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THE WRITE OF WAY

Issue No. 4 Q1 2017

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE YEAR IN REVIEW: 2016

Another achievement for us was the development of the Management Systems and receiving ISO 14001 and

This past year proved to be a challenging year due to the

18001 accreditation. These were key milestones in the

fall in oil prices and the changes in government. These

development of the business and has given Surerus /

specific challenges led to considerable delays in

SMJV a competitive edge in the Canadian market.

regulatory approvals for a number of our key projects that

A technological achievement in 2016 was the use of 3D

were to commence in the first half of 2016. A key highlight

modelling and photo imagery for the estimation of grade

during this period was the benefit of establishing our long-

and trench rock blasting. This technology provided us

term MSA agreement that provided us with a number of

with significant insight into the project execution and

smaller integrity projects throughout Q1 and Q2. The

enabled projected quantities to be reduced by 40%. This

larger project in our integrity program was delivered on

reduction contributed to significant savings to the project

time and on budget with zero lost time incidents. The

budget and raised Surerus / SMJV’s profile with a key

project was the first time Surerus / SMJV had worked in

client as the only contractor using this technology on one

the area for many years and the project team worked

of the largest pipeline projects under development in

hard with great successes to integrate local and

Canada.

Aboriginal workers.

To ensure that we continue to be a leading partner in

The second half of 2016 saw the commencement of two

these large pipeline projects, we are committed to always

of the delayed larger projects: Fox Creek to Namao

delivering a safe and quality product. Last year was a

project and High Pine. These major projects increased

pivotal year for Surerus / SMJV in this area with the

our workforce to over 1000 personnel by the end of 2016

achievement of ISO 9001 and 18001 accreditations and

and it will increase to over 1500 by mid 2017. This was a

the accolade of the first specialist pipeline construction

key achievement in the growth of the Surerus / SMJV

contractor in Canada to achieve these accreditations.

business and demonstrated our capacity for major projects looking into the coming years.

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Mick Fitzpatrick, President of Surerus Murphy Joint Venture

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Issue No. 4 Q1 2017

Q1 2017 SAFETY STATISTICS TOTAL HOURS: 1,372,172

Throughout the first quarter of 2017, Surerus / SMJV

LOST TIME INCIDENTS: 2

have been working diligently with the execution of many large-scale projects. This has led to the expansion of the

TRIF: 2.48

Health and Safety department by over 35 safety professionals. The company has identified the need for

effective monitoring of employee credentials, and site

additional support ranging from field advisors, project

compliance.

safety leads, administrators and a newly appointed

This year’s objective for the Health and Safety

Health and Safety Manager at the Calgary Office.

department is to achieve OHSAS 18001 certification.

With the growth of the company, Surerus / SMJV have

Certification

will

provide

a

framework

to

reduce

started to use an online safety management system:

occupational health and safety risks, reduce potential for

SafetySync. Through the implementation of SafetySync,

accidents and improve overall performance. A gap

Surerus / SMJV have been able to provide online

analysis will be performed this summer and the goal is to

training to all employees on an on-going basis and prior

achieve accreditation by the end of 2017.

to their arrival to site. This system helps to ensure

QUALITY ISO 9001 / 14001 ACCREDITATION On September 13, 2016, Surerus Pipeline Inc. and Surerus Murphy JV were awarded ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accreditation through DNVGL.

This

has

been

a

major

accomplishment for Surerus / SMJV as

they

are

the

first

pipeline

principles which help businesses

This year’s objective for Surerus /

and

SMJV is to attain the OHSAS 18001.

organizations

efficient

and

improve

satisfaction.

be

more

customer company’s

health and safety by providing a

to

consistency

and

framework that allows organizations

continual improvement to provide its

to

clients good quality products and

occupational health and safety risks,

services.

reduce potential for accidents and

is the most recognized international standard

for

environmental

management systems. It provides a clear management framework to

identify

and

reduce

their

improve overall performance.

and facilitate reductions in pollution,

Systems) standard is based on a

waste generation and unintended

number

discharges to the environment.

management

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The

gap analysis for OHSAS 18001 will be performed this summer and the goal is to achieve this accreditation by the end of 2017.

deliver environmental performance

The ISO 9001 (Quality Management

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certification

a

accreditation.

quality

18001

shows a commitment to occupational

ISO 14001 (Environmental Systems)

of

OHSAS

certification

contractor in Canada to receive this

WHAT IS ISO 9001 / 14001 ACCREDITATION?

