2014 – 53rd Annual Engineering and Technology Conference

 53rd Annual Engineering and Technology Conference

Friday, November 7, 2014

   Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Presentations start at 9 am

 The presentations for this year’s conference are listed below with abstracts in the pages following.                        

Morning Sessions:              

  • Run of the River Generator in Nepal – Adrian Tessier
  • The Real Cost of Electrical Energy-Paul Acchione, P.Eng, OSPE Past Chair
  • Harbour Clean-up – Jamie Saunders, EcoSuperior
  • Waterfalls and Landslides – Bruce Adamson, P.Eng, Adamson Consulting
  • New Methods of Fire Protection in Buildings – Dr. Tony Gillies, P.Eng, Lakehead University
  • A Smart Grid Electricity Price Plan -Paul Acchione, P.Eng, OSPE Past Chair
Luncheon Speakers

PEO Presentation/Discussion – Gerard McDonald, P.Eng, Registrar, PEO

 OSPE Presentation/Discussion – Paul Acchione, P.Eng, Past Chair, OSPE                  

Keynote Speaker – Allan Mallory, P.Eng The Family that Conquered Everest

Cost~ including lunch – Members $40.00, Students $15.00

 To ensure sufficient meals for attendees, please register by October 31, 2014 with the Northern Regional Office by email at     peonro@lakeheadu.ca      or by phone at 807-343-8345.

Ballroom 3

9:00 a.m.       The Real Cost of Electrical Energy  

Speaker:       Paul Acchione P.Eng., retired after 31 years with Ontario Power Generation and is now a Management Consultant at Market Intelligence and Data Analysis Corporation. 

The presentation discusses the comparative cost of electricity and the carbon dioxide emissions that would result from a wind, solar, nuclear or natural gas generation grid.  The presentation will provide information from OSPE’s energy advocacy studies, including:

  • Why the demand profile is critical to understanding the real cost of production
  • Price confusion – the different prices for electricity (HOEP, GA, LCOE, TOU)
  • The cost impact of load following (dispatching)
  • Solar and wind production profiles and what that means for the grid
  • The total delivered energy cost of solar, wind, nuclear and natural gas

Viking Room           

9:00 a.m.       Harbour Clean-up

Speaker:       Jamie Saunders, EcoSuperior, Thunder Bay

 On the bottom of the Thunder Bay North Harbour area, there is 350,000 to 400,000 m3 of contaminated sediment, up to 4 metres thick in places, covering an area of approximately 22 hectares. The sediment has elevated levels of mercury and other contaminants. Over the years, many consultants and researchers have carried out studies and testing in the area to identify the levels of contamination, assess how the sediment is affecting the water and the environment, and assess potential methods to deal with the problem.  Cleaning up the contaminated sediment is required to improve environmental quality in the North Harbour and to assist in removing Thunder Bay from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The presentation will include an overview of the human health and environmental risks associated with the contamination, a description of the 6 proposed remedial options and discussion regarding the preferred option moving forward.

 9:45 to 10:00 a.m. – REFRESHMENT BREAK

 Ballroom 3

10:00 am       Waterfalls and Landslides

Speaker:      Bruce Adamson, P.Eng., Adamson Consulting, Thunder Bay

Kakabeka Falls exists because of a hard cap rock underlain by softer shale material.  Erosive forces, freeze-thaw damage and changes in the rock formation, were changing the falls into a rapids.  To preserve the historical appearance, to protect the infrastructure developed in the area and to keep a prime tourist attraction, a project was undertaken in 1989 to slow down the erosion and improve the visual effect of the limited water available.  The unique engineering challenges related to rock mechanics, concrete technology, construction and doing the work so viewers wouldn’t know anything had been done.

The second part of the presentation concerns an April 1990 landslide into the Nipigon River.  A river bank slump suddenly changed into a retrogressive failure extending back 300 metres from the water’s edge.  The displaced clay and silt totally filled the 8 m deep river.  Man-made disturbances in the area could have led to the landslide.  They were investigated and decisions had to be made about actions to restore “normal” conditions in the area.

