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The Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance (CPCQA) Certification Program

The Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance (CPCQA) Certification Program

The CCPPA and Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) are pleased to announce a new joint venture to establish an independent entity for an enhanced and expanded third-party administered and audited certification program for both prestressed and non-prestressed precast concrete manufacturing facilities across Canada.

For information about the Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance (CPCQA) Certification Program, go to

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CBC’s special series looking at the aging bridges and culverts in the Greater Sudbury area continues. In this edition of Sudbury's Big Fix, the CBC's Megan Thomas explains how the condition of a bridge is rated and looks at the bridges that are in the worst condition.

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The worst bridge in Sudbury is a bridge that carries CP Rail but is owned by the City of Sudbury.

Bridges with a score above 70 are in good shape, while those below 70 need repairs in the next five years. Scores below 60 indicate the bridge should be fixed in the next construction season.

The CPR Subway earned a score of 34.5 in its last inspection, however it’s not first in line to be fixed. Lac Megantic, Gainsford...


The following link is worth a read.

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A video taken in 2011 during a routine inspection of the east-end storm sewer that collapsed and caused a large sinkhole in September showed the steel pipe was severely corroded, CBC News has learned.

The inspection took place on Aug. 17, 2011, more than a year before the pavement gave way on the Jeanne d'Arc off ramp of Highway 174, swallowing a car.

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Man who escaped Hwy. 174 sinkhole wants OPP to investigate

The man who two months ago had to crawl out of his car after it fell into a sinkhole on Highway 174 said he wants the OPP to investigate whether the city was criminally negligent in failing to prevent the road collapse.



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OCPA instructs MTO to remove name from Design Guidelines Manual

November 2008 - In August of 2008 the Ontario Concrete Pipe Association instructed the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario to remove the reference to OCPA from the Acknowledgements section of the MTO Gravity Pipe Design Guidelines Manual.

It is important that the reasons for our decision be properly understood.

OCPA was part of an advisory committee made up of representatives from the various pipe industries that offered comments to MTO and its consulting engineer during the preparation of these guidelines. After the first draft of this document was published in 2004 one particular industry walked away from the process and complained to provincial politicians about unfair treatment from the consulting engineer. The consulting engineer vigorously challenged those charges at the time. Other flexible pipe industries also threatened to abandon the process. Subsequent drafts of the Guidelines were markedly different from the first draft. Among other things Estimated Material Service Life (EMSL) for steel and plastic were changed to allow steel and plastic pipe products to be used underneath 400 series highways. Effectively the Guidelines now allow for the use of concrete pipe, plastic pipe and corrugated steel pipe in all applications for gravity pipes covered by the Guidelines in diameters from 300mmm to 3,000mm. It has always been the position of the Ontario Concrete Pipe Association that different pipe systems � rigid and flexible, and different pipe materials can be used in various applications but that NOT ALL pipe systems and pipe materials should be allowed in ALL applications.

The following cautionary statement is made in the foreword of the MTO Gravity Pipe Design Guidelines Manual �The guidelines are not a substitute for engineering knowledge, experience, or professional judgment, which shall govern the applicability of using these design guidelines on any given project.� However, in Chapter 9 the following statement makes it very difficult for the engineer to exercise his professional judgment �the standard design process should only be over!ridden with justification and with the concurrence of regional planning and design inputs.� Engineering judgment should always be exercised but especially on projects that involve high traffic volumes, high depth of cover, high water table and other risk factors.

It is also noteworthy that the standards for gravity pipes used in drainage systems at locations covered by the Ontario Building Code such as the parking lot of a shopping centre or big box store are higher than the standards for the pipes allowed by MTO underneath 400 series highways.

The continued inclusion of Ontario Concrete Pipe Association�s name in the Guidelines would mislead Professional Engineers and others to believe that OCPA endorses what we consider to be a seriously flawed document.

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OCPA helps establish Chair in heavy construction at McMaster University

OCPA helps establish Chair in heavy construction at McMaster University

 Twelve organizations in the heavy construction industry including the Ontario Concrete Pipe Association have pledged $1,127,500 over five years to establish an endowed chair at McMaster University. It is believed to be the first such chair in Canada.

Among the key duties of the chair will be to provide leadership in advancing innovation in the heavy-construction sector, attracting and developing talent, and contributing to the advancement of a modern and durable infrastructure in Ontario.

"This chair is a vital step in ensuring strong growth and a progressive future of our industry," said Jon Brown, president of the Hamilton and District Heavy Construction Association. Brown, along with Leo Laviolette who was general manager of the Association at the time, initiated the endeavour.

"We need to develop more intelligent infrastructure," said Ghani Razaqpur, chair, Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster. "That means more efficient, safer, and greener construction methods. It means longer lasting, sustainable infrastructure that needs less maintenance. But we need to attract and develop a pool of highly qualified engineers and engineering technicians who can provide the leadership and management skills to make it happen."

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