The

The

demonstrates commitment

to

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Issue No. 4 Q1 2017

PROJECT UPDATES  Workforce: Peak 325

HIGHPINE - NORTHLOOP The

High

Pine

Expansion

project

consists

 Subcontractor Workforce: Peak of 70, 22% total

of

workforce

approximately 39km of NPS 42 new build construction in Columbia. Specific challenges include working on steep

FOX CREEK TO NAMAO (SPREAD 1 AND 4)

slopes and high volumes of rock drilling and blasting.

The Fox Creek to Namao Pipeline consists of the

 Time Frame: January 2017 - August 2017

construction of two pipelines. Spread 1: 52km of NPS 24

 Location: Wonowon, BC

and 16 pipeline beginning at the Town of Fox Creek and

the challenging mountainous terrain of northeast British

ending at the Virgina Hills Rd. just off of Highway 43.

 Workforce: Peak 200

Spread 4: 107km of NPS 24 and 16 pipeline beginning

 Subcontractor Workforce: Peak of 50, 25% of

at Namao, an area northeast of Edmonton and ending at

total workforce

Range Road 52, halfway between Edmonton and

NORTHEAST BC (NEBC) PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION AGREEMENT

Whitecourt. The project included the installation of seven

The NEBC Pipeline originates at the Aitken Creek

facility tie-in valve sites.

battery site and terminates at the Taylor Tank Farm. The

 Time Frame: August 2016 - April 2017

project is approximately 146.2km in length of NPS 12

 Location: Fox Creek, AB and Villeneuve, AB

block valve sites along the pipeline, as well as four

carbon steel pipeline.

 Workforce: Peak 1150

 Time Frame: January 2017 - October 2017

 Subcontractor Workforce: Peak of 170, 11% of

 Location: Fort St. John, BC

total workforce

HUMAN RESOURCES & DEVELOPMENT This past year Surerus / SMJV have

SMJV

seen tremendous growth in the

implemented a Green Hand Program

program, developing a workforce

company, especially in the Human

for project sites, an Onboarding

plan

Resource department. Since last

Program in the Calgary office and

requirements and to increase field

quarter additional personnel have

secured SafetySync as the new

exposure by rolling out new HR

been hired including a new Human

Safety Management System.

policies and procedures.

Resource & Development Director, Human Resource & Development Manager and a full-time Recruitment Coordinator to support the hiring process as new projects take off.

also

developed

and

to

and

meet

compensation project

growth

As the company continues to grow and

project

capacity

increases,

Surerus / SMJV 2017 initiatives are

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to develop and implement new

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Apart from expanding the HR and

the employees and new hires. These

Development department in 2016,

systems

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ENVIRONMENT SSMJV ACQUIRES FULL CAPABILITY SPILL RESPONSE TRAILERS

upon when visualizing Surerus / SMJV’s response

Ryan Hennessey, environmental lead

company, and not an environmental protection company,

Emergency

spill

response.

Spill

prevention.

Spill

preparedness. These terms conjure up all sorts of images and thoughts. But what does it mean to be “ready to respond?” Perhaps a better question might be, how does Surerus / SMJV want to be ready? Each day it seems the public and the media scrutinize our industry over the environmental impact of pipeline construction or pipeline failure. Indeed, most projects are criticized as environmentally disastrous before they even begin. In the spring of 2016, Jeff Timmins and I were tasked with designing a Spill Response Trailer inventory that demonstrated Surerus / SMJV’s commitment to a higher level of due diligence. A visual statement to our clients, regulatory agencies and the public that we would “ready”.

capacity.

