Engineers Canada's PIEVC celebrates 10 year milestone

The Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee marks a decade of working to improve how engineers assess infrastructure climate risk and vulnerability.

OTTAWA, Sept. 10, 2015 /CNW/ - The Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) is celebrating its 10 year anniversary of helping keep Canadian infrastructure safer and more resilient.

Formed in 2005 by Engineers Canada with support from Natural Resources Canada, the Committee developed a protocol to assess infrastructure vulnerabilities in the face of climate change. This protocol helps infrastructure be more resilient to extreme weather. The assessments help justify design, operations and maintenance recommendations and provide documented results that fulfill due diligence requirements for insurance and liability purposes.  

Since 2007, the protocol has been applied more than 45 times in Canada and twice internationally, in Costa Rica and Honduras, to different types of infrastructure including various types of buildings, roads, bridges, water and wastewater treatment, airport infrastructure, northern and coastal infrastructure and electrical transmission and distribution.

"PIEVC is an excellent example of how the engineering profession, supported by climate scientists and other professionals, can work collaboratively to make sure Canada's infrastructure can be reliable and resilient in the face of changing climate," said Kim Allen, FEC, P.Eng., Chief Executive Officer of Engineers Canada.

To mark this milestone, Engineers Canada has launched a new and improved website for the PIEVC, www.pievc.ca. The site features a searchable database of the assessments, information on the protocol and the Committee, training documents and much more.

The Committee is made up of volunteers, Engineers Canada staff, government officials from all three levels of Canadian government and non-government organizations such as the Consortium on Regional Climatology and Adaptation to Climate Change, Canadian Standards Association Group, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12 engineering regulators that license the country's 280,000 members of the profession. Together, we work to advance the profession in the public interest.

 

SOURCE Engineers Canada

For further information: Alana Lavoie, Practice Lead, Public Affairs, 613-232-2474, ext. 276, Alana.lavoie@engineerscanada.ca


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