Geotechnical Considerations for Underground Pipelines Projects

Proper site and geotechnical investigations provide useful data and information for planning, design and construction of underground pipelines and utility ducts. This workshop will discuss geotechnical, topographic, and hydrogeological factors that should be considered for efficient and successful completion of trenchless replacement of underground pipelines and conduits. Methods to obtain detailed geotechnical information and best practices will be presented. Details on how the borehole sampling and laboratory testing can influence the site selection, design, construction and choice/feasibility of equipment, drilling fluids, quality assurance/quality control procedures.  Furthermore, geotechnical baseline reports and equitable risk sharing technique(s) due to adverse and changing ground conditions will be discussed. Real case studies will provide examples of good and not-so-good practices to evaluate ground conditions for trenchless construction projects. LOCATION: Mississauga Grand, 35 Brunel Road, Mississauga.

 Outline *

7:30 - 8:00 a.m. | Breakfast/Registration

8:00 - 8:10 a.m. | Introduction

8:10 - 8:45 a.m. | Comparison of Geotechnical Requirements for Trenchless and Open-cut Projects, Rizwan Younis, University of Waterloo

8:45 - 9:45 a.m. | GBRs (Geotechnical Baseline Reports): What are GBRs and how to use them effectively?, Marc Gelinas, Hatch

9:45 - 10:00 a.m. | Networking Break

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Selection of Appropriate Trenchless Technology Based on Subsurface Investigations, Storer Boone, Golder Associates Ltd.

11:00 - 12:00 p.m. | Drilling Fluids for Successful Trenchless Projects, Mark Duckworth, Baroid IDP

12:00 - 12:45 p.m. | Lunch

12:45 - 1:30 p.m. | Contract Specifications to Avoid Damage to Subsurface Utilities for Trenchless Construction, Ophir Wainer, T2 Utility Engineers

1:30 - 2:15 p.m. | Case Studies on Geotechnical Considerations for Horizontal Directional Drilling Projects, Gene Woodbridge/Kyle Verwey, Earth Boring

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. | Networking Break

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. | Case Studies on Geotechnical Considerations for Pipe Jacking and Microtunneling Projects, Gene Woodbridge/Kyle Verwey, Earth Boring

3:15 - 3:45 p.m. | Case Studies on Geotechnical Considerations for Pipe Bursting Projects, Andy Braithwaite, Hammerhead

3:45 - 4:00 p.m. | Closing Remarks

*subject to modifications

Registration Options (Please check your CATT membership status for member discount eligibility):

  1. Register online (below)
  2. Download the Geotechnical Considerations for Successful Projects  (to pay by check, or invoice company)
  3. Call CATT at 519-888-4770


Price: C$650.00

Date: October 17, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Navigating and using Current Utility Standards in the Trenchless World

This work shop will cover the range of standards that we work knowingly or by blind consent with on a daily basis. These standards, regulations, and best practices were created to assist us with the operations of our complex projects. Are you aware of the standards regulations and best practices? You will be hearing from the experts in the field from some of the more prevalent practices that can assist your operational processes. Learn to use these standards, best practices, and regulations to your advantage by comprehending what they do and how to apply them. Location: Courtyard by Marriott, 7015 Century Ave, Mississauga, L5N 7K2

Tentative Schedule

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

8:15 – 830 | Introduction: Ophir Wainer, T2 Utility Engineers

8:30 – 9:15 | Advancements in the Trenchless Industry, Rizwan Younis, University of Waterloo

9:15 – 9:45 | ASCE 38-02 Update: Lawrence Arcand, T2 Utility Engineers

 9:45 – 10:15 | The TAC Guideline for the Coordination of Relocations of Utilities: Steve Murphy, York Region

10:15 – 10:30 | Refreshment and Networking Break

10:30 – 11:00 | CSA Standard S250 and the Impact of Accurate As-Built Drawings, John Scaife,  Cole Engineering

11:00 – 11:30 | Bill 8 -  the Ontario One Call Law, Ben Hamilton, Ontario One call

11:30– 12:30 | LUNCH

12:30 – 13:00 | The Pipeline Safety Act, Shannon Newfield NEB

13:00 – 13:30 | CSA Z247 - Damage Prevention for the Protection of Underground Infrastructure, Mike Sullivan CCGA

13:30– 14:00 | Current Status of the Quebec One Call Law and its Next Steps TBD

14:00 – 14:15 | Refreshment and Networking Break

14:15 – 14:45 | The Use of Standards and Best Practices: the Legal Point of View, Cynthia Sefton

14:45 – 15:30 | Application of Standards into Day to Day Operations, Paulo Masero, City of Vaughan

