Infrastructure Projects in Annapolis County

first_img Street Paving – Dr. Lewis Johnston and Alexander Campbell Street Shared total project cost – $216,000, including $72,000 federal and $72,000 provincial The street paving project for Dr. Lewis Johnston and Alexander Campbell streets will provide for the complete resurfacing of 1.25 kilometres of existing street base along the two South Farmington streets. Residents will see a significant reduction in the amount of dust along those two streets with the supply, placement and compaction of new shoulder gravels to complete the street cross-section. The project will also mean a reduction in annual maintenance costs for the community. Five Annapolis County infrastructure projects, worth almost$500,000, got the green light today thanks to funding by theCanada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program. A total of $309,330 in joint federal and provincial funding wasannounced today, Dec. 1, by Barry Barnet, Minister of ServiceNova Scotia and Municipal Relations and Robert Thibault, Ministerof Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of Gerry Byrne, Minister ofState for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. TheMunicipality of the County of Annapolis will fund the remaining$154,670 upon formal acceptance of the agreement. “The government of Canada is committed to investing in the futureof Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Thibault. “Through the Canada-NovaScotia Infrastructure Program, we are investing in projects likethese that contribute to creating a better quality of life forour communities.” These infrastructure projects are mostly water and wastewaterimprovements, which promote safer drinking water, effectivewastewater management, safer communities, and sound environmentalpractices that serve to benefit businesses, families and tourismin the province. “The infrastructure program enables the three levels ofgovernment to pool resources to address important community needssuch as the Annapolis County projects,” said Mr. Barnet. “Theseprojects will not only provide health and environment benefits,they will encourage growth in the area.” “Today’s announcement is very good news for Annapolis Countyresidents,” said Peter Terauds, warden of the Municipality of theCounty of Annapolis. “These are necessary projects, and theInfrastructure Program is enabling us to develop a higher qualityof municipal services to our community.” This is one of a series of approval announcements for projectsunder the program, which has invested over $160-million in 106projects to date. Additional announcements are expected asprojects undergo environmental assessment and final approval. The $195-million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia InfrastructureProgram is administered by the Atlantic Canada OpportunitiesAgency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a member of the managementcommittee. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities is representedon the program’s management committee.Following is a list of approved projects: Cornwallis Park Residential Water Meter Program Shared total project cost – $47,000, including $15,666 federal and $15,666 provincial The Cornwallis Park Residential Water Metering Program project will equip 250 households with water meters. The use of meters is expected to reduce water consumption in the Cornwallis Park area. Not only is this good news in terms of water consumption, but it also means less chemical use and lower operating costs for the water utility. Comminutors are an important part of the sewage treatment plant and are used to grind and chop raw sewage solids in order to prevent the system from clogging. A more uniform waste increases the efficiency of the treatment process. Once the upgrades are completed, about 650 households will benefit from improved sewage treatment. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Infrastructure Projects inAnnapolis County The MIOX system is safer than the current system as it allows the utility to discontinue the use of gas chlorine and thus eliminates any concerns associated with using and storing chlorine. When the project is complete, the new system will provide the 250 community households with improved water quality. Cornwallis Park Water Chlorination System Replacement Shared total project cost – $35,000, including $11,666 federal and $11,666 provincial The Cornwallis Park Water Chlorination System Replacement project will provide for the replacement of the existing flow paced gas chlorine disinfection system with a MIOX (mixed oxidant) disinfection system at the Cornwallis Park water treatment facility. Nictaux and Cornwallis Park Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrades Shared total project cost – $121,000, including $40,333 federal and $40,333 provincial The Nictaux and Cornwallis Park Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrades project calls for the supply and installation of comminutors for Nictaux and Cornwallis Park sewage treatment plants. Sewer Extension Cape Road – Lequille Shared total project cost – $45,000, including $15,000 federal and $15,000 provincial The Sewer Extension Cape Road – Lequille project will provide for the design and construction of a sewer extension along Cape Road, where aging individual on-site sewage disposal systems are malfunctioning. With the extension in place, seven households will be connected to a municipal wastewater, collection and treatment system that will prevent raw sewage from being discharged in ditches.last_img read more

Real time monitoring harnessing critical data for effective ground control

first_imgMining companies need to pay increasing attention to geotechnical and microseismic monitoring if they are to reap the full benefits of support performance systems that manage ground control to improve the operational safety of a mine, says Simon Bailey, Instrumentation and Monitoring Services Manager at Coffey Mining.  By collecting and analysing data on actual rock mass behaviour, this provides valuable evidence in undertaking appropriate risk assessments for operations.“The best results in ground control assessment are achieved through continuous monitoring of in place geotechnical instrumentation once the ground control measures have been designed and installed,” said Bailey. “By continuously feeding data back into the ground control design, and using remote instrumentation for real time results, we are able to receive a greater amount of information that has a higher degree of reliability, allowing us to make more informed judgements about what is happening within a mine.”Coffey Mining’s specialists have been successfully designing, installing and managing geotechnical instrumentation systems on mine sites over the past 35 years. This has recently included remote monitoring systems. Bailey said that although the instruments require upfront capital costs, the effectiveness of these systems is resulting in a significant increase in the operational safety of the mine and a reduction in ongoing production costs.“Real time monitoring allows us to better understand how the ground is behaving and how we can select the best support systems possible. After many years of experience in this area, we know that real time monitoring significantly reduces safety risks and allows us to address potential risks in ground stability more quickly. Remote live data collecting is the future of mine geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring,” he said.According to Adrian Penney, Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Coffey Mining, geotechnical monitoring also needs to be integrated with microseismic monitoring to allow the response of the rockmass to mining to be characterised. “Microseismicity provides a window into the behaviour of the rockmass remotely from the excavations, and can help to verify mine design parameters. Seismic monitoring also allows the identification and hazard assessment of seismic domains. This assists with assessing potential hazards and implementing risk reduction measures. With integrated geotechnical and seismic data analysis, the cause of deformation around excavations can be better understood, and allows for future predictions of ground behaviour to be made with increased confidence.”Over the past three years, Coffey Mining has been heavily involved with the instrumentation of the Beaconsfield gold mine in Tasmania. According to Bailey, the system designed and implemented there provides real time data at the mine office and live data direct to Coffey Mining’s office in Melbourne, allowing the possibility of real time data interpretation. “Basically the client doesn’t have to worry about collecting the data because the system we provide comes complete with the methodology to get the data back to our office. We can monitor the data and provide the clients with the information they really need. We manage the monitoring database and also record the health of the monitoring system. So we know if anomalies in the data are due to the behaviour of the rockmass, or due to system problems, even years later.”Peter Hills, Technical Services Manager at the Beaconsfield mine agrees, saying: “Remote ground control performance measurement has significantly simplified the process of monitoring our ground control systems and now allows re-entry risk assessment to be carried out in a timely manner. Now, with just the one supplier providing and well placed to assist with the maintenance and operation of our monitoring system, we have confidence that the total system performance is as required, and a second opinion can be quickly offered on any issues we perceive.”Bailey concluded, “At the end of the day, there’s no point having good data if you don’t harness the critical information it provides. The key to effective ground control comes down to well-designed instrumentation, continuous monitoring and ready access to the information at hand.”last_img read more