Edmonton Technical Lunch - Thursday, February 22, 2018


NASTT Colleagues and Friends

Please join us for the fourth technical lunch of the 2017-2018 season on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018.

This month’s presentation will be discussing the Expansion of the Red Deer Regional Wastewater System.
The North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission (NRDRWWSC) is currently completing the construction of a wastewater transmission system to transport sewage from the fast-growing member communities to a state of the art regional treatment plant. The project consists of a 29km 700mm diameter HDPE pipeline, two major lift stations including utilization of the existing infrastructure for emergency storage and one odour management facility. Schedule restrictions from the Federal and Provincial grants have required an expedited design and construction process from project initiation to commissioning the system, anticipated for March 2018. Included in the tight schedule was a third-party review of local versus regional treatment where the later proved to provide the best long term sustainable solution.

The pipeline contracts carried many challenges that required the use of trenchless technology. The alignment crossed five railways, four highways, 19 wetlands and one river requiring trenchless installations to meet the schedule and environmental regulations. In order to mitigate risks to both existing infrastructure and the environment many of the crossings are augured and pipe jacked and these cased crossings provide a means of replacement in the event of an emergency.

The project required five municipalities, numerous other stakeholders and five contractors to support the initiative and work collaboratively together. Working through the hurdles during design and construction allowed completion of the successful project to permit development to continue at a rapid pace while providing a solution to protect the environment by exceeding the federal and provincial treatment standards.

This month’s presenter Joel Sawatzky. Joel is a professional engineer with 10 years of experience and is the Managing Leader of the Red Deer Water group for Stantec. His experience includes client management, project management, preliminary and detailed designs, tendering, and construction management on a wide variety of civil and multi-discipline municipal projects. Joel has successfully completed a number of municipal improvement projects with Stantec including water and wastewater pump stations, horizontally directionally drilled (HDD) pipe installations, and water and sanitary main replacements of all sizes.

Joel is the project manager of the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System and has been involved since the preliminary design kick-off in early 2015. Now, almost 3 years later, Joel is working with the project team, client and contractor to complete the final stages of construction.

Registration Closed

Place: University of Alberta Faculty Club, Papaschase Room, 11435 Saskatchewan Drive

11:30 am Registration
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Guest Speaker
1:30 pm Adjournment
Registration fees for the 2015-2016 program

Greg Tippett, P.Eng.
NASTT-NW Chapter