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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Kinder Morgan Canada/Black Gold Inspection (TMX Anchor Loop Pipeline)

The TMX – Anchor Loop Project involved twinning (or looping) a 159-kilometre (99-mile) section of the existing TMPL system between Hinton, Alberta, and Hargreaves, British Columbia, and the addition of two new pump stations.

Although not aligned with Xi Safety, this past project is an example of the level of expertise our personnel gained. The Project Safety Manager worked closely with the Senior Project Management, Senior Contractor Management and field teams to ensure project goals were met and exceeded. With a project spanning two provinces through a National and Provincial Park that are two United Nations, UNESCO world heritage sites and lasting 18 months the Safety Team made up of present Xi Senior Managers successfully concluded this project with over 2.2 million man hours. Field Project Safety Lead was responsible for the portfolios of Safety and Emergency Response. Work closely with regulators including National Energy Board (NEB), Parks Canada, BC Parks Service, BC Ministry of Forestry (Fire Protection Div.) and local emergency services along the project in Alberta and British Columbia. The position is the most senior health and safety subject matter expert at site and provided extensive guidance and support to the Project Management Team, project spread safety advisors, inspection personnel and spread contractors.


Ground Disturbance 201 For Supervisors

XI Safety is pleased to announce that our Ground Disturbance Level 201 Course has been approved by the Alberta Common Ground Alliance organization and our Ground Distrubance Level 2 for Supervisors is available online.


Ground Disturbance Level II


This online course is designed for planners, managers, supervisors and employees who are or will be required to develop, plan and implement any kind of ground disturbance. Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to identify and define ground disturbance; describe the hazards of ground disturbance; decide what permits and agreements will be required; describe how to locate and identify underground facilities; describe regulations associated with ground disturbance; describe the responsibilities for owners and ground disturbers; and describe safety requirements.

This online Ground Disturbance for Supervisors course contains the same course content as a classroom delivered Ground Disturbance 201 course which has been approved as meeting the content and delivery requirements of the “Ground Disturbance 201 Safety Training Standard” of the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA), formerly the Alberta Damage Prevention Council.


Module 1 – Definition, Words & Terms
Defining ground disturbance
Common words & terms related to ground disturbance

Module 2 – Regulations & Responsibilities
Regulations that apply to ground disturbance
Penalties for contravention of regulations
Responsibilities of each party involved in a ground disturbance

Module 3 – Approvals, Permits, & Agreements
Approvals common to ground disturbance
Various types of ground disturbance permits
Commonly used ground disturbance agreements
Circumstances that may impact the ground disturbance permits and agreements required

Module 4 – Ground Disturbance Planning
Soil types, cutbacks, and sloping according to Alberta & Saskatchewan regulations
Reclamation process
Techniques that can be used to minimize environmental impacts

Module 5 – Stages of Ground Disturbance
Techniques for locating existing underground facilities
Procedures for marking underground facilities
Exposure process for underground facilities
Backfill responsibilities

Module 6 – Underground Facility Contact
Historical damage to underground facilities
Common causes of contacts with underground facilities
Potential consequences of contacting underground facilities
Strategies for preventing contact
How to prepare for a contact
What constitutes contact with an underground facility and the procedures to follow if contact is made


GROUND DISTURBANCE FOR SUPERVISORS ONLINE TEST: Testing conducted throughout this online Ground Disturbance For Supervisors course is designed to reinforce the information presented. A mark of 80% must be achieved in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants are able to repeat the course twice if the pass mark is not achieved. Supplemental materials necessary to complete this course can be accessed online.

GROUND DISTURBANCE FOR SUPERVISORS CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: Upon successful completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available for download and printing. The certificate is valid for 3 years from the course completion date indicated on the certificate.

mobile compliant This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.