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A collection of successful PIEVC assessments from across various regions, infrastructure types and scopes. Click on the titles for further details on these projects.

Government of Northwest Territories - Highway 3 west of Yellowknife

Government of Northwest Territories - Highway 3 west of Yellowknife report cover tags: Roads and Associated Structures

The Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) has developed a standardized protocol to assess the vulnerability of Canada’s public infrastructure to climate change. Case studies have been carried out to date across Canada, testing and calibrating this protocol on various infrastructures. This report presents the results of the case study undertaken for a 100 km section of Northwest Territories’ Highway 3 located between Behchoko (Rae-Edzo) and Yellowknife (km 240 to km 333). The principal objective of this vulnerability assessment is to quantify how climate change... click to learn more

Northwest Territories August 2011

British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure - Coquihalla Highway – Hope to Merritt Section

British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure - Coquihalla Highway – Hope to Merritt Section report cover tags: Roads and Associated Structures

The scope of the assessment encompassed the current design, construction, operation and management of this infrastructure as well as planned upgrades or major rehabilitation projects.

The Hope to Merritt section of the Coquihalla Highway, Hwy 5, in British Columbia was constructed between 1982 and 1986 through mountainous terrain bordered by the Fraser Delta to the West and the Cascade Mountain Range to the East.

The majority of the pavements for the Coquihalla Highway have undergone some form of rehabilitation and maintenance since initial construction in the 1980s. Since... click to learn more

British Columbia June 2010

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Claireville and G. Ross Water Control Dams

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Claireville and G. Ross Water Control Dams report cover tags: Dams, Water Resources

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is one of 38 Conservation Authorities in the province of Ontario. Its area of jurisdiction includes 3,467 square kilometres; 2,506 on land and 961 water-based. The TRCA owns and operates a number of large and small dams and flood control structures. The two large dams that are the subject of this study, the G. Ross Lord dam and Claireville Dam, located in the Don River watershed and in the Humber River watershed respectively, are actively operated structures whose operational procedures are integrated with the TRCA Flood Forecasting and Warning... click to learn more

Ontario June 2010

Metro Vancouver Fraser Sewerage Area Infrastructure

Metro Vancouver Fraser Sewerage Area Infrastructure cover tags: Stormwater, Wastewater

In 2008, Metro Vancouver and Engineers Canada cooperated in the Vancouver Sewerage Area (VSA) vulnerability assessment. The VSA study was one of seven original pilot study applications of an assessment protocol developed by Engineers Canada for use with all types of infrastructure across Canada. That study focussed on an area that is largely combined (i.e.sanitary sewage and stormwater conveyed in the same pipe) and currently undergoing significant change through an ongoing program of sewer separation (i.e. separating stormwater and sanitary sewage into different pipes). The Fraser... click to learn more

British Columbia December 2009

City of Sudbury Road Infrastructure Assessement

City of Sudbury Road Infrastructure Assessement cover tags: Roads and Associated Structures

This project was undertaken with support from the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan and Engineers Canada). To meet the climate change challenge, Engineers Canada and its partners have established the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) involving all three levels of government and nongovernmental organizations.

The City of Greater Sudbury was selected as a case study in the roads and associated structures category. Dennis Consultants and Hydro-Com Technologies, divisions of R.V. Anderson Associates, conducted... click to learn more

Ontario March 2008

City of Edmonton Assessment for the Quesnell Bridge

tags: Bridges

This Quesnell Bridge case study was undertaken following the steps outlined in the PIEVC Engineering Protocol for Climate Change Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment (October 2007) (the Protocol) which was developed by PIEVC for the purpose of providing a uniform platform in assessing infrastructure vulnerability to climate change. The five major steps in the protocol guide the practitioner in defining the project parameters and gathering relevant information, then, subsequently, in performing qualitative and indicator analyses to identify whether vulnerability exists in certain... click to learn more

Alberta March 2008

Water Resources Public Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment for Placentia, Newfoundland

tags: Coastal Structures, Water Resources

The Town of Placentia, Newfoundland, was chosen as the focus for one of the two water - resources case studies.

This case study centers on four pieces of infrastructure in the Town of Placentia, located on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula and on the east coast of Placentia Bay. The community encompasses Dunville, which forms the northwestern section of the town and is connected to downtown by a lift bridge. The Placentia area is subject to frequent storms, which have caused serious flooding in low-lying locations.

Newfoundland and Labrador March 2008

Government of Northwest Territories Thermosyphon Foundations in Warm Permafrost

tags: Buildings

Passive cooling by means of pressured heat exchange pipes was developed in Alaska by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1965 to preserve foundations in ‘warm’ permafrost. It has been widely applied in Alaska, northern Canada and Russia to preserve and cool permafrost. The original simple 20mm vertical pipe with a radiator in the air has evolved into other designs that include: thermopiles, sloped pipe thermosyphons and flat loop evaporator pipe (flat loop) thermosyphons. The flat loop thermosyphon was developed and field tested in Canada in 1994 to allow the construction of buildings... click to learn more

Northwest Territories February 2008

Vancouver Sewerage Area (VSA) Vulnerability Assessment

Vancouver Sewerage Area Infrastructure report cover tags: Stormwater, Wastewater

Metro Vancouver and PIEVC cooperated in the jointly-funded Vancouver Sewerage Area (VSA) vulnerability assessment. The vulnerability assessment included all Metro Vancouver infrastructure and operations within the VSA. The catchment encompassed the City of Vancouver, University of British Columbia (UBC) campus, UBC Endowment Lands, part of the City of Burnaby and part of the City of Richmond. The VSA is approximately 13,000 hectares.

British Columbia March 2008

Town of Prescott Sanitary Sewer System

Town of Prescott Sanitary Sewer System report cover tags: Stormwater, Wastewater

For this particular study, the Town of Prescott and Engineers Canada agreed to partner and co-fund an engineering vulnerability assessment of the Town of Prescott’s sanitary sewage system in the context of both the existing climate and future climate change, using the PIEVC Protocol (version 9, April 2009). The main objective of this assessment and pilot study was to identify components of the sanitary sewage system which are at increased risk of failure, damage, deterioration, reduced operational effectiveness, and/or reduced life cycle from potential future changes in climate.... click to learn more

Ontario June 2011

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