CCI & Associates Welcomes Neil Smith as Managing Director

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Welcome to the CCI Group of Companies Neil Smith, Managing Director for CCI & Associates Inc.

Mr. Neil Smith’s role will be to further develop CCI & Associates Engineering and EPC capabilities for specialized projects. He will be based out of our Houston office.

Neil graduated, with honors, with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Manchester in 1983. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Neil brings, to CCI & Associates and its clients, 30 years’ HDD experience in complex, long and large diameter Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) crossings using steel, HDPE and FPVC pipe, at environmentally sensitive sites, in rural and congested urban areas, for shore landings and offshore in open waters. He has been instrumental in enabling the advancement of trenchless technology to benefit the industry and enable optimum project solutions.

Neil has over 30 years’ experience in leading international HDD contracting companies. Before assuming executive management roles, he gained experience in the HDD sector as project engineer, site manager, project manager and general manager. Neil’s accomplishments include building world class companies, delivering many challenging and significant projects (several recognized with industry awards) and the development of niche businesses in marine based HDD crossings (shore approaches and water-to-water crossings).

Neil has won multiple awards for his work with trenchless technology groups. In years past, he has been active in trade specific professional organizations and served as the President of the Directional Crossing Contractors Association.

The CCI Group of Companies are pleased to have Neil join our team.

Slurry Density and Hoop Stress During HDD Installation – Are they Underestimated

CCI Solutions continues to stay at the fore front of Horizontal Directional Drilling methods and designs through continued education and research by the employees. Recently a CCI Project Manager and University of Alberta Ph. D Research Associate, Ashkan Faghih completed a paper; Slurry Density and Hoop Stress During HDD Installation – Are they Underestimated? 

The paper was then submitted to a research poster competition held at the NASTT No-Dig Show earlier this year. Ashkan’s poster was judged among 20 North American Universities and awarded second prize! 

Ashkan’s paper looks at the importance of assuming a heavy slurry for hoop stress calculations when designing a horizontal direction drill. It also describes that external hoop stress on a pipe product during the pullback process is particularly high and the necessity of including a safety factor to the pipe analysis. Ashkan goes on to refer to data collected at several HDD installation sites and explains how the data “…identifies the need to improve design assumptions”. This type of research is applicable to many engineers designing HDD pullbacks and the increased knowledge betters the industry as a whole. 

Research papers like this one, ensure that every horizontal directional drill CCI works on is of the highest standards. At CCI Solutions, the mission continues to be to deliver service excellence in a safe and timely manner through the application of our specialized knowledge and experience. 

To see the award winning research poster click on the photo below.

 

 

CCI Inc 2019 Best Managed Press Release

CCI Inc was recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation. The 2019 Best Managed program award winners are amongst the best-in-class of Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

Now in its 26th year, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices. Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the calibre of their management abilities and practices.

CCI Inc. is a leading expert in Horizontal Directional Drilling, Open-Cut and Micro-Tunneling methods. We are proud to be a driving force in the continued advancement of trenchless pipeline systems and employ proven methods for tackling difficult river crossings. CCI provides award winning, highly technical services to the pipeline, oil & gas and municipal infrastructure sectors.  

“Businesses today need to be thinking long-term to succeed, and this year’s Best Managed winners are truly going the distance in investing in the future,” said Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte Private and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program. “These companies can celebrate their accomplishments today, and should be excited for tomorrow.”

Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel comprised of representatives from program sponsors in addition to special guest judges. 2019 Best Managed companies share commonalities that include a clear strategy and vision, investment in capability and commitment to talent.

“CCI Inc is tremendously proud to continue to be among such a worthy field of Canadian business success stories,” said David Dupuis, Chief Operating Officer at CCI Inc. “We credit our talented pool of highly qualified technical people as the key to being able to deliver stellar results, project after project.”

“The contribution these companies provide to Canada cannot be overstated. Every year, Best Managed winners are raising the bar of excellence in Canadian business,” said Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte Private and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program.

2019 winners of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies award were honoured at the annual Canada’s Best Managed Companies gala in Toronto on April 17, 2019. On the same date, the Best Managed symposium will address leading-edge business issues that are key to the success of today’s business leaders.

