University's Centre for Effective Design of Structures was created by
University Senate on May 12, 2002.
McMaster University has been awarded $3.3 million through
the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund to match equal research
funding from the construction industry and from McMaster University.
The total of $9.9 million over a five year period has provided McMaster
University with the resources to redevelop their structural engineering
group. This redevelopment will focus on identified needs for the twenty-first
century and will concentrate on areas that will be unique and serve
to differentiate McMaster's structural group from those at other Canadian
Centre for Effective Design of Structures
Department of Civil Engineering
1280 Main St. West, JHE - 301
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L7
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 24917
The initiative to establish the Centre for Effective
Design of Structures has resulted in the following visible impacts:
- A tenure-track University funded faculty position was created and
has been filled by Dr. Samir Chidiac.
- The Ontario Masonry Contractors' Association donated $1 million
to help endow the Martini, Mascarin and George Chair in Masonry Design.
- Joe Ng and JNE Consulting have donated $1 million to help endow
the Joe Ng/JNE Consulting Chair in Design, Construction and Management
in Infrastructure Renewal.
- Canadian Masonry Contractors' Association has contributed $500,000,
the Ontario Concrete Block Association has contributed $125,000, Sobotec
Ltd. has contributed $100,000, Canadian Plastics Industry Association
has contributed $45,000, Atlas Block has contributed $80,000, and
Brampton Brick has contributed $150,000 towards a $1 million endowment
for a Chair in Effective Design of Structures.
- Funding through the Centre created a new research technician position.
- Funding through the Centre has supported 8 research engineer / post-doctoral
- Funding through the Centre has provided financial support for 71
graduate students. For the past year, enrollment included 49 graduate
students in structures.
- Funding through the Centre has provided financial support for undergraduate
summer research engineers each year, 25 students have been supported
The basic objective of the Centre is to link research
with education to produces engineers who:
- understand durability of materials.
- possess advanced analytical skills.
- can identify client-specific needs.
- can integrate design with the construction process.
- can integrate sustainability considerations including maintenance
and service life.
- can include building envelope and services considerations.
The Centre will assist industry in development of cost-effective
products and construction processes through sponsored and collaborative
research. In addition, it is a goal of the Centre to increase recognition
of the value of effective design to include optimum design, including
timeliness of completion of construction. Also, the Centre will focus
on practices that satisfy the need for comprehensive evaluation and documentation
of design to limit extra costs, delays, compromised utility, and high
operating and maintenance costs.