Knowing that we are a pipeline construction

it is important for the trailers to meet the needs of the project and the personnel who would be using them. We had to imagine scenarios that could occur during pipeline construction.

Thus, much of the equipment is geared

toward spills involving refined hydrocarbon products such as fuel and hydraulic/engine oils, which are common occurrences during projects. At the same time, we had to plan for the “what if this happens?” scenarios. Perhaps a fuel truck slides into a ditch near a creek crossing?

Or a 200 litre hydraulic

release happens in a wetland? Or an existing oil line unexpectedly ruptures while we’re building in the right-ofway? The trailers are equipped with 100 feet of creek boom, with a Pedco weir-style skimmer and a boat. Vandalism, unfortunately, has led to property and environmental damage. We need to be ready for that as

Jeff and I have many years of spill response experience,

well.

in all areas of oilfield operations, which we used to draw

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Aboriginal

Engagement

equate for 10-25% of our total

The department is also in a state of

department has been busy providing

project values, and in some projects

transition

project support to new and proposed

direct hires have exceeded our 10%

recruiting for two liaisons to help

projects to ensure the success of our

threshold, as shown in the summary

support

Aboriginal Engagement Program. A

below:

activities. Specific to the High Pine

successful outcome for the Program includes the continued development of meaningful relationships within the

with the project owners.

The

development and maintenance of our relationships involves ongoing communication and participation with

we

our

are

currently

western

Canada

project, we have identified a need Project:

for

Direct Hires:

High Pine

an

Aboriginal

Coordinator.

22.22% (8)

local Aboriginal groups affected by our projects and aligning our efforts

as

Engagement

This individual will

work directly with the project team to Fox Creek to Namao (Spread 4)

bridge its needs with the Aboriginal

11.85% (52)

Engagement

NEBC

39% (8)

Angusmac Creek Crossing

36% (24)

Program,

provide

mentoring and assist with day-to-day support of both the workers and project management team.

This

communities and our clients and

resource has been much anticipated,

finding

and the position’s success will be

opportunities

that

align The

interests. Throughout the year of 2016, we have been actively participating in job recruitment fairs, client project open

houses,

enhancing

our

programs mandates and attending community

events.

This

has

contributed to greater support to project teams to meet and exceed our

targets

involvement

in

for all

Aboriginal our

projects,

whether it is direct hires for craft positions,

permanent

employees

within the project teams or using local Aboriginal vendors.

Aboriginal

Engagement

following

the

project

department is currently doing a

completion,

comprehensive

allocate this resource onto future

Aboriginal with

all

review

Engagement departments

of

our

Program throughout

SMJV. By the end of 2017, we anticipate

implementing

a

formalized AE training program in addition to Cultural Awareness for all employees.

This will allow us to

ensure better communication of our initiatives and all Surerus / SMJV employees

to

have

a

clear

understanding of the importance of the program for Surerus / SMJV. It is

important

that

the

corporate

This past year, we have been able to

directives for Aboriginal Engagement

meet a number of targets. We have

is carried through all aspects of our

noted that Aboriginal subcontractors

business.

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to

determine

if

we

projects. To

ensure

programs

the

success

throughout

of

Surerus

all /

SMJV, it is important to share feedback.

The

Aboriginal

Engagement team is always looking for ways to improve its ability to support internal and external clients. We encourage everyone to partake in our training initiatives and ask whatever questions may come to mind.

Our program’s success is

shared throughout Surerus / SMJV and with the communities we work and live within.

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IN THE COMMUNITY

NATIONAL #PinkShirtDay February 22nd was National #PinkShirtDay, a day to raise awareness about bullying issues in schools, workplaces, homes and over the internet. The Calgary office participated by standing up to bullying and wearing pink.

$20,000 RAISED FOR A NEW COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND IN SHERWOOD PARK Our Fox Creek project team attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony in Sherwood Park to unveil a new community playground at St. Theresa Catholic School. The team raised and contributed over $20,000 for the project .

