Role and Importance of Geotechnical Engineer in Trenchless Projects, November 10


Date: November 10th

Location: Centre for Health and Safety Innovation 5110 Creekbank Rd, Mississauga.


This workshop focuses on geotechnical best practices and the role of a geotechnical engineer for a successful municipal trenchless projects. Municipal trenchless projects include new pipeline installations using microtunnelling, directional drilling, pipe jacking, pipe ramming and auger boring.  Common trenchless pipeline renovation includes Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP) and Slip lining.  Over past 20 plus year the use of these construction methods have significantly increased in use and have become a common alternative to continuous open cut. Geotechnical site conditions are often critical for pipeline material selection and design, as well as, determining a feasible and cost effective trenchless construction methods.   The workshop will cover industry best practices and provide the perspectives of industry leading owners, consultants, suppliers and contractors.  It will also provide a lawyer perspective on the role of the geotechnical engineer in trenchless project litigation.

Preliminary Outline

7:30 – 8:00 | Breakfast and Registration

8:00 – 8:50 | Open remarks and Overview of Trenchless Construction Methods, Mark Knight, University of Waterloo

8:50 – 9:30 | Geotechnical Engineering Perspective on Trenchless Methodology: Investigation, Risk Management and Allocation,

Masoud Manzari, Thurber Engineering

 9:30 – 10:10 | Role of Geotechnical Data for Trenchless Project Design, Marc Gelinas, Hatch Mott MacDonald

 10:10 – 10:30 | NETWORKING BREAK

10:30 – 11:10 | How Geological Conditions Impact Drill Fluids Selection, Mark Duckworth, Baroid IDP

11:10 – 11:40 | Role of Subsurface Utility Engineering, Lawrence Arcand, T2 Utility Engineers

 11:40 – 12:10 | Owner Perspective for Successful Trenchless Projects, Simon Hopton, Region of Peel

12:10 – 13:00 | LUNCH AND NETWORKING

 13:00 – 13:45 | Lessons Learned Over 20 years in Project Design and Litigation in USA and Canada, Brian Dorwart, Brierley Associates

13:45 – 14:30 | Contractor's Perspective for Successful HDD Projects, Gene Woodbridge, Earth Boring Company Ltd

 14:30 – 14:45 | NETWORKING BREAK

14:45 – 15:25 | Contractor's Perspective for Successful Tunnelling Projects, Walter Trisi, CRS Tunnelling Canada

15:25 – 16:00 | Lawyer Perspective on Geotechnical Engineers Role in Trenchless Projects and Litigation, Anthony Scane, Norton Rose Fulbright


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