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CSCE Edmonton

Edmonton Section

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Schedule of Events

 

Reconstruction of the Mayerthorpe Timber Trestle Bridge 

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Abstract:

The bridge at Mile 74.7 Sangudo Subdivision was an open deck pile trestle that was 1,141 feet long and 49 feet high. The center span was an 89 foot long deck plate girder that spanned the Little Paddle River. On April 26, 2017, the bridge was burned to the ground as a result of arson. This closed the line to rail traffic between Edmonton and Whitecourt and beyond. CN quickly evaluated various options and the decision was made to reconstruct the bridge by filling the ends with granular fill and constructing a 300 foot bridge out of steel and concrete to cross the river. Design of the bridge and construction occurred simultaneously. At the same time, the approach fills on each end were also being placed. Work was carried out on all aspects of the bridge 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until the first train crossed the new structure, 20 days after it was consumed by fire.

 

JIM LOWE, P.Eng.

Jim is the Senior Manager, Bridges and Structures, for the Western Region at Canadian National Railway based in Edmonton, Alberta. He has been with CN for more than thirty-three years, of which twenty-seven have been in the Bridges & Structures department. Jim has held increasing levels of responsibility in design, project management, and managing the department. In addition, he has been involved with numerous bridge and tunnel projects in Western Canada. Jim is a member of APEGA and AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) and holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary.

The Valley Line LRT - A City Shaping Project

The Valley Line LRT – A City Shaping Project

Abstract:

The low-floor, urban-style Valley Line LRT will transform Edmonton when it opens in 2020. Throughout this project, the parties involved have faced a critical dilemma: How to deliver a signature infrastructure project that simultaneously realizes the City’s transportation vision, honors all public commitments, and integrates in a sustainable fashion into the urban environment… without sacrificing either price or quality. Chris Gentile, Georg Josi and Larry Melton—who represent the City, Owner’s Engineer, and ProjectCo—will present the path the Valley Line took through design and engineering, to the procurement of a P3 consortium, and finally into the first months of detailed design and construction by the successful proponent, TransEd. Key topics that will be addressed include: how the Valley Line incorporated Edmonton’s Transportation Master Plan priorities; how the line distinguishes itself from the current LRT network; how the Owner’s Engineer connectEd Transit Partnership (CTP) enshrined Sustainable Urban Integration – or short SUI – and design excellence; how the P3 consortium was procured; and how TransEd is structured and the opportunities the largest infrastructure project in the history of Edmonton offers to the local workforce and contracting community.

 

CHRIS GENTILE

Chris is the City of Edmonton’s Technical Manager for Edmonton’s Valley Line Stage 1; a 13 km urban-style, low-floor LRT system which will run from downtown to southeast Edmonton. The Valley Line is the City’s largest infrastructure project to date, and its first project to be delivered as a Public-Private-Partnership (P3).   Chris is a graduate of Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba.   Chris began his engineering career in the private sector, and was involved in municipal infrastructure and buildings projects, most notably EPCOR Tower, prior to joining the City of Edmonton.  In addition to his work responsibilities, Chris is a youth soccer coach and previously a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) Investigative Committee.

 

GEORG JOSI, Ph.D., P.Eng., Principal

Georg brings over 20 years of international design experience, specializing in building, tunnel, bridge and rail infrastructure projects. He has completed two postgraduate degrees in Alberta and lived for more than 10 years in Canada; he is very familiar with the local environment, customs, design philosophies and codes. As a team player, Georg enjoys working with owners, architects, other engineers, and contractors, and always strives to provide cost-efficient, practical solutions to engineering problems.