Viking  Room         

10:00 am       Run of the River Generator in Nepal

Speaker:       Adrian Tessier, retired MTO Maintenance Supervisor and Fleet Manager

 The Ringmo Power project was the brainchild of Peter Werth Jr. of Connecticut.    In 2001, he established the Werth Family Foundation, and within that foundation he founded Himalaya Currents.  This foundation looks for opportunities to help people who live in the very remote regions of Nepal, get electricity for their communities.  On one of his many treks through the area, he saw the fast flowing Phoksundo River had potential for a small hydro-electrical generating station for the small village of Ringmo.  In his search on the internet for possible small hydro-electric generators, he found Lynn Tessier of Advantage Produces and New Energy Corp.  After a brief meeting, Lynn assured Peter that he could come up with a product that would do exactly what Peter wanted for Ringmo.  A trip to the site allowed Lynn to measure the kinetic energy available in the river, a site was chosen, and plans for the installation started.  Everything was donated to the project from the generator assembly, a specially built diamond bearing, electronics, batteries, transportation, required Nepal Government passes and permits and accommodations. In February of this year, Adrian was invited by his brother Lynn to go Nepal with him and this presentation is the story of that adventure.

 Ballroom 3

11:00 a.m.     Structural Fire Engineering – An Emerging New Practice

Speaker:       Dr. Tony Gillies, P.Eng., Lakehead University

 With the introduction of the Objective-Based format in the National Model Construction Codes of Canada (Division A) designers now have the option to design for compliance in lieu of following the Acceptable Solutions in Division B.  This philosophical change has opened up the new field of Structural Fire Engineering.  This presentation will review the background research and tests which have driven the adoption of SFE.  Many consider the advances to have resulted from the studies triggered by the investigations into the collapse of the World Trade building complex but the presentation will show that the research advances predate this event.  The presentation will conclude with an overview of some recent structures that incorporate structural fire engineering in their design.

 Viking   Room        

11:00 a.m.     A Smart Grid Electricity Price Plan

Speaker:       Paul Acchione P.Eng., retired after 31 years with Ontario Power Generation and is now a Management Consultant at Market Intelligence and Data Analysis Corporation

 The presentation discusses a new voluntary electricity pricing scheme that incorporates market driven incentives to improve grid utilization and help commercialize new smart grid products.  The presentation will provide information from OSPE’s energy advocacy studies, including:

  • Ontario’s annual load demand and cost to make electricity
  • Features of a good electricity price plan
  • Current Ontario Time of Use pricing plan and its disadvantages
  • Using smart grid technology to simplify load management
  • OSPE’s voluntary smart grid electricity price plan
  • Advantages of the voluntary smart grid electricity price plan

Ballroom 1 and 2 

12:00 p.m.     Buffet Lunch

12:45 p.m.     Speaker Introductions

12:48 p.m.    

Luncheon Speakers:

PEO Items PEO CEO Gerard McDonald, P.Eng

OSPE Items – OSPE President,  Paul Acchione, P.Eng,

1:14 p.m.       Regional Bridge Building Competition –       Dr. Tony Gilles. P. Eng

1:21 pm.        Certificate Presentations

1:25 p.m.       Scholarship Presentations

1:30 p.m.       Keynote Presentation – The Family that Conquered Everest –Speaker: – Alan Mallory, P.Eng., P.E.

Climbing Mount Everest is considered one of mankind’s greatest feats of human endurance. In 2008, Alan Mallory and his family decided to take on the challenge becoming the first family of four to successfully reach the summit. The two-month quest to reach the highest point on earth was a journey filled with unparalleled challenges and some of the roughest and most extreme conditions imaginable. It was an expedition that challenged the mental, emotional and physical limits of their entire beings but to finally reach their goal was an incredible feeling. Along the way, they encountered challenges and perils but were able to overcome these challenges through proper planning, communications, teamwork and trust in each other’s abilities.  Alan’s presentation is a stunning visual and emotional journey that is supported by many of the vivid photos and short video clips captures along the two month quest to the top.

2:30 p.m.       Draw for Door Prizes and Adjournment

     NOTE: Delegates must be in attendance to claim a prize