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Everyone around my tree at Christmas has a shiny new high quality camera. I had to buy a couple of them. Why is that relevant? Because I’m getting old and all of my toys are getting newer. I sure do like these fancy new toys. The on demand and 4G and high-def video and now LTE cellular data; they’re all disgusting bandwidth pigs starving for big glass pipes to move those glossy pictures and videos of Aunty Yvette unwrapping that precious reindeer sweater my mom bought her in Arizona that she just had to have. I love warm cuddly family moments as much as the next guy, but I’m sitting on the couch smiling because I know how much bandwidth it’s going to take to move all the pictures and video around after Christmas and the cable and pipes it’s going to take to keep up. Next year 100Mbps isn’t going to cut it. If I can’t stream home-to-home in HD real time at Thanksgiving I just don’t think we’ll survive. God bless the HD camera that started all this.


Telecom is a wonderful industry. In 1972 when the first Commercial Trenching Truck got decaled, telecomm still referred picking up the phone and hoping for a dial tone on a party line. Now we’ve got so many acronyms and high volume services I can’t figure out if we’re still deliving GPON, BBB, VDSL or some other super service that I haven’t heard of yet. As long as it starts with digging a hole, we’re going to be around to install it. For fiber to the home Sherwood Park to Stony Plain and large count commercial backbones in downtown Edmonton, there’s pipe and cable to be installed. When it comes to vaults and pipe we’ve got all the telecomm bases covered. We’ve got the winch trucks and sheaves to deal with the 3000 pair lead cables of 1932, the capstans and rollers for the fiber cables we put in in the 90s and picker trucks to drop off the GPON cabinets for tomorrow or yesterday depending on when you’re reading this.


We’ve got a great deal of experience working downtown in the thick of the utilities. Our history and the experience of the guys in the yard brings the confidence to tackle the worst of the work downtown and bring it all in safely. We’re not going to complain about getting out of the shadows of the buildings either. We’ve been known to enjoy a trip down the boulevard along 23rd avenue or dragging some conduit along 99 St too. The anchor to our plan seems to be keeping our feet on the ground. I like to think we excel from eye level down; If you need a ladder, I can give you that guy’s phone number, but below eye level, we’re the ones to call.


Project 1, The W.I.C.

As much as this was’t a particularly challenging installation, the logistics were months in planning. We had to take on 500m of drilling through Sherwood Park’s new subdivisions, in to a trailer park and make arrangements to cut over all the old cables. We had to do the conduit work in the snow and the cable in the spring and that’s when the fun started. Telus had ordered a big concrete box in the neighborhood of 20 tonnes that was designed to land back in the trees, off the road, in the manicured landscape of the trailer park’s serenity garden. When we started looking at the job, we underestimated the coordinating and public relations budget. When we finally got the 100 ton crane scheduled and the holes dug, it had been raining for a week and the box was going to show up early. We must have had 20 inspectors, half of them residents of the park, out to watch the big crane crawl out on the steel plates and pluck the WIC from the trailer and drop it gently in the trees. I missed it, but there were lots of pictures and Telus was pleased. After we had the 200 square meters of sod put down most everyone else seemed to be adequately satisfied too.

Project 2, Downtown Ductline

When Telus calls to move the ductline out of their main office downtown, contractors start to get squirmy. I was a little apprehensive when they explained that they wanted to build a new 24-way concrete encased ductline down 104 Ave, 105 St and 106 Ave. Based on the drawings, the excavation depth had to be better than 2.4m deep. This requires a wide cut and shoring throughout the 700m long job. On it’s own, that’s not a remarkable feat. Try it in -25 degree weather in the shadow of the WCB, OHS, City of Edmonton and client offices and it gets a little more exciting. Once we let the foremen loose on it, they pulled in apart and started in small pieces that we could manage. The holes were deep and the shoring extensive. We went under every utility on the route and had to make concessions to maintain all the business traffic and access for the ambulances and EMS vehicles as we worked across the front of their main dispatch building. Though it took almost 3 months to crawl through the route we planted a mountain of conduit, 4 rather large concrete boxes, and pulled 10 km of cable just to make room for a 4 car train.

Project 3, Cellular

We’ve built relationships with the local telecommunications providers by providing timely construction services for service delivery and network deployment activities. Telus, Bell and MTS Allstream are  current clients in the wireline industry. We’ve been involved in a number of builds for wireless deployments for Rogers, Shaw, Wind and Telus Mobility. Given the A and the Z location for the circuits we can build all the pipe and coordinate the cabling to get sites on line on time. By bridging the service requirements for power and telecomm, on public and private right of way, we have the capacity and contracts to provide services from the panel to the pole for these high visibility, schedule sensitive projects.