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Meeting Highlights

RMC Meeting, February 7, 2007

Board and TTCC Meetings, October 12, 2007

RMC Meeting, August 9-11, 2006

Board and TTCC Meetings, May 2, 2006

RMC Meeting, February 24, 2006

Board and TTCC Meetings, November 30, 2005

RMC Meeting, August 8-9, 2007, Kelowna

  1. Revised versions of ISIS Design Manuals 3 and 4, along with new Manual 5, Prestressing Concrete Structures with FRPs, will soon be published.  Cross-country workshops are being planned for Spring 2008 to introduce the updated manuals, and will also give an overview of the ISIS documents “Specifications for FRP Product Certification” and the “Durability Monograph”.
  2. Dr. Ken Neale, Vice-President, Theme Director and Project Leader, reported that four new Education Modules are now available: Handling and Application of FRPs; An Introduction to Life Cycle Costing for Innovative Infrastructure; Durability of Composites for Construction; and An Introduction to Prestressing with FRPs.  Existing modules 3 and 4 are being updated to reflect the new material in ISIS Design Manuals 3 and 4.  Modules 1 and 2 have been translated into French and will be available soon on the ISIS website.
  3. Dr. Neale reported that the Education Workshop for University and Technical College Faculty, May 9-11, 2007 in Sherbrooke, Quebec was a great success with over 30 participants from across the country.  The information presented built on earlier seminars that introduced the ISIS Canada Education Modules to professors and instructors from engineering faculties and technical colleges across Canada.  At this year’s workshop, four new Education Modules were introduced as well as the ISIS FRP Product Certification Guidelines.  Site visits to Pultrall Inc., two demonstration projects and the Université de Sherbrooke structures lab were included.  Presentations were made by several professors outside the ISIS Network, demonstrating how the modules are being implemented in university and college curricula.
  4. The feedback received from participants at ISIS Annual Conference 2007 was reviewed. Many positive comments were made, and the delegates were generally pleased with the conference proceedings and organization. A preliminary program was formulated for Conference 2008, to take place on May 8-9, 2008 in Saskatoon.
  5. The 2007 ISIS Student Committee Report was reviewed and a response prepared. This report of the annual students meeting held at the time of the ISIS Conference provides useful input to the activities of the Network.
  6. Dr. Aftab Mufti, President, reported on a meeting of the NCE Scientific Directors which took place in Winnipeg on April 27, 2007, which featured an update on NCE and NSERC activities by Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President of NSERC and Chair of the NCE Steering Committee.  The NCE Board Chairs met at the same location on April 26 and 27, 2007, and participated in Dr. Fortier’s presentation and ensuing discussion. 
  7. Dr. Mufti reported that the special issue of the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering on ISIS technologies had been recently published and was being well received.  The journal will have widespread distribution and will give considerable credibility to ISIS technologies.
  8. The budgets for 2007/08 and 2008/09 were reviewed.  Funds available for allocation to new projects are very limited because of the commitments already in place.  Several new project proposals were considered, but only those that filled high priority gaps in the research and technology transfer program were approved.
  9. A new study is being undertaken to assess the long-term behaviour of FRP materials used in the repair of structures.  This is the follow-up to an earlier study which assessed the effect on GFRP reinforcement of alkali present in concrete structures, and revealed that the performance of GFRP reinforcement is excellent and not affected over the long term in any manner.
  10. An SHM resource binder is being developed by the SHM Support Centre at the University of Manitoba.  It will include an updated version of Design Manual 1 (Installation, Use and Repair of FOS), ISIS Design Manual 2 (Guidelines for SHM), updated Design Manual 6 (Civionics Specifications), the SHM Educational Modules, case study summaries and an international reference section.  This is expected to be a valuable resource that will be updated continually as new information becomes available.
  11. ISIS is collaborating with the University of Edinburgh on a proposal for the European FireGrid project to use sensing technology in the development of a response system for emergencies caused by fires. 
  12. ISIS will collaborate with the Canadian Standards Association to produce a standard for Product Certification of FRPs, based on the specifications recently completed by ISIS.  This is a significant recognition of the impact ISIS is having on the engineering design community.
  13. ISIS has entered into an agreement with MITACS, a Network of Centres of Excellence on Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems, with regard to an internship program.  This program partners graduate student and postdoctoral fellow interns and their supervising professors with industry to help partners utilize new tools, technologies and methodologies to address issues that are vital to an organization’s success.
  14. An application under the Student Exchange Program was approved for Mr. Badr Abouzeid, a student of Dr. Raafat El-Hacha at the University of Calgary.  Mr. Abouzeid will work with Dr. Gordon Wight at the Royal Military College to gather information related to his research on blast mitigation using FRPs.
  15. Project Leaders will be requested to prepare formal technical reports on their ISIS demonstration projects, which will be used as a resource by the SHM Support Centre.
  16. A planning discussion took place regarding post-2009 technology transfer activities.  After the 14-year funding cycle for ISIS research terminates on March 31, 2009, there will still be a pressing need to continue the process of transferring ISIS technologies to the user sector for several more years to ensure their widespread adoption and use.  Various ways to facilitate this are being explored.
  17. Dr. Mufti reported that plans are progressing well for the Third International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (SHMII-3), to take place on November 14-16, 2007 in Vancouver. Over 150 papers will be presented, and highlights of the conference will include a short course on Implementing Structural Monitoring in Bridge Management and Maintenance Practices, a workshop on Civil Engineering Education Reform, and a plenary session on the U.S. Federal Highways Administration Long Term Bridge Performance Program.
  18. It was reported that a workshop marking the 10th anniversary of construction of the Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island will take place August 19-22, 2007 in Charlottetown, PEI.  ISIS is a sponsor of this event.
  19. ISIS has agreed to be a sponsor of APFIS 2007, The First Asia-Pacific Conference on FRP in Structures, the Official Regional Conference of the International Institute for FRP in Construction for the Asia-Pacific Region, to be held December 12-14, 2007 in Hong Kong, China.
  20. ISIS will be a sponsor of the 9th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement for Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-9), to be held in Sydney, Australia on July 13-15, 2009.