Building Great Neighbourhoods Program

Presented By: Jeff Ward, P.Eng. City of Edmonton

 

 

Abstract

The first program of its kind in Canada, Building Great Neighbourhoods is a cost-effective, long-term, strategic approach to address infrastructure needs in Edmonton neighbourhoods. The Building Great Neighbourhoods program is a unique approach to life cycle management of infrastructure assets and capital renewal planning. The program considers all neighborhood elements through development and delivery of the program. Program elements include transportation neighbourhood renewal, drainage neighbourhood renewal, and community investments in coordination with a holistic approach to community consultation. Since its inception, the program has seen continued growth and success through a diverse array of capital projects ranging from maintenance, to full reconstruction. As Edmonton continues to transform, the Building Great Neighbourhoods program continues to look for opportunities to enhance the program, and continue to provide valuable projects to the citizens of the City. This presentation will discuss various project types delivered within the program, funding, long term vision, and project development and delivery.

Speaker Bio

Jeff Ward is the Director of Delivery with the City of Edmonton's Building Great Neighbourhoods Branch. Jeff has been the lead to a team of engineer technologists, design engineers, and construction engineers that are responsible for the development and delivery of projects with a capital program of approximately $150 million each year within the City’s Neighbourhood Renewal program. Jeff graduated with a Civil Engineering Technology diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and then went on to the University of Alberta, graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering. Prior to joining the City of Edmonton, Jeff worked in the construction and consulting, primarily in the transportation field. Since joining the City in 2006 as a Construction Project Manager in the Roads Design and Construction group, he has also been involved in LRT Design and Construction as a Senior Engineer and has been Director of Neighborhoods since 2014.

 A presentation abstract is available to download by clicking here

Location: University of Alberta Faculty Club (11435 Saskatchewan Drive)
Time: Registration – 5:30, Dinner – 6:30, Presentation – 7:30

 

Fire and Water

Alberta Environment and Parks Response To the Fort McMurray Fire

 

By: 

Jeffrey Charrois, Ph.D.

Martin Bundred

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 Abstract

In May 2016 the Horse River Wildfire in Fort McMurray marked the third major natural disaster in Alberta in the last five years. The fire destroyed 2,400 structures, nearly 10 per cent of the city, as it engulfed the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and forced 90,000 residents to flee. Throughout the response, re-entry, and recovery phases of the event Alberta Environment and Parks worked closely with Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services, as well as other Ministries and agencies to ensure safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater services were brought back on-line.

Key topics that will be addressed include: a chronology of key events; assessing critical infrastructure obstacles, particularly from the drinking water and wastewater perspectives; and decision making in the face of uncertainty and changing conditions. 

 

Speaker Bio

Jeffrey Charrois is Manager of the Drinking Water and Wastewater Section, with Alberta Environment and Parks. Additionally, he is an Associate Adjunct Professor, and former Director, of the Curtin Water Quality Centre at Curtin University (Australia). Jeff has 17 years of internationally related experience in the areas of: drinking-, waste-, and recycled-water quality, disinfection by-products, analytical method development, and environmental risk management. Dr. Charrois completed his PhD at the University of Alberta in Public Health Sciences, after which he was awarded an NSERC Industrial Post Doctoral Fellowship, which he undertook at the Alberta Research Council. Jeff has worked in academic, government, and industry sectors; including 4 years international experience in Australia. 

Martin Bundred has been with Alberta Environment and Parks for over two decades in various roles ranging from industrial inspections, wastewater and air monitoring and compliance training. For the last 10 years Martin has been a member of the ASERT Team (and on-call!), currently leading the Environmental Emergency Response section. Martin has represented the team in National and International conferences, training sessions and delegations, and has been the lead or behind the scenes on numerous environmental emergencies in Alberta, including The CN derailment into Wabamun Lake, 2013 Floods, Slave Lake and Fort McMurray Fires. 

MARCH DINNER MEETING

From left to right: Court Beamish (Vice Chair), Faizal Kanji (presenter), Mark Scanlon (Chair), Wade Zwicker (CSCE VP - Administration Coordinating Committee), D. Philip Alex (CSCE VP - Western Region), Jim Gilliland (CSCE President), and Vahid Ayan (Hist

Stopping by the Section's Dinner Meeting on March 16th were CSCE President Jim Gilliland, Vice President (Administration Coordinating Committee) Wade Zwicker, and Vice President (Western Region) D. Philip Alex (Alex). Many thanks to Faizal Kanji P.Eng. from the City of Edmonton for his presentation on Recycled Materials in Transportation Infrastructure! Many thanks as well to all of the graduate students who participated in the Poster Contest which was also held at the Dinner Meeting, and to the winners of the Larry Gerard Paper Contest. What a busy night!

