Event Coordinator: Cory Sutherland
On March 12, 2016 the UBC CSCE Student Chapter facilitated a site tour of the Ruskin Dam Reconstruction Project in Mission, BC with the joint venture construction team Flatiron-Dragados. The 80 year old BC Hydro dam is currently undergoing seismic upgrades to both the dam and powerhouse structures by constructing new concrete piers, installing new spillway gates, upgrading the powerhouse and water conveyance system (intakes and penstocks), and constructing a new bridge over the dam.
Two field engineers from Flatiron Construction hosted the tour and led us through both the dam and powerhouse structures, explaining the various stages involved in replacing an existing concrete dam. Much of the work is performed on the face of the dam, where workers were positioned on several large, engineered platforms attached to the spillway above Hayward Lake. Overall students were fascinated by the construction methods and daily tasks Flatiron field engineers performed to plan and execute the work. The UBC CSCE Student Chapter would like to thank Flatiron Construction for their hospitality, time, and effort in showcasing their extremely complex and interesting project.