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Region of Peel, Canada: Sprayroq

November 13, 2006

Challenge: Long-distance planning, legalities/approval crossing the border to work in Canada, adverse weather conditions, and project site degraded more than anticipated.
Solution: Persistence and flexibility in changing the project plan and following through to the end.

Owner: Region of Peel
Location: Region of Peel – Ontario, Canada
Design Engineer: Insitueform Technologies LTD
Engineer Phone Number: 905-561-1778
Contract Amount: $197,569
Date Started: October 23, 2006
Date Completed: November 13, 2006
Partners: N/A
Self-Performed: 100%

Sometimes, persistence really does pay off. When Team Elmer’s contacted Insitueform-Detroit, a Michigan water utility company, they never expected that the phone call would turn into an award-winning project on the other side of the Canadian border. But after Insitueform-Canada contacted the Detroit branch in search of a manhole rehab contractor for their local sanitation systems, Detroit contacted Elmer’s, and the project was off to the races.

The set-up for the job was challenging. Insitueform-Canada only had a limited amount of time to rehabilitate four relatively new sanitary structures in the region of Peel, Ontario—and Team Elmer’s was based in Michigan, more than 400 miles from the worksite. Therefore all of the pre-planning for the project had to be executed via photographs and over the phone and through email, before Elmer’s actually laid eyes on the worksite.

Team Elmer’s designed a plan that involved applying protective Sprayroq coating to four one-year-old sanitary sewer structures in order to assure additional protection from local groundwater infiltration. Initially, Peel representatives had reservations about the project, as the sanitary structures had been installed below the water table line and were therefore being subject to a great deal of water infiltration. However, after demonstrating the benefits of Sprayroq, Team Elmer’s was able to eliminate the skepticism and land the job. With the region of Peel satisfied that spraywall would be able to withstand the pressures of the water table and keep the sanitary chambers entirely enclosed, Team Elmer’s readied itself for a trip to Canada.

Before Team Elmer’s could get to Ontario, however, they had to acquire all of the work permits and other necessary paperwork needed to work across international borders. Next, Team Elmer’s waited for entry into Canada until the nation’s Human Resources Development board could assure that no work was being taken from Canadian citizens. Long story short, after 18 hours at the border, a series of criminal background checks, immigrant worker fees, and even more paperwork, Team Elmer’s was finally approved to cross the border and get to work.

The hits kept coming when Team Elmer’s reached Peel. High hydrogen sulfide problems in the area, as well as weeks of rain, had turned the worksite into a swamp of gravel, sand, and mud, and had left the sanitary structures with some serious issues needing to be addressed. All four structures had stress cracks in them, three were suffering from heavy water infiltration, and nearby work equipment had collapsed into two. It was a sad and messy sight.

By hiring a grout crew and a wrecker, Team Elmer’s and Insitueform were able to drain the excess groundwater and get the equipment out of the sanitary structures. The project, which had been intended as a seven or eight day installation, ended up taking twice that, adding 364 manhours. But after flying back and forth from Michigan during delay times, adding entire new stages to the project plan, and securing some last-minute sage advice from the Sprayroq crew, Elmer’s was finally able to seal up the final manhole and head home, leaving four safe and secure sanitary structures in their wake.

The hard work and persistence paid off: not only was Insitueform-Canada pleased and impressed with the outcome of the project—as well as with the extra effort Elmer’s displayed in seeing the whole thing through to completion—but the job also netted Team Elmer’s an award from Sprayroq as its 2007 “project of the year.”

“We're very proud of the employees and their commitment to the challenge of a very difficult project,” said Troy Broad, Director of the Team Elmer’s Sprayroq Division, after receiving the award. “They exceeded the customer expectations for quality and service.”

By the Numbers
 

Days of Installation: 16
Man Hours: 365
Average Structure Size: 16 to 30 feet deep, with 48-inch and 72-inch barrel sections
Size of Bottom Chambers: 8 feet by 10 feet
Average Depth of Groundwater: 5 to 6 feet on top of the bottom chambers
Amount of Material Users: 12,000 pounds
Number of Manholes: 4
Diameter of Manholes: 10 feet
 

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