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Drainage Engineers Courses

The OSPE Land Drainage Committee organizes technical courses to meet specific learning needs of drainage engineers. Typically a half-day, the annual course is scheduled the afternoon before the Drainage Engineers Conference. 

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The Drainage Act and the Role of the Engineer

Drainage Engineers Training Sessions – Training Session 1 (of 3 Training Sessions)

Thursday, October 26, 2017
11:30 am to 5 pm


This course is directed to employees of engineering firms involved in preparing reports under the Drainage Act. 

Registration Fee

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 employees of engineering firms. If space is available, registration will open to the general audience.


INTRODUCTION – Sid Vander Veen, P.Eng., Drainage Coordinator, Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs

  • Drainage Act overview with emphasis on the responsibility of the engineer for Reports under Sec. 4, 78, 76, 84, 65 & 40
  • Scope and application of the Drainage Act

ENGINEER’S ROLE UNDER THE DRAINAGE ACT – Sid Vander Veen, P.Eng., Drainage Coordinator, Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs

  • Section 11 – independence of engineer
  • Section 8(1) – appointment of engineer
  • Section 8(2) – naming of engineer who will have charge of project
  • “Quasi-judicial role of the engineer” – Referee decisions

PROJECT SCOPING MEETINGS – Sid Vander Veen, P.Eng., Drainage Coordinator, Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs

  • When are meetings needed?
  • Establish stakeholders to invite – drainage superintendent, C.A. representatives, key land owners, road superintendent, utilities representatives
  • Details to be reviewed


  • Defining area requiring drainage
  • Counting signatures – sufficiency of petition
  • Examples
  • Review of key Referee decisions regarding this subject

SECTION 78 WORK – John Kuntze, P.Eng., K.Smart Associates Limited

  • Define work within and outside the scope of Section 78
  • Petition vs. request and other differences

PRELIMINARY OFFICE WORK – Michael Gerrits, P.Eng., R. Dobbin Engineering Inc.

  • Information sources – old plans & reports, maps, photos, aerials
  • Establishing the watershed: soil types, slope, land use, land practice; environmental concerns, public utilities, private utilities (e.g. tile drainage, wells, waterlines)

ON-SITE MEETING – Tony Peralta, P.Eng., N.J. Peralta Engineering Ltd.

  • Determining area requiring drainage
  • Format, general problem definition, suggested solutions
  • Owner interviews & property grant eligibility

PRELIMINARY REPORTS – Gerard Rood, P.Eng., Rood Engineering Inc.

  • Purpose of the preliminary report
  • Preliminary report content
  • Engineer’s role at meeting to consider the preliminary report  

FIELD WORK – Mark Hernandez, P.Eng., Dillon Consulting Limited

  • Survey, bench marks, staking, high water marks, soils investigations, existing channel features, crossings, private/public utilities  

CONTENT OF REPORTS – Jeff Dickson, P.Eng., R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited

  • Content required by Drainage Act
  • Content required by others (e.g. Tribunal, A.D.I.P., Referee)
  • Report format – components
  • Engineer’s role at the meeting to consider final report

 SUFFICIENT OUTLET – Jeff Dickson, P.Eng., R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited

  • Section 15 of Drainage Act
  • Definition
  • The engineer’s duties
  • When is modelling required
  • What to watch out for
  • Past Referee decisions



Drainage Engineers Training Sessions

Session 2 – Assessments, Allowances and Design
October 25, 2018 (tentative date)

Session 3 – Acts, Miscellaneous Sections of the Act, Appraisals, Benefit Cost, etc.
October 24, 2019 (tentative date)