Colonel By Day




To commemorate the birthday of a great Engineer
STAR ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION LTD. offers free structural engineering consultations.

Free structural engineering consultations

To commemorate the birthday of a great Engineer and his services to the Canadian people, STAR ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION LTD. offers free structural engineering consultations on Friday, August 4th, 2017 from 1 pm to 4pm.

We invite you to send us your questions/ideas/drawings/plans, with a detailed explanation on what kind of help you need from our team.

We will review and answer all the messages received.

Use this opportunity to get your idea one step closer to reality!

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Lieutenant-Colonel John By ( 7 August 1779 - 1 February 1836 )

John By was a British Military Engineer, and one of the greatest early engineers in Canada. He built the 200 km Rideau Canal (1826-32) from Bytown (an area of Ottawa which was named after him) to Kingston, which involved the construction of about 50 dams and 47 masonry locks.

Without the aid of modern construction equipment, it was completed in 5 summer working seasons.

John By was born into a family of Thames watermen but was admitted in 1797 to the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Commissioned in 1799, he served for 2 years at Plymouth before being sent to Canada in 1802. Here he worked on the first small locks on the St. Lawrence River and on the Fortifications of Québec.

Returning to England late in 1810, he served briefly under Wellington in the Peninsular War but early in 1812 was appointed engineer officer for the Royal Gunpowder Mills. Soon after the victory at Waterloo, munitions requirements being minimal, he was retired, but he was recalled in 1826 to build the Rideau Canal. On returning to Englandin 1832, despite his superb achievement, he was criticized by the Treasury Board for some allegedly unauthorized expenditures. Despite being exonerated, his reputation was tarnished, and he died a broken man 3 years later.


1Review of plans and drawings for new residential and commercial buildings.
2Structural review of building drawings for additions/renovations, for both residential and commercial buildings.
3Recommandations for repair work at existing damaged heritage structures.
4Consultation on how to start the project for your new house.
5Consultation on how to start your renovation project.