On Friday evening at the Consulting Engineers of Alberta Showcase Awards Gala in Calgary, Associated Engineering was presented with a trio of awards recognizing excellence in consulting engineering for projects in three different categories. This year, a total of 57 projects were nominated and evaluated by a panel of 15 judges.
The City-Wide Stormwater Mapping and Modelling project for the City of Calgary received an Award of Excellence in the Studies, Software, and Special Services category. The City of Calgary selected Associated Engineering for the development of GIS mapping and detailed stormwater models of city neighbourhoods that experience localized flooding during heavy rainfall events. Associated Engineering’s unique, automated programming and spatial routines produce detailed overland drainage maps on demand, assisting City engineers in making timely and informed decisions to reduce flood risks. Automation has allowed the City to gauge the impacts of future growth, while dramatically reducing the time required to respond to Calgarians’ concerns, protecting public safety, property and the environment in the most cost-effective manner.
In the Water Resources category, the Trestle No. 3 - Rehabilitation and Steel Pipe Replacement project for EPCOR Utilities was presented with an Award of Merit. After discovering several major issues at Trestle No. 3, EPCOR retained Associated Engineering to rehabilitate and replace the corroded steel pipe and fix erosion issues impacting the ground around the trestle. The project team worked together to implement a series of innovative designs and construction methodologies to overcome the challenges posed by lack of access and the steep ravine slopes. Risks during construction were managed by using alternative construction methodologies allowing workers to safely traverse the steep slopes and provide protection from falling debris. Now completed, the rehabilitated trestle is safe, functional and no longer an environmental liability for EPCOR.
We were honoured with another Award of Merit in the Environmental category for Determining the Value of Natural Assets in Calgary. The City of Calgary selected Associated Engineering to inventory its natural assets, consider their benefits, and measure their financial value. Associated’s unique approach engaged different City business units and applied environmental economics to build a shared understanding of the services provided by natural assets, ranging from increased property valuation to habitat protection, carbon storage, and urban heat reduction. Accessible through an interactive dashboard, this knowledge brings additional insight into urban planning decisions and forms an industry-leading foundation to manage natural assets as an integral part of the greater urban assets portfolio.
Congratulations to all of the award nominees and winners, and to our project team members, partners, and clients for their outstanding achievements!