The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers was organized in 1893, to advance the art, science,  and practice of naval architecture, shipbuilding and marine engineering.

     For over a century members have included commercial and governmental practitioners, students, and educators of naval architecture, shipbuilding, and marine and ocean engineering. 
   SNAME encourages the exchange and recording of information, sponsors applied research, offers career guidance, supports education, and enhances the professional status and integrity of its membership. 

     The Eastern Canadian region includes the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.     
      Pierre-Charles Drapeau serves as Chair.


"ISS Support of Mission Critical Infrastructure
by SNC-Lavalin"
Presenter: Clint Laidlaw P. Eng., PMP

     Date:      April  11th, 2018 
     Time:      6:30PM - 9:30PM EST 
   Location: HMCS Bytown Officers' Mess 
                78 Lisgar Street
                Ottawa, ON K29 0C1 Canada



                              17:00 – Deacon Brodies for Meal

                              18:30 – Network

                              19:00 – Section’s updates

                              19:45 – Short Break

                              20:00 – Presentation

                              21:00 – Networking

                              22:00 – Meeting end time




Question: What floats, is 1 KM long, and required a Graving Dock, tugs, boats, booms, barges, anchors, anchor cables, pontoons, to construct it in 200 feet deep of water, and was designed and built without the use of naval architects or marine engineers?

Answer: The William R. Bennett Bridge in Kelowna. Proving that “floating, upright, and vertical” has meaning to a civil engineer, too.

Mr. Clint Laidlaw will offer a peak inside Canada’s largest Engineering Procurement Construction Firm, SNC-Lavalin, showing how the floating bridge was constructed (by Civil Engineers) then focussing on the 30 year in-service phase of the bridge and highlighting the commonality of processes applied across Mission Critical In-Service Support of: Naval vessels; Bridges (not just floating ones); Highways; Light Rail Transit; Community Mailboxes; in both Public Private Partnership (PPP) models and in Alternate Service Delivery (ASD) models. I will conclude with a brief discussion on how the latest industrial revolution – Digital - is pressuring change and innovation to occur in order to stay competitive in both the engineering procurement construction phase and bridging of the data to the support phase.


Clint Laidlaw P. Eng., PMP

Mr. Laidlaw is a Senior Manager responsible for Business Development of Defence and Logistics pursuits for SNC-Lavalin Operations and Maintenance. He started with SNC-Lavalin 19 years ago as the Engineering Manager for in-service support of naval vessels on the Minor Warship and Auxiliary Vessel In-Service Support Project. On this project, he has had roles as the Deputy Project Manager, Operations Manager, Proposal Manager, QEH&S Manager, and has been Project Manager for a Frigate Refit and for an ex-Destroyer disposal.

Prior to joining SNC-Lavalin, he was an officer in the Canadian Navy, followed by a five year career as a marine engineer working as a design consultant in the Maritimes. He joined SNC-Lavalin after completing the mid-life-refit of the CFAV QUEST, for which he held roles as the Engineering Manager, Configuration Manager, Senior Systems Engineer, and Subcontracts Manager.

Clint Laidlaw renovates houses as a hobby. He actively competes in archery. He lives in Ottawa, ON with his wife, Shelly, and their two university aged children, Marilyn (19) and Jonathan (18).


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