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  1. 1. SEPTEMBER 2013 The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta |
  2. 2. With top-tier projects to look forward to, your snooze button will become obsolete. A top Canadian employer four years in a row.
  3. 3. FEATURES DEPARTMENTS 21 8948 54 Special Report: 2013 Alberta Flood 89 APEGA Salary Survey Highlights 100 A Chinook in Guatemala 4 President’s Notebook 6 CEO’s Message 8 AEF Campaign 13 Association 16 Readers’ Forum 20 Latitude 38 Careers 40 Professional Development 46 Readings 52 Ethics Corner 53 Compliance Comment 104 In Memoriam 107 Discipline 108 By the Numbers SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 1 PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 FEATURED PHOTO PAGE 82 ›› PRINTED IN CANADA COVER PHOTO By Corinne Lutter Opinions published in The PEG do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policy of the association or its Council. Editorial inquiries: Advertising inquiries: Contents Salary Survey
  4. 4. 2 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 VOLUME 4 | NUMBER 4 | SEPTEMBER 2013 (Print) ISSN 1923-0044 (Online) ISSN 1923-0052 Editor George Lee Editorial Assistant Gillian Bennett APEGA CONTACT INFO HEAD OFFICE 1500 Scotia One 10060 Jasper Avenue NW Edmonton AB T5J 4A2 PH 780-426-3990 TOLL FREE 1-800-661-7020 GENERAL ADMIN FAX 780-426-1877 PEG FAX 780-425-1722 CALGARY OFFICE 2200 Scotia Centre 700 2nd Street SW Calgary AB T2P 2W1 PH 403-262-7714 TOLL FREE 1-888-262-3688 FAX 403-269-2787 2013–2014 COUNCIL President Colin Yeo, P.Geo., FGC, FEC (Hon.) (Calgary) President-Elect Dr. Jim Gilliland, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) (Calgary) Vice-President Connie Parenteau, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) (St. Albert) Councillors Dr. Brad Hayes, P.Geol. (Calgary) Dr. Steve Hrudey, P.Eng. (Canmore) Wenona Irving, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) (Edmonton) Dr. George Jergeas, P.Eng. (Calgary) Chris Ketchum, P.Eng., FEC (Lloydminster) Paul Knowles, P.Eng. (Calgary) Craig McFarland, P.Eng. (Calgary) Brian Pearse, P.Eng. (Sherwood Park) Ginger Rogers, P.Geo., FGC, FEC (Hon.) (Lethbridge) Terri Steeves, P.Eng. (Calgary) John Van der Put, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) (Calgary) Heidi Yang, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) (Grande Prairie) Public Representatives Gary Campbell, QC Mary Phillips-Rickey, CA Engineers Canada President Jim Beckett, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) Engineers Canada Directors Larry Staples, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) Dick Walters, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) Geoscientists Canada Director George Eynon, P.Geo., FGC BRANCH CHAIRS Calgary Tina Hoops, P.Eng. Central Alberta Bill Thomas, P.Eng. Edmonton Bob Rundle, P.Eng. Fort McMurray Malcom Edirisinghe, P.Eng. Lakeland Caitlyn Kennedy, E.I.T. Lethbridge Ahmed Ali, P.Eng. Medicine Hat Spencer Torrie, P.Eng. Peace Region RaeAnne Leach, P.Eng. Vermilion River Justin McCrea, E.I.T. Yellowhead Vacant MANAGEMENT STAFF EXECUTIVE Chief Executive Officer Mark Flint, P.Eng. Director, Executive & Government Relations Pat Lobregt, FEC (Hon.) REGULATORY Registrar & Privacy Officer Al Schuld, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) Deputy Registrar Mark Tokarik, LL.B., P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) Acting Director of Registration Michael Neth, P.Eng. Assistant Director of Registration Park Powell, P.Eng. Assistant Director of Registration Alan Dunn, P.Eng. Assistant Director of Registration Jeannie Paterson, P.Eng. Acting Registration Manager Dionne Diakow, PMP, CQA IEG Integration & Liaison Manager Guillermo Barreiro, P.Eng. Director of Corporate Affairs & Investigations Ross Plecash, P.Eng., M.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) Director of Professional Practice Ray Chopiuk, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) Assistant Director of Professional Practice Gavin Chan, P.Eng. Director of Compliance James Hunting, P.Eng. Director of Examinations Milt Petruk, P.Eng., PhD, FEC, FGC (Hon.) MEMBER SERVICES Senior Director, Member Services Len Shrimpton, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) Director of Geoscience & Outreach Tom Sneddon, P.Geol., FGC Director of Outreach & Product Services Jessica Vandenberghe, P.Eng. Event Planning & Member Recognition Manager Shirley Layne, CMP, PR Dipl. Professional Development & Mentoring Manager Nancy Toth, MA, DipEd., CHRP, FEC (Hon.), FGC (Hon.) Calgary Office Manager Kara Hickman CORPORATE SERVICES Director, Corporate Services Malcolm Bruce, MSM Human Resources Manager Kiran Dhesi, CPM, CHRP Information Technology & General Services Manager Omid Fekri, B.Sc., PMP Finance Manager Dirk Kuntscher, CMA COMMUNICATIONS Director, Communications Philip Mulder, APR, FEC (Hon.), FGC (Hon.) Deputy Director of Communications Gisela Hippolt-Squair Member & Internal Communications Manager George Lee, FEC (Hon.), FGC (Hon.) Public Relations Manager Richard Liebrecht US POSTMASTER: PEG (ISSN 1923-0044) is published five times per year, February, April, June, September and December, by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, c/o US Agent-Transborder Mail 4708 Caldwell Rd E, Edgewood, WA 98372-9221. $15 of the annual membership dues applies to the yearly subscription of The PEG. Periodicals postage paid at Puyallup, WA, and at additional mailing offices. US POSTMASTER, send address changes to PEG c/o Transborder Mail, PO Box 6016, Federal Way, WA 98063-6016, USA. The publisher has signed an affiliation agreement with the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency. Please return Canadian undeliverables to: APEGA, 1500 Scotia One, 10060 Jasper Ave., Edmonton, AB T5J 4A2. Publications Mail Sales Product Agreement No. 40062712
  5. 5. SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 3 Call for Summit Awards® Nominations Help take someone’s career to greater heights Alberta’s Professional Engineers and Geoscientists have built this province. Help them build their careers and be recognized for their fine work by nominating a deserving colleague, coworker, employee or project. For nomination information, visit and click on Awards under the Members tab. Deadline for nominations is September 30, 2013.
  6. 6. 4 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 President’s NotebookAPEGA The 2013 Floods: What Professionals Did — And What We Must Do Now BY COLIN YEO, P.GEO., FGC, FEC (HON.) APEGA President The great floods of 2013 that devastated parts of Fort McMurray and southern Alberta will be remembered for a long, long time. Even the recovery and rebuilding will be measured in years. Lives were lost and thousands of people displaced from their homes and businesses. Temporary subdivisions were quickly built for those waiting for their homes to be refurbished. The cost of reconstruction has been estimated at $5 billion. APEGA Members and permit holders — many, we should not forget, with their own challenges to face in the wake of the floods — have been busy inspecting homes, buildings and infrastructure to ensure they are safe to use or enter. In some cases, professional fees have been substantially reduced and even waived, easing the burden on homeowners at such a difficult time. Your association established a website area to match agencies needing specific engineering expertise to qualified Members. APEGA also contacted the City of Calgary and made sure it was aware of our willingness to help in whatever way we could. We made it simple for members to donate to the Canadian Red Cross. The Government of Alberta turned to APEGA and asked us to second Malcolm Bruce, MSM, Director, Corporate Services, to its flood recovery task force. Mr. Bruce, who has since returned to his regular APEGA duties, received great accolades from Peter Watson, P.Eng., Deputy Minister of the Alberta Executive Council. Members and permit holders have been there for the victims in the immediate aftermath of the floods. They will play a leading role as the rebuilding begins. These devastating events are a clear demonstration of the sometimes uncontrollable and unpredictable power of nature. The history of maximum discharge rates in the Bow River reveals that the City of Calgary has enjoyed fluvial quiescence since the major flood in 1932. But this may be changing. From 1879 to 1932, there were eight events of the same magnitude as the 2005 floods. In the following 72 years, there were none. Now, within an eight-year span, two significant flooding events have occurred. Are we returning to a period of more frequent and intense storms? Perhaps we are. Historical data, after all, indicate that floods and droughts before the 1930s were more extreme than the ones we’ve experienced since. As cities and towns begin the lengthy and expensive process of rebuilding, the engineering and geoscience professions need to take a leading role in the development of public policy on • where we build • how we build • how, through flood mitigation infrastructure, we prepare our cities for the floods that inevitably lie ahead. A SMART AND FAST RESPONSE Our Members and permit holders are acting already. A very impor- tant first step has been taken by Alberta WaterSMART, a consulting company committed to improving water management through better technologies and practices. On Aug. 2, WaterSMART’s final version of a report called The 2013 Great Alberta Flood: Actions to Mitigate, Manage and Control Future Floods was released to the public. Based on the collaborative work of a broad group of water practitioners, including input and comments from the public, specific actions have been identified to offset the impacts of severe weather. This release was extraordinary in two ways. First, it was released a mere six weeks after the flood began. Second, it was made available directly to the public as well as government officials and other scientists. And the content is excellent. The report presents facts and data, and draws conclusions that governments, other authorities, APEGA, the general public — all of us — need to consider as recon- struction begins. As pointed out in the Alberta WaterSMART report, decisions will have to be made by affected home and business owners, as well as elected representatives at all levels of government. Certainly, reconstruction must be based on a clear understanding of what caused the floods, the likelihood of their recurrence, the MORE INFO Special Flood Coverage Pages 54-88
  7. 7. SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 5 APEGAPresident’s Notebook effectiveness of proposed mitigation strategies, and the impact of these strategies on other parts of the river basin. By using good data and sound engineering design principles, we will be better positioned for future extreme events. The recommendations and conclusions of this report should be taken into account as policies dealing with extreme weather events are developed by authorities. I think the recommendations are fairly straightfor- ward. They call on authorities to • anticipate and plan for more extreme weather events • plan for more extreme weather scenarios through better data management and modelling • conduct a cost-benefit analysis of physical infrastructure • reframe municipal planning in light of more extreme weather and strengthen building codes • evaluate overland flood insurance • manage water resources across the province collaboratively with appropriate authority and funding. I have reviewed the Alberta Water- SMART report in some detail, and not only because I am an interested professional and Calgarian. The report ties directly to what APEGA is trying to achieve in one of its strategic priorities, on policy and engagement. Alberta WaterSMART has brought together leading experts and stake- holders, including key members of APEGA, to produce a document that provides trust- worthy facts, information and sourcing. This is clearly within the public interest. This report is available to all. It will form the basis for the intelligent discussion of options and the creation of sound public policy to benefit all Albertans. I am proud to say that Alberta Water- SMART is a permit holder and that many of its employees are APEGA Members. In my view, this report sets the standard for consultation and dialogue with an informed public. I congratulate Alberta WaterSMART and its CEO, Kim Sturgess, P.Eng. LIABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE This extreme weather event serves to un- derline an important issue for Professionals in Engineering and Geoscience — namely, the legal liability of those who own, plan, design, develop and operate infrastructure without due consideration of the effects of a changing climate and the danger that lack of consideration may pose to the public. Patricia Koval, a partner with the law firm Torys LLP, presented the implications to our professions at a meeting of Engineers Canada. She said that there is now a very clear understanding that if infrastructure is not adapted to increasing climate change risks, property damage and personal injury are almost certain to occur. In short, professionals who do not take climate change risks into account may be held liable. APEGA has an obligation to ensure building codes and standards are appropriate for extreme weather events, and individual members must take these considerations into account in the design of all projects. There exists a duty of care to the owners of the infrastructure and a duty to any third party that might suffer damages or injury from negligent design or construc- tion; this includes an act or an omission that breaches a reasonable standard of care. Incidentally, an omission includes fail- ing to warn of a risk; simply complying with Questions or comments? building codes is not good enough. If the code does not adequately deal with climate change risks, and the design engineer knows this, then the engineer has failed in executing duty of care and is liable for any consequences that may follow. APEGA and our Members have served the public well in the aftermath of this disastrous flooding of 2013. We will continue to serve during reconstruction and policy redevelopment. The public expects us to be at the forefront in this process and help arrive at reasonable and practical solutions to plan for and mitigate future natural disasters. Again, thank you to all the Members and permit holders who have helped during this crisis, either professionally or by providing volunteer labour, and to Alberta WaterSMART for its outstanding report. The company is an example for us all.
