Bacon and Eggheads

  Who are we?
Bacon & Eggheads
Supporting Organizations
Parliamentary Briefs
PAGSE Studies
PAGSE- Industry Canada
SciEng Pages
Privacy Policy

This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Getting Bridges to Talk


Aftab A. Mufti, University of Manitoba

Stress, corrosion and fatigue may be killing Canada's infrastucture and
pocketbooks, but civil engineers have started to listen (to the bridges,
that is). New electronic sensing technology is injecting a wealth of new
information, new life and ideas into the design of urban structures and into
the management and restoration of Canada's aging bridges and buildings.

For Dr. Aftab Mufti, the built world is made up of dynamic, living entities
with a constantly changing story to tell. He's an international leader in
the application of fibre optic sensing and monitoring systems that provide
an early warning in the event of problems. He has contributed to the
innovative design of polymer reinforced "steel-free" bridge decks as well as
to high profile projects such as the restoration and monitoring of Golden
Boy - the statue that has braved 80 Winnipeg winters from his perch atop
the Manitoba Legislature.

Dr. Aftab Mufti is a Professor of Civil Engineering in the Structures and Materials Department at the University of Manitoba. He is also the Program Leader and President of Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures (ISIS) Canada, a federal
Network of Centres of Excellence.

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

DATE: Thursday, April 1, 2004 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am