Technical Tours2019-02-13T16:49:54+00:00

Technical Tours

Thursday, June 13

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Ottawa was originally settled as a trading centre, being strategically located at the confluence of four tributaries to the St. Lawrence River – the Ottawa, Gatineau, Le Lièvre and Rideau rivers. While the use of the waterways as trading routes eventually waned, these rivers were later developed into important sources of renewable energy.

In addition to visiting dams and hydropower facilities, the technical tours will include options to go to some of Canada’s premier laboratories in Ottawa and Montréal. These laboratories have an international reputation for servicing the dam industry in Canada as well as supporting international projects.

ICOLD 2019 participants will be able to select from full day and half day technical tours on Thursday June 13, 2019. The half day tours will allow participants to attend a morning or afternoon of technical papers during Day 2 of the Symposium.

Important Information:

  • All technical tours require participants to have closed toe flat shoes, long pants and photo identification with them.
  • You will be asked to indicate which technical tour you plan to attend during the registration process. For further information and costing, click on the links for each tour, below. The additional fees will be added to your registration during the registration process.
  • Only registered delegates and/or accompanying persons are eligible for these optional tours
  • Tours are subject to change, if minimum number of delegates are not met
  • Final itinerary and details will be send to you via email by the ICOLD secretariat closer to the beginning of the conference

Technical Tours

Length

Fee

1A – Dufferin and High Falls with Ottawa River Boat Cruise Full Day  $75/per person
1B – Dufferin and High Falls with Ottawa River Boat Cruise Full Day  $75/per person
2 – Beauhnarois GS and Lasalle NHC with lunch and site seeing in Old Montreal Full Day $60/per person
3 – Beauhnarois GS, site seeing in Old Montreal and St Lawrence Boat Cruise Full Day $75/per person
4 – R.H. Sanders and Ottawa River Boat Cruise Full Day $75/per person
5 – Lasalle NHC and Ecole Polytechnique with lunch and site seeing in Old Montreal Full Day $60/per person
6 – Queens University Laboratories and 1000 Islands Boat Cruise Full Day $75/per person
7 – Chat Falls GS Half day (morning) $30/per person
8 – NRC Hydraulics Lab and Beauharnois GS with lunch and site seeing in Old Montreal Full Day $60/per person
9 – Chaudière Falls GS and Ottawa River Boat Cruise Half day (afternoon) $45/per person
10 – Farmers GS and Ottawa River Boat Cruise Half day (afternoon) $45/per person
11 – Chaudière Falls GS and Rideau Canal Boat Cruise Half day (afternoon) $45/per person

Length: Full day
Fee: $75
Lunch: Included (see below)

Brookfield Renewable operates four dams and four generating stations on the Lièvre River in Québec and the tour will include stops at Dufferin and High Falls. The Dufferin Dam is a fixed crest weir built in 1920 and currently undergoing replacement. The project posed numerous challenges at its design and implementation stages as the river can be diverted anytime within minutes onto the usually dry crest.  The High Falls Dam and Generating Station built in 1929 have undergone many major projects over the last few years.  The dam consists of a water intake structure and 2 spillways, one with 2 regulating gates and one with 11 Stoney gates.

Following the tours participants will have lunch in the Byward Market and then board a boat for a cruise on the Ottawa River.

As there might be workers onsite during the visit, safety boots (and not only safety shoes) will be mandatory to join the tour.

Length: Full day
Fee: $75
Lunch: Included (see below)

Brookfield Renewable operates four dams and four generating stations on the Lièvre River in Québec and the tour will include stops at Dufferin and High Falls. The Dufferin Dam is a fixed crest weir built in 1920 and currently undergoing replacement. The project posed numerous challenges at its design and implementation stages as the river can be diverted anytime within minutes onto the usually dry crest.  The High Falls Dam and Generating Station built in 1929 have undergone many major projects over the last few years.  The dam consists of a water intake structure and 2 spillways, one with 2 regulating gates and one with 11 Stoney gates.

Following the tours participants will have lunch in the Byward Market and then board a boat for a cruise on the Ottawa River.

As there might be workers onsite during the visit, safety boots (and not only safety shoes) will be mandatory to join the tour.

Length: Full day
Fee: $60
Lunch: Included (see below)

Come visit Beauharnois Generating Station, one of the world’s largest hydropower facilities.