  8. 8. 6 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 CEO’s MessageAPEGA Flooding Brings Questions to the Fore About What APEGA’s Full Role Is BY MARK FLINT, P.ENG. APEGA Chief Executive Officer On the morning of Friday, June 21, I found myself com- peting with many other travellers for a very limited supply of taxicabs to take us out of a very wet downtown Calgary. I left behind, in body at least, a massive amount of flooding and hardship. As I flew back to Edmonton, I was gripped by thoughts about what my fellow Albertans were facing and about what APEGA’s role should be. Obviously, this was a highly unusual circumstance — a natural disaster affecting an area where about half of our membership lives. Even before the major flooding of 2013, however, APEGA had been examining our role in the context of events involving the public, our membership and our professions. The flooding made that examination all the more immediate and personal. Enforcing the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act is relatively straightforward, particularly when you look at the letter of the law. But is that all there is to regulation? The EGP Act is the legal mechanism by which APEGA regulates. However, equally important to effective regulation are the way the act is applied and interpreted, and the moral obligations we feel. Take the handling of oil and gas in Canada. The tragic train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Que., and oil seepage from the ground in Cold Lake are recent examples of failures in this area — one of them with tragic consequences. APEGA Registrar Al Schuld, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), and I testified on June 11 before the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources. We answered questions the committee had regarding the safe movement of energy. (The committee released its report on the hearings last month, called Moving Energy Safely: A Study of the Safe Transport of Hydrocarbons by Pipelines, Tankers and Railcars in Canada.) It is in instances like that one that I better understand when and how APEGA can inform policy and decision-makers. Although these contributions are sometimes subtle, simply being asked to participate is a positive indication that the opinions of our professions are indeed sought. In the case of the floods, the Government of Alberta sought one of our senior staff members to help out. On the Saturday morning after I returned, the province requested that Malcolm Bruce, MSM, Director, Corporate Services, assist directly by working with its team to begin coordinating recovery efforts. Mr. Bruce was seconded for 12 days as the acting Chief of Staff for the recovery team as the government began to develop its recovery strategy. In a moment when sitting in the safety and comfort of Edmonton belied the ongoing strife in southern Alberta, it was great to be able to directly assist in some small way in the immediate aftermath of the flood. The next issue arose as hundreds of disappointed insurance policy holders became aware of the limitations of their policies. The heartbreaking reality that overland flood insurance is not part of any Canadian insurance policy is a revelation to many of us, and it will forever resonate as a major financial blow for many Members. In the early days after the flood, APEGA’s affinity insurance partner, TD Meloche Monnex, faced challenges when it came to responding effectively to the needs of clients. Some of our Members are still waiting to settle claims with the company. However, Meloche Monnex did change its position, decid- ing to pay losses according to endorsement and limit, even if premises were impacted by overland flooding from the event. The company was very responsive to requests from APEGA and others, and has made substantial efforts to ensure clients are reimbursed. Meloche Monnex was slow off the mark. But
  9. 9. SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 7 CEO’s Message APEGA Questions or comments? I recognize both the company’s honesty and integrity in changing its position. Shortly after the flood crested, the intellectual horsepower of our professions started to precipitate some great thoughts. Led by the CEO of Alberta WaterSMART, Kim Sturgess, P.Eng., a group of APEGA Members were asked to help develop ideas regarding what Alberta could do to mitigate recurrence of some of the issues created by the flood. WaterSMART and several of our Members are now working with the Alberta Government to bring valuable data, research and professional advice to help assist with the development of policies on flood recovery and mitigation. I acknowledge that none of these efforts have, strictly speaking, been regulatory in nature. However, I simply wanted to illustrate that APEGA’s role goes beyond that of pure regulation. While regulation of the professions is our core business, our Members have valuable insight to offer and are frequently sought after to comment on policy development. Furthermore, when APEGA professionals speak, people listen to what they have to say. There is no doubt that APEGA and its members are in the business of self- regulation, but their influence extends into many other areas. As we at APEGA review our current legislation and explore areas in which gaps possibly exist, we continue to think about these events that shape our history. From there, we try to extrapolate forward to estimate how lessons learned from them can shape our future. As always, I enjoy getting feedback. I appreciate the questions and thoughts you sent me from my last article. I look forward to your input should you be interested in contributing to the future of our professions. I value all comments on our regulatory future or thoughts on other things that you think we should be doing.
  10. 10. 8 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 AEF CAMPAIGN CONNECTION Tales From a Land of Frogs, Apps, Volcanos and Robots Minds in Motion works its science and engineering magic on a summer full of student campers BY CORINNE LUTTER Member & Internal Communications Coordinator When it comes to dissecting frogs, some young campers were more eager than others to pick up the scalpel and get down to business. For the more squeamish types? Well, turns out there’s an app for that. “Some kids didn’t want to get within 20 feet of the frogs,” explains Keith Baker, an instructor with Minds in Motion and also a university student member of APEGA. “So we downloaded iPad apps where you can do a virtual dissection. That went over well with both the kids and their parents.” Dissections — including frogs and pig hearts — were among the many science, engineering and technology lessons at Minds in Motion camps in July and August. The camps were designed and led by University of Calgary undergraduate students like Mr. Baker, a third-year geophysics student. Among other activities were building video games and robots, extracting straw- berry DNA and exploring the physics of sound through beat boxing. Not to mention building those classic rockets powered by baking soda and vinegar. As well as the regular ones, specialized camps were offered for girls and Aboriginal youth. In total, about 850 children in Grades 1 to 8 took part in the 2013 summer camps. PUMP IT UP Minds in Motion is a non-profit organization run by the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Science and Schulich School of Engi- neering. In addition to the camps, it offers hands-on, inquiry-based programs through- out the year. “We want to get kids pumped about science and engineering and break down the stereotypes — that it’s too difficult or that only boys can do it,” says program manager Erin Peddle, a science teacher by profession. “Our programs help youth learn how to problem solve and think outside the box. No matter what career they go into, those skills are going to be relevant.” Annually, Minds in Motion reaches about 3,200 kids and the number continues to grow, thanks in part to support from sponsors like the APEGA Education Foundation, called AEF for short. “In 2013, the foundation’s outreach support to the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and other programs totalled more than $72,000,” says AEF President Gerald DeSorcy, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.). “These programs do invaluable work to attract young men and women into the engineering and geoscience professions.” Just ask Leigh Beaton. NOT JUST FOR BOYS Long before she enrolled in engineering at the U of C, Ms. Beaton was a Minds in Motion camper. Her experience attending all-girls camps as an elementary student inspired her and helped her develop career aspirations in engineering. “I think the instructors played a big role. They were mostly female and really helped me understand how much in our lives is related to science. I learned that science is not just for boys,” says Ms. Beaton, who just started her second year at the Schulich School of Engineering. This summer, she became a role model herself as a Minds in Motion instructor, teaching science and technology camps to girls in kindergarten to Grade 8. Activities ran the gamut from wetland field trips to building frog robots.
