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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 […]

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: http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012/10/04/public-transit-lessons-from-t…

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 […]

ShakeOut BC Earthquake Symposium

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011Time: 3:40 – 6:00 p.m.Location: Centre for Integrated Research on Sustainability (CIRS), Room 1250 – 2260 West Mall (map) Don’t miss this earthquake symposium with an expert panel, which was organized by Dr. Carlos Ventura, Director of Earthquake Engineering Research Facility. The symposium will include a shake table demonstration, five presenters […]

UBC Professor in new book about the Cascadia Subduction Zone

Professor Barbara Lence, a faculty member of the Civil Engineering department at your university, is among the scientists and engineers featured in a new book about the Cascadia Subduction Zone published by HarperCollins in Canada and Counterpoint Press in the U.S. in April 2011. The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a disaster waiting to happen. This […]

Civil Engineering Undergraduate Students Orientation Day – Sept 6, 2011

On Tuesday, September 6, 2011, the Department of Civil Engineering would like to welcome all its new and returning undergraduate student to start off the 2011 winter semester. To help acquaint all 2nd year and transfer students with our department, we will be hosting an ORIENTATION MEETING on: Tuesday, September 6, 201111:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.Hugh Dempster […]

Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd’s generous increase to its scholarship funding to Civil Engineering

The KLOHN Crippen Berger Scholarship in Memory of Walter Skukin, has been endowed by Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd. and the Paul Poohachow family.  Walter Skukin graduated in Civil Engineering from UBC in 1970, and was a highly esteemed member of Klohn Leonoff Ltd. from the time of his graduation to his death in 1986. This scholarship, […]

Civil Engineering student helps design a world of hope in Niger

CALGARY – Derek Rempel from Chilliwack, BC, a third-year civil engineering student at the University of British Columbia, returned home from a project trip to Niamey, Niger this week.  Rempel was part of a team of architects and engineers from across North America who volunteered their time with Engineering Ministries International Canada. The team spent […]

Civil Engineering Graduation Reception 2011

The Department of Civil Engineering is hosting a cake and coffee reception in honour of the Graduating Class of 2011. Civil graduating students and their families are invited to join us in the WOOD IRC main lobby for this reception, which will be held prior to the start of your UBC Convocation ceremonies. Department Head, […]

APSC Faculty and students discuss innovation with Governor General

Vancouver, Canada—May 12, 2011—UBC Faculty of Applied Science faculty and students met with His Excellency, the Right Honourable David L. Johnston recently to discuss “innovation as unique to UBC”. Professors Elizabeth Croft (MECH) and Don Mavinic (CIVL) and students Tagg Jefferson (IGEN), Ricky Gu (ECE) and Mustafa Abousaleh (ECE) from Applied Science were selected to […]

Free Public Seminar: Christchurch Earthquake and Lessons for BC

UBC Department of Civil Engineering presents: Free Public Seminar:Christchurch Earthquake and Lessons for BC Tuesday, May 31, 2011 Refreshments 6:00 pm, Presentation 6:30-8:00 pmRoom C300, UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver Seating is limited. Pre-registration is recommended at www.seabc.ca/Christchurch Abstract: UBC Seismic expert Dr. Ken Elwood was in Christchurch New Zealand when the M 6.3 […]

UBC graduate student receives prestigious woman in engineering scholarship

Vancouver, Canada—April 18, 2011—Civil Engineering graduate student Emilie Lapointe is the 2011 Vale Master’s in Engineering Scholarship winner. Awarded by the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF), this prestigious $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to the most promising woman in a graduate engineering program at the master’s level in Canada. Recognized as an outstanding and dedicated […]