(Originally published in the March 2012 issue of the Nova Scotia Business Journal - National Engineering Month feature)
Engineering is all around us. When you drive across a bridge, fly a plane, use a computer or make a cell phone call, you experience the brilliant work of engineers. The results of their work can also be seen in satellites orbiting the Earth, on offshore oil rigs, and in tall buildings rising from the world’s metropolitan cities.
Canadians can work more efficiently, play more safely and enjoy life more fully thanks to engineers.
National Engineering Month is an annual celebration of Canadian engineering excellence that promotes engineering as a career choice to youth and reminds all Canadians — young and old — of the role engineering plays in their daily lives. This year’s theme is “Design the Future”.
Volunteers in each province and territory will host hundreds of events during the month of March offering youth an opportunity to learn about the many disciplines of engineering, where their skill set is best fitted, and discover what motivates and excites them the most.
Through design competitions, robotics demonstrations and more, students will learn that not only do engineers use math and science, but they also use creativity, imagination, and strong communication and problem-solving skills in their quest to improve the world.
Engineers shape our future with forward-thinking designs, new technologies and breakthrough developments. They prove, each and every day, that anything’s possible.
Projects in the Spotlight:
Brunello Estates Inc.: GENIVAR
Brunello Estates Inc. turned to GENIVAR to help make its innovative Timberlea development project, off the 103 at exit 3, a reality.
At completion, the community will offer 700 single family homes and over 2,400 townhouses, condos and garden multi-residential units situated on 500 acres of rolling, wooded landscape, all within the Halifax city limits, only 15 minutes from downtown.
“Such an ambitious project hasn’t been without its share of challenges,” says project manager Lindsay Reimer.
Since Brunello, once completed, will be a fully serviced residential community providing water, sanitary and storm services to its residents, the design of this infrastructure required a new water booster station to ensure an adequate potable water supply for the current and future phases of development.
In addition to engineering design, Brunello required extensive planning expertise to navigate the regulatory process when it came time to amend the development agreement.
GENIVAR also provided assistance to the developer by creating marketing plans, 3D rendering and videos of Brunello’s future 18-hole golf course, designed by award-winning golf course architect Tom McBroom.
CBC Halifax Consolidation Project: BMR Structural Engineering
CBC Halifax is building for the future with an addition and renovation to its Bell Road television studio building.
BMR Structural Engineering is working with WHW Architects to bring CBC radio and television all under one roof. The focal point of the addition is a modern integrated newsroom which will be the new presence of CBC in Halifax.
A 30-foot-high space will be created with long span HSS steel trusses and round steel columns. The hollow structural shapes were chosen for their architectural and acoustic properties, as well as their load carrying capacity. Studio H will be on the lower level surrounded by concrete and masonry walls with a 13-inch-thick structural concrete slab above. The slab provides a large open span, and along with the walls, enhances the acoustic separation from the surrounding areas.
“Integrating the new spaces into the existing structure and meeting the extensive mechanical, technical, and acoustic requirements has made for an exciting and challenging project,” says Andrea Doncaster, BMR’s structural engineer for the project.
Larry Uteck Interchange: CBCL
CBCL Limited was selected by Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to design a new interchange on Highway 102 between Exits 2 and 3.
The new interchange provides an important connection between Highway 102, the Bedford Highway, and (eventually) Kearney Lake Road via an extension to the existing Larry Uteck Boulevard.
The project has involved upgrading the four-lane highway between the new interchange and the Kearney Lake Interchange (exit 2) to six lanes, new ramps, a 70-metre-long, two-span underpass structure, three multi-lane roundabouts, and several service and utility crossings.
“The latest design and construction technologies were employed for this project,” says CBCL Limited’s project manager and lead design engineer Rick Giffin.
The interchange was designed using 3D computer models that were provided to the contractor. The models were uploaded to construction equipment on-board computers for their GPS guidance systems. The complex shapes of the roadways and roundabouts were carved using this computer control technology, moving approximately 560,000 cubic metres of materials.