ENGINEERING SERVICES

Engineering Services: Track, Bridge and Roadway

Railroad infrastructure demands specialized engineering expertise. CANAC's knowledge of the industry translates into informed, worry-free engineering solutions for our customers. Our services extend beyond design and specification - they include execution.

Whether it is straightforward bridge inspection, redesign of an industrial layout, or a major track upgrade program, we have the expertise to perform the services. We understand rail operators' priorities and we plan our work to minimize disruptions. Our engineers, technicians and draftspersons use industry-specific software, drawing tools, technical knowledge, and recommended and standard practice to support us in our services.



Maintenance-of-Way

We also carry out a full range of maintenance-of-way services. We have an outstanding track record in handling large-scale rail relay, rail welding, tie replacement and total track rehabilitation projects - complementing our range of consulting services.

Self-Propelled Scale Test Car

CANAC has acquired a self-propelled, four-axle scale test car that is able to move efficiently from one location to the next without any special handling instructions. This state-of-the-art equipment is part of the company’s fleet of scale test cars and flat car carriers.

With 20 years of experience, CANAC is responsible for the calibration and inspection of railway scales for more than 200 customers in Canada and parts of the United States. Accuracy in recording railcar weights is essential to ensure that overloading does not occur and for compliance with customer contracts and government weights and measures standards.

For more information, contact Maria Pia Longo at 514-734-4768 or mplongo@canac.com

Engineering Projects

These are some of the Engineering Services Projects completed by CANAC. Click on the reference company for a detailed description:

AMT (Prefeasibility Study) - Montreal, QC

Prefeasibility Study - Commuter Train Service Montreal/Repentigny

CANAC completed a prefeasibility study for the establishment of a commuter train service between Montreal and Repentigny. The study included two parts - one focused on the train service and the other on rolling stock requirements. The goal of the operations analysis was to determine the feasibility of the commuter operation as well as the infrastructure modifications and therolling stock required to support it. Preliminary cost estimates for the track infrastructure modifications including signals, and rolling stock were also produced.

AMT (Upgrade to Blainville-Montreal Commuter Line) - Montreal, QC

Upgrade to Blainville - Montreal Commuter Line

CANAC was mandated by Montreal's Suburban Commuter agency (AMT) to determine plant requirements and associated costs to extend the present Blainville line service northward to St-Jerome and to consider three routing options to serve either the present Windsor Station or the Central Station options. Runtime and line capacity modeling were undertaken to ensure targeted schedules were achievable and to ensure adequate mainline infrastructure was in place - particularly on the busy Mount Royal tunnel approaches that were to be shared with the Two Mountains train service and a proposed airport shuttle operation.

AMT (Upgrade & Modernization of Montreal's Deux-Montagnes Commuter Line) - Montreal, QC

Installation of Concrete Ties and Rail

When the Government of Quebec approved funding for the modernization of Montreal's Two Mountains electrified (25 kV) Commuter Rail Service in the early 1990's, CANAC was mandated to conduct a transportation planning study and develop an operating plan for the new line. Issues such as capacity, train schedules, plant requirements, signaling and communications were addressed in the study. CANAC then proceeded with the design and engineering of the track, signals and communications systems. During the construction phase, CANAC was further selected by the Government of Quebec to manage all construction contracts, co-ordinate and supervise all activities and ensure quality control.

The work included: complete rehabilitation of some 30 miles of track, reconstruction of 11 stations and construction of a new outpost yard and maintenance facility, installation of CTC system and, installation of 16 new or completely renewed crossing warning systems. The $250 million project was completed on time and budget.

Alcan Smelters and Chemicals Ltd - Alma, QC

Track Construction and Renewal

Construction and upgrade of approximately 30 miles of mainline track including yard track construction in the Saguenay and Lac-St-Jean regions in Quebec as well as undercutting of 16 miles of track.