  11. 11. SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 9 MASTER WHERE WILL YOUR IMAGINATION TAKE YOU? Minds in Motion aims to get kids pumped about science and engineering through activities like summer camps, workshops and science clubs. In the case of these two youngsters, it appears to be a resounding success. -photo courtesy Minds in Motion/University of Calgary QUICK FACT Minds in Motion is a member of Actua, a national network of 34 organizations offering science and technology education programs. The network provides opportunities for the organizations to share resources and expertise. SURFABLE
  12. 12. 10 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 AEF CAMPAIGN CONNECTION “It’s an important role that we play as instructors, to really spark that interest in science and show the kids that science is everywhere,” says Ms. Beaton. 75,000 YOUTH AND COUNTING Since its launch in 1998, Minds in Motion has reached more than 75,000 youth through its summer camps, classroom workshops, science clubs and community events. “Besides the summer camps, we do a lot of free workshops and outreach, and that’s where we’ve expanded, because that’s where we found the need,” says Ms. Peddle. “We are pretty much booked every single day from mid-May until the end of June.” Many of the schools visited have socioeconomic challenges. In Calgary, Minds in Motions focuses on schools with low performance rankings, often in low-income neighbourhoods. The crews also visit Aboriginal schools in the region, including Morley and Tsuu T’ina. “It’s the heart of our program,” says Ms. Peddle. “These schools don’t necessarily have the funding to bring in extracurricular programs, so that’s where we come in.” Through the fall, winter and spring, in partnership with the Canadian Women’s Foundation, a club program in science and engineering for girls aged 12 to 15 is offered. Last year about 40 volunteer mentors signed up, mostly university students, and professors and professionals in engineering, biology, chemistry and education. “The girls club has had phenomenal feedback,” says Ms. Peddle. “When we asked at the start of the club, not one girl wanted to be an engineer. They thought that engineers only build bridges or drive trains. So this is a great opportunity to show them the diversity of the profession.” COSMIC PERSPECTIVE For Keith Baker, being a Minds in Motion camp instructor is an opportunity to share his love of science with kids. “I just want them to see that there’s a beauty to science and to get them excited about it,” says Mr. Baker. As a child, he was inspired by his fa- ther and grandfather, both engineers, and by scientists like Carl Sagan and Bill Nye. “I rushed home every day after school to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy,” says Mr. Baker. This summer, he shared his interest in planetary geology with young campers, teaching them about astronomy and the solar system. At one camp, kids learned about different planets, then built their own spacesuits. “We had this big kit of Tyvek suits and a million things you could tape to them to customize them. The kids loved that. At the end, we interviewed our astronauts with a fake microphone and they could explain their designs. They got a taste of the astronaut celebrity life,” says Mr. Baker. CIRCLE OF SUPPORT Minds in Motion reaches about 3,200 kids every year, and that number continues to grow — thanks in part to support from the APEGA Education Foundation. In 2013, the foundation’s outreach support to the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and other programs totaled more than $72,000. -photo courtesy Minds in Motion/University of Calgary
  13. 13. SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 11 AEF CAMPAIGN CONNECTION AEF OUTREACH With governments and industry predicting ongoing engineering and geoscience labour shortages, the APEGA Education Foundation aims to reach even more young people by increasing outreach support to $150,000 annually. “One of our objectives is to support outreach programs that inform young men and women about the opportunities available through an education in engineering or geoscience,” says founda- tion president Mr. DeSorcy. “We can reach our goals with continued help from APEGA Members, who have been very supportive of our Building the Future, Today campaign.” A key AEF priority for the past year has been to ask Members to consider their professional responsibility to advance and sustain the professions — and then to act by giving financial support to the foundation. Among ways members can support the campaign are • cash gifts • monthly giving • matching gifts • bequests. MORE INFO Like to help the foundation? or 1-800-661-7020 SURE BEATS SWIMMING LESSONS Keith Baker helps a student with a pig eye dissection at a Junior Natural Science Camp in July. Students in Grades 3 to 4 also got to conduct chemical experiments and make their own recycled paper. -photo courtesy Minds in Motion/University of Calgary
  14. 14. The APEGA Education Foundation currently distributes more than $190,000 each year to the brightest students on track to becoming Engineering or Geoscience Professionals. Corporations can help by matching donations made by their staff members. Visit for more information. A GOOD MATCH FOR YOUR COMPANY
  15. 15. SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 13 ASSOCIATION Potential Council Candidates Needed Now Are you an outstanding Professional Member with the time, energy and dedication necessary for APEGA elected office? Do you bring a balanced perspective and a problem-solving attitude to board and management governance? Are you willing to give back to your association by letting your name stand as a potential candidate for the 2014 APEGA Election? There are two ways to get your name on the election ballot this spring. • APEGA Nominating Committee — Each year, a nominating committee made up of APEGA Members identifies qualified candidates to run for Council. If you are interested in being considered by the nominating committee, submit your name and a brief resume by Sept. 27 to The committee will review nominees, and a slate of candidates will be announced in mid-November. The list will be published in both the e-PEG and the December issue of The PEG magazine. • Write-in nominations — Any Professional Member in good standing can self-nominate by submitting the Nomination for Election to Council form. The form will be available on APEGA’s website in mid-November and will also be published in the December PEG. Write-in nominations must be received before midnight on Jan. 26 and must include supporting signatures from at least 10 registered APEGA Members. Candidates can run for • Councillor • President (the person voted President-Elect in the previous election will automatically become President) • President-Elect/Vice-President (the candidate with the most votes becomes President-Elect). Note: To run for President-Elect/Vice-President, a candidate must first serve at least one year on Council. WHY DOES APEGA HOLD ELECTIONS? APEGA has been holding annual Council elections since the association was founded in 1920. An elected Council is one of the privileges of professional self-governance, granted to APEGA under the provincial Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act. WHAT DO COUNCILLORS DO? Councillors, who are elected for three-year terms, have many duties and responsibilities, such as establishing policies and providing guidance. They are expected to act in the best interest of the association, honestly and in good faith. They should have a good understanding of the principles and policies of legislation governing Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in Alberta and also understand APEGA’s mission, vision and strategic plan. Being a Councillor requires a time commitment, but it’s also a great opportunity for Members to get involved in their association and make a positive impact. Councillors are required to work on at least one subcommittee of Council and attend various functions as APEGA representatives. They spend about 20 work days each year preparing for and attending • Council meetings • a strategic retreat • Executive Committee meetings • Council committees • miscellaneous meetings, briefings and presentations. In addition, Councillors may be asked to attend weekend social events, such as dinners and receptions. CHARACTERISTICS OF A GREAT COUNCILLOR • experience in professional practice • basic understanding of the principles behind professional regulation • familiarity with board and management governance • balanced perspective and problem-solving attitude • particular knowledge of important issues or under- represented groups • strong champion of professionalism and of APEGA • track record as a contributor • willing to commit time to APEGA. SIDEBAR SURFABLE Click on About APEGA, Run for Council
  16. 16. 14 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 PUBLIC SAFETY Management Programs Citation Programs Supervisory Development Business Analysis Social Media Strategic Marketing Social Media Communications Entrepreneurship 780.492.3027 Certificate Programs Management Development Human Resources Management Information Technology Management Risk and Insurance Management Business Seminars Financial Management Workplace Coaching Conflict Resolution Management Bootcamp Workplace Communication CONTED.UCALGARY.CA | 403.220.2988 COURSES AND CERTIFICATES DESIGNED TO DEVELOP YOUR MANAGEMENT SKILLS! University of Calgary Continuing Education offers courses and certificate programs that help you develop as a leader or transition into management. Certificates include: Professional Management—Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Courses available in class at the main and downtown campuses, and online. This certificate is only awarded on verification of APEGA membership. Project Management Fundamentals Courses offered at the downtown campus. Stan Sterling. Graduate. Project Management Fundamentals Certificate good thinking. Moving Hydrocarbons Safely Reports call for clarity, consistency and safety culture audits in the way Alberta and the rest of Canada move oil and gas Two major reports on the safety of transporting hydrocarbons in Canada are now in the public realm, giving citizens, regulators and governments across the country more data and new recommenda- tions to consider. A report requested by the Alberta Government and directed exclusively at pipeline safety holds up the province as having “the most thorough overall regulatory regime” of all the Canadian ones it assessed. Meanwhile, among the recommenda- tions in a Senate committee report — which was not limited to pipelines — are a call for audits of corporate safety cultures and a call for the Government of Canada to conduct an arms-length review of the country’s railway regulatory framework. Two members of APEGA’s senior staff testified before the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, in advance of the committee’s release of Moving Energy Safely: A Study of the Safe Transport of Hydrocarbons by Pipelines, Tankers and Railcars in Canada. CEO Mark Flint, P.Eng., and Registrar Al Schuld, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), both testified. The committee report identifies an APEGA Member for his testimony about corporate non-compliance with National Energy Board standards and regulations. Evan Vokes, P.Eng., a metal- lurgical engineer, along with others, “helped the NEB identify the need for a 24-hour whistle blower hotline,” says the report. Even when the horrific Lac-Mégantic rail disaster is considered, railcars have a 99.9 per cent safety record for delivery of dangerous goods, Moving Energy Safely notes. The report recommends an arms-length review of railway regulation “due to the scope of the disaster.” The safety record for moving oil and gas by pipeline, meanwhile, is 99.9996 per cent, the report says. The Senate committee report concludes: “What is key is that our transport companies foster a culture of safety throughout their operations. There must be a preoccupation with continually improving safety outcomes. This applies to operators as well as the institutions that regulate them; this is what is necessary to earn and maintain the trust of Canadians.”
