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Daily Media Report recap: August 16 to 29

2019.08.29

A year after the project was finished, a condominium designer was stripped of their engineering permit for unrelated disciplinary action. New program to support foreign credential recognition. Climate change impacts on concrete. These were the most-read stories from the Daily Media Report since the last edition of Engineering Matters.

Fort Sask condos: Following the evacuation of a condominium unit that was deemed structurally unsafe in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta issued a press release detailing how the engineering firm responsible for the structural design of the building had its engineering permit cancelled one year after the building was completed. The engineer of record for the building resigned his license to practice one year later.

Program to support foreign credential recognition:  Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced an investment of more than $8.4 million over the next eight years in three projects from S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society) to support internationally trained newcomer Canadians and young Canadians seeking to develop their skills enter the Canadian workforce.

Climate impacts on concrete: A British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) engineer and researcher is working to understand how climate change can increase the rate of deterioration of concrete. For example, structures built in the late 2020s in areas where carbonation-induced corrosion is a concern, can expect to begin to show a reduction of approximately 15-20 years in their repair-free lifespan.