Launched in 1997 by Dr. Simaan AbouRizk, the Forum established an important venue for circulating ideas, practices, and solutions among researchers and students, our partners, and members of the construction industry. Under the leadership of the CIC, the FORUM will continue to provide a platform to forge vital connections to the needs of construction professionals and deliver proven tools and techniques for improving and advancing construction.
Established in 2019, the
at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering is the center of construction research expertise, creating high-impact solutions and educating the next generation of innovative construction engineers. They are home to Construction Innovation Centre (CIC)
The Hole School of Construction Engineering
The Nasseri School of Building Science and Engineering
Masonry Engineering Research Group
Steel Structures Research Group
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ICF 2021 Program Track Presentations
The Construction Innovation Centre (CIC): Research Driving Change
Revitalizing the Engineering Science of Masonry, Brick by Brick: Development of Enhanced Systems for Sustainable Masonry Infrastructure
Dr. Carlos Cruz-Noguez, MCAA Endowed Chair in Masonry Systems, Associate Professor, University of Alberta
Dr. Mark Hagel, Director of Engineering, Alberta Masonry Council
The MCAA Masonry Chair in Masonry Systems at the University of Alberta seeks to develop innovative masonry systems and design techniques, study the unexploited capabilities of modern and traditional masonry, and investigate the safety and durability of masonry structures by working closely with contractors, architects, engineers, building officials, suppliers, block manufacturers, and scientific/technical organizations dedicated to the advancement of masonry research, development, marketing, and innovation. Masonry is a centuries-old construction material with a proven record of strength and energy efficiency. With its high thermal efficiency and inherent durability and the advent of newer, more stringent energy codes that favour performance-based design, masonry construction is a cost-effective option to meet the energy efficiency needs of new Canadian infrastructure.
However, perhaps due to the fact that many engineers and construction practitioners view masonry as an “old-fashioned” or “hand-crafted” material, masonry technology has failed to capitalize on the significant innovations in material science, computer simulation, and construction technology that have occurred in recent decades. As a result, the potential benefits that masonry could bring to Canadian society in terms of durability, thermal efficiency, and strength-to-cost ratio remain underutilized.
Join Dr. Carlos Cruz-Noguez, MCAA Endowed Chair of Masonry Structures. at the University of Alberta, and Dr. Mark Hagel, Engineering Director of the Alberta Masonry Council, for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities facing the development of new and enhanced systems to control the movement of heat and moisture through masonry structures.
Harnessing Data to Drive Safety Performance
The Advantages of Robotics in Construction
The Resilience of Cities
Dr. Ursula Eicker, Canada Excellence Research Chair, Next Generation Cities Institute, Concordia University
Cities are complex adaptive systems that can prepare to react well to hazards and stresses from natural or human made disasters such as earth quakes, pandemics, terrorist attacks or climate change related droughts, flooding or heat waves.
Floods endanger more city residents than any other natural hazard, followed by earthquakes and storms, and the likelihood of floods is increasing due to climate change. As there will be limits to adaptation, it is essential to combine adaptation with mitigation strategies to tackle the real causes of the problem, i.e. the unsustainability of our built environment. Climate-resilient pathways include strategies, choices, and actions that reduce climate change and its impacts as well as effective risk management. The goal is to enhance positive feedbacks between mitigation, adaptation, and sustainable development while minimizing potential trade-offs between them.
Urban resilience frameworks allow to assess the status of a city in four core dimensions of effective leadership and empowered stakeholders, health and well-being, sustainable economy and urban Infrastructure for critical services, reliable mobility and communication.
The health of the city dwellers is a major factor for resilience, especially when faced with pandemics. And health is not just a function of a good public health system, but depends on many factors such as social cohesion or the population´s activity level and access to green spaces and parks. Active transportation has been pushed forwards by many cities in the pandemic by rapidly increasing bike lanes or by converting streets to pedestrian zones.
Sustainable, resilient and inclusive cities are often the outcome of good governance that encompasses effective leadership, inclusive citizen participation and efficient financing among other things. To this end, public officials increasingly have access to public data, enabling evidence-based decision making. Open data is also increasingly transforming the way local governments share information with citizens, deliver services and monitor performance. It enables simultaneously increased public access to information and more direct citizen involvement in decision-making.
The growing accessibility and use of urban digital twins offer new ways of combining urban scale data with scenario modeling to assess and plan the transformation of the built environment, the urban infrastructure and the transportation system towards a decarbonized, sustainable and resilient next generation city.