  17. 17. SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 15 PUBLIC SAFETY The Alberta Pipeline Safety Review, prepared by APEGA permit holder Group 10 Engineering, said Alberta’s thoroughness in the regulation of pipelines is “likely due to the fact that Alberta has a very mature (well established) pipeline industry and the largest number of pipelines; and the ERCB [now the Alberta Energy Regulator, or AER], as a regulator, has evolved over time to regulate and manage the industry as appropriate.” Still, the report arrives at 17 recommendations in all for the regulator, under three categories prescribed in its scope. The categories are • public safety and response to pipeline incidents • pipeline integrity management • safety of pipelines near water bodies. Released at the same time was the regulator’s response to the Group 10 report. Still called the ERCB when it completed the response in March, the regulator accepted the findings and recom- mendations, among them that a one-size-fits-all approach to regu- latory oversight in Canada is not practical because of the differing needs of jurisdictions and amounts of pipeline serving them. Nonetheless, the report says the Alberta regulator should work towards harmonized regulatory requirements across Canada and should “support a consistent regulatory basis.” It also recom- mends that the regulator collaborate with stakeholders to “set clear goals and objectives to focus and manage the reduction of pipeline failures to a level as low as reasonably practicable.” The ERCB response highlights progress already being made in many of the areas identified by Group 10. It also noted that some of the recommendations are national in scope or otherwise fall out of its regulatory mandate and jurisdiction. The regulator’s response states, however, that it will share those recommendations with the appropriate bodies, as well as support and assist them if required to. The regulator will give Alberta Minister of Energy Ken Hughes a status report in March 2014. Call Before You Dig is singled out as good public safety system. Membership in Alberta is legislated as compulsory for pipeline licensees, but that’s not the case everywhere in Canada. A nationwide system should be considered, says the report. A national program would benefit other jurisdictions where membership in Call Before You Dig is not a requirement, and it would also ensure that new Albertans are “consistently aware of these requirements.” MORE INFO Click on Major Reports Released
  18. 18. Readers’ Forum 16 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 OPINION Readers’ Forum submissions should be emailed to George Lee, PEG editor, at Please limit them to 300 words or less. Longer letters are printed at the discretion of the editors. Letters may be edited for brevity, taste, clarity and legality. Please note: Readers’ Forum items are treated as opinions and therefore are NOT peer reviewed. They do no necessarily reflect the views of APEGA Council, executive committee or staff. CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE NEW NORMAL Re: Go Deep, The PEG, June 2013. The analysis described in the above story concerns the climate change views of APEGA members. Yet as it’s represented in the story, the work by researcher Lianne Lefsrud, P.Eng., makes no reference to the broad consensus among climate scientists. A link from ASHRAE , the largest engineering association in the world, leads to a survey published in the journal Environ- mental Research Letters on the work of 29,000 scientists and 11,994 academic papers. Over 4,000 papers took a position on climate change causes, with only 0.7 per cent, or 83 papers, disputing the scientific consensus that climate change is the result of human activity, and 2.2 per cent calling it unclear. The dissent was described as “vanishingly small.” Another survey, this one from 2004 and released in Science by Naomi Oreskes, found 97 per cent of scientists agreed on the causes of climate change. This PEG submission is written from ground zero in High River, where we will be dealing with the results of an extreme climate event for years to come. Contrary to the view that this was just another flood, the estimated flow volumes were about double what had been accepted as the one-in-100-year event and the community was utterly unprepared. As an engineer asked to assess damages to buildings, my recommendations have been to consider what occurred as the new normal, incorporate an additional safety factor, and consider efficiency measures to reduce contributions to further climate change. Is it not a professional responsibility to use the best science available for the public good? The last report of a federally appointed expert panel on the economy and the environment, before it was dismissed, warned us to expect over $5 billion per year in damages to the Canadian economy, unless measures are taken to mitigate climate change. By the province’s estimate, we’re burning through that in southern Alberta alone. It’s hard to miss the irony that a community the hardest hit by a climate event earlier elected an MLA with a campaign plank saying the science on climate change had not yet been settled. As for the contention that the disaster is the result of clear cutting, Google Earth shows no extensive blocks in the Highwood watershed. Nor was I able to find a single pine cone or bit of logging slash among the debris in our miles of destroyed fences. A more likely cause is temperature, the steroid of storms. A degree Celsius of temperature rise increases the ability of air to hold moisture by seven per cent; 16 inches of rain fell in the upper basins. The lamest excuse is to do nothing to address climate change because it’s too expensive. The flood caught us in the middle of installing 5.5 kW of grid- tied photovoltaics to our shop roof. For $10,000 in materials and a couple days’ help from clever friends, our electricity use will be carbon-neutral, saving about 4.5 tonnes a year of carbon emis- sions. This is less cost than the options list on the average SUV, which carries a single passenger at an overall efficiency of less than one per cent The return of our photovoltaic system is tax free and better than any secure investment in the current market. It would be great if the much-touted Alberta carbon tax went to those actually doing something to reduce emissions. The energy input is recovered after one year. Solar output peaks during peak demand periods driven by air conditioning loads, helping stabilize the grid. This is among the hundreds of things we could be doing, efficiency measures being the most cost effective. Revising our obsolete building codes would be a first step. ASHRAE has been leading in this regard for years, and there’s a total absence of the phony debate on climate change in its journals. The next lamest excuse to do nothing is that the Asian countries are not reducing their emissions. It’s the sad reality that you cannot lift people out of poverty with Stone Age tools, and they are industrializing the only way they can afford — as we did. Western countries are already there and have accounted for most of the cumulative emissions. How dare we tell India, which produces 1/20th of our emissions per capita, or China, 1/10th per capita and with millions living without electricity or running water, that they have to cut back before we do. The long-term risk is that our economy will become increasingly less efficient and less able to compete on the global stage as the true cost of greenhouse gas emissions comes due. As the rest of the world moves toward a carbon-free economy, we will wallow in denial. EMILE ROCHER, P.ENG. High River READING SUGGESTION OFFERED ON SOLAR CYCLES AND WARMING Unstoppable Global Warming, by S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery, makes a compelling case for a global, solar-driven climate
  19. 19. Readers’ Forum SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 17 Saving you money and protecting the environment is what we do best. In fact, we saved a client over $170,000 while reducing CO2 emissions by 95% – that’s nearly 540 tonnes of carbon. How do we know this? Nilex’s new Innovation Calculator estimates the percentage CO2 savings as well as potential dollar savings when using Nilex geogrid or erosion control products versus traditional methods. To calculate the environmental and economic savings of your upcoming road construction or erosion control project, contact us at 1.800.667.4811 or visit CALCULATED SAVINGS... THROUGH INNOVATION cycle of 1,500 years, plus or minus 500 years. This is a cycle which has operated for at least the last one million years of the Earth’s history, based on available published data. The authors’ hypothesis is supported by literally hundreds of research papers spanning a variety of climate proxies, including isotope analyses of ancient tree rings, of glacier ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica, and of seabed sediment cores from the North and South Atlantic and the Sargasso Sea. The research looks at stalagmites from Ireland, Germany, South Africa and New Zealand, and fossilized pollen from North America. The proposed 1,500-year climate cycle also correlates with known advances and retreats of glaciers in the Arctic, Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, New Zealand and Antarctica. The cycle shows a variation of plus-or-minus 2-3 degrees C around a long-term mean. It was first discovered by Dansgaard and Oeschger in 1984, through oxygen isotope analyses of glacial ice cores from Greenland covering the last 250,000 years of Earth’s history. They expected to see evidence of ice ages and interglacial stages (and they did), but unexpectedly they found another cycle of about 1,500 years superimposed on these variations. The impact of the sunspot cycle on Earth’s climate is well known. During low sunspot activity, cosmic rays bombard the Earth, creating low, wet clouds that reflect the sun’s radiation back into outer space, cooling the Earth. During high sunspot activity, the solar wind prevents this bombardment by cosmic rays, allowing the sun’s radiation to reach the Earth and thus warm our planet. The 1,500-year period is believed to be the product of two shorter solar cycles, both longer than the 11-year sunspot cycle: namely, the 87-year Gleissberg cycle and the 210-year Suess (de Vries) cycle. In fact, the 1,500-year cycle correlates with known historic cold and warm periods as far back as 600 BCE. According to the 1500-year cycle, the Earth is now in the middle of a modern warming period that began after the Little Ice Age. We can thus expect another couple of centuries of pleasant warm weather. Needless to say, so-called greenhouse gases have nothing to do with this warming trend. DR. JOHANNES C. DEN BOER, P.GEOL., P.GEOPH., FGC, FEC (HON.) Life Member Calgary LENNERT D. DEN BOER, P.GEOPH. Calgary CHOOSE A CAR, NOT A TRUCK Re: APEGA Education Foundation Campaign Connection, Who You Help, The PEG, April 2013. One of the featured students, like many people going to university, commutes through car/truck and train. He drives a
  20. 20. Readers’ Forum 18 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 truck. Imagine the price of gas and maintenance, driving back and forth from Gibbons and his LRT connection. If his aim is reducing costs, he should drive a car instead. PUGAL NARAYANAN Examinee Red Deer GREAT READING, GREAT MESSAGE — TWO ERRORS Re: Let’s Educate the Public About All Those Geohazards, The Geo Beat, by Tom Sneddon, P.Geol., The PEG, June 2013. Thank you for publishing the excellent PEG! Down here in the southern U.S., it’s wonderful to receive news about colleagues and technology, along with other inspiring reports, from Alberta. Mr. Sneddon’s insightful article is critically important, especially in light of the recent manslaughter convictions of the seven scientists, engineers and officials associated with assessing seismic activity prior to the earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy. (Their convictions are under appeal.) There is a wee error in the date of the Frank Slide — it happened on April 29, 1903, not six years later. Also, as I understand it, Copernicus was not persecuted during his lifetime (1473-1543) for his heliocentric theory of the planets. In fact, his book On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres (1543) was dedicated to Pope Paul III. Some years later in 1616, the book was indeed banned. Galileo’s trials, however, were very different. DR. ROBERT R. STEWART, P.GEO. Cullen Chair in Exploration Geophysics Director, Allied Geophysical Lab University of Houston CORRECTIONS The Readers’ Forum submission Climate Sensitivity May Have Been Overestimated, in the June 2013 PEG, was attributed to the wrong William Kerr of Calgary, The actual author was William E. Kerr, P.Eng. In the April 2013 PEG feature We Built this City on Rocks and Oil, editing errors resulted in misspellings of stromatoporoids, and in the misuse of descendant. Modern scallops descended from Monotis subcircularis — not, of course, vice versa.