 

Progression of Erosion and Sediment Control Practices in Alberta

Manas Shome, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Matrix Solutions Inc.

 

Abstract: Soil erosion due to agricultural and construction activities is an environmental challenge that needs to be appropriately identified and mitigated. Erosion and sedimentation issues have a serious negative effect on the environment if not properly mitigated and may result in legal consequences and financial loss if regulatory requirements are not met. The focus of this presentation is the design and implementation of erosion and sediment control measures in support of construction activities. This presentation will touch on common causes of erosion and sediment mobilization, and the historical progression of regulatory and certification requirements as stipulated by federal, provincial and local municipalities. This presentation will provide the historical context of soil erosion on agricultural lands and its impact on the progression of predictive tools and mitigation measures. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of various erosion control measures and their effectiveness in protecting the environment.

 

Speaker Bio: Dr. Manas Shome is a Principal Water Resources Engineer at Matrix Solutions Inc. He is a Professional Engineer with more than 25 years of experience in research, teaching and engineering consulting. His experience involves a broad range of hydrologic and hydraulic engineering studies in the private and public sectors in Canada and abroad. His project work focuses on sustainable water resources management, river engineering, computational modeling of rivers and drainage systems, design of hydraulic structures and environmental impact assessment studies. An expert in the field of hydrology and hydraulic engineering, he frequently serves as an expert witness at regulatory hearings.

Based in Edmonton, Manas provides leadership and technical expertise to colleagues and clients across Canada. Manas has been actively involved in the development and implementation of erosion and sediment control plans throughout Alberta and contributed to the development of the City of Edmonton Erosion and Sediment Control Guidelines for Construction Sites in 2003. Outside of regular consulting engineering services, Manas enjoys 1) conducting research works and publishing in journals and conferences; 2) teaching the Applied Hydrology course at the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta; 3) mentoring young professionals; 4) volunteering at various organizations including CSCE at local and national levels; and 5) watching soccer and hockey games.

 

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CSCE Edmonton Section

 Annual General Meeting & Elections

On April 20, 2017, The Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, Edmonton Section will hold its annual General Meeting which will include the voting for the new Executive Positions for the 2017 – 2018 season. The business of the meeting will be a short presentation and vote prior to the presentation.
The nomination committee proposes the following candidates for the elected positions:


Chair – Court Beamish
Vice-Chair – Accepting Nominations
Treasurer - Ernst Kerkhoven
Secretary – Elizabeth Chomistek
Membership Services Chair – Hazel Battad
Publicity Chair – Leanne Stinn
Web Master - Sadegh Kazemi
Young Professionals Chair – Bryce Fulton
History Chair – Vahid Ayan
Voting Member-at-Large – Bernard Trevor
Voting Member-at-Large – Chris Schmelzle
Voting Member-at-Large – Brittany Sutherland
Voting Member-at-Large – Meimanat Soleimanifar
Voting Member-at-LArge – Matthias Andermatt


Additional Nominations can be made according to the bylaws of the section as follows:
1. Additional nominations will be accepted by the Chair (Please include ‘CSCE Executive Nomination’ in the subject line and send to Mark.Scanlon@ArrowOnline.ca) up to fortyeight hours prior to the Section Annual General Meeting.
2. Additional nominations must be signed by no fewer than five members of the Section.
3. Nominees must be members of the Society, and must acknowledge in writing at the time of nomination that they are prepared to fulfil the duties of an Executive member.
4. If there is more than one nomination for any position, there will be an election for the contested positions.
5. If there is only one nominated candidate, they are elected by acclamation.

