Thurber Engineering Ltd.

Industries

Our multidisciplinary expertise allows us to work on problems related to earth, environmental and materials science in a variety of industries.

Environmental River Survey - Northern AB

Environmental River Survey - Northern AB

New Subdivision - Fort McMurray, AB

New Subdivision - Fort McMurray, AB

Bronte Bridge - Oakville, ON

Bronte Bridge - Oakville, ON

Landslide Repair - Northern AB

Landslide Repair - Northern AB

Dickson Dam DSA - Innisfail, AB

Dickson Dam DSA - Innisfail, AB

Marine Jetty - Victoria, BC

Marine Jetty - Victoria, BC

Bonnybrook WWTP - Calgary, AB

Bonnybrook WWTP - Calgary, AB

Epcor Tower Construction - Edmonton, AB

Epcor Tower Construction - Edmonton, AB

Open Pit Mining In Oil Sands - Northern AB

Open Pit Mining In Oil Sands - Northern AB

Industrial Bitumen Upgrader - Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Industrial Bitumen Upgrader - Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Light Weight Fill for Bridge Approach - Northern ON

Light Weight Fill for Bridge Approach - Northern ON

Shepard Stormwater Diversion - Calgary, AB

Shepard Stormwater Diversion - Calgary, AB

Thickwood Blvd Interchange - Fort McMurray, AB

Thickwood Blvd Interchange - Fort McMurray, AB

Whitemans Pond Dam DSR - Canmore, AB

Whitemans Pond Dam DSR - Canmore, AB

Pine Creek WWTP - Calgary, AB

Pine Creek WWTP - Calgary, AB

Good building design makes the most effective use of a site, and at the same time limits impacts on the local environment, both during and after construction. Frequently, this creates geotechnical challenges like high foundation loads or deep excavations that require shoring and underpinning to protect nearby structures. If your building project requires geotechnical investigation, foundation design, cut slope, shoring and underpinning design, lateral earth pressures, seismic design parameters, or materials engineering and testing, Thurber can help. We have provided design and construction services for a variety of clients across Canada.

Thurber has expertise in:

  • foundation investigation
  • foundation design (footings, piles, rafts, and caissons)
  • bearing capacity and settlement analysis
  • shoring and underpinning design
  • ground improvement
  • liquefaction assessment and seismic design
  • materials engineering and testing
  • materials requirements for LEED projects
  • construction inspection

Canada’s size and geographical diversity create challenges for national, inter-provincial, and municipal transportation infrastructure. From highways, to railways, to seaports, airports, and urban light-rail transit, Thurber has provided geotechnical engineering and environmental services for major transportation infrastructure projects across Canada. Our involvement often begins at the planning and route selection stage, and continues through to encompass investigation, design, and construction.  We also have been part of multi-disciplinary teams assembled for design-build-finance-operate (DBFO) projects.

Thurber has expertise in:

  • route selection studies
  • terrain hazard assessments
  • bridge foundation investigations
  • embankment and cut slope stability
  • rock slope stability and stabilization
  • tunnelling and trenchless technology
  • pavement testing and evaluation
  • materials engineering and testing
  • construction inspection
  • instrumentation installation and monitoring

Imagine a city without adequate water supply and distribution, electricity, wastewater treatment, and garbage disposal. There is no doubt that municipal infrastructure must be both efficient and effective: It is the backbone of our urban centres. For more than 50 years, Thurber has provided design input for water and wastewater treatment plants, lagoons, water supply and effluent disposal pipelines/tunnels, landfills, and power transmission lines. Recently, we have also assisted major municipalities to maximize energy efficiency and quality of life by means of district heating and cooling systems that use surplus energy that would otherwise be wasted.

Thurber has expertise in:

  • terrain assessment and route selection
  • foundation investigation and design
  • tunnelling and trenchless technology
  • landfill siting and design
  • laboratory and in situ clay liner testing
  • construction inspection and testing

Unlocking the full land development potential of difficult sites requires the ability to solve some of the most challenging geotechnical and environmental problems. Thurber’s professionals have extensive experience with land development projects arising from both urban expansion and infill development on marginal land. Our involvement ranges from preloading and ground improvement on soft-soil sites, to identifying and mitigating soil swelling problems, to assessing hazards on steeply sloped mountainous terrain.

