SpaRRCky and Red River College attend CUTRIC Technology Innovation Forum

July 4, 2018 • Written by

SpaRRCky and Red River College recently participated in the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)’s 2nd Biennial Technology Innovation Forum. The event took place in Montreal from June 21 to 22 and focused on Low Carbon Smart Mobility.

Team Leaders Ari and Bin showcased SpaRRCky to a number of interested participants and Ray Hoemsen, Executive Director, Research Partnerships & Innovation at RRC was part of the panel session “The Future of Electric Transit Innovation in Canada: Research & Development Needs”.

While there, SpaRRCky and the team won some new fans – including Josipa Petrunić, Executive Director & CEO of CUTRIC, who has invited the team to speak at the next forum.

Both Bin and Ari were interviewed (here) and (here) at the event and have shared the photos below:



A victory for SpaRRCky: Student-built battery-electric car crosses the finish line

April 30, 2018 • Written by

RRC Shell Eco-marathon 2018After two and a half years of hard work, a team of Mechanical Engineering Technology students have landed Red River College on the Shell Eco-marathon’s leaderboard for the first time.

The team placed 14th in the battery-electric category at the Sonoma, California event, where they were one of only 55 teams (out of the 100 teams competing) who passed inspection and made successful runs on the track.

“I feel very proud of the team. It’s been a huge commitment and it was amazing to watch SpaRRCky (the College’s battery-electric vehicle) every time it lapped around us on the track,” says Bin Yang, who was the RRC team’s manager until he graduated last December.

Behind the wheel of the car was RRC Automotive Technician student Daren Nuevo, whose teammates described her as “fearless” in the driver’s seat.

Daren Nuevo, 2018“I was more eager to drive the car than I was nervous, and once I was on the road it was more exciting than I imagined,” Nuevo says about the experience. “Time after time the team worked extremely hard, fast and efficiently to meet the inspection requirements, and throughout all the hiccups that came about.”

Those hiccups — including a broken motor, a blown fuse and a loose wheel — were seen by the team as opportunities to make quick repairs on the fly. Using the skills they learned while designing and building SpaRRCky at the College, they were able to stay calm and work together in the moment.

“A lot of the teams end up working together to help each other out,” says Yang, who now works at RRC as a research assistant. “We lent out tools and nuts and bolts to a few teams and were lucky to borrow a few things from other teams. Especially the team from Universidad de La Sabana (in Colombia) who were able to lend us a spare motor.”

To get on the leaderboard, the team had to complete seven laps in under 26 minutes.

“Daren was just flying by,” says Yang. “After we made the fixes we just wanted to make sure we completed a successful run and then worry about strategy later, so she was lapping every car.”

Over the next year, the team will recruit new members to continue testing and making improvements to the vehicle. Their goal is to return to the competition in 2019 with a new strategy that will allow the car to go further using less energy.

“We made it work, and now we can make it better,” says Yang.

The Shell Eco-marathon finds students teams — from high schools, colleges and universities across North and South America — designing, building and racing cars that aim to go the furthest distance while using the least amount of energy.

The RRC team’s success would not have been possible without the generous support from their sponsors: CARIC (Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada), CTTAM (Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba), NSERC (National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) via the Vehicle Technology Centre, Custom Castings, MPG Sports and Red River College.

You can continue to follow their progress over the coming year on Facebook.

(Photo credit: Ari Robinson)

May Autodesk REVIT Courses – Spaces still open

April 18, 2018 • Written by

Intro to BIM with Autodesk Revit Level 1 – CIVC – 1015

This course will teach the concepts of building information modeling, parametric design, and construction documentation through Autodesk’s Revit software. Through the use of intelligent building components and interdependent views of the building model, students will see how and why this type of software is transforming the way we produce presentation and construction documentation with the added ability to glean statistical and quantitative information from it.

A three-day hands-on step by step experience with Revit software. Build a model. Customize the components. Output presentation and working construction drawings start to finish. Problem solve and network with other likeminded professionals.

Date: May 7-9, 2018

Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $750 + GST


Intermediate Revit Level 2- CIVL 1075

 This course will build upon the concepts of building information modeling learned in Level 1 and introduce topics that include the creation and modification of parametric Revit families, using details lines to enhance construction documents and model management.

A three-day hands-on step by step experience with Revit software. Build a model. Create Revit Families. Output presentation and working construction drawings start to finish. Problem solve and network with other likeminded professionals.