Discover the exceptional design of this facility, whose construction began by pick and shovel more than 80 years ago. You’ll be impressed by the award-winning architecture of this Art Deco structure, which has earned it a place among the country’s national historic sites. Its 38 generating units, spread out over almost a kilometre, make it Hydro-Québec’s most powerful run-of-river plant. http://www.hydroquebec.com/visit/monteregie/beauharnois.html

Lasalle|NHC celebrated its 60th birthday in 2016, is a North American leader in the field of hydraulics and applied fluid mechanics. Our 2014 merger with Northwest Hydraulic Consultants (www.nhcweb.com) has created the largest network of hydraulic laboratories and water resources specialists in America, with offices in Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec), the United States (Washington State and California) and Brazil.

Lasalle|NHC was a key player in most of the major hydraulic projects developed in Quebec in the last sixty years. Our expertise in physical scale modelling has benefited nearly all of the hydroelectric projects built by Hydro‐Quebec since the early sixties. Our company was also actively involved in the hydraulic optimization of large projects such as the St. Lawrence Seaway locks and canals, the construction of Notre‐Dame Island for the International Exposition of 1967 as well as the Desbaillets and J.‐R. Marcotte water treatment plants in Montreal. Our modeling experts have worked on many hydro projects elsewhere in Canada, notably for BC Hydro, Manitoba Hydro and Nalcor.  Our international experience includes multiple modelling studies in the USA, Central and South America, Africa and Asia.

The laboratory visit will describe ongoing or recent model studies dealing with a complete array of hydraulic structures, including hydro intakes, spillways and low level outlets.

In between site visits participants will enjoy lunch and site seeing in historical Old Montreal at their leisure.

Length: Full day
Fee: $75
Lunch: Included (see below)

Come visit Beauharnois Generating Station, one of the world’s largest hydropower facilities.

Discover the exceptional design of this facility, whose construction began by pick and shovel more than 80 years ago. You’ll be impressed by the award-winning architecture of this Art Deco structure, which has earned it a place among the country’s national historic sites. Its 38 generating units, spread out over almost a kilometre, make it Hydro-Québec’s most powerful run-of-river plant. http://www.hydroquebec.com/visit/monteregie/beauharnois.html

Following the tour participants will have a boxed lunch on the bus to Montreal at their leisure, enjoy site seeing in Old Montreal and then board a boat for a cruise on the St Lawrence River.

Length: Full day
Fee: $75
Lunch: Included (see below)

Ontario Power Generation’s R.H. Saunders GS, combines with the New York Power Authority’s Robert Moses GS to span the St. Lawrence River. This station features unique eel ladder that enables eels to migrate successfully upstream and help restore the eel population. The 2400 MW installation was constructed in the 1950s as part of the redevelopment of the St. Lawrence Seaway, linking Lake Ontario and the Great Lakes system to the Atlantic Ocean, forming one of North America’s most important transportation routes.

Following the tours participants will enjoy lunch at R.H. Saunders and then head back to Ottawa to board a boat for a cruise of the Ottawa River.

Length: Full day
Fee: $60
Lunch: Included (see below)

Lasalle|NHC celebrated  its  60th birthday in 2016, is a North American leader in the field of hydraulics and applied fluid mechanics. Our 2014 merger with Northwest Hydraulic Consultants (www.nhcweb.com) has created the largest network of hydraulic laboratories and water resources specialists in America, with offices in Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec), the United States (Washington State and California) and Brazil.

Lasalle|NHC was a key player in most of the major hydraulic projects developed in Quebec in the last sixty years. Our expertise in physical scale modelling has benefited nearly all of the hydroelectric projects built by Hydro‐Quebec since the early sixties. Our company was also actively involved in the hydraulic optimization of large projects such as the St. Lawrence Seaway locks and canals, the construction of Notre‐Dame Island for the International Exposition of 1967 as well as the Desbaillets and J.‐R. Marcotte water treatment plants in Montreal. Our modeling experts have worked on many hydro projects elsewhere in Canada, notably for BC Hydro, Manitoba Hydro and Nalcor.  Our international experience includes multiple modelling studies in the USA, Central and South America, Africa and Asia.

The laboratory visit will describe ongoing or recent model studies dealing with a complete array of hydraulic structures, including hydro intakes, spillways and low level outlets.

