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Is there a better way for transit systems to deal with service disruptions?

August 10, 2020

A crowd spills along Bloor street after a transit disruption in November 2009. U of T Engineering research have designed an algorithm that they say can more efficiently dispatch buses to deal with downed subway lines. (Photo: Sweetsop, via Flickr)   It’s a phrase transit riders hear all too often: “Shuttle buses are on the way.” Service disruptions are a fact of life for transit systems around the world. The most common remedy is “bus...

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Survey Camp construction underway

July 28, 2020

      Construction underway for new facilities at Survey Camp July 2020. (Photo by Brent Sleep)     A ceremonial groundbreaking at the U of T Survey Camp on Gull Lake, near Minden, Ont,. as part of Centennial celebrations on September 7, 2019, for the upcoming construction of the new HCAT Bunkhouse and MacGillivray Common Room. With spades (L to R): Brent Sleep, Chair, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering; Georgette Zinaty, Executive Director,...

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Connecting with: Loui Pappas

July 21, 2020

Connecting with: Loui Pappas While the U of T campus is closed to the public, in-person classes and some lab work, an attempt is being made to connect with individuals continuing to work from home. This is part of a regular series to help bring us together as we remain apart during this public health crisis. Loui Pappas, P.Eng. VP Business Development, Transportation Morrison Hershfield Loui Pappas (CivE 8T8, MASc 8T9) is Vice President, Business...

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Connecting with: Chris Harhay

July 9, 2020

Connecting with: Chris Harhay While the U of T campus is closed to the public, in-person classes and non-essential lab work, an attempt is being made to connect with individuals continuing to work from home. This is part of a regular series to help bring us together as we remain apart during this public health crisis. Chris Harhay President, Harhay Developments Chris Harhay is President of Harhay Developments and is a member of the Department’s...

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CivMin winners of COVID-19 Student Engagement Awards

June 23, 2020

Several CivMin students have received a U of T COVID-19 Student Engagement Award. Lisa MacTavish, Pedro Torres-Basanta and Daniel Tse, a team from CivE MEng CEM, proposed a life cycle assessment (LCA) that investigates the environmental impacts of hand hygiene practices. Saeed Shakib (CivE PhD candidate) working with project partner Ramtin Mojtahedi (BME PhD candidate), proposed a project that aims to to reduce risk of infection by providing a smart home-based reminder system for protective actions, such...

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Congratulations Class of 2T0 and 1T9+PEY

June 18, 2020

To the graduating students of the CivMin Class of 2T0 and 1T9 PEY, Watching your virtual convocation ceremony on June 2, 2020, was very moving.  We are tremendously proud of your many accomplishments.  No matter where life takes you, I have no doubt that you will use your skills and knowledge to have a lasting, positive impact as engineers. Even though the virtual ceremony date has passed, the official convocation date listed on your student...

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Six ways U of T plans to keep students, faculty and staff safe on campus this fall

June 17, 2020

In busy areas where maintaining a two-metre distance from others isn’t possible, or is challenging, the university will assess and install protective measures such as Plexiglass barriers and sneeze guards (photo by Johnny Guatto) The University of Toronto is implementing a number of changes on campus to ensure the U of T’s community’s safety in advance of the fall semester. As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, new and returning students will see signs...

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Connecting with: Mike Buckley

June 16, 2020

While the U of T campus is closed to the public, in-person classes and non-essential lab work, an attempt is being made to connect with individuals continuing to work from home. This is part of a regular series to help bring us together as we remain apart during this public health crisis.   Mike Buckley, P.Eng. Director of Design Services, PCL Construction Canada Inc Mike Buckley (MASc 8T8) is Director of Design Services at PCL...

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Five U of T engineers elected into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

June 15, 2020

CivMin’s Professor Baher Abdulhai Five members of the U of T Engineering community have been elected into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). Professors Baher Abdulhai (CivMin), Geoff Fernie (IBBME), Reza Iravani (ECE), and Charles Jia (ChemE), along with Dr. Emily Moore, Director of Troost ILead, are among the CAE’s 52 new fellows for 2020. The CAE is a national institution through which Canada’s most distinguished and experienced engineers provide strategic advice on matters of critical importance to the country. Dr. Emily...

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Connecting with: Joe Tiernay

June 4, 2020

While the U of T campus is closed to the public, in-person classes and non-essential lab work, an attempt is being made to connect with individuals continuing to work from home. This is part of a regular series to help bring us together as we remain apart during this public health crisis. Joe Tiernay plays guitar by his garage during his Kick Kovid to the Kurb Koncert. (Photo courtesy Joe Tiernay) Joe Tiernay Executive Director,...

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Modelling the health benefits of electric cars

June 3, 2020

Professor Marianne Hatzopoulou (CivMin) and her team have modelled the potential human health impacts of a large-scale shift to electric vehicles across the GTHA. (Photo: Roberta Baker) Electric vehicles are often touted as a means of mitigating climate change, but a new modelling study suggests that their public health benefits may be just as significant. “Local air pollution within urban environments is highly detrimental to human health,” says Professor Marianne Hatzopoulou (CivMin), who led the research. “When you have...

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CivMin Grads to Watch 2020

June 2, 2020

With the University’s virtual Convocation ceremony on June 2, 2020 U of T Engineering students mark the end of one journey and the beginning of another. Graduating in the midst of a global pandemic, the Class of 2020 will long be celebrated for its tenacity, resilience and spirit Having enriched the U of T Engineering community as undergraduate and graduate students, they will join our vibrant, global network of Skule™ alumni, where they will continue to address pressing...

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Amid a pandemic, U of T Engineering Design Team pushes ahead on energy retrofit project

June 1, 2020

Northern Light Solutions team at their energy audit at Orde Street Public School. One lesson this pandemic brought to light is that a reduced carbon footprint can have a measurable impact on the environment. Students from the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering knew that to be the case when they began work on an energy retrofit project for a local school. Northern Lights Solutions (NLS) is a student design team in the Canadian/National Electrical...

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CivMin professors and students honoured with industry awards

May 26, 2020

Award-winning CivMin Professors (L to R) Khandker Nurul Habib, Jeff Packer, Frank Vecchio and Doug Hooton   CivMin professors, as well as two Master’s students, have received recognition in the form of awards from professional organizations. The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) made its awards public May 27, though usually reserving the announcement as a surprise for a ceremony at an annual conference. The American Concrete Institute (ACI) announced the ACI Foundation award recipients...

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New U of T Engineering Academy prepares incoming students to excel in first year

May 19, 2020

U of T Engineering Academy is a new self-paced, optional and not-for-credit program that is free to all incoming first-year students. (Photo illustration credit: Unsplash and Kyle Coulter) U of T Engineering is launching a new program designed to give incoming students all the material they need to shine in their first-year courses. The University of Toronto Engineering Academy is an optional and not-for-credit program that is free to all incoming students for Fall 2020. Students gain...

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