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Civil Engineering Professor appointed for a 2-Year Term as the VP of Finance for the Canadian Geotechnical Society

Congratulations to Professor Dharma Wijewickreme who is appointed for a two year term as the Vice-President Finance of the Canadian Geotechnical Society effective January 1st, 2013.   The announcement was made during the 65th Canadian Geotechnical Conference held in Winnipeg on October 1-3, 2012.  The Canadian Geotechnical Society is the premier organization for geotechnical engineers and geoscientists in Canada and […]

UBC Civil Engineering professor receives international transportation educator award

Vancouver, Canada—August 24, 2011—UBC Civil Engineering Professor Tarek Sayed received the 2011 Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Wilbur S. Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator Award for his significant contribution to the transportation profession by relating academic studies to the actual practice of transportation. The award was presented August 15th, 2011 at the institute’s annual meeting in […]

Dr Michael Isaacson PEng: Seeking New Approaches for Meaningful Engagement

Photo credit: Andrea Sunderland Photograph With an academic’s keen insight, Dr Michael Isaacson PEng seeks to bring creative solutions and innovative approaches to the Council table. “I like to focus on how to make things happen, and to do so in the most efficient and effective way,” he says. A faculty member at the University […]

UBC Civil Engineering Professor Awarded the 2012 Norman Medal of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

UBC Civil Engineering Assistant Professor Mahdi Taiebat, along with his co-authors, received the 2012 Norman Medal of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) during the ASCE annual conference held in Montreal, Canada, in October 2012. The prestigious award recognizes a paper that “makes a definitive contribution to engineering science”. This year, ASCE chose the […]

Top Canadian, Indian institutions form $30M partnership to improve water and infrastructure safety, eradicate diseases

Scientists from the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Toronto and 11 leading institutions in India are joining forces to tackle urgent issues in both countries with a $30-million partnership. Supported by the Canadian government and state and industry partners in India, the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community […]

UBC Civil Professor Wins National Award of Excellence in Geotechnical Engineering

UBC Civil Engineering Professor Jonathan Fannin received the 2012 Geosynthetics Division Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) in recognition of his outstanding technical contribution to the application of geosynthetics in civil, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering in Canada and internationally. From left: Fannin with Bryan Watts, CGS President (photo courtesy of the CGS). Fannin is an expert […]

UBC Engineer recognized for Teaching Excellence

he Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. (APEGBC) has awarded UBC Civil Engineering professor Robert Millar with its Award for Teaching Excellence in Engineering and Geoscience Education—the highest teaching award for engineering educators in British Columbia.From left: APEGBC President Jeff Holm and Millar.Andrea Sunderland Photograph Award Citation: Dr. Millar consistently excels at the art of […]

Design & Construction Coordination with Building Information Modelling

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 20121:30pm – 2:30pmKAISER 2020/2030 “Design & Construction Coordination with Building Information Modelling”By Dr. Sheryl Staub-FrenchAssociate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering Abstract The construction industry faces significant challenges, including increased design complexity, a fragmented supply chain, compressed project timelines, tightening budgets, and stagnant productivity. Building Information Modeling (BIM) holds great promise for addressing […]

UBC Civil Engineering Lecture Series

Lifting the Veil on Exposed StructureBy Paul Fast, P. Eng., Struc. Eng., FIStructEManaging Partner of the structural engineering firm, Fast + Epp Monday, October 15, 6:30pm to 8:30pmHR MacMillan Space Centre1100 Chestnut Street in Vancouver Modern timber engineering has come a long way from the quaint log cabin of old, giving rise to a whole […]

Public Transit: Lessons from the Great Cities of the World

The world’s largest cities are resorting to tough love to reduce traffic congestion and pollution, according to UBC urban planning and transportation expert Jinhua Zhao.To read more on this expose by Lorraine Chan please visit:…

UBC’s Second Annual Earthquake Symposium

Join us for UBC’s second annual Earthquake Symposium! Thursday, October 18th, 4-6:00 p.m.CIRS, Room 1250Register Now Don’t miss UBC’s second annual Earthquake Symposium, part of UBC’s participation in ShakeOut BC. Join Civil Engineers, Carlos Ventura and Liam Finn, for a series of talks on topics ranging from Earthquake Warnings, to Seismic Inspection of Buildings and Earthquake […]

Civil Alumnus Award

Civil engineering alumni receive architectural award September 20, 2012 Congratulations to alumni Paul Fast (BASc Civil 1981) and Gerald Epp (BASc Civil 1981, MEng Civil 1983) partners of Fast + Epp, which was recently recognized with the World Architecture News Engineering Award for 2012. Their project, the Visitor Centre for the VanDusen Botanical Gardens, was […]

Robotic Exploration of Aquatic Environments

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 20121:00pm – 2:00pmKAISER 2020/2030 ” Robotic Exploration of Aquatic Environments”By Dr. Bernard LavalAssociate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering Abstract Exploration of the aquatic environment is complicated by extreme pressure and near-zero propagation of radio or microwave radiation. While extreme pressure requires bulky pressure protection vessels, a greater obstacle to exploration of aquatic […]

Christchurch Earthquake: One Year Later

TUESDAY, February 14, 20121:00pm – 2:30pmKAISER 2020/2030 “Christchurch Earthquake: One Year Later”By Dr. Ken Elwood, P.Eng.Associate Professor, University of British Columbia AbstractAt 12:51pm on February 22, 2011, Dr. Ken Elwood was about to sit down for a seminar on Seismic Assessment of Existing Masonry Buildings in Christchurch, New Zealand, when a Mw 6.3 earthquake violently […]

Cleaning Membranes with Bubbles

TUESDAY, March 06, 20121:00pm – 3:00pmKAISER 2020/2030 “Cleaning Membranes with Bubbles”By Dr. Pierre Bérubé, P.Eng.Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering AbstractMembrane systems are increasingly being used in water treatment applications because of their ability to effectively retain contaminants of concern. However, some of the retained material can accumulate. Unless removed, the accumulated material (i.e. foulants) […]

The Art and Science of Engineering Modeling

TUESDAY, March 27, 20121:00pm – 3:00pmKAISER 2020/2030 “The Art and Science of Engineering Modeling”By Dr. Terje HaukaasAssociate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering AbstractThe ultimate goal in engineering is to make decisions about the suitability of candidate designs and actions. To make such decisions, engineers utilize models of various forms and complexity. This presentation aims at […]