I wish all CSBE/SCGAB members and well-wishers the very best in 2011. It is going to be an exciting year and I am counting on your continued and full support and cooperation. Preparations are well underway to hold a very successful CSBE/SCGAB Annual Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, from July 10-13, 2011. The theme for the conference is “Growing Renewable Energy”. I encourage all of you to make plans to attend this conference in very friendly Manitoba. For program/conference information, please go to www.bioeng.ca/agm2011-program.
The University of Manitoba’s Quarter Scale Tractor Team is making excellent progress on researching and designing their brand new 2011 tractor. The 2011 competition will be held in Peoria, IL from June 2-5. This fall we saw our team grow as new students joined to learn the competition rules and gain some experience. As the days to competition grow closer, members of the team can be found in the Biosystems Engineering Fabrication Shop every week and every weekend, as final designs are completed and fabrication gets underway.
(by Colleen MacPherson)
After what Ernie Barber terms a 30-year identity crisis, the discipline of agricultural engineering has a new home, a new name and a new focus in the College of Engineering.
The college recently combined its Departments of Chemical Engineering and Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering into a single entity that the acting dean believes could mark a sea change for undergraduate program innovation and delivery, organizational structure, and the intersection of the two. It is a change that has been coming for some time.
Le juin de 2010, Dr Stéphane Godbout devenait le nouveau président de l’Association des ingénieurs en agroalimentaire du Québec (AIAQ). Il succède à M. Luc Audet. Dr Godbout est chercheur à l’IRDA et ses travaux de recherche portent sur les stratégies d’élevage et de gestion des déjections animales, principalement dans le domaine des rejets des systèmes de production animale tels les émissions de gaz et d’odeurs. L’AIAQ, pour sa part, a comme mission de promouvoir la profession et son rôle dans le développement de l'agroalimentaire du Québec, et de maximiser la visibilité de ses membres. Dans le cadre de son mandat, elle organise des activités de formation, participe à la réalisation de guides ou à la rédaction de mémoires sur différents aspects.
Le 12 juillet dernier, Dr Stéphane P. Lemay a été nommé directeur scientifique de l’IRDA. Stéphane P. Lemay était auparavant chercheur en génie agroenvironnemental à l’IRDA. Il y a consacré plusieurs années de recherche dans les domaines du contrôle de la ventilation, de la qualité de l’air et des émissions des bâtiments agricoles. L’IRDA est une corporation de recherche à but non lucratif, qui a pour mission de réaliser des activités d’acquisition de connaissances, de recherche, de développement et de transfert visant à favoriser le développement durable de l’agriculture. Elle constitue un chef de file en agroenvironnement qui sait anticiper les problèmes et accélérer le développement et l’adoption de solutions répondant aux besoins des agriculteurs et de la société.
The Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) invites you to the 2011 CSBE/SCGAB Annual Conference that will take place July 10-13, 2011 in Winnipeg, MB. The Conference will be held at the Inn at the Forks located at the historic junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers in downtown Winnipeg. “Growing Renewable Energy” has been selected as the theme for the Conference. A full day of the Conference will be devoted to industry tours that fit within this theme. At this point, the LAC would like to encourage you to consider sharing the results of your research at the Conference. Any research relevant to the Society will be included in the technical program; however, we are particularly interested in soliciting papers in the following areas that relate to our theme of “Growing Renewable Energy”:
Cement based materials play a key role in the development of modern agriculture. The sustainability of today’s agriculture is strongly related to construction materials, their quality and durability. Nowadays, the social emphasis is for a more sustainable agriculture. This factor will influence the selection of materials for agricultural buildings and structures. Due to the environmental footprint of cement production and, in some cases, to its premature deterioration, does concrete can still fulfill a fundamental role in agricultural facility construction? This symposium will provide a great venue to share and discuss information relating to concrete construction. The main topics discussed at the symposium will help to answer these questions and much more!
During the past five years, the Biomass & Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) at the University of British Columbia has conducted extensive research on wood pellet production, storage, handling, life cycle analysis, and characterization of new generation of torrefied pellets. A Collaborative Research and Development program between UBC, Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) and Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has funded this project. The British Columbia Ministry of Forest, Natural Resources Canada, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, FPInnovations, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (U.S. Department of Energy), and several private sector partners have also contributed to the development of feedstock engineering research at UBC. The BBRG is organizing a 2-day Workshop at the University of British Columbia during May 17-18, 2011 to share the latest research and development on wood pellets. In addition to members of the BBRG, key members of the industry are invited to present the state of technology of wood pellet processing, handling, and market trends.