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Industrial | WHALER INDUSTRIAL CONTRACTING INC. Pumping Up the Profits T WHALER HAS FOCUSED ON MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS THAT KEEP JOBS FLOWING. BY CATHY KALLAS he growing demand for oil and petroleum products is a pressing matter for the Americas. The time is right for tapping the large oil reserves in northeastern Alberta. Companies involved in the construction of major pipelines and pumping stations can look forward to the enormous opportunities this presents. Whaler Industrial Contracting Inc., a subsidiary of Trotter & Morton, is a general contractor specializing in oil pumping stations and pipeline installation. Its capabilities include shutdowns and outages, plant dismantle and relocation, yard and process piping, pump stations, water and sewage treatment, metering station upgrades and tie-ins, retrofits, expansions, modernizations and pipe fabrication. Incorporated in 1981, the company has chosen the right market for their exponential growth. “We have many years of experience and expertise providing general, mechanical and civil construction services to the oil and gas industry,” President Mark Wrightson states. “Whaler has been successful in managing costs, schedules and productivity to provide efficiency and meet our customers’ deadlines.” Tapping the Pipeline The oil reserves in western Canada are ready to be tapped and Whaler is a major player. The $12 billion TransCanada Keystone Pipeline project was conceptualized as a cost-competitive solution to the growing North American demand for energy. This will provide a stable source of Canadian crude oil to fill a steady U.S. demand. The first phase of the project originated at the Hardisty, Alberta, terminal. The pipeline, with a capacity of 435,000 barrels per day, ends in Patoka, Ill. Whaler provided labor and logistics for three pumping stations, which are located every 20 to 30 miles along the line. These pumping stations are necessary to pressurize the oil and keep it flowing from one station to the next. “We have developed a number of productivity tools to help manage workflows,” Wrightson says. “These tools allow us to accurately forecast project durations, track productivity and provide indicators to address potential issues.” As a general contractor, Whaler is involved with scheduling supply deliveries, executing construction phases and maintaining labor requirements. The Keystone project provided many challenges to the company. “We really needed to be organized and schedule-driven,” Wrightson says. “Our materials had to arrive in a timely manner, and the interface between trades needed to be coordinated so the handoffs between crews were seamless.” Success for Whaler is dependent on developing key relations with quality subcontractors. In this installation, additional crews were needed to complete the challenging electrical portion of the schedule. Working closely with its subcontractors, the company was able to supply the additional personnel needed to complete this phase of the project on schedule. “We worked closely with our subcontractors to install a team mentality and were able to coordinate the team to meet the deadline,” Wrightson claims. Whaler Industrial Contracting Inc. • 2009 Sales: $25 million • Headquarters: Calgary • Employees: 25 • Specialty: General contracting and mechanical contracting “Whaler has been successful in managing costs, schedules and productivity to provide efficiency.” –Mark Wrightson, president it of »Whaler saysthesees a lotoil potential in Alberta market in the near future. 158 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM FEBRUARY 2011 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - February 2011
Out of the Blues
Best Practices
Exploring BIM
Construction Law
Wall Works USA Inc.
Epoch Properties
Pacific Pile & Marine
Dufferin Construction – Highways 403 and 401 Projects
Natt McDougall Co.
Abhe & Svoboda Inc.
Malcolm Drilling
McKinney Drilling Co.
ODOT/Miller Cable Co. – Northeast Ohio ITS Project
Barnard Construction – Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Redevelopment Project
C.A. Barrs Contractor Inc.
Charles Blalock and Sons Inc.
Parsons Brinkerhoff, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Skanska USA, Dragados USA and Tutor Perini – Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement
William Charles Construction – I-39 Repaving
Wadman Corp.
CB Richard Ellis Canada
The Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd./PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Fargo Pacific Inc.
Critchfield Pacific Inc.
Harold O’Shea Builders
Culpepper Construction Co. Inc.
Golden State Framers
HRH Construction
Hudspeth & Associates Inc.
Hyder Construction
IMC Construction Inc.
Jones Lang LaSalle – Empire State Building Renovation and Retrofit
Econo-Malls Management Corp.
Ruscio Studio
Turner Construction San Diego – New Central Library
Trotter & Morton – University of Calgary
Collavino Construction Co. Inc. – One World Trade Center
Danis Building Construction Company – The Indu and Raj Soin Medical Center
F.J. Sciame Construction Co. – Abraham Joshua Heschel School
Eckman Construction – Pinkerton Academy Freshman Building
The Hagerman Group – Parkview Whitley Hospital
Scheck Industries
Whaler Industrial Contracting Inc.
Last Look

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