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Tilbury LNG Expansion

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October 2014, FortisBC started construction of a $400-million expansion project at Tilbury. This includes building a new storage tank and additional liquefaction equipment. This additional equipment will help meet the growing LNG demands of the transportation sector, remote communities and industry in BC. We anticipate this equipment will be in service in Q1 2018. The expanded facility will be able to liquefy an additional 34,000 GJ (1500 cubic metres) of natural gas per day and will add 1.1 million GJ (46000 cubic metres) of additional storage capacity.

Rob Dunsmore is the Project Director, Tilbury LNG Implementation for FortisBC. He has worked in the hydro electric and natural gas utility for 30 years. Over this span has been involved in the Operations, Maintenance and Capital projects. Some of the projects which he has taken a lead role are refurbishment and upgrade of FortisBC and client hydroelectric generation plants, new Substation and line construction. Most notably the Waneta Expansion project on the Pend ‘Oreille river in southeast BC and currently Tilbury LNG Expansion in Delta BC.

When:
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where:
Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $80

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Viaducts Replacement Project: Unlocking Vancouver’s Last Piece of Downtown

The Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts replacement is an ambitious project of a scale that has not been undertaken by the City of Vancouver in several decades. This significant infrastructure project involves demolition of existing viaducts and replacement with a new at-grade street network, integration of land development servicing, utility upgrades, enhanced public realm, green infrastructure, and seismically-resilient streets in Vancouver’s downtown. It forms the foundation to unlock over $1.5 Billion in public benefits proposed in the Northeast False Creek Area Plan. Development in this neighborhood is planned to be home for an additional 10,000-12,000 new residents, 6,000-8,000 new jobs and include a new vibrant and waterfront destination park.

As the detailed design nears completion, Peter Cohen, Senior Project Manager, will share the design and various construction disciplines being sought by the City as it prepares for procurement – potentially delivered under one contract. The speaker will provide attendees at this session with a thorough understanding of the project and potential opportunities.

When:
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where:
Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $80

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Annual General Meeting

Transit and transportation are vital for a strong economy. They are critical to the livability and affordability of Metro Vancouver. As our economy continues to grow, we will need to accommodate another one million people and a half-million new jobs over the next 30 years. And every one of them will need to move in, out and within our region efficiently, affordably and sustainably.

Planning for the future is already underway with pre-construction and design work advancing for the Broadway extension and Surrey LRT projects. And this year, TransLink will start the process of updating the Regional Transportation Strategy by asking the region to chart a long-term path forward to meet the growing demands on the transportation system and network.

TransLink’s CEO Kevin Desmond will provide an update to members and guests of the BC Construction Roundtable on the major investments in Metro Vancouver’s transit and transportation network, and will detail the organization’s future and how it is taking action to meet the needs of the region’s growing economy and population.

The British Columbia Construction Roundtable is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an independent forum for key decision-makers of all sectors of the BC construction industry to learn, share information, and examine issues for the future growth of the industry. For 23 years the organization has provided networking opportunities for people working in the construction industry.

When:
Monday, March 26, 2018, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Where:
Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Cost:
Members – $70
Non-Members – $95

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This event is generously sponsored by:

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The Evergreen Line – 11 km of Construction Challenges

The Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project is the most recent addition to the SkyTrain network in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The 11 km alignment consists of elevated and at-grade guideway sections, cut-and-cover and bored tunnels, seven stations, power substations, train operating systems, parking facilities, and a vehicle storage and light maintenance facility.

Because of the high seismicity of the region, liquefiable and soft soils posed the main challenges for the design of structures. A performance-based design approach with varying levels of performance requirements were specified for the project. Several deep foundation and ground improvement solutions were used to meet the project design objectives, while satisfying cost, schedule and site constraints. Foundation types included drilled shafts and driven steel pipe piles. Ground improvement solutions included Cement Deep Soil Mixing (CDSM) and driven timber piles.

