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Theme: Construction for Sustainability - Green Materials & Technologies

WINNIPEG, CANADA / AUG 10 - 13, 2015

NOCMAT 2015 will provide an international forum for information dissemination and exchange, discussions and debates on research and practice related to innovative construction materials and technologies with objectives for sustainable development. The conference is expected to attract a wide range of academics, scientists, researchers, students, builders, designers, NGOs, policy makers and other industrialists from a wide variety of backgrounds, including fields of architecture, engineering, materials, sustainable and ecological technologies, biomaterials, materials sciences, environmental engineering and government agencies, etc. The conference should also be of interest to specialists in geography, economists and administrators of natural resources.

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The annual American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) International Congress and Exposition is the premier global conference that focuses on today's technical challenges, research updates and breakthrough innovations that are shaping the future of mechanical engineering. The Congress convenes engineers, academics, scientists and technologists of all disciplines for the purposes of exploring solutions to global challenges and for the advancement of engineering excellence worldwide.  The programme and details are available at the ASME website: http://www.asmeconferences.org/congress2014/.


Dear Potential Authors and Presenters

This is to inform you that the deadline for submission of Abstracts for the 2015 Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC2015)  to be held at the Hotel Omni Mont-Royalin Montreal in May 2015 has been moved to October 15, 2014.  

Please use this opportunity of increased Abstract submission period to send in you 100 words Abstracts. You can submit your Abstracts via the Conference website at http://Edas.info  or sent by E-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    (See attached “Call for Papers”for details)

For more information on the conference, please visit: http://www.cctc2015.ca/Page2.html

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Sunday, 17 August 2014 09:55

CSBE/SCGAB 2014 Award Recipients

On behalf of CSBE/SCGAB members, we would like to congratulate the 2014 award winners.
Bernard Panneton, Maple Leaf Award. Read citation.
René Morissette, Young Engineer of the Year. Read citation.
Harold K. House, John Turnbull Award. Read citation.
Qamar Zaman, Glenn Downing Award. Read citation.
Kevin McKague, Jim Beamish Award. Read citation.
Cristina Ratti, John Clark Award. Read citation.
Dennis Hodginkson on behalf of Bioterre Systems Inc., Industrial Award. Read citation.
Richad P. Atkins, Fellow Award. Read citation.
Sunday, 15 September 2013 00:35

Latest CBE Journal and Conference Publications

CBE Journal

Analysis of energy requirement for hemp fibre decortication using a hammer mill.
Xu, J., Y. Chen, C. Laguë, H. Landry and Q. Peng. 2012

Characterization of provincially inspected slaughterhouse wastewater in Ontario, Canada
Ping F. Wu And Gauri S. Mittal

Effect of load fixture design on sensitivity of an extended octagonal ring (EOR) transducer.
McLaughlin, N.B., B.S. Patterson and S.D. Burtt.

Effect of strain gage misalignment on cross sensitivity of extended ring (ER) transducers
McLaughlin, N.B., and Y. Chen

Effects of tire inflation pressure and field traffic on compaction of a sandy clay soil as measured by cone index and permeability.
Chehaibi, S., M. Khelifi, A. Boujelban, K. Abrougui.

Evaluation of CANWET model for hydrologic simulations for upper Canagagigue Creek watershed in southern Ontario
Singh, A., R. P. Rudra, and B. Gharabaghi

Extending riverbed filtration design velocity for horizontal wells from model to prototypes.
Kim, S-H., K-H. Ahn, S.O. Prasher and R.M. Patel.

Measured and predicted temperatures in a grain processing building under heat treatment – 1. Temperature profiles during heat treatment.
Jian, F., P.G. Fields, D.S. Jayas, N.D.G. White and M. Loganathan.

Measured and predicted temperatures in a grain processing building under heat treatment – 2. Mathematical modeling of heat and mass transfer during heat treatment.
Jian, F., P.G. Fields, D.S. Jayas, N.D.G. White and M. Loganathan.

Mesophilic anaerobic digestion of damask rose bagasse with different proportions of cattle manure.
Doaguie, A.R., A. Ghazanfari and L.G. Tabil.

Suitability of sunflower-hulls-based turkey litter for on-farm turkey carcass composting.
Rahman, S.

