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Vancouver Branch Breakfast Seminar: "The Champlain Bridge - Keeping Traffic Moving"
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
6:30 - 9:00 am
(New Venue!) Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre, 180 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Andrew Griezic, PhD, Eng., P.Eng., PE
François Pepin, M.Sc., P.Eng., Eng.
Buckland & Taylor
1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
$60 for members
$65 for Guests
$25 for Student members of APEGBC
Please join the Vancouver Branch of APEGBC for a breakfast seminar on the emergency repair work done on the Champlain Bridge, Canada's busiest bridge. For this work, Buckland & Taylor Ltd was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's award of Excellence for the Design and Construction Engineering of the Champlain Bridge Superbeam and Modular Truss.
The Champlain Bridge is the busiest bridge in Canada. Built in 1962 between the south shore of Montréal and the island of Montréal, this 3.5km long bridge now carries 160,000 vehicles per day. Despite years of maintenance to tackle ongoing corrosion, a sudden and significant flexural crack necessitated closure of four of the six traffic lanes and, consequently, the counter-flow commuter bus lane. A temporary repair was put in place in only two weeks, and a permanent solution (developed to minimize impact on the travelling public) was implemented shortly after this emergency intervention to restore full normal traffic lanes.
The presentation will discuss the original design details that led to the premature degradation of the approach spans, through to the emergency repair developed and implemented. It will also cover the extensive monitoring and inspection programs and the $500M rehabilitation program to safely manage the ongoing deterioration of the bridge.
For this work, Buckland & Taylor Ltd was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's award of Excellence for the Design and Construction Engineering of the Champlain Bridge Superbeam and Modular Truss.
6:30 – 7:00 am – Registration and Networking
7:00 am – Breakfast Served (Buffet format)
7:30 – 8:45am – Featured Presentation
9:00 am - Closing
Andrew Griezic, PhD, Eng., P.Eng., PE
is Project Manager for Buckland & Taylor's involvement in the Champlain Bridge rehabilitation design and risk management program. As a Senior Bridge Specialist, Andrew is currently leading a number of major bridge engineering projects across Canada. Over the last 18 years, he has acquired a wealth of experience in rehabilitation design, construction engineering and heavy lifting, design check, detailed construction engineering analysis, as well as modelling and design of erection schemes and temporary works for cable-stayed bridges.
Andrew has worked internationally on many unique cable-stayed, suspension and arch bridges, including the Rion-Antirion Bridge in Greece and the EG LNG suspension bridge in Equatorial Guinea, Africa. In Canada, his experience as Project Manager and EoR includes the design of Edmonton's Walterdale Arch Bridge, Vancouver's North Arm Bridge and the rehabilitation of Montreal's Champlain Bridge. Both the Champlain Bridge and North Arm Bridge are winners of the Lieutenant Governor's Award - the highest accolade of bridge engineering in BC. Andrew is a registered professional in BC, Quebec, Alberta and several states.
François Pepin, M.Sc., P.Eng., Eng
is the Deputy Technical Manager for the Champlain Bridge rehabilitation design and risk management program. He has been heavily involved in overseeing construction of the bridge's emergency repair and subsequent rehabilitation.
Beyond the Champlain Bridge project, François has worked for both contracting and consulting engineering firms on new and rehabilitation projects for concrete, steel and wood structures. Additionally, François has research experience on the analysis and testing of steel welded connections fatigue resistance.
Seating is limited, please register early.
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