Projects Portfolio

Planning and Land Development

The Helix team has an extensive portfolio of projects in Northern Alberta. Project teams have completed projects as far south as Whitecourt, Alberta and as far north as La Crete, Alberta. The basis for all land development projects is a well-managed core of technical and professional staff that is able to facilitate all aspects of a project from cost estimating and detailed design to public consultation and legislative representation. Helix’s team has the credentials to complete these projects from beginning to end.

Examples of Projects Our Team Has Completed:

116th Street Sanitary Trunk Sewer

Aquatera Utilities Inc. engaged a design build team with Helix Engineering as the Design and Construction engineering consultant for this 5.4 km large-diameter gravity sewer system. This $12 million project was required to open a large service area to the City of Grande Prairie. Helix completed detailed design for the project including pipe assessments, geotechnical, environmental, hydraulic design, earthwork calculations and construction method analysis. Helix was also the resident engineer for the project, completing tasks such as progress payments, earthworks quantities, pipe and manhole inspections, completion certificates and client liaison.

Town of Spirit River Rehabilitation

The Town of Spirit River engaged Helix Engineering as consultants for the rehabilitation of infrastructure such as waterlines, sewer mains, curb and gutter, sidewalks, trails, road subgrade and asphalt concrete pavement. Helix works with the Town and their annually approved budgets to determine the extents of possible improvements as well as assist with the procurement of contractors and materials for the work. The Helix team recognizes budgetary constraints that exist within rural municipalities and works efficiently and effectively to ensure clients receive maximum benefit for the minimum capital investment.


County of Grande Prairie Multi-Modal Site

The Helix team worked through the County of Grande Prairie and private land developers to assess site conditions and produce detailed design of rail spurs, rail operations, site grading, stormwater management facilities and transportation networks for a 160-acre site near the City of Grande Prairie. Due to the complexity of the project and the multiple sectors it services, Helix utilized its diversified staff expertise to maximize site utilization while maintaining budgetary constraints. This project partnered private industry with municipal government in order to benefit all parties and improve regional economic conditions.

Canfor Haul Road Upgrades

As a major transporter of natural resources, Canfor woodlands require ongoing and continual maintenance on all haul roads and yards. Helix was engaged to design 40 km of log haul road upgrades. We used cutting edge aerial survey and modelling techniques to create machine control files for the road contractor which ensured accurate quantities and scheduling. Scheduling for this project was critical as closure of these roads was not feasible for duration of the project.


Area 27

Utilization of cutting edge technology enabled the Helix team to assist with the design drafting of a race track being constructed by a private developer. Civil 3D Infrastructure software was used to draft and model an extremely complex surface with non-traditional curves, elevations and grade changes. Cut/Fill drawings were created to assist the developer and contractor with volumes and construction over a large area to accommodate site restrictions and create a challenging course for the drivers.

132nd Avenue and 108th Street Upgrades

Four kilometres of road upgrades were driven by development of adjacent parcels of land within the City of Grande Prairie. 132nd Avenue (from 116th Street to 100th Street) and 108th Street (from Royal Oaks Drive to 132nd Avenue) were upgraded from rural gravel standard to a paved cross section. Traffic accommodation and public relations were key to successful completion of this project as 132nd Avenue is a high traffic corridor within the City. Acting as design engineers and resident inspectors, Helix’s team was able to expedite the project within originally projected schedules and budgets.