Feasibility of the application of electronic nose technology to detect insect infestation in wheat
Wu, J., D.S. Jayas, Q. Zhang, N.D.G. White, R.K. York


2013 AGM and Technical Conference, Saskatoon.

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2011 AGM and Technical Conference, Winnipeg.

They are finally available online! Browse our publications directory.


Saturday, 14 September 2013 23:50

Ross Irwin: A history in 3 parts

1920 – 1953: the early years

Ross was born in Cambray, Ontario on Sept 11, 1921. During WW2, he served with the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Association for 45 months in Italy and NW Europe. Following his army service he trained as a machinist but then entered the Ontario Agricultural College in 1947 with the then largest BSA degree program. Ross completed his final year of his BSA (Agricultural Mechanics) graduating in 1951. Upon graduating, he worked as a field drainage engineer before going off to Iowa State to complete his MS degree

1953 -1987:  the working years

Ross returned to OAC where he taught soil mechanics and was the principal extension person for the School of Engineering. His specialty was farm drainage and in 1957 he published the Drainage Guide for Ontario, which became the technical standard for farmers, tile drainage contractors and drainage engineers for the draining of Ontario farmland. He went on to revise this publication 11 times as new information became available. The technical information and format was used by drainage specialists across the north-eastern US to develop their own guides for their individual states.

Through his training courses and extension work, he organized the first meetings of the drainage contractors of Ontario to exchange ideas, to solve problems and set standards for tile drainage installation.  This led to the birth of the Ontario Farm Drainage Association (now LICO, the Land Improvement Contractors of Ontario) in 1959. He developed the Drainage Schools for training contractors on proper drainage design and installation.

His research was particularly adept at moving innovations from the lab to the field. In the early years, his work on plastic drainage tubing helped to assure traditional drainage people that the new tubing could withstand the pressure of the earth and endure as long as clay tile. He developed the “thumb” test to determine if the tiles from an individual tile manufacturer were strong enough to stand up to the stress of installation and soil settlement. He created and demonstrated the “coffee can” test to illustrate whether or not a soil need a filter around the tile or tubing.

Ross chaired the committee assigned the task of consolidating Ontario’s drainage legislation in 1962.  He was a consultant to the provincial government after the Select Committee on Land Drainage report was filed in 1974 and to a great extent guided the drafting of the Drainage Act 1975.

A long time guide to the Ontario Good Roads Association, Ross suggested and helped develop the Road schools, held annually at the University of Guelph and now in their 30th year. These schools, originally for those road superintendents most concerned with drainage, has now attracted all employees of the municipality concerned with roads.

During these years, Ross continued his interest in the various forms of history and completed several histories of the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph.

1987 - 2013 the retirement years

These years gave Ross the opportunity to work full time on his love of "former things" - people, stamps, and medals. He was a researcher and chronicler of Guelph’s history spending many hours researching at the Guelph Public Library. He was president of the Guelph historical society for 5 years. In his writing, he tolerated elegant prose but thought it an unnecessary time-consuming way to convey essential information. He collected war medals and memorabilia, postage stamps and coins. He was a member of the Guelph Wellington Men's Club for which he served as president from 1992-93. Ross was seldom missing nor at a loss for a question or a comment.

Ross continued his interest in drainage, contributing to the latest revision of the Drainage Guide for Ontario published in 2007.  He also continued to contribute to the annual LICO convention which he attended for 52 consecutive years.

He served as a member of the board of his church for many years and knew the workings of the building thoroughly.  As he did with his involvement with LICO, he kept a close eye on the operating expenses and always considered thoroughly the value for money spent. As a regular morning coffee drinker, Ross had a great problem when the local Mcdonalds with its 99 cent cup of coffee, closed.

Ross was inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2006. He was a life member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, the Ontario Good Roads Association and of LICO. He was a winner of a Blue Ribbon for the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, the Centennial Medal of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint Award for dissemination of numismatic knowledge.  Ross was an accomplished musician who played euphonium in the Guelph Concert Band.

The drainage industry and his long time home of Guelph have lost a valued friend, a dedicated worker and an all round great man.



