CSCE Nooner – New Methods and Techniques to Evaluate Road Safety


It’s our 2nd Nooner of the 2017-2018 season! Join us at the Park Town for their excellent lunch buffet and a presentation by Emanuele Sacchi about making roads and transportation networks safer!

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:

The way transportation engineers study and evaluate road and traffic safety has remarkably advanced in recent years. Engineers can now employ a systematic and rigorous process to analyze safety at road sites that identifies opportunities to reduce collisions and implement potential safety countermeasures. This process mainly relies on a set of statistical techniques and models developed over several years of research.

Another area of advancement is related to the use of surrogate safety measures to gain insight into a variable, collision frequency, that is sometimes impractical or difficult to measure directly. Hence, surrogate safety data represents a promising and proactive alternative to the exclusive use of collision data in road safety analysis.

In this regard, the presentation will focus on recent case studies where the use of new statistical methodologies and surrogate safety measures has been employed to evaluate road safety.

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Emanuele Sacchi is currently an assistant professor of transportation engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. His primary research interests focus on the relationship between traffic conflicts and collision events, as well as the use of advanced statistical techniques for determining the effectiveness of road engineering safety countermeasures. Before joining the University of Saskatchewan, he obtained a M.Sc. degree in 2008 and a Ph.D. in 2012 in transportation engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy. Between 2012 and 2016, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia on several research projects funded by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.


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Osler Storm System – Wet/Dry Pond

Presentation Summary:

The Town of Osler has historically faced challenges with regards to storm water management, as storm water drains primarily via overland drainage and the Town has very little elevation change to facilitate efficient drainage. In 2016, a wet/dry pond, storm water pumping station, and storm sewer system were installed to provide better storm water management opportunities. This presentation will review the system installed in 2016, as well as the system extensions currently under construction.


Ehren Gadzella has been a full-time Project Engineer at Catterall & Wright Consulting for three years. She graduated from the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in 2014, and has been gaining experience working on a range of municipal projects in field and office roles since then. She has also been an active member of the CSCE Saskatoon Section Executive, serving as the chair for the 2016-2017 season.

Looking forward to see you there!

CSCE Executive Team


Eventbrite - Osler Storm System – Wet/Dry Pond



What are my parking options for the event?
Parking is FREE during our event. When you arrive at the Park Town Hotel, skip the parking payment machine and go to the front desk to let them know that you are attending the CSCE Saskatoon Section Nooner.

Is my registration/ticket transferable?
Yes, it is. You can give your ticket to a friend or colleague.

Do I have to bring a copy of my ticket to the event?
While not absolutely necessary, it does help us check our guests in faster if you bring either a paper copy of your ticket or download it to your smart phone.

Thank you for a great 2016-2017 season!

On behalf of CSCE Saskatoon, thank you for making our 2016-2017 season a success!  We were pleased to host numerous events this year, and have great attendance at each event.  We look forward to seeing everyone in the fall, for our 2017-2018 year!  Check back here, subscribe to our email list, or follow us on social media (Facebook or Twitter) to stay up to date with the events we have upcoming – we will be posting more here in the next month or two.

CSCE Saskatoon AGM

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Please join us for our annual general meeting (AGM)! We will be hosting this event at the Park Town, as they have been great hosts for all of our events thus far this year. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

  • Cocktails: 5:15 pm
  • Supper: 6:00 pm
  • Presentation: 6:45 pm
  • AGM: 7:30 – 8:15 pm


Supper will be a plated meal service. The entrée options are:

  • Baked chicken supreme
  • Stuffed pork loin
  • Baked salmon

Vegetarian and other dietary restrictions will be accommodated as well on request. Once we receive your ticket order, we will contact you by email to inquire about your choice of entrée and any dietary restrictions, if applicable.


Tickets must be purchased in advance for this event – tickets for members and non-members can be purchased here. If you prefer to pay-at-the-door, there are pay-at-the-door ticket types as well.

Eventbrite - CSCE Saskatoon AGM


Phil Bruch, P.Eng., will be presenting about the various slope stability issues experienced along the east bank of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon.

Presentation Summary: Numerous slope instabilities (landslides) have occurred along the east bank of the South Saskatchewan River within the City of Saskatoon. This presentation will outline the locations of significant landslides in Saskatoon and discuss the various failure mechanisms for the landslides. Case histories of several recent landslides along Saskatchewan Crescent will be reviewed.

Speaker Biography: Phil Bruch is a Principal and Senior Geotechnical Engineer with Golder Associates’ Saskatoon office. He has 30 years of experience, and has been involved with projects in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, Alaska, Mongolia and Israel. A significant portion of Phil Bruch’s project experience has involved slope stability issues. This includes stability analyses of both natural and constructed slopes, including slope stabilization and landslide mitigation. These projects have included site characterization, field investigation, installation of various instrumentation (piezometers, inclinometers, and settlement monitoring), design, construction, and decommissioning. He was also involved in the development of a framework to evaluate slope stability conditions along the South Saskatchewan River through the City of Saskatoon. Follow-up work to this has included investigation of several landslides in the City, including the design and implementation of remedial measures.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can reach us by email at communications[{at}]

What’s the refund policy?

