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Tunnelers Dig Deep and Rise Above the Rest

Trenchless Tunneling

April 01, 2011

Edmonton’s Drainage Services recognized for contributions to trenchless technology

The City’s drainage utility received the 2011 Municipal and Utility Award from the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) on March 30, 2011 at the 20th Annual No-Dig Show held in Washington D.C. The award recognizes significant contributions to the development and support of the Trenchless (Tunneling) Technology industry over the last 20 years.

“The City of Edmonton is proud to be recognized as a leader in this industry by a respected group such as NASTT,” says Mayor Stephen Mandel. “This recognition showcases our City’s expertise, technological leadership and commitment to excellence in this field.”
Tunnelling allows complex infrastructure projects to proceed underground, while minimizing disruption for residents on surface roads, park space and in buildings. This team’s expertise and rapid response to emergency situations, such as a road collapse due to sewer or water mains failure, or the threat of flooding, ensures we maintain safety for all citizens.

Over the last 20 years, the City of Edmonton has been a champion and leader in trenchless technology. Tunnels vary from 900 mm across excavated by hand, up to 6.25 m diameter excavated by tunnel-boring machine. Edmonton’s Drainage Services has developed in-house trenchless design and construction expertise, including many aspects of trenchless technology. The City’s tunnelling capabilities are well known in the private sectors and regularly undertake difficult underground projects for customers. Edmonton also helps other municipalities through tunnel construction and advice.

“I am truly proud of the many accomplishments of Drainage Services employees who have dedicated their time, skill and knowledge to the promotion of the trenchless industry,” says Chris Ward, Manager of Drainage Services. “Their ongoing work in educating the public and contractors in the benefits of this technology demonstrates their dedication and commitment to the industry as a whole.”

The City’s Drainage Services employees were founding members of the northwest Chapter of NASTT and have served on the Chapter and National Boards of Directors. They have also provided ongoing support for chapter activities and presented numerous papers at annual conferences.

A total of 15 awards were presented by NASTT to outstanding Canadian and American organizations.


For more information:

Elaine Trudeau

Financial Services and Utilities
Drainage Services

Title Communications Officer