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February 2017 Technology Solutions for the Workplace Courses

January 16, 2017 • Written by

To register click here.

For more details on each building code course, click here.  For more information on the NRC Update Course click here.

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Intro to the Manitoba Building and Fire Codes (Division A and C)  CIVL – 1085

February 6 & 7, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $665 +GST

 

Part 3 Large Buildings CIVL – 1093

Date: February 6-10, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $675

Exam: $150, Register with CIVL – 1094

 

Part 3 Complex Buildings CIVL-1083

Date: February 22-24, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $600

Exam: $150, Register with CIVL – 1084

 

2015 NRC Construction Code Update Seminar

Date: March 8, 2017, 7:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: $295 +GST

Location: CanadInns Polo Park

2015 Construction Code Update Seminar – Price finalized!

January 10, 2017 • Written by

2015 Construction Code Update Seminar 

NBC / NPC/ NFC/ NECB

March 8, 2017, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

Cost $295

CanadInns Polo Park

1405 St. Matthews Ave, Winnipeg

Technology Solutions for the Workplace is pleased to be hosting a one day face – to – face 2015 Code update session presented by staff from Codes Canada. Session cost will be available shortly!  To register click here. Seats are limited.

2015 Construction Code Update Seminar – SAVE THE DATE

January 5, 2017 • Written by

2015 Construction Code Update Seminar 

NBC / NPC/ NFC/ NECB

SAVE THE DATE

March 8, 2017, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

CanadInns Polo Park

1405 St. Matthews Ave, Winnipeg

Technology Solutions for the Workplace is pleased to be hosting a one day face – to – face 2015 Code update session presented by staff from Codes Canada. Session cost will be available shortly!  To register click here. Seats are limited.

Tentative Schedule – March 8, 2017

Time Topic
7:30-8:00 Registration and Introductions
8:00-8:20 Introduction – 2020 Highlights in Code Development
8:20-9:00 Part 9 – Stairs, Ramps, Handrails and Guards and Part 9 – Structure and Building Envelope
9:00-9:25 NBC/NFC – Combustible Construction
9:25-9:55 Part 3/9 – Fire Protection and Part 3 Fire Protection
9:55-10:15 Break – Coffee and snacks provided
10:15-10:55 NECB – Update 2015
10:55-11:30 Part 3 – Accessibility and Security Systems and Part 3 – Stairs, Ramps, Handrails and Guards
11:30-11:50 NPC – Stainless Steel and Water-Use Efficiency
11:50-13:00 Lunch – Provided
13:00-13:25 Part 6 – HVAC
13:25-14:00 Part 4 – Earthquake Design
14:00-14:30 NFC – Hazardous Materials and Activities
14:30-14:45 Break – Coffee and snacks provided
14:45-15:15 Part 4 – Structural Design
15:15-15:35 Part 5/9 – EIFS, Roofing and Airborne Sound Transmission
15:35-15:50 Part 5 – Curtain Walls and Wind Uplift
15:50-16:00 Questions and Session Concludes

2015 Construction Code Update Seminar – SAVE THE DATE

November 29, 2016 • Written by

2015 Construction Code Update Seminar 

NBC / NPC/ NFC/ NECB

 

SAVE THE DATE

March 8, 2017, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

CanadInns Polo Park

1405 St. Matthews Ave, Winnipeg

Technology Solutions for the Workplace is pleased to be hosting a one day face – to – face 2015 Code update session presented by staff from Codes Canada. Session cost will be available shortly!  To register click here. Seats are limited.

Tentative Schedule – March 8, 2017

Time Topic

 

7:30-8:00 Registration and Introductions
8:00-8:20 Introduction – 2020 Highlights in Code Development
8:20-9:00 Part 9 – Stairs, Ramps, Handrails and Guards and Part 9 – Structure and Building Envelope
9:00-9:25 NBC/NFC – Combustible Construction
9:25-9:55 Part 3/9 – Fire Protection and Part 3 Fire Protection
9:55-10:15 Break – Coffee and snacks provided
10:15-10:55 NECB – Update 2015
10:55-11:30 Part 3 – Accessibility and Security Systems and Part 3 – Stairs, Ramps, Handrails and Guards
11:30-11:50 NPC – Stainless Steel and Water-Use Efficiency
11:50-13:00 Lunch – Provided
13:00-13:25 Part 6 – HVAC
13:25-14:00 Part 4 – Earthquake Design
14:00-14:30 NFC – Hazardous Materials and Activities
14:30-14:45 Break – Coffee and snacks provided
14:45-15:15 Part 4 – Structural Design
15:15-15:35 Part 5/9 – EIFS, Roofing and Airborne Sound Transmission
15:35-15:50 Part 5 – Curtain Walls and Wind Uplift
15:50-16:00 Questions and Session Concludes

Design Constraints: Where to Begin?