Tickets can only be refunded if received with adequate notice of at least three business days before the event. Please contact us by email (see above) to inquire about refunds. Unfortunately, due to the nature of this event, an invoice will be issued for pay-at-the-door tickets ordered if payment for these tickets is not received on the night of the event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Bringing a paper copy of your ticket or bringing an electronic copy on your phone or other device are the fastest way for us to check you in at the event.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?

You can give your ticket to a colleague or friend without issue – just make sure they have a copy of the ticket with them (either paper or electronic), or let us know that someone else will be using your ticket so we know who to expect!

Modern Masonry Connector Design and Specification


The cross-section of contemporary exterior masonry construction consists of multiple layers of material, each serving a unique function. Ensuring the proper connection between these layers is critical to achieving a well performing masonry veneer. As these wall systems become more complex to meet the demands of modern efficiency standards and architectural styles, structural engineers are having to take on the responsibility of designing masonry connectors to ensure loads can be transferred from the veneer to the backup wall.

CSA A370-14 Connectors for Masonry is the latest edition of the Canadian standard which covers the design of masonry connectors and includes minimum corrosion protection and spacing requirements. Changes to the latest edition of this standard and best practices for masonry connector design will be covered in this presentation along with short case studies of unique masonry building envelopes.

About the Presenter

Sasha studied at the University of Saskatchewan, earning a M.Sc. degree in 2014 for his work on construction solutions for non-contact lap splices in concrete block walls. He then joined the Canada Masonry Design Centre (CMDC) through its partnership with the Saskatchewan Masonry Institute. The CMDC is heavily involved with the development of the CSA masonry standards and supporting masonry research across Canada with the aim of advancing the state of the art in masonry design and construction. The CMDC also provides support to the design community through educational seminars, the development and distribution of MASSTM structural design software, publishing the textbook “Masonry Structures – Behaviour and Design” which is used in universities across Canada, and providing masonry-related technical assistance to members of the design community. Sasha’s mandate is to make the services of the CMDC more accessible to the local design and procurement community.


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CSCE Nooner – Turning Wastewater Into Fertilizer: Canada’s First Nutrient Recovery Facility


Saskatoon is home to Canada’s first full scale nutrient recovery facility.  In 2009, the Saskatoon Wastewater Treatment Plant was plagued with struvite formations that were damaging to the operation of the sludge handling facilities. In 2012, the WWTP commissioned Ostara’s innovative nutrient recovery technology that recovers phosphorous removed during treatment for reuse as an environmentally responsible fertilizer. Since opening, over 500 tons of fertilizer product have been recovered for commercial sale by using “Waste Activated Sludge Stripping to Remove Internal Phosphorous”. This presentation details the formation of struvite, and the adverse effects its can have on wastewater treatment plant.  The phosphorous cycle will be discussed from the influent of the wastewater, removal in the activated sludge process, and recovery in the nutrient recovery facility.

About the Presenter

Mike Sadowski is the Operations Superintendent at the City of Saskatoon, Wastewater Treatment Plant.  He completed his degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in 2011 and obtained his Professional Engineer designation from APEGS in 2014.  While working at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, he has been involved with commissioning and optimizing the nutrient recovery process, while working to overcome the challenges struvite formation has caused to the treatment process.


Eventbrite - CSCE Nooner - Turing Wastewater Into Fertilizer - Canada's 1st Nutrient Recovery Facility

2017 Professionals’ Night

Date: Thursday, January 26, 5:00 pm
Location:  Alexander’s Restaurant & Bar, 414 Cumberland Avenue North

Join us for our biggest networking event of the year!  We welcome students and professionals to come leverage your beverage to meet some new people and catch up with acquaintances and colleagues.  This event is held immediately following our Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, so what better place to celebrate a design-build job well done?  We will be acknowledging the student team and professional team winners of the bridge competition at this event too.  There will also be appetizers, door prizes, and more!

We hope to see you there!

2017 Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition

Date:  Thursday, January 26, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
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 email 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.  After the bridge competition, please join for Professionals’ Night at a pub near campus!  We will acknowledge the winners and award prizes at Professionals’ Night, so be sure to join us to celebrate!

We hope to see you at this great event!

Specifications and Contest Rules
Professionals’ Challenge
Student Competition

CSCE Nooner – Highway 11/Highway 16 Interchange Functional Plan

It’s time for the fourth Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Saskatoon Section Nooner this season! Join us at the Park Town Hotel to lunch-and-learn about the functional plan for the Hwy 11/16 interchange!

