February Networking and Technical Event

When:  Feb 22, 2024 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Toronto Section

About the Presentation:

Canada is the world's fourth largest generator of electrical hydropower with facilities that have been around for more than one hundred years. Hydropower projects are inherently complex projects since these types of projects are structurally massive, technically complicated, and often involve many stakeholders. Building hydropower projects in Canada brings its own challenges due to remoteness, as well as freezing conditions that could reach as low as –50C degrees.

As a summary of lessons learned, this presentation will provide an overview of hydropower construction and reviews the overall scope including land acquisition, camp, and river management. The benefits and unique characteristics of a hydropower project will be reviewed, along with the additional challenges of these projects when located in remote locations in Canada. The presentation will discuss the main components of the principle and supporting infrastructure from an engineering and construction perspective and provide a high-level schedule for the construction sequence of the main components of the principle and supporting infrastructure.

About the Presenter:

Ali Montaser, P.Eng. CCP EVP PSP

Ali Montaser has over 20 years of professional experience in engineering, construction, project management, and project controls, which spans across Canada, USA, and the Middle East. He gained experience working within Mega Programs and Projects within several industries including Transit/Rail, Heavy Civil, (Oil, Gas & Petrochemical), Energy & Power, and Commercial Construction. Ali has been a member of the AACE since 2010 and is certified CCP, PSP, and EVP from AACE. He earned his PhD from Concordia University in Montreal and is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng) in Ontario. Ali is currently an Associate Director with Comtech and leads a team of planning and scheduling experts working on the largest transit infrastructure program in Canadian history (Go Expansion). Ali has published 38 peer-reviewed publications of which 6 were in AACE conferences, and two were published in the AACE Journal of Cost Engineering. Ali’s publications focus on areas of project controls, construction, business intelligence, digitalization, automation, and BIM.


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