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Welcome to Ideas, where you can learn about the trends, innovations, and challenges impacting the built environment.

  • From Stantec ERA: Digital twinning the Panama Canal enhances project delivery, performance

    From Stantec ERA: Digital twinning the Panama Canal enhances project delivery, performance

    A digital twin enables teams to simulate future scenarios before, during, and after construction, resulting in improved design, constructability, and O&M

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  • 3 urban planning trends that are changing how our cities will look in the future

    3 urban planning trends that are changing how our cities will look in the future

    Urban developments are seeking to promote innovation, healthy living, and sustainability

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  • From the Design Quarterly: 6 trends shaping community sports and rec facility design

    From the Design Quarterly: 6 trends shaping community sports and rec facility design

    Flexibility and inclusivity are key when creating the neighborhood gathering spot for active lifestyles

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  • Stantec ERA Issue 02 | The Digital Issue

    Stantec ERA Issue 02 | The Digital Issue

    How is technology changing the energy and resources market?

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  • Phytoremediation: What is it, and why might it be right for your contaminated site?

    Phytoremediation: What is it, and why might it be right for your contaminated site?

    Put your plants to work as an inexpensive, sustainable tool to help you achieve site closure

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  • From the Design Quarterly: How systems thinking is good for our changing world

    From the Design Quarterly: How systems thinking is good for our changing world

    Today’s urban communities are challenged by crumbling infrastructure. As our cities densify, exploring systems thinking is critical to a resilient future.

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  • Walking—our oldest mode of transportation—can inform the future of urban mobility

    Walking—our oldest mode of transportation—can inform the future of urban mobility

    New technology enabling walkability also holds the key to enhancing community design

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  • From Stantec ERA: Changing field reporting through technology

    From Stantec ERA: Changing field reporting through technology

    6 ways that field reporting technology is enhancing project delivery by providing real-time reporting, consistency, and project cost savings

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  • Stantec Design Quarterly Issue 08

    Stantec Design Quarterly Issue 08

    Wellness & active lifestyles

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  • We need to start talking NOW about shared autonomous mobility—5 urban dividends

    We need to start talking NOW about shared autonomous mobility—5 urban dividends

    Shared autonomous mobility can unlock major social, economic, and environmental value for denser urban places. We need to start planning today.

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  • How advances in computer simulations can lead to more resilient coastlines

    How advances in computer simulations can lead to more resilient coastlines

    Advanced numerical modeling technology allows engineers to simulate complex and changing conditions for more successful and resilient projects

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  • Published: Rising to the challenge of delivering the largest ever UK national environmental programme

    Published: Rising to the challenge of delivering the largest ever UK national environmental programme

    In an Expert Focus article for Waterbriefing, Narinder Sunner assesses the challenge of ensuring the WINEP programme is delivered efficiently and effectively

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  • Published in Alaska Business: Architecture in Alaska

    Published in Alaska Business: Architecture in Alaska

    What trends are impacting building design and construction in the 49th state?

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  • From Stantec ERA: We can deliver power projects while keeping rare species safe

    From Stantec ERA: We can deliver power projects while keeping rare species safe

    Environmental DNA—or eDNA—biomonitoring is a breakthrough technology that revolutionizes how industry can reduce cost, efforts, and risks for energy projects

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  • Sponge city: Our urban landscapes have untapped potential to absorb stormwater

    Sponge city: Our urban landscapes have untapped potential to absorb stormwater

    How can cities harness rainwater? It starts with making the decision to forget about paving—and choosing to lead with landscape.

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  • Underwater remote sensing: Surveying the marine world safer, faster, and more affordably

    Underwater remote sensing: Surveying the marine world safer, faster, and more affordably

    Futuristic-sounding sensors let scientists work in multiple places at once, but it’s important to begin with a clear study design

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  • Published in Floor Daily: Retail: A Social Experience

    Published in Floor Daily: Retail: A Social Experience

    How design is bringing shoppers back into the stories

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  • Published in Alaska Business: The art of architecture

    Published in Alaska Business: The art of architecture

    Finding the balance between form and function can be especially challenging in northern climates

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  • From Stantec ERA: The era of virtual and augmented reality in the energy industry

    From Stantec ERA: The era of virtual and augmented reality in the energy industry

    The use of virtual and augmented reality solutions provides experiential training and data-driven simulations in the Energy & Resources field

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  • From the Design Quarterly: Design drivers for a new behavioral and mental health facility

    From the Design Quarterly: Design drivers for a new behavioral and mental health facility

    How goals like “veterans first” shaped the design for a new VA building supporting a patient-centered recovery model

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  • Published in Environment Magazine: Building a resilient New Orleans

    Published in Environment Magazine: Building a resilient New Orleans

    Stantec’s Dan Grandal reports on how New Orleans is managing storm water whilst at the same time making the city more resilient to climate change

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  • The Outland Youth Employment Program: Experiencing a day in the life at Kearl

    The Outland Youth Employment Program: Experiencing a day in the life at Kearl

    Exploring career opportunities for Indigenous youth in the Energy & Natural Resources sector

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  • Published: Thinking beyond the asset—a cost effective solution to the WINEP challenge

    Published: Thinking beyond the asset—a cost effective solution to the WINEP challenge

    In the Institute of Water Magazine Stantec’s Paul Daily explores looking beyond asset driven engineered solutions for long-term sustainable outcomes

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  • Published in Urban Mobility Daily: The Future of Bike Share

    Published in Urban Mobility Daily: The Future of Bike Share

    Bike share will play an important role in the subscription economy

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  • Published in Mobility Lab: For Mobility as a Service to succeed, consider it more as a policy than an app

    Published in Mobility Lab: For Mobility as a Service to succeed, consider it more as a policy than an app

    Stantec’s Andy Boenau shares how MaaS could take us anywhere we need to go—affordably and sustainably

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