Kinder Morgan Slurry Wall

FRPD was contracted by LFR Environmental to construct a cutoff wall along portions of the Kinder Morgan property line at their North Vancouver facility. This wall was 280m in length and utilized the vibro beam injection method.

The site was challenging for a slurry wall installation; cobble obstructions, numerous utilities, varying soil conditions, overhead obstructions, and working directly adjacent to Burrard Inlet and the marine ecosystem. Ultimately, a vibro beam injection method to install the 15m-16m deep x 1m wide wall was chosen, and FRPD was selected to develop an installation system and equipment to meet the client’s requirements.

Deltaport Berth 3 Marine Works

The rapid increase in global trade has led to extensive development of container ports around the world.  Deltaport Berth 3 was Vancouver Port Authorities latest answer to the growing demands of the import and export requirements through Canada s Pacific Gateway.

Fraser River Pile and Dredge (GP) Inc. was subcontracted to carry out the largest phases of the contract being the dredging and reclamation works.

The key to the successful completion of this project was local dredging equipment and local crew.  The design and construction methodology of the caisson dock required the presence of the dredging fleet to be staged throughout the project. The ability of FRPD to demobilize from Deltaport to other local projects in Metro Vancouver and remobilize at short notice enabled the project to be completed on time with minimal mobilization costs.

City of Port Coquitlam Coast Meridian Overpass

The construction of the 580m long, 6-span Coast Meridian Overpass was recognized as the longest push-launch in North America. Constructed with very limited ground access and without disruption to the CP Rail operations, the 4-lane structure crosses Lougheed Highway and spans 50 parallel sets of tracks in the CP Rail yard.

The construction of the arterial roads and bridge approaches in notably poor soil conditions involved both traditional and innovative ground enhancement techniques.

Golden Ears Bridge

Spanning the Fraser River, the Golden Ears Bridge connects the communities of Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge to Langley, Surrey and beyond. The six-lane bridge and 14-kilometre road network provide a quick and convenient link for residents and businesses that reduces travel times and regional traffic congestion.

The scope of work undertaken by FRPD on the project included a variety of activities, both marine-related and on land.  The most significant activity was the construction of the four main river pier foundations including densification and riprap placement.  Each of the 4 piers is supported by 12 – 2440 diameter bored piles to depths as great as 75 meters.  Construction of the piles – which included approximately 300 cubic meters of concrete and up to 90 tonnes of reinforcing steel per pile – was carried out by FRPD crews working 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

FRPD supplied all marine support equipment and supervision for this operation. FRPD also supplied approximately 750,000 cubic meters of dredged river sand to be used for preload and roadway embankment fill, constructed significant temporary works to facilitate loading and offloading of the bridge and viaduct pre-built components and installed 3,000 precast concrete driven piles to support footings for elevated portions of connecting roadways.

Canada Line River Crossing Bridge Foundations

The Canada Line is Vancouver’s rapid transit rail connecting YVR to downtown Vancouver in under 30 minutes and to downtown Richmond in 18 minutes.  In 2005, SNC-Lavalin was awarded a contract to partially finance, design, build, operate and maintain the 19.5-kilometre Canada Line LRT. The LRT was the first major rapid rail project undertaken in the country under a public-private partnership (P3) model. It was also the first rapid mass transit system in Canada to link the downtown core of a major city with an international airport.

Fraser River Pile & Dredge Ltd. was awarded a contract in 2005 by RSL Joint Venture to construct the major pier foundations for 2 bridges crossing the Fraser River to Richmond and Vancouver Airport which would support the Canada Line light Rapid transit line.

Port of Vancouver Centerm Terminal Reconstruction

Fraser River Pile & Dredge participated in the reconstruction of the Centerm terminal on the south side of Burrard Inlet.  This project involved a major upgrade to the existing container terminal facility to expand the operating capacity, including both land and marine construction.

FRPD’s scope included:

  • 12M Berth extension
  • Dredging to deepen the Berth to minus 15.5m depth
  • 1067mm diameter pipe piles
  • Vibro densification
  • Site services


  • Reconstruction of a major container facility without disruption to marine, rail and trucking operations
  • Adhering to strict environmental requirements protecting air and water quality
  • Due to heavy design loading in the container facility stringent quality control guidelines and practices needed to be followed.

Diavik Diamond Mine

Rio Tinto’s Diavik Diamond Mine is one of two large scale diamond mines in Canada s North West Territories. The mine consists of four Kimberlite pipes; A154 South, A154 North, A418, and A21 all situated beneath Lac de Gras.  Diavik first received approval in 2001 to carry out open pit mining of the A154 pipes.  In order to construct an open pit mine in the middle of Lac de Gras a 3.9 kilometers perimeter dike needed to be constructed and the water pumped out.  Prior to construction of the dike the soft lake bed sediments had to be excavated from the footprint of the dike.

In 2000-2001 FRPD’s portable cutter suction dredger Explorer was mobilized from Vancouver to the North West Territories which included hauling over the infamous winter ice roads.  FRPD had a short time line to assemble, launch, dredge, and disassemble in the few months of temperate weather available.

The second dike was constructed in 2005 joining the A154 dike to East Island.  This time the dike was much shorter than the first at 1.3 kilometers in length but required deeper dredging to 32 meters.  As per the A154 dredging the Explorer successfully completed the work in the few months available.

Marathon Developments Thurlow/Cordova Viaduct

FRPD was contracted to construct this viaduct in a very confined work space while maintaining uninterrupted SkyTrain service on the tracks below and in close proximity to existing buildings.  Close communication with the client and stakeholders was key to the success of this project.