Gordon A. Sparks

     Gordon A. Sparks  B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

    Professor Emeritus of Civil and Geological Engineering

    Biography

    Education

    B.Sc.(Alta.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Calif.)

    Publications

    Refereed Journal Publications
    • Feldman, L., Jackson, K.P., Sparling, B.F. and Sparks, G.A. (2011). Comparison of Code-Based Evaluation Approaches and Structural Health Monitoring Techniques for the Red Deer River Bridge, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 38(10), 1072-1081.
    • Feldman, L., Christensen, P.N., Boulfiza, M. and Sparks, G.A. (2009). A Case Study Illustrating Total Expected Cost Design for Reinforced Concrete Members, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 36(11), 1689-1699.
    • Sparks, G.A., Burns, P. and Christensen, P.N. (2009). Fair and Equitable: A Guide for Sound Project Allocation, AMQ international, Stategic Asset Management, 280, 3-5.
    • Mufti, A.A., Bakht, B., Tadros, G., Horosko, A.T. and Sparks, G. (2006). Civionics, a new paradign in design, evaluation and risk analysis of civil structures, Journal of Intelligent Materials and Structural Systems, 1, 1-15.
    • Sparks, G., Christensen, P., Mufti, A. and Tadros, G. (2006). A decision analysis approach to life cycle performance and cost forecasts, A Decision Analysis Approach to Life Cycle Performance and Cost Forecasts, 2(1), 35-46.
    • Christensen, P.N., Sparks, G. and Kostuk, K.J. (2005). A method-based survey of life cycle costing literature pertinent to infrastructure design and renewal, A Method Based Survey of Life Cycle Costing Literature Pertinent to Infrastructure Design and Renewal, 32(1), 250-259.
    Refereed Conference Proceedings
    • Sparks, G.A., Kostuk, K., Christensen, P. and Gette, L. (2012). Probabilistic Life Cycle Simulation of the Performance of Asbestos Cement Water Mains, Canadian Society of Civil Engineers Annual Convention, Edmonton, June 6-9, (CD Rom).
    • Feldman, L., Boulfiza, M., Christensen, P.N. and Sparks, G.A. (2008). Life-Cycle Deterioration and Cost Comparison for Bridge Deck Designs Including Rehabilitation Strategies, First International Symposium in Life-Cycle Cost Engineering, Varenna, Lake Como, Italy, June 11 - 14, 2008, 143-148 (CD Rom).
    • Jackson, K., Sparling, B.F. and Sparks, G.A. (2008). Reliability-based load management of the Red Deer River Bridge, 2nd CSCE International Structural Specialty Conference, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Quebec, Quebec, June 10-13, Paper No. ST-112, (12 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Kostuk, K. and Sparks, G. (2006). Managing risk with infrastructure management systems., 2006 Annual General Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Calgary, Alberta, May 23-26.
    • Christensen, P.N., Sparks, G. and Kostuk, K. (2006). A proposed method for life cycle engineering and costing, 4th International Conference on Advanced Composite Materials in Bridges and Structures, Calgary, Alberta, July 20-23, (8 pages).
    • Christensen, P.N., Boulfiza, M., Kostuk, K., Sparks, G.A., Sparling, B.F. and Zacaruk, J. (2005). Life cycle engineering and costing: Comparing conventional and innovative bridge deck designs, Third International Conference on Construction Materials: Performance, Innovations and Structural Implications, Vancouver, Canada, August 22-24, (9 pages).
    Non-refereed Conference Proceedings
    • Sparks, G.A., Kostuk, K., Tadros, G. and Christensen, P.N. (2007). The economic benefits of FGRP reinforced bridge decks., The international symposium on integrated life-cycle design and management of infrastructures, Shanghai, May 16-18.
    • Sparks, G.A., Kostuk, K., Boulfiza, M., Christensen, P.N. and Tadros, G. (2007). Demonstrating the economic benefits of GFRP reinforced bridge decks: a systematic life cycle engineering and costing approach., Third international conference on durability & field reinforced polymer (FRP) composites for construction, Quebec City, Quebec, May 22-24.
    • Sparks, G.A. (2007). Life cycle engineering and costing of bridgedeck slabs, ISIS Annual Conference, St. John''s, Newfoundland, May 2.
    • Sparks, G.A. (2007). Tangible capital asset valuation for PS 3150., BCIT''s centre for infrastructure management presents preparing for PS 3150 and beyond, British Columbia, April 20.
    • Sparks, G.A. (2007). Infrastructure development, renewal and financing meeting Canada's infrastructure challenge, Infrastructure development, renewal and financing meeting Canada''s infrastructure challenge, Toronto, Ontario, February 12-13.
    • Christensen, P.N., Boulfiza, M., Sparling, B.F. and Sparks, G.A. (2006). Implications of life-cycle cost criteria for the design of structural components: The case of a simple steel-reinforced concrete beam, 5th International Workshop on Life-Cycle Cost Analysis and Design of Civil Infrastructure Systems, Seoul, Korea, October 16-18, (8 pages) (CD Rom).
    Conference Presentations / Poster Presentations
    • Sparks, G.A., Christensen, P. and Allen, N. (2012). Potash Tax Revenue Impact Analysis,, Prairie Innovation Enterprise Region, Planning Summit, Muenster, Saskatchewan, April 20.
    • Sparks, G.A. (2011). Impact of Primary Weights Over Secondary Weights On Municipal Roads, West Centre Economic Region Annual Conference, Kindersley, Oct 22.
    • Sparks, G.A. (2011). SUMA Conference 2011 State of the Infrastructure, SUMA, Saskatoon, June.
    • Sparks, G.A. (2011). CNAM Conference 2011 Extending PS 3150 into Asset Management in Smaller Communities. The Saskatchewan Way with Steve Brown Municipal Affairs, CNAM, Burnaby, BC, May.
    • Sparks, G.A. (2011). SARM Conference 2011 RM of Buckland Pilot Project Leveraging PS 3150. Why Asset Management and Long Term Financial Planning, SARM, Saskatoon, January.
    • Sparks, G.A. (2010). Transportation Association of Canada GHG Emmissions Associated with Hot In Place Recycling of AC Pavements, Transportation Association of Canada, Saskatoon, Sept.
    • Sparks, G.A. (2010). RMAA Conference 2010 (Saskatoon) ? RM of Buckland Pilot Project Leveraging PS 3150 ? Why Asset Management and Long Term Financial Planning, RMAA, Saskatoon, June.
    • Sparks, G.A. (2010). CNAM Conference Building Capacity through Pilot Projects and Partnerships- The Saskatchewan Experience with Kathy Rintoul and Steve Brown Municipal Affairs, CNAM, Ottawa, May.
    • Sparks, G.A. (2010). UMAAS Conference 2010 (Saskatoon) ? Town of Dalmeny Pilot Project Leveraging PS 3150 ? Why Asset Management and Long Term Financial Planning, UMAAS, Saskatoon, May.
    • Sparks, G.A. (2010). Town of Osler Annual Town Hall Meeting 2010 (Osler) ?Regional Procurement Project, Town of Osler, Town Hall Meeting, Osler, March.
    • Sparks, G.A. (2010). Comparing Life Cycle Costs of Alternative Exterior Wall Systems, 43rd Annual Canadian Masonry Contractors Association (CMCA), Scottsdale, AZ, USA, Feb 10-12.
    Published Discussion/Note
    • Sparks, G.A. (2012). Primary Weights vs: Secondary Weights On Municipal Roads, Rural Councillor, 4, 12-13.
    Published Book Chapter
    • Sparks, G.A. (2011). Christensen, P.N., L.D. Wegner and G.A. Sparks; Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Life Cycle Costs, Chapter 1 of Monitoring Technologies for Bridge Management (B. Bahkt, A. Mufti and L. Wegner, eds), Multi-Science Publishing Co. Ltd., 2011., . (**Data Created)
    • Christensen, P.N., Wegner, L.D. and Sparks, G.A. (2011). Life cycle savings of structural health monitoring: a value of information approach, Chapter 1, Monitoring Technologies for Bridge Management, Edited by Bakht, B., Mufti, A.A., and Wegner, L.D., Multi-Science Publishing Co. Ltd., Brentwood, Essex, U.K., 1-31.