Thurber has expertise in:

  • natural hazard assessment
  • site investigation
  • ground improvement
  • slope stability assessment
  • groundwater supply and wastewater disposal
  • retaining wall design
  • blast vibration monitoring
  • construction inspection and testing

Two of the main goals of modern natural resource development are to enhance productivity and to reduce environmental impact. Thurber has extensive experience in the resource industry and can help you to achieve these goals. Our projects range from pipelines, to mines, to forestry development. We have also tackled the complex environmental and geotechnical issues related to oil sands tailings. We are committed to mitigating our clients’ risk by employing an environmentally responsible approach and superior technical solutions.

Thurber has expertise in:

  • mine slope stability
  • tailings dam design
  • pipeline river crossings
  • gravel resource assessment
  • terrain stability assessments for the forest industry
  • landslide evaluation and stabilization
  • log-sort design and construction inspection
  • instrumentation for oil recovery enhancement

Water is one of Canada's most abundant and valuable resources. Thurber offers several services related to managing water supply, power generation, and irrigation. We provide expertise in dam and canal engineering, including site investigations, engineering, abutment and shoreline stability, selection of construction materials, and construction inspection and testing. Thurber has developed state-of-the-art geotechnical laboratories in response to the requirement for high quality strength and permeability testing in the design of large dams. We regularly perform dam safety reviews to ensure compliance and/or to determine upgrade requirements to meet current standards.

Thurber has expertise in:

  • terrain analysis
  • site selection
  • site investigation
  • soil and rock strength testing
  • embankment design
  • irrigation canal design
  • grouting and seepage control
  • construction inspection
  • dam safety reviews
  • dam and canal rehabilitation

Industrial projects often involve complex static and dynamic loading. At Thurber, our unique set of geotechnical engineering skills and experience allows us to provide solutions for these kinds of problems. Our role in industrial projects typically extends beyond foundation design to developing all aspects of plant site infrastructure, including roads, dams, ponds, pipelines, and underground services. During construction, we assess conformance to project specifications through quality control and quality assurance testing of soils, aggregate, concrete, and asphalt. We also conduct monitoring of construction vibrations and high strain dynamic testing of deep foundations.

Thurber has expertise in:

  • site investigation
  • foundation design
  • earthworks design
  • ground improvement
  • high strain dynamic testing of piles
  • pond and dyke design
  • monitoring of construction vibrations
  • materials engineering and testing
  • construction inspection and testing

Marine developments pose special geotechnical challenges. Since site investigation equipment must work over water, marine projects require extensive planning and specialized techniques to collect representative data while addressing weather, tides, and safety considerations. In addition, the fact that marine structures often experience different combinations of static and dynamic loading increases the complexity of the design process. Thurber has extensive design and construction experience with breakwaters, jetties, bridges, marinas, and docks, with a proven track record for buildable and effective designs.

Thurber has expertise in:

  • overwater drilling investigations
  • pile and socketed caisson design
  • coffer dam design
  • seismic design
  • breakwater design
  • shoreline erosion
  • underwater inspections
  • construction inspection and materials testing

The current regulatory climate imposes stringent responsibilities and liabilities on business and land owners. This can make planning and carrying out environmental projects unduly complicated. At Thurber, our scientists and engineers maintain an up-to-date knowledge of regulations and have multi-disciplinary expertise. This enhances our ability to conduct site assessments, to plan and oversee remediation and reclamation projects, to monitor compliance, and to manage environmental audits. We have the skills to identify problems and, where necessary, to devise innovative and practical remediation solutions.

Thurber has expertise in:

  • environmental site assessment
  • remediation and reclamation
  • land capability assessments
  • compliance monitoring
  • hydrogeology and groundwater supply
  • waste geotechnology
  • hazardous building materials
  • indoor air quality
  • risk assessment and management
  • environmental impact assessments