Upcoming Division Talk
The Application of Hydrogeology in Light Rail Transit (LRT) Transportation Projects
Speaker: Sheila Duchek | SNC-Lavalin
Location: Aquitaine Tower, +15 Level geoLOGIC Conference Room
Thursday, May 24th, 2018 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Public transportation projects generate newsworthy headlines, because of multi-billion dollar public works budgets and public desire for eco-friendly transportation. Public interest is particularly relevant in Alberta with Calgary’s proposed Green Line and Edmonton’s Valley Line projects to get underway soon. SNC-Lavalin, one of Canada’s largest engineering firms, has designed and overseen construction of a number of light transit railway (LRT) systems in several cities across Canada. Executing an LRT project requires expertise from a wide range of technical fields and the discipline of hydrogeology is critical throughout: within the bidding process, during designing and planning and throughout the execution and construction. Hydrogeologists work in many multi-disciplinary teams during the entire project.
Hydrogeologist are called upon as soon as an LRT project is initiated to provide guidance regarding dewatering for construction and to assess routes for pre-existing contamination of groundwater along the proposed line. Numerical models of groundwater flow predict design methods and layouts, well depths and pumping rates for dewatering. The risk of settling in nearby soils from dewatering activities must be assessed and well understood. Hydrogeologists oversee water quality testing of the discharge water and assist with securing necessary permits from local municipalities to provincial and federal level approval depending on where the discharge water is diverted too. Remediation may be required depending on the degree of impacts found along the proposed line.
Hydrogeologists then oversee the implementation of the dewatering network by directing dewatering well drilling and completions and preliminary aquifer testing to provide certainly to the predictive models. During construction, discharge water quality and flow rates are carefully monitored and adjustments to the network are made through careful technical analysis done in real time.
This talk will provide insight to a variety of hydrogeology applications necessary for a successful LRT project that many practitioners in hydrogeology rarely have exposure to.
Ms. Sheila Duchek, M.Sc., P.Geol. is the Service Manager for SNC-Lavalin’s Hydrogeology and Earth Sciences team. Ms. Duchek is adept at groundwater assessments and working with regulators and the public in addressing concerns with respect to groundwater use and management. Ms. Duchek spearheads corporate Hydrogeology Teams, where she is responsible for technical quality and successful execution of large-scale and complex programs. As a lead technical advisor, Ms. Duchek has reviewed, analyzed and provided recommendations to various clients, with varied groundwater needs. She is a technical resource for a wide range of groundwater assessment programs, both local and regional in scale, using a variety of drilling and well completion methods. Ms. Duchek also prepares and advises clients with respect to regulatory filing and applications for Water Act licenses and impact assessments.