Written by John R. Ogilvie and Franklin Kains


It is with immense sadness and deep grief that the world water fraternity pays homage to one of its most distinguished colleagues and an exemplary water professional, Mr. Aly M. Shady P.Eng., observing his untimely demise on Thursday December 27, 2012, in Ottawa, Canada, where he resided for the past 35 years. Aly was a dear friend, colleague, mentor, teacher and confidant to hundreds in every corner of the globe.

Aly Shady was born in the Nile Delta of Egypt, where he received his early schooling, and then obtained his BSc from the University of Cairo. After brief stints working in soil and water management in Egypt and Italy, Aly moved to Montreal, Canada, where he enrolled in post graduate studies at McGill University. On completion of his MSc, he joined the McGill Department of Agricultural Engineering as a Research Engineer, undertaking studies in land drainage, and managing, designing and implementing large scale subsurface drainage projects in Quebec and Ontario. His work was of a pioneering nature, leading to the development of subsurface drainage design criteria for Eastern Canada, which have now become the standards of practice. Through his energy and dynamism, he came into frequent contact with the leading drainage experts in Canada, the US and Europe. Those relationships endured forever, as Aly was frequently called upon for his technical advice.

It was during Aly's sojourn in Montreal that he met and married his late wife, Margaret, a graduate of the McGill school of nursing. Their union produced two daughters, Jeannie and Anissa.

Aly joined the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 1979, first creating and eventually leading the Agency's Irrigation Sector. He was subsequently appointed Senior Water Advisor to CIDA. During his tenacious, bold, imaginative and dedicated career in CIDA, Aly developed, managed, and provided technical leadership and guidance to more than 185 irrigation, water and agriculture projects in more than 38 countries. The total value of this project portfolio under Aly's exemplary and persevering leadership exceeded $1.7 billion.

Perhaps Aly Shady's most enduring legacy of his work in CIDA was that he devoted considerable time and energy to building Canadian irrigation, water and agriculture expertise, talent and technologies for undertaking international work. He raised enormously the profile of the Canadian private sector and consulting firms. He facilitated the Canadian public sector to share their knowledge and expertise with counterpart Ministries in developing countries.

He encouraged all Canadian universities to train the next generation of professionals both in Canada and overseas. He was particularly agile in finding ways in which developing country younger professionals could come to Canada for advanced training. He recognized that such two way interactions were the foundation for harmonious bilateral relationships, cultural appreciation, and longer term developmental opportunities. 

Aly Shady's work in CIDA and his frequent contact with colleagues around the world led him to go way beyond his civil service career. He was intrigued that professional societies had an innate ability to unite professionals, outside of their paid employment, to serve the greater good and make a broader impact on society, in order to improve human kind. He therefore offered his services to a range of water NGOs, such as ICID, IWRA, CANCID and CWRA. He was an active member of CANCID and CWRA, participating in their annual meetings and conferences, and representing CANCID on various ICID working groups. Through these affiliations he felt that the world's water professionals ought to go further and faster, in order to tackle the water challenges that will confront future generations. This led him to forge alliances and partnerships with like minded experts, in order to create the World Water Council (WWC), the Arab Water Council (AWC), the now legendary International Drainage Workshops, and the International Program for Technology Research in Irrigation and Drainage (IPTRID). He served as Vice President of the WWC for many years. These organizations owe their success to Mr. Aly Shady, P.Eng., who spared no effort in helping to write their constitutions, raise the funds for their inaugural meetings, and building their infrastructure and global support base. His contributions will be indelibly etched in all of these initiatives and water NGOs.

Aly Shady's leadership skills and talents were recognized by all who came into his presence. It is therefore no surprise that he was elected President of ICID in 1996, and President of IWRA in 2004. During his term as President of ICID, he led various broad basing initiatives to bring young professionals, students, university researchers, and farmer and NGO representatives into the organization. Through his warm personality and good offices, he enlisted more countries to join the ICID fraternity. He traveled to every ICID member country to seek their support for IPTRID and to initiate transboundary river basin cooperation. His efforts in Nile Basin collaboration and Aral Sea Basin cooperation, are not only legendary, but also models of successful internal and external partnerships. In some ways, one can say that Aly Shady's life goal was to see people reach across boundaries and divides, holding hands, to share knowledge and information, to build joint projects, and to collaborate for the betterment of all peoples, no matter their colour or creed. Aly was the singular driving force behind the organization and hosting of ICID's 53rd International Executive Congress (IEC) in Montreal in July 2002. He raised the bar at that Congress and set the standards for future IECs. Aly continued to serve ICID as President Honoraire, in many roles, including Chairing the Task Forces that contributed to the World Water Forums, and other tasks assigned by successive Presidents.

