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News Article | August 10, 2017
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Note to editors: There is a photo associated with this press release. WSP Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of James Chopty as the new National Business Line Executive for Oil & Gas effective immediately. James will be responsible for providing leadership, client development and strategic direction for the Oil and Gas business line nationally and will be part of WSP's Canadian Leadership Team, working from WSP's Calgary offices. Mr. Chopty is an oil and gas executive with over 22 years of global experience, where he previously worked in Sub-Sahara Africa and managed the operations for one of the industry's leading oilfield services companies. He also has extensive experience in developing organizational strategies to drive growth, and leverage innovative technologies on some of the most advanced oil and gas facilities in the world. James was most recently working for WSP's African operations to grow the company's international presence in that continent's emerging markets. Gregory Northcott, Chief Operating Officer, WSP Canada, commented, "This appointment is intended to heighten the evolution of our Oil & Gas business in Canada and we are delighted that James has joined our team to lead this effort. His immediate focus will be on strengthening WSP's Oil & Gas presence with our existing clients, building on the strengths of our legacy firms and exploring and positioning the business to grow in new segments of the market." WSP (TSX:WSP) is one of the world's leading professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, project managers, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design and program management professionals. We design and deliver lasting solutions in the Buildings, Transportation, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Environment, Geomatics, Mining, Power and Industrial sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services. With over 7,500 talented people across Canada and approximately 37,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for generations to come. www.wsp.com. To view the photo associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20170810-JamesChopty_800.jpg


News Article | July 13, 2017
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Note to Editors: There are two photos associated with this press release. WSP Canada today announced two changes to the senior executive leadership of its Canadian Buildings team. Armin von Eppinghoven will assume the role of Senior Vice President, Key Client Strategy & Engagement, Buildings, following his successful tenure as a senior executive of WSP's Canadian Buildings Team. Armin's 30+ years of experience will be applied in this strategic, externally focused role where he will direct and develop innovative approaches to leading key client engagement and business development activities, as well as growth in new market sectors. WSP also welcomes Terry Tommason as the new National Business Line Executive for Buildings. Terry is an executive level major program / project and development executive with 24+ years' industry experience on some of the world's largest and most complex buildings projects. Prior to joining WSP, Terry held several leading roles, including Managing Director / Operations Director for two leading multi-disciplinary consultancy firms and was directly responsible for pursuing, converting and delivering major projects including the Kingdom Tower (the world's tallest building), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and the FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium, Qatar. Gregory Northcott, Chief Operating Officer, WSP Canada, commented, "This leadership expansion and role realignment highlights an exciting milestone in the evolution of our Buildings business. Engaging with our key clients, attracting top talent, and driving technical and operational excellence are important components of our strategic plan. With these changes and Terry and Armin's leadership and experience, we have made a significant step in meeting our strategic objectives, building on our unified brand, and offering our clients in Canada the very best thinking, technologies, and solutions to advance their building projects." Both executives will be located in WSP's Markham, Ontario office. WSP (TSX:WSP) is one of the world's leading professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, project managers, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design and program management professionals. We design and deliver lasting solutions in the Buildings, Transportation, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Environment, Geomatics, Mining, Power and Industrial sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services. With over 7,500 talented people across Canada and 36,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for generations to come. www.wsp.com. To view the photos associated with this press release, please visit the following links:


Note to Editors: There is a photo associated with this press release. Eric Peissel, currently serving as WSP's Vice President of Transportation for Western Canada, will be assuming the role of National Business Line Executive - Transportation, for WSP in Canada on January 1st, 2018. This appointment follows the announcement that Dave Jull will be retiring from this role on the same date, after contributing more than 40 years of insight, leadership and innovation during his tenure with the firm. Over the next fourth months, Eric will work closely with Dave to ensure a seamless transition between the roles. Eric has been with WSP for over 16 years and has managed teams in Quebec, Ontario and Western Canada. In his new role, Eric will be responsible for providing national leadership, client development, and strategic direction for the Transportation business line. Eric holds a Master's degree in Urban Planning from McGill University along with a B.A. in Urban Studies from Concordia University. He will report directly to Greg Northcott, Chief Operating Officer in Canada, and will be based in Montreal. Greg Northcott commented, "WSP's strategy is to develop the best talent in Canada. We are delighted to have found the right person to assume this critical role from within our own talented employee pool and know Eric's proven experience and broad understanding of our transportation business, across our country, will be a significant benefit to both our clients and our transportation employees." He added, "We also want to acknowledge the very important and valued contribution that Dave Jull has made to WSP's Transportation business line and we wish him a very well-deserved and enjoyable retirement." WSP (TSX:WSP) is one of the world's leading professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, project managers, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design and program management professionals. We design and deliver lasting solutions in the Buildings, Transportation, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Environment, Geomatics, Mining, Power and Industrial sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services. With over 7,500 talented people across Canada and approximately 37,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for generations to come. www.wsp.com. To view the photo associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Peissel_Eric_Web_(002).jpg


