CALGARY, Alberta The CANADIAN COUNCIL OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS (CCPE) has given its National Award for Engineering Achievement to NISHI-KHON/SNC LAVALIN (NKSL) and DIAVIK DIAMOND MINES for the design and construction of the A154 dike.
The award was presented on May 24 at the annual CCPE gala banquet. Tony Rattue and John Wonnacott, representing NKSL and Diavik, respectively, accepted the honour. The award recognizes outstanding Canadian engineering achievements that have a significant positive impact on society, industry or engineering. The criteria considered are impact on society, industry or engineering; ingenuity; project complexity; environmental and economic impacts and client expectations.
The A154 dike contains the water of Lake de Gras, so mining the kimberlite pipes can proceed. Details of its construction are available in the February/March 2003 issue of CMJ. NKSL designed the dike structure, managed the construction and logistics, and provided engineering, procurement and project control services. DDMI was responsible for the overall development and management of the Diavik diamond mine's construction, and will now manage the mining operation through its 20-year life.