A variety of innovative techniques were used throughout construction, including the Inlet Centre Station platform and guideway, the bored tunnel, tunnel invert and track slab, and sections of elevated guideway, all in order to open the Evergreen Line to passengers in December 2016.

Our speakers are Meiric Preece and Ali Azizian. Meiric, currently on his own, was previously a Partner with MMM Group Limited, working out of the Vancouver office. Since 1984 when he joined the company, he has amassed experience in project management, design, and construction of bridges and transit systems, both in Canada and in international contexts. In 2015 he received the APEGBC Meritorious Achievement Award, primarily for his work on rapid transit projects. On the Evergreen Line Meiric had the role of the Technical Director for SNC Lavalin’s Design Build Finance Team from the RFQ to Total completion of the Project. Ali is a Principal Specialist and Geotechnical Engineer with Tetra Tech (EBA), who were the Geotechnical Consultant for the project (except the bored tunnel section). Meiric will provide a brief overview of the project as a whole and some information on key elements of the Project. Ali will provide an overview of the subsurface ground conditions along the alignment, the selected foundation or ground improvement types and construction challenges.

When:
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where:
Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $80

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This event is generously sponsored by:
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The Obscure World of Construction Insurance: Finding Your Way Through Murky Waters

Have you ever had tried to read a construction insurance policy or have you ever made a claim only to find yourself in a world of denials, exclusions, rights reservations, eventually giving up. Our two panelists are experts in understanding, triggering and capitalizing on construction insurance. Stacey Boothman is in-house counsel for the Ledcor Group. In private practice Stacey worked for insurance clients. Last year, Ledcor was successful before the Supreme Court of Canada in pursuing a claim against its insurer Northbridge Indemnity, in circumstances where most observers would have said the odds were stacked against them. Richard Beal Jr. is a senior partner with the Seattle law firm of Ashbaugh Beal. Richard started his career working for insurance companies. This gave him a rare insight into and understanding of the world of insurance. Eventually he turned to the dark side, developing a unique practice specializing in assisting contractors to successfully navigate insurance claims. Richard and Stacey will share with you experiences and practical tips and make insurance actually sound interesting.

When:
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:30 – 9:30 am

Where:
Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $80

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This event is generously sponsored by

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What’s Brewing in Vancouver? A Festive Event

Stout and aged? Honey brown or traditional? Ice cold or room temperature, hoppy or flavoured? Beer now comes in many flavours to satisfy any taste. The world of beer is one of sophistication and variety and no where is this more evident than in Vancouver where the microbrewery business has exploded. This year for our Festive Season Reception we invite you to join us at one of Vancouver’s renowned microbreweries where you will sample a flight of beers, learn about the differences between brewing different beers and enjoy some delicious food to compliment the tasting. Mingle with friends and colleagues this holiday season at the Big Rock Urban Brewery.

Located in heart of the Brewery Creek/Mount Pleasant district, Big Rock craft beer is brewed using natural, fresh ingredients by local people. Their brews are locally inspired, using as many natural lower mainland ingredients as possible, brewed entirely on location at our Mount Pleasant brewery, and sold exclusively in BC.

When:
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
First tour 5:00 pm
Second tour 5:15 pm
Lecture and Tasting 5:45 pm

Where:
Big Rock Brewery, 310 West 4th Ave, Vancouver

Cost:
There is no cost to attend but you must register.

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This event is generously sponsored by:
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Bridging The Generation Gap

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As the Boomers leave en masse, younger employees must step up and take the reigns as the next generation of leaders and owners. Structuring and managing these transitions effectively will directly impact the success and viability of every BCCR member firm.

As a leader you must ask yourself: Is my firm ready? Do we have a plan? Are our current leaders ready and willing to let go? How do we pass on our knowledge and insights to those around us? Can others benefit from our mistakes and challenges? Our speaker, Ralph Kison will address these questions and provide strategies on how to attract, engage and retain the best employees while navigating the increasingly competitive and challenging search for future leaders and managers.

