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Civil in the news: Prof. Tarek Sayed on “scrambled” intersections in Vancouver

Friday, December 18, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Professor Tarek Sayed spoke with 24 Hours Vancouver about “scrambled” intersections and their potential safety benefits for Vancouver.  

Q&A with Prof. Sayed: Near misses key to reducing traffic accidents

Thursday, December 17, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin The numbers associated with traffic accidents worldwide are staggering: 1.3 million fatalities every year, and up to 50 million injuries. They’re also the leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds. But thanks to the work of UBC Civil Engineering professor Tarek Sayed, those numbers could go […]

One week left to help Lower Mainland families this holiday season: join Prof. Mavinic in supporting food bank and toy drive

Monday, December 14, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Join Professor Don Mavinic in helping families across the Lower Mainland this holiday season. Don is coordinating efforts to support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and the Metro Vancouver Firefighters Association’s annual toy drive. There are three ways you can help: 1) Send a cheque (preferred method […]

Profs. Nemy Banthia and Pierre Bérubé unveil innovative new road in Thondebavi, India with IC-IMPACTS

Monday, December 14, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Civil professor Nemy Banthia, CEO and Scientific Director of IC-IMPACTS, and Civil Professor Pierre Bérubé, UBC Co-director of Environmental Engineering, were in Thondebavi, India to unveil an innovative new road built using advanced, UBC-developed pavement technologies. The new road utilizes super-thin pavements and innovative fibers designed to […]

Innovate 2015: Prof. Greg Lawrence’s presentation video now available

Thursday, December 10, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Professor Greg Lawrence shared his research passion at Innovate 2015 this year, in a presentation inspired by the new Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Integrated Water Management. View his seven-minute presentation below. Learn more about Innovate 2015, and view presentations given by six other APSC faculty members, […]

Prof. Nemy Banthia Awarded for STEM leadership

Thursday, December 10, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Professor Nemy Banthia was given the inaugural Drishti Foundation’s Award in Leadership in Science and Technology for “his contributions to developing international research programs aimed at global development.”

Civil in the news: Prof. Bernard Laval quoted in article about controversial LNG terminal

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin UBC engineering professor Bernard Laval was quoted in a VICE News article that examined the controversy around a proposed LNG terminal for Lelu island.

Prof. Tarek Sayed’s innovative road safety technology selected for a 2015 Prince Michael International Road Safety Award

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin UBC Civil Engineering’s Automated Computer Vision Road Safety Analysis System, led by Dr. Tarek Sayed, was selected to receive a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award. The novel automated road safety analysis techniques developed by Dr. Sayed and his UBC research team offer a solution that can […]

Civil in the news: University Affairs update on earthquake early warning system

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Dr. Carlos Ventura, Civil professor and director of the EERF, spoke with University Affairs about the earthquake early warning system. Read the full story.

New APSC Entrepreneurial PhD Prize

Thursday, November 5, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Attention Civil Engineering PhD candidates: Are you thinking about starting a business with your research? Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Would you rather hire than be hired? The Faculty of Applied Science has created an exciting new opportunity to enhance your PhD studies and help launch […]

Prof. Susan Nesbit appointed Senior Fellow, UBC Sustainability Initiative

Friday, October 30, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Professor Susan Nesbit has been appointed as Senior Teaching Fellow 2015-2016 of the UBC Sustainability Initiative. The UBC Sustainability Initiative was established in 2010 to carry out the University’s commitment to the integration of its operational and academic efforts in sustainability. Sustainability Fellowships are awarded to UBC […]

Earthquake Day

Thursday, October 29, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin UBC partnered with the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) and the City of Vancouver to bring Earthquake Day to downtown Vancouver on October 15. Held as part of the University’s Centennial celebrations, Earthquake Day was conceived as a free public event to coincide with ShakeOut BC Day, with […]

Prof. Thomas Froese named CSCE Fellow

Thursday, October 29, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Civil professor Thomas Froese was elected as Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, as part of their 2015 awards program. CSCE Fellowships aim to recognize members who have “attained civil engineering excellence and who have contributed actively towards the progress of their profession.” The Department congratulates Prof. […]

Prof. Wijewickreme appointed President-Elect of the Canadian Geotechnical Society