Aly Shady was perhaps the most passionate, persuasive, and personable water dignitary to have traversed so many pathways. He was an articulate and brilliant speaker, who used the most powerful arguments to convey his messages about water, irrigation, agriculture, food security, and poverty alleviation. A more passionate spokesperson on these topics is rare. Aly Shady was a person of logic, reason, principle, and above all of utmost professionalism. He was never swayed by the flavour of the day, by short sightedness, or by individual gain. He took the longer, broader view that it is the poor, the disenfranchised, the disadvantaged, the hungry, the water scarce, and the malnourished that we must serve. He frequently emphasized that it is these individuals who will ultimately judge the appropriateness of our actions.

In recognition of his many contributions, Aly received copious awards, including: Gold Medal of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, Gold Medal of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, Gold Medal of the WWC, Fellow of IWRA, Fellow of the Canadian Society of Agricultural Engineering, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, Distinguished Alumnus Award of Macdonald College of McGill University, Lifetime Achievement Award of CANCID, and Star of CIDA award.

Through his CIDA and ICID activities, Aly Shady came into frequent contact with farmers, rural peasants, irrigators, water managers, village leaders and elders, research and extension specialists, college teachers, university professors, diplomats, government technocrats, decision makers, ministers, politicians and leaders of government. In all of these situations, he remained humble, dignified, and personable. He ate, walked, worked and lived among the poor and downtrodden in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America, Central Asia, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. He was at all times a man of the people. Aly Shady spoke and understood many languages; he appreciated all cultures and religions; and he valued people irrespective of their origin. He was comfortable in any setting, laughing and singing and dancing among friends and strangers, anywhere in the world. Aly Shady was truly a citizen of the world.

The world is today poorer without Aly Shady. His sudden demise is way too early. He was a visionary extraordinaire, with boundless energy and enthusiasm. No mountain was too high to climb, no challenge was too difficult to overcome. He had an amazing propensity for conveying the heaviest of workloads. Yet, he remained a most charming, warm and hospitable person.

Aly Shady has made his mark. His contributions are legendary, astounding and numerous. He led an exemplary life, he was a trail blazer and trend setter, and he set the pace for the world water community. We now walk in his shadow, and follow in his footsteps. It is only fitting that we find our own ways to thank and honour such an illustrious figure who blessed us richly by his presence, wisdom, guidance and counsel.

To his daughters and family, we offer our most profound condolences, at this time of such deep pain, grief and loss. We thank the Almighty for the life and witness of Aly Shady, and we pray that he will be granted rest eternal. Our dear friend, colleague, mentor, teacher and confidant Aly Shady will henceforth walk among the great in Elysian Fields. May his spirit live forever in each of us, and guide us in our undertakings.

Friday, 22 February 2013 09:04

Visit the new EIC-ICI’s LinkedIn Group

Welcome to the launch of the EIC-ICI’s LinkedIn Group with the valued participation of your member society!

Share your comments, expertise, network with colleagues. Create and participate in active discussions on hot topics of interest to your society and the engineering community.

Get answers to your questions on The EIC’s continuing education / professional development programs. Stay informed of member society news and events. 

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Saturday, 22 October 2011 21:39

A Few Words From The Journal Editor

Thanks to the funding provided by the CSBE/SCGAB Foundation, the uploading of Legacy papers is progressing well.  Volumes 1 to 30 (years 1959 to 1988) have been scanned and processed for upload.  They are available online here: Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal. It is intended to upload the rest of volumes by the end of January, 2012. There are two sets of files available for download. The download "Full paper" link will give you the machine readable file that is text searchable. You should be able to search the entire paper with keywords.  The "Raw file" which is a scanned image of the paper is also available by clicking the title of the paper from the following link:


At present, Volumes 1 to 30 are online.  The "Raw files" are image files and not searchable. They were processed using an OCR software which may have substituted wrong characters while making the "Full file."  The "raw files" are provided to verify any errors in the "full files."


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