2020 PEO York Chapter
Engineering Research Project of the Year Award Winners
The 2020 PEO York Chapter Engineering Research Project of the Year Award wrapped up with the award presentation ceremony on Zoom where winners had their trophy presented to them by the Engineering Project of the Year Awards Chair Sharon Chen. MPP Daisy Wai of Richmond Hill, MPP Stephen Lecce, and PEO president Marisa Sterling provided congratulatory remarks to the winners and finalists.
A mobile unit was developed and deployed to over 20 sites involving 8 municipalities across Ontario to test segments of municipal water distribution systems for leakage characteristics. The results of the testing identify where a leak – representing a waste of both water and energy – is occurring such that efforts may be focused on locating and repairing it. This research project was sponsored by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), with additional support from the National Research Council and participating municipalities.
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The objective of the Ontario Train Autonomy Collaboration (OnTRAC) Project is to develop and demonstrate a prototype (at TRL7) high-performance Obstacle Detection, Classification and Tracking (ODCT) solution to support the Autonomous Vehicle Recovery capability of Autonomous Rail operation. The system combines different sensors, with innovative algorithms for object detection, classification and tracking such that the stringent safety and performance requirements for autonomous rail operation are met. This project is a massive stepping stone towards Canadian leadership in global autonomous systems.
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Numerical Modeling of Fluids Migration in a Sanitary Landfill, by Combining Geophysical and Gas Emission Data.
Aquifers are the only supplies of drinking water in most Ontario communities. Conventional methods to monitor leachate contaminant migration into groundwater and methane generation in landfills provide limited information. We developed an alternative methodology to fully characterize groundwater contamination sources that uses subsoil 3D electrical conductivity images and quantifies the complex synergy between methane surficial emissions and leachate accumulations at depth. This low-cost, time-effective, and non-invasive methodology provides reliable tools for choosing prevention, mitigation, and remediation strategies.
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Finalist Presentation Video
Awards Ceremony Video
PEO York Chapter is the largest chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), with over 10,000 members in York Region and accounting for 10% of PEO's membership! With such a large engineering presence in the community, the Engineering Project of the Year Award acts as York Chapter's platform to build new, or deepen existing, relationships with high-tech companies and related businesses in the region, and ultimately highlight the engineering profession in our community!
The awards gala for the 2020 competition will be held in March 2021 at a business venue in York Region; the winner and runner-up of each category will be invited to attend the gala. The winner from each category will also receive the coveted honour of delivering a presentation on their successful project as part of the evening’s address, with the option to present video or other multimedia demonstrations showcasing the organization, the project team, and its engineering achievements.
For engineering research projects, please read further on this page for the Engineering Research Project of the Year Award details.
The objective of this competition is to recognize the contribution, both to the engineering profession and to the local community, by an organization that has undertaken or completed an outstanding engineering research project of a technical nature within the past year. The Engineering Research Project of the Year Award aims to showcase innovations within the research and development of new engineering technologies, products, and/or services that may not have reached the market implementation stage yet. This opens up the award to academic institutions and research and development companies that are conducting cutting edge engineering research.
The benefits of participating in this competition are significant for both the Applicants and the engineering profession in York Chapter. These include, but are not limited to:
Competition Description and Deadlines (Top)
Phase I: Abstract Submissions
Phase II: Preliminary Evaluation
Finalists will be selected by the Engineering Project of the Year Award Committee and will be notified by Friday, February 12, 2021. The selections will be made based on the strength of each application in its ability to satisfy the evaluation criteria.
Phase III: Preparation of Final Submission
The top finalists from each category will each prepare and deliver a short presentation that illustrates the project highlights. Further details about the nature of the presentation will be communicated when the finalists are announced.
The presentations will be delivered virtually (via Zoom) to a panel of judges on Saturday, February 27, 2021.
Phase IV: Selection of Engineering Research Project of the Year Award Winner
Based on an evaluation of the detailed presentations, the winner for each category will be selected and announced at the Awards Gala in March 2020. The committee is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will determine whether the Awards gala will be held in-person or in a digital format (i.e. on Zoom).
Evaluation Criteria (Top)Research Project Categorization:
Projects of all types of engineering (discipline) will be considered equally. All engineering research projects will be classified into one single category.
All project submissions will be judged for their quality within the following four criteria, which will be weighted as indicated below:
Guiding questions for the criteria are shown within the application form.
Prizes and Honours (Top)
The 1st place winner will be invited to give a 5-minute presentation on their winning project at the Awards Gala. Additionally, each 1st place winner will receive the following prizes and recognitions:
The runner-up will receive the following prizes and recognitions:
Contestant eligibility is determined based on the candidate institution successfully satisfying the following conditions:
In addition to the above, project eligibility is determined based on the candidate project successfully satisfying the following conditions:
If the project eligibility criteria are not satisfied, the applicant should be applying for the 2020 Engineering Project of the Year Award instead.
*Note: PEO York Chapter reserves the right to make changes and move projects to the Engineering Project of the Year Award competition should it be appropriate. Any change to an applicant's competition award will be communicated within 1 week of the application submission deadline.
Q and A
The total number of applicants will not be known prior to the application deadline. All eligible entries will be considered.
Projects selected as finalists may be profiled on the PEO York Chapter website. All finalists will be invited to the awards gala, which is attended by PEO York Chapter members and various dignitaries including PEO council members, OSPE representatives, and local MPs and/or MPPs.
Please review the application form. You will need to disclose enough information to complete the required fields. If selected as a finalist, you will be asked to prepare a presentation with additional detail about your project. Please ensure that any information you provide is internally reviewed and approved for public release. If your project is of a proprietary nature and cannot be described without revealing sensitive information, you may wish not to apply.
There is no application fee. You only need to invest your time for the preparation of the abstract and, if selected, the final presentation.
A product or system demonstration is not a requirement and may not be feasible depending on the nature of the project. However, where appropriate, demonstrations (or prototypes, etc.) are most welcome as part of the final presentation.
- Submission of project details implies express consent to publish any and all information in a public forum. PEO York chapter is not responsible for the safeguarding of information once it has been received. It is suggested that applicant organizations conduct a thorough review of all application materials prior to submission to address any commercial or proprietary issues related to the release of information.
- Contest details and deadlines are subject to change. Modifications to the competition schedule and/or logistics will be posted to this website and/or communicated directly to contest participants.
- The applicant agrees to provide the required information to the PEO York Chapter Awards Committee.
- The applicant hereby authorizes the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) York Chapter Association of its sponsors and partners to use, release and retain the applicant(s) name(s), non-financial information, photographs, video recordings, and audio recordings of the applicant(s) in connection with the promotion, administration or evaluation of this award without any compensation to the applicant.
- The applicant is required to submit the information with the attached application form. Only complete application forms will be considered.
- The applicant agrees to promptly disclose any conflicts of interest that may exist. PEO York Chapter reserves the right to resolve the conflicts of interest on a case-by-case basis.
- The Judging Panel may request the applicant to provide further information as necessary.
- The decision of the Judging Panel is final.