On March 9, the Lethbridge College Civil Engineering Technology 2nd year class toured Precon’s manufacturing facility, located near Lethbridge, AB. During the tour, students received a close-up look into the design, manufacturing, and quality control aspects of precast products.
The group learned about various aspects of manufacturing precast concrete products including pre-benching of manhole bases, reinforcing cage assembly, and the production of custom products. The visitors witnessed the facility’s new MBK reinforcing cage machine in action, and witnessed a concrete cylinder compressive strength test. A number of Precon representatives guided the group through the facility and explained the daily functions of the company.
CCPPA engineers prepare seminars that are both informative and educational for designers, project managers and inspectors of gravity storm and sanitary sewer projects. Association staff takes the time to meet with groups in regional centres across Canada to present the seminars and discuss the content.
Seminars are focused on how pipe systems should be assessed from technical, financial and risk perspectives. The presentations include recommendations on how engineers can protect themselves by addressing engineering, installation and quality control issues in gravity pipe specifications. Attendees can earn professional development hours (PDHs)
Learn from industry professionals on how to specify both rigid and flexible underground pipe systems.
At the end of this seminar you will have a better understanding of
- Assessment of pipe systems
- Rigid and flexible pipe design
- Rigid and flexible pipe installation
- Trenching issues
- Drainage systems under the Building Code
- Quality and inspection
SEMINARS PREPARED FOR:
- Design Engineers/Technologists
- Project Managers
- Contract Administrators
- Construction Inspectors
Contact Diane Mauro at CCPPA: 1-800-435-0116, Ext 1
Plant tours are available upon request.
2017 Technical Seminars in British Columbia
CCPPA engineers have completed their series of seminars in British Columbia. They visited Prince George on February 14, Burnaby on February 15, and Kamloops on February 16. Feedback on the quality and content of the seminars suggest that the topics resonated with the audiences and that there is an interest in more educational events.
The 6-hour Burnaby seminar attracted the most attendees followed by Kamloops and Prince George. Most delegates were interested in plant tours and just as many subscribed to the CCPPA’s Concrete Pipe Journal. Follow up Lunch and Learn sessions were requested by some organizations.
Here’s what many delegates had to say…
I really appreciate the efforts from you and your colleagues for facilitating such an educational seminar.
Thanks, Andrea. The CCPPA seminar was very informative. I will definitely contact you or your colleague should there be questions I encounter.
Thanks Andrea, It was great to meet all of you. I found the workshop very informative. I will definitely be in touch regarding a lunch and learn on PipePac and future design questions.
Hi Andrea, Thanks to all of you for the time and effort spent to put together an excellent Seminar.
I learned more about pipe today than all my time at university. Great primer for me, thank you for sharing your knowledge and offering a resource/point of contact for asking questions.
Good overall. Would prefer a slightly slower pace for some parts of discussion so I can digest what's being discussed.
Everything was well explained. Speakers were very knowledgeable.
Well done. Easy to understand and follow. Good flow, topic to topic. Can't think of any areas that need improvement, sorry!
The speakers are all very good, knowledgeable on the topics, and very well organized.
Very clear, easy to understand. Knew the material that they were presenting.
Very interesting and applicable information to my work.
Fairly experienced speakers with a variety of experience. The personal stories are great and more are encouraged (real-world situations).
All the speakers knew their material very well. Very good presentation skills, kept it interesting.
Irish accent is great.
Liked that the presenters rotated in and out throughout the duration of the presentation. Presenters all very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter.
And the Burnaby photos underline the interest in the seminars.
2017 Technical Seminars in MB and SK
The Canadian Concrete Pipe and Precast Association hosted technical seminars in Winnipeg (January 31), Regina (February 1), and Saskatoon (February 2). The events attracted municipal engineers, design engineers, technologists, project managers, contract administrators, and construction inspectors.
Speakers from the CCPPA shared knowledge about the assessment of pipe systems; rigid and flexible pipe design; rigid and flexible pipe installation; trenching issues; and quality and Inspection. This is what people had to say about the seminars:
"The seminar was well organized and all the presentations were very interesting, informative and useful. I really enjoyed it, thank you!"
"Please convey all my appreciation for yesterday's information session to Gerry and Paul. Drainage and sewage collection is not part of my field of expertise, but I did find the information clear and easy to understand, and the pointers to be very relevant. Indeed the work that the three of you did answered many of the questions I had accumulated through my years of inspecting and contracting. I am definitively looking forward to a tour of the Expocrete facility, which I am sure will be of the calibre of the Souris Valley Industries tour last year."
PLANT TOURS 2016
Precon Precast Products October 14
On October 14, ten visitors from the faculty of Lethbridge College and partnered engineering firms toured Precon’s production facility near Lethbridge, AB. Scott Cunningham, Production/Systems Manager with Precon, led the tour. Jason Veres with Precon explained different quality control procedures and demonstrated a Concrete Cylinder Compressive Strength test.
