FEATURED ENERGY PROJECTS

POWER

Avalanche Safety Program and Summer Weather & Creek Flow Forecasting
Client: Toba Montrose General Partnership
The Toba Montrose Hydroelectric Project is located in a high precipitation maritime climate near the Toba Inlet, approximately 100 km north of Powell River, BC. During the winter, Dynamic operates an avalanche safety program providing safety to facility operators. We provide daily avalanche hazard forecasts, avalanche rescue training to work crews and avalanche control. This avalanche safety program has been scaled up several times to allow maintenance or construction crews to safely work in high risk areas. During the summer Dynamic provides a daily mountain weather and creek flow forecast to assist daily power generation operations.

Mica Dam: Avalanche Safety Program
Client: BC Hydro
BC Hydro’s Mica Dam is located approximately 130 km north of Revelstoke, BC between the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges. The Mica Unit 5 & 6 construction project commenced in 2011 and is scheduled for completion in 2015. Dynamic was retained to design and implement an avalanche safety program for the Mica Dam area to ensure the mitigation of avalanche hazards to workers with minimal interruption to construction and plant operations. We monitor avalanche conditions 24/7, provide a daily avalanche hazard forecast, avalanche rescue training for emergency response teams and explosive avalanche control for hazard reduction along access roads.

BC Hydro Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission Line: Avalanche Risk Assessment and Snow Creep and Glide Loads on Structures
Client: AECOM
The Interior to Lower Mainland (ILM) project is a 500 kV transmission line which connects a sub-station in Nicola, BC to the Meridian sub-station in Coquitlam, BC. The line is 248 km in length and uses a lattice tower design. Dynamic was retained to perform an avalanche risk assessment on tower structures and conductors and an assessment of snow creep and glide loads on tower structures. We mapped avalanche hazards and provided recommendations to mitigate avalanche risk and snow creep and glide forces.

BC Hydro Northwest Transmission Line: Avalanche Risk Assessment and Snow Creep and Glide Loads on Structures
Client: Burns & McDonnell Canada
The Northwest Transmission Line (NTL) project is a 237 kV transmission line which connects a sub-station in Terrace, BC to a sub-station in Bob Quinn, BC. The line is 345 km in length and uses both a lattice tower and a pole tower design. Dynamic was retained to perform an avalanche risk assessment on tower structures and conductors and an assessment of snow creep and glide loads on tower structures. We mapped avalanche hazards and provided recommendations to mitigate avalanche risk and snow creep and glide forces. Where required, structural mitigation options were evaluated to protect tower structures from avalanche hazards. We provided a detailed climate analysis to address variation of snow climate along the length of the transmission line. Dynamic also prepared an avalanche safety plan for the construction phase of the project.

OIL & GAS

Coastal GasLink LNG Pipeline
Client: WorleyParsons Canada
The proposed pipeline begins in northeastern BC and terminates on the west coast, and will cross through avalanche areas in the northern Rocky Mountains and the Coast Range. Dynamic mapped avalanche hazards, performed an avalanche hazard assessment, and provided conceptual level recommendations to mitigate avalanche risk to the pipeline. Avalanche safety services were also provided for personnel working on the Coastal GasLink pipeline alignment during the winter.

Westcoast Connector LNG Pipeline
Client: WorleyParsons Canada
Similar to the Coastal GasLink pipeline, the proposed pipeline begins in northeastern BC and terminates on the west coast, and crosses through avalanche areas in the northern Rocky Mountains and the Coast Range. Dynamic mapped avalanche hazards, performed an avalanche hazard assessment, and provided conceptual level recommendations to mitigate avalanche risk to the pipeline.