CATT AGM (featuring Chris Macey, Aecom)


The Engineer’s Duty of Care…The importance of understanding and learning from failure – A Trenchless Perspective


Keynote Speaker Chris Macey, Aecom

 Overview: Two of the most cited cases in North America to illustrate an Engineer’s duty of care to the public are the failure of the Quebec Bridge over the St. Lawrence River (Quebec City, QC) in 1907 and the failure of the Hyatt Regency walkways in 1981 in Kansas City, MO (which resulted in the worst building disaster in history other the World Trade Center Collapse). While these are certainly not trenchless failures they do provide considerable insight into the Engineer’s role in how engineering failures occur and how to prevent them when extending the technical envelope as is the case with many trenchless applications.  A brief review of key lessons learned from these disasters is provided for the trenchless practitioner’s benefit.

A number of case studies of trenchless pipeline failures and successes are then reviewed to illustrate the Engineer’s role in the context of failures and failure prevention; their short term impact on society as individual events and their longer term impact on society when considering piping systems in a more global context. These cases are used as illustrative examples to reinforce the Engineer’s duties with respect to safety, embracing sustainability concepts, recognizing and working within their areas of competence, and to reinforce their required commitment to lifelong learning; “from a Trenchless Perspective”.

Chris Macey, P. Eng., Chris is Aecom’s Americas Technical Practice Leader/Condition Assessment and Rehabilitation of Conveyance Systems. He is a trenchless advocate and trainer, and arguably the leading trenchless expert in North America.

Location: Mississauga Grand, 35 Brunel Road, Mississauga ON


5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Cocktail hour and networking (cash bar)

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner combined with CATT Annual General Meeting - Please advise of any dietary requirements

7:30 – 7:50 p.m. Chris Macey Presentation: The Engineer’s Duty of Care…The importance of understanding and learning from failure – A Trenchless Perspective

9:00 pm - Adjournment

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