During the tour, visitors witnessed the dry-cast production of manhole components, and learned about various aspects of producing precast concrete products, including pre-benching manhole bases and reinforcing cage assembly.
Custom and stock
Drycast production of
Concrete cylinder after
Precon Precast Products
On August 4, Lethbridge College faculty and various engineering consulting firms toured the Precon facility just outside of Lethbridge, AB. Scott Cunningham, Production/Systems Manager with Precon, led the tour. Randy Slawosky, Cody Kibala, and Jason Veres with Precon were also present during the tour to answer questions. The tour featured production of a variety of custom and stock precast concrete products including pre-benching of manhole bases and reinforcing cage assembly. The tour included an overview of quality control procedures and the a concrete cylinder compressive strength test.
learns about pre-benched
zero-slump concrete used
in dry-cast production
Concrete cylinder following
the Compressive Strength
Inland Pipe Calgary Plant Tour September 29
Seven guests from the City of Chestermere and Chestermere Utilities Incorporated toured the Inland Pipe production facility in Calgary, AB on September 29. The tour was led by Inland Pipe representatives Justin Arnott, Technical Marketing & Engineering Manager and Tannis Karklin, Technical Sales and Marketing E.I.T.
Visitors had a close-up look at different production aspects, including dry-cast manhole components and concrete pipe, reinforcing cages with the MBK machine, and the pre-benching procedure for manhole bases. Visitors witnessed a 3-Edge Bearing test that verified both the design load and ultimate strength of a reinforced concrete pipe.
Reinforcing cage produced
on MBK machine
Zero slump concrete for
3 EB test
Inland Pipe Company
Inland Pipe in Calgary, AB hosted 17 visitors from the City of Calgary and various engineering consulting firms on August 10. Derek Light, Technical Marketing & Engineering Manager with Inland Pipe led the tour group. Tannis Karklin with Inland Pipe was also present to answer questions. The group witnessed the dry-cast production of manhole components and concrete pipe, reinforcing cage production with the MBK machine, the pre-benching procedure of manhole bases, and a 3-Edge Bearing test to verify both the design load and the ultimate strength of the pipe.
Production of reinforcing
cages using the MBK
Ultimate strength 3- Edge
Bearing Test of Class III
Newly formed concrete pipe
Lafarge Pipe Calgary
Twenty-three guests from the City of Calgary, Rockyview County, and several engineering consulting firms toured the Lafarge Pipe facility in Calgary, AB on August 16, 2016. Kyle Mailey, Production Superintendent, and Scott Morgan, Maintenance Manager with Lafarge Pipe guided the group through the plant. Brad Gammill, Ben Bayat, Dale Orcajada, and Brayden Eurich with Lafarge Pipe were on the tour to answer questions. Visitors learned about Lafarge’s products, observed the dry-cast production of manhole risers and RCP, watched reinforcing cage production with the MBK machine, and learned about the process of pre-benching manhole bases and manufacturing custom pieces like pipe bends. The group witnessed the verification of the strength of the RCP with a 3-Edge Bearing Test.
Pre-benching process for
3-Edge Bearing test
Reinforcing cage produced
with MBK machine
Proform Precast Products
Thirteen representatives from the City of Red Deer and Alberta Transportation toured the Proform Precast facility in Red Deer County, AB on August 30, 2016. Brian Fogarty, Production Superintendent and Ron Reeves, Head Estimator with Proform led the tour. Curtis Bouteiller, Randy Odishaw, and Richard Kobetitch, also with Proform, were present during the tour to answer questions. The group observed the dry-cast manufacturing of manhole risers, bases, grade adjustment rings and conical tops, and the wet-cast production of a 12-foot diameter slab top. The group learned about the assembling of the reinforcing cages and the pre-benching process of the manhole bases. The tour included a demonstration of proper gasket placement on manhole sections.
The pre-benching process
Form is being removed
from the newly-formed
Lafarge Pipe, Edmonton
On August 31, 2016, two groups toured the Lafarge Pipe facility in Edmonton, AB. The 15 visitors were representatives of the City of Edmonton, Strathcona County, University of Alberta and various consulting engineering firms. Nick Coffin, an Engineer-in-Training in Technical Resources at Lafarge Pipe, guided the groups through the plant. The group observed dry-cast production of manhole grade adjustment rings and various sizes of pipe, reinforcing cage production with the MBK machine. In addition, the group witnessed the design load and ultimate strength test of a reinforced concrete pipe in a 3-Edge Bearing test.
Dry-cast production of
manhole grade adjustment
The MBK machine is
forming a circular