RMC Meeting, February 7, 2007, Toronto

  1. Plans are progressing well for ISIS Annual Conference 2007, to take place in St. John’s, Newfoundland on May 2-4.  The program will soon be available on the ISIS website.
  2. The research budget for 2007/08 was finalized, and several new initiatives were approved.
  3. Dr. Aftab Mufti, President, announced that Theresa Casey is the recipient of the 2007 Urs Meier Scholarship for Engineering Excellence, awarded annually by ISIS Canada to an undergraduate student of a Canadian Engineering or Applied Sciences degree program who is planning to pursue post-graduate studies under the tutelage of an ISIS Canada research Project Leader.  Ms. Casey will enter the ISIS Canada Civil Engineering Masters program at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Roger Cheng. The research she will undertake concerns the use of FRPs in repairing fatigue cracks in existing steel bridge girders. In addition to her academic excellence, Ms. Casey is involved in numerous extracurricular activities and has proven leadership abilities. More information on ISIS Scholarships
  4. Dr. Ken Neale was congratulated on being elected President of the International Institute for FRPs in Construction (IIFC), a global society formally based in Hong Kong.  The aim of the Institute is to advance the understanding and the application of FRP composites in civil infrastructure, in the service of the engineering profession and society, and this is an important linkage for ISIS.  Dr. Neale is ISIS Vice-President, a member of the Research Management Committee (RMC) and a Project Leader at the Université de Sherbrooke.
  5. It was announced that Dr. Xiaoyi Bao, RMC member and a Project Leader at the University of Ottawa, was honoured with the NCE Board Chairs Award President’s Medal during the NCE Annual General Meeting on December 5, 2006 in Ottawa for being selected by ISIS Canada for her essay in competition with all other NCEs.  This annual competition is open to all NCE network researchers and focuses on the impact of the candidate’s research in support of the NCE goals.
  6. It was announced that Dr. John Newhook, ISIS Project Leader at Dalhousie University, had been appointed the new Chair of the Education Committee, succeeding founding Chair Dr. Kenneth Neale, Université de Sherbrooke.
  7. The Education Committee is planning another workshop to take place May 9-11, 2007 in Sherbrooke, Quebec.  The workshop will build on three earlier seminars that introduced the ISIS Canada Education Modules to professors and instructors from engineering faculties and technical colleges across Canada.  Highlights will include an introduction to the four new education modules, an overview of the ISIS FRP Product Certification Guidelines, and site visits to an FRP manufacturer, bridge demonstration projects and the Université de Sherbrooke structures lab.
  8. The Education Modules continue to be popular.  Over 260 requests for downloads have been received from 51 countries.  Four new modules will be available in the Spring of 2007: Handling and Application of FRPs; An Introduction to Life Cycle Costing for Innovative Infrastructure; Durability of Composites for Construction; An Introduction to Prestressing with FRPs. The modules are currently being translated into French.
  9. The ISIS Guidelines for Product Certification of FRP Materials will soon be available for widespread distribution, and it is anticipated that the document will be established as a standard by the Canadian Standards Association.  Dr. Brahim Benmokrane, ISIS Project Leader at the Université de Sherbrooke, chaired the committee that produced the guidelines.
  10. The ISIS Monograph on Durability of FRPs in Civil Infrastructure, prepared by Dr. Nemkumar Banthia, an ISIS Project Leader at the University of British Columbia, is also nearing completion.  This document will be of considerable value in advancing the acceptance of ISIS technologies by the user sector.
  11. Dr. Aftab Mufti, President, and Dr. Benmokrane have undertaken the task of establishing guidelines to address repair and rehabilitation issues associated with FRPs, such as repairs to impact damage and replacement of poor or damaged concrete, which is one of the remaining barriers to implementation of ISIS technologies.  Good progress is being made on this initiative.
  12. ISIS will collaborate with the Canadian Standards Association to develop the next edition of CSA S806 “Design and Construction of Building Components with Fibre-Reinforced Polymers”.  This is an important undertaking to which ISIS can make a substantial contribution.
  13. The Steering Committee of the Structural Health Monitoring Support Centre at the University of Manitoba is planning to produce a handbook addressing structural health monitoring (SHM) issues.  The handbook will be a compilation of ISIS research and experience in SHM, and will be prepared by Dr. John Newhook at Dalhousie University.
  14. Dr. Mufti reported that ISIS played a prominent role in the National Science Foundation Workshop on Reforming Civil and Environmental Engineering Education, held in Istanbul, Turkey on October 4-7, 2007.  Six presentations gave the Canadian perspective on the reform of civil engineering education, and the ISIS Education Modules and other initiatives were featured. A final report had been prepared with input from ISIS.
  15. Dr. Mufti reported that he, Dr. Nemkumar Banthia and Dr. John Newhook had been invited to participate in a U.S. Federal Highways Administration/National Science Foundation workshop on future directions for long-term bridge performance (LTBP) monitoring, assessment and management, which took place on January 9-10, 2007.  The workshop was part of the LTBP program to collect, document and make available high-quality quantitative performance data on a representative sample of bridges across the U.S.  Discussion is underway to have a few Canadian structures included in the program.
  16. Dr. Mufti reported that a meeting of the NCE Scientific Directors, as well as a meeting of the NCE Board Chairs, will take place in Winnipeg on April 26-27, 2007.  The President of NSERC, Dr. Suzanne Fortier, is expected to attend.
  17. Dr. McGinnis reported that a new brochure had been produced to promote structural health monitoring.  It will be distributed along with the February 2007 “Innovator” newsletter.
  18. Dr. Mufti reported that plans are progressing well for the Third International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (SHMII-3), to take place on November 14-16, 2007 in Vancouver. An interesting and informative program is being planned that will address recent advances in smart sensors, wireless sensor networks, signal acquisition and processing, and real-time data transferring and management, and explore the potential for international cooperation.
  19. Dr. Banthia reported that plans for Protect 2007, an international workshop on impact and blast to be held August 20-22, 2007 in Whistler, B.C., are proceeding on schedule.  It is intended that Protect 2007 will result in the development of innovative solutions based on a cross-fertilization of ideas.  ISIS is one of the sponsors of this event. 
  20. ISIS will sponsor a workshop marking the 10th anniversary of construction of the Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, to take place in August 2007 in Charlottetown, PEI.
  21. Dr. Mufti reported that planning had commenced for the 5th International Conference on Advanced Composite Materials in Bridges and Structures, ACMBS-V, to be held in Winnipeg from September 22-24, 2008.  This event is being organized by ISIS, with Drs. Mufti and Neale serving as co-chairs of the organizing committee.

