Golder received a 2019 Canadian Consulting Engineering (CCE) Award of Excellence for an atmospheric and hydrothermal modelling solution that demonstrated technical innovation and dedication to the environment. Now in their 51st year, the CCE Awards are presented jointly by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC) and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine. The awards recognize consulting engineering firms and their projects in terms of high quality, innovation and technical excellence. Among the 80 submissions, Golder’s Bridging the Hydrometric Modelling Data Gap project was selected to win one of 20 Awards of Excellence.
Golder’s innovative team, led by Greg Rose, Senior Water Resources Specialist, Gerard Van Arkel, Senior Water Resources Engineer and Marta Lopez-Egea, Water Resources Specialist, developed a methodology to distinguish client Bruce Power’s operational thermal effects on the Lake Huron nearshore environment surrounding their site from background atmospheric heating influences. The innovative solution satisfied the client’s regulatory requirements while also maintaining site operations.
“At Golder, we recognise our clients’ success is increasingly dependent on our ability to embed sustainable development principles into projects and activities,” says Greg Herasymuik, Principal, President Canada Region. “Receiving an Award of Excellence is a testimony to our commitment to helping our clients achieve their financial, social and environmental goals. We are proud to accept this prestigious award alongside our client Bruce Power.”
The project was reviewed and judged by a panel of eminent Canadian engineers and other knowledgeable experts. It received the highest rankings permitted in the qualifying categories of Social and/or Economic Benefits; Environmental Benefits; Meeting Client’s Needs; Complexity and Innovation.
“We developed a modelling system capable of generating both detailed and holistic results that fully consider the Lake Huron’s hydrothermal responses to multivariate interactions and stimuli,” says Greg Rose, Senior Water Resources Specialist. “By showcasing the successful methodology that combines atmospheric and hydrothermal models in this way, the approach demonstrates its potential value to other applications throughout the Great Lakes.”
The award-winning project is described in full on the Canadian Consulting Engineer website and on Golder.com.