April 4, 2017, a civil engineer from Hatch, Keith Threadkell, presented on the construction of the Port Mann Main Water Supply Tunnel at a lunch and learn in UBC. The presentation focused on major problems faced and key decisions in tunnelling work for the project. Some of the challenges faced include variable soil conditions and issues with the tunnel boring machine, all of which lengthened construction. However, despite the delay, Hatch managed to complete the project under budget while keeping the client satisfied. This involved careful planning, risk assessments, an appropriate contingency, and good communication between all parties. Overall, the presentation highlighted the importance of project management and communication skills in order for companies to cope with unexpected problems.
Keith Threadkell is a civil engineer with 12 years’ experience in heavy civil construction. Keith specializes in Construction Management (CM) with various key roles on many projects in Metro Vancouver. His CM experience includes tunnels, dams, and highways where he performed a wide variety of CM tasks, such as supervision of site safety, quality control, cost estimation of change orders, dispute resolution, review of contractor claims, scheduling, field inspections, coordination of communication, contractor submittals review, cost control, and technical advice.