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Selection Committee

Conference proposals will be rigorously evaluated by Lila Touahria, Team Leader - Water and Sewer Rehabilitation Supervision, Construction Implementation Division, City of Montreal, and co-chair Alain Charky, Quebec Technical Assistance Manager for the Municipal Division, Ipex Inc. 

Selection Criteria

Submit a case study, an applied experimental project or an applied study project. 
The projects presented must be completed with known and validated conclusions.
Innovative character associated with urban infrastructure or advanced technologies.
Supported by concrete data and results, validated by independent firms, companies or organizations.
Demonstrate a multidisciplinary approach 


Be available to give the presentation on the day of the conference selected for the theme
No promotional presentations will be accepted, except for conferences in the exhibitor session
A project from a public organization must be presented with a representative from the organization
A university project of applied study must be presented jointly by the student and the professor
Accept the presentation broadcast
Submit the Powerpoint presentation before the conference for posting on the CERIU website

Presentation modalities

The presentation should last 25 minutes with a 5-minute question period
The speaker will have to submit his presentation (Powerpoint) to the organization at the latest on Friday November 8, 2021 in 16:9 format
The speaker agrees to use the font ARIAL in minimum 18 pts.

Important dates

Deadline for submission of forms: June 11, 2021
Confirmation of speakers for the 2021 edition: August 2021
Submission of the speakers' presentation: November 8, 2021
INFRA 2020 Congress: November 29 and 30, 2021 


The selection committees wish to provide some guidance for the conference proposals, in addition to relevance to the theme.

Urban development :

  • Climate change (climate adaptation and resilience, ecological transition, change factor and opportunities)
  • Urban densification issues (redevelopment of unstructured environments and urban form on a human scale)
  • Equity in urban development and community resilience
  • Urban integration of infrastructures and quality of life (landscape, heritage, architecture, mobility and environment)
  • Governance - how to integrate the adaptive notion into urban planning processes
  • Multidisciplinarity of interventions and urban infrastructure sectors (integrating ground and underground)
  • The convergence of all the visions and objectives of the stakeholders
  • New ways of managing urbanization
  • Research and innovation in urban planning as a means of adapting to the city of tomorrow
  • Transitional urbanism
  • Greening and green infrastructure to create the city of the future
  • Social acceptability

Underground infrastructures : 

  • Stabilization and protection of structures
  • Best practices in underground infrastructure protection
  • The smart city and the management of underground infrastructures
  • Inspections and condition of networks
  • Case studies
  • Rehabilitation of chambers and manholes
  • Lead service line replacement techniques

Urban technical networks:

  • Infrastructure congestion in public space including RTU's
  • New technologies
  • Maintenance and upkeep of infrastructure
  • Best practices in wireless (5G)
  • Best practices with the occupation of networks
  • Good practices during interventions
  • Urban densification issues
  • Climate change (new energies, measures to be put in place)
  • Network mapping

Trenchless techniques :

Preliminary design:

  • Innovative structural or non-structural technologies;
  • Technologies for the rehabilitation of existing infrastructures;
  • Geotechnical studies adapted to TST;
  • Dissemination of knowledge on the different existing methods in rehabilitation and new installations with TST;
  • Impacts (hazards to infrastructure) of different techniques;
  • Contractual requirements according to the impacts;
  • Standards and regulations (structural aspect, limitations, depth requirements);
  • Supervision of the work (monitoring, note-taking, what to look for);
  • Responses to problems encountered (emergency response plan, composition and viscosity of drilling muds).

Surface infrastructure:

  • Projects and initiatives related to climate change, resilience building and pollution reduction
  • Best practices in materials recycling
  • Innovative materials
  • Design, development and maintenance of streets and bikeways
  • Vision Zero initiatives
  • New inspection methods including the use of drones
  • Issues and solutions in the fields of geotechnics, pavement marking and LED lighting
  • Innovative projects in engineering structures
  • Contractual framework for innovation
  • Performance contracting
  • Potential uses of digital modeling of urban infrastructure.

Asset Management: 

  • Anticipate future needs and objectives: densification, electrification, major projects, structuring mobility, paradigm shifts
  • Anticipate threats and constraints: climate change, economic situation, data
  • Set strategic objectives: resilience, risks, service levels, user orientation, efficiency
  • Equip yourself with the best tools: new technologies, AI
  • The committee noted that the term "assets" refers to infrastructure, but also extends to buildings, parks, municipal garages, vehicle fleets, etc. 

Water Management: 

Innovations in the field
Key challenges with climate change
New technologies


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Emerging Approaches to Flood Resilience
  • Practices and Approaches to Flood Management
  • Flood Prevention
  • Resilient Development

Drinking water:

  • Land Use Management
  • Source Water Protection at the Land Level Drinking Water with Watersheds
  • Watersheds
  • Watershed Management
  • Good practices in drinking water management
  • Better knowledge of water sources (groundwater and surface water)

Stormwater and wastewater:

  • Best practices in sustainable stormwater management and green infrastructure
  • Overflow control and compensatory measures
  • Optimization of existing infrastructure including green infrastructure
  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Integration of the smart city
  • New trends in water monitoring

Speaker prices

CERIU has been working for 27 years to present you with a quality conference and we are pleased to count you among our loyal presenters. We would like to thank you for the trust you have placed in us and renew our desire to continue our collaboration.

For a long time, and as much as possible, we have maintained your free registration for the day of your presentation at INFRA. 
Today, we must announce that we are forced to charge the registration of the 2nd presenter of the same conference, if applicable. The current economic situation is difficult for an organization like ours. 

We value the relationship we have with our various INFRA stakeholders and we can assure you that we will continue to value the same importance in achieving our mission.

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