Board and TTCC Meetings
October 12, 2006, Toronto

  1. The Technology Transfer and Commercialization Committee (TTCC) gave consideration to the application of structural health monitoring to existing structures for safety, security and rehabilitation.  Presentations were made by Dr. Aftab Mufti, ISIS Scientific Director, Dr. Sreenivas Alampalli of the New York State Department of Transportation, and Dr. Farhad Ansari of the University of Illinois at Chicago, which provided an international perspective to the needs and constraints regarding the monitoring of civil engineering structures. Considerable discussion took place that provided input to appropriate structural health monitoring activities for ISIS going forward to 2009.
  2. Dr. Mufti reported that the Education Workshop for University and Technical College Faculty, held on May 11-12, 2006 in Winnipeg, had been highly successful, with 29 participants from across the country.  The information presented had built on the content of the two previous Education Workshops, and also focused on structural health monitoring for the first time. The course materials are being implemented at many universities and colleges, and networking between various institutions is being facilitated.  The next workshop planned for Spring 2007 will focus on implementation issues.
  3. Dr. Lloyd McGinnis, CEO, reported that the Education Modules are currently being translated into French, and a Spanish translation is under consideration. The RMC has established a policy regarding the translation of ISIS Education Modules, whereby anyone can translate the ISIS Education Modules for their own use, and educators can modify or rearrange the material for teaching purposes, however no one can republish the modules in any form. 
  4. The Research Management Committee (RMC) is continuing to provide input to the content for an ongoing series of workshops on using life cycle costing and engineering (LCE&C) to establish the benefits of using FRPs in civil engineering structures.  Dr. Gordon Sparks, ISIS Project Leader at the University of Saskatchewan, has presented his LCE&C model to representatives of the user sector in Manitoba and Québec and at the CSCE Conference in Calgary, and the next presentation is planned for British Columbia.  The presentation is being customized to be relevant to each area where it is presented.
  5. Dr. Nemkumar Banthia, Theme Director and ISIS Project Leader at the University of British Columbia, is continuing a study to determine the durability of materials associated with the life cycle costing and engineering model developed by Dr. Gordon Sparks.
  6. Dr. Mufti reported that the ISIS Committee on Establishing Guidelines for Product Certification of FRP Materials, chaired by Dr. Brahim Benmokrane, had completed its task. The guidelines will be made widely available, and it is anticipated that the Canadian Standards Association will establish them as a standard. 
  7. Dr. Banthia has completed a monograph on durability of FRPs in civil infrastructure, which will be of considerable value in advancing the acceptance of ISIS technologies by the user sector.
  8. Dr. Mufti and Dr. Benmokrane have undertaken the task of establishing guidelines to address repair and rehabilitation issues associated with FRPs, such as repairs to impact damage and replacement of poor concrete, which is one of the remaining barriers to implementation of ISIS technologies. 
  9. Dr. Mufti reported that he was part of a team that was preparing a proposal for a heritage masonry anchor study for Public Works and Government Services Canada, which could lead to the use of ISIS technologies in the rehabilitation of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa.
  10. Opportunities for collaboration are being explored between ISIS and GEOIDE, a Network of Centres of Excellence in geomatics research and development. ISIS sensor and SHM technologies complement GEOIDE’s development of software for management of floods caused by river ice and assessment of other geological risks.  Three specific projects targeted for collaboration are monitoring of CN/CP railway bridges, Brillouin sensing for monitoring of Manitoba Hydro dams, and wireless sensing technology for GEOIDE’s sensing van. 
  11. Dr. Mufti reported that he has accepted an invitation to be an advisor for the U.S. Federal Highways Administration Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) Program. The objective of this program is to collect, document and make available high-quality quantitative performance data on a representative sample of bridges across the U.S. Workshops will be held in Europe, Asia and the U.S., and input will be solicited from a consortium of practitioners and researchers, with an international component.
  12. It was reported that ISIS played a prominent role in the National Science Foundation Workshop on Reforming Civil and Environmental Engineering Education, held in Istanbul, Turkey on October 4-7, 2007.  Six presentations gave the Canadian perspective on the reform of civil engineering education, and the ISIS Education Modules and other initiatives were featured.
  13. Dr. McGinnis stated that two new brochures are being produced to promote the Structural Health Monitoring Support Centre at the University of Manitoba, and the corrosion/steel free bridge deck.
  14. ISIS will explore options to become involved in the development of public policy on structural health monitoring. The Board agreed that ISIS could play a significant role in establishing guidelines for best practices for maintenance and preservation of civil engineering structures.
  15. ISIS Project Leaders have been reminded of the importance of acknowledging the work of other researchers when preparing journal and conference papers. These citations are important to establish credibility and to demonstrate the large body of research that has taken place into ISIS technologies, as well as to give the earlier researchers credit for citations.
  16. Mr. Don Whitmore, Chair, reported that the Networks of Centres of Excellence program was currently undergoing an internal evaluation, and that the Board Chairs and Scientific Directors of the Networks were considering ways in which they could promote and support the concept of the NCEs in order to communicate the importance of the program. 
  17. Dr. Mufti has been advised that he will be granted the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Institute for FRPs in Construction, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of fibre reinforced polymers in civil engineering structures.
  18. Dr. John Newhook has been re-elected as the scientific representative of the Project Leaders on the Board of Directors.  He will serve on the Board until the end of the ISIS mandate in 2009.
  19. Dr. Pierre Choquet had resigned from the TTCC because of his other commitments.
  20. Dr. Daniele Inaudi has accepted an invitation to join the TTCC.  Dr. Inaudi is Chief Technology Officer of Swiss-based SMARTEC SA, which has recently been acquired by RocTest Ltd., a Canadian organization.  He is responsible for the development and use of fibre optic sensing systems for the civil and oil and gas industries.
  21. Dr. Ken Neale, ISIS Vice-President, Theme Director and Project Leader at the Université de Sherbrooke, has been appointed as Chair of the Canadian Advisory Committee on ISO/TC71/SC6.  One of the working groups of this Committee is developing international design codes for the use of FRP. 
  22. ISIS Canada will sponsor Protect 2007, an international workshop on impact and blast to be held August 20-22, 2007 in Whistler, B.C.
  23. Mr. Whitmore reported that the Board of Directors Executive Committee had recently conducted a performance review of ISIS management personnel. There had been no issues of concern, and management was congratulated for conducting the affairs of ISIS Canada in an efficient and professional manner.
  24. The 2005/06 ISIS Annual Report was presented, and it was agreed that it was an attractive and informative publication. A draft concept for the 2006/07 Annual Report was presented for the Board’s input.
  25. It was reported that the annual statistical tables and reports for 2005/06 had been submitted to the NCE as required, and that they revealed considerable information on the accomplishments of ISIS over the past year. For example, there were 257 researchers, 70 organizations involved in the Network, 312 publications, 67 technology transfer activities, and 182 key accomplishments reported.  In addition, there had been $2.46 million of non-NCE funding, $1.5 million of which was cash and $966,000 of in-kind contributions.
  26. The research budget for 2007/08 was approved, subject to finalization at the February 7, 2007 meeting of the Research Management Committee.
  27. As a legal requirement, the Annual General Meeting of ISIS Canada Corporation was held as part of this Board meeting to accept the financial statements for 2005/06 and reappoint the auditors and officers for the coming year.