Thursday, October 15, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Professor Wijewickreme of UBC Civil Engineering has been named President-Elect of the Canadian Geotechnical Society. This appointment will commence in January 2016, and will be followed by a two-year term as President, beginning January 2017. With a membership base exceeding 1,200 across Canada and globally, the Canadian […]

Q&A with Prof. Ventura: preparing for an earthquake in BC

Thursday, October 15, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin October 15 is officially ShakeOut BC Day, and more than 750,000 British Columbians are expected to participate in this year’s drill. In this Q&A, UBC earthquake safety expert Carlos Ventura talks about the nature of earthquakes and what’s being done to ensure that the buildings where we […]

Remembering Fred Koch

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Fred Koch, Civil Engineering Research Associate in the area of pollution control and waste management, passed away on September 15th, 2015. Fred was a very important member of UBC Civil Engineering, and was highly regarded and well-liked by faculty, staff, and students. Over the almost forty years […]

Civil in the news: Dr. Robert Sexsmith comments on Dewdney bridge closure

Thursday, September 24, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Dr. Robert Sexsmith, Civil professor emeritus, spoke with the Vancouver Sun about the conditions that led to the recent Dewdney Slough Bridge closure. Read the full story.

Meet the new Civil Club Co-Presidents!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Simbo Pyo (pictured far left) and Shara Viaje (pictured near left), the Co-Presidents of Civil Club for 2015-2016, are excited to be welcoming civil engineering undergrads back to school this month, and to be leading the club through this year’s academic, professional, and social agenda. Shara and […]

Vancouver Summer Program brings partner university students to UBC Civil Engineering

Thursday, August 27, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin 31 university students from across China spent four weeks immersed in life at UBC-Vancouver to learn about civil engineering as part of the Vancouver Summer Program. The program, designed to give students from UBC partner universities the opportunity to study at a world-renowned university while improving their […]

Q&A with Taylor Curran: Civil undergrad and Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games medalist

Monday, August 24, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Civil undergrad Taylor Curran competed in field hockey with the Canadian Men’s National Team at this summer’s Pan Am Games in Toronto. Read on for his reflections on life as a student athlete, highlights of the Pan Am Games, and what’s next for this soon-to-be BASc Civil […]

Civil undergrads team up with SALA students to take top spot in Fast + Epp competition

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Two Civil Engineering undergrads joined forces with two SALA students to design a tree house that placed first in the 2015 Fast + Epp Architectural Engineering Design Competition. Run in conjunction with CIVL 517, Prof. Thomas Tannert’s Advanced Topics in Timber Structures, the yearly competition aims to give engineering […]

Civil in the news: Dr. Carlos Ventura discusses the need for crucial seismic upgrades at local high risk schools

Thursday, August 27, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Dr. Carlos Ventura, Civil professor and director of UBC’s Earthquake Engineering Research Facility, spoke with CTV News Vancouver about the need for crucial seismic upgrades at B.C. schools. Read the full story.

UBC Concrete Canoe: new video showcasing Canadian cement a highlights reel for the 2014-2015 team

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Cement, Concrete, and Canoes, a new video released by UBC Concrete Canoe, features highlights of the team’s 2014-2015 competition year. Produced with the assistance of the Cement Association of Canada, the video also showcases Canadian cement and how it can be used to build a canoe that floats. […]

NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement awarded to Prof. Mahdi Taiebat

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin UBC Civil Engineering Professor Mahdi Taiebat is one of 11 UBC professors among the 125 selected researchers in Canada who were awarded the 2015 NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS). This supplements Dr. Taiebat’s successful five-year (2015-2020) NSERC Discovery Grant (DG). The NSERC-DAS program provides substantial and timely resources to a small group of […]

Civil instructor Greg Johnson mentors SALA students on a forest cabin design build: watch a time-lapse video

Monday, July 6, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Greg Johnson, Senior Instructor in the Department of Civil Engineering and in the School of Architecture, mentored a group of architecture students on a Gambier Island design build. Watch a time-lapse video from SALA.

