Marc-André Marcoux and the cardboard bridge

4 February 2019

JCCBI will be at the École Polytechnique de Montréal on February 4 to judge the “cardboard bridge” competition organized by the student association’s civil engineering committee in collaboration with structural engineering professors from the Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering. With the goal of creating a competitive but friendly atmosphere with a focus on design over materials, the competition this year included several teams that exhibited their creations in the rotunda of the school’s cafeteria.

Marc-André Marcoux temporarily put aside his duties as a JCCBI Senior Project Coordinator to judge the projects and select the winning team. 

Here are 4 questions we asked to get to know this talented engineer a bit more.

Why did you go into engineering? I became an engineer because I am passionate about construction and how we can change the world through practices like earthquake-resistant structures, clean energy, or major bridges like the new Champlain Bridge. A key moment in my life also convinced me to pursue civil engineering so that I could make an impact on people and improve their daily lives. I therefore decided to enroll at École Polytechnique in fall 2002.

What’s the biggest project you’ve worked on at JCCBI so far? The steel reinforcement program on the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Steel reinforcement work began on the bridge in 2014 and will continue for another few years to extend its service life to up to 150 years!

What has been the project’s biggest challenge so far? The repairs are being done in an urban area, which means we have to deal with challenges related to noise from rivet removals, bolt installations and paint stripping. To reduce the impact on nearby residents, we hired a specialized acoustics company to develop a unique concept for an enclosure to keep the sound waves contained. The concept was successful, and we created wood enclosures to further reduce the noise impact during ongoing work. This was a great improvement for everyone.

What do you love most about working at JCCBI? The scope and diversity of projects! And especially getting to work with my JCCBI colleagues.

What is your advice for future engineers? There are a variety of things you can become passionate about in the engineering profession. To succeed in this field, you can’t be afraid to ask questions to understand, improve, and do quality work. Another key to success is to always be learning, because everything changes and you need to be up on new standards and practices to stand out.