RMC Meeting
August 9-11, 2006, Huntsville, Ontario

  1. The feedback received from participants at ISIS Annual Conference 2006 was reviewed. Many positive comments were made, and the delegates were generally pleased with the conference proceedings and organization. A preliminary program for Conference 2007 was formulated, which will feature a workshop on the Public Forum day. More information on Annual Conference 2006
  2. The 2006 ISIS Student Committee Report was reviewed. This report of the annual students meeting held at the time of the ISIS Conference provides useful input to the activities of the Network.
  3. Dr. Nemkumar Banthia presented his monograph on durability of FRPs in civil infrastructure.  Dr. Banthia was congratulated on this important achievement, which will advance the acceptance of ISIS technologies by the user sector.  The document will be distributed widely and will be available in both a bound format and a downloadable version.
  4. Consideration was given to the many excellent project proposals that had been submitted.  Since limited funds are available for new projects, only those that most closely conformed to the ISIS research priorities were approved.
  5. ISIS is playing a prominent role in the National Science Foundation Workshop on Reforming Civil and Environmental Engineering Education, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey on October 4-7, 2006.  Several ISIS representatives will participate and present the ISIS approach to modernizing the civil engineering curriculum. For more information visit www.eng.bahcesehir.edu.tr/educee/
  6. Project Leaders will be reminded of the importance of acknowledging the work of other researchers when preparing conference presentations and journal papers. These citations are important to establish credibility and to demonstrate the large body of research into ISIS technologies that has taken place.
  7. ISIS Project Leaders are being encouraged to utilize the expertise of ISIS consultants such as Dr. Baidar Bakht, Mr. Walter Saltzberg, Mr. Peter Brett, and Dr. Trent Coroy. 
  8. Dr. Aftab Mufti, Scientific Director, reported that there is an opportunity for collaboration with Infrastructure Canada and North America’s SuperCorridor Coalition, Inc. in the development of a multi-modal transportation corridor.  More information at http://www.nascocorridor.com/
  9. Dr. Mufti reported that a special symposium honoring Dr. Baidar Bakht will be held in New Delhi, India on February 20-23, 2007.  The symposium is titled “Composites in Intelligent and Sustainable Civil Infrastructure”, reflecting Dr. Bakht’s significant contributions in this field.  Dr. Bakht provides his expertise to ISIS Canada as a consultant on many projects.
  10. Efforts will be increased to attract qualified candidates for the Gary Bosgoed Scholarship for Aboriginals in Engineering.  Project Leaders are requested to actively seek out appropriate individuals in their institutions, and posters advertising the competition will be displayed in Network universities.  More information on this scholarship
  11. It was announced that Dr. Ken Neale had been appointed Chair of the Canadian Advisory Committee on ISO/TC71/SC6.  One of the working groups of this Committee is developing international design codes for the use of FRP. 
  12. It was reported that, at the request of the NCE, the ISIS Student Committee had provided its perspective on the Canadian brain drain for input to a session to take place at the 2006 NCE Annual Meeting.
  13. Project Leaders will no longer be required to submit a progress report in January of each year.  Instead, at the end of each fiscal year, they will be asked to submit a two-page abstract outlining the accomplishments to date of their ISIS projects.  The abstracts will be collated into a document for distribution at the ISIS Annual Conference.
  14. The NCE has announced a new competition called the International Partnership Initiative.  The goal is to provide the NCEs with additional support to develop and enhance international linkages, and ISIS plans to submit a proposal for activities that will enhance its international collaboration program.
  15. Dr. Mufti reported that ISIS technologies are being considered for use in the rehabilitation of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa.
  16. Dr. Mufti reported that he has accepted an invitation to be an advisor for the U.S. Federal Highways Association Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) Program. The objective of this program is to collect, document and make available high-quality quantitative performance data on a representative sample of bridges across the U.S. Workshops will be held in Europe, Asia and the U.S., and input will be solicited from a consortium of practitioners and researchers, with an international component.
  17. ISIS Canada will sponsor Protect 2007, an international workshop on impact and blast to be held August 20-22, 2007 in Whistler, B.C.
  18. Dr. Nemkumar Banthia was appointed the new Chair of the ISIS Durability Committee.  Dr. Mufti, former Chair of this committee, has stepped down because of his many other commitments, and Dr. Banthia was invited to bring his expertise to the position. The committee’s mandate is to establish serviceability stress limits for GFRP reinforcement in natural weathering environments, which is an extension of the analysis on the durability of GFRP reinforcement in concrete structures that had been conducted earlier.
  19. The RMC provided input to a presentation that will be made by Dr. Gordon Sparks, ISIS Project Leader at the University of Saskatchewan, at workshops on using life cycle costing and engineering (LCE&C) to establish the benefits of using FRPs in civil engineering structures.  Planning took place regarding the locations, target audience and format of these workshops. More information on LCE&C studies
  20. Dr. Brahim Benmokrane, Project Leader at the Université de Sherbrooke, reported on the progress of the ISIS Committee on Product Certification of GFRPs, of which he is Chair.  The committee comprises 21 representatives of academia, industry and government, and four task groups were  formed on General Specifications, Mechanical Properties, Durability and Physical Properties, and How to Certify and Comply.  The Committee’s report is in the final stages of editing and will be submitted to the RMC for approval in September 2006.  The Canadian Standards Association has expressed interest in establishing the completed guidelines as a CSA standard.  The guidelines will also be available in a French translation.
  21. Other topics of discussion at the meeting included developing a strategy for global adoption of the ISIS Canada Winnipeg Principles; creating safety, security and sustainability for Manitoba roads and bridges; applications of SHM to existing structures for safety, security and rehabilitation; long term funding for the SHM Support Centre; and addressing implementation issues related to maintenance and repair of structures reinforced with GFRP.