Ralph Kison, President of Kison Inc. and Growth Through learning, works with companies and associations in the EAC and professional services sector throughout North America. Ralph serves his clients in the capacities of trusted advisor, facilitator, trainer and leadership coach. His range of experience enables him to assist clients address strategic planning, organizational development and talent attraction, development and retention issues.

When:
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where:
Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $80

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Beer, BBQ and Bowling Summer Social

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Put on your best whites and practice your throw and roll cause this year the BCCR summer social is a lawn bowling challenge! No experience necessary! Teams of 4 will be coached in how to achieve the perfect throw to score points. There will be prizes for the winning team. Add a craft beer tasting and BBQ and you’ve got an evening not to be missed. Bring your spouse, partner, friend, neighbour or colleague to join in the fun! Soft soled shoes are required on the bowling green. And parking is easy at Queen Elizabeth Park. A perfect way to spend Vancouver summer evening.

Can’t join us for lawn bowling? There will be lots of beer and bbq to enjoy so come when you can and enjoy a beautiful sunset from the top of Little Mountain.

When:
Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 5:00 – 8:30 pm

Where:
Queen Elizabeth Park (33rd & Cambie)

Cost:
Members – $35
Non-Members – $35

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Construction at the Cusp of a tech-breakthrough

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With Vancouver rapidly becoming the new hub for cutting edge and innovative tech solutions and some dubbing it the next “Silicon Valley”, there is a new surge of companies pursing technological advancements in the construction and building industry. As tech adoption has raised the manufacturing industry to previously unimaginable heights, there are impressive numbers of companies working locally in BC and the Lower mainland, to come up with smart solutions making the BC construction industry competitive on a global scale.

The June event, “Construction at the cusp of a tech-breakthrough”, consists of a multitude of Pechakucha style presentations, a format featuring 20 images and 20 seconds per image to tell a holistic story from start to finish with some time for Q&A in the end.

The speakers and their topics include:
Sheryl Staub-French, Professor – UBC (BIM TOPiCS Lab)
Dogu Taskiran, CEO – Stambol (Virtual, Augemented and Mixed Reality)
Wyle Baoween, CEO – HRx (Bias Elimination in Recruitment)
John Richardson, CEO – Ethelo (Decision Making Tools)
Marlan Govender, Senior Software Engineer – GE Digital (Industrial Internet of Things, IIOT)
Craig Mitchell, Director of Innovations – Britco Construction (Modular Construction)
Steve Rombough, High Definition Surveys and BIM Specialist – McElhanney Consulting (Mobile Data Collection)
Jason Santeford, Architecture Discipline Leader – Stantec
Aubrey Tucker, Innovative Technology Developer – Stantec (Evolving Practice: AR/VR, Reality Capture, Data Visualization, Compuative Design)

By meeting these brilliant people and learning about this inevitable shift in construction mentality you will be on the leading edge of technological advancement. Come and connect with your colleagues over breakfast. Space is limited so register today!

When:
Thursday, June 22, 2017, 7:30 – 10:00 am

Where:
Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $80

This event is generously sponsored by:
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Industry Innovations Forum

There is no charge to attend this event.

Friday June 2, 2017
9:00 – 12:00 pm

The Westin Bayshore
Stanley Park Ballroom 2

Speakers include:

Helen Goodland
Brantwood Consulting

Dr. Carl Haas
University of Waterloo

Aubrey Tucker & Jason Santeford
Stantec Architecture

Dr. Mani Golparvar Fard
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Cheryl Nelms
City of Vancouver

Dr. Aminah Robinson Fayek
University of Alberta

David Dow
Diamond Schmitt Architecture

Dr. Daniel Forgues
École de technologie supérieure

These speakers will address the following topics:

Procuring Innovation
Construction Productivity
Virtual and Augmented Reality
Sensing & Data Capture Technologies
University-Industry Collaboration
Integrated Project Delivery
BIM/VDC

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