ACEC COMMUNIQUÉ - August/September 1998

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1998 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards

Claude F. Lefebvre receives top individual ACEC honour

Claude F. Lefebvre, Eng., is this year's recipient of the Beaubien Award, ACEC's highest recognition for individual lifetime achievements and contributions to the engineering industry and to the Association.

For more than 40 years, Mr. Lefebvre has championed the engineering profession in Canada, both as a community leader and as a humanitarian. Through his contributions, Mr. Lefebvre promoted the role of the engineer to a much larger constituency, focusing on the growth and safety of the communities where he works - a fundamental principle of the engineering profession.

Mr. Lefebvre co-founded the Laval-based firm Gendron Lefebvre (now part of the Tecsult Group), is a Past President of the Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec and a former ACEC Director. He is also a graduate of the Harvard School of Business Administration, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a member of the Corporation of Quebec Land Surveyors.

The Beaubien Award, named in honour of ACEC founder James deGaspé Beaubien, is given to an individual for lifetime contributions. He or she is recommended to the ACEC Board of Directors by the ACEC Past Presidents/Chairs Council, following nomination by ACEC Board Members, ACEC Member Organizations and/or individual members.

Congratulations to All Award Winners!

Stanley Consulting Group of Calgary is this year's recipient of the Schreyer Award, the highest recognition for technical merit given by the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada (ACEC) and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine, for its leading-edge work on the Confederation Bridge.

Stanley Consulting Group played a key role in realizing the century-old dream of joining Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick. The bridge's design had to impart a 100-year service life on a structure situated in a harsh marine environment of destructive ice floes and high winds in the Northumberland Strait. Design work also had to ensure a minimal impact on the Strait floor, its shorelines and indigenous wildlife, and on local fisheries which are a major part of the regional economy.

Nine other large-scale projects in Canada and abroad were recognized for their excellence and innovation at the 30th Annual Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards, held September 8 at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton. They are as follows:

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FIDIC 98 Conference Session Notes

Summaries of the FIDIC '98 programme sessions are available for downloading from the FIDIC 98 web site at under "Papers". Visitors will find insightful notes on the following topics, among others:

Thank you FIDIC Sponsors!

The following deserve our industry's thanks for their generous support of the recent FIDIC 98 Conference and for ACEC's "An Evening of Canadian Excellence":

Kudos to the FIDIC '98 Organizers!

ACEC congratulates all those who helped organize a world class FIDIC '98 in Edmonton. Special recognition is given to Bob Kavanagh of Stanley Tech Group as Chair of the Organizing Committee, and to Shirley Mercier of CEA as Business Programme Chair!


Progress on Procurement Practices

The ACEC/RAIC/PWGSC Procurement Task Force is pleased to report the following updates to its work on government procurement practices and proposal evaluation procedures:

Meanwhile, PWGSC reported that it has been attempting to reduce the overall award period by reducing the overall posting on MERX without contravening NAFTA. One proposed solution is to combine the two steps (SOQ and RFP) into one stage for MERX. For example, a project posted on MERX would contain both the SOQ and RFP but proponents would respond only to the SOQ at this point. SOQs would be evaluated and short list proponents (the top 5) would be selected and then invited to respond to the RFP. The RFPs would be evaluated and, based on the total score, a contract would then be awarded.

On another matter, PWGSC is considering remuneration and stipends for design teams (4 or 5), following a study of good Design/Build practices across North America.

For more information on the Task Force's work, or any of the issues being addressed, contact Anne-Marie Schneider at or at ext. 208.

Y2K Workshops are "online"!

ACEC's "Surviving the Y2K Challenge" seminars are set to coincide with several of ENCON's upcoming Loss Control seminars. Presented by Carolyn Swadron, Y2K internal consultant with CIBC, and Derek Holloway, Vice-President Construction with ENCON, the seminars will expose participants to methods and tools for use in dealing with the Y2K issue, both internally and in client situations. As well, liability issues that may arise in context of Year 2000 compliance will be explored as they apply to the consulting engineering industry.

The schedule is as follows, with additional sessions to be announced shortly:

Each seminar session costs $50 + GST per participant. For more information on registration and venues, contact Clara Higgerty at ACEC ( )

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New Conditions of Contract

Reflecting a shift to shorter forms of contract for straightforward projects and harmonized contracts for EPC, FIDIC has issued four new Conditions of Contract:

The construction and plant contracts can be considered updates to the Red, Yellow and Orange Books (though existing versions remain valid), while the short form and EPC documents are new. All will soon be available from ACEC, and interested members can contact Corinne Ng at ACEC ( for more information on costs and to place orders.

Project Management Guide

The Engineering Services Management Manual Guide and Glossary, produced by ACEQ in collaboration with ACEC, is now available from the National Office. This management tool offers practical methods to manage engineering projects and communicate effectively with clients. Members can obtain copies at a cost of $35 per copy, or $25 per copy for orders of 10 or more (GST extra). Contact Corinne Ng at info @ or at ext. 200 for more information and to place your orders.

ACEC Directory

The ACEC Directory is also in circulation in both CD-ROM and hard copy formats - contact ACEC for additional copies (member prices: $49.95 for the CD-ROM and $79.95 for the book), or visit the ACEC web site to download the order form.


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