Winners in national awards for Canadian engineering companies announced

    TORONTO, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - The winners of the 2007 Canadian Consulting
Engineering Awards were presented at a gala celebration at the Fairmont
Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa last night.
    The annual awards, launched 39 years ago, are the most important national
mark of recognition for projects recently completed by consulting engineering
firms. They are co-sponsored by the Association of Canadian Engineering
Companies (ACEC)/L'Association des firmes d'ingénierie du Canada (AFIC) and
Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine.
    Awards were given for innovative engineering design for four building
projects, two dams, a wastewater treatment plant and a tailings pond. In
addition, three projects that involved the transfer of Canadian technology and
engineering skills won in the international category.
    The 11 winners were selected from 65 entries. The jury was a panel of
eminent engineers from across Canada.


    Acoustic Design of the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat,
    - By Aercoustics Engineering Limited, Toronto, Ont.

    The top technical award in the program is known as the Schreyer Award.
This year it went to the acoustic engineers for the Esplanade Arts and
Heritage Centre in Medicine Hat, Alberta, which opened in 2005.
    The centre's 700-seat main auditorium has one of the highest performance
sound qualities in western Canada thanks to the sophisticated analysis skills
and wise judgement of the acoustic engineers.
    Working on behalf of the building's architects, Diamond Schmitt
Associates with Cohos Evamy, Aercoustics Engineering introduced two important
innovations in acoustical analysis. First, they developed special "signal
conditioning" software to analyze sound in a small-scale physical model of the
auditorium. The software application improves on previous modelling techniques
by creating representations of the sound that the engineers could listen to
rather than simply relying on numbers and graphs.
    Second, Aercoustics developed ways to analyze noise from the auditorium's
displacement air ventilation system. Displacement ventilation systems are
relatively new for performance spaces and are becoming popular. Until this
project, however, there was no recognized method of predicting or measuring
their acoustical performance.
    Aercoustics' analysis with displacement ventilation systems at the
Esplanade Centre was later used directly to influence the noise control design
of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, a building that
is currently known as "the quietest opera house in the world."
    The owner of the Esplanade Centre is the City of Medicine Hat.


    Rehabilitation of the Centre hospitalier Honoré-Mercier, Saint-Hyacinthe,
    - by DESSAU, Longueuil, Que.

    After a large hospital in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec was found to be badly
contaminated, DESSAU completely overhauled its building envelope and
mechanical systems.

    Deep Soil Mixing, Ground Stabilization Foundation, Vancouver Island
    Conference Centre, Nanaimo, B.C.
    - by Golder Associates Ltd. (Golder) and Golder Associates Innovative
    Application (GAIA) Inc., Burnaby, B.C.

    The geotechnical engineers designed an innovative foundation system so
that a building could be safely constructed in unstable soils.

    Gimli Community Health Centre, Gimli, Manitoba
    - by MCW/AGE Consulting Professional Engineers, Winnipeg, Man.

    Taking an environmental approach, MCW/AGE designed a system that uses
well water to cool and partially heat a community hospital.

    Shikwamkwa Replacement Dam, Wawa, Ont.
    - by Hatch Energy, Niagara Falls, Ont.

    The engineers developed new dam monitoring techniques, and then designed
one of the largest embankment dams built in Ontario in decades.

    Seymour Falls Dam Seismic Upgrade, North Vancouver, B.C.
    - by Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd., Hatch Energy, Greater Vancouver Water
    District, Vancouver, B.C.

    A dam in the mountains north of Vancouver has been buttressed and
strengthened to ensure the region has drinking water during an earthquake.

    Conger Marsh Wastewater Treatment Plant, MacTier, Ont.
    - by Totten Sims Hubicki Associates (1997) Limited, Whitby, Ont.

    Great care was taken to protect endangered species before building this
new plant in Ontario's cottage country.

    South Tailings Pond Wetlands, Millennium Mine, Alberta
    - by Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd., Calgary, Alta.

    The engineers designed a wetlands habitat for a tailings pond in northern

    Yellow River Water Resources and Flood Management Optimization, China
    - by Golder Associates Ltd., Calgary, Alta.

    The engineers brought Canadian technologies to help manage one of the
world's longest and most stressed river systems.

    Goodfellow EFSOP(R) Project at Topy Industries Factory, Toyohashi City,
    - by Tenova Goodfellow, Mississauga, Ont.

    Tenova Goodfellow's electric arc furnace technology is helping a
steelmaker in Japan cut emissions.

    Management Strategy to Reduce Hillslope Erosion and Reservoir Siltation
    for Watersheds, Algeria
    - by TECSULT Inc., Montreal, Que.

    Quebec engineers came up with plans to make Algerian water reservoirs
more viable over a vast area of 23,000 square kilometres.


    The Association of Canadian Engineering Companies/ L'Association des
firmes d'ingénierie du Canada (AFIC) in Ottawa is the national association of
consulting firms that provide engineering and other technology-based
intellectual services.

    Canadian Consulting Engineer is a bi-monthly magazine for engineers in
private practice. It is a division of BIG Magazines LP of Toronto.

    Full descriptions of each winning project are published in the magazine's
October-November issue,

    Given by ACEC/AFIC

    The Beaubien Award is given to an individual for exceptional service to
the association and the consulting engineering industry. This year the award
went to J.C. Roger Warren.
    Roger Warren's visionary leadership is well known in the consulting
engineering industry, for many major projects both in Canada and abroad. In
the 1970s, his team was instrumental in drawing attention to the James Bay
region's enormous hydroelectric possibilities. Acclaimed as "the project of
the century" at the time, the James Bay project has long been recognized for
its tremendous contribution to meeting Québec's and Canada's growing energy
    Roger Warren was involved in feasibility studies and his firm RSW Inc.
had the engineering contract for the first power plant built on the La Grande
River, for which they received the Schreyer Award.
    His knowledge and his influence have marked the last 40 years of the
consulting engineering industry in Canada and internationally.

For further information:

For further information: and photos, contact: Claude Paul Boivin,
President, Association of Canadian Engineering Companies/L'Association des
firmes d'ingénierie du Canada (AFIC), Tel. (613) 236-0569, e-mail; Bronwen Parsons, Editor, Canadian Consulting Engineer
magazine, Tel. (416) 510-5119, E-mail

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