Bombardier Transport (Long Island Railraod) - New York, NY

Turnkey Construction of Unloading Ramp

Design and construct an elevated concrete unloading ramp in Holban Yard, NY for Long Island Railroad following their acquisition of Bombardier's M7 passenger cars.

Iron Ore Company of Canada - Sept-Îles, QC

Technical Support, Advisory Assistance and Engineering

Provide technical support, advisory assistance and engineering for the preparation of tender documents for the rehabilitation and upgrade of QNS&L's trackage.

Track Rehabilitation Program

Supply labor and equipment for 5-mile ballast undercutting program, tie replacement, joint elimination and rail de-stressing.

Northland Project - Kaunisvaara, Sweden

CANAC was awarded by Northland Resources to manage the overall supply chain logistics for a Greenfield iron ore mine in Kaunisvaara, Sweden. The ore will be moved 150 kilometers by truck, loaded into railcars for a 225 kilometer trip to where it will load onto ships for export. Our team will coordinate all aspects of the truck, transload, rail and port components of a supply chain system designed to move 14,000 tons/day of iron ore concentrate from the mine to the Port of Narvik in Norway.

We'll provide a combination of people, processes and technology to ensure that Northland can count on us to move and manage their product from mine to market with worry-free consistency.

This is a great example of the kind of convergence project that makes us distinctive in the eyes of our customers. Expertise and collaboration of team members from several parts of our company allowed us to build this proposal and gain Northland's confidence. Continued convergence and support from all these groups will allow us to deliver the caliber of service Northland is expecting.

Middle East Coal (MEC) Project - Kalimantan, Indonesia

Middle East Coal (MEC), through affiliates in Indonesia, is developing coal mines and associated coal handling, port and rail facilities in Kalimantan, Indonesia, including the mine and the coal handling, port and rail system.

MEC has mandated CANAC to act as MEC's representative for the planning, design, engineering, construction, testing and commissioning of the coal handling, port and rail system.

CANAC's role is to provide railway engineering, planning and mechanical services as part of its Rail System Owner's Representative Services.

CANAC will provide overview and system integration while serving as MEC's owner's representative for the various components making up the railway engineering section. This will include:

• Railway engineering design
• Track and Structure design
• Rail operating plan
• Rolling stock requirements
• Procurement
• Construction monitoring and oversight
• Commissioning activities

Bakken Petroleum Services Hub Project near Trenton - Trenton, ND

Savage, CANAC's parent company, announces the completion of its terminal located near Trenton, ND, with direct connection to BNSF Railway's main line track. The terminal is strategically located to gather crude oil from the Williston Basin and Bakken Shale and facilitate the transport of crude to key refinery markets. The terminal provides the oil industry with inbound gathering access through truck receiving stations, pipeline connections and crude oil tankage. Outbound delivery of crude oil is served by a double loop track capable of holding two 118 car unit trains. The terminal adds crude by rail transportation to the area's existing pipeline capacity, to maximize the options producers have to get crude to refineries. The terminal has been transloading crude, from truck to rail, on a manifest basis since December, 2011. Now, with the construction complete, this terminal has the capacity to handle unit trains and will operate 24 hours per day. The Savage Bakken Petroleum Services Hub is served by BNSF, which enables the flexibility to deliver crude to East Coast, West Coast and Gulf Coast markets.

Rail provides a more flexible, long-term, economical option to ship crude oil to destination markets throughout the East, West and Gulf coasts The location and design of the terminal is such that future expansion of trackage and capacity is being planned by CANAC/Savage. The Trenton terminal will grow to accommodate continued Williston Basin expansions and the increasing need for oilfield material and crude oil receiving and handling. BNSF Railway looks forward to continuing to work with CANAC/Savage and other producers and receivers to expand oil by rail shipments while helping to create more jobs and reduce our dependence on overseas production.

For more information on our products and services, contact us by phone at 1-800-588-4387 or by email: info@canac.com.

CANAC Railway Services Inc. is a Corporation that is part of the Savage Group of Companies.

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