Technical Tours -Thursday, October 10

CDA encourages people to sign up early for technical tours to ensure minimum numbers are met by August 30.  If minimum numbers are not met, some tours may be cancelled.

Technical Tour #1 - Climate Influences on Mountain Dams 

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$120 + GST (limited to 20 seats, includes lunch) 
**pricing subject to change


PPE Requirements
hardhat, hi-vis vest, steel-toed boots (or hiking boots), weather appropriate clothing

This tour will take you into the majestic Rocky Mountains and the Town of Canmore to visit the sites described in the following 2019 conference case studies:

1. Design of Cougar Creek Debris Flood Retention Structure to Reduce the Flood Risk to the Town of Canmore
2. Managing Damages and Impacts during the Recent Flood at Barrier Lake and Transitioning to Recovery

Departing from the Hyatt Regency at 8:30 a.m., the scenic drive past Calgary Olympic Park and through the foothills will take you to the Town of Canmore, where 2013 floods washed out the TransCanada Highway and caused substantial damage. Visitors will travel to Cougar Creek to see some of the repair work, and take a short walk to the location of the proposed flood debris retention dam. 

After leaving Canmore, you will be taken into Kananaskis Country on a short drive through the mountains to Barrier Lake for a tour of TransAlta’s 13 MW Barrier Hydro Facility and to discuss the impacts of flooding. Time permitting, an additional stop may be made at TransAlta’s Ghost Dam.

For those requiring airport drop off, this bus will stop at the Calgary International Airport around 2 p.m. before returning to the Hyatt for 3 p.m.

Technical Tour #2 - Climate Influences on Irrigation Dams 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$120 + GST (limited to 20 seats, includes lunch) 
**pricing subject to change


PPE Requirements 
hardhat, hi-vis vest, steel-toed boots (or hiking boots), weather appropriate clothing

This South Central Alberta Tour will take you into the Towns of Bassano and Carseland to visit the following sites described in the following 2019 conference case studies:

1. Bassano Dam Emergency Spillway Design and Construction
2. Johnson’s Island Fuse Plug Washout and Rehabilitation

This tour will leave the Hyatt Regency at 8 a.m. and drive east to the Town of Bassano, where nearby on the Bow River is the Bassano Dam, a critical piece of infrastructure for the Eastern Irrigation District and surrounding region. During the 2013 flood, the dam was nearly lost. To increase outflow capacity to better manage floods, a new 10-bay, gated spillway was designed and constructed adjacent to the existing 24-bay spillway. Once at the dam site, visitors will be led on a guided walking tour of the dam and spillway.

After leaving Bassano, the tour will head west to the Town of Carseland, for a stop to see the Johnson’s Island Fuse Plug and Carseland Weir, both in the picturesque Bow River Valley.

From Carseland, the bus will head to the Calgary International Airport for airport drop off at around 3:30 p.m., and then back to the Hyatt for approximately 5 p.m.

Technical Tour #3 - Urban Influences on Water Management Dams

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
$20 + GST 
**pricing subject to change


PPE Requirements 
Sturdy footwear, weather appropriate clothing

This tour will depart at 8 a.m. from the Hyatt Regency and take you through the city to see two water management projects located in the heart of the city: Glenmore Dam and Harvie Passage.   

The first stop will be at the historic Glenmore Water Treatment Plant, Filter Plant building for a brief presentation followed by a walk to the dam for a viewing and discussion of recent improvements during the final stages of construction. The Glenmore Dam, constructed between 1930 and 1932, is a 30 m high, 300 m long concrete gravity dam that impounds the Glenmore Reservoir. While the dam has performed adequately since the 1930s, the wear and tear from the past 85 years of service and increasing demands have required major work to be done to extend the service life of this critical infrastructure. The improvements will provide for water supply augmentation and better management of spring runoff events. 

The next stop on the tour will be at Pearce Estate Park, adjacent to the Bow River, where we will take a walk past an interpretive wetland to the newly rehabilitated Harvie Passage. Once a simple concrete weir used for the headworks of the Western Irrigation District canal and a significant boating hazard and drowning machine, the Harvie Passage has become an innovative project designed to enhance public safety and adapt to urban influences. While it still serves the original purpose, it is now also a world-class white water passage for a variety of water based recreationalists. Construction was first completed in 2011; however, the 2013 floods caused significant damage forcing a four-year closure of the project. Now re-opened, The Harvie Passage project is an excellent example of water based public safety initiatives in the midst of a major urban center. The consultant will be on site to discuss the project.

Following the discussion and tour of Harvie Passage, the bus will return to the Hyatt Regency around noon.

Technical Tour #4 - Changing Influences on Mining Dams 

5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
$400 + GST (includes round trip charter airfare to CNRL; ground transportation and lunch provided by CNRL)
**pricing subject to change

Individuals who are interested in taking this technical tour MUST register and pay no later than August 30.  No registrations will be accepted after August 30 for this tour.  Due to the nature of this technical tour, refunds are NOT available should you need to cancel after August 30.

PPE Requirements 
hardhat, hi-vis vest, steel-toed boots, FR rated coveralls (CNRL can provide coveralls, if needed)

Departing from Calgary at 5:30 a.m., this tour will take you to the 100% Canadian Natural Resources Ltd (CNRL) owned Horizon Oil Sands Mine, approximately 70 km north of Fort McMurray. The Horizon Mine includes a truck and shovel open pit mine, bitumen extraction and upgrading plants, and an External Tailing Facility. Most of Horizon’s oil sands resource is found within the Lower and Middle Cretaceous McMurray Formation at depths ranging from 50 to 100 meters below the surface.

Conventional truck and shovel technology is used to mine the oil sands. The oil sand is then processed through extraction and froth treatment facilities to produce bitumen, which is upgraded on-site into Synthetic Crude Oil (SCO). The SCO is transported from the Horizon Mine by pipeline to the Edmonton area for distribution. Two on-site cogeneration plants with a combined design capacity of 180 megawatts provide power and steam for operations. The current total production capacity of the Horizon Oil Sands Mine is 250,000bb/day.

On site, a high-level presentation on the mine, oil sand geology, and construction activities of Horizon Mine tailing dams will be shared, followed by a tour of the Horizon Mine and the External Tailing Facility. If time and operational conditions permit, a tour of the tailing thickeners at the extraction plant will also be offered. The return flight will be leaving at 5 p.m., arriving back to Calgary at approximately 6:30 p.m.

On-line Registration System

Cancellation Policy

Please note:  The Conference Organizing Committee and CDA reserve the right to cancel any technical tour if the required minimum number of participants is not met.  Registration fees paid for cancelled tours will be refunded.