The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) today announced their involvement in developing a new National Standard of Canada (NSC) to help Canada’s North build a resilient infrastructure despite the uncertainties of a changing climate.
Geotechnical Site Investigation for Building Foundations in Permafrost is the fifth in a suite of innovative standards developed by Canada’s standardization network for the Northern Infrastructure Standardization Initiative (NISI). The suite aims to foster the long-term sustainability and resiliency of Canada’s Northern infrastructure, a key priority for the Government of Canada.
Geotechnical site investigations are essential in order to appropriately plan for the design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure. In permafrost regions, these investigations have an added level of complexity. This standard will establish consistent methodology for collecting, evaluating, and reporting site conditions while accounting for seasonal and future climatic conditions. In the long term, it is expected that this standard will help lessen persistent maintenance issues which, as a result of changing ground temperature, can cause permanent damage to structures.
The need for a standard related to Geotechnical Site Investigation for Building Foundations in Permafrost was raised during discussions with Northern stakeholders and members of SCC’s Northern Advisory Committee (NAC).This standard provides a foundational reference which is an important complement to the four existing NISI standards.
Geotechnical site investigations are essential in order to appropriately plan for the design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure. (Photo credit: iStockphoto)
- BNQ, a leading standards development organization (SDO) accredited by SCC, was selected by SCC in February 2015 to develop the fifth NISI standard.
- The previous NISI standards were published over the last year and include:
- The NISI standards address the effects of climate change on new or existing infrastructure, as well as on retrofits, operations and maintenance.
Reporting to the Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ), the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) has acted as a central standardization and certification organization and disseminator of information on standards for over 50 years. BNQ takes the lead in developing measures to support business, manufacturing, social and regulatory areas of interest. For more information: www.bnq.qc.ca
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