Board and TTCC Meetings
May 2, 2006, Calgary

  1. Dr. Aftab Mufti, President, reported that ISIS has been renewed by the NCE with full funding of $9.6 million for 2006-2009.  The report prepared by the NCE Expert Panel following the October 17, 2005 mid-term review interview made a positive endorsement of the ISIS research program.  The Research Management Committee prepared a response to the report in which it was noted that issues raised by the Panel did not require any changes to the research program.
  2. Dr. Gordon Sparks, ISIS Project Leader at the University of Saskatchewan, made a presentation to the TTCC to solicit its input on planned workshops on using life cycle costing and engineering (LCE&C) to establish the benefits of using FRPs in civil engineering structures. More information on LCE&C
  3. Dr. Luke Bisby, ISIS Project Leader at Queen’s University, made a presentation to the TTCC on the ISIS educational modules that have been developed as a teaching aid for undergraduate and technical college engineering curricula.  More than 150 individuals from 33 countries have downloaded the modules from the ISIS website.  Two successful workshops have been held to introduce the modules to professors and technical college instructors from across the country, and a third is planned for May 2006.  The modules have met with significant interest at international conferences where they have been presented.  They are being implemented in the curricula at numerous universities and colleges and are being modified for use by the American Concrete Institute. More information on Educational Modules
  4. Dr. Mufti reported on the activities of the Structural Health Monitoring Support Centre located at the University of Manitoba.  The Centre provides a service to the entire ISIS Network for SHM of field demonstration projects, and is expected to be self-sustaining beyond 2009 when ISIS funding ends. More information on SHM Support Centre
  5. The February 2006 issue of the “Innovator” newsletter was reviewed.  It features many significant impacts and achievements of ISIS Canada.  Download “Innovator” newsletter
  6. Dr. Aftab Mufti, Scientific Director, reported that the ISIS Committee on Product Certification of GFRPs, chaired by Dr. Brahim Benmokrane, ISIS Project Leader at the Université de Sherbrooke, was making considerable progress towards its mandate to establish guidelines for test procedures and product certification of FRP materials so that owners of infrastructure can be sure of the quality of FRPs being offered.  The lack of product certification for FRPs constitutes a serious barrier to the use of this material in the design of civil structures.  The committee is comprised of representatives of academia, industry and government.
  7. Dr. McGinnis outlined the program for the 2006 ISIS Annual Conference, May 3-5, 2006, Calgary.  The keynote speaker was Mr. Jac Van Beek, Director, Planning and Performance Management, Strategy, Development and Relations, of the National Research Council Canada.  Presentations were made by ISIS students, postdoctoral fellows and research associates, and the poster competition was once again a key feature of the Conference.  Three scholarships were presented at the Conference:  the Joanne Keselman Scholarship for Women in Engineering; the Leslie Jaeger Scholarship for the Advancement of Engineering; and the Urs Meier Scholarship for Engineering Excellence  
    Scholarship information
    Highlights of Annual Conference 2006
  8. Dr. Mufti reported that the RMC had established that any research project funds returned to the central repository under the ISIS policy on excess carryover funds will be reallocated to activities that facilitate the implementation of ISIS technologies.
  9. The finalized research budget for 2006/07 was presented, which included three new projects that had been approved by the Research Management Committee at its February 24, 2006 meeting.
  10. Dr. Mufti reported that updated versions of Design Manuals 3 and 4 will be published in July 2006, and a revised Manual 2 will be available early in 2007.  Manual 5 on prestressing concrete structures with FRPs is expected to be released in late 2006. Workshops to present the manuals to the user sector are planned for the spring of 2007.  More information on Design Manuals
  11. It was announced that ISIS has become a patron member of the International Institute for FRPs in Construction (IIFC), and was also a sponsor of this organization’s official conference, the Third International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE 2006), to take place December 13-15, 2006 in Miami, Florida.  Visit IIFC website
  12. ISIS hosted an alumni reception in Montréal on April 5, 2006 for researchers, industry and government personnel who had participated in ISIS Canada projects conducted at Québec universities. The objective was to gather graduates and partners of the ISIS program to provide an update on the current activities of the ISIS Canada program and its plans to 2009 and beyond.  A similar event took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 20, 2005, and another reception is planned for June 28, 2006 in Toronto.
  13. Discussions are underway regarding collaboration with GEOIDE, a Network of Centres of Excellence in geomatics research and development. ISIS sensor and SHM technologies complement GEOIDE’s development of software for management of floods caused by river ice and assessment of other geological risks. Visit GEOIDE website
  14. Dr. Mufti reported that ISIS was collaborating on several Canadian initiatives with Neubrex Co. Ltd. of Japan in the field of structural health monitoring.  This is an important international partnership that will lead to increased acceptance of ISIS technologies by the user sector.
  15. A brochure has been developed to create awareness of the new discipline of Civionics, the use of advanced sensor devices and systems for real-time monitoring of bridges and other structures.  It will be widely distributed at international conferences and workshops.
  16. A new promotional brochure has been prepared to highlight the Impact and Achievements of ISIS Canada over the past decade.
  17. The Chairs of the NCE Boards of Directors have established an “NCE Board Chairs’ Award”. The award will be made annually starting in 2006 through a competitive process. It will focus on the impact the author’s research has had in support of the NCE goals. More information on NCE Board Chairs’ Award
  18. Dr. Mufti announced that the Canadian Standards Association has given final approval to publish the updated Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code Section 16 on fibre reinforced structures, an endeavour to which ISIS provided leadership. This transfer of research to practice is a significant achievement for ISIS.
  19. ISIS Canada at the University of Manitoba and Vector Construction Group have received the Synergy Award for Innovation in recognition of their 10-year partnership. Established by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Synergy Awards recognize outstanding research and development partnerships between universities and industry.  As part of this honour, Dr. Mufti was awarded $25,000, which will contribute to the establishment of the JMBT-Vector Scholarship for Research in Civionics Engineering.
  20. The ISIS Canada Network Agreement for 2006-09 has been approved by all the Network universities.  An updated agreement between the Host University of Manitoba and ISIS Canada Corporation is also in place.

