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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 most 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 you'll never get another job. You're left with cost and schedule, however your client can't start making money if you can't deliver on time. Another opportunity to fail in the eyes of 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.


Fiber Network Installation, Bell Canada

Over the last 18 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.

Poundmaker/Summerside Deployment, EPCOR

As the city expands South and West, the need for reliable power systems pushes high capacity power distribution to new neighborhoods and developments. EPCOR has answered the call to enhance the grid and deploy new circuits from the poundmaker substation in the city's West end. Over the past 5 years CTL has been contracted to extend over 45km of conduit from the substation in the form of trenched, directional drilled and concrete encased conduit. Installation of 36" steel casing under roadways, excavations to 7.5m deep and 200 tonne cranes have all had their place on CTL's sites as the work proceeded. Working closely with EPCOR resources, this quality work was consistently completed on safely, on time and within budget.

Oliver CO Collapse, Telus

CTL has been delivering civil construction services for over 40 years. We've developed tools, skills and parterships that we rely on to deliver for our clients. Our introduction to an iceberg of a project starting in the spring of 2015. What began as a plan to install five Cross Connect Cabinets in the Oliver neighborhood, evolved in to 12 cross connects, 10 km of copper and fiber cable and an opportunity to become involved in a previously magical world of splicing. At the peak of this project we were running day dual shifts of copper splicers prepping, grooming, compressing and cutting fiber cables from the legacy plant in Edmonton's downtown core to new digital services. The work wouldn't complete until late in 2017 when over 20,000 manhours had been committed. 

LRT Deployment, City of Edmonton, Telus, EPCOR, AECOM, ISL

Our relationship with the City of Edmonton's utility teams have extended over the past 20 years. Over this time CTL has completed of more than 50 km of conduit installation for the city turned over on time and budget. As the TransEd team began working on a plan to extend the City of Edmonton LRT system, CTL's name kept popping up as conversations developed regardling relocation of existing utilities along the proposed train corridor. Consulting at the design stages and providing constructability comments with design groups evolved to detailed hydrovac investigations which provided three dimensional background utility information for engineering. We have been fortunate to be involved in more than 30 projects for the design, investigation and relocation of utilities along the new LRT corridors. Drawing deeply on our crew's experience and history we hope to maintain our involvement in these challenging projects through the next phase of the deployment.