campus with an advanced, hybrid energy system, balancing energy efficiency with capital costs.

Shawnee Park Subdivision Land Use Re-designation and Outline Plan

showcase2014web-Shawnee_Park_Subdivision_Land_Use_Re-designation Firm: AECOM Canada Ltd.
Client: Geo-Energy
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Other Key Players: Dillon Consulting

AECOM worked with Geo-Energy Enterprises on the Land Use and Outline Planning and successful approval of the Shawnee Park development.  This project will transform the former Shawnee Slopes golf course into a unique bio-diversely significant and sustainable new residential development.  The development will be characterized by retaining the majority of the beautiful mature trees, and will provide a variety of different housing types, shopping and employment opportunities.  AECOM was instrumental in supporting Geo-Energy in securing the necessary approvals from the City of Calgary. Professional services provided included environmental, geotechnical, stormwater, landscape architecture, infrastructure and transportation engineering.


Transportation Infrastructure

Glacier Skywalk

showcase2014web-Glacier_Skywalk Firm: Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
Client: Brewster Travel Canada
Location: Jasper National Park, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Sturgess Architecture; SMP Consulting Electrical Engineers; Thurber Engineering Ltd.; Urban Systems Ltd.; Golder Associates Ltd.; RWDI Group of Companies Consulting Engineers & Scientists
Contractor: PCL Constructors Inc.

Glacier Skywalk is a thrilling and dramatic structure. It features a geometrically complex kiosk, two pathways built into the side of the cliff with three distinct nodes – one cantilever, one cave and one tunnel. The path ends at the Discovery Vista, a 30m curved glass walkway extending up to 50m from the cliff face and 280m above the Sunwapta Valley. Read Jones Christoffersen (Prime Consultant and Structural Engineer), PCL Construction Management (Project Lead, Construction and Quality Management) and Sturgess Architecture (Architect) led the delivery of for owner Brewster Travel Canada. You don’t have to be a design or construction professional to appreciate the complexities of this project!

Highway 63 Widening in Fort McMurray: Pinch Point Secant Pile Wall

showcase2014web-Highway_63_Widening_in_Fort_McMurray  Firm: AECOM Canada Ltd.
Client: Alberta Transportation
Location: Fort McMurray, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Thurber Engineering Ltd.
Contractor: Graham     
Other Key Players: Tervita; Red Deer Piling; Stantec Consulting Ltd.

The secant pile wall with strand anchors fulfills an important role in the Highway 63 widening project in Fort McMurray.  This 420m long, 9m high wall retains a steep, unstable hillside where the roadway alignment is tightly constrained at the base of the hill by the Athabasca River.  This slender wall design maintains roadway geometry and safety standards along this portion of the highway.

AECOM was responsible for the wall design and Thurber provided geotechnical input.  This project demonstrated excellent collaboration with the Contractor and the design had to consider complex loading variables and multiple stages of wall construction.

Intersecting the Circle: North America’s 1st Roundabout/Twin Heavy Rail Line Crossing

showcase2014web-Intersecting_the_Circle Firm:  McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.
Client: Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Contractor: Volker Stevin Contracting Ltd.

Despite numerous challenges and constraints, McElhanney conceived and implemented North America’s first-ever roundabout intersected by twin heavy rail lines in only eight months, meeting the fast-tracked project schedule required by the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and CP Rail.

The crossing was necessary for CP Rail to proceed with relocating 3,000 metres of siding tracks, a critical-path milestone for the CMLC’s 4th Street Underpass project and the overall East Village redevelopment initiative. After analyzing several potential solutions, McElhanney selected a modified elliptical roundabout as the preferred alternative because of its optimal combination of traffic capacity and safety.

