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Stephane Rivest, ing. M. Ing. - Head of projects - associate - President

Mr Rivest obtained his Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in 1990. He obtained a Master’s of Engineering from the same institution in 1993. Since then, Mr Rivest never stopped improving his technical skills by participating in conferences, seminars and other specialised courses.

After having worked for 11 years for various firms, Mr Rivest founded B.E.S. As president since 2000 and head of projects, Mr Rivest is actively implicated in the firms’ projects.

He is well recognized as a wood expert. He has given several conference talks (Cecobois-QC, ISM-Montreal, SCGC-Qc, Techno Parc Montreal) and was invited to present a scientific paper for the European Union, in Portugal in July 2010 covering the design of CSN-Fondaction.

Mr Rivest’s knowledge covers residential, commercial and industrial buildings, infrastructures and road bridges. He is involved in different projects including all wood projects of the firm. He has done the inspection of the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges, the analysis of the Olympic Stadium, the conversion of the Old Port freezers into Montreal condos, the design of Le Mirage condo Tower, the design of apartment towers in steel and concrete, the refurbishment of the Central Train Station in Montreal.

Mr Rivest is a member of CISC and many other professional associations. He received a Prize of excellence from CISC in 2006, two prizes from Cecobois in 2010. The CSN Fondaction building received eight prizes, including innovation, energy efficiency and design prizes.

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Luciano Fronteddu, ing. Ph.D. - Projects director, associate - Vice-president

A graduate from École Polytechnique de Montréal (1990), Mr Fronteddu is, since 2000, engineer-associate and co-founder of Bureau d’études spécialisées inc. (B.E.S. inc.). Since the beginning of his career, he has contributed, as a consultant, to multiple major projects in hydroelectricity (power dam), nuclear energy, aluminum, and in industrial, public and health services. He has worked with companies such as Agra-Moneco, Calculatec, Canatom NPM, Hydro-Quebec, Le Groupe Cartier, Monenco, SNC-Lavalin and Tecsult.

As a consultant, his area of expertise covers: earthquakes, wind, tornados, impact, and thermal loading. The type of structures that he has analysed ranges from: steel structures, concrete structures, mass concrete structures, masonry structures to wood structures.

After his studies in Civil Engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal, Mr Fronteddu completed his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He returned to Montréal where he obtained a Ph.D. degree (specialised in structures) at École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1997. Throughout his studies, he was honoured with several scholarships. Mr Fronteddu never stops improving his knowledge and competencies, among other things, on the latest findings on earthquake design, concrete and concrete swelling problems.

Mr Fronteddu is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ), the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), the Association of Professionnal Engineers of Yukon (APEY), the Association of Professionnal Engineers and Geologists of British Columbia (APEGBC). He takes part in the activities of several scientific societies such as the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Structural Engineering Institute, the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the Canadian Dam Association.

Mr Fronteddu has about 25 years of experience in consulting engineering.

Throughout his career, Mr Fronteddu has been in charge of several projects of buildings as well as troubleshooting (i.e. diagnostic studies, migitative problems, and structural abnormality). Mr Fronteddu has carried out studies of concrete cracking in various structures: cracking in the metro tunnels in Laval, the refractory firebrick floor in CUM water treatment plant, Hydro-Québec, Ontario Power and BC Hydro concrete dams. Mr Fronteddu was a member for the Committee of experts of Hydro-Quebec which reviews the structural studies investigating the cracking of the Manic 5 Arch Dam.