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Engineers Stretched to the Limit: Report

Posted on March 26, 2015
Which issues cause the biggest headaches for today’s engineers around the world? According to a new global study by business information provider IHS, the pressure to work faster, the threat caused by institutional knowledge drain and challenges posed by environmental regulations are among the chief concerns. More than 2,100 engineers and technical professionals responded to a recent survey, the results of which appear in a report, The Pulse of Engineering: The Changing Work Environment for Engineers Today. The report details the demands that engineers [...]

John Oliver Slams America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

Posted on March 2, 2015
John Oliver spotlighted infrastructure on Sunday’s episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, eviscerating the state of America’s bridges, roads, and dams. He gives a 21-minute-long impassioned speech on the topic. “The scale of this problem is scary,” Oliver said He also enlisted the help of Birdman star Edward Norton and actor Steve Buscemi with a faux-action movie trailer aptly titled Infrastructure. “We should care just as much when under threat from the inevitable passage of time,” Oliver said. “The problem is, no one has made a blockbuster [...]

Ontario Sees 1st Envision-Verified Wastewater Facility

Posted on March 1, 2015
The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced that the Grand Bend Area Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF), located in Ontario on the shoreline of Lake Huron, earned the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system’s Platinum award. This project is the first ISI Envision verification in Canada, and first wastewater facility to be ISI Envision-verified in North America. For the project, the municipalities of Lambton Shores and South Huron commissioned global design firm Stantec to convert one of four existing lagoons into an extended [...]

WSP Global Forms New Regional Structure

Posted on February 26, 2015
The regional structure of the combined business of WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff was announced today. “Our business model and organizational structure fundamentally remains the same as we will continue to be regionally based,” said Pierre Shoiry, the company’s president and CEO. “We will be focused on our local presence, technical excellence and client service. Together we will offer our clients a greater depth of skills and resources while leveraging our regional strengths to generate revenue synergies, such as in the rail sector, where we see [...]

SNC-Lavalin Responds to Federal Charges

Posted on February 26, 2015
SNC-Lavalin issued a press release Monday contesting the federal charges by the public prosecution service of Canada, and will enter a non-guilty plea:   Today, SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) was informed that federal charges have been laid by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada against SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., SNC-Lavalin International Inc., and SNC-Lavalin Construction Inc. Each entity has been charged with one count of fraud under section 380 of the Criminal Code of Canada and one count of corruption under Section 3(1)(b) of the Corruption of Foreign [...]

P3 Report: What the World Can Learn from Canada

Posted on February 18, 2015
Public-private partnerships (P3s) may have originated in the United Kingdom and developed in a number of other countries such as Australia, but no country has come close to Canada in perfecting the model—and it is something from which the rest of the world can learn. That is the message from the latest white paper from Service Works Global (SWG), a P3 operational performance management and integrated payment mechanism software provider, in collaboration with the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP). The white paper identifies the [...]

Amec Foster Wheeler Forms New Infrastructure Force

Posted on November 13, 2014
Amec Foster Wheeler has announced the creation of a new force in global engineering, project delivery, asset support, power equipment and consultancy following the completion of the $8.9-billion (£5-billion) combination of AMEC and Foster Wheeler AG. The new company, Amec Foster Wheeler, has a workforce of more than 40,000 in more than 50 countries, and the firm designs, delivers, and maintains strategic and complex infrastructure assets across a range of markets. It has a strong presence across the onshore and offshore oil and gas value chain, from production [...]

Hydro One Refurbishes Ontario-Michigan Circuit

Posted on October 15, 2014
Hydro One announced the refurbishment of an international transmission circuit linking Ontario and Michigan is complete. The $6.8-million investment refurbished 24 towers on the 5.5-kilometre circuit that runs from Sarnia Scott TS to the Mid River Junction Bunce Creek at the St. Clair River. The work involved replacing five transmission towers and strengthening the steel on 19 towers in accordance with Canadian Safety Authority Standards. “The refurbishment of this critical asset ensures continued reliability of one of the transmission lines that link [...]

SNC-Lavalin Acquires Kentz

Posted on August 28, 2014
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has completed its acquisition of Kentz Corp. Ltd., a global company with 15,500 employees operating in 36 countries. Kentz provides engineering, construction management, and technical support services to clients in the oil and gas sector. The acquisition of Kentz supports SNC-Lavalin’s ongoing transformation into a global Tier-1 engineering and construction (E&C) company. The transaction creates a group with approximately 45,000 employees, annual revenues of about $10 billion, and a backlog of roughly $13 billion as per 2013 [...]

FER-PAL Demos Robotic Watermain Rehabilitation in Illinois

Posted on August 9, 2014
This July, FER-PAL Construction demonstrated the firm’s robotic watermain rehabilitation technologies in Evanston, Illinois to state and local officials as a part of the company’s efforts to highlight their environmentally friendly solution to the state’s aging water infrastructure. FER-PAL Construction, based in Toronto, was established in 1986 to provide municipalities with watermain rehabilitation services using “trenchless technology.” Illinois Governor Pat Quinn first met with FER-PAL CEO Shaun McKaigue in 2011 when they travelled to Chicago [...]
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