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  22. 22. 20 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 The Buzz EXPERTS ESTIMATE THE GREAT FLOOD’S ECONOMIC IMPACT Economists expect that the most damaging floods in Alberta’s history will affect not only the province’s economy but also the rest of the country’s. Five days after the flooding, BMO Capital Markets estimated that Canada’s GDP growth in June had been reduced by $2 billion. TD Economics, meanwhile, estimated that the disaster would erase up to $1.5 billion from the economy, or about 0.3 per cent of Alberta’s GDP. However, both were quick to point out that the Calgary and Alberta economies would get a much-needed boost when millions of dollars are spent on rebuilding projects. -Jacqueline Louie LESS WORK FOR SOME, MORE WORK FOR OTHERS Work stopped for many Albertans when flood waters hit in late June. Downtown Calgary was evacuated and thousands of workers told to stay home after power outages left office towers in the dark. Some downtown businesses were closed for a week or more. Similar stories played out across the south as 29 communities declared states of emergency. As a result, says Statistics Canada, 300,000 Albertans — about 13.5 per cent of the total employed population in the province — lost 7.5 million hours of work. On the flip side, 134,000 people, or six per cent of workers, put in an extra 2.4 million hours of work. The net loss: 5.1 million hours. StatsCan says about 27 per cent of the missed time, or about 1.4 million hours, is attributable to professional, scientific and technical workers. One quarter of Alberta’s natural resource workers lost, in all, 1.4 million hours on the clock. -Corinne Lutter NEW HEIGHTS Two proposed skyscrapers will come in first and third on the list of tallest buildings in Western Canada. Brookfield Place Calgary (right) and the TELUS Sky Tower (above) boast 56 and 58 storeys respectively. -artist’s rendition (above) courtesy BIG
  23. 23. SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 21 The Buzz LATITUDE CALGARY SKYLINE STRETCHES HIGHER Look out, Bow tower. Calgary’s down- town skyline is on the rise, with two new mega-skyscrapers set to open in 2017. The Bow is currently the tallest building in Western Canada, with 58 storeys stretching 236 metres towards the heavens. But it will soon be surpassed by the 247-metre Brookfield Place Calgary. The TELUS Sky tower, meanwhile, will slot into third at 231 metres. Brookfield Place Calgary is a 2.4-million-square-foot commercial development encompassing a full city block between First and Second Street and Sixth and Seventh Avenue S.W. Complementing its 56-storey highrise will be another 42-storey office tower, a glass pavilion, street-level retail shops and a half-acre public plaza. Anchor tenant Cenovus Energy will occupy one million square feet of the highrise. Brookfield Office Properties esti- mates the project will cost more than $1 billion. The complex will be constructed to the gold standard for core and shell development, as set out by the certifying body known as LEED, for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It will include a bicycle parking area and plug-in stations for electric cars. Developers of TELUS Sky, at 100 Seventh Ave. S.W., are promising a stylish blend of office, retail and residential space across 750,000 square feet. Vancouver developer Westbank and real estate investment trust Allied Properties are project partners. At a cost of $400 million, the 58-storey project will include about 340 residential units. Envisioned as a LEED platinum building, it will feature a rooftop garden and a storm water management system to recycle rainwater for toilets and outdoor irrigation. It’s designed to use about a third less energy than new buildings of a similar size. -artist’s rendition courtesy Brookfield
  24. 24. 22 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 LATITUDE The Buzz Among other new developments going forward in downtown Calgary are Eau Claire Tower, 3 Eau Claire, Eighth Avenue Place West Tower, and Calgary City Centre. Manulife Financial Corp plans a 27-storey office tower with Brion Energy as the main tenant. -Jacqueline Louie MIXED SIGNALS FROM RESIDENTIAL HOUSING MARKET Construction season can make it seem as if new builds are everywhere. But the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corpora- tion says residential builders in Western Canada won’t be quite as busy in 2014 as the organization predicted a few months ago. In June, CMHC estimated around 188,900 new units in 2014; now, CMHC estimates the number will fall to between 177,100 and 186,600. If the most recent estimate is accurate, residential development will be significantly lower than the 214,827 housing starts in 2012. The picture looks quite different from the perspective of home sales. The Canadian Real Estate Association says national sales are increasing steadily. Data released at the end of the summer suggest that home sales across the country have increased 9.4 per cent from last year. Alberta continues to be a hot market. Over the last year, sales increased by 19 per cent in Calgary and 24 per cent in Edmonton. -Caitlin Crawshaw WHERE GREAT IDEAS ARE HATCHED TEC Edmonton, an organization that helps tech ideas become saleable products, has received a major credibility boost. In July, the non-profit, joint venture between the University of Alberta and the City of Edmonton was named the best incubator in Canada — and 17th in the world — by the University Business Incubator Index. This may not come as a surprise to tech insiders or anyone who’s been following the organization over the last nine years. TEC Edmonton has helped a well-known in the U.S. but relatively new to Canada. The Edmonton branch is the fourth in the country. Founding partners include Kellerdenali, Remington Develop- ment Corporation, Edmonton Interna- tional Airport and Camrock Capital. The new branch says on its website: “We connect our members so that they develop new business relationships; we offer educational opportunities and a program of events that ensure our industry is on the cutting edge; and we influence the course of our business with positive interactions with various levels of government and the community.” -Caitlin Crawshaw ROUNDABOUTS MAKE INROADS A $6.4-million roundabout northwest of Edmonton has been designed with over- sized vehicles — among them the type used in the oilfield — in mind. Could it BUY NOW, BUILD LATER Builders will likely be less busy than previously thought, as forecasters now predict a decline in new builds for 2014. Home sales, however, are still on the rise. wide range of startups, among them CV Technologies Inc. — the makers of Cold-FX. Other successes include a cancer diagnostics company, Metabolo- mic Technologies Inc., and a nanosensor developer, Nemsor Technologies Inc. TEC Edmonton data show that its 106 client companies generated $103 million in revenue in 2012, up 25 per cent from the past year. The organization’s research also shows that startups using its services had a 95 per cent survival rate, which is higher than Industry Canada’s benchmark of 80 to 85 per cent. -Caitlin Crawshaw EDMONTON BUILDERS UNITE A commercial development association has launched a new chapter in Ed- monton. NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is
  25. 25. The Buzz SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 23 LATITUDE reflect an Alberta trend in adopting the staple of British traffic engineering? In late summer, Alberta Transporta- tion started construction of the round- about, located just east of Villeneuve at the intersection of Highway 44 and Highway 633. The Edmonton branch of CIMA+ designed the challenging struc- ture, which must accommodate the turn- ing radius of large vehicles. The design includes splitter islands for oversized vehicles to go over when necessary. The structure will also feature signs on movable bases for directing large vehicles. Highways 44 and 633 are frequented by both commuter traffic and heavy-load vehicles. It’s hoped the new roundabout will reduce collisions at the intersection. This will be the third roundabout built by the province since 2007. Others were constructed in Sylvan Lake and Peace River. -Caitlin Crawshaw INNER CITY BUILD PROMISES HOPE A City of Edmonton plan to revive a struggling inner city neighbourhood has completed its first development phase. At the end of March, the Boyle Renaissance project officially opened two buildings along 103A Avenue and 95th Street: a 150-unit housing complex and a YMCA- owned building housing a daycare, a family resource centre, office space, and facilities for community gatherings. Almost 12 years and $42 million in the making, Boyle Renaissance is part of the city’s Quarters Downtown redevel- opment, a strategy intended to improve the quality of life of people living east of the city’s downtown core. Phase II — scheduled for completion at the end of this year — involves construction of the Renaissance Tower, a seven-storey, 90-unit housing facility catering to First Nations people, seniors and people with disabilities. Boyle Renaissance is a sustainable project. Phase I and Phase II will share heat and power systems, thanks to a 380-kilowatt microgeneration system on the roof of the Renaissance Tower. It will wetlands, native plants, migratory birds, caribou and other wildlife, biodiversity and Aboriginal traditional land use. Many of these issues, said the ruling, are linked to the environment’s capacity to absorb the overall pace of development of the oilsands — not the Jackpine project alone. The provincial and federal govern- ments have the final say on whether the expansion proceeds. -Jacqueline Louie FIRST NATION FILES OBJECTION TO OILSANDS PROJECT In part because of the potential loss of caribou herds, Fort McKay First Nation has filed a formal objection with the Alberta Energy Regulator against an oilsands development. It’s the first time in about two decades the nation has filed an objection of this kind, and the move may mean that the Dover project, which would produce 250,000 barrels per day of bitumen, will end up before the courts. The nation, which has strong work- ing relationships with energy compa- nies like Syncrude and Suncor, says it will take legal action if environmental concerns over the Dover in situ project aren’t addressed. Athabasca Oil Corp. and PetroChina have proposed the project on a site 95 kilometres northwest of Fort McMurray. The band wants a 20-kilometre buffer zone to protect lands traditionally used for hunting, fishing and trapping by its 700 Dene, Cree and Métis residents. Among concerns: a wildlife assessment that predicts the extinction of two caribou herds in the area within the next 30 years. In its approval in August, the Alberta Energy Regulator rejected the buffer zone, saying the environmental impact of the project would be negligible to minor. Provincial government approval is still required. The project would boost provincial coffers by an estimated $26 billion in royalty payments over its 65-year life. -Gillian Bennett use natural gas to produce electricity, and its waste heat will help warm both the tower and the YMCA building across the street. -Caitlin Crawshaw LOOK OUT, B.C. — ALBERTA KEEPS GROWING New data released by Statistics Canada revealed that in 2012 the province’s population grew by more than three per cent — double the national growth rate of 1.1 per cent. While Alberta’s population has been steadily increasing for decades, Todd Hirsch, senior economist at ATB Financial, describes the current rate of growth as a “full-scale stampede.” Now with nearly 3.9 million people, Alberta is the fourth most populous province in Canada, behind Ontario, Quebec and B.C. The province contin- ues to close in on B.C. — Mr. Hirsch predicts that within eight years, Alberta will take over the number three spot. -Caitlin Crawshaw JACKPINE EXPANSION RECEIVES REGULATOR BOOST Shell Canada’s plan to expand production at its Jackpine oilsands mine, about 60 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, has earned a green light from regulators. The decision, however, did contain cautions about overall oilsands development. The decision came down from a joint review panel representing the Alberta Energy Regulator and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. It recommended approval of Shell’s plan to expand production at the mine to 300,000 barrels of bitumen a day from 200,000. In a ruling announced in July, the panel found that the proposed mine expansion is in the public interest be- cause of its economic benefits. At the same time, the panel noted the project in conjunction with others would likely result in significant adverse effects on
