TOWARDS DECARBONISATION: SYSTRA Speaks About Sustainable Design and Construction in Quebec
“Sustainable design and construction in infrastructure projects: a challenge for the evolution of the engineering profession”
It was the title of the conference presented by SYSTRA, the aim of which was to illustrate the paradigm shift involved in integrating a sustainable design and construction approach for the engineering profession.
At the invitation of SYSTRA Canada, Christelle Chichignoud and Prisca Flattot spoke at a rail conference on the theme of decarbonisation of transport organised on 23 and 24 November by the Association Québécoise des Transports (AQTr), which brings together players in the mobility sector in the province.
Using concrete examples of collaboration between technical teams, the development of tools and assignments carried out for our clients, Christelle Chichignoud and Prisca Flattot illustrated and highlighted the dynamics and positive effects of this approach, but also the difficulties encountered.
Sustainable Development Already a Reality in Our Projects in Canada
The sustainable design and construction approach requires the decompartmentalisation of professional specialities, a transformation of collaborative work and an adaptation of the organisation of our projects. Project after project, we are putting in place the frameworks and tools necessary to support our clients. Several flagship projects in Canada have already demonstrated that sustainable development requirements are taken into account:
- The social and environmental acceptability of the Grand Alliance program;
- Anticipating extreme weather conditions for the future Quebec tramway;
- The use of low-carbon concrete for the Samuel-De Champlain Bridge in Montreal;
- Studies on the resilience of Gatineau’s bus and tramway networks;
- Consideration of wildlife during the construction of the Waaban Bridge in Kingston, the third crossing of the Cataraqui River.