September 2006 ISSUE

You Can Do It


Can-trolled Chaos

CAN-TROLLED CHAOS - The Earth Tech team works on its 2006 entry, which took home honours for structural integrity. Cans used in the contest go to the food bank.

That can-do attitude takes centre stage during National Engineering & Geoscience Week 2007, when Fluor Canada Ltd. sponsors the second annual Canstruction Calgary competition. And you’re invited to showcase your ingenuity by entering a team.

Canstruction Calgary is an innovative charitable event that has teams plan and construct an elaborate sculpture of their own design — made entirely of canned food. Six permit holders entered teams last year.

Shell Canada Ltd. built an old-fashioned gas station pump, calling it We Can Fuel the People. Suncor Energy Inc. created a remarkable rendition of the Calgary Tower, called The CANgary Tower.

Fluor Canada made an impressive CANbine, and TransCanada Pipelines developed Canned Power.
AMEC Earth and Environmental won the best use of labels award with the structure Made in Canada, Eh?, while Earth Tech Canada and its Bridge the Gap for Hunger won in the structural integrity class.

This event requires creative designs with structural integrity, and participants need an eye for picking the right cans to match their design. “It’s like a little project that requires team work, project

anagement, and creativity, and it’s all for a great cause,” says Dan Burns, P.Eng., with engineering management at Fluor Canada and Canstruction Calgary’s co-chair.

Once constructed, the sculptures will be judged, put on public display and then “de-canstructed.” All of the food is given to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank.

“It was absolutely amazing,” said Mr. Burns. “This event happens at a time of year when donations are particularly low for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. So being able to show-up at the food bank’s doorstep with over 30,000 lb. of food was just wonderful.”

The 2007 event will be held at Calgary City Hall from Feb. 23 to March 4. Sculptures will be constructed on Friday, Feb. 23, with judging taking place the following Saturday. Then the sculptures will be on display from Feb. 25 through March 4.

“The celebration of National Engineering & Geoscience Week continues to grow throughout Alberta,” says APEGGA President David Chalcroft, P.Eng. “Canstruction Calgary is a great way to celebrate the professions and APEGGA is pleased to offer our continuing support for this exciting event.”

APEGGA will also host a number of activities to celebrate National Engineering & Geoscience Science Week, including science nights at elementary schools, kick-off events and science olympics.

Information on all these activities will be posted on our website at www.apegga.org after Jan. 15.


Canstruction Calgary
Registration Packages
Visit www.canstructioncalgary.com
Registration deadline: Dec. 1


Amanda Condie

Dan Burns, P.Eng.