CSCE Nov. Nooner – Selecting Pile Type to Suit Soil Conditions


Join us for the third Nooner of the 2018-2019 season! Mathew Schultz from Keller Foundations will be presenting on how Keller selected their pile types for two different projects based on the soil conditions unique to each one.

Our Nooners include the buffet lunch at the Park Town and free parking (just register at the front desk).

Lunch starts at 12, with presentation to follow at ~12:30 pm.

We greatly appreciate all ticket orders made three days in advance of the Nooner (including for those using corporate sponsor vouchers), so we can let the venue know how many people we expect. Please take advantage of our early bird pricing, which we offer up until 3 days before the event!

Presentation Summary:

This presentation will look at the pile selection for two projects, the GrainsConnect Maymont (2016) and GrainsConnect Reford (2017) Terminals. The presentation will describe why continuous flight augering (CFA) piles were chosen for GrainsConnect Maymont and why the pile design was changed to belled cast-in-place (CIP) piles for Reford. Construction difficulties and advantages of CFA vs CIP will be covered as well. Load tests were completed at each project to enhance pile design.

Speaker Biography:

Mathew Schultz, EIT PMP. BSc Biochem 2012. BSc Eng Chemical Engineering 2013. PMP 2017. MBA candidate 2018. Mathew worked as field operator for North American Caisson during University. He started as Project Manager in 2012. Upon completing engineering, he worked as Environmental Engineer for 16 months at PCS Lanigan filling a mat leave contract. He then moved to Calgary and worked with Banner Environmental Engineering until April 2016, when he returned to Keller Foundations where he has been since.

CSCE Oct. Nooner – Geosynthetics in Roads: The Basics & What’s New


Join us for the second Nooner of the 2018-2019 season! Prof. Ian Fleming will be joining us to discuss geosynthetics for road applications, including the basics of selecting and designing with these materials and an overview of what’s new in this area as well.

Our Nooners include the buffet lunch at the Park Town and free parking (just register at the front desk).

Lunch starts at 12, with presentation to follow at ~12:30 pm.

We greatly appreciate all ticket orders made three days in advance of the Nooner (including for those using corporate sponsor vouchers), so we can let the venue know how many people we expect. Please take advantage of our early bird pricing, which we offer up until 2 days before the event!

Presentation Summary:

The presentation will provide a brief overview of geosynthetic materials and terminology followed by a review of geosynthetic functions in roadway systems. Design methods for subgrade and base stabilisation will be summarised and there will be a brief look at some of the latest advances in geosynthetics materials and research.

A Brief Biography of the Speaker

Ian Fleming has been a geotechnical consultant and professor for almost 35 years. Since the mid-late 1980s he has taken a special interest in geosynthetics relating to a broad variety of topics including landfill & lagoon linings, erosion protection, soil reinforcement and temporary haul roads over muskeg. Since 2001, Ian has been a Professor at the University of Saskatchewan where he has taught a graduate course in geosynthetics and has equipped the geotechnical laboratories with a wide array of geosynthetics-related equipment. He has published a number of papers on various topics including unsaturated geotextiles, GCL’s and geomembrane interface shear. Current geosynthetics research interests include geomembrane protection and reinforcement of gravel pads and heavy haul roads over unsaturated clayey soils.

Save the Date!

Our next two Nooners are on Wed., Oct. 24th and Thurs., Nov. 22nd.  Both are at the usual place – the South Dining Room of the Park Town Hotel – and the usual time – lunch starts at 12 pm, with presentation to follow ~12:30 pm.


The Eventbrite page for the October Nooner will be up soon – check back here, or join our mailing list to receive email notifications from us about our events!

CSCE Saskatoon Sept. Nooner – Wilson’s Lifestyle Centre

We’re back for another season of exciting lunch hour presentations! Please join us for our first Nooner of the season, where Mike Hnatiuk, Senior Structural Engineer at ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd., will be presenting on the design and construction of the new Wilson’s Lifestyle Centre.

Our Nooners include the buffet lunch at the Park Town (which is always delicious) and free parking (just register at the front desk).