Shastri A.N.,WSP
ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE) | Year: 2016

Circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler technology now-adays is becoming dominant in the coal fired power generation across the globe; It is now biggest competitor to PC fired coal technology reason being fuel flexible, environment friendly, less water consumption along with cost benefits. Major Challenges such as efficiency improvement and adaptability to advance technologies such as SC, USC, and A-USC is becoming need of the future. World power generation industry going through tough challenge of abating carbon emission and greenhouse gases at the same time providing cheap, reliable and quality electricity. To cater this CFB being the popular choice, efficiency improvement in CFB has become mandatory. This paper aims to provide limelight on optimizing the efficiency aspects of CFB boiler, various fuels and fuel-mixes available through extensive study material. Paper will also address the boiler efficiency aspects as per ASME PTC 4.0. At the end of the discussion, paper concludes with recommendations for efficiency improvement in CFB boiler aims to be useful for researcher, clients, developer, and investors. Copyright © 2016 by ASME.


Stuart V.,WSP | Cunningham L.S.,University of Manchester
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Structures and Buildings | Year: 2017

Durability of concrete structures represents a major challenge today for both existing and new structures. Fibrereinforced polymer (FRP) composite rebar offers a highly durable alternative to steel rebar. Research on the use of FRP rebar has been conducted over the past 40 years; however, its widespread application is yet to occur. This paper investigates the use of FRP as reinforcement, in particular the application to slab elements and associated performance at serviceability and ultimate limit state. Existing design guidance such as the ACI and CSA standards are reviewed and a number of slab designs with dimensions common in practice are undertaken. A third approach that follows the Eurocode design philosophy is also reviewed. The design of the different slab forms is assessed according to these codes, and results compared with the behaviour predicted by non-linear finite-element analysis. The relative costs of each resulting slab design are also discussed. The findings highlight differences in the relative accuracy of the different code recommendations and indicate the need for further research to exclude potentially non-conservative design. The work presented is intended to provide a contextual comparison of existing design approaches, which will be useful to practitioners involved in design of concrete structures with FRP rebar. © 2017, Thomas Telford Services Ltd. All rights reserved.


Mark Lawson R.,University of Surrey | Richards J.,WSP
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Structures and Buildings | Year: 2010

Modular construction is widely used for residential buildings of four to eight storeys and there is pressure to extend this relatively new form of construction to 12 storeys or more. This paper reviews recent modular technologies, and also presents load tests and the analysis of light steel modular walls In compression. A design method for high-rise modular applications is presented taking account of second-order effects and installation tolerances. For the modular walls tested, it was found that the plasterboard and external sheathing boards effectively prevent minor axis buckling of the C sections, so that failure occurred either by major axis buckling or local crushing of the section. In all cases, the results of the tests on 75 mm and 100 mm deep × I · 6 mm thick C sections exceeded the design resistance to BS 5950-5 by 10 to 40%. However, an eccentricity of 20 mm in load application reduced the failure load by 18 to 36% owing to local crushing of the C section. Tension tests on typical connections between the modules and corridors gave a failure load of 40 kN, which is adequate to transfer wind forces to a braced core and also to provide tying action in the event of loss of support to one corner of a module. Corner posts provide enhanced compression resistance but their buckling resistance is dependent on the sway stiffness of the wall panel. It is also shown that the notional horizontal force approach for steel structures presented in BS 5950-1 should be increased for modular construction.


Uttam K.,KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Faith-Ell C.,WSP | Balfors B.,KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Environmental Impact Assessment Review | Year: 2012

EIA plays an important role in enhancing the environmental performance of the construction sector. In recent years, the construction sector has been developing green procurement practices. Green procurement is a process that involves the incorporation of environmental requirements during the procurement of services and products. However, discussion on green procurement is rarely seen during the EIA phase. This paper addresses possible opportunities for improving the coordination between EIA and green procurement within the construction sector. The linking of EIA and green procurement has been postulated in the paper as an aid to strengthen the coordination between project planning and implementation. The paper is based on a literature review and is an outcome of an on-going research project concerning EIA and green procurement. This study indicated that it would be appropriate to introduce green procurement during the pre-decision phase of an EIA. In the present study, the opportunities for integrating green procurement at the stage of EIA are associated with the integration of project planning and EIA. Future research should investigate the mechanism through which the link can be established. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.


