Drainage Design. Done Right. Accountable. Professional.

Effective agricultural drainage and water management are critical to our ability to feed the growing population. At the same time, we must ensure our actions will not harm those around us or future generations. We have been performing elevation surveys and creating drainage designs on land throughout western Canada for both surface and tile drainage for almost a decade. During this time we’ve witnessed major changes surrounding policy and regulation, seen many projects done the wrong way, and been on the receiving end of plenty of negative opinion. As a result we’ve developed a unique process to create drainage system designs, with the following fundamental principles:
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    Designs that Work Maximize Your ROI

    Providing optimum designs that will provide the desired results, tailored to the landscape, soil type, and infrastructure.

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    Professional Reporting Builds Confidence

    Creating detailed information and specification reports for each project helps regulators and stakeholders understand proposed works

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    Pro-Active Due-Diligence Avoids Issues

    Identifying and addressing potential issues helps neighbors stay neighborly and helps stop over-regulation of the industry

How Our Process Works

People often ask what sets us apart from all our competitors. Firstly, we’ve been doing this for longer than most, if not all, and have surveyed and designed drainage on tens of thousands of acres throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta over the past decade. Secondly, when you hire us you get us, not some hired help, to come and survey and design your drainage – some of our Alberta clients even fly Simon & Joel in from Manitoba to have them consult on projects. Thirdly, our team includes two Master’s Degree holders in GIS and geospatial technologies, and we’re the only company to have developed our own software programs to use in drainage design and survey applications. Fourth, we aren’t going to force you to hire us to implement the works, and we’ll provide you with designs that are based on performance rather than being the most profitable for a contractor. Finally, when it comes to implementation, we can act as a general contractor to oversee the entire project, we can refer you to a trusted installer, we can help you get setup with your own equipment, or we can help you work with whatever equipment you already have.

1. Field Topo Survey

We generally require that you agree to us undertaking a topography survey as this is the only way we can be 100% confident in the data upon which we’ll base our recommendations and reputation. In some cases we may be able to use your collected data or that from a reputable UAV service provider. Where we are taking responsibility for the design, calculations, and regulatory compliance we will need to be extremely confident in the data we use.


2. Drainage System Design

Once we have collected accurate elevation data, we set about designing your drainage layout. We use a combination of GIS software packages to process and filter the data, then create base maps to help us determine the best layout options for each field. We then design the system, testing the viability of every pipe or ditch to ensure it ‘fits’ within required depth and gradient parameters. For tile drainage design, we also determine the required pipe sizes, depths, and pipe spacing.

3. Permit Application Assistance

We’ll provide professional drainage layout drawings complete with specifications typically requested by regulators. For tile and major surface drainage projects we also prepare a professional report that provides detailed information on the proposed project along with potential impacts and mitigation measures. For sensitive projects we can also call upon an engineer to assess potential impacts and stamp our drawings. Presenting a proposed drainage design created by a professional consulting company adds credibility to your application, and demonstrates your commitment to getting things done the right way.


4. PROJECT SPECS & CONSULTATIONS

When you are ready to commence your project we’ll provide the required specifications and parameters for you or your installer to follow. On tile projects these include min/max/target install depths and required grades for mains and sub-mains. We’ll also take care of getting you the materials you need where you need them. If you are implementing surface drainage projects, we have several options for you view the cut/fill locations in-cab to help you follow the plans.

Pricing Structure

Our pricing is based on project sizes. Smaller projects are charged per project, while larger projects are charged per acre. Project size is determined by the size of the area we need to survey in order to develop a drainage design. Typically, we need to survey and build a terrain model for the entire field or major region of the field in which you are planning drainage. So, for example, if you were planning targeted drainage on a quarter section to eliminate problem areas in a few locations throughout the field, we’d typically need to survey the whole quarter and would class this as a Small Project, even though the area to be drained is less. 

Minor Projects

$2,000

Per Project
  • Projects up to 80 acres
  • Site Survey
  • Tile or Surface Drainage Design
  • Supporting Materials for Permit Application
  • Option of Engineer’s stamp $POA

 

Small Projects

$2,500

Per Project
  • Projects up to 160 acres
  • Site Survey
  • Tile or Surface Drainage Design
  • Supporting Materials for Permit Application
  • Option of Engineer’s stamp $POA

Medium Projects

$15

Per Acre
  • Projects 160-320 acres
  • Site Survey
  • Tile or Surface Drainage Design
  • Supporting Materials for Permit Application
  • Option of Engineer’s stamp $POA

Large Projects

$12

Per Acre
  • Projects over 320 acres
  • Site Survey
  • Tile or Surface Drainage Design
  • Supporting Materials for Permit Application
  • Option of Engineer’s stamp $POA
Have small or simpler projects in mind?
Check out our Free Software & Basic Mapping Services

Survey Equipment

We use Hemisphere S320 GNSS receivers mounted onto ATV’s. This allows us to cover your entire fields, and get into ditches, wet spots, etc. For point measurements (such as in deeper water or at culverts), we can move the receivers onto survey poles.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Once we’ve identified the best options for the field, we generate detailed drainage plans that show you where to create your ditches or install your tiles, and provide a guide to the depths and gradients you will need to adhere to in order to make the system effective.

To the best of our knowledge, nobody else in western Canada has consulted on as many acres of drainage improvements as Joel and Simon have since 2008.

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