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2017 Conference

Events at the 2017 Drainage Engineers Conference

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 – Drainage Engineers Course
  • Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 pm – Drainage Practitioners Meeting, including Tribunal Updates, Holiday Inn Guelph
  • Friday, October 27, 2017 – Drainage Engineers Conference

Registration Fees

  • Drainage Engineers Course (Thursday, October 26) $150.00 (plus $19.50 HST) = $169.50
    The course fee includes lunch and parking. Registration is restricted to Drainage Engineers. If space is available, registration will open to the general audience.
  • Drainage Engineers Conference (Friday, October 27) $215.00 (plus $27.95 HST) = $242.95 
    The Conference fee includes parking, continental breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks and access to the Conference Proceedings. 

Register for the Conference

Hotel Accommodation

A block of rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Guelph. Rates start at $117.00 and include a hot breakfast buffet. Call 519-836-0231 to make a Reservation and provide the group code: AGB, or register online. Reserve by October 2, 2017 to ensure room type selection & availability.

Drainage Conference Program 2017 Exhibitors

The 2017 Drainage Conference Program is in development. Topics and speakers will be posted as confirmed.

9:00 to 9:10 am – Welcome and Introductions 
Jeff Dickson, R.J. Burnside Ltd., Chair, OSPE Land Drainage Committee

9:10 to 9:15 am – Ross Scholarship Recipient

9:15 to 9:30 am – Exhibitor Presentations

9:30 to 10:00 am – Enforcement under the Drainage Act
Tim Brook, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Enforcement under the Drainage Act is an important topic for municipalities, drainage superintendents and engineers. Having the right enforcement procedures and tools in place to deal with obstructions, damage, connections and disconnection to a drainage works is fundamental to protecting the overall system. This is particularly true as the drainage community incorporates more environmental features (e.g. riparian buffers, wetlands, etc.) into communal drains.

This presentation will review Sections 80, 82 and 65(5) of the Drainage Act and provide some thoughts and suggestions on how they can be used by municipalities and drainage superintendents to protect the drainage works. It will also provide some thoughts on how the drainage engineers can assist with the enforcement of the Act through the Engineers Report. 

10:00 to 10:20 am – Barefoot Box Culvert™ “Thinking Inside the Box”
Christopher Pfohl, Aquatics Group Team Lead, R. J. Burnside and Associates Ltd.

Over the past two years RJ Burnside and Associates Limited has designed and built a unique pre-cast option for culverts that can improve existing conditions for aquatic life.  Based on the need to replace an existing degraded cast in place culvert, Burnside was required to identify a suitable design option that addressed the safety and environmental concerns at the site and fit within a Township’s budgetary constraints.  Due to the sensitivity of the site (headwater system that supports Brook Trout), it was important to replicate the form and function of the watercourse as well as existing conditions.  Burnside proposed a precast concrete option called the Barefoot Box Culvert™ to the client, DFO and NVCA for approval.  The Barefoot Box Culvert™ incorporated unique design characteristics such as preformed holes in the base slab to allow groundwater discharge and embedment to accommodate a meandering low flow channel within natural substrate. Burnsides’ Barefoot Box Culvert™ is the first approved for construction in Ontario.

10:20 – 10:35 –  Exhibitor Presentations

10:35 to 11:00 – Refreshment Break

11:00 to 11:30 am – Session to be confirmed
11:30 to 11:50 am – Session to be confirmed
11:50 am to 12:20 pm – Session to be confirmed

12:20 to 12:35 – Exhibitor Presentations

12:35 to 1:30 – Lunch

1:30 to 2:20 pm – Rural Stormwater Management Demonstration Projects
Sarah Fleischauer and Geoff King, Maitland Valley Conservation Authority

Rural stormwater management is becoming increasingly important as our landscape and climate are changing.  MVCA is focused on using a systems approach to tackle stormwater management in rural settings. The goal is to research and demonstrate how to best create a watershed that is resilient to the effects of climate change. The MVCA has two main projects that it is using to demonstrate the effectiveness of a variety of BMPs in different agricultural settings. This presentation will look at the Scott Municipal Drain and Garvey-Glenn Watershed Projects, how BMPs are being implemented and monitoring that is being completed to understand the effectiveness of the projects.

2:20 to 3:10 pm – Case Study to be confirmed

3:10 to 3:20 pm – Closing Words


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