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Fortis Installs New Water Safety Boom for E.B. Campbell Dam

Fortis was contracted by SaskPower for the removal of an existing safety boom and the supply and installation of a new water safety boom system for E.B. Campbell Dam. As General Contractor, Fortis constructed a laydown area along the South shore of the spillway and set sail to a month-long project alongside several subcontractors. Early milestone tasks consisted of placing large, floating barge sections into the water and building an access platform for a 55T RT Crane to be positioned onto the H-Barge.

The new safety boom system consisted of 20,000 lb. 5’x5’ concrete anchor blocks placed underwater via the 55T RT Crane atop the floating barges and a diving crew for safe handling/lowering and rigging.  These concrete anchors were the foundation for the 24” diameter x 20’ & 40’ steel pipe pontoons (painted to spec and filled with EPS Foam for floatation) positioned and anchored across the water from South shore to North shore, near the E.B. Campbell Spillway.  A 24” x 30’ vertical steel pile was driven into the ground along the North dam and utilized as tie-off/anchorage for the steel safety pontoons. 

Project Subcontractors:

- Dominion Diving (Diving Crew; Barge sections and Water Vessel Supply) 

- Prairie Crane (Operator w/ 100T and 55T RT Cranes for project)

- Saskatchewan River Business Corporation (Local labourer assistance)

- Gary Taylor Trenching (Excavating and earthworks)

- Dart Services (Vertical Pile supply and installation)

Major Suppliers:

- Fortis Mfg. (Steel pontoons and floats fabrication/supply)

- Northern Strands (All permanent chain, wire rope and rigging materials)

- Pre-Con (concrete anchor blocks)

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