UESI (Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute ) & Utility Risk Management

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Utility Engineering is a branch of CE that focuses on the planning, position, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and asset management of any and all utility systems, as well as the interaction between utility infrastructure and other civil infrastructure.

UESI - the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute - allows opportunities for all those interested to collaborate in advancing the technical and professional practices of utility engineering and surveying. This seminar will provide an overview of the goals of the UESI, including various advancements in utility mapping technologies and standards.  Viewpoints, needs, and issues from various stakeholders will be discussed, and will include speakers from the utility, consulting/construction, and municipal sectors. LOCATION: Mississauga Grand, 35 Brunel Rd., Mississauga, ON.

Course Outline:

Utility Risk Management

8:00 - 8:30 AM | What is SUE, Lawrence Arcand, T2 Utility Engineers

8:30 - 8:50 AM | One Call, Locates, Bill 8, TBD

8:50 - 9:30 AM | Exploring the Colorado Law (mandatory SUE investigations on Linear Infrastructure), Corey Biddle, LSIT Cardno

9:30 - 10:00 AM | SUE in the Context of RFPs – Client’s Perspective, Paolo Masaro, City of Richmond Hill

10:00 - 10:20 AM | Refreshment Break

10:20 - 10:50 AM | Overview and How to Write a Standard (ASCE 15, 26, 27, 28, 38), Jim Anspach, UESI

10:50 - 11:20 AM | Collection and Exchange of Utility Infrastructure Data (CSA S250) - How Canada is Leading the Charge - but Behind in Application, Shawn Maio,  Planview

11:20 - 11:50 AM | SUE in the Context of Linear Infrastructure Design (water, oil/gas), Tomasz Bodera, EXP

11:50 AM - 12:20 PM | Best Practices for Getting SUE Done, John Scaife, Cole Engineering

12:20 - 13:00 PM | Lunch & Demos

13:00 - 13:25 PM | OPS Standards - Current SUE Technologies for Trenchless Construction, TBD

13:25 - 13:50 PM | “Canadianizing” Existing Standards, Blaine Hunt

13:50 - 14:20 PM | ASCE Adjunct Addition to Assist Municipalities for the Use of SUE within RFP Language, Jim Anspach, UESI

14:20 - 14:40 PM | Refreshment Break

14:40 - 15:00 PM | SUE Implementation and Value from the Utility Perspective, TBD

15:00 - 15:20 PM | Recognition of Utility Engineering within the PEO, TBD

15:20 - 15:40 PM | Differences Between Utility Survey and Legal Survey (AOLS), Pedro Sena

15:40 - 16:00 PM | Use of CSA S250 (Canadian as-built Standard), MTM vs UTM and its Uses in Ontario, Mark Tulloch

16:00 - 16:30 PM | Best Practices, Processes, Policies, TBD


Registration: Please email catt@uwaterloo.ca or call 519-888-4770 if you have any questions or concerns.

Early Bird Discount: C$100.00

Price: C$650.00

Date: September 10, 2019

Introduction to Trenchless Technologies (Ottawa)

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Summary: The Trenchless Technology 101 course is for both newcomers to the industry and for anyone who is seeking a refresher course on the various trenchless technology methods. The course covers new trenchless construction techniques including tunneling, open shield pipe jacking, microtunneling, auger boring, pipe ramming, and horizontal directional drilling. It reviews available trenchless rehabilitation methods used to rehabilitate existing infrastructure (i.e. storm, sanitary and watermain) and it concludes with tips to ensure successful trenchless projects. Each presenter will cover details of the key steps involved in planning and executing a successful trenchless project as it relates to their respective technology. Location: TBD.

Outline *

8:00 – 8:15 | Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30 | Trenchless Technology Introduction

8:30 – 9:00 | Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE)

9:00 – 9:30 | Gravity Pipeline Condition Assessment for Small and Large Diameter Sewers

9:30 – 10:00 | Cured in-Place Pipe Lining (CIPP) for Sewers

10:00 – 10:15 | Refreshment Break

10:15 – 10:45 | Manhole Assessment and Rehabilitation

10:45 – 11:15 | Watermain Condition Assessment Methods for Small and Large Diameter

11:15 – 12:00 | Watermain Renovation Methods (Cement, CIPP, SIPP, Slip Lining)

12:00 – 12:45 | Lunch

12:45 – 1:15 | Pipe Bursting (Sewer and Watermain)

1:15 – 2:00 | Introduction to HDD, Microtunneling, Pipe Ramming, Pipe Jacking, Auger Boring

