Whenever someone first meets one of our engineers, they are inevitably asked, “what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen?” and, while we obviously won’t share identifying details, every engineer has a story! In part two of our series, we chatted with three of our materials engineers, Alejandro Mejia, M.Eng., P.Eng. from Toronto, Colin Allison, P.Eng., from Edmonton and, Harvey West, FEC, P.Eng., from our Vancouver office, to ask them about the memorable files they’ve encountered throughout the years:
Why does the concrete block foundation of a 50 or 60 year old building, which was in perfect condition a few years ago, suddenly appear to be weakening, deformed or showing significant damage? Surprisingly, the source of such a problem may be a homeowner's idea to reduce their energy consumption by insulating the foundation. Interior renovations, particularly in the area of insulation, are often the cause of damages that may not be noticed until years later.
Heavy vehicles are part of our daily lives. Although many people are familiar with the tractor trailer, which we see in abundance on our roads, a multitude of other heavy vehicles exist, in all forms and for very distinct applications. They serve not only to transport material, but also to transform our environment by maneuvering, extracting and modifying natural resources, among other things.
Whenever someone first meets one of our engineers, they are inevitably asked, “what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen?” and, while we obviously won’t share details, every engineer has a story! We chatted with three of our senior collision reconstruction engineers to ask them about the memorable files they’ve encountered throughout the years:
Power outages are, thankfully, rare occurrences in many areas of Canada. While the sources of electricity generation vary between natural-gas fired turbines, hydroelectric dams, wind, and nuclear, the transmission and distribution systems that bring the electricity to our homes and businesses are typically very reliable. When the lights do go out, there can be a few different sources of the power outage and this article will discuss some of the more common types of failures that can cause issues.
In March 2018, the daily newspaper La Presse revealed that organized crime had infiltrated the contaminated soils disposal and transport industry. The Naphthalene investigation, led by the Sûreté du Québec, reportedly found that hundreds of thousands of tons of heavily contaminated soils from construction sites located in the Montreal area were illegally released into the environment.
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