Canadian universities conceive, build and assemble steel bridges respecting a realistic scenario. To distinguish themselves from other teams, a compromise must be made between the architectural aspect, technical and economic.
Offer the opportunity to engineering students to apply the theories and concepts learned in class through a challenging project. For many future engineers, this is a first experience that contributes to their formation.
The Canadian National Steel Bridge Competition 2nd edition will be hosted by Laval University in Quebec City from May 11 – 13, 2017. The competition will be open to the public and you are welcome to come and cheer for the teams !
Structural Engineer, Associate
R.V. Anderson Associates Limited
Mark Bruder is a structural engineer and shareholder of R.V. Anderson Associates Limited with over 9 years of experience in civil engineering infrastructure projects in the fields of water, wastewater, municipal, and urban development. His work includes structural analysis and design, project management, condition assessments, and rehabilitation of aging infrastructure. In 2008, he earned a B.E.Sc. in Civil & Structural Engineering from Western University. In 2015, he served as a judge for the 21st Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition in Toronto. In 2016, he served as a judge for the 1st Canadian National Steel Bridge Competition in Montreal. This year, he’s excited to once again participate in the Steel Bridge Competition.
Manager, Education and Research
Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC-ICCA)
R. Mark Lasby, P.Eng. is Manager, Education and Research with Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC). Prior to joining CISC in Dec. 2016, Mark was a Senior Structural Engineer and Project Lead with 36 years’ experience in the planning, design, sub-consultant coordination, construction and contract supervision of a variety of industrial, civil, commercial, recreational and institutional projects. Project responsibilities ranged from conceptual design to completion of construction. Fields of expertise include design and construction of structural steel and steel connections for industrial, hydroelectric, civil, commercial, recreational and institutional projects. Mark graduated from the University of Alberta in 1977 with a B.Sc. Honors in Civil Engineering.
Professor at the Department of Civil and Water Engineering Chair for Steel Structures André-Picard
Mr. Boissonnade graduated from Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand where he obtained the titles of civil engineer and then doctor of science in engineering. He moved to Belgium at the University of Liège, first as a postdoctoral researcher and later as a research engineer for six years. He continued his professional career as a project manager engineer in Germany (Feldmann & Weynand GmbH, Aachen), then in Switzerland (MP-Ingénieurs SA, Crissier), before joining the Haute école d’ingénierie et d’architecture of Freiburg. Since 2016, he has been a professor in the Department of Civil and Water Engineering at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Laval University. He is also the chair for Steel Structures André-Picard. His research is oriented towards the design, behaviour, resistance and dimensioning of metallic and mixed structures.
Senior Architect and Partner
Pierre Guimont joined ABCP architecture firm in 2005. Besides his specialities in bioclimatic architecture and in energy efficiency, he is passionate about architectural design, urban design, morphology and structure. Recently, he had the privilege to act as designer in charge for the Videotron Center in Quebec City. Users comfort and well-being, energy efficiency and natural resources economy are his main motivators. His approach is at the same time rigorous, significant and sensitive.
Director building – Eastern Canada
Mr. Niquet has over 23 years of experience as an engineer specialized in steel structure and heavy mechanics. Mr. Niquet is currently Director of the Building at SNC-Lavalin, Eastern Quebec. He leads a team of 70 people working mainly in the structure, mechanics and electricity of the building. Mr. Niquet founded GENIFAB in 2005 and served as its president until 2014. During his presidency, the company employed 40 engineers and technicians. During this period, GENIFAB participated in several outstanding projects in Quebec, Canada and the United States, which won awards of excellence. Mr. Niquet acted as project manager and design engineer for several major projects such as hydroelectric dams, bridges of all kinds and industrial and commercial buildings.
Structural Steel & Major Bridges Department Manager
Steven Gignac is a structural engineer and shareholder at GENIFAB Consultants Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience as an engineer in steel structures and heavy industrial equipment. He began his career with a steel fabricator as a project manager and connection designer for the fabrication and installation of steel structures. He has been working at GENIFAB Consultants since 2005 and currently holds the position of Director of Steel Structures and Bridges at GENIFAB Consultants. He serves as a manager and engineer for many major projects, such as hydroelectric dams, bridges, industrial and commercial buildings, both in Canada and the United States. He specializes primarily in the design of steel structure connections. Steven Gignac holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Laval University (1996) and has followed several other relevant training courses.