Also, we now offer free parking for our nooners – see details below

Buffet starts at 12:00 p.m.; presentation ~12:30 p.m.

Eventbrite - CSCE Nooner - Highway 11/Highway 16 Interchange Functional Plan

Presentation Summary

Highway 11/Highway 16 Interchange Functional Plan

The City of Saskatoon is embarking on an important journey in developing an interchange at the junction of Highway 11 and 16 in the south portion Saskatoon. This project perfectly matches the ideals that Saskatoon is looking for in 21st Century solutions that will create a highly desirable and sustainable city. This project will have a dynamic impact on the quality of life for the community, as this interchange provides an important link to Regina via Highway 11 and an east-west connection to Winnipeg and Edmonton on Highway 16 and Circle Drive in the North. The existing cloverleaf interchange was constructed in the 1960s and requires upgrading to reflect increased traffic numbers unanticipated at that time. This functional planning study, commissioned by the City of Saskatoon, looks at various interchange configurations to resolve the present day problems of weaving length deficiencies, the close proximity of adjacent interchanges at Victor, Boychuk, Taylor and Preston, and an inadequate bridge clearance. A total of ten Interchange configurations that consider the present and future traffic volumes, mobility, noise and long term flexibility were evaluated and the advantages and disadvantages for each were examined. The detailed functional plan for the selected option is now being completed.


Justine Marcoux, P. Eng.

Justine Marcoux is a Transportation Engineer for the City of Saskatoon. She attended the University of Saskatchewan where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2010. She began her career with the City of Saskatoon’s Transportation Division in 2011. She has been involved in a number of projects relating to Neighbourhood Traffic Management, cycling, collision analysis, parking, intersections, and traffic safety. She is presently working with the ISL team with the Highway 11/16 Interchange Functional Planning project.

David LeBoutillier, P. Eng., Ph.D.

David LeBoutillier is a Senior Transportation Engineer for the City of Saskatoon. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at Indiana State University, and completed his doctorate at the University of Florida. He has been involved in a number of functional planning projects with the City of Saskatoon including the Traffic Bridge Needs Assessment study, the North Commuter Parkway Project, and a number of other recent interchanges and arterial road design projects. David’s focus in work is geometric design and data collection. He is presently working with the ISL team on the Highway 11/16 Interchange Functional Planning Project.

Steve Melton, M. Eng., P. Eng., PMP

Steve Melton is the General Manager of Roadway Engineering for ISL Engineering and Land Services. With experience spanning three decades in transportation engineering, he has increasingly been involved in management roles on complex projects and is presently leading the Highway 11/16 Interchange Functional Planning project for the City of Saskatoon, as well as the Warman/Martensville Interchanges project as Owner’s Engineer for the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure. Through his career, Steve has been involved as manager for ISL on Edmonton projects such as the Anthony Henday Drive Owner’s Engineer, the Walterdale Bridge Replacement and on the South and North LRT projects. Steve shows his commitment to advancing transportation engineering in Canada through past director roles with the Consulting Engineers of Alberta and the Project Management Institute (Northern Alberta Chapter) and participation in the standing committees for Road Safety and Sustainable Transportation for the Transportation Association of Canada. Steve has a Masters of Engineering in Transportation Engineering from the University of Alberta.

Looking forward to see you there!

CSCE Executive Team

Eventbrite - CSCE Nooner - Highway 11/Highway 16 Interchange Functional Plan


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is FREE during our event. When you arrive at the Park Town Hotel, you can skip the parking payment machine and go to the front desk to let them know that you are there to attend the CSCE Saskatoon Section Nooner.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email us at communications[{at}] with any questions.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, it is. You can just give your ticket to a friend or colleague.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please bring a printed copy of your ticket to the event.

Nooners in the New Year

Once the rush of holiday season is over, the new year will be upon us!  And we have a great line-up of programming lined up for the second half of our 2016-2017 season!

We have three more Nooners, starting in January.  We’ll be hosting them at the Park Town, where we’ve had a great time hosting our first three Nooners of the year.  We are ecstatic with the wonderful turnout that we’ve had thus far, and will be bringing more interesting topics and challenging projects in our Nooners for the rest of the season!

2017 Nooner Dates:

Wednesday, January 25th
Wednesday, February 15th
Thursday, March 23rd

Nooners start at 12 (noon), with presentation at ~12:30.  Parking is free, and the buffet at the Park Town is always excellent!  We appreciate advance RSVPs (tickets available through our Eventbrite pages), and welcome attendees at the door as well!

In the new year, we’ll be posting more here and on our social media channels (like us on Facebook; follow us on Twitter), and will be sending out information via our mailing list (which is easy to join if you haven’t already!) – just keep in touch!  We look forward to seeing you for the second half of the season!