Students pitch engineering plans to local experts

November 22, 2017

News release
For immediate release 


Saanich, BC – Third-year civil engineering students from the University of Victoria (UVic) will present real-world engineering plans to a panel of expert judges today.

Through a partnership with the District of Saanich, the student projects focus on the Larchwood/Mckenzie and the West Saanich/Sparton intersections in Saanich as part of their Sustainable Transportation Systems and Urban Communities course. The partnership began in 2016 with Saanich providing real scenarios as examples for students to analyze and learn from.

Eight groups of students will present their plans to the judges which will count for 40 per cent of their final grade. The judges are Kevin Volk, assistant deputy minister, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Christopher Kennedy, prof. and chair of Civil Engineering, UVic; and Harley Machielse, director of engineering, District of Saanich.

“I’m looking forward to hearing how the students apply their learning and creativity to real challenges in Saanich,” said Machielse. “The students’ hard work shines in these presentations and Saanich will take their excellent ideas into consideration as part of our future planning.”

“We are delighted to be working with the District of Saanich again this year. This real-world learning opportunity is invaluable for our students,” said Dr. Kennedy. “I’m keen to see what they have come up with.”


Media Contacts:

Harley Machielse
Director of Engineering, District of Saanich
250-475-1775 ext. 5446

Donna Howes
Transportation Engineer, University of Victoria