The Hydro-Québec Structures Laboratory at Polytechnique Montréal is the largest and most versatile high-performance structural testing facility in Canada, including two reaction walls, a seismic shake table, a high-performance Multi-Directional Hybrid Simulation Testing System, several high-performance static/dynamic actuators, a high-capacity structural loading frame, and a climatic chamber for testing under low temperatures. The facility is used to carry out various types of static and dynamic tests on large-scale specimens, including hybrid simulation technology where a laboratory-tested specimen is in continuous interaction with a numerically-simulated substructure.In between site visits participants will enjoy lunch and site seeing in historical Old Montreal

In between site visits participants will enjoy lunch and site seeing in historical Old Montreal at their leisure.

 

Length: Full day
Fee: $75
Lunch: Included (see below)

Queens University Environmental Liner Test Site (QUELTS)
In 2006 QUELTS was constructed to study the effects of field exposure and to quantify the field performance of geosynthetic liners for fluid containment applications as engineered liners and covers.  Thee liner has two sections – a north-facing and south-facing section studying different aspects of liner behavior. The south-facing liner section is 40-m-long and 100-m-wide composite liner featuring a high-density polyethylene geomembranes (GMB) overlying geosynthetic clay liners (GCL) on top of a silty-sand foundation layer.  White, black, smooth and textured geomembranes are visible at the site.  Eight different types of GCLs are being studied at the site.  A 20-m-long base section and 22-m-long slope (3H:1V) section are visible.  This portion of the experiment has been used to quantify geomembrane wrinkles, investigate geomembrane durability when exposed, monitor GCL panel overlap reductions, and detect and mitigate down-slope bentonite erosion from GCLs.

Queen’s University Landslide and Coastal Engineering Laboratory
Subaerial landslides that enter bodies of water are particularly effective at generating very large local tsunami that can pose a significant hazard to dams. Possibly the most well-known event of this kind was the disaster at the Vajont Dam in Italy in 1963, when a landslide with an estimated volume of 270 million m3 impacted a 200 m deep reservoir and generated a wave that overtopped the dam and caused over 2000 deaths. Researchers at Queen’s are using a large 2D subaerial landslide flume (a 1.7 m3 release box at the top of a 6.73 m long 30° slope connected to a 35 m long flat-bottom horizontal reservoir) to create realistic landslide aspect ratios (i.e., long and thin) to illustrated that not all of the landslide mass contributes to the generation of the first and largest wave as was commonly assumed. These observations led them to propose useful new equations for the prediction of near-field tsunami wave amplitude through a consideration of momentum transfer. Critically, the length of the flume is allowing the team to better quantify the near-field shape of the wave and the longevity of its amplitude as it propagates to the far-field. In a parallel research programme, the horizontal portion of this facility is being used to fail 1 m high model dams via overtopping to explore whether predictive outflow hydrographs generated for clear-water dam geometries are applicable for tailings dams.

Queens University Geosynthetics Liner Performance Laboratory
Geomembranes and essentially impermeable to water and most liquids except for holes.  This raises two questions: (i) what is the expected leakage through holes, and (ii) how long with the geomembrane last. Queen’s houses the worlds leading laboratory and research team examining these questions.  Central to these studies are 54 geosynthetic liner longevity and leakage simulators. These simulators 0.6-1m in diameter allow the construction and testing of a full liner system (subgrade, liner and overlying material), loading up to 3000 MPa, water heads up to 200 m, and temperatures from 20oC to 95oC (with  studies to look a freeze-thaw effects also being developed).  These studies are examining issues such as  how design decisions affect the number and size of holes and leakage through liners, the effect tailings on leakage through holes in geomembranes, filter criterial for soil as on either side of a geomembrane with a hole, how long will the geomembrane last in different applications, relative performance of HDPE, LLDPE and bituminous geomembranes etc.  You will see different aspects of how the experiments are performed (some of which have been running for over a decade) and the advances that have been and are being made.

You will enjoy lunch in beautiful downtown Kingston between site visits; following the visits participants will board a boat for a cruise of 1000 Islands.

Length: Half day – morning
Fee: $30
Lunch: Included (see below)

Chats Falls Generating Station has been operating on the Ottawa River for more than 80 years, providing 192 megawatts of clean renewable electricity. Equipped with five (5) spillway structures on nearly seven (7) kilometers long dam, this station is jointly owned by OPG and Hydro Quebec. Located in beautiful Fitzroy Harbour, the station derives its name from the French word for cat as it was built on the old Chats Falls, which bore a resemblance to cat’s paws.