UBC Civil Engineering ranked No. 1 in Canada

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin QS World University Rankings has ranked UBC Civil Engineering No. 1 in Canada and 26th in the world for 2015. Regarded as one of the three most influential and widely observed university measures, the rankings by British company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) are based on the weighted combination […]

Civil in the news: IC-IMPACTS aims to apply bottom ash concrete as a pavement solution for rural roads in India

Friday, June 26, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin The Vancouver Sun reports on IC-IMPACTS’ effort to apply bottom ash concrete as a pavement solution for rural roads in India, as well as other IC-IMPACTS projects intended to improve water quality infrastructure for communities in both India and Canada. Commentary from Dr. Nemy Banthia, Civil Engineering Professor and […]

Civil faculty members awarded significant NSERC funding as results of 2015 competition announced

Thursday, June 25, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Civil engineering faculty members were 6 of the 160 UBC researchers to receive funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as part of the 2015 funding competition. A Discovery Accelerator Supplement was awarded to Associate Professor Mahdi Taiebat for his Multidimensional constitutive and […]

Honorary Civil Professor Awarded fib Medal of Merit

Thursday, June 25, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Dr. Koji Sakai, Representative of the Japan Sustainability Institute and Honorary UBC Civil Engineering professor, was awarded the fib (International Federation for Structural Concrete) Medal of Merit at the opening ceremony of the fib symposium in Copenhagen in May 2015. This award is given to a person […]

EESD15 draws world’s leaders in engineering education for sustainable development to UBC-Vancouver

Thursday, June 25, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Just over 100 of the world’s thought-leaders in the field of engineering education for sustainable development recently descended on UBC-Vancouver for EESD15. The 7th Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development, co-chaired by Professors Susan Nesbit and Thomas Froese of UBC Civil Engineering, ran June 9 – […]

Civil in the news: Dr. Tarek Sayed’s road safety video technology making an impact in Edmonton

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin The Edmonton Journal discusses the impact of Dr. Sayed’s new video technology on improving traffic safety at a dangerous Edmonton intersection. A similar story appeared on News1130.

Congratulations Civil Class of 2015!

Monday, June 8, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin On May 26, 2015, a Graduation Celebration for the Civil Engineering Class of 2015 took place in the Bachelor of International Economics Student Space. A large number of graduating students attended with their friends and family members to celebrate their achievement. Several graduating students were honoured for […]

UBC Concrete Canoe: “Spirit of the Competition” at the Canadian Nationals

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin UBC Concrete Canoe recently returned from the Canadian National Competition at the University of Toronto, proudly bearing the Spirit of the Competition Award. Having just put the final exams behind them, the team embarked on their biggest trip of the year: four days in Toronto for the 21st CSCE […]

Civil in the news: Dr. Ruth Derksen “Daughters in the City” Q&A

Monday, May 25, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Civil instructor Ruth Derksen, who teaches technical communication in the Faculty of Applied Science, discusses her award-winning book Daughters in the City in a Q&A with local media. Daughters in the City tells the story of young Mennonite women who arrived in Vancouver in the early 1930s. The Q&A appeared in The Province, […]

Civil students in the spotlight

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin BASc students Christina Noël (left), Alyssa Schultz (centre) and Charles Noftall (right) were profiled by APSC this graduation season, alongside other outstanding students. Click each picture for the full story.

Steel Bridge Team at Regional Competition

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin The UBC Steel Bridge Team recently wrapped up activities for the 2014-2015 year, and is making big plans for a successful 2015 – 2016. A completely student-run team, Steel Bridge worked hard this year to prepare for competition at the ASCE Pacific Northwest Regional Conference at Idaho […]

Civil in the news: Dr. Tarek Sayed provides expert commentary on proactive road design for Edmonton

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Civil professor Tarek Sayed provided the Edmonton Sun with commentary on the importance of road design when it comes to preventing collisions. Dr. Sayed is working with the City of Edmonton’s office of traffic safety.