November 9, 2016 • Written by

In a previous post, we talked about how Aerodynamics decide the shape of the car body. Since that shape is essential, the other components are system are designed from there.

Shell has specific rules on the car weight, length, width and height. None of the parts can be on the outside of the car, at all.

  1. h) None of the body dimensions above must be achieved by design singularities such as ‘stuck-on’ appendages or cut-outs

(Shell Eco-marathon 2016 Global Rules)

The frame, brakes, electrical, and steering must fit inside the car body (the pod), while allowing space for the driver. Their combined weight must add up to no more than the weight maximum of the rules. This includes a minimum driver weight of 140 kg. Since less weight mean less energy, all teams want their driver very close to that number. It’s another tough challenge, but knowing what percent of the weight the driver will take up allows us to consider the other components weights with respect to it.

The driver also has to be able to see! That’s not so easy to adjust for. Keeping the streamlined shape while adding in the cars various systems makes it a tight fit inside. The driver can’t sit up straight, they must be reclined, conforming to the width and height of the rules.

There’s no door to get in or out. Prototype teams design the pod to split in half along the horizontal. It’s the best method for fabricating and eliminating cracks along the side of the body (which can aversely affect aerodynamics.) 

Here’s a visual of how the driver and components are organized in prototype cars:

École Polytechnique, Montréal

École Polytechnique, Montréal

 

Effective date of the New Home Warranty Act has been deferred

November 7, 2016 • Written by

The effective date of The New Home Warranty Act is being deferred until January 1, 2018.

The Provincial Consumer Protection Division is currently in the process of letting stakeholders know it is being deferred.

On Wednesday last week, staff from Consumer Protection Office gave a presentation at the Manitoba Home Builders Association Forum and Trade Show.  At that time, the builders were advised of the decision to defer the effective date.  The MHBA and warranty providers have indicated they are supportive of the additional time to prepare for implementation.

January 2017 Technology Solutions for the Workplace Courses

November 4, 2016 • Written by

HOT 2000 Energy Modelling Software, CIVL – 1097

Are you thinking about using energy modelling for some of your new home designs?  Section 9.36 allows for the performance path to be used, however no new modelling software has been created so designers are having to rely on software like HOT 2000.

Building energy modelling is becoming increasingly common for new home construction and for designing upgrades to existing buildings. It can be used to establish compliance with new building code requirements or utility energy conservation programs, optimize house designs to achieve a desired level of performance, evaluate the benefits of competing energy efficiency measures and assist in the design of retrofit packages for existing houses. Perhaps most important, experience with energy modelling provides the user with a much better, quantitative understanding of how energy is actually used in a house.

This course is designed to introduce the basic principles of residential energy simulation modelling using HOT2000 – the most widely used program of its kind in Canada.

Date: January 9 & 10, 2017, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Course Cost: $600 +GST

 

Introduction to CANQUEST Modelling  CIVL-1081

Intro to Canquest continues knowledge gained in the Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings Code Course with a focus on the Performance Path of the MECB 2013 and the energy simulation software that is generates the required reference building model. This “hands-on” 3 day course will walk participants through the complete energy model development process. The course begins with the use of wizards to quickly create building models and then moves into the detailed interface for detailed model development. Participants will learn how to use the software to generate the NECB 2011 reference building for performance path compliance.

Date: January 23-25, 2017, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Course Cost: $950 +GST

 

Advanced CANQUEST Modelling CIVL-1082

This course will build on the knowledge of CAN-QUEST modelling gained in the Introduction level and take participants into further examples of advanced modelling. The workshop will examine parametric runs, advanced envelope topics, advanced mechanical system modelling within CAN-QUEST and the use of user expressions and default expressions for efficient energy modelling. Users will have the opportunity to bring their own CAN-QUEST and eQUEST modelling questions.