RMC Meeting
February 24, 2006, Toronto

  1. Dr. Aftab Mufti, Scientific Director, reported that ISIS has been renewed by the NCE with full funding of $9.6 million for 2006-2009, which will allow ISIS to further the implementation of its technologies in civil infrastructure.  The report prepared by the NCE Expert Panel at the October 17, 2005 interview made a positive endorsement of the ISIS research program. 
  2. Dr. Ken Neale reported on the activities of the Education Committee, of which he is Chair.
    • Preparations are underway for a workshop for university and technical college faculty, to take place May 11-12, 2006 in Winnipeg.  The event will build on two previous workshops that focused on FRP materials by introducing the participants to structural health monitoring. 
    • Educational Module 6: Application and Handling of FRP Composites for Construction, Module 7: An Introduction to Life-Cycle Engineering and Costing of Innovative Infrastructure and Module 8: Durability of FRP Composites for Construction, will be finalized and available to download from the ISIS website in May 2006.  Two other modules are under development: Module 9: An Introduction to Prestressing with FRPs and Module 10: Compendium of FRPs and SHM Case Studies.  More information on Educational Modules
    • Training for technicians in the use of ISIS technologies will be provided on an individual, as-requested basis.  If training is scheduled to take place at a particular institution, others in the area will be notified so that they can participate if desired.
  3. Dr. Mufti reported that the ISIS Committee on Product Certification of GFRPs, chaired by Dr. Brahim Benmokrane, had held its first meeting on January 24, 2006. This initiative will establish guidelines for test procedures and product certification of FRP materials so that owners of infrastructure can be sure of the quality of FRPs being offered.  The lack of product certification for FRPs constitutes a serious barrier to the use of this material in the design of civil structures.  The committee is comprised of representatives of academia, industry and government.
  4. Updated versions of Design Manuals 3 and 4 will be published in July 2006.  An updated Manual 2 will be available early in 2007.  Workshops to present the manuals to the user sector are planned for the spring of 2007. More information on Design Manuals
  5. Workshops on using life cycle costing and engineering (LCE&C) to establish the benefits of using FRPs in civil engineering structures will be presented across Canada in the fall of 2006. A brochure is being prepared on “Establishing the Benefits of Using FRPs in Civil Structures” to promote the workshops.
  6. The program for ISIS Conference 2006 was finalized.  Mr. Jac van Beek, Strategic Advisor and VP, Technology & Industry Support Account of the National Research Council Institute for Research in Construction, will present one of the keynote addresses, and presentations will be made by ISIS students and researchers, who were selected based on the RMC’s assessment of the abstracts they submitted. More information on Annual Conference
  7. It was noted that Project Leaders had been informed of the new ISIS policy on carryover funds in September 2005, and a reminder had been sent to them recently in advance of the fiscal year end on March 31, 2006.  The RMC established that any funds returned under this policy will be reallocated to activities that facilitate the implementation of ISIS technologies.
  8. ISIS has become a patron member of the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC). Visit IIFC website
  9. ISIS is a sponsor of the Third International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE 2006), the official conference of the International Institute for FRP in Construction, to take place December 13-15, 2006 in Miami, Florida.  Visit CICE website
  10. ISIS Canada at the University of Manitoba and Vector Construction Group have received the Synergy Award for Innovation in recognition of their 10-year partnership. Established by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Synergy Awards recognize outstanding research and development partnerships between universities and industry.  Dr. Mufti was awarded $25,000 as part of this honour, which will be used to establish a Civionics scholarship with matching funds from Vector Construction and JMBT Structures Research.
  11. On October 20, 2005, ISIS hosted a reception for researchers, industry and government personnel who had participated in ISIS Canada projects conducted at Dalhousie University. The objective was to provide an update on the current activities of the ISIS Canada program, and its plans to 2009 and beyond. It was also an opportunity to reconnect with participants from completed projects dating back to 1995. A similar event will take place in Montréal on April 5, 2006 for former and current ISIS researchers in Quebec.
  12. Two funding requests were approved under the ISIS policy on providing subsidies to university professors and technical college instructors for the purchase of FRP materials for use in their educational programs.
  13. Dr. Mufti reported that the Structural Health Monitoring Support Centre based at the University of Manitoba is very active.  Its milestones are being met and assistance is being provided to researchers throughout the ISIS Network.
  14. It was announced that the Chairs of the NCE Boards of Directors had established an “NCE Board Chairs’ Award”. The award will be made annually starting in 2006 through a competitive process that will require the submission of an essay. It will focus on the impact the author’s research has had in support of the NCE goals. More information on NCE Board Chairs’ Award
  15. Dr. Kinzo Kishida, President of Neubrex Co. Ltd., Japan, visited Dr. Mufti and Dr. Douglas Thomson at the University of Manitoba on February 16, 2006 to discuss collaboration between ISIS and Neubrex.  This is an important partnership that will advance the field of structural health monitoring.
  16. ISIS will sponsor the Third International Conference on Durability of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites for Construction (CDCC 2007), May 23-25, 2007, Québec City. Visit CDCC website
  17. A brochure has been developed to create awareness of the new discipline of Civionics, for widespread distribution.
  18. A new ISIS promotional brochure is being developed and will highlight ISIS Impact and Achievements of the past decade.

Board and TTCC Meetings
November 30, 2005, Toronto

  1. The Board Chair, Mr. Don Whitmore, welcomed the following new Board members:
    • Dr. Peter Buckland, President of Buckland & Taylor, Vancouver
    • Mr. René Roy, ISIS Student Committee President, Université de Sherbrooke

The following individuals were appointed to the TTCC:

