Waskasoo Avenue Dyke Concept Phase 2

PROJECT. Waskasoo Avenue DykeConcept Phase 2

LOCATION.  Multiplex Rec. Area

OWNER. Town of Penhold


Rick Binnendyk, CAO


START DATE.  September, 2015



TAGISH’S ROLE.  Prime Consultant



Tagish Engineering was commissioned to design, tender and inspect the construction for this earthworks dirt balancing project. As part of an overall dyke concept proposed for the Town of Penhold, this project saw the creation of an earthwork berm spanning the northern half of Penhold ensuring Waskasoo Creek flood water did not cause damage to local infrastructure. In order to create the dyke a significant amount of earthworks material was required to elevate the land in the area. As the project area was intended to eventually become a recreational area for public use, it was proposed to excavate a large pond area for future use as part of the recreational area. The excavation of the large pond provided the significant earthwork material surplus required to complete the proposed berm. This project saw the transfer of over 100,000 cubic meter of clay fill material from the pond location to the proposed dyke location and included all of the required stripping and topsoil placement required to ensure that the earthworks materials were not mixed and the area was ready for recreational facilities when completed.   



The Tagish team was responsible for all steps of the process from conceptual design through to post construction engineering. Other services such as aiding in the development of the eventual recreational area layout and helping to ensure that the area would meet the requirements of the proposed recreational facilities were also provided. As the proposed work was located along Waskasoo Creek and was funded through an Alberta Environment grant, a significant amount of approvals work and coordination was required to ensure the project met Alberta Environment's and Environment Canada's requirements.


Tagish Engineering was able to provide the awarded contractor with a digital surface of the project allowing them to complete the work to a high level of accuracy and reduce the delays which can be associated with survey layout coordination.  



The overall scope of the project was simple in its concept, but due to the shear scope of the project, the location in which it took place and the approval process required, the project was an enjoyable challenge.


•   38,000 cu.m of topsoil stripping and then eventual placement

•  105,000 cu.m. of clay fill material excavation and placement


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  • Project Scope Definition and Preliminary Design

  • Preliminary Engineering, Cost Estimating and Comparisons

  • Detailed Design and Consultation for the Project

  • Construction

  • Tender Preparation

  • Contract Administration

  • Detailed Site Survey

  • Project Management