OURPROCESS
APPROACH
The services we provide are structured to meet our client’s needs. We have summarized our process below.

01

Design assessment

A Design Review / Risk Assessment is the foundation of the MI&S services and involves a design drawing review and a microclimate analysis to assess the building or structure’s design and site surroundings in relation to the location’s long-term historical meteorological conditions.

The Design Review / Risk Assessment is the first part of our full-scope service, summarized below, which includes:

  • Consultation
  • Recommendations
  • Reporting
  • Detailed Mitigation Development/Design Assist/Construction Administration Support
  • Winter Operational Guidelines services summarized below

Additional Services include:

  • Performance Mock-Up Testing
  • Winter Operational Guidelines Instruction

 

02

Consultation

We work diligently with the design teams and/or ownership to determine the most appropriate project specific risk reduction strategies before issuing reports.

03

Recommendations

We work together with the client to recommend customized and detailed recommendations that are effective, practical, economical and aesthetically acceptable. The recommendations are based on a balanced approach that takes into account design phase and the required operational management procedures.

04

Reporting

Our reports are issued in a draft and if requested confidential format as we understand that the identification of risk and hazard for a project can be is a sensitive issue.  All of our reports include the documentation of methodology, analysis and review or assessment results, as well as the detailed recommendations for implementation into the design.

05

Winter Operational Guidelines

We develop a well-established and proven package of project specific guidelines that inform, educate and instruct the client and operations staff of the actions required to establish safe winter operational procedures for the completed building. This step includes advising on pre-winter preparedness, winter storm action planning, winter observations and inspections.

What Makes us unique?
Winter precipitation consists of complex combination variables which make the study of the behaviour of ice, snow and melt water on buildings and structure surfaces a challenging endeavor.  Specifically, the following behaviours make the exact prediction of winter performance impossible:
  • Variables of precipitation type (i.e. snow, freezing rain, mist, high elevation cloud for tall buildings, wind drifting for buildings with large roofs)
  • Severity and frequency (i.e. an annual occurrence snowfall comparted to a 1 in 100 year snow event with multiple types of precipitation over multiple days)
  • Wind (i.e. direction blowing from onto buildings/structures, drifting, sustained speeds and gusts, turbulence, etc.)
  • Solar/diurnal air temperature effects (i.e. acting on snow accumulations to melt and freeze into more hazardous ice and icicles)
  • Weather events leading up to and following a winter event (i.e. previous existing ice and snow on surfaces or extended cold temperatures after an event to extend the life and therefore transformation possibilities of accumulated ice and snow before it can melt completely)
  • Surface properties (i.e. thermal profile, shape, roughness, colour, etc.), make the exact prediction of winter performance impossible.
For these reasons, Michael Carter, Director and CEO of Microclimate Ice & Snow Inc., has spent a his career investigating, researching and studying all of the relevant aspects of building science, meteorology, microclimate analysis, design detailing, ice and snow barrier design, sliding impact, melting technology, advanced coatings, high elevation icing, incident investigations, operational measures and risk assessments.

 

This experience and knowledge has uniquely fashioned MI&S to provide clients with expert advice and consultation on reducing and managing the risk of falling, sliding and wind-released ice and snow. We are able to efficiently and holistically direct clients to the most effective and practical solutions that align with the project’s design and operational intent.
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DO YOU THINK OUR APPROACH
AND OUR PROCESS ARE THE RIGHT ONES
FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT?
DO YOU THINK OUR APPROACH
AND OUR PROCESS ARE THE RIGHT ONES
FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT?
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