November/December 1999

 

NEWS BITS!

CIDA recognizes ACEC Member

Congratulations to UMA Engineering Ltd. of Calgary, who were recognized by the Government of Canada for their work in International Development at the recent CIDA Export Awards Gala in Ottawa.

ACEC Director Dave Chalcroft, Senior Vice President of UMA Engineering Ltd., accepted the honours from Minister Maria Minna for his company's restoration and conservation project in the Aral Sea basin, for which it received an Award of Merit at this year's Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards held in Toronto this past October.

 

 Holiday Hours

ACEC offices will be closed as of noon, December 23rd, until 8:30 a.m., January 4th.

Best wishes from the National Office staff for safe and happy holidays, and good fortune in the New Year!

BUSINESS PRACTICES

ACEC National Business Survey

Expect results from the National Business Survey of members sometime in January. This year's questionnaire asked for more hard statistics than last year and we expect, as a result, that the analysis that COMPAS can conduct on the aggregate data will provide some very interesting and useful information.

Participation in this year's survey surpassed last year's with over 56% of member firms responding to the questionnaire. Once the national and provincial reports have been prepared they will be shared with member firms and member organizations. As was the case last year, a summary report will also be produced for client and supplier groups, federal politicians as well as international and educational institutions.

A special thanks to ACEC Board members and provincial Executive Directors who helped raise the participation level. Noteworthy are the Northern firms: 7 out of 8 firms responded for the Yukon and North West Territories, meaning that data specific to that region will be available this year.

Design/Build update

Progress continues to be made on a common set of Design/Build Documents. A meeting held between ACEC and RAIC, CCA and CSC on November 19 produced agreement on many of the principles. A clause by clause review of Document 15 (Design/Builder - Consultant Contract) allowed the Committee to fully integrate the principles of the consensus reached in June by the four CCDC constituent members organizations, i.e. the Consultant is only certifying to the design/builder.

With respect to Document 14, it was agreed that modifications should be introduced to allow the Owner to specify whether it is going to rely on the Design/Builder's application supported by the Consultant's certificate or whether it will have in-house or independent representation reviewing the application for payment.

The Teaming Agreement (Design/Builder - Consultant Pre-proposal Agreement) initially developed by ACEC was well received by the CCA representatives. A follow-up meeting on January 17 is expected to allow for the completion of Document 14, the Teaming Agreement and the Guide. ACEC representatives will meet prior to Jan. 17 to consider issues related to terminology and sequencing of Design/Build phases to ensure maximum use of the document within the industry for all sizes and types of projects.

 

 

 

Committee Report recommends $500M a year for infrastructure

On December 13th, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance released its final report in which it called on the federal government to invest $500 million dollars per year for at least 5 years in the new National Infrastructure program announced in the October Speech from the Throne. ACEC was quoted in the final report based on remarks made by ACEC President Tim Page during the Committee's public hearings.

FCM and ACEC seek standard agreement

ACEC met this past month with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to propose the creation of a joint ACEC-FCM Task Force to develop a standard agreement between engineer and municipal clients.
FCM is considering the invitation. If they agree, ACEC would be working with documents currently in use between consulting engineers and municipal governments and with our own «Document 31» to develop a common agreement based on "best practices."

The exercise may be particularly useful for smaller municipalities and smaller member firms. Standard agreements help to save time and costs. They also reduce uncertainty in the scope of work to be performed and in the articulation of responsibilities for both engineer and client.

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