Earning a significant honour from your professional peers is a feather in the cap for many engineers.
Garnering two professional honours in the same year means that an engineer has built a sterling reputation in their field.
Siri Fernando, Director of Design and Construction for the City of Edmonton Drainage Services, was honoured twice by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineers (CSCE) this year.
Fernando was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineers (CSCE) on May 29 at the society’s Annual General Conference and Meeting in St John’s Newfoundland. He was the only recipient of the fellowship from Edmonton and Northern Alberta.
That same day Fernando also received the CSCE’s prestigious Walter Shanly Award for his enduring dedication to research in construction management and trenchless technologies.
Being honoured as a Fellow by the CSCE is for engineers who have “civil engineering excellence and who have contributed actively towards the progress of their profession.”
The Walter Shanly Award, named after a pioneering Canadian railway builder, honours “outstanding contributions to the development and practice of construction engineering in Canada.”
Fernando began his career at the University of Ceylon in Sri Lanka, where he received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. In 1981 he came to Canada, where he began working with the City’s Drainage Services as a junior project engineer. Fernando also later completed his masters degree in construction engineering and management at the University of Alberta.
As Director of Design and Construction for the City of Edmonton Drainage Services, Fernando approves, coordinates, and manages countless innovative underground projects. The projects including tunnelling under the North Saskatchewan River, constructing storm tunnels for the expanding LRT network, and building kilometres of sewers for the City. Trenchless tunnelling for a variety of sewer projects is a less disruptive option than the traditional open cut method, which involves a large excavation that can disrupt neighbourhoods.
Under Fernando’s guidance, Drainage Services’ Design and Construction has also been invited for jobs in other municipalities and in the private sector, where Fernando’s skills and specialization are in high demand.