2:00 – 2:15 | Refreshment Break

2:15 – 3:00 | QA/QC: Ensuring Successful TT Projects

*Subject to modifications



Early Bird Discount: C$100.00

Price: C$650.00

Date: September 27, 2019

Advances in Watermain RehabilitationTrenchless

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Location: Mississauga Grand, 35 Brunel Road, Mississauga, Ontario

Summary: This workshop will present recent advances in the North America watermain rehabilitation industry.  It will start with ongoing and recent developments by the AWWA Watermain Rehabilitation Standards committee by chairs of the committees giving presentations.  First Chris Macey will provide and update on the recently published White Paper that provides new guidance on the classification of watermain rehabilitation products and design considerations. This presentation will show you that not all watermain rehabilitation products are the same and how to specify the product you want to have.


8:00 - 8:30 | The Business Case for Watermain Rehabilitation, Mark Knight, AWWA Standard Chair, University of Waterloo

8:30 - 9:15 | Not All Water Rehabilitation Products are the Same - How to Classify Products and Design Considerations So You Get What You Need, Chris Macey, AECOM

9:15 - 9:45 | AWWA's New Spray-in-Place-Pipe (SIPP) Standards, Randy Cooper, AWWA Standard Chair, Envirologics

9:45 - 10:15 | AWWA's CIPP Standard, Mark Knight, AWWA Standard Chair, University of Waterloo

10:15 - 11:10 | Networking Break

11:10 - 11:40 | AWWA Sliplining Standard, George Bontus, AWWA Standard Chair, AEGION/Insituform

11:40 - 12:10 | AWWA M28 Water Rehabilitation Manual Update, Mark Knight, AWWA M28 Chair, University of Waterloo

12:10 - 13:00 | Lunch

13:00 - 13:45 | Burst testing of CIPP Liners - Not all CIPP Liners Are the Same, AWWA Standard Chair, University of Waterloo

13:45 - 14:30 | Advancements in End Seals and Service Connections, George Bontus, AWWA Standard Chair, AEGION/Insituform

14:30 - 14:45 | Networking Break

14:45 - 15:15 | City of Toronto Watermain Rehabilitation Program- North America's Largest,  Mathew Coleman, City of Toronto       

15:15 - 15:45 | How Cathodic Protection Is the Best Investment for Water Network Life Extension, Chris Macey, AECOM

15:45 - 16:15 | Design and Construction of a New HDPE Watermain System in the Region of Peel, TBD, Region of Peel

16:15 - 16:30 | Discussion and Wrap-up, AWWA Standard Chair, University of Waterloo


 Chris Macey, P.Eng. Americas Technical Practice Leader - Condition Assessment and Rehabilitation at AECOM, and a trenchless expert whom has work with water utilities across North America that include City of Toronto, Colorado Springs, City of Winnipeg and others. Chris is also the co-author of the AWWA White Paper and a member of the following AWWA M28 committees CIPP Standard and M28 Watermain rehabilitation.

Dr. Mark Knight,  P.Eng. and Consulting Engineer is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo and Executive Director of the Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technology. Mark has over 15 years of experience in testing and the design of watermain rehabilitation products and currently chairs AWWA M28 Watermain rehabilitation and CIPP Standard development.  He is also a member of the AWWA Sliplining committee and Chairs of the AWWA Watermain Rehabilitation Committee.

Randy Cooper, P.Eng. is President of Envirologics and chaired the development of ASTM and AWWA Sprayed in-Place Pipe standards.  Randy is also the developer of the tomahawk pipe cleaning and lining system and promotes Clean-line and protect as a cost effective water pipe rehabilitation strategy.

George Bontus,  P.Eng. is Director of Engineering at the Aegion Corporation and chairs AWWA Sliplining Standard.  George is also the Vice Chair of the AWWA M28 Watermain rehabilitation committee. George also has his name on several patents for the reinstatement of watermain service laterals and over 20 years of experience in pipe rehabilitation using cured-in-place-pipe.

Matthew Coleman, P.Eng. is a Senior Engineer, Asset Planning at Toronto Water where he has been developing and running Toronto Water’s Watermain CIPP program values at over $60 million per annum. This program Matthew manages is one of the largest in North America.  Prior to joining the City of Toronto Matthew worked at Echologics doing pressure pipeline inspections.