    Research Grants

    2011-2012

    • Principal Investigator, Shad Valley International Entrepreneurial Summer Camp, Shad Valley International, Grant.

    2010-2011

    • Principal Investigator, Technology Management, Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellance, Industry Contract.

    2009-2010

    • Principal Investigator, Entrepreneurship & Its' Role in Innovation, Wilson Centre, Industry Contract.
    • Principal Investigator, Mapping the rural-urban interface: partnerships for sustainable infrastructure development, Infrastructure Canada, Government.
    • Principal Investigator, MITACS Industrial Internship, MITACS, Government Grant.
    • Co-Investigator, Life Cycle Costing for Masonry Buildings, Masonry Centre, Industry Contract.

    2008-2009

    • Principal Investigator, Technology Management, Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellance, Industry Contract.

    Teaching

    2011-2012

    • CE 467 - Transportation & Regional Development
    • CE 495.3 - Capstone Design Project
    • CE 898 - Intro to Asset Management
    • GE 348 - Engineering Economics
    • GE 430 - Engineering Entrepreneurship Capstone Course

    2010-2011

    • CE 467 - Transportation & Regional Development
    • CE 898 - Intro to Asset Management
    • GE 348 - Engineering Economics
    • GE 430 - Engineering Entrepreneurship Capstone Course

    2009-2010

    • CE 467.3 - Transport Tech and Reg Dev
    • CE 495.3 - Capstone Design Project
    • CE 868.3 - Intro Decision Anal

    Research Projects

    2011-2012

    • Assess the Physical and Economic Impacts of Climate Change/Extreme Rain Events on Infrastructure, PFRA
    • Asset Management & Long Term Financial Planning for Municipal Infrastructure
    • Life Cycle Costing Framework
    • Technology Management & Entrepreneurship Program

    2010-2011

    • Assess the Physical and Economic Impacts of Climate Change/Extreme Rain Events on Infrastructure, PFRA
    • Life Cycle Costing Framework
    • Technology Management ? Entrepreneurship Program

    2009-2010

    • Green Decision Making Framework for Surface Rehabilitation Phase I: Development and Application of Life Cycle Cost (LCC) and CO2e measures of Comparison, Sask Highways & Infrastructure
    • Infrastructure Planning and Management, Saskatchewan Ministry of Municipal Affairs/SUMA/SARM/UMAAS/RMAAS
    • Life Cycle Costing for Masonry Building - Saskatchewan Masonry Centre
    • Mapping the Rural-Urban Interface: partnership for sustainable infrastructure development, Infrastructure Canada

    2008-2009

    • Assess the Physical and Economic Impacts of Climate Change/Extreme Rain Events on Infrastructure, NRCan
    • Life Cycle Costing Framework , Technology Transfer Project ISIS Canada
    • Life Cycle Engineering and Costing Framework, ISIS Canada
    • Technology Management - Entrepreneurship Program