Bio and CV
Ph.D., Architecture, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada, 1994.
M.Eng., Building Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 1978.
B.Eng., Civil Engineering, Royal Military College, Kingston, Canada. 1974.
Dr. Vanier is currently involved in both strategic and client research that assists organizations to manage sustainable urban infrastructure. His career experience has included the graphical visualization of heat loss, 3D computer graphics, computer aided design, integrated databases, automation of the National Building Code of Canada, and for the past 10 years, asset management. He was a researcher at NRC for 23 years, and has worked as a researcher with the Federal government of Canada for 25 years total. He is the principal investigator (and initiator) for research at the NRC that has garnered over $1 million from outside agencies. His work experience prior to NRC includes two years as a building scientist with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), two years with the PWGSC CAD Centre, and five years as a military engineering officer (construction) with the Department of National Defence. He is very active physically and participates in a wide selection of sports (skiing, cycling, soccer, etc.) and hobbies (guitar, investment properties, etc.). He has been married to Margaret for 37 years and they have a son who is 25 years old and a graduate of Saint Francis Xavier University (B.Sc.) in Nova Scotia. In his spare time, Dana is learning Italian and volunteers at Whistler Blackcomb as Mountain Host.
At UBC, he has been actively involved in lecturing to both graduate and undergraduate students (CIVL 425 and CIVL 521). Although fully retired from the Federal government, he lectures part time in the winter to over 75 students on Case Studies in Construction Methods. He has pioneered the first infrastructure asset management course at a Canadian university and he is currently developing an “online” Infrastructure Asset Management course for UBC in concert with students and faculty at UBC and the University of New Brunswick.
URSY 550: Infrastructure Asset Management