After the tour you will be brought back to the Shaw Centre to enjoy lunch with the rest of the ICOLD delegates.

Length: Full day
Fee: $60
Lunch: Included (see below)

The NRC’s Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre (NRC-OCRE) supports a broad cross section of industry sectors by developing creative and practical solutions to engineering challenges in rivers, lakes and marine environments. Building on our competencies of physical and numerical modelling, NRC-OCRE has extensive experience in advanced engineering and complex ocean, coastal and river environments and provides expertise and tools to identify, adapt, and integrate advanced solutions into systems that improve the performance and safety of designed systems and structures that are subject to severe weather events and other environmental risks.  NRC-OCRE has state of the art facilities in Ottawa and St. John’s where physical modeling can be conducted to test and evaluate engineered systems and structures.  The Ottawa facilities would include: Coastal wave basin (63 m × 14.2 m), Multidirectional wave basin (26 m × 36 m), Large area basin (47 m × 30 m), Ice tank – 21 m (21 m × 7 m), Large wave flume (97 m × 2 m), Steel wave flume (63 m × 1.4 m), High-discharge flume.

Come visit Beauharnois Generating Station, one of the world’s largest hydropower facilities.

Discover the exceptional design of this facility, whose construction began by pick and shovel more than 80 years ago. You’ll be impressed by the award-winning architecture of this Art Deco structure, which has earned it a place among the country’s national historic sites. Its 38 generating units, spread out over almost a kilometre, make it Hydro-Québec’s most powerful run-of-river plant. http://www.hydroquebec.com/visit/monteregie/beauharnois.html

In between site visits participants will enjoy lunch and site seeing in historical Old Montreal at their leisure.

Length: Half day – Afternoon
Fee: $45
Lunch: at Shaw Centre

Delegates will have access to the newly expanded Chaudière Falls site, including a state-of-the-art generating station and views of the Ottawa River Ring Dam which first went into service in 1910. Comprised of 4 EcoBulb turbines with double regulated Kaplan runners, automatic gates installed at the draft tubes, and Dynamic Static VAR Compensators for each unit to regulate power factor, the station generates 29.3 MW in power. The new generating station sits 5 storeys deep on the upstream, designed to be as deep as possible to help minimize water velocity in the intake channel in order to improve fish survival. With an upstream passage built into the channel walls for the American Eel and a downstream fish bypass system built into the intake and through the powerhouse, the station is designed to minimize impact on the environment and marine life. http://chaudierefalls.com/

After the tour you will board a boat for a cruise of the Ottawa River.

Length: Half day – Afternoon
Fee: $45
Lunch: at Shaw Centre

In the heart of Gatineau, just 6 km from Hull, lies Rapides-Farmer generating station, a landmark of Outaouais history. This gem of a power plant has been in operation since 1927. Your tour will unlock the secrets of the river, first used to transport lumber and then to generate hydroelectricity.

Go right inside a generating unit and look straight up to admire a 160-t rotor in action! You’ll be astonished by the unique facilities, including a weir that discharges water into the former bed of the Rivière Gatineau. Fascinating and historical! http://www.hydroquebec.com/visit/outaouais/farmers.html

After the tour you will board a boat for a cruise of the Ottawa River.

Length: Half day – Afternoon
Fee: $45
Lunch: Included (see below)

Delegates will have access to the newly expanded Chaudière Falls site, including a state-of-the-art generating station and views of the Ottawa River Ring Dam which first went into service in 1910. Comprised of 4 EcoBulb turbines with double regulated Kaplan runners, automatic gates installed at the draft tubes, and Dynamic Static VAR Compensators for each unit to regulate power factor, the station generates 29.3 MW in power. The new generating station sits 5 storeys deep on the upstream, designed to be as deep as possible to help minimize water velocity in the intake channel in order to improve fish survival. With an upstream passage built into the channel walls for the American Eel and a downstream fish bypass system built into the intake and through the powerhouse, the station is designed to minimize impact on the environment and marine life. http://chaudierefalls.com/

A boxed lunch will be provided before you board the boat for a cruise on the Rideau Canal. Following the cruise you will board the coach bus and depart for your tour of Chaudière Falls GS.