The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte Private, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, and TMX Group.

Canada’s Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million. Every year since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices.

The awards are granted on four levels:

1) Canada’s Best Managed Companies new winner (one of the new winners selected each year);
2) Canada’s Best Managed Companies winner (award recipients that have re-applied and successfully retained their Best Managed designation for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review);
3) Gold Standard winner (after three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully retained their award for 4-6 consecutive years);
4) Platinum Club member (winners that have maintained their Best Managed status for seven years or more). Program sponsors are Deloitte Private, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, and TMX Group.

For more information, visit www.bestmanagedcompanies.ca.

NASTT South Central Chapter Trenchless Technology Conference

The South Central Chapter of the North American Society of Trenchless Technology (NASTT) held it’s third annual Trenchless Technology Conference (TTC) in late September, taking place for the first time at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater, OK. OSU is home to one of two NASTT student chapters within the Oklahoma and Texas region.

 

The event had presentations by many industry experts on topics such as record-breaking Direct Pipe Installations, HDD drilling in hard rock, culvert replacement via pipe-bursting, and also a presentation on Annular Pressure calculation models for HDDs by CCI’s own Justin Taylor (who is currently an active member on the South Central Chapter’s Board). The conference also included exhibitions by many industry leading contractors and equipment suppliers, including an immersive virtual reality experience on HDD drilling from Ditch Witch.

 

The audience was comprised of contractors, consultants, and municipal project managers and engineers from throughout Oklahoma and Texas. CCI was happy to participate in this opportunity to educate current and future clients and colleagues on current trends and the future of the industry. This conference engaged attendees in discussion on how improvements to the design of trenchless projects can benefit all parties involved and ensure that they can be completed with minimal risk to the environment and to the success of the project overall. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year at the fourth annual TTC, which will be held at the University of Texas, Arlington in 2019.

2018 International Pipeline Expo

Meet a few of our industry experts at the 2018 International Pipeline Expo at the Telus Convention Centre on September 25 – 27 in Calgary, Alberta!

International Pipeline Exposition brings together thousands of leading professionals to explore a showcase of over 250 of the industry’s most recognized brands and the latest pipeline technologies, products, and services.

Stop by and visit us at booth 531 to find out more about our 360 degree approach to every project.

See you there!

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer

Once again, CCI Inc has sponsored the Midwest Pipeline Inc team to participate in the 2018 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer August 18-19, 2018. This two day, 200 km cycling journey that will benefit 17 centers across the province of Alberta in their crusade and battle against cancer.  In fact, cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada and is responsible for 30 percent of all deaths.

Since 2009, the “Ride to Conquer Cancer” has raised over $60 million for the Alberta Cancer Foundation (ACF) and it is the largest fundraising event in Canada.  The funds raised enable the ACF to conduct quality cancer research, discover new therapies, conduct clinical trials and support cancer care programs across Alberta.

In order for this event to be a success and to be as meaningful as possible, CCI Inc and Midwest Pipelines Inc. are seeking support from local businesses and/or partners to help raise funds for those individuals and families that are impacted by cancer.  Should you choose to partner with us to help find a cure for cancer, a disease that will affect 1 in 2 Canadians in their lifetime, Midwest will be pleased to acknowledge your company.  By partnering with us, your company logo will be advertised by our team throughout the event where over 1,500 individuals join in on the ride.

Over the past three years, the Midwest Pipelines Inc. team has raised over $128,000. Their goal this year is to raise $50,000, hopefully putting them in the running for one of the Top Ten fundraising teams at this year’s 10th Anniversary Ride.

Please help us make a difference in the lives of thousands of Albertans that currently depend on cancer research and funding.  Any assistance you can provide in this area would be greatly appreciated. We graciously thank you in advance for your support.

For more information or to donate, visit ride.conquercancer.ca/alberta

CCI & Associates Attend NASTT No-Dig Show

CCI & Associates Attend NASTT No-Dig Show

Last month, CCI & Associates attended the 2018 North American Society of Trenchless Technology (NASTT) No-Dig Show in Palms Springs, California. No-Dig is the largest trenchless technology conference in North America, bringing together professionals across the spectrum of the industry to network, educate and promote the trenchless message to attendees who include; public works, contractors, engineers, utility owners, damage prevention and industrial facility personnel. With over 190 exhibitors and more than 2,200 attendees, CCI & Associates made their mark on this year’s massive show by participating as an exhibitor as well as presenting a technical paper on geotechnical issues.

