Pang Harbour Development, Pangnirtung, Nunavut
Resident marine construction inspection services for Pangnirtung Harbour Development, Phase 2 (Structural Engineering)
Completed: October 2012
SHM Canada was selected by PWGSC to provide resident marine construction inspection services for the construction of a sheet pile fixed wharf at Pangnirtung, Nunavut. The scope of work included inspection of each stage of work, maintenance of daily work records, preparation of daily progress report ,and liaison with the PWGSC project officer. A daily progress report included a list of operational equipment and personnel on site, challenges and delays, and general observations on the weather and the progress of the work, including photographs. The daily inspection report prepared by the inspector was reviewed at SHM Canada office in Halifax for accuracy, presentation, and consistency before being forwarded to PWGSC Project Officer.
The weather conditions and significant tidal range posed challenges for the contractor as well as SHM Canada resident inspector. The overall working season was limited due to the geographic location of the site. A significant amount of work had to be carried out within an extremely small window of opportunity, while some of the work could only be carried out during high tides. This required the inspector to adapt to a constantly changing 12-hour work schedule through close liaison with the contractor. Lack of reliable telephone and internet services posed a significant challenge in communicating effectively with the SHM Canada office in Halifax and the PWGSC Project Officer based in Winnipeg, MB.