Leadership for Safety Excellence - B. Rakewich

At our monthly Health and Safety meeting today, we discussed 'Leadership for Safety Excellence'. Here at Nichols the safety of our employees and those around us is everyone’s responsibility. We believe in training all of our staff to be leaders when it comes to safety. A critical part of this training is identifying hazards to assess the foreseeability of a potential incident – from which we can then collaborate to establish procedures to prevent an incident.

Safety is one of the pillars of our corporate philosophy, which was reaffirmed through our discussion today!

Corporate Announcement - Saskatchewan Operations

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For Immediate Release: February 19, 2019

Nichols Environmental (Canada) Ltd. is excited to announce our expansion into the Saskatchewan market with the opening of our Saskatoon office this coming March 2019.  Mr. Hans Bakker, P.Geo., one of our longest-serving employees, has been promoted as the Saskatchewan Region Manager and will be overseeing daily operations out of our Saskatoon office.  We are looking forward to the opportunity to better serve our client base throughout the province of Saskatchewan.  The establishment of a permanent office in Saskatoon gives us the ability to respond to our clients’ needs in a more efficient manner.

Nichols Environmental (Canada) Ltd. is a full-service geo-environmental consulting and remediation firm that provides environmental and engineering solutions to a wide range of industrial, government and public sector clients.  Nichols Environmental continues to expand our operations throughout western Canada with office locations now including Edmonton, Calgary, Whitecourt, and Saskatoon.

Announcement - Kyle Jackson, Senior Project Manager

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We are pleased to announce that Mr. Kyle Jackson, C.E.T. will assume the position of Senior Project Manager for Nichols Environmental (Canada) Ltd. Kyle has continually shown drive and commitment to making Nichols Environmental a rewarding place to work for all staff and has been a key contributor to our continued success.  Kyle will be looked upon to continue his growth as a senior level project manager while providing mentorship to our complement of professional, technical and support staff. Please join us in congratulating Kyle on this achievement in this, our 22nd year of business.

Emerging Geosynthetic Products - LK Kachhwal

Emerging geosynthetic products have changed the geotechnical engineering perspective concerning soft and compressible soil conditions.  The conventional approach of excavate, remove, and replace with quality engineered backfill can be very labourious, time consuming, and uneconomical.  An alternate approach involves the use of high-strength geosynthetic material for reinforcement and improvement of subgrade soils.  We utilized this technique to support a 40 m-diameter fuel storage tank on a geosynthetic reinforced earth foundation (GREF) that was constructed on soft and compressible soils.

In 2015 Nichols Environmental completed a geotechnical investigation, which revealed that the in situ soil conditions on site comprised compressible, soft, and high plastic black lacustrine clay mixed with organics.  It was determined this upper layer of clay soil was not suitable for the foundation of the tank, and a deep pile foundation was not desired by the client due to cost and other site development constraints.

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A 3.0 m-thick GREF pad was designed using eight layers of high-strength geotextile sandwiched between imported 6-80 granular (Alberta Transportation) fill material.  The settlement calculations were conducted manually and using a computer model.  The total maximum uniform settlement of 150 mm was predicted.  During hydrostatic load testing of the tank, conducted over a period of 12-days, the measured total uniform settlement ranged between 54 mm and 122 mm, so the uniform settlement was within the predicted values during the design of the GREF.

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The GREF performed satisfactorily and resulted in significant cost and time savings to the client, in comparison to a deep pile foundation strategy.  A case study paper on this project will be accepted for publication and be presented at the Geosynthetics Conference, Houston, 2019. 

Asphalt Flux Release - J. Zunti

In October 2018, Nichols Environmental responded to an 18,000-L spill of asphalt flux (roofing tar) after two trailers detached from a haul truck along the off-ramp of Anthony Henday Drive onto Calgary Trail south. The hot tar flowed down the embankment, over a concrete retaining wall, and into a storm sewer catch basin that serviced the interchange.

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Challenges for this project included a busy roadway and time restrictions, the presence of engineered fill, a retaining wall, and 275 m of affected storm line (1,000 mm in diameter). Approximately 80 m3 of impacted surface soils were removed mechanically and by hand from the embankment, and tar was removed via steam units and manually. Water samples collected at the downgradient stormwater pond indicated that no surface water had been impacted. The only remaining work to be completed in the spring of 2019 is removal of the tar from the retaining wall and hydroseeding of the remediated area.

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Synchrotron

We had the opportunity to visit the Canadian Light Source facility at the University of Saskatchewan - the brightest light in Canada!  The facility and people that run it are leaders in synchrotron science and are spearheading research in the mining and energy, health and life sciences, and advanced manufacturing sectors. Check out their website at https://www.lightsource.ca/.

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Locations

Head Office – Edmonton
17331 – 107th Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5S 1E5

Phone: (780) 484-3377
Fax: (780) 484-5093

Calgary Office
427 Manitou Road SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 4C2

Phone: (403) 452-1820
Fax: (403) 984-8803

Peace Region
#2, 4115 - 41st Avenue
Whitecourt, Alberta T7S 0A3

Office: (780) 484-3377
Toll Free: 1-877-888-6325

Saskatoon Office
818 - 48th Street
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 3Y4

Office: 1-877-888-6325

What's New

  • June 03, 2019
    At our monthly Health and Safety meeting today, we discussed 'Leadership for Safety Excellence'. Here at Nichols the safety of our employees and those around us is everyone’s responsibilit...
  • February 20, 2019
    For Immediate Release: February 19, 2019 Nichols Environmental (Canada) Ltd. is excited to announce our expansion into the Saskatchewan market with the opening of our Saskatoon office this co...

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