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2019 Drainage Engineers Conference

The 51th Annual Drainage Engineers Conference

The 2019 Drainage Engineers Course and Conference at the Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre.

Registration is open!

  • Thursday, October 24
    • 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Drainage Engineers Course
    • 5:30 p.m. Networking Social and Exhibitors – An informal evening to dine, socialize and visit the exhibitors. (Drainage Reception $39 plus tax.)
    • 7:30 to 9 p.m. – Drainage Practitioners Meeting, including Tribunal Updates
    • Networking Social continues
  • Friday, October 25
    • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Drainage Engineers Conference

Your conference registration fee ($215 plus tax) includes a light breakfast, refreshments, hot lunch and conference proceedings. Parking is free.

Accommodations at the Guelph Holiday Inn – $119 per room per night including breakfast. Call 519-836-0231 to reserve your room with booking code DES, or book online.

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Drainage Conference Program2019 Drainage Exhibitors
Ross W. Irwin Scholarship Recipient
Mistaya Langridge, Water Resources Engineering Student, University of Guelph

University of Guelph water resources engineering student Mistaya Langridge was the recipient of the 2018 Professor Ross W. Irwin Scholarship. This scholarship was provided in memory of Prof. Irwin by the Land Improvement Contractors of Ontario for students actively involved in water conservation issues and demonstrating academic excellence. Ms. Langridge will briefly explain her studies and future plans.

“Something Drainage Related”: Informative and Humorous
Alex Barrie, OMAFRA

Probabilistic similitude to natural phenomenon of mathematical models for movement of di-hydrogen monoxide in gravitational fields can be expressed in much fewer words than this presentation will suggest. Similarly, stress-strain relationships for zero compressive strength members in static and dynamic force applications can be used to guide principles of effective engineering design. This presentation will aim to obfuscate these and other principles in a way that is guaranteed* to be humorous.
* This is not a guarantee.

Costs against Parties under the Drainage Act
Mr. Harold McNeely, Vice-Chair, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal

Mr. McNeely will provide an overview of the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal’s power to award costs under the Drainage Act and under the Tribunal’s own Rules of Procedure, followed by a review of recent Tribunal decisions where costs were ordered against a party.

Installing Pipe with a Dual Wall Shoe
Erick Nooyen, Trever Dunn and Caden Gillier, Gillier Drainage Contractors

Gillier Drainage uses two custom-made dual wall shoe to install 10 to 24” pipe. With the one shoe being able to install 10” – 18” pipe, as well as a second shoe which can install pipe 21” – 24”. A hydraulic ramming press inside of the shoe ensures firm pipe connections.

Lessons Learnt from Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative
Sarah Rang, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

The Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative is installing innovative technologies to help reduce phosphorus from farmers’ fields and municipal drains. Phosphorus entering our lakes and rivers contributes to the growth of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. This session will provide a quick update on the project, ideas for drainage and lessons learnt to date. This project is a joint effort of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, with assistance from First Nations, conservation authorities, municipalities, farming groups, technology companies and universities. The three-year project is funded through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Great Lakes Protection Initiative and through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

McNain Municipal Drain – A Tale of Two Drains
Jeremy Taylor, P.Eng., R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited

While some drains share a common interest in serving the majority of landowners within the watershed, this drain was divided into two distinct groups of landowners. The diversity of the landowners and their respective land use created a challenge to prepare a report to balance their different needs and interests.

The McNain Municipal Drain is located in the northeast corner of the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh with a watershed of approximately 400 ha. The open drain outlets into a gully that eventually reaches Lake Huron. The project required an improvement to the existing drop structure as well as deepening of the main drain and the replacement of many crossings throughout its length. The presentation will summarize the history of the drain, the challenges preparing the report, the referral of the report back to the engineer, the Tribunal Hearing and the eventual construction.

Schiller Drain – A Case Study
Antonio (Tony) Peralta, P.Eng. , Drainage Practitioner / Owner, N. J. Peralta Engineering Ltd.

A case study that demonstrates the challenges that a Drainage Practitioner endures when dealing with a peculiar drainage situation, mixed with onerous landowners.

The Schiller Drain is an existing Municipal Drain located within a semi-urban area of the Town of Kingsville (County of Essex). The downstream residential area of the watershed had experienced an on-going history of flooding. With efforts to provide a feasible drainage solution, the project is best described as a “rollercoaster”… without the fun!

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