    • Dr. Shamim Sheikh, Professor, University of Toronto
    • Mr. Joe Solomon, President, Specialty Construction Products Limited, Winnipeg
  1. The President, Dr. Aftab Mufti, reported that the Mid-term Review documents had been submitted to the NCE in September, 2005, and an interview with the international Expert Panel had taken place on October 17, 2005.  It was announced that the application had been successful, and that ISIS would receive continued funding until March 31, 2009. 
  1. Dr. Mufti reported that he and Dr. Ken Neale had made an invited presentation to the Departments of Transportation of New York and New Jersey to outline the latest developments of ISIS technologies for application on civil structures.  Both DOTs expressed their appreciation for the interesting and informative presentation of material that would enhance their infrastructure programs.
  1. Dr. Mufti provided an update on Education Committee activities.
    • A highly successful workshop took place on May 12-13, 2005 to introduce the ISIS Educational Modules to technical college instructors from across the country. 
    • The Committee is planning another workshop for spring 2006 that will be targeted to both university faculty and technical college instructors. 
    • Educational Module No. 5, “An Introduction to Structural Health Monitoring”, has been completed and is available to download from the ISIS website.  Plans are underway to produce several other modules in this series of teaching aids for use in undergraduate engineering curricula.  More information on Educational Modules
    • A presentation on the Educational Modules was made by Dr. Luke Bisby at the 2nd International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, which took place in Shenzhen, China on November 16-18, 2005.  The response was highly favourable and it is anticipated that these materials will be used increasingly by international institutions.
  1. Dr. Mufti reported that three final reports have been published on the findings of the independent studies on durability of GFRP in concrete based on an analysis of core samples taken from various bridges across the country.  The test analyses undertaken at the Universities of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Sherbrooke assessed the effect on GFRP reinforcement of alkali present in concrete structures, and revealed that the performance of GFRP reinforcement is excellent and not affected over the long term in any manner.  The findings have been presented at several major conferences, plans are underway to publish the results in a number of international scientific journals, and the reports are available to download from the ISIS website. The durability report has been widely distributed throughout the international community and the feedback so far had been very positive, particularly from Europe, USA and Japan.  All of the foregoing activities will ensure that the results receive the wide exposure necessary to impact the international engineering community. More information on Durability Reports
  1. Dr. Mufti reported that revisions to the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code Section 16 that were undertaken by Technical Subcommittee 16 had been unanimously approved by the CSA, had undergone public comment, and would become part of the code following final approval of the edited document by the Technical Committee.  This is a significant advance towards acceptance of ISIS technologies by the design community.
  1. Dr. Gordon Sparks made a presentation on the Life Cycle Costing and Engineering model developed by his team at the University of Saskatchewan.  The same presentation had been made on November 28, 2005 to representatives of the user sector in Manitoba, including Manitoba Transportation, the City of Winnipeg Engineering Department, the Manitoba Floodway Authority and Wardrop Engineering.  The response had been excellent.  The presentation was intended as a trial run for a workshop on using LCE&C to establish the benefits of using FRPs in civil engineering structures.  A brochure is being developed to promote this initiative.
  1. Dr. Mufti provided an update on activities of the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII), of which he is President.
    • The organization’s official conference, the Second International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (SHMII-2), took place on November 16-18, 2005 in Shenzhen, China, and was highly successful.  Participants shared innovative ideas on the state-of-the-art, state-of-the-practice and future trends of smart sensors, advanced sensor networks and integrated systems for structural health monitoring of intelligent infrastructures.  The conference was preceded by a short course on Structural Health Monitoring. 
    • ISIS has taken on the responsibility of organizing SHMII-3, to be held November 14-16, 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Visit SHMII-3 website
    • The society recently produced its second issue of “The Monitor” newsletter, which was distributed internationally and is available to download from the ISHMII website. View “The Monitor” newsletter