News Article | December 20, 2016
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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 20, 2016) - PNG Gold Corporation (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:PGK) provides the following additional information pursuant to its previous press release dated November 10, 2016. Contracts for engineering pre-FEED studies have been entered into with Stantec Engineering ("Stantec") and WSP Canada Inc. ("WSP") to validate the previously modelled second stage design capability of the ReGen™ technology to produce 45% to 53% Group III base oil from used motor oil ("UMO") feedstock in addition to Group II base oil, ultralow sulphur diesel fuel, and asphalt flux from the other two stages in the ReGen™ process. As stated previously, the Company expects these independent studies, being completed by two of Canada's leading engineering firms, will confirm the capability of the revolutionary ReGen™ technology to produce significant volumes of Group III base oil. Upon completion of these two independent studies, which are projected to take 10 weeks to complete, the Company will select one of these firms to move forward with a full FEED study, from which the Company's Board of Directors will have the necessary information to decide if it should proceed with a change of business application to the TSX Venture Exchange ("TSXV") and proceed with constructing the proposed re-refinery. Both Stantec and WSP have been selected for this project following a rigorous process. Upon completion of their respective pre-FEED studies, each firm will submit a detailed proposal and will participate in the competitive bid process for the follow-on engineering work, which will include validation of the Company's current projected $85MM capital cost for a 2,800 barrel per day re-refinery. Santino Pasutto, Oil & Gas manager at Stantec stated, "Stantec welcomes this opportunity to put our specialized knowledge in this field to good work and is privileged to have been engaged in this innovative project. I know that for process engineers this is precisely the kind of project they envision when they decide to pursue this profession. We look forward to building our relationship with PNG, an invaluable industry partner seeking to help grow our economy in new and exciting ways by bringing this cutting-edge facility to Alberta." The Company believes that with current market prices for the commodity products that the re-refinery will produce, the project payback will be completed within the first year of plant operation. Additionally, the Company is in negotiation with UMO collection companies to provide the feedstock quantities necessary to support a 2,800 barrel per day re-refinery, as well as also commencing preliminary negotiations with potential purchasers for all of the off-take products that will be produced by the re-refinery. The Stantec community unites approximately 22,000 employees working in over 400 locations across six continents. Our work - engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics, from initial project concept and planning through design, construction, and commissioning - begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. With a long-term commitment to the people and places we serve, Stantec has the unique ability to connect to projects on a personal level and advance the quality of life in communities across the globe. Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN. Visit Stantec at www.stantec.com or find us on social media. As a Canadian multinational, WSP is one of the world's leading engineering consulting firms. A leader in transforming the built environment and restoring the natural environment, its expertise ranges from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport networks, to environmental remediation and urban planning, to developing tomorrow's energy sources and finding innovative ways to extract essential resources. Working with governments, businesses, architects and planners, it provides integrated solutions for all of the markets in which it operates. With 8,100 dedicated professionals in Canada, supported by a worldwide network of 36,500 experts spanning 40 countries, its teams are committed to helping clients succeed no matter how they grow, what they choose to do, or where they move. On Behalf of the Board of PNG Gold Corporation, Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Certain information set forth in this news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the control of PNG Gold Corporation. These include, but are not limited to, completion of the Financing, the receipt of TSXV acceptance of the Financing and the proposed use of proceeds of the Financing. Readers are cautioned that the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law.


Carpenter N.E.,University of Southampton | Dickson M.E.,University of Auckland | Walkden M.J.A.,WSP | Nicholls R.J.,University of Southampton | Powrie W.,University of Southampton
Marine Geology | Year: 2014

Geomorphic modelling is a key method to understand the soft cliff recession process to predict future rates of retreat and responses to climate change. A range of process-based models have been used; however the influence of varied vertical lithology has yet to be quantified. This paper describes modifications to the 2D SCAPE (Soft Cliff and Platform Erosion) model, carried out to explore such interactions between vertical changes in cliff resistive strength and prevailing coastal conditions. As expected, weaker (/more resistant) layers lead to more (/less) rapid retreat. However, this effect is strongly influenced by the position of such layers relative to mean sea level, where the erosive potential is greatest. Moreover, model simulations reveal that layers of variable resistance give an asymmetric response in terms of both rates of retreat and the timeframe for the effect to be realised. For example, a reduction of material strength of 1/5 (in comparison to the remainder of the cliff) about mean sea level results in a rapid 130% increase in the rate of retreat in comparison to the introduction of a five times more resistant layer of the same characteristics. This variation in response can be attributed to the different magnitudes of feedback governing profile reshaping associated with the change in lithology. For example, the introduction of a weaker layer amplifies erosion through its greater erosive potential combined with steepening of the overlying section. The results have important implications for the management of coastal cliffs exhibiting variable stratigraphy, combined with the potential for future interactions with sea-level rise. © 2014 The Authors.


Parkhurst S.,WSP
Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Energy | Year: 2014

The Institution of Civil Engineers energy expert panel has published a series of status reports concerned with various forms of energy such as wind, hydro, nuclear and energy from waste. Designed to be both informative and contemporary, the reports are updated regularly to provide accurate information to a varied audience. The present report focuses on the current status of shale gas in the UK.

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