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DIRECTIONAL DRILLING: ctl canada offers high quality services to all of our clients

Got Trenchless?

Puddlejumpers! Pardon Me? I almost jumped out of my seat. An excited friend of ours, who we were subcontacting some work for, was referring to our tandem hydrovac, suggesting that we should have some inadequacies with regard to its size and capacity. Maybe we need to hang some truck nuts on it or pick up some big mud tires. It’s true though. We run smaller equipment than Edmonton trends to. The nature of oil country with our weather and our big-iron mentality desensitizes us to the practicality of Caterpillar’s largest dozer or Hitachi’s big excavators. It’s so common to see a fleet of scrapers, hoes and off-road haul trucks on the side of the road that the community naturally assumes that equipment is what we build with. Bring in the big heavy machines on 100 tire trailers and we’ll move some dirt! Sounds great until you look at the locate sheets.


When you talk about construction in Alberta, and even in Edmonton, the majority of conversation goes to road building, upgraders and the erection of new buildings. Big foundations and lots of dirt moving. It’s a fantastic place to think big, but like carving ice, there’s a time to put the chainsaw down. We’ve selected our equipment to compliment the work we do. We’ve got drills and electronics to bring back reasonable size collections of product pipe at depths from 1-9m deep. We don’t pull back reamers the size of Volkswagens or drill across fjords, but we can get you a power service without digging up the neighbor’s garden. We don’t have EX200s, or the biggest rubber tired hoe that exists, but we can wiggle in between the power pole and the shed and dig up next to the gas line for that service to your new shop. We don’t dig holes 6m deep for sewer lines that you can traffic aliens in, but you don’t really want your equipment down there anyways. Everything we’ve bought and built and "borrowed" is the best we can find to install pipe at 1.5m deep.


Just think of us as the stock cars of racing. There are faster cars, and more expensive cars and higher horsepower cars, but there aren’t that many willing to run that hard for that long over and over. There’s only one way to put down 800m days with a drill. You have to be good... and fast. More challenging yet, to put down 3km in a week, in town. You have to be good. Really good. No big deal? Try putting down 6km of pipe in 3 months crossing 4 utilities every 10m. NBD is all I see in the text messages. Nailed it. NBD (No Big Deal) You can’t help but love reading that.


Like every industry, there’s lots of competition out there. It’s tough to pick a contractor without seeing them work and having history. Come have a look. Spend a day with a crew. We’ll even let you hold a shovel. You’d be hard pressed to find a group as focused, as organized, as responsible and as efficient as these guys. I’ve worked in a few places, but in 15 years in construction, these guys impress me almost every day. We can talk about our new equipment, the latest locating equipment, the recent developments in mud-pumps or horsepower, but at the end of the day you just want to get your pipe in the ground. CTL. We’ve got all the latest and shiniest and horsepower and ride control and all that, but we’re beating it all senseless pounding conduit in the ground day after day. If my word’s not enough, come hold a shovel.


City of Edmonton, Solicitor General

Making some miles was what this project was all about. We started looking at 26km of duct along the ditches and boulevards East to West across the city. At tender things looked pretty rosey with just a bit of work in the roadway on either end. We were pressed for schedule and committed to completion in 92 days. Well as things go, the alignment got rejected by the landowners and 50% of the route got changed. Once the smoke cleared and the drawing board spit out a new idea, we were up to 28 km and a month down the road with new permits in hand. We spent 112 days working primarily within the road rights-of-way splitting the city on the south side. The pipelines, the rail lines, the LRT lines, the traffic, the Highway and all the other construction we encountered along the way came and went as the drill made its way across town.


Landsdown, Epcor

We tied in to this cable replacement job with EPCOR in August, looking for completion before the frost got in to the ground. As we write this, the cable is terminated and the houses are running on the new cable and transformers. The snow came early and there was a touch of frost in the ground, but we got it done. More than 3000m of conduit and even more cable found new homes over the last 3 months. The shock and horror of this job came from the manicured lawns, the elementary school, daycares, the existing retail and the associated aspects of an established neighborhood that you’d expect to find. The overbuilt utilities and unmarked or unknown treasures hiding in the ground kept everyone on their toes. We looked at more than 200 utilities through the course of that drilling. That my friend, is some real good steering.

Cable Replacement, Epcor

The power company’s ongoing renew and refresh program involves identifying major power corridors and upgrading the distribution cables to handle the increasing loads of neighborhood developments. These projects are assembled once the power consumption thresholds warrant the increased capacity. This doesn’t happen until the landscaping is complete, the existing utilities are overbuilt a number of times and the utility companies have a chance to forget the details of the past 20 years of construction and repair. With the existing primary power running parallel to our construction and the lateral services for power, tel and gas, these drills can become complex to coordinate the elevation changes required to safely pass what’s in the ground. Extra efforts are required to maintain operation and servicability of the power system and continuous communication and coordination with EPCOR representatives is required to ensure all the standards are met and the work follows the power operators delivery requirements.