Fee includes:


Early Bird Discount: C$100.00

Price: C$690.00

Date: October 15, 2019

Horizontal Directional Drilling Fundamentals: Design to Construction


Four-Day Hands-on Field School (October 21-24, 2019)

Fleming College, Frost Campus, 200 Albert St. S. Lindsay, OK9V 5E6

CATT and Fleming College has partnered to offer the Horizontal Directional Drilling Fundamentals: Design to Construction. This course introduces participants to the planning, design and installation of underground pipelines and conduits using horizontal directional drilling (HDD). Topics will include: HDD process and technology; geotechnical and environmental considerations and feasibility; site evaluation and tracking; drilling fluids and fluid pumps; underground locates; and HDD borepath planning and design considerations. Furthermore, case studies demonstrating good practice guidelines and quality assurance and quality control procedures for successful completion of HDD project will be presented. The course will integrate classroom study and field practice. The students will use the classroom knowledge to plan, design and execute borepath in the field using state-of-the-art HDD equipment. The topics will include:

  • Installation and Feasibility Consideration

  • HDD Process and Equipment

  • HDD Project Planning

  • Geotechnical Considerations and Investigations

  • Drill Fluid Design and Testing

  • Bore Path Layout and Design

  • Design of Plastic and Steel Pipes

  • Best Practices and QA/QC

Financial Aid

The course is eligible for Canada-Ontario Job Grant Program. The Government of Canada can provide two-thirds of the cost of training, up to a maximum of $10,000 per grant. 

MOECC Director Approved Credits

The course has been approved for 2.8 CEUs (continuing education units) by the Manger of Certification, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).


For more information, please contact Eva Rees, eva.rees@flemingcollege.ca.

Price: Free Event

Date: October 21, 2019

Lessons Learned from the Industry Experts

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A trenchless project has been meticulously planned for months, the crew has been mobilized to site and then something unexpected happens, what do you do? This workshop will be interactive where participants will be presented with actual case studies, given the obstacle presented and then breakout sessions will brainstorm for ideas as to how to resolve this issue at hand. The groups will then deliver their ideas and then compared to actual outcome. This workshop is open to contractors, technical providers and municipalities. Location: Mississauga Grand.

Tentative Outline *

7:30 - 8:00 | Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 8:15 | Introduction

8:15 - 8: 45 | Expectations and Specifications

8: 45 - 9: 15 | City of St. Catharines Zoom Camera Pipe and Manhole Inspections

9:15 - 10:00 | Breakout Session: Inspection issues

10:00 - 10:15 | Networking Break

10: 15 - 10: 45 | CIPP Liner Failure in S. Carolina

10: 45 - 11 15 | Project Managing: Large Diameter CIPP Installations in Extreme Weather

11:15 - 11:45 | Manhole and Chamber Lining

11:45 - 12:30 | Lunch

12: 30 - 1: 45 | Breakout Session: CIPP issues

1: 45 - 2:15 | Pipe Bursting

2:15 - 2:45 | HDD Case Study

2:45 - 3:00 | Networking Break

3: 00 - 3:45 | Breakout Session: New Construction

3:45 - 4:00 | Closing Remarks/ Recap

* Subject to modifications

Early Bird Discount: C$100.00

Price: C$650.00

Date: October 22, 2019

Technologies for Water Infrastructure Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation

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Location: Mississauga Grand, 35 Brunel Road, Mississauga, Ontario

Global climate change impacts, evident from increased frequency and intensity of rain and flooding events, have significant social, environmental and economic implications for Canadian municipalities. In 2013, the Insurance Bureau of Canada estimated insurance losses from natural disasters including Alberta and Toronto flooding to be $3.2 billion. This workshop will discuss useful frameworks and tools to develop water infrastructure resilience and climate change adaptation strategies. The workshop will highlight the impact of climate change on water infrastructure and demonstrate how trenchless technologies can help to renovate and adapt the existing aging infrastructure cost effectively. Case studies will show business case(s) to develop infrastructure renovation programs that can generate large cost savings. Furthermore, decision support tools to help municipalities develop and implement water infrastructure resilience and rehabilitation plans will be demonstrated.  More details coming soon.

Early Bird Discount: C$100.00

Price: C$650.00

Date: November 7, 2019

Municipal and Utilities Trenchless Pilot Projects

More details coming soon.

Price: Free Event

Date: January 14, 2020

TT 101: Introduction to Potable Water And Sewer Pipelines' Construction, Condition Assessment, and Renovation using Trenchless Construction Methods

This two day workshop, to be held January 28 - 29, 2020, will provide participants with an overview of the specific details associated with water distribution systems, pressure pipes and sewer networks with regards to understanding new construction methods, condition assessment, and renovation methods that require limited or no excavations. It will also cover requirements for implementation of a successful project from start to finish, including gathering the appropriate existing condition information, preliminary design, final design, specifications, tendering, construction, and temporary water and sewer bypass systems. For more details and to register, visit OGRA website.

Price: Free Event

Date: January 28, 2020