Michael Carter is a Certified Engineering Technologist and the Director and CEO of Microclimate Ice & Snow Inc. Michael has more than 20 years of experience in the specialty industry of ice and snow microclimate assessment focused on the identification, mitigation and management of falling, sliding and wind-released ice and snow from buildings and structures. His expertise is accumulated through years of consultations, design-assist collaborative work, field research, incident investigations and laboratory simulation testing. Michael has been working within the design and construction field since 1986 and has been actively consulting on large-scale projects since 1996. In addition to the recognition of his expertise in the industry, Michael has developed a recognized method of overall risk management with respect to ice and snow hazard, aided by the development of project-specific Winter Operational Guidelines that provide best practice guidelines for owners and operators, and manage project risk for designers. Michael’s extensive experience with ice and snow behaviour has led to collaborations with designers and manufacturers of ice and snow barriers and heating cable and controls. These collaborations within the industry were initially developed to assist with standardization of specifications, and soon led to Michael’s role with ASTM International as a task group co-chair for the Evaluation of Ice and Snow Accretion on Buildings and Structures. Within ASTM he is leading two key areas of work within the task group, first working with barrier manufacturers to develop test standards, and second working with the building design industry to establish standard guides and methods for the evaluation of snow and ice accretion on building and structures.
FALLING OR SLIDING ICE AND/OR SNOW?