North Highway Connector

showcase2014web-North_Highway_Connector              Firm:  Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Client: City of Red Deer
Location: Red Deer, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.; Parkland Geotechnical Consulting Ltd; Thurber Engineering Ltd.
Contractor: Pidherney's Trucking Ltd.      
Other Key Players: Border Paving Ltd. (Sub-contractor); Proform (Sub-contractor); Timcon Construction Ltd. (Sub-contractor), Appollo Landscaping Services (Sub-contractor)

Stantec provided detailed design and construction services for the first phase of the City of Red Deer's 30-year plan to build a unique ring road expressway around the east side of Red Deer. Stantec provided project management, preliminary and detailed design, tender preparation, and services during construction and post construction. This project will improve the existing road network providing a more efficient means of access for the community to residential and commercial areas as well as connections to provincial highways. The cross section was designed with a vision of expansion while minimizing any environmental impacts for future roadway improvements.

North Scenic Drive Extension

 showcase2014web-North_Scenic_Drive_Extension  Firm: Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd.
Client: City of Lethbridge
Location: City of Lethbridge, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: EBA, A Tetra Tech Company; NCE Value Engineers Inc.
Contractor: Richardson Bros. (Olds) Ltd.; deGraff Excavating Ltd.     
Other Key Players: Hogeweide Management & Consulting Inc.

Facing a challenging landscape with numerous coulee fingers, deep ravines common to the Lethbridge area, Associated Engineering created a scenic roadway design that takes advantage of the natural beauty of the City’s river valley. The landforms required embankment fills over 35 metres deep, and movement of over one million cubic metres of earth, making design and construction of roadways and sanitary and storm sewers extremely challenging. Effective project management, value engineering, and partnering with the general contractor helped identify substantial cost savings for the City and create an important and picturesque roadway connecting residents in north and central Lethbridge.

Replacement and Widening of the Steinhauer Bridge Superstructure

showcase2014web-Replacement_and_Widening_of_the_Steinhauer  
   
Firm:  AECOM Canada Ltd.
Client: Alberta Transportation
Location: Fort McMurray, Alberta
Contractor: Flatiron Construction     
Other Key Players: Stantec Consulting Ltd.

The replacement and widening of the Steinhauer Bridge superstructure over the Athabasca River is a key component of the Highway 63 upgrading scheme through Fort McMurray to increase traffic flow and improve user safety.

An innovative method of construction was developed by AECOM that eliminated the need to work in the river.  Construction utilized portions of the existing and new superstructure as working platforms in a phased approach.  This had significant environmental, cost and schedule benefits, and allowed the construction by Flatiron to progress continuously with reduced construction-related risk.  Design required careful consideration of loading during all stages of construction.


Water Resources & Energy Production

Bridge Drive Utility Corridor

showcase2014web-Bridge_Drive_Utility_Corridor

Firm: MPE Engineering Ltd.
Client: City of Lethbridge
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: EBA, A Tetra Tech Company
Contractor: Whissell Contracting Calgary Ltd.   
Other Key Players: Hogeweide Management Inc.

The City of Lethbridge completed a significant infrastructure project with the construction of sanitary sewer and treated water pipelines to service the West Lethbridge Employment Centre.  MPE Engineering Ltd. provided engineering services and EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd. Provided quality assurance services for sewer and water lines that cross the Oldman River, ascend the river valley along Bridge Drive, and cross the CPR railway and University Drive to service West Lethbridge.  A partnering process was employed to establish positive working relationships between the owner, the consultant, and the contractor.  Whissell Contracting Calgary Ltd. started construction August 22, 2011 and completed the project March 26, 2012, two months ahead of schedule.

East Coulee Wastewater Treatment Plant Retrofit

showcase2014web-East_Coulee_Wastewater_Treatment_Plant_Retrofit Firm: MPE Engineering Ltd.
Client: Town of Drumheller
Location: Drumheller, Alberta
Contractor: Sapphire Water International; Wildstone Construction and Engineering Ltd.

