Trenchless Technology

Fall Canada 2018

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16 T R E N C H L E S S T EC H N O LO GY CANADA FA L L 2018 Duane Strayer, P. Eng ., infrastructure division manager in Calgary. "Associ- ated Engineering will invest in face- to -face time among its employees. It is part of our culture." This unity across the offices, is one of the reasons that Associated Engi- neering , as a company, and Lueke as the practice leader, encourages its employees to get involved in indus- try-related associations. "Overall , as an industry, it is im- portant to share our knowledge and the project experiences that we have all gone through, for example we attended the 2018 UESI Pipelines Conference where we presented six papers and attended many other les- sons learned type presentations from other consulting engineers and own- ers. We also attended and presented at the 2018 NASTT No -Dig Show. Lessons learned were presented by trenchless contractors and the ex- hibition hall had specialized manu- facturers discussing their latest ma- chines and products," McDermott says. " We attend these events, mingle with other trenchless colleagues and share our experiences among the trenchless industry; this ensures that we stay current with best practices." Locally — through Chris Skowron- ski, P.Eng., senior vice president of in- frastructure, and Strayer — Associated Engineering has been instrumental in the creation and longevity of the North American Society for Trench- less Technology Northwest Chapter (NASTT-NW). In fact, it is Strayer who helped increase the chapter 's presence in Calgary after he joined Associated Engineering in 1998. Currently on the NASTT-NW board of directors is Keith Kingsbury from the firm's Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, office. The firm is also heavily vested in the ASCE Utility Engineering & Sur- veying Institute (UESI) Pipelines Division with Lueke recently nomi- nated to the UESI Pipelines Executive Committee for a five-year term and serving as technical co -chair for the 2018 UESI Pipelines Conference. Several employees are also heavily involved with committees in both of these associations at the local and na- tional level that help shape, not only the programming , but also trenchless industry best practices. " We want to be a strong contribu- tor to the trenchless industry, this is part of giving back to the indus- try. and contributing to the body of knowledge to advance the industry," Strayer says. This also helps address one of the biggest needs in the construction in- dustry as a whole, and trenchless as a focused subset , and that is employ- ment . Strayer relayed an instance where an engineer came on board after seeing Associated Engineering 's industry involvement through its work on a Northwest Chapter confer- ence planning committee. The engi- neer was working for another firm and saw how committed Associated Engineering was to trenchless and left that firm to work on Associated Engineering 's trenchless projects. "At heart we are a bunch of kids who like to play in dirt , that 's what civil engineers are. Tunnelling is a pretty cool way to play in the dirt ," Strayer says. " We work on a lot of pretty cool projects. Working 15 m below the Bow River in Downtown Calgary inside a 2.4 m tunnel is cool . Not many civil engineers get to walk through a tunnel they designed be- neath a major river." The " bunch of kids" from Associat- ed Engineering are recognized as in- dustry leaders, having twice received Canada's highest award for con- sulting engineering excellence, the Schreyer Award, including a Schreyer for a tunnelling project : The West Ed- monton Sanitary Sewer Stage W12 Syphon — a 1,200 m long 2,500 mm diameter tunnel beneath the North Saskatchewan River. The firm has also received numer- ous regional awards for trenchless projects in Edmonton, Fort McMur- ray and Toronto. In 2008 the firm re- ceived the Alberta Trenchless Project of the Year Award for the E.L . Smith Water Treatment Plant Transmission Main — a 3.2 m diameter tunnelled river crossing in Edmonton. It re- ceived the 2012 Consulting Engi- neers of Ontario Award of Excellence for Avenue Road watermain — in- volving the design of a 3.5 km of 900 mm diameter and 2.1 km of 750 mm diameter watermain installed by mi- It is the new installation design projects that make up about 75 per cent of Associated Engineering 's trenchless design work.

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