15:30 – 16:00 | Canada One Call Law Bill S-229, TBD

Registration Options (Please check your CATT membership status for member discount eligibility):

  1. Register online (below)
  2. Download the SUE-Standards_Registration_Form_2017  (to pay by check, or invoice company)
  3. Call CATT at 519-888-4770

Price: C$650.00

Date: November 7, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Providing Good Quality Trenchless Rehabilitation Contract Specifications


The use of trenchless techniques for rehabilitation and replacement of existing pipelines and installation of new pipelines and utilities has become mainstream. This workshop by industry's experts will present the good practices in the preparation of contract specifications for trenchless projects. The workshop participants will learn about how to write specifications and quantity schedule for trenchless contracts. The workshop will present case studies and approaches to avoid conflicts among owner, engineer, and contractor. Location: CHSI, 5110 Creekbank Rd., Mississauga.


7:30 – 8:30 am | Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 am | Introduction, Rizwan Younis/Mark Knight, University of Waterloo

8:40 – 9:40 am | Elements of Trenchless Rehabilitation Contract Documents and Construction Specifications, Chris Macey, Aecom

9:40 – 10:15 am | Preparation of Construction Specifications and Bid Schedule for Successful CIPP Renovation of Water Mains, Stewart Dickson, WSP

 10:15 – 10:30 am | Refreshment and Networking Break

10:30 – 11:15 am | Performance Based Contract Specifications to Get the Best Value, Kevin Bainbridge, Robinson Consultants

11:15 am – 12:00 pm | Avoiding Typical Specification Deficiencies and Ambiguous Clauses on Pipeline Renovation Projects, Ian Doherty, Trenchless Design

12:00– 12:45 pm | LUNCH

12:45 – 1:15 pm | Design-build vs. Traditional Trenchless Project Specifications, Ian Doherty, Trenchless Design

1:15 – 1:45 pm | Sharing the Risk on Trenchless Projects, Chris Macey, Aecom

 1:45 – 2:15 pm | How to Develop and Maintain Trust Between Owner, Consultant and Contractor, Matthew Coleman, City of Toronto

2:15 – 2:30 pm | Refreshment and Networking Break

2:30 – 3:00 pm | Engineering Consultants Experience and Qualifications, Kevin Bainbridge, Robinson Consultants

3:00 – 3:30 pm | Effective Advertising, Bidding, and Contracting Strategies for Competitive Pricing, Chris Macey, Aecom

 3:30 - 4:00 pm | Open discussion: How to Improve Specifications

 * Subject to modifications

Registration Options (Please check your CATT membership status for member discount eligibility):

  1. Register online (below)
  2. Download the Contract-Specs_Registration_Form_2017  (to pay by check, or invoice company)
  3. Call CATT at 519-888-4770

Price: C$650.00

Date: November 28, 2017

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Integrating TT into Open Cut Projects

Today’s construction industry, especially on the municipal side, is seeing an increase in the number of contracts and tenders for open cut projects that include the provision for a component(s) of the work to be trenchless. For the owners and engineers, there needs to be a comprehensive understanding of what trenchless work is being proposed, the design implications, the time and cost constraints and the physical challenges. The contractor requires knowledge of the various trenchless technologies, their capabilities and advantages, and also their limitations. The target audience for this seminar are the owners and engineers who put together the contracts and tenders, and the contractors, suppliers who submit on the proposed works. Location: Mississauga Grand, 35 Brunel Rd, Mississauga.


7:30 – 8:30 am | Welcome, Introduction and TT Overview

8:30 – 9:00 am | Don't Bury your Head in the Sand - Where is Construction Headed in the Future?

9:00 – 10:00 am | How to Successfully Plan a Hybrid Trenchless Technology and Open Cut Project from Design to Tendering

 10:00 – 10:15 am | Refreshment and Networking Break

10:15 – 10:45 am | Trenchless Technologies - Tools in the Toolbox to Optimize a Construction Project

10:45 – 11:15 am | An Open Cut Contractors Perspective

11:15 – 11:45  am | How to Find the Right Trenchless Technology and the Right Trenchless Contractor

11:45:00– 12:45 pm | Lunch

12:45 – 1:15 pm | Case Study 1

1:15 – 1:45 pm | Case Study 2

1:45 – 2:15 pm | Case Study 3

2:15 – 2:30 pm | Refreshment and Networking Break

2:30 – 3:00 pm | Case Study 4

 3:00 - 3:30 pm | Case Study 5

 3:30 - 4:00 pm | Case Study 6

 4:00 - 4:30 pm | Open Forum: Overcoming the Open-cut vs Trenchless Technologies Divide

*subject to modifications

Early Bird Discount: C$100.00

Price: C$650.00

Date: January 23, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited