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UTILITY CONSTRUCTION: CTL Canada offers high quality services to all of our clients

Why CTL Canada?


If this was easy everyone would do it. If all utility construction was the same, there would be no diversity. CTL has chosen a lesser travelled path in utility construction. We've moved away from the new subdivisions; we've shyed away from the deep excavations of mainline water and sewer construction; we've focused on urban construction rather than rural; we've developed our teams to produce quality not quantity.


As the urban centers age and density increases there are increasing demands on distribution networks in the power and telecom servicing industries. Where 30 and 40 years of infrastructure groan to keep up with the demands of an ipod culture, replacements and enhancements are required. Within the existing neighborhoods, the schools and buses, the daycares and local retail, the deliveries to the grocery store and the day to day of residents needs to be incorporated in construction planning and delivery, Long open trenches, deep excavations and mud tracked all over the roads isn’t going to cut it in on these jobs.


When we started drilling, we were helping our existing clients in the city, drilling short shots across roads and driveways. When they got a feel for how little ground disturbance it took to install the pipes, they started to get excited and the volume increased. Our equipment selection followed our workload and we ended up buying mid-sized drills to follow the streets and bend through the utilites of existing neighborhoods. Long strings of drill pipe on smaller machines have provided flexibility to select tie-in points and limit the number of holes and the amount of mess it takes to build new systems. We still have smaller machines for tight areas and larger machines for long shots and larger reamers, but we're paying the bills spinning smaller rods in tighter areas.


Consistently being exposed to the demands of urban work and commitments to delivery times, we found that we needed to enhance our equipment to lessen our reliance on outside suppliers. We've gone to great lengths to custom build crew trucks, drill trucks and equipment to support every possible aspect of our construction program. While we still count on suppliers for specialty work like asphalt replacement and surveying, we have the capacity in-house to complete all aspects of the work without worrying about delivery times or subcontractor equipment breakdowns. When you have your own excavators, trucks, trailers, road plates, traffic control, locators, winches, tool trucks, mechanics, welders, fabricators, truck drivers, engineers and drillers at the ready, you don't wait long for the help you need.


Safety? Safety. Safety! In 1999 Keith Hanson asked me what's more important: Cost, Quality, Schedule or Price? Luckily I had the sense to answer Safety first. I knew I was right but I wasn't prepared to answer why. He went on to provide an education that I expect I will never forget. The lesson went: If you can't complete a job safely, it's not worth doing. Secondly, if you don't do it well and deliver a quality product, the product will fail and the client will be unhappy and tell everyone they know. (That's not a good place to be.) You're left with cost and schedule, however your client can't start making money if you can't deliver on time. Again and opportunity to fail for your client. Keith's point was that within the mass of construction, price is the detail at the bottom, the bottom line. When we started building our safety program in the 90s we were battling to convince our guys that hardhats and traffic signs were a good idea. Where we've gotten to has been a mountain of paper and a lot of hard work, but we're consistently top of the class with ACSA, COR and ISNetworld.


We know that anyone at Joe's Bobcat can dig a hole or spin a rod in an empty field, but if your urban project includes safety, quality and schedule in project deliverables, we'd sure like to step to the front of the class and show you what we can do.


Utility Installation, Bell

Over the last 10 years CTL has delivered new services to hundreds of schools, hospitals, police detachments, medi-centers, health labs and commercial sites. Many of these deliver services for the Alberta Government’s Supernet. The augmentation of the Bell network is now driving new services and opportunities in the Edmonton area. Much of the Bell work involves small diameter drilling in congested areas; downtown, arterial roads and commercial developments. Many of the challenges we face installing Bell infrastructure arise from the congestion of existing utilities and the alignments permitted by the municipalities. As the right of ways become full, the available window for new structure closes and we’re left with some fancy drilling to follow extensive hydrovac. Working with the city and the designers we are usually able to identify and resolve conflicts without delays to the project.

GPON Greenfield, Telus

Over the past 20 years we’ve brought every piece of equipment we own to a Telus site at one time or another. We’ve trenched, augered, drilled, dug and pulled nearly every product in their inventory from 6 pair to 24-way hardened ductline. On average we plant about 10km of telecom facilities in a year. Some direct buried cable, some conduit structure and some ductline in concrete. We’ve pulled all the cables, installed all the easements and worked with all the powered and passive technologies that rolled out. In past years we became heavily involved in the broadband deployment which involved installing better than 50 new SAC cabinets in existing neighborhoods to deliver HDSL in brownfield communities. The recent rollout of GPON in Edmonton involved installing concrete vaults and cabinets at strategic corners of the neighborhoods to deliver full service data to Greenfield neighborhoods with voice, internet and Telus TV for all.

Lansdowne Neighborhood, EPCOR

We had been responding to EPCOR’s service delivery and safety prequalification program for a couple years before we got a chance to show them our field work. The extensive safety evaluation, testing and training requirement and formal interviews had been completed in late 2009 when we started looking at power relocation work in the downtown core for the NAIT LRT expansion. Our history on the project with telco relocates and engineering liaison on the utility investigation put us on their radar. When the cable replacement program came to be contracted the following year, we jumped at the opportunity and built 8 different circuits that fall to replace aging primary power. The work involved more than 5 km of conduit and cable installation along arterial routes and evolved to include the installation of switching cubicles and transformers for the distribution network. Building on our success we completed a number of additional circuits through the winter and spring culminating in a 3km long replacement project in the Lansdowne neighborhood. This replacement program required that all live circuits be maintained through the duration of the installation cycle with only a short duration outage being accepted to cut services over to the new transformers. Again the project was delivered with success and while the scope moved from the original plan the schedule was managed to EPCOR’s requirements and delivered safely and on time.

Utility Replacement, City of Edmonton

We have been fortunate enough to have successfully bid for and won a number of mid-sized projects with the City of Edmonton. Over the past 5 years we have completed more than 50km of conduit installation for the city and again turned over systems on time and budget. The city’s work presents interesting challenges as their facilities are geographically diverse and include some challenging ground conditions give their proximity to the river, existing sites downtown, locations deep in residential neighborhoods and along major transportation routes. We have been developing interconnections, building campus connectivity and providing diverse services for the emergency and maintenance networks. As the City’s network is enhanced with additional trains, bus services and facilities we plan to be involved in the builds to bring them all on line.