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On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, I invite you to participate in the CSCE 2014 Annual General Conference in Halifax, NS. The conference will be held from May 28th to 31st, 2014 at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel located on the waterfront in downtown Halifax. The conference theme, “SUSTAINABLE MUNICIPALITIES,” promotes and celebrates the central role of civil engineering systems in municipalities and the increasing importance of innovative solutions to create sustainable practices that can be implemented locally, nationally and internationally. All aspects of civil engineering will be incorporated into the conference, with special focus on the latest research findings, technical innovations, and project excellence in the civil engineering profession.
Concurrent with the General Conference, three Specialty Conferences will be hosted; the 4th International Structural Specialty Conference, the 10th International Transportation Specialty Conference and the 13th International Environmental Specialty Conference.
A varied technical program is being planned that will showcase presentations on discovery, innovation, implementation of research, decision making, project management, and lessons learned from application new techniques in major projects. The event is also being organized recognizing the importance of networking and sharing knowledge, thereby ensuring that our individual experiences contribute to the advancement of our profession at all levels.
The conference will provide a dynamic venue for suppliers, consultants and contractors to demonstrate the latest products and solutions. There will be opportunities to learn about and visit innovative engineering projects and facilities within the Halifax Regional Municipality which showcase the talents of our civil engineering colleagues and exemplify the enthusiasm for engineering sustainably in our dynamic maritime city.
Halifax is ready to welcome you warmly and we invite you to share our local treasures. You’ll want to mark your calendar and be part of CSCE 2014 in Halifax, May 28th to 31st, 2014.
Chair, Local Organizing Committee,
CSCE 2014 Halifax
Design engineers' liability may extend indefinitely
By Robbyn P. Wysocki
Attorney & Counselor
Wysocki Legal Group, P.C.
One clear lesson from the Minnesota Interstate 35W bridge litigation is that contractors, project managers and even insurance companies have their strongest incentive yet to specify the most durable products. In an environment where states can retroactively change their laws to hold engineers liable for perceived design flaws, specifying inferior products or products with inherent installation risks can be professional, and financial, suicide.
...Now more than ever, highway design engineers must use the utmost vigilance in executing their prescribed duties. In every instance, the engineer must ensure that the design meets the desired purpose, is constructible, and protects the health, safety and welfare of the traveling public. Before making a final determination to specify any pipe material, the engineer has a responsibility to analyze the structural integrity, durability and efficiency of installed pipe materials as well as their ability to withstand unexpected events such as tanker spills, wildfires and any other risks that may be identified during the selection process.
No engineer can afford to wake up 20 or 30 years from now and find out that a plastic pipe system they designed under a state roadway failed prematurely, especially when state legislatures may nullify statutes of repose in order to hold them liable for poor design choices decades after the choice was made.
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