**PRE-REQUISITE: Introduction to CANQUEST Modelling

Date: January 26, 2017, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Course Cost: $300+GST

 

Intro to the Manitoba Building and Fire Codes (Division A and C)  CIVL – 1085

This course is designed for those individuals who either currently use the MBC or MFC in their day to day work, and especially for those individuals who are going to be using the Codes for the first time.

Most Code programs are delivered on the premise that candidates come with knowledge and skills on the entire Code. Divisions A and C provide the required structure for Code Officials to properly apply the Codes. This program will provide the participant specific instruction on what an inspector can and cannot enforce based on the application of the code and finally it will teach participants how to properly classify a building. This program is designed as a prelude to participants continuing with advanced Code courses.

February 6 & 7, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $665 +GST

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Space still left! Technology Solutions Courses

November 1, 2016 • Written by

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HVAC in Part 3 CIVL- 1078

Date: November 21-23, 2016, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $600

Exam: $150, Register with CIVL- 1079

Material will focus on enabling Part 3 inspectors to be knowledgeable with heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems with respect to requirements of Part 5 (Environmental Separation) of the Manitoba Building Code, Part 6 (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) of the Manitoba Building Code and with the Manitoba Energy Code. Material will include information on applicable standards referenced in the two codes. The course will include application to all occupancy types.

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Plumbing Inspection

Date: November 21-23, 2016, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $600

Exam: $150, Register with CIVL- 1079

This course explains and clarifies all sections of the code, each statement and rule. Special attention will be given to sections 4 and 5 of the NPC. Drainage, venting, and potable water will be the focus of the course and will offer a greater understanding of these systems in Manitoba.

Applicable Building code requirements and amendments of the Manitoba code will be covered. New code requirements ie: DWHRS (drain water – heat recovery system), Radon – rough-in, passive and active systems.

Young Leaders Mentorship Program – Mentors Needed

October 27, 2016 • Written by

CTTAM’s Young Leaders Committee has developed a mentorship program. This program will help facilitate the progression from post-secondary education into the engineering technology industry by mentoring students and new graduates in career development and opportunities available post-graduation.

For more information regarding the mentorship program, please click here. If you are interested in becoming a Mentor for the upcoming term (December 2016 to April 2017), click here for the Mentor application. Please note that the deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

This is a great opportunity to help CTTAM’s young professionals.

Mentor applicants must meet the following requirements for consideration:
• Must be a certified member in good standing with CTTAM (C.E.T., A.Sc.T., or C.Tech.)
• Must have a minimum of four (4) years of experience in the engineering technology industry
The role and responsibilities of a Mentor includes, but are not limited to:
1. Willingly and openly communicate and provide honest and constructive feedback to their Mentee(s) and to CTTAM Mentorship Program organizers
2. Encourage and guide their Mentee(s) to recognize, develop, and achieve their career goals
3. Advise their Mentee(s) regarding career paths and technical development opportunities within the engineering technology industry.
The success of the Mentorship Program is contingent on active involvement, and we hope that you consider participating.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at YLC@cttam.com.
Regards,
Michael Turko, C.E.T. & Michelle Amigo, C.E.T.
Young Leaders Committee

Electric Prototype Design: It’s All About Aerodynamics!

October 25, 2016 • Written by

The first rule about aerodynamics is it’s a sub-field of fluid dynamics.

And we talk about it; a lot.

In the prototype class aerodynamics are the rule. The entire body of the car is made with the aim to decrease air resistance. We want the air to go right over our driver’s head, down the tail of the car and behind it (where our opponents will be)

The outline of the car body is based on a classic ‘tear-drop’ shape; the most aerodynamic shape for anything slower than the speed of sound. We use that shape to tell the air where to go.

teardrop-2

Telling the air where to go

The air should flow easily around the car. The upper streams should meet the lower streams at the tail to smoothly glide away.

Here’s the first draft of our Team’s car:

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The shape is similar to a passenger airplane, or the perimeter shape of an airplane wing; and a bit like a shark without fins (sharks can keep their fins)

coolshark

So Streamy!

That’s the short and fun explanation of why that body shape is chosen. Next post we’ll be sharing more about the Electric Prototype class and its design constraints. Check back soon and often!