  26. 26. 24 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 LATITUDE BY GAIL HELGASON Freelance Contributor PANAMA CANAL GETS BIGGER, SAFER, BETTER About 100 years after it opened, the Panama Canal continues to make engineering news. Upgrades to accommodate today’s large ships include a third set of locks, featuring rapid open- and-close gates. The locks and other upgrades will allow twice the tonnage to pass through the canal, reports Engineering News-Record (New York). Power management technology, pro- visions and procedures, including a second power system, are expected to float op- erational safety to a new high-water mark. Estimates of the total project cost vary and depend on what is included, but the origi- nal number was over US $5 billion. Project completion is slated for 2015. LADY LIBERTY GETS A MAKEOVER New York’s famed Statue of Liberty re- opened to the public this summer, follow- ing a 20-month renovation with daunting engineering challenges, says Civil Engi- neering (Reston, Va.).The six-level interior of the 46-metre-high statue was gutted and rebuilt. Two wider stairways were created to bring service up to code and allow wheelchair access. Weaving the stairways together with an elevator hoistway “was a little like making a delicate piece of jewelry out of steel and concrete,” said a representative of the project’s structural engineers, Keast & Hood Co. of Philadelphia. One strategy was to employ cast- in-place concrete for the elevator, enabling the construction of walls that are thin but strong. The materials were also a good visual match with existing interior materials. GOING WHERE THE WIND BLOWS If you want to catch good wind, it makes sense to set sail where good winds blow. That was the thinking behind a new wind generator launched offshore in the Gulf of Maine — the first of its kind. VolturnUS, a project of the University of Maine and various partners, is the world’s first, concrete composite, floating platform for a wind turbine, reports Engineering News- Record. It features a 20-metre tower and a 20-kilowatt capacity. If successful, further trials will result in a 90-metre-high tower for a turbine that could generate six megawatts and supply the onshore grid. All told, U.S. coasts are estimated to have untapped, offshore wind power of up to 4,000 giga- watts per year. SOMETHING CONCRETE The VolturnUS is now generating energy off the coast of Maine (left), featuring the first concrete composite, floating platform for a wind turbine. Meanwhile, a new elevator inside the iconic Statue of Liberty features cast-in-place concrete for thin, strong walls.-photo courtesy University of Maine
  27. 27. SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 25 LATITUDEWorld Watch BRING ON THE TOURISTS IN THEIR GREAT BIG JETS — ISRAEL BUILDS A NEW AIRPORT Israel recently began construction of its first new commercial airport since achieving independence in 1948, says the Engineering News-Record. The $450-million airport in the southern Arava Desert will replace an existing one that can’t handle jumbo jets. The airport will continue service for the Red Sea resort area. Completion is expected in 2016. TAKING A BITE OUT OF CONSTRUCTION CONGESTION Lowering travel times near and through construction zones is becoming easier around Boston and some other Ameri- can cities, thanks to a new traffic moni- toring system. Using Bluetooth signals from mobile devices in vehicles, the Blue- TOAD traffic monitoring system fills in gaps from other collectors of traffic data, Engineering News-Record reports. The new data can then be used to, for example, help crews know when to open or close lanes in construction areas at optimal times for relieving congestion. Designed by TrafficCast of Madison, Wis., the system is reported to be up to 10 times less expensive than others, and it also preserves drivers’ anonymity. NORWAY MAKES SHIPPING AND TUNNELING HISTORY Long renowned as tunnel experts, Norwegian engineers are at the cutting edge again as the country builds what is predicted to be the world’s first tunnel for ships. The Norwegian government has approved the Stad Ship Tunnel, although construction is not expected to start until 2018, Civil Engineering reports. The aim is to create a passage big enough to allow the passage of cargo ships and commuter vessels, avoiding treacherous waters around the Stadlandet peninsula north of Bergen. The design calls for a 50-metre-high, 36-metre-wide structure. Excavation would remove more than three million square metres of rock, which will be used to create two small islands. Planners are still addressing how ships would proceed and how collisions and fires would be handled. SHOULD TRUCKS GO SLOWER? Do different speed limits for cars and trucks create safer roads? The Michigan Department of Transportation hopes to find the answer, Civil Engineering reports. The state has hired civil engineers at Wayne State University and other experts to look at the state’s speed differential. Speed limits there on rural freeways are 70 m.p.h. for passenger vehicles and 60 m.p.h. for trucks and buses. Michigan is one of only eight states that post different rates for trucks and passenger cars. Researchers plan to review earlier speed limit studies and conduct field studies using radar guns on highways. The practice of posting differential speeds, once popular, declined after earlier research showed that variable speeds could actually increase the possibility of crashes.
  28. 28. 26 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 LATITUDE Movers&Shakers COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY GILLIAN BENNETT The PEG RESEARCHER SHARES KINSHIP WITH SOCRATES Socrates purportedly said, “I know one thing: that I know nothing.” For an eager audience of convocating engineering students, Jacob Masliyah, OC, P.Eng., FCAE, had similar words. The profes- sor emeritus at the University of Alberta cautioned students to never believe they know everything about their profession and to never stop learning. Sage advice indeed from an indi- vidual whose career has epitomized the pursuit of knowledge. Dr. Masliyah re- ceived an honorary doctorate of science at the U of A convocation ceremony, in recognition of his tremendous body of research on bitumen and oilsands extraction. In a university news story he cred- its an early work ethic for his success. Mature beyond his years, as a child he created detailed study plans to master his schoolwork. He later applied this determi- nation to his engineering studies. Dr. Masliyah served as the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Oil Sands, overseeing research at the Syncrude Canada Research Centre and the U of A. When he needed to understand how sand could separate from bitumen, he set aside an entire year to find out. His extra effort led to his being named a world authority on bitumen recovery, with his research at the forefront of the univer- sity’s growing international reputation. Dr. Masliyah is a past winner of the Rutherford Award for Excellence, for his research and teaching in fluid mechan- ics, heat transfer and bitumen extrac- tion. His desire to improve extraction methods and maximize oil recovery for industry is equal to his desire to pro- vide environmentally friendly methods of extraction. His work has resulted in more efficient methods of bitumen processing, with a reduction in the use of water and energy. A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW It is responsible for the long lives of the Hoover Dam, the Panama Canal and the dome of the Pantheon. Despite its age, concrete has not yet gone out of style. You don’t have to convince the Ameri- can Concrete Institute, which recently hosted its annual Awards of Excellence. Several APEGA permit holders were in the mix of award recipients. • Advanced Concrete Construction (Gregg Logistics new facility) — Stantec Consulting Ltd. • Civil (the City of Calgary airport trail tunnel) — CH2M HILL Canada Ltd. • Sustainable (Belgravia Green Net Zero Energy Home) — Solnorth Engineering Ltd. • Restoration (Agrium fertilizer plant – prill tower structural restoration) — Agrium Inc. and Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. • Bridges (52nd Street S.E. – grade separation and road widening) — AECOM Canada Ltd. and Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd. • Buildings (City of Calgary – Emergency Operations Centre) — Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. The American Concrete Institute was created in 1904 as a nonprofit technical and educational society. With 20,000 members in over 120 countries, it initiates forums for concrete technology and supports problem resolution. SUCCESS FOUND IN FOUR DIFFERENT FORMULAS A builder, an energy director, an engineer/designer and an LRT expander. What do they all have in common? They were selected for Alberta Venture lists on influential and inspirational Albertans. Implementing a whole new system of building is a huge undertaking. In the housing industry, the cost of labour and the impracticality of mass marketing have undermined efforts to improve production. For one man that reasoning was not good enough. Reza Nasseri, P.Eng., created a business centred on improving quality of life and revitalizing communities, earning him a place as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people. -courtesy Landmark Group
  29. 29. SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 27 Mr. Nasseri grew up in Esfahan, Iran, where he showed interest in building and design from a young age. He immigrated to Canada in 1964, arriving in Edmonton on a cold December day. Mr. Nasseri studied electrical engineering at the University of Alberta but never outgrew the building bug. After securing work as a research engineer and instructor at NAIT, he continued to work every summer in the construction industry. Eventually he created Nasseri Construction, which went on to become Landmark Homes. Since then the business has grown to become one of Alberta’s largest home builders, with operations in Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer. Adamant about finding a better way to build — one that involved reducing waste in existing processes — Mr. Nasseri was introduced to precision indoor building. The idea changed his business forever. Landmark initiated a small-scale experimental prefabrication shop in 2003 and opened its first state- of-the-art manufacturing facility in 2011. The Landmark Precision Building System eliminated weeks of time from the building cycle and reduced transportation and site work, while generating 58 per cent less waste than traditional methods. These efficiencies have allowed the company to focus on emission-reducing technology for homes, reducing the carbon footprint by three to five tonnes per year. Mr. Nasseri has worked to provide efficient, affordable, qual- ity homes to families, with the hope that it will improve quality of life and strengthen communities. The com- pany’s community support program Landmark Cares has contributed over $10.6 million to organizations that promote education, healthcare, the arts, and programs for First Nations and immigrants. Mr. Nasseri is a past recipient of the Alberta Order for Excellence, the Exceptional Service Award, and the Peter Lougheed Award of Achievement for advancement of health services. Also named one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people is a man not afraid of diving into the deep end. As Encana struggled with operational challenges due to low gas prices, Clayton Woitas, P.Eng., a board member since 2008, waded in to become interim CEO. Mr. Woitas received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the U of A. He became director and CEO of Renaissance Energy Ltd. and later founded Profico Energy Management Ltd., where he operated as chairman, presi- dent and CEO. He is now chairman and CEO of Range Royalty Management Ltd., a private company focused on acquiring royalty interests in Western Canadian oil and natural gas production. During his time as Encana’s interim CEO, Mr. Woitas was highly commended for his direction of Encana while the company was in flux. Mr. Woitas also headed up the search for a new CEO. Mr. Woitas is now chairman of the board at Encana, where he continues to support and influence the company and its commitment to cutting costs and maintaining capital discipline. He is also INFLUENTIAL MEMBERS Reza Nasseri, P.Eng., and Clayton Woitas, P.Eng., (right), were featured in Alberta Venture as two of Alberta’s 50 most influential people. -courtesy Encana Corporation
  30. 30. 28 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 LATITUDE Movers & Shakers STAR POWER Also highlighted in Alberta Venture as two of Alberta’s Rising Stars were Kara Chomistek, E.I.T. and Erum Afsar, P.Eng., (left). -photo by Aaron Pederson -photobyChuckSzmurlo a director of NuVista Energy Ltd., Gibson Energy Inc. and several private energy companies and advisory boards. She may be mechanically minded, but after work hours Kara Chomistek, E.I.T., transforms into a daring fash- ionista, engineering magical art events launched through PARK, a group she cre- ated and currently heads. Her success at providing emerging artists with a venue to exhibit and sell art has led to her being named one of Venture’s Next 10 Alberta Rising Stars. Ms. Chomistek graduated from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, with a biomedical specialization. She spent her early career with Smith and Nephew Inc., developing orthopedic equipment for joint surgery. Now designing mechanical systems for data centres, she has devoted her free time to assist over 300 students, emerging artists and small business owners. Through her non-profit organization PARK, she creates events for artists to showcase their work. Erum Afsar, P.Eng., knows how to get where she’s going. And if she can’t find a way to get there, she creates it. As a general supervisor in transportation planning for the City of Edmonton, she has worked on concept planning for the downtown and northwest LRT routes. With a civil engineering degree from Queen’s University, Ms. Afsar has worked in the private and public sectors in Regina, Calgary and Edmonton. A knowledgeable voice on LRT expansion, Dr. N. (Raj) Rajaratnam P.Eng. as a senior engineering specialist and technical advisor. Raj is an award-winning researcher, professor and engineer. He has over 55 years of experience in hydraulic engineering and fluid mechanics and has been a highly-respected faculty member at the University of Alberta within the Water Resources Engineering Department for the last 50 years. He brings with him extensive knowledge in the fields of hydraulic structures, energy dissipation and turbulent jets. He has published over 200 journal papers and has received numerous awards for his research. Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd. is pleased to welcome Raj joining NHC’s Edmonton team provides a meaningful addition to all areas of NHC’s business and a significant enhancement to the hydraulic structures design and physical modelling departments. As NHC Edmonton’s Branch Manager, Gary Van Der Vinne says, “We are very excited to have Raj join our team; his insight into hydraulic issues will help us to provide even better solutions for our clients.”