$5,000 DONATED TO THE FOX CREEK FIRE DEPARTMENT Members of our Fox Creek to Namao Project Team attended the annual Calahoo Fireman's Ball. This major community event helps raise funds to finance key pieces of equipment and training for the local fire department. Our project team raised $5000 for the cause and was recognized as the Platinum Sponsor of the evening by the District Fire Chief.

$17,500 DONATED TO THE FOX CREEK CHILDREN FUNDRAISING SOCIETY Yet another generous donation made by our Fox Creek Project team this April to the Fox Creek Children Fundraising Society. Our people make our company and they continue to inspire us with all the generous work they do to help the communities in which we work.

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OUR PEOPLE spent working with the crews and working with them to

MELANIE HAMILTON,

ensure we are constructing with regulation, construction

senior environmental coordinator

spec, and overall compliance.

Melanie works as a senior environmental coordinator at Surerus / SMJV. Her love for helping the environment led

What do you enjoy the most about your job?

her to pursue a career and join our team in November

I enjoy working outside, working with people, and problem

2013. Melanie explains her day-to-day role and what

solving. But, what I love the most is doing something that

attracted her to Surerus / SMJV.

I care very much about-helping to mitigate our impact on the environment.

What is your role at Surerus/SMJV? I work as a senior environmental coordinator where I act as a field environmental representative, coordinating environmental

mitigation,

supporting

crews

and

supporting project environmental compliance.

What advice would you like to give anyone looking to get into a similar role? If they are new to the pipeline industry, my advice would be to ask as many questions as possible and to shadow as many situations and foremen as they can to accelerate

Describe your typical day.

their learning.

A typical day for me starts with a 6:00 a.m. foreman’s meeting, where I sit in and listen to any announcements,

What attracted you toward a career with Surerus/ SMJV?

issues, and items from senior project management,

The

following the plan for the day from each of the assistant

environment.

superintendents and leads. After the meeting, my lead

Tell us something unique about yourself.

and I assist the foreman with any questions or items

opportunity

to

work

outside

and

with

I grew up in a small town in Ontario with various animals,

needing environmental support. At 7:00 am we have our environmental team meeting with

including a goat named Billy!

all our coordinators. The meeting starts with a tailgate and FLHA discussion and sign off, followed by any items needing further discussion from the foreman meeting. After this meeting I usually have some emails or documents to respond to or update, following all document control and ISO requirements. On a typical day, I float between crews that are in my assigned area. For example, there may be some clearing, mulching, and grade crews. I have meetings with foremen and inspection crews to discuss site-specific mitigation for environmental

features,

such

as

water

courses,

drainages, wetlands, or rare plants. Most of the day is

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HEALTH TIP HOW TO SIT ACCORDING TO ERGONOMICS

much of a curve in the opposite direction, causing “hunch back”.

5. Legs and Feet When your legs are crossed or just your toes are touching the floor, you’re putting unnecessary stress on large supportive muscles and hampering proper blood flow. Make sure your feet are touching the floor with your knees bent at 90 degrees to avoid chronic pain.

6. Vertical Alignment While seated, you never want to be reaching or leaning forward. Fun fact: For every inch that the head comes forward, the spine feels like it has taken on an extra 10 lbs, causing strain on your muscles.

1. Computer Monitor and Eyes It’s important to have your eyes in line with the area of the screen you focus on the most. Looking down at your screen puts excess strain on your neck, which leaves you vulnerable to injuries such as cervical disc herniation, strains and headaches.

* Article retrieved from www.greatist.com

SUDOKU

2. Desk Anything that you constantly use (phone, mouse, or water bottle) can be a stressor on your body if you’re always reaching out to grab it. Instead of forcing your body to overwork (and be in an uncomfortable position), keep must-use items within a foot.

3. Arms When your arms are stretched and extended, your shoulders actually start to rotate forward, causing you to lose strength in your upper back. To avoid shoulder injuries and chronic upper back pain, keep your arms at a comfortable 90-degree angle in a nice, neutral, resting position. Chairs come with arm rests for a reason, so don’t be afraid to let them lend you a hand.

4. Back You want your back to be comfortable and supported, with a small curve in the lumbar spine where your natural lower back is. Without support, the back tends to get too

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