Lunch starts at 12, with presentation to follow at ~12:30 pm.

We greatly appreciate all ticket orders made three days in advance of the Nooner (including for those using corporate sponsor vouchers), so we can let the venue know how many people we expect. Please take advantage of our early bird pricing, which we offer up until 3 days before the event!


2018 Annual General Meeting

Tues., April 17th, 2018

This year the meeting will be held at the office of Catterall & Wright, 1221 8 St. E. Saskatoon, SK. The format will be slightly different than previous years. Appetizers and refreshments will be served from 5 pm to 6 pm, with the meeting to begin at 6 pm. RSVPs are kindly requested at communications[{at}]

CSCE Nooner – Steel Protective Coating Basics


Join us March 8th for the last CSCE Nooner of the 2017-2018 season! Lunch starts at 12 pm at the Park Town Hotel, and presentation will begin at ~12:30 pm. Gil Rogers from Park Derochie will be presenting on the basics of protective coatings for steel.

Presentation Summary:

This presentation will cover a basic overview of corrosion, with an emphasis on galvanic corrosion. The criticality of mill scale removal prior to coating will also be explained. Other elements of surface preparation will be discussed, and the important functional mechanisms of protective coatings will be detailed. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the difference between quality control and quality assurance.

Speaker Biography:

Gil is currently the Director of Training for Park Derochie and works out of the Edmonton head office. Gil’s 40-year career in the coatings industry has qualified him to offer practical consultancy to his clients with particular expertise in coatings for steel. An apprenticeship in the Painting and Decorating trade led to achieving Journeyman status in 1977. Since then Gil has worked as an Industrial Coating Applicator, Foreman, Superintendent, Estimator, Technical Sales Representative, Project Manager, Inspector, Coatings Division Manager and Instructor.

Gil is a NACE Level 3 Certified Coating Inspector, and one of the elite group of individuals that carry the Protective Coating Specialist Certification from both NACE and SSPC. As Lead Instructor in the NACE Coating Inspector Training Program, Gil travels internationally teaching others and sharing his vast experience. Gil’s unique combination of technical training, practical experience and ability to teach enables him to liaise at all levels of the coatings industry.

CSCE Nooner – Designing Mass Timber Schools in Calgary


Join us for our February Nooner! Reid Costley from ISL will be presenting on two Calgary schools designed with heavy timber and cross-laminated timber. Lunch starts at 12:00 pm, with presentation to follow at 12:30 pm.

Presentation Summary

Two schools located in the Calgary neighborhoods of McKenzie Towne and New Brighton for the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) are the CBE’s first use of Heavy Timber and Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT). With a total gross floor area of 8181 square meters per school, these two-storey structures, were designed from start to tender in 64 days and came back from the marketplace a total of $3M under budget.

The opportunities and challenges of a new type of school construction as well as a tight design timeline will be discussed. Design and construction triumphs and, just as importantly, lessons learned, will be discussed. The presentation will leave the attendees with an understanding of Heavy Timber and CLT, the need to recognise limitations, why it is important to identify the need for early involvement and will help the attendees to apply concepts to future projects

Speaker Biography

Reid Costley, P.Eng., Buildings Discipline Manager

As the Buildings Discipline Manager for ISL, Reid is responsible for leading and managing ISL’s Buildings group in the delivery of building projects for public and private sector clients. His responsibilities include providing QA/QC review of design and related deliverables, providing technical leadership and supporting business development with prospective clients. Reid is a professional engineer specializing in structures, building evaluations and building science. He has over 30 years of experience in the consulting engineering industry, with his own firm and other well-known engineering companies. Prior to joining ISL in 2012, Reid was a principal and Calgary Operations Manager of Cascade Engineering Group and managed that company’s growth from a single office in Canmore to other offices in Calgary; Fernie, BC; and Hanoi, Vietnam.