 

 

 

Lac-Mégantic’s Human and Environmental Disaster

 

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The Lac-Mégantic train derailment and fire on July 6, 2013 was a human catastrophe and an environmental disaster.  A runaway train containing 74 rail cars of light crude oil derailed and caught fire.  The explosions and fire killed 47 residents and destroyed over 30 buildings.  This was the deadliest rail accident in Canada since 1864.  Approximately 6.3 million litres of oil was released into the environment, creating air, water and soil contamination. 

This presentation will describe what happened and outline the efforts made to remediate the impacts to this community and the environment.

Presenter:

Senator Rosa Galvez is an expert in environmental impact and risk evaluation, contaminated site restoration and groundwater contaminant transport.  She was appointed to the Canadian Senate in December 2016. She is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Water Engineering at Laval University, Quebec.

NOTE: Complimentary Sponsor Tickets are NOT able to be used for this event.

Flooding on the North Saskatchewan River, Past, Present and Future

Presented by Marcel Chichak, P.Eng. from AMEC Foster Wheeler

Student Night.

Date: September 17, 2015 
When: 5:30 pm - 8:30pm
Where: University of Alberta Faculty Club (11435 Saskatchewan Drive)

Presentation Abstract and Speaker Bio

Groat Road Bridge Rehabilitation: A Value Engineering Success Story

Abstract

Value Engineering/Analysis is “a systematic process used by a multidisciplinary team to improve the value of a project through the analysis of its functions”, as defined by SAVE International. This presentation discusses the concept of value engineering, looks into its applications, and highlights the benefits of the methodology. Furthermore, the presentation demonstrates how value engineering was applied to the Groat Road Bridge Rehabilitation Project undertaken by the City of Edmonton. This presentation was developed in partnership with Value Analysis Canada Western Group.

 Registration can be completed here.

Speaker Bio

Hussien Al-Battaineh is an expert in infrastructure management, value engineering, risk analysis, and project management for civil engineering applications. He has been recognized for his work in these areas through a number of awards and scholarships, including the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering’s Award for Governmental Leadership in Sustainable Infrastructure (2012) and the Consulting Engineers of Alberta Award of Excellence and Award of Merit (2013) for the Risk-based Infrastructure Management System (RIMS); the Joseph D. Thompson/Zurich Canada Graduate Award, (2005); the Award of Excellency, Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Toronto (2005); the Province of Alberta Graduate Fellowship (2004); the NASTT North West Chapter, Graduate Student Scholarship (2004).

Dr. Al-Battaineh is the founder of EHan Engineering Ltd., a consulting company that specializes in infrastructure analysis, value engineering/analysis, and project management. He has completed risk and value analysis for major civil projects including drainage, light rail transit, highways, airports, tunnels, wastewater treatment plants, water treatment plants, buildings and bridges initiatives throughout Western Canada.

He currently holds positions with EHan Engineering Ltd. as President, Western Michigan University as an Adjunct Professor of Civil and Construction Engineering at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and is the Value Analysis Canada Director of the Western Canada Region.

Structural Design of the Stanley A. Milner Library Renewal

Abstract

The Stanley A. Milner Library at the Southwestern side of Churchill Square in Edmonton, Alberta, will be undergoing a dramatic revitalization starting in 2017. The renovation, currently at the end of design phase, will feature three public library floors, an open atrium space connected with a reading ramp, and a dramatic new façade. The existing concrete joist floor system will also be opened up in multiple locations in order to provide a more interconnected library space.

Derek Ratzlaff, P.Eng., and Davin Lewis, P.Eng., of Fast + Epp Structural Engineers, will present on the structural aspects of various schemes that were considered during design by the team, which includes Teeple Architects and Architecture | Tkalcic Bengert. There will also be a discussion of key structural systems involved with this revitalization project, including existing footing assessments and upgrades, lateral design, existing concrete framing modifications, and the many intricacies of the new steel façade analysis and design.

 Registration can be completed here.