UBC CSCE Wins National CSCE President’s Best Student Chapter Award

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin csce_bestchapter.jpg Pictured L-R: Justin Brown, Peggy Shen, Tyler Ezzy, Emily Dressel, Charles Noftall, Meghan Grant, Adam Vaughan, Zhansulu Davletyarova, Fahmid Islam, Tanveer Bhandal, Wendy Chen, Joshua Baylis, Ben White, Amber Xue, Antonio Castro, David Tran, Kevin Parrish, Howard Wong, Salman Arshad.Missing From Picture: Simon Pelta, Fraser Peterson, […]

S-FRAME makes landmark gift to UBC Civil Engineering

Friday, May 8, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin S-FRAME Software Inc. has donated a gift of software to UBC Engineering, comprising 50 network licenses for the Department of Civil Engineering’s computer labs as well as 150 annual student licenses for civil engineering undergraduate and graduate students for a period of five years. Read More

Civil in the news: Dr. Bernard Laval provides expert commentary on the future of Quesnel Lake after the Mount Polley mine disaster

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Civil professor Bernard Laval provided local media with commentary on the condition of Quesnel Lake following the Mount Polley Mine disaster. Articles appeared in CTV News, the Vancouver Sun, and the Vancouver Observer.

Official Launch of the Pipeline Integrity Institute

Monday, April 27, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin APSC faculty members and administrators with leaders from PII partner organizations, depicted L – R: Richard Sones, Art Kanzaki, Dave Coffin, Michael Isaacson, Akram Alfantazi (PII Co-Director), Daan Maijer, Ken Paulson, Steve Hansen, Ziad Saad, Steve Kalny, Robert Jones, Graham Pryke, David Parker, Dharma Wijewickreme (PII Co-Director), […]

EERI Seismic Design Team stands up to the competition in Boston

Monday, April 27, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin The UBC EERI Seismic Design Team recently returned from a solid performance at the 2015 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition in Boston, Massachusetts. The competition was held in conjunction with the 2015 EERI Annual Meeting and featured thirty-eight teams from all over the world; with UBC one of […]

Civil Instructor Yahya Nazhat’s recent paper recognized as Key Scientific Article contributing to excellence in engineering research

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Dr. Yahya Nazhat’s recent peer-reviewed paper entitled The kinematics of granular soils subjected to rapid impact loading has been recognized by Advances in Engineering as a Key Scientific Article contributing to excellence in engineering, scientific, and industrial research. Advances in Engineering strives to alert the scientific and industrial community to “innovative papers […]

Canadian and Indian Prime Ministers highlight IC-IMPACTS in joint statement on bilateral relations

Monday, April 20, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin In the first visit to Canada by an Indian Prime Minister in 42 years, the Honourable Narendra Modi was hosted by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper during a trip to Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver in mid-April, 2015. In a joint statement addressing the full spectrum of bilateral […]

UBC Concrete Canoe update: ASCE Pacific Northwest Regional Competition underway!

Friday, April 17, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin After months of preparation, the UBC Concrete Canoe Team has finally set off to attend the ASCE Pacific Northwest Regional Student Concrete Canoe Competition! The competition runs April 16 – 19 at Idaho State University. Visit Concrete Canoe on Facebook for daily updates and photos from the competition. Best […]

Second year students test their timber trusses to failure in the Structural Teaching Lab

Thursday, April 16, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin On Tuesday, April 7, students in CIVL 228 (Introduction to Structural Engineering) celebrated the culminaton of their course work during truss testing day. Each year, CIVL 228 students work together to apply the structural analysis knowledge learned in class to design, construct, and test a timber truss […]

Second year students design an affordable, sustainable Vancouver condo building on principles of “The Blue Economy”

Monday, April 13, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Students in CIVL 202 (Civil Engineering II) recently held a Poster-Showcase Celebration to present their completed Community-Based Experiential Learning (CBEL) Sustainability Projects. CIVL 202 aims to give students an understanding of the social and biophysical context of infrastructure and the impact of technologies on people, the economy, […]

Fourth year Civil students build engineering design skills with unique concepts for Granville Island

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Students in CIVL 446/447 (Civil Engineering Design and Analysis II) recently presented their completed Capstone Design Projects, which challenged them to expand on design concepts they created in CIVL 445 (Civil Engineering Design and Analysis I) for a variety of structures on Granville Island. Under the guidance […]

Watch the recent magnitude 4.8 Tofino quake unfold on BC’s Earthquake Early Warning System, developed by Dr. Carlos Ventura and team

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Watch the Earthquake Early Warning System at work! This video, narrated by Civil Engineering Research Associate Dr. Kent Johansen, shows how a recent magnitude 4.8 Tofino earthquake propagated through the area from Powell River to Chilliwack. Developed under the lead of Dr. Carlos Ventura, the Earthquake Early […]