September 24, 2007
by Canadian Architect
UMA and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering (CSCE) have launched a competition to encourage post-secondary students to explore the interdisciplinary field of Sustainable Asset Management (SAM).
This annual event will encourage graduate and senior undergraduate students from universities across Canada to investigate and develop models, methods, tools and policies that support the sustainable management of civil infrastructure assets.
To be eligible, students must prepare a 4,000-word research paper on civil infrastructure management topics such as performance models, policy analysis, information systems or social costs and benefits.
Canadian municipalities are struggling to balance growth with the challenges of aging infrastructure. Sustainable Asset Management offers practical, efficient solutions that help manage these priorities while maintaining the transportation, water supply, waste disposal, energy, telecommunications and recreational networks needed to support community prosperity and growth, said Ross Homeniuk, Technical Leader of UMAs Sustainable Asset Management practice. By sponsoring this competition, UMA hopes to build interest and awareness of these challenges at the university level, and support continued development of the asset management body of knowledge within Canada.
Submissions must be received by April 1, 2008 and will be judged by a joint committee of subject matter experts nominated by UMA and CSCE. Authors of the top three submissions will share a cash prize and have the opportunity to present their findings at CSCEs annual conference in June. UMA will also consider offering internship opportunities to outstanding candidates.
More information about the competition is available at www.sustainable-assets.com.
UMA provides consulting, engineering, and project management services to the community infrastructure; earth and water; energy and facilities; and transportation market sectors. The firm has more than 1,000 employees in offices across Canada, and has been in business for more than 95 years.