 Speaker Bios

Derek Ratzlaff graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of British Columbia in 2004, joining Fast + Epp later that year. With a background in the construction industry, Derek contributes a strong emphasis on expressive structures that remain practical to construct.  This combination of design and construction knowledge has been a key factor in the success of his projects, particularly those that involve the unique structural use of timber on a large scale. His in-depth knowledge and experience has also enabled Derek to effectively contribute to a number of complex award-winning projects that include Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey, BC, and Kin Centre Complex in Prince George, BC. He was appointed Senior Associate in 2016, and is the structural engineer of record for the Milner Library Revitalization.

 Davin Lewis is a 2012 graduate from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science in Civil Engineering. He joined Fast + Epp with experience in project management, building information modeling (BIM) systems, and structural design and analysis in steel, timber and concrete. Prior to joining Fast + Epp, Davin worked for Econ Group Construction and Development Ltd., and also worked as an Engineering Design Technologist at Westbrook Consulting Ltd. from 2009 to 2010. By consistently pursing design solutions that integrate multiple disciplines, Davin has contributed to the success of a wide range of projects, including Guildford Aquatic Centre, TD Bank Prototype Building, Evergreen Line Skytrain Extension, Richmond Fire Hall No. 01 and the Pacific National Exhibition Playhouse. He is currently the structural project manager for the Milner Library Revitalization in Edmonton, AB.

 

St. Albert Pump Station

Presented by Barry Raymond, M.Eng, P.Eng., & Stephen McCauley, P.Eng. from ISL Engineering and Land Services

Date: October 15, 2015 
When: 5:30 pm - 8:30pm
Where: University of Alberta Faculty Club (11435 Saskatchewan Drive)

Presentation Abstract and Speaker Bio

The Footbridges of Fort McMurray

Presented by Michael Paulsen, M.Sc, P.Eng., & Sara Wadlow, P.Eng. from Associated Engineering

Date: November 19, 2015 
When: 5:30 pm - 8:30pm
Where: University of Alberta Faculty Club (11435 Saskatchewan Drive)

Presentation Abstract and Speaker Bio

 

Inaugural CSCE Edmonton Undergraduate Scholarship Awarded

Dominic Dion with CSCE Edmonton Section Chair Mark Scanlon

We are pleased to announce that Dominic Dion is the inaugural recipient of the CSCE Edmonton Undergraduate Scholarship. Funds for this endowed scholarship were taken as a legacy from the 2012 CSCE National Conference held here in Edmonton. One $2,000 scholarship will be awarded annually “to students with superior academic achievements entering third, fourth, or fifth year of an undergraduate degree in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering who is not a recipient of another award from the University of Alberta in the same year.”

Congratulations to Dominic for his hard work and achievement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flood and Drought Mitigation in Alberta

Presented by Cathy Maniego, P.Eng., MBA, from Government of Alberta

Date: January 21, 2016 
When: 5:30 pm - 8:30pm
Where: University of Alberta Faculty Club (11435 Saskatchewan Drive)

Presentation Abstract and Speaker Bio

 

A History of Northern Water: Places, Projects and People

Presented by Ken Johnson, M.A.Sc, RPP, P.Eng. from Stantec

Date: February 18, 2016 
When: 5:30 pm - 8:30pm
Where: University of Alberta Faculty Club (11435 Saskatchewan Drive)

Presentation Abstract and Speaker Bio

Edmonton Downtown Arena (Rogers Place) Engineering Design and Construction

Presented by Neil Robson, M.Eng., P.Eng., and Juan Garay, M.Eng., P.Eng. from DIALOG

Graduate Student Paper Contest.

