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We All Live in a Concrete Submarine

I mentioned in an initial post that one of the remarkable aspects of the design and construction of the Diefenbunker was the use of practices acquired during the design and construction of submarines. This is referenced briefly in the original … Continue reading

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Diefenbunker Project – Ottawa Citizen Article Feb 4

I was extremely fortunate to have a long and very positive article in the Ottawa Citizen edition of Feb 4 on this project. My thanks to the columnist Don Butler, and photographer Wayne Cuddington, for spending time with me over two days … Continue reading

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The Critical Path Method and the Diefenbunker

Information about the Diefenbunker states that its design and construction was one of the first uses of the Critical Path Method for a large project in Canada. I certainly believe this, but to this point I have had virtually no … Continue reading

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Okay – Let’s Design a Large Government Shelter

Foundation Engineering Corporation (FENCON) of Montreal was selected as the design and construction engineering company for the Diefenbunker. FENCON was later subsumed by what we know today as AECON Group. FENCON had what might be called an interesting challenge. “Design a structure … Continue reading

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The Diefenbunker – Some Questions

So – the Diefenbunker. A Google search on Diefenbunker will produce a moderate number of interesting hits, but on examination most are derived from several recent foundation documents. (There are also some very interesting news and TV clips from the … Continue reading

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How did I get here?

We are told that there are always lessons to be learned from history, from what has gone before us, to prevent fighting the last war or re-inventing the wheel. Coming from a military family (my Dad was a British soldier … Continue reading

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