The Town of Drumheller’s East Coulee Wastewater Treatment Plant was approximately 30 years old; replacement was necessary.  Site restrictions, more stringent treated effluent water quality standards and a low cost solution contributed to the project challenges.  Knowledge, experience and application of innovative engineering were required for a successful project.  A Moving Bed Bio-film Reactor (MBBR) was retrofitted within the existing wastewater facility.  Use of this technology allowed the site constraints to be met, plus permitted upgrades to the existing facility.  This approach allowed for a very cost-effective solution to be implemented.  MPE Engineering Ltd. provided the detailed engineering and contract administration. Construction was undertaken by Wildstone Construction and Engineering Ltd. and Sapphire Water International Corp.

East Rocky View Water Supply System

showcase2014web-East_Rocky_View_Water_Supply_System Firm: MPE Engineering Ltd.
Client: Rocky View County
Location: Rocky View County, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Thurber Engineering Ltd.
Contractor: Bluebird Contracting Ltd.; Kidco Construction Ltd.; Maple Reinders Group; CDM Mechanical Ltd.

Rocky View County’s economic development initiatives have included creation of the Balzac and Conrich Development Nodes.  In 2013, the “Conrich Water Supply System”, an extension of the “East Rocky View Water Supply System” was completed.  Major infrastructure designed and constructed for the entire system included raw water reservoir upgrades for a water treatment plant, over 20 kms of potable water transmission pipeline, and potable water storage reservoir and pumpstation.  MPE Engineering Ltd. provided design, project management and led commissioning; Thurber Engineering Ltd. provided geotechnical design and quality assurance services.  Construction undertaken by Bluebird Contracting Ltd., Kidco Construction Ltd., Maple Reinders Group, and CDM Mechanical Ltd.

Fairview Water Treatment Facility Upgrade

showcase2014web-Fairview_Water_Treatment_Facility_Upgrade  Firm:  Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd.
Client: Town of Fairview
Location: Town of Fairview, Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Synergist SCADA Inc.; Surepoint Group
Contractor: Norwest Construction Ltd.      
Other Key Players: Advance Diving Projects

The upgrades to the Town of Fairview Water Treatment Facility provide a more reliable and robust water treatment system and enhance treatment and disinfection, protecting public health and reducing treatment risk. Facing the challenge of integrating the expansion of facility upgrades with ongoing operations Associated Engineering identified methods to minimize failure risk and ensure the availability of treated water, and protect public health. The modernization of the water treatment plant addresses aging infrastructure, potential failure risk and operational challenges. The upgraded facility provides system redundancy, improves reliability, delivers consistent water quality, and reduces energy consumption and long-term operational costs.

Regional Water Quality Management in the Industrial Heartland and Capital Region

showcase2014web-Regional_Water_Quality_Management Firm: Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd.
Client: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
Location: Alberta
Sub-Consultant: Black & Veatch

Recognizing the urgency to develop a plan to manage water resources, the Province of Alberta embarked on a project to create and implement the Water Management Framework for the Industrial Heartland and Capital Region.  Associated Engineering and Black & Veatch evaluated Industrial Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment Alternatives and developed water and wastewater management scenarios.  The team adopted a collaborative approach for comparative scenario analysis based on a Triple Bottom Line plus Risk framework.  Working with more than 40 stakeholders, the team facilitated an interactive dialogue and identified a consensus-based strategy to improve water quality in the North Saskatchewan River.

Wandering River Pipeline and Reservoir Design Build

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Firm: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Client: Athabasca County
Location: Wandering River, Alberta
Contractor: Graham Construction and Engineering, a JV; M. Pidherney's Trucking Ltd.; Schendel Mechanical Contracting Ltd.; Vector Electric and Controls Inc.
Other Key Players: Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd.

The Wandering River regional waterline project is unique for many reasons. It was the first regional water project in Alberta completed under a Design-Build delivery model. It’s the world’s longest fusible polyvinyl chloride pipe (FPVC) system. The method of installation was directional drilling for over 95% of the 88km system.  Through close cooperation and teamwork by Stantec, Pidherney’s, and Graham Construction along with Owners and Regulators, the project was designed, constructed and put into operation in just 13 months. It services the communities of Grassland and Wandering River, and provides safe, secure water to 70 rural residences along the alignment.


 

 
 
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