Popsicle Bridge Competition 2018


DATE: Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
TIME: Registration: 5:00 pm
Testing: 5:30 pm
Reception and awards to follow
LOCATION: Structures Lab, Room 1C01, Engineering Building, University of Saskatchewan

Our annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition is back again this January!  For this event, we welcome both student teams and professional teams to build a bridge using 100 popsicle sticks and a bottle of glue.  Prize money is at stake for the student teams, and for the professional teams the bragging rights that come with successfully completing a small design-build project.  More info is included in the documents below, including the specifications, entry form, and information on the student competition and the professionals’ challenge.  Teams (student and professional alike) can register by emailing communications[{at}] or in person at the Civil & Geological Engineering Department office (3B48 Engineering).

Supply kits are available free of charge to all teams, and can be picked up from the Civil & Geological Engineering office also.  Teams are also welcome to purchase their own supplies, as long as they conform to the instructions for the competition.

We hope to see you at this great event!

Specifications and Contest Rules
Professionals’ Challenge
Student Competition

CSCE National Lecture Tour – Lac-Mégantic’s Human & Environmental Disaster


Join CSCE Saskatoon as we host the CSCE National Lecture Tour this January! We are excited to welcome Dr. Rosa Galvez – Canadian senator for Québec (Bedford), professor at Université Laval à Québec, and one of Canada’s leading experts on environmental impact and pollution control – who will present about the events, impacts, and lessons to be learned from the Lac-Mégantic train derailment.

This special event will be held in the Quance Theatre of the Education Building at the University of Saskatchewan. Doors open at 6:30 pm; lecture will start at 7 pm. Coffee and light refreshments will be served before the lecture.

This event is open to the public – everyone is welcome to attend!

Presentation Summary:

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 were 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.


Senator Professor Rosa Galvez is an expert in environmental impact and risk evaluation, contaminated site restoration and groundwater contaminant transport. She has served on the Canadian Senate since being appointed in December 2016, representing Québec (Bedford). She is also a professor in the Department of Civil and Water Engineering at Université Laval à Québec, having joined the department in 1994 and having headed the department since 2010. Senator Galvez is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, as well as a member of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and Engineers Without Borders.


The lecture will be held in the Quance Theatre (room 1003) in the Education Building at the University of Saskatchewan, 28 Campus Drive. This lecture theatre boasts comfortable seats, great audio-visual equipment, and great acoustics.


Parking is available near the Education Building – there is a paid parking lot (“Lot 4”) across from the Education Building, just off of Education Road. Parking in this lot is a flat rate of $4 after 6 pm; this parking lot is fully automated (pay-on-exit) and accepts cash and credit cards. There are also a limited number of metered parking spots available near the Education Building, along Education Road and Education Court.

Role of Engineers in Utility-Scale Wind Projects in SK


Our 3rd Nooner of the 2017-2018 is upon us! Join us at the Park Town for their excellent lunch buffet and a presentation by Chad Eggerman of Miller Thomson LLP about the role engineers play in wind energy projects in Saskatchewan.

Parking is still free to attend our Nooners – just check in at the front desk.

Buffet starts at 12:00 pm; presentation ~12:30 pm.

Presentation Summary:

In his presentation, Chad will discuss a number of key components related to wind energy industry in Saskatchewan, primarily:

– The procurement of wind energy in Saskatchewan, and how engineers are retained to work on wind projects;

– The times in a typical utility-scale wind project when lawyers and engineers collaborate; and

– The biggest risks for engineers on utility-scale wind projects, during the design phase, construction phase, interconnection of the facility, commissioning, and operation and maintenance phases.

Speaker Biography:

Chad Eggerman is the co-lead of the Projects Group with Miller Thomson LLP. He provides cost-effective advice to clients to minimize risks and complete projects on time and on budget. Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 for Energy Law, Chad counsels clients on projects in many industries, but he has particular expertise in renewable energy, infrastructure, and natural resource projects. Chad acts for many clients located in Europe undertaking projects in Canada, as well as Canadian clients doing projects abroad.

Chad provides strategic advice in a number of areas relevant to developing a project in Canada or abroad, including contracts, procurement, finance, corporate and commercial law, environmental law, aboriginal law, mergers & acquisitions, and project dispute resolution.