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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

District of Shelburne New Sewage Treatment Plant

District of Shelburne New Sewage Treatment Plant report cover tags: Stormwater, Wastewater

This case study is unique in that the PIEVC Protocol has been applied at the pre-design stage of the project, rather than conducting the assessment after the infrastructure has been constructed. It has also been applied in this instance to a small wastewater treatment plant in a rural community, with a view to learn about the scalability of the Protocol and to develop recommendations for how it can best be used to assess other infrastructure of a similar scale.

The Sandy Point Sewage Treatment Plant was originally constructed in 1969 to provide primary wastewater treatment to a... click to learn more

Nova Scotia August 2011

City of Castlegar Stormwater Treatment System

City of Castlegar Stormwater Treatment System report cover tags: Stormwater

The Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC), established by Engineers Canada, has developed an assessment protocol and is currently creating case studies throughout the country. This report has been prepared for the City of Castlegar (the City) as one of the deliverables required by the Version 9 – April 2009 PIEVC Engineering Protocol for Climate Change Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment.

Using the Protocol the team was able to conduct a vulnerability risk assessment of the City’s stormwater infrastructure to determine which components may be... click to learn more

British Columbia October 2010

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

Infrastructure Ontario/Ministry of Infrastructure - Three public buildings

Infrastructure Ontario/Ministry of Infrastructure - Three public buildings  report cover tags: Buildings

Golder Associates, with Morrison Hershfield (the Consultants), have performred a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment study in alignment with the protocol developed by the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC), for Infrastructure Ontario (IO). This study brought together experts in building systems engineering, energy, water, climate, cultural heritage and other key disciplines, who worked with IO's project team, facility stakeholders, Engineers Canada and Environmnet Canda, to complete this vulnerability assessment.

The study focused on three... click to learn more

Ontario June 2012

Assessment of University of Saskatchewan Current Engineering Building and New Addition

tags: Buildings

In early 2011, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), in cooperation with Engineers Canada, embareked on a joint-funded project to assess the potential vulnerability of the Engineering Building to climate change. Associated Engineering (AE) was retained to conduct the ristk assessment and report on the impacts that future climate change may have on the exisiting engineering building as well as on a proposed building expansion.

The objective of this study was to idnetify the components of the existing building and proposed expansion that are at risk of failure, damage and/or... click to learn more

Saskatchewan March 2012

Assessment of Town of Welland’s Stormwater and Wastewater Collection and Treatment System

Assessment of Town of Welland’s Stormwater and Wastewater Collection and Treatment System cover tags: Stormwater, Water Resources

The present study, which includes both an application of the PIEVC climate change vulnerability assessment protocol and an update of the City of Welland’s vintage Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF) rainfall data, is a co-operative initiative between the City of Welland, Region of Niagara, PIEVC and the Ontario Ministry of Environment. Members of the PIEVC Climate Change Vulnerability Risk Assessment for Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Infrastructure Steering Committee include the organizations named above plus WaterSmart Niagara, Engineers Canada, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities... click to learn more

Ontario February 2012

Assessment of 285 Shuter Street Apartment Tower

Assessment of 285 Shuter Street Apartment Tower cover tags: Buildings

This report is a Case Study of the climate change vulnerability of a residential high-rise apartment tower at 285 Shuter Street owned by Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) and occupied by residential tenants. The building is a 16-storey apartment building constructed in 1964 and part of the TCHC portfolio of social housing, which includes more than 2215 buildings including high, mid and low-rise apartments, townhouses and houses. It is part of a three-tower complex currently within the Toronto Tower renewal program. The building has benefited from recently completed assessments... click to learn more

Ontario September 2012

Assessment of Toronto Hydro Electrical Supply and Delivery Infrastructure

Assessment of Toronto Hydro Electrical Supply and Delivery Infrastructure cover tags: Electrical Distribution, Electrical Transmission

Key stakeholders in the City of Toronto such as the WeatherWise Partnership have recognized the importance of the electrical sector and its vulnerability to a changing climate, and targeted it in 2011 as a priority area for further investigation. As part of this endeavour, Engineers Canada engaged the Clean Air Partnership to work with Toronto Hydro-Electrical System Limited (THESL) in order to demonstrate the applicability of the Protocol on Toronto Hydro owned electrical distribution infrastructure in the City of Toronto. THESL is Canda's largest municipal electrical distribution utility... click to learn more

Ontario September 2012

Assessment of Toronto Pearson Airport Infrastructure

Assessment of Toronto Pearson Airport Infrastructure report cover tags: Airport Infrastructure

The GTAA decided to undertake an engineering vulnerability assessment of infrastructure in the context of both the existing climate and future climate change using the PIEVC Protocol. The Protocol is a step-by-step process to conduct an engineering vulnerability asessment on infrastructure due to climate change.

Potential issues and concerns arising from changing climate:

  • Airport infrastructure is considered vulnerable to the types of weather related stresses that will be exacerbated by climate change;
  • Climate change could threaten airport infrastructure;
  • ... click to learn more
Ontario August 2014

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