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A Short History of Canadian Flood Prevention

Published December 16, 2016 in Engineering

Floods, while a natural environmental process, are expensive, damaging, and deadly. They’re actually the costliest natural disaster for Canadians, causing more home insurance claims than any other disaster and costing cities billions of dollars in damages. They occur five times more often than the next-most common natural disaster (wildfires), with more than 2 major floods a year in Canada.

On Canada's Infrastructure Gap

Published December 15, 2016 in Engineering

Canada’s Infrastructure Gap has been on the radar for at least the past 20 years. Throughout this time, community groups have continuously (and unscientifically) noted the crumbling state of local roads, sewers, aging hospitals and government buildings. The large-scale infrastructure evaluations rolled in during the early 2000s, they say, need to be addressed. 

CN Tower at 40: A look back at the design, engineering & construction of Canada's National Tower

Published June 27, 2016 in Engineering

Toronto's iconic CN Tower celebrated the 40th anniversary of its opening on June 26, 2016.

Big Challenges Facing Local Water Utilities

Published March 23, 2016 in Engineering

Wastewater management is an important component of a healthy, regulated water system. Yet as we speak, the local water utilities industry is facing major challenges in management, design and public interest. While some of these issues have clear solutions, many do not. 

TRASH: Part 2 - The Future of Solid Waste Management

Published January 18, 2016 in Engineering

As green tech, clean energy and climate change become key factors in trash infrastructure, new technologies gain traction as sustainable waste management systems. Here are some of the most prominent new technologies making their way into the trash spotlight.

TRASH: Part 1 - The Past and Present of Solid Waste Management

Published January 18, 2016 in Engineering

Solid waste management is a complex system of regulatory, administrative, market, technology, and social components, and every society throughout history has struggled to hygienically and sustainably manage its own waste.

A Brief History of the Gardiner Expressway

Published September 02, 2015 in Engineering

The Gardiner Expressway has been a controversial project from its infancy, and after more than fifty years in Toronto it’s still the subject of heated debate.

All Roads Lead to Rome: Origins of the Highway...

Published April 01, 2015 in Engineering

How does the history of Roman roads resignate with elements we consider to be associated only with modern streets and highways?

Impacts of a Big Storm

Published October 14, 2013 in Engineering

Cole Engineering is leading the way in real-time environmental monitoring and analytic solutions in the Greater Toronto Area. Working collaboratively with the City of Toronto, City of Mississauga, and the Region of Peel (Region)