Date: March 17, 2016 
When: 5:30 pm - 8:30pm
Where: University of Alberta Faculty Club (11435 Saskatchewan Drive)

Presentation Abstract and Speaker Bio

Integrated Solid Waste Management System Including Waste-to-Biofuel - The Edmonton Experience

Presented by Bud Latta, P.Eng., City of Edmonton and David Lynch, Enerkem

Edmonton Section Annual General Meeting 

Date: April 21, 2016 
When: 5:30 pm - 8:30pm
Where: University of Alberta Faculty Club (11435 Saskatchewan Drive)

Presentation Abstract and Speaker Bio

 

Canadian Infrastructure Report Card National Tour - Facts about our Municipal Infrastructure and Ideas to make it Sustainable

Presented by Guy Félio, Ph.D, P.Eng, R. V. Anderson Associates Limited

Date
: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 
When: 5:30 pm - 8:30pm
Where: Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering - 8th Floor (9211 116 St NW, Edmonton, AB)

Presentation Abstract and Speaker Bio

NEXT CSCE EDMONTON CHAPTER EVENT

 

Progression of Erosion and Sediment Control Practices in Alberta

Manas Shome, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Matrix Solutions Inc.

  

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Abstract:  Soil erosion due to agricultural and construction activities is an environmental challenge that needs to be appropriately identified and mitigated. Erosion and sedimentation issues have a serious negative effect on the environment if not properly mitigated and may result in legal consequences and financial loss if regulatory requirements are not met. The focus of this presentation is the design and implementation of erosion and sediment control measures in support of construction activities. This presentation will touch on common causes of erosion and sediment mobilization, and the historical progression of regulatory and certification requirements as stipulated by federal, provincial and local municipalities. This presentation will provide the historical context of soil erosion on agricultural lands and its impact on the progression of predictive tools and mitigation measures. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of various erosion control measures and their effectiveness in protecting the environment.

 

Speaker Bio: Dr. Manas Shome is a Principal Water Resources Engineer at Matrix Solutions Inc. He is a Professional Engineer with more than 25 years of experience in research, teaching and engineering consulting. His experience involves a broad range of hydrologic and hydraulic engineering studies in the private and public sectors in Canada and abroad. His project work focuses on sustainable water resources management, river engineering, computational modeling of rivers and drainage systems, design of hydraulic structures and environmental impact assessment studies. An expert in the field of hydrology and hydraulic engineering, he frequently serves as an expert witness at regulatory hearings.

Based in Edmonton, Manas provides leadership and technical expertise to colleagues and clients across Canada. Manas has been actively involved in the development and implementation of erosion and sediment control plans throughout Alberta and contributed to the development of the City of Edmonton Erosion and Sediment Control Guidelines for Construction Sites in 2003. Outside of regular consulting engineering services, Manas enjoys 1) conducting research works and publishing in journals and conferences; 2) teaching the Applied Hydrology course at the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta; 3) mentoring young professionals; 4) volunteering at various organizations including CSCE at local and national levels; and 5) watching soccer and hockey games.  

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Reconstruction of the Mayerthorpe Timber Trestle Bridge 

 REGISTER 

 

Abstract:

The bridge at Mile 74.7 Sangudo Subdivision was an open deck pile trestle that was 1,141 feet long and 49 feet high. The center span was an 89 foot long deck plate girder that spanned the Little Paddle River. On April 26, 2017, the bridge was burned to the ground as a result of arson. This closed the line to rail traffic between Edmonton and Whitecourt and beyond. CN quickly evaluated various options and the decision was made to reconstruct the bridge by filling the ends with granular fill and constructing a 300 foot bridge out of steel and concrete to cross the river. Design of the bridge and construction occurred simultaneously. At the same time, the approach fills on each end were also being placed. Work was carried out on all aspects of the bridge 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until the first train crossed the new structure, 20 days after it was consumed by fire.

 

JIM LOWE, P.Eng.

Jim is the Senior Manager, Bridges and Structures, for the Western Region at Canadian National Railway based in Edmonton, Alberta. He has been with CN for more than thirty-three years, of which twenty-seven have been in the Bridges & Structures department. Jim has held increasing levels of responsibility in design, project management, and managing the department. In addition, he has been involved with numerous bridge and tunnel projects in Western Canada. Jim is a member of APEGA and AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) and holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary.