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Our reputation as a dependable contractor is made possible by our breadth of experience and continuous efforts to employ highly qualified and professional pipeliners. Our longevity is directly tied to our people, trained to do a good job from day one. Arnett Burgess evolves in-step with the most stringent industry operating requirements, while remaining nimble, diverse, and client-focused. We consistently enhance our offering with a focus on client retention programs, crew customization, technology adoption, and the development of innovative solutions.
Arnett & Burgess takes great pride in our top performing lineup of equipment and continually exploring efficiencies is always at the forefront of our Equipment department. An example of such an efficiency is adding functionalities to well-maintained existing pieces of equipment. A&B’s Fabrication team has done so via the converstion of five dozers to complete pipelayers ( 2 x CAT 572Gs and 3 x CAT 583Ks). A time-consuming process, roughly 200-300 man hours are required to complete this undertaking. In order to rebuild the engine/transmission and brakes and to remove the frame of the truck, a full disassembly of the tractor is required, including the removal of attachments. Upon the hard components of the equipment being welded on the frame, the rebuilding can begin. Each conversion has proven to be a great success with the equipment in high demand due to the resulting efficiencies.
A&B made the decision to fully implement ROPS (roll over protection) on our fleet of pipelayers, a procedure that is recommended, but not mandatory within the industry, for the safety of our workers in the event of a roll over incident. In order to complete this type of installation, our fabrication team followed a meticulous process. The process starts with the complete disassembly of the rear of the booms, stripped down to the track frames, followed by welding the full ROPS structures onto the rear of the frames. After passing inspection and receiving certification that all welds have been successfully completed, the rear end of the machines are then rebuilt. This rebuild includes custom manufacturing as all the machines are different. The final step in the process is repainting the tractors. In total, 50-man hours are required per machine. At present time, we have completed the retrofitting of 24 ROPS structures on our pipelayers, including 15 x CAT 561s, 4 x CAT 571s, 3 x CAT 572s and 2 CAT 583s. We have also completed the retrofit of installing full ROPS on our fleet of sidebooms.
Arnett & Burgess’ Fabrication team custom designed and engineered four 40-foot boom sticks to fit the PL87 Pipelayer side boom, with each machine having a maximum lifting capacity of just of