Date:     Monday, June 15th, 2015

Time:      5:30pm – 6:00pm – Registration & Networking

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Dinner

7:00pm – 8:00pm – Speaker Presentation

Location: University of Alberta Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton

Cost: Free with a $10 deposit that will be refunded in cash at the event. A full buffet dinner ($30 value!) is included with your ticket reservation

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Speaker: Manley Osbak, Vice President, Engineering & Estimating, The Crossing Company.

Mr. Osbak entered the Horizontal Directional Drilling industry in 1996 after 12 years in the heavy construction and manufacturing industry. He worked throughout North America as a directional driller for an international wire line and HDD directional services company. In 1997 he joined The Crossing Company as a directional driller, forming part of the company’s internal directional team. Since then, he has spearheaded the development of the services provided by The Crossing Company’s Technical Services Group. Manley is responsible for overseeing the company’s estimating (tendering), project management and navigation functions which all lie within the Technical Services Group.

He was responsible for planning and executing the first HDD intersect in Canada and has developed and trained a team of highly regarded specialists who together, have executed over 35 intersect crossings: an HDD leading achievement. He has published several technical papers relating to geomagnetic navigation, intersect technology, risk, and advanced operations. Manley represents The Crossing Company on the Industrial Advisory Committee of the Centre of Excellence for Trenchless Technology at the University of Alberta. He dedicates a significant portion of his personal time working with undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in their research projects. Manley is a frequent lecturer at the University of Alberta on the topic of underground construction.

Topic: “Horizontal Directional Drilling in Pipeline Applications”

With trenchless technology, including horizontal directional drilling (HDD), work areas are confined only to the entry and exit points of the borehole, resulting in close to zero disruption at surface along the bore path, increased safety and a reduced environmental impact. Trenchless construction methods also allow for close interaction with existing subsurface infrastructure and when installed at depth, pipelines are less susceptible to erosion and ground instability so that the lifespan of underground projects can be maximized.

Trenchless construction, including HDD, typically has a risk profile that is significantly higher than above ground or open trench construction. Project development, delivery and construction methods associated with HDD often lack a robust and shared risk management plan, and as a consequence, the latent risk associated with HDD can result in appreciable cost and schedule overruns. This presentation covers the statistical analysis of risk associated with HDD and methods that can be employed during the design, project delivery and construction stages to mitigate the impact of such risk.