President and CEO
1977 – 1979
Basic training in Civil Engineering, while tuning basic design skills towards practical problem resolution, following numerous complementary courses on metallurgy, metric design practices, computer design practices, specially acquiring skills as shop assembly methods and practical fabrication, also acquiring intimate knowledge as far as erection and field welding practices.
Worked at Dominion Bridge as a junior designer in the construction department. Also worked on the development of the erection schemes for the Bell and Bank buildings (de la Gauchetière and University) where my function was to prepare and refurbish the guyed derrick that was used to erect Place Ville Marie. I also worked on the erection of the Pretoria Avenue bridge in Ottawa where the navigation of the waterways was not to be stopped. Additionally I worked on the erection hypothesis for different bridges in Northern Quebec for CP and CN rail. The work also included the design and fabrication of temporary structures for the erection of permanent structures.
At Lockweld in Candiac I was doing design and fabrication drawings for electrical transport towers. Part of the duties was to verify fabrication drawings for numerous plate cutting set-ups.
At Lavalin I was part of the team that used personal computers for the first time in the world to design a high rise story building. That building being 1000 de la Gauchetière in downtown Montreal, my responsibility was to verify final connections design and pass them on for fabrication as well as the coordination of the design to construction drawings to the construction site. I was also part of the team that did the final verification and final design of the Olympic stadium mast in Montreal.
I worked as a field designer working on the reinforcement of bridge foundations for CN and CP Rail where field conditions and transport of required materials to site were part of the solving process. Work also included the reinforcement of CN Headquarter in downtown Montreal for the installation of ninety tons of batteries in different areas of the building as well as the reinforcement required to install three fifteen thousand pound generators where the use of fiberglass was part of the floor solution. I was also in charge of the installation process of the batteries and the generators.
I was involved in the creation of the structural department at Rogers, at the time known as Cantel, to design the required structures, towers, shelters and additionally to verify the existing structural capabilities of certain buildings for the installation of telecommunication equipment. Work also included the design and capacity verifications for two different switching stations and also to oversee the work from different outside engineering offices.
Clearnet (now Telus) decided to build 3 different teams in order to achieve start-up date for their network. I was part of the team that designed 90% of building sites where structural verification and the proper installation of the equipment was required as well as reinforcement of existing structures for the installation of microwave antennas. We had over 300 sites and our team came 15% under budget and on time.
For Bell the verification of updating equipment in over 50 sites in Montreal. I was invited by Bell Mobility to implement the start-up of construction of over 500 sites in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The work included verification of the structural feasibility of different buildings for the installation of telecommunication equipment including cellular and microwave antennas. Function included the formation of local teams, construction and design offices for long term relationships in the up-keeping of the ones constructed. The work was done in conjunction with SNC Lavalin.
On international projects in India & Brazil:
In India, working with BCI in conjunction with TATA Engineering where transfer of expertise was done as far as the engineering know how for wireless communications as well as preliminary information in fibre optic installation. Work included field instruction to engineering staff as well as giving, to purchase department, guiding on their requirements for generators, towers & shelters and support during purchasing for said equipment. Once engineering training was completed, I also helped the real estate department as far as approaching land owners and towns concerning the installation and rental pricing for the sites, also to oversee the design and construction implementation of the switch building in Hyderabad. Part of the mandate was the creation of a working relationship between the local force and the Expats.
In Brazil, working with Ericsson to help in the design of the microwave network for the town of Vitoria and Rio de Janeiro. The primary responsibility was to design the physical locations within a grid map in order to ensure lines of site for the microwave network for over 300 sites as well as create three different channel redundancies for the survivability of the network. This project was possible due to my pilot training and my knowledge of the helicopter methods and abilities using GPS locations which gave us the ability to work up to fifteen sites per day. The operation was done with a 40% budget reduction and well within the schedule dictated by the start-up date. Work also included the training of the real estate department as far as the introduction of technical issues to the local population. In addition, the verification was done for existing installations for the backbone of both the fibre optic network and the microwave network plus quality control as far as the newly installed sites.
I took a two years hiatus from engineering to follow a dream and became a professional pilot and part owner in Helicraft that was founded in 1969 in St-Hubert, Quebec. During my time as owner I, not only worked as pilot but with a new team updated a fixed base operation from 1969 to the 2000 standards. I sold my shares to pursue a challenge presented to me and returned to engineering.
Working with the CNRC and because of my training as a pilot, I was capable to conceive a light deflector for the purpose of hiding the light coming from navigation systems on telecommunication towers. The CNRC was instrumental in its ability to use upcoming materials (composites) for the construction of the said light deflector. This creation was implemented by all the cellular networks in Canada due not only by the simplicity of the design but by the environmental significance it brought. Due to this project it was agreed by me and the CNRC of the feasibility of constructing a high tension self-support tower using composite materials. A team comprising of me, the CNRC and the University of Sherbooke was made in order to ascertain the structural capacity as well as the commercial feasibility of the structure. The CNRC made it possible for the team to have all the information required about the different materials and synergy of materials that could be used as well as fabrication methods possible for fabrication. The University of Sherbrooke, primarily Dr Brahim Benmokrane, were in charge of everything for testing the fabricated segments as well as the design methodology of the different hypothesis. My involvement in the team was my knowledge of the civil requirements as well as the working conditions in which these towers would be used. The project was considered a success in view of the results showing the structural capacity of the materials and also the commercial feasibility of the said product.
I started Cegeny as a commercial entity now that I had a product. The shelter gave me the capability to introduce the materials to Hydro-Québec in order to homologate them.
A shelter was developed that was transportable by helicopter with equipment and ready to be put in service. The key of the success was the use of a conventional helicopters to keep the cost as low as possible and the challenge was to build a monocoque that would withstand the forces required for flight. In order to achieve those requirements, I designed the shelter in two separate units to be joined on site because of the 8’ x 24’ dimension required. The project was a success as far as the integrity of the structure in flight, the ability to receive the required equipment and make it functional as of its installation. The project took a little over two years and today they are fully functional.
Another project with Hydro-Québec came when their telecommunication department required shelters that could withstand an environment in which there was salt water, snow and a great amount of humidity. Their conventional shelters (wood and steel) would only last ten to fifteen years. After seeing the success of the first project I was ask to design a shelter of a bigger dimension (12’ x 16’) also being able to withstand falling ice and a large amount of heavy equipment inside (batteries). We had a three year exclusivity to supply the Hydro-Québec Radio Mobile division.
Another important project that was developed was the monopoles used by Nav Canada at airports. This project was developed using the materials proposed for our towers, I am presently working on the development on the same type of towers using crumple zones for airport security. One of the projects that has started with them is the capacity to build tower extension using composite materials. This allows a steel tower to be extended without taking away the capacity of installing new antennas.
The design of the poles for electrical distribution was the result of the experience acquired while working with the electrical companies. This project was presented to Hydro-Québec and Bell Canada and they are now awaiting samples to be homologated. The design of the self-support tower has been finalized and is in the process of being detailed for fabrication and installation purpose.
PATENTS & PUBLICATIONS
- Beacon Light Deflector (U.S. & Canadian patents)
- Structural assembly and a method for its manufacturing
- Pending : Structural assembly made of composite materials
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Professional helicopter pilot :
- Licence 3 CH731762
- Qualifications : HU30, BH06, Night rating