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Infrastructure Trade to Triple Globally from 2013 to 2030

Posted on October 17, 2013
Worldwide infrastructure trade is set to triple between 2013 and 2030, according to HSBC Bank Canada’s latest trade forecast. The report predicts an average growth of nine per cent annually, and a jump from 45 per cent to 54 per cent of the overall merchandise trade. The projected increase is attributed to countries worldwide looking to improve their manufacturing capacity and civil infrastructure, leading to an increased demand for overseas goods and equipment. Rapidly developing countries will increasingly become top importers of goods for infrastructure [...]

IBM Extends Grant Program for Cities and Regions

Posted on October 9, 2013
IBM announced it is extending the Smarter Cities Challenge competitive grants program, which funds the deployment of IBM's top talent to perform pro bono problem solving in municipalities worldwide. IBM is now encouraging regional governing bodies—not only cities—to also apply for grants that will fund consultative engagements with IBM experts in 2014. By extending the program, IBM is building on the success of Smarter Cities Challenge's first three years, beginning in 2011. Since that time, IBM has deployed 600 experts on six-person teams who have [...]

Stantec, AECOM Recognized for Confederation Bridge with Award

Posted on October 3, 2013
The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) has recognized Stantec and AECOM for their work on the Confederation Bridge with an Award of Excellence for a major civil engineering project of the last 100 years. The award was presented at FIDIC’s annual conference in Barcelona, along with other important feats of engineering from the past century. “We are so honoured to have our project recognized on a global scale,” said VP Eric Tromposch, who worked as a design engineer on the project. “This speaks to the talented team that came [...]

New London Skyscraper Melts Car

Posted on September 4, 2013
The owner of a Jaguar automobile is claiming that sunlight reflected off a new London, England skyscraper is responsible for melting a part of his luxury car. A barber shop has also claimed that the heat from the building singed a hole in the store’s doormat. The building has a distinctive, tapering shape, which has earned it the nickname the Walkie Talkie, a shape which may be to blame for the intensity of the glare from its facade. “If a building creates enough of a curve with a series of flat windows, which act like mirrors, the reflections [...]

Autodesk Expands Infrastructure Design, Analysis Portfolio

Posted on August 19, 2013
Autodesk Inc. is expanding its portfolio of technology for Building Information Modeling (BIM) for infrastructure following the completion of the acquisition of certain technology assets from two UK-based software companies. From Bestech Systems Ltd., Autodesk has acquired technology including Sam, a suite of software modules for loading, analysis and design of small and medium span bridges. From Savoy Computing Services Ltd., Autodesk has acquired technology including AutoTrack, a suite of software for vehicle swept path analysis and the design of parking [...]

POLL// Where in the World are You Expanding?

Posted on July 9, 2013
The world is achieving leaps in innovation, and Canadian companies have a major role to play. As populations grow and resources become less available, efficiency becomes a key element of any infrastructure project. Canadian companies are looking overseas for opportunities to export their engineering, financing, and design expertise. In the upcoming September/October 2013 issue of ReNew Canada, we're highlighting the Canada-U.S. partnership as it relates to infrastrcuture development south of the border. What about you? What is the top region in the [...]

Video: Battle at the Crosswalk

Posted on June 7, 2013
In a video that went viral last week, a Russian pedestrian is seen crossing over a car that stopped abruptly on a crosswalk. Without surprise, there’s a verbal confrontation afterward (without audio). YouTuber Alexander Egorychev caught the action and posted it online: According to the Halifax Regional Municipality, “Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians who are lawfully within a crosswalk.” the driver may have been in the wrong, was this the right action to take?   [...]

WHO Road Report Highlights Cyclist, Pedestrian Safety

Posted on June 4, 2013
The World Health Organization (WHO) released its latest Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013 (the first since 2009), and while Canada fared better than many of less privileged countries that were audited, there is still significant room for improvement. While Canada performs relatively well in most areas of the report and mirrors the overall worldwide trend of decreasing road deaths, there are areas of concern for those trying to make the nation’s roads safer. In particular, pedestrian and cyclist safety has come under scrutiny since the report’s [...]

Sustainable-Energy Economy Needed in North America: JPAC

Posted on May 3, 2013
The Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation has issued a series of practical recommendations to the top environment officials of Canada, Mexico, and the United States to do more to move North America toward a truly sustainable energy economy. The recommendations were sent following a public consultation in Calgary last month. (Read full recommendations.) Experts from industry, civil society, and academia who participated in Greening North America’s Energy Economy recognized the continent is rich in fossil [...]

Citizen Urban Planners to Help Shape Growing Cities

Posted on May 1, 2013
Since its inception in 2007, the annual Jane's Walk has created an opportunity for people to engage in city planning. Over the course of one weekend (May 4 to 5, 2013), citizens in urban areas around the world will lead more than 600 walking tours in their own communities. Jane's Walk honours the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs, who championed the interests of local residents at a time when scale models and grand visions of the future removed designers from the experience of the city by foot. Jane's Walk often takes Jacobs' ideas [...]
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