Date: May 22-24, 2018

Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $750 + GST


Advanced Revit Level 3 – CIVL 1100

 Revit Level 3 is a three-day hands on step by step experience with Autodesk Revit software and is designed to provide training to students to enable them to apply and integrate the principles of Building Information Modeling (BIM) to all areas of project delivery. Topics will include: Coordinating Consultant’s Revit Models, Phasing and Design Options and Project Collaboration. Approaches to BIM Management will also be discussed. Prior Revit experience is required.

Date: May 29 to June 1, 2018

Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $750 + GST


Upcoming May Courses – Technology Solutions, Spaces still open!

April 4, 2018 • Written by

For more information or to Register, Click here.


Revit Level 1 – CIVC – 1015, 169933

May 7-9, 2018, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $750 + GST

Instructor: Chris Urbanski


Infrastructure CMDP – 2014, CPNO2, 169895

May 8-11, 2018, 8 am to 4 pm

Cost: $750

Instructor: Michael Robb


Basics of Business Communication, CONF – 9003, 169995

May 14, 2018, 8 am to noon

Cost : $175 + GST

Instructor: Rob Officer


Materials & Methods CMDP-2013, CPNO2, 169935

May 14-18, 2018, 8 am to 4 pm

Cost: $775

Instructor: Adam Ding


Structural Analysis CMDP-2015, CPN02, 169955

May 22-25 & 28, 2018, 8 am – 4pm

Cost: $775

Instructor: Brea Williams


Revit Level 2 – CIVL – 1075, 169956

May 22-24, 2018, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $750 + GST

Instructor: Chris Urbanski


Revit Level 3 – CIVL – 1100, 170011

May 28-30, 2018, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $750 + GST

Instructor: Chris Urbanski


Structural Design CMDP – 2016, CPN02, 169963

May 29-June 1, 2018, 8 am – 4pm

Cost: $750

Instructor: Bright Ng’andu

2017 Technology Awards

January 29, 2018 • Written by

The School of Construction and Engineering Technology and The School of Transportation, Aviation, and Manufacturing presented  110 Awards  to successful students.

Upcoming Building / Plumbing Code Courses – Technology Solutions

November 17, 2017 • Written by

To register for any of the courses below, click here.




MB Building Bylaws ONLINE CIVL – 9002

Enrollment open anytime (January- March)

Cost: $530

Instructor: Tammy Harper

Exam: April 9, 2018, 9am CIVL – 1074: $150


Plumbing Code CIVL – 1095, 163860

January 8-12, 2018, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $675

Instructor: Rick Guilbault

Exam: Jan 23, 2018, 9 am, CIVL – 1096: $150


MB Energy Code for Buildings CMEL – 4012, CPN02, 169881

Feb 7–Apl 11, 2018, Wednesdays,


Cost: $775 (Exam included)

Instructor: Tammy Harper



HVAC in Part 3 CIVL- 1078, 163862

February 5-7, 2018, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $650

Instructor: David Stones

Exam: Feb 13, 2018, 9 am, CIVL- 1079: $150


Blueprint Reading – Buildings CIVL – 9007, 169883

February 20 & 21, 2018, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $600

Instructor: Scott Fraser

Public Review on the Proposed Changes to the 2015 editions of the Codes Canada publications

November 9, 2017 • Written by

Public review on proposed changes to the 2015 editions of Codes Canada publications takes place from November 6, 2017 to January 2, 2018

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) would like to invite your organization and its members—as important stakeholders in the development of Codes Canada publications—to take part in the fall 2017 public review of proposed changes to the 2015 national model codes.

Codes Canada publications, comprising the National Building, Fire, Plumbing and Energy Codes, are model codes developed by the CCBFC that the provinces and territories can adopt as is, or with modifications, as part of their building, fire and plumbing regulations.

The public review is one of the principal steps in the process for updating national code documents, providing a nation-wide forum where anyone can review and comment on the changes proposed. Following the review, CCBFC Standing Committees will consider all comments and make final recommendations on each proposed change. Subject to approval by the CCBFC, the final changes will be published by NRC in the 2020 editions of Codes Canada publications.

The public review will run from November 6, 2017 to January 2, 2018 on the Codes Canada Web site,  

This second public review of the 2015 code cycle focuses on changes being proposed to the 2015 editions of the National Building Code (NBC), the National Fire Code (NFC) and the National Plumbing Codes (NPC). With an interim change planned for publication in late 2017, no changes are being proposed for the National Energy Code for Buildings  this public review.

The CCBFC wishes to thank your organization and its membership for contributing to the development of Codes Canada publications.

 We would appreciate you forwarding this invitation to your membership and stakeholders so as to ensure the greatest possible awareness and participation.

For further information, please contact Anne Gribbon, Secretary to the CCBFC, at