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Archive for 'infrastructure'

How Climate will Change Transportation: Part 2

To continue from the other day, our warming climate will drastically change how we design highway infrastructure. Cindy Burbank then took over the presentation. Her presentation highlighted 5 main topics Climate change science, sources and trends The importance of climate change to the state DOTs Strategies to reduce GHG emissions from transportation Climate adaptation for […]

How Climate will Change Transportation: Part 1

Last week I sat in on a webinar jointly hosted by AASHTO/FHWA/FTA on climate change and transportation; Climate Change 101: An Overview of Climate Change for State DOTS – An overview of climate change science, linkages to energy security, greenhouse gases (GHG) reduction strategies for Surface Transportation and risk-based adaptation to climate change. This presentation […]

The Future of Ontario's Health Care

Build them smaller? Build them greener? Build them with the future in mind. I had the opportunity to attend the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy’s (OCEPP) lecture on Engineers and the Future of Ontario’s Healthcsare System. The presentation was delivered by Dr. Kimberly Woodhouse, a chemical engineer, Dean of the Queen’s University Engineering […]

Barriers

Wind. Solar. Geothermal. Hydroelectric. These all are forms of renewable energy that should be part of our future electricity mix. Currently there are incentives in place to help residents invest in personal renewable energy, but what about commercial incentives To date the government has offered no incentives to commercial businesses to invest in individual renewable […]

Becoming a LEED AP

Just before I left for vacation I decided to take a big leap and write my LEED AP exam for New Construction and Major Renovations. I signed up for the exam about 10days before I wrote it and spent all my free time preparing for the exam. Thanks to a very supportive bf, a knowledgeable […]

Construction Procurement and Constructing with Glass

As the summer comes to an end most university and college students are rushing around trying to get everything organized for this year. A select few are trying to get their PhD and Masters Thesis defence done so they don’t have to pay another term of tuition. Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend two […]

We Just Can't Give Up Driving

As much as we try in North America, it is almost impossible to give up driving. Not because we aren’t trying but because we lack the infrastructure to get anywhere without a car. Tips for efficiency Since we’re unable to trade in those cars for other means of transportation here are some tips to minimize […]

From Anarchy to Order

Have you ever been driving home during rush-hour wondering why it is taking so long to get through the traffic light? Through a busy interchange? Only to see it open up and you travel along smoothly for a few minutes or the rest of the way to your destination. Frustrating as it may be it’s […]

If you thought Traffic Congestion in Toronto was bad …

Last night I got home from work and decided to go for a long but leisurely ride. I jumped on my bike and headed west along the waterfront trail towards Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, etc …and ended up weaving my way through Mississauga. I was absolutely shocked by the traffic of the Toronto bedroom community. It […]

Perpetual Pavements

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend a seminar on perpetual pavements. With a panel of experts on pavements they made a convincing case for asphalt roads. What is a perpetual pavement? Defined by the Washington Asphalt Pavement Association, “a perpetual pavement is an asphalt pavement designed and built to last longer than 50 […]