Our very own Sam Wilson, Trenchless Manager, presented a technical paper outlining his findings on the auger boring method used during a railway crossing. Sam’s presentation examined the root causes of settlement and sinkhole development experienced on a 5 m high railway embankment, resulting from a guided slip bore installation of a 42-inch casing pipe. Hundreds of industry professionals were on hand to benefit from lessons learned from this best practice around of auger boring and its benefit to the drilling industry such as cost effectiveness and time efficiency. Sam concluded that a good understanding of soil conditions where auger boring is to be carried out is essential while designing these projects.

Also, during the conference, the CCI team identified a new trend in the industry regarding annular pressure (AP) technology. There were numerous presentations given by universities and industry competitors about the technology CCI has been using for the past 10 years and specifically, improving over the past 5 years. This new industry trend is good news for CCI as more clients will begin to recognize the value our AP technology can offer.

All in all, a very successful conference!

2017 Canada’s Best Managed Companies

CCI Inc. has done it again!

2017 marks another year CCI Inc. has earned the honor as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

For five consecutive years, CCI Inc. has been awarded the prestigious designation and proudly stands alongside hundreds of other Canadian-owned companies in various industries celebrating business excellence.

Each year hundreds of entrepreneurial companies go through a rigorous application process, but only the best is awarded with the prestigious designation. Winners demonstrate sustained and exceptional business performance in four key categories:

CCI Inc. has surpassed all these qualifications year after year and has been successful in retaining their award which makes them a Gold Standard winner! We are incredibly proud to continue to lead the HDD industry as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

Congratulations to all CCI Inc. employees and contractors who work diligently to make this award possible each year!

World Pipelines HDD Discussion

Pushing boundaries to protect water

Northern Courier’s remarkable construction

Now, more than ever, the way pipelines are built around rivers, lakes and other important water bodies is something people care a lot about. So keeping northern Alberta’s biggest and longest river safe with challenges, such as steep banks, sensitive ecology and a harsh climate, was of utmost importance to the engineers working on TransCanada’s recently completed Northern Courier Pipeline Project.

The team had to think creatively and put the latest technology and pipeline construction innovations to work on the 90-kilometre (56-mile) project, which officially received product and began operations in late January 2018.

“The Athabasca River is a protected area and by doing an HDD we were able to stay out of that protected area,” said Tim Smith, pipeline project manager, Northern Courier Pipeline Project.

Challenging sections to overcome

The pipeline project had some particularly challenging sections along its route, including eight major crossings under large water bodies and busy roads. In order to complete these crossings safely and with minimal impact to the environment, additional planning and thought was required to determine the best approach.

While the team didn’t set out to break any records, their work received international recognition for their use of “trenchless” crossing techniques that allow pipe to be installed underground with minimal impact to surface resources.

“A horizontal directional drill (HDD) provides the benefit of being able to go underground without disturbing sensitive areas,” says Smith. “In this particular case the Athabasca River is a protected area, environmentally, and by doing an HDD we were able to stay out of that protected area and minimize our impact on the environment.”

Longest 42-inch-wide HDD completed in North America

The HDD project completed under the Athabasca River turned out to be the longest 42-inch-wide HDD completed in North America to date at 2,195 metres (7,200 feet), in order to install the pipeline 70 metres below the riverbed. HDD is a technique that TransCanada frequently uses for major water crossings because it avoids in-stream work during construction and places the pipe below the riverbed.

Along with our contractors Michels and CCI Inc., the Northern Courier team’s Athabasca River crossing was awarded the 2016 Project of the Year by the North American Society for Trenchless Technology(Northwest Chapter), a society dedicated to promoting the benefits of trenchless technology for public awareness through education, training and research.

“This was a high honour in the world of trenchless crossing technology,” Smith said. “It meant a lot to those of us who work day in and day out to install pipelines in a way that minimizes the environmental impact while delivering the energy products our society needs.”