  31. 31. SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 29 Movers & Shakers LATITUDE she has addressed controversial rail plans before concerned citizens, and encouraged ethnic minority groups to get involved. Passionate about building sustainable communities, she has completed long-range transportation master plans, community traffic calming studies, transit studies and traffic impact analyses. Ms. Afsar volunteers with NextGen, a group of young Edmontonians that connects people, places, community and ideas. BACK TO HIS ROOTS Past APEGA CEO H. Neil Windsor, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), FCAE, P.E. (Hon.), (far right) accepts an award of merit from his home association of PEGNL. Present at the ceremony was his wife, Anne Windsor, (second from right) and Engineers Canada President Jim Beckett, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)., and his wife, Anita Beckett. -photo by Paul Daley
  32. 32. 30 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 LATITUDE Movers & Shakers She was previously highlighted in Avenue magazine’s Top 40 Under 40. EAST COAST ACCOLADE Former APEGA CEO H. Neil Windsor, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), FCAE, P.E. (Hon.), has received the Award of Merit for 2013 from Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland- Labrador. The award is the highest presented by PEGNL and recognizes exceptional achievement in engineering or geoscience. Originally from St. John’s, Mr. Windsor served his province as a finance minister and a finance critic before coming to Alberta. Mr. Windsor is best known for his work on labour mobility while serving as CEO of APEGA. He strove to develop ties between legislators and industry in order to foster economic development in the region. He now lives back in his home province, in Lewisporte. Written up numerous times in this space because of a long list of accolades, Mr. Windsor retired in January of 2012. WHERE THE CEO KNOWS YOUR NAME It’s hard to keep track of a staff of 600, but one CEO has unlocked the secrets of success in leading an employee-owned Canadian consulting firm. Kerry Rudd, P.Eng., was recently presented the Chairman’s Award from the Association of Consulting Engineer- ing Companies — Canada for his leadership and outstanding contribution to the consulting industry. Graduating in the U.K., Mr. Rudd initially struggled to find work as a junior engineer. After reluctantly accepting a research assignment at a university, he later realized he was gaining valuable experience working independently, with the task of delivering a product in a set time frame and budget. This initial experience equipped him well for a career in consulting, and after moving to Canada, he joined Associated Engineering Ltd. as a project engineer in Vancouver. CHOICE CHAIRMAN Kerry Rudd, P.Eng., has received the Chairman’s Award from ACEC-Canada. The CEO of Associated Engineering has made a point to connect with his staff and provide them with opportunities to give back to the community. -photo courtesy Associated Engineering
  33. 33. SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 31 Continuing Education 403.440.6875 INFO NIGHT, SEPT. 11, 5-8 PM You.Fueling your career Project Management Project Management in Construction Business Analysis Business Process Management CAPPA Lean Management Oil & Gas Office Admin Petroleum Joint Venture Petroleum Land Administration Petroleum Land Business Stack Sampling Supply Chain Management Technical Writing
  34. 34. 32 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 LATITUDE Movers & Shakers Leading projects and groups, Mr. Rudd came to understand the importance of leading by example. In each group he would find the worst job his staff had to undertake — and participate in it. The resulting respect he gained and knowledge he gathered were beneficial to both staff and company. Now based in Edmonton as president and CEO of Associated Engineering, Mr. Rudd has amassed an impressive 29 years with the firm. A key factor in his receipt of the award was the company’s community engagement. Associated Engineering encourages employees to donate their time to industry and community organizations. Canstruction Edmonton, Capital City Clean Up, Canadian Blood Services and the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton are just a few of the charities that have benefited from the company’s support. ONE MAN, TWO CHAIRS It’s a topic of wide debate: how to produce energy more efficiently while considering environmental impacts. The Edmonton Journal recently reported that Amit Kumar, P.Eng., now holds two research chairs — the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering, and the inaugural Cenovus Energy Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering. Dr. Kumar completed his education at the Indian Institute of Technology and went on to receive a master of science degree in energy technology from the Asian Institute of Technology. After coming to Canada, he received a PhD from the U of A and soon after became an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Now an associate professor, he has
  35. 35. SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 33 Continuing Education 403.440.6875 INFO NIGHT, SEPT. 11, 5-8 PM *Ask about company training Project Management Business Analysis Business Process Management Accessible Housing Design Lean Management LEED® in Practice Petroleum Joint Venture Supply Chain Management Technical Writing Taking care of business You. expanded his research into energy and environmental systems engineering. The two research programs enjoy, in total, $4.4 million in funding from Cenovus, and federally and provincially funded research agencies. Dr. Kumar and a team of 20 researchers aim to create computerized engineering models that will examine the economic and environmental impacts of energy production from coal, wind, hydro, biomass, natural gas and oil. It is hoped the research will aid governments in creating science-based legislation and ENERGY IMPACTS Amit Kumar, P.Eng., has a busy desk, thanks to two new research chairs. A team of 20 researchers will help him with his work to explore the environmental impacts of energy production. help industry with investment decisions. Dr. Kumar is the associate editor of the journal Canadian Biosystems Engineer- ing. He has served as Alberta regional director for the Canadian Society of Bioengineering. REWARDS FOR TOP RESEARCH Fuzzy logic meets wastewater treatment in this year’s Killam Annual Professor- ships. Two professors, both from the Department of Civil and Environmental
  36. 36. 34 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 LATITUDE Movers & Shakers LAMBERT I n t e l l e c t u a l • P r o p e r t y • L a w Patent, trademark and copyright advice, filing, prosecution and litigation. Oilfield, mechanical, petrochemical, electrical, nanotechnology, alternative energy, software and computer related inventions. Contact Tony Lambert 780-448-0604 Engineering at the University of Alberta, received professorships for the quality of their research, publications and other scholarly activities. Mohamed Gamal El-Din, P.Eng., has been concentrating his research on water and wastewater treatment. He has an active research program in the area of oilsands tailings treatment. After starting a career at the U of A in 2001, Dr. Gamal El-Din began researching the application of ozone treatment as an advanced oxidation process. He also looked at the application of laser measurement techniques to characterize the flow hydrodynamics in complex multi-phase flow environments. With numerous publications to his name, he has ventured into new areas of research, such as artificial intelligence to describe the behaviour of treatment systems, and the development of nanotechnology and biofilm reactors. For Dr. Gamal El-Din, the professorship means he will be able to continue his oilsands research. Over the next 10 years he aims to create innovative treatment technologies. These, he hopes, will allow for water reuse and the safe discharge of treated water with minimal impact on health and the environment. The world often looks fuzzy to Aminah Robinson, P.Eng. Her work with fuzzy logic deals with reasoning that is approximate rather than fixed, with many variables to consider. The professor of construction engineering and management at the U of A has become an international expert in this field. Dr. Robinson joined the Department of Civil and Environ- mental Engineering in 1997. She became the NSERC Associate Industrial Research Chair in 2007 and developed a formula for collaborative research between the university and industry. Her work has led to the development of applications such as contrac- tor prequalification tools, foreman skills development tools and a workforce absenteeism tracking tool. Dr. Robinson recently became the NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in Strategic Construction Modeling and Delivery. Her core research is in the development of fuzzy logic techniques to incorporate subjective reasoning and linguistic variables within intelligent decision support systems. The research has the poten- tial to change the way the construction industry models opera- tions and decisions. Dr. Robinson also holds the Ledcor Professorship in Con- struction Engineering and is specialty editor for the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. NEW INDUCTEES MAKE IMPACT Forty-seven new fellows were inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering this year. Six distinguished APEGA Members were included in the group, which was honoured for going beyond normal practice to contribute to the profession and greater community.
