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

  • Minimal Disturbance: Milestone Project Tests Capabilities of Microtunnelling

    Minimal Disturbance: Milestone Project Tests Capabilities of Microtunnelling

    How to design for the largest diameter microtunnelling project in North America as featured in Trenchless Technology Canada

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  • Building on our community roots to help North American orchid conservation

    Building on our community roots to help North American orchid conservation

    How Stantec botanist Melissa Curran is partnering with researchers and community members for the conservation of terrestrial orchids in North America

  • How can we build Smart Cities of the future?

    How can we build Smart Cities of the future?

    We have the technology and the knowledge to build smart cities for people—it’s time we put them into action

  • How we can flip the script on pollinator decline

    How we can flip the script on pollinator decline

    Changing the way we think about ecosystem restoration to combat the decline of pollinators

  • 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

  • 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

  • CIP National Conference – Generation 2019

    CIP National Conference – Generation 2019

    Celebrating 100 Years of Planning in Canada!

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 How to green Resource Association—looks at the developments in the changing world of water

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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 How to green”

  • Design Quarterly Issue 05 | Smart & Livable Cities

    Design Quarterly Issue 05 | Smart & Livable Cities

    Articulating a livable vision for city life

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

    Why the most effective school designs go beyond safety and security

    How to take quickal facilities need more than a secure design—they need a productive and inspiring learning environment for all students

  • Published in Advances in How to green Research: Battery Energy Storage Systems for How to green Utilities

    Published in Advances in How to green Research: Battery Energy Storage Systems for How to green 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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