    • The Society continues its efforts to achieve its goals through its Working Groups on Code Implementation Strategies; Marketing and Communications; Technology Transfer, Education, and Training; International SHM Guidelines; and SHM Applications.
  1. Dr. Lloyd McGinnis, CEO, reported that a new policy on carryover of Project Leaders research funds had been established by the RMC in order to minimize NCE funds carried forward each year, and to conclude First Phase (2002-2006) projects in a timely manner.  It is intended that all unspent balances as of March 31, 2009 will be reallocated to the continuing non-profit association called the ISIS Canada Network.
  1. Dr. McGinnis reported that there had been much positive feedback on the 2004/05 Annual Report, featuring a theme of the “Impact of ISIS Canada”.  It has been distributed widely and will be used at upcoming conferences as a promotional tool. View Annual Report
  1. It was reported that the July 2005 issue of the “Innovator” newsletter had featured “The ISIS Canada Winnipeg Principles” established at the International Workshop on Innovative Bridge Deck Technologies, held in Winnipeg on April 14-15, 2005.  These guidelines, destined to create a paradigm shift in the design of concrete bridge decks, were drafted by eight internationally renowned experts in the field, and 23 workshop participants were signatories to the consensus.  This achievement was also featured by the NCE in its Fall 2005 newsletter.
    View “Innovator” newsletter
    View NCE Fall 2005 newsletter
  1. Dr. Mufti reported that arrangements are proceeding well for the October 2006 Special ISIS Issue of the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, which will highlight recent advances made by ISIS in the design and monitoring of innovative civil engineering structures. It is anticipated that 24 papers will be included in this publication.
  1. The published proceedings for the International Workshop on Innovative Bridge Deck Technologies, held in Winnipeg on April 14-15, 2005, were distributed to Board and TTCC members.  They are available for purchase on the ISIS website. More information on Bridge Deck Workshop
  1. The 2006/07 Research budget and Administration and Technology Implementation budget were approved.
  1. Dr. Mufti stated that ISIS was proceeding with an initiative to establish guidelines for test procedures and product certification of FRP materials so that owners of infrastructure can be sure of the quality of FRPs being offered.  The lack of product certification for FRPs constitutes a serious barrier to the use of this material in the design of civil structures.  Dr. Brahim Benmokrane will chair the technical committee for this undertaking, and the first meeting will take place in January 2006.  The Ministries of Transportation of Ontario and Quebec have agreed to support the committee’s efforts, along with Pultrall Inc. and Hughes Brothers of the USA.
  1. The Research Management Committee of ISIS Canada has established a new student competition on Imaginative Uses of ISIS Technologies.  Applicants can make a submission describing an innovative idea involving ISIS technologies that has not yet been utilized. This can include a product, process, application, design or repair concept, or anything related to the ISIS mandate to advance the field of civil infrastructure to a world leadership position.  Establishment of this competition is the result of a recommendation by the ISIS Student Committee in its 2005 report. More information on student competition
  1. Dr. Mufti stated that he, Mr. Andy Horosko and Dr. Gamil Tadros had met with the New Brunswick Department of Transportation to discuss the utilization of ISIS technologies for bridge decks in that province.  The meeting had been very positive and it was anticipated that the technologies would be used in an upcoming project.
  1. It was reported that ISIS Canada at the University of Manitoba and Vector Construction Group have received the Synergy Award for Innovation in recognition of their 10-year partnership. Established by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Synergy Awards recognize outstanding research and development partnerships between universities and industry. More information on Synergy Award
  1. It was announced that Mr. Jac van Beek, Strategic Advisor and VP, Technology and Industry Support Account of the Institute for Research in Construction, had accepted an invitation to present the keynote address at ISIS Annual Conference 2006 in Calgary. More information on Annual Conference 2006
  1. Dr. Mufti stated that he had been interviewed for an article in “Environmental Health Perspectives”, a publication of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, regarding the possible use of sensor technology in the efforts to rebuild New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
  1. As a legal requirement, the Annual General Meeting of ISIS Canada Corporation was held as part of this Board meeting to accept the financial statements for 2004/05 and reappoint the auditors and officers for the coming year.