  37. 37. SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 35 Movers & Shakers Continuing Education 403.440.6875 INFO NIGHT, SEPT. 11, 5-8 PM You. Business Communications Business Law for Contract Mgmt Contract Management Change Management Conflict Resolution Event Management Human Resource Management Leadership Development Management Development Nonprofit Management Petroleum Land Business Strategic Management Leading the way *Ask about company training Tongwen Chen, P.Eng., knows all about control. Control systems, that is. The international authority on computer controlled systems has over 100 journal articles to his name — some ranking in the top one per cent of those most highly cited in the field. A professor at the University of Alberta, he has directed three NSERC strategic projects related to improving control and monitoring of industrial processes. An expert on combustion, the research of Larry Kostiuk, P.Eng., seeks to protect the environment from the 135 billion cubic metres of natural gas flared annually. He is a world- leading researcher of industrial flaring. His work includes predictive models to assess variables such as wind speed and heat value of flare gas. His quantification of emissions has led to the mitigation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions while still allowing for efficient production in the energy industry. Dr. Kostiuk previously received the Environmental Excellence Summit Award from APEGA and is currently department chair of mechanical engineering at the University of Alberta. Another fan of clean energy, former APEGA president Leah Lawrence, P.Eng., FEC, was also inducted for her efforts to advance renewable energy projects in the province. As one of the founders of Climate Change Central and Clean Energy Capitalists Inc., Ms. Lawrence has worked towards the commercialization of new energy technologies such as flare gas capture and commercial-scale solar energy. Maja Veljkovic, P.Eng., was inducted for her leadership in fuel cell and oilsands upgrading technologies. In addition to building a world-class capability and fuel-cell cluster, she has led R&D teams at Syncrude to create a novel spray system that feeds bitumen into fluidized, bed-cracking reactors. The system has been commercialized at Syncrude Canada Ltd. and ExxonMobil worldwide. Ms. Veljkovic is currently president of three national engineering organizations. Her involvement in engineering management has taken her to the highest level in an international setting. Lorraine Whale, P.Eng., is a new fellow for her work in the hydrocarbon energy sector. For almost 10 years Ms. Whale has managed Royal Dutch Shell’s global research program for oilsands development. The program focuses on researching methods of improving cost-effectiveness and reducing environmental footprints. An international speaker, she has served on many not-for-profit boards and volunteers as a mentor. The Canadian Academy of Engi- neering is a national institution that uti- lizes the expertise of engineers to help shape public policy in Canada. Members are nominated and elected by their peers based on their achievements and service to the engineering profession. WHO’S MOVING WHERE • Engineers Canada welcomed Jim Beckett, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), of Edmonton, as its president for the 2013-2014 term. Mr. Beckett is a former president of APEGA and a current board representative on Engineers Canada’s Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. See next page. • Guy Gendron, P.Eng., of Calgary, has accepted the position of vice-pres- ident, engineering services, at Beta Machinery Analysis Ltd. Dr. Gendron was previously dean of the Schulich School of Engineering. Interim dean is Dr. Bill Rosehart, P.Eng. • Steve Hrudey, P.Eng., of Edmonton, has been appointed to the Alberta Energy Regulator. Dr. Hrudey is a professor emeritus at the University of Alberta, a recognized expert on water safety and the environment, and an APEGA Councillor.
  38. 38. 36 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 LATITUDE This and That BECKONED TO THE TOP Engineers Canada welcomed Alberta’s Jim Beckett, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), as its new President, during the organization’s annual general meeting in Yellowknife in June. A national organization, Engineers Canada represents the dozen associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada and license more than 250,000 engineering professionals. This includes APEGA and 11 other provincial and territorial associations. Mr. Beckett, born and educated in Edmonton, will lead Engineers Canada for the 2013-2014 term. Moving up from the President-Elect position, his responsibilities include helping build a stronger engineering profession, and helping increase public awareness about Professional Engineers and their contributions to society. Mr. Beckett, an APEGA life member, was APEGA President in 2009-2010 and has represented the association on the Engineers Canada Board since 2010. He’s served on several Engineers Canada committees and is currently a representative on its Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. Mr. Beckett has a bachelor of science degree, with distinction, in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta. He’s a past member of the university’s board of governors, its senate and its engineering advisory board, and his past positions on the U of A Alumni Association include president, vice-president and faculty adviser. He worked 37 years with ATCO Utilities Group, rising to the position of executive vice-president, regulatory. He is currently the principal at Beckett Consulting. We’ll have more on Mr. Beckett in the December PEG. As the magazine cover suggests, we dedicated a lot of our September space to coverage of the June floods in southern Alberta. A few items some readers will be expecting in this issue, in fact, did not make it at all. If you’re one of the writers whose material we left out, we’ll be in touch soon. MINI-DOC COMES OUT OF FLOOD STORY ASSIGNMENTS And speaking of the floods, we put two staff members on the ground in southern Alberta, midway through July. Corinne Lutter and Amro Maghrabi of the APEGA Communications Group set off with cameras and notepads in hand to talk to Members and gather information. Our print coverage of the flooding, the damage done and the road ahead starts on page 54, with stories by Ms. Lutter, along with photos she and others shot of damage, the beginnings of recovery and the people who lent a hand. APEGA’s involvement included the secondment of Malcolm Bruce, MSM, Director, Corporate Services, to the province, to help kick-start its Southern Alberta Flood Recovery Task Force. Mr. Maghrabi, meanwhile, has created a mini-documentary video, called Engineers and the Southern Alberta Floods of 2013. The doc reports on how some of APEGA’s Professional Engineers responded to the emergency, and includes footage of the actual flooding, and flood-ravaged areas and neighbourhoods in Calgary and High River, along with interviews with Professional Engineers directly involved in the flood emergency response and mitigation efforts. With the help of the Professional Engineers interviewed in the video, our Communications crew was able to capture footage of some of the damaged infrastructure in Calgary, such as McLeod Trail and the South LRT Line, as well as the hard-hit Sunrise neighbourhood in High River. The crew also shot footage of Calgary’s Bearspaw Water Treatment Plant, which remarkably was able to maintain clean drinking water for Calgarians throughout the intense flooding. On the day that Mr. Maghrabi and Ms. Lutter arrived in High River, the residents of Sunrise were just getting back into their homes for the first time since the flooding occurred. The APEGA crew had a rare chance to see the extent of the damage before major cleanup and restoration was underway. “Although it was very difficult to see the damage firsthand, it was great to see Albertans uniting,” said Mr. Maghrabi. “The positive vibes from a volunteer JIM BECKETT, P.ENG. . . . . .Engineers Canada President
  39. 39. SEPTEMBER 2013 PEG | 37 LATITUDEThis and That DISCOVERE FRIENDS APEGA’s sponsorship of DiscoverE — University of Alberta summer camps on science and engineering for young people — received recognition recently at the U of A. In this photo, APEGA lines up with fellow supporters from the Canadian Society for Senior Engineers. From left, U of A Dean of Engineering Dr. David Lynch, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.); Phillip Mulder, APR, FEC (Hon.) FGC (Hon.), APEGA Director, Communications; Dr. Fred Otto, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.), and Andy Jones, P.Eng., both representing the CSSE; and Mohamed El Daly, outreach coordinator for DiscoverE. crew from Stewart Weir — that side of the story is really inspiring.” The video is available on APEGA’s YouTube Channel, under Engineers and the Southern Alberta Floods of 2013. APEGA’s YouTube Channel is APEGAabca, or you can reach it through our homepage of “Viewers are encouraged to share the video on their social media chan- nels,” Mr. Maghrabi said — a true-to-form statement, given that he’s the public relations coordinator assigned to social media. THE GEO SHORTAGE We had a difficult time connecting with geoscience Members, particularly on the ground in their volunteer and professional roles. But just as flood recovery continues, so too does our coverage. After this edition, we won’t be dedicating as much space to the subject all at once. But we’d love to hear your stories — whether or not you’re a Professional Geoscientist — and we’ll do our best to give them some mention. Send contact coordinates, personal tales or other information to George Lee, editor of the The PEG, at
  40. 40. 38 | PEG SEPTEMBER 2013 CAREERS Want to be more effective leading, coaching and communicating with a diverse workforce? Join ERIEC’s Career Mentorship Program to participate in no-cost, government-funded professional development. Through a mentoring relationship, you can coach an immigrant professional in engineering and help them successfully achieve employment in the Edmonton region (mentors do not find jobs for their mentees). In 24 hours over 16 weeks using an easy-to-follow-guide, you will: • Improve your cross-cultural leadership and management skills; • Develop intercultural skills; and • Have ‘no strings attached’ opportunities to assess potential recruits for your organization Go to and check out the list of profiles of mentees waiting for a professional mentor today. Apply now! Big company, small company — each has its own pros and cons. It comes down to a matter of personal choice and what values and goals you take to the job. But perhaps you don’t know enough about each kind of company to make that decision. The following list of small compa- nies’ usual workplace qualities should help. THE GOOD ABOUT SMALL • You get better experience at multiple projects and at being all things to many people at once — that’s a very good foundation for any career. • Small companies tend towards true empowerment. They do not have the resources to keep employees glued to their job descriptions. • Each employee’s actions can make a more visible difference to the company’s successes or failures. Those who shine really shine. Successful employees stick out. • You tend to get a true feeling of entrepreneurship, which is another outstanding foundation for any career. • You may get an opportunity to share in profits or even ownership. WHAT ABOUT BAD? • Small companies are frequently resource constrained, so they may not have the latest equipment, technology, training funds, etc. • They are less able to weather market bumps, so job security is usually poor. Small companies go belly- up more frequently than larger companies. • Salaries and benefits are generally lower than at more established and larger companies. BIG PICTURE For larger companies — reverse the pros and cons above. However, plenty of larger companies these days are doing their best to bring the small-business ethic of opportunity and recognition into the workplace. That means that if you are hired by a well-managed and progressive large company — a truism for many large APEGA permit holders — most of the pros for a small company may apply. Big Company, Small Company? Which One is Best for You? OVERRIDING CONSIDERATION In any job, if you happen to get a boss, a supervisor or a manager who is excellent, try to stay put for as long as you can, regardless of whether the company is big or small. Learn how that person operates and why you like working for him or her, and then use those lessons to build your own career. With that kind of attitude, you’ll soon be on to bigger and better things, no matter what size of company you’re working for. Do the letters CEO sound attractive?