Featured Ideas

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

  • Predicting the unpredictable: How a Stantec toolbox helps us understand future flood risks

    Predicting the unpredictable: How a Stantec toolbox helps us understand future flood risks

    Stantec and clients are combining historic rainfall and climate data with the latest modelling tools to prepare communities for future weather events

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  • From the Design Quarterly: How are we designing for livable cities today?

    From the Design Quarterly: How are we designing for livable cities today?

    Ask an expert: Nancy MacDonald, Stantec vice president for Urban Places, on the big issues facing cities today and her love of urban placemaking

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  • From Stantec ERA: What are the options for Alberta’s oil sands in a low-carbon future?

    From Stantec ERA: What are the options for Alberta’s oil sands in a low-carbon future?

    Our recent study with Alberta Innovates on the future of the oil sands showcases the strong potential of bitumen products and how it can diversify the economy

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  • CIP National Conference – Generation 2019

    CIP National Conference – Generation 2019

    Celebrating 100 Years of Planning in Canada!

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  • Designing wellness communities to focus on integrated healthcare—reducing costs naturally

    Designing wellness communities to focus on integrated healthcare—reducing costs naturally

    Purpose-designed healthcare buildings with a focus on integrative medical care will help us address chronic disease management

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  • How to navigate aging infrastructure and utility conflicts in urban areas

    How to navigate aging infrastructure and utility conflicts in urban areas

    Aging infrastructure is an issue for cities across the US, including the City of Toledo, Ohio. For every challenge, there’s a solution.

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  • Published on WWT Online: The robots aren't coming... they’re already here

    Published on WWT Online: The robots aren't coming... they’re already here

    Stantec’s Dan Causley looks at advances in technology and their role in boosting productivity in the UK water sector

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  • Published in American Infrastructure: The AI Interview – Lisa Beutler, President of the AWRA

    Published in American Infrastructure: The AI Interview – Lisa Beutler, President of the AWRA

    Stantec’s Lisa Beutler—current president of American Water Resource Association—looks at the developments in the changing world of water

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  • Published in IEEE Smart Grid: Smart Grid and Power Quality Management

    Published in IEEE Smart Grid: Smart Grid and Power Quality Management

    Stantec’s Mehrdad Boloorchi discusses power quality events and the effect of smart grids on power quality improvement

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  • How do we manage the smart-mobility revolution? It starts with well-crafted policy.

    How do we manage the smart-mobility revolution? It starts with well-crafted policy.

    The positive potential of autonomous vehicles is enormous, but we need to make deliberate decisions to make sure we are realizing that potential

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  • 2019 Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference - Chicago

    2019 Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference - Chicago

    It’s here! The biennial RETC Conference featuring Stantec staff discussing some of the most recent advances and concepts in this unique field.

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  • Cutting calories and carbon: Rethinking residence life to promote a healthier campus

    Cutting calories and carbon: Rethinking residence life to promote a healthier campus

    How residence halls can merge evidence-based design and sustainability best practices to promote campus well-being

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  • Published in Railway Age: Innovation From a ‘P2’ System

    Published in Railway Age: Innovation From a ‘P2’ System

    How is the West Coast different when it comes to Transit-Oriented Development?

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  • From Stantec ERA: Pumped storage is the answer to the sustainable energy-storage dilemma

    From Stantec ERA: Pumped storage is the answer to the sustainable energy-storage dilemma

    Pumped-storage hydropower is a reliable, clean, and sustainable answer to our energy-storage needs and renewable energy growth

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  • AWWA ACE19 Conference and Exposition - Denver

    AWWA ACE19 Conference and Exposition - Denver

    Stantec will be showcasing an amazing team of talent at this year’s ACE19 conference under the umbrella of “Innovating the Future of Water”

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  • Design Quarterly Issue 05 | Smart & Livable Cities

    Design Quarterly Issue 05 | Smart & Livable Cities

    Articulating a livable vision for city life

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  • Why the most effective school designs go beyond safety and security

    Why the most effective school designs go beyond safety and security

    Educational facilities need more than a secure design—they need a productive and inspiring learning environment for all students

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  • Published in Advances in Water Research: Battery Energy Storage Systems for Water Utilities

    Published in Advances in Water Research: Battery Energy Storage Systems for Water Utilities

    Battery Energy Storage Systems may help address challenges associated with the deployment of renewable energy and the continuous escalation of energy projects

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  • World Environment Day: Addressing air quality through the built environment

    World Environment Day: Addressing air quality through the built environment

    How planning and design tactics can improve indoor and outdoor air quality for lasting impacts on our communities

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  • From the Design Quarterly: Technologies and trends changing how we power our world

    From the Design Quarterly: Technologies and trends changing how we power our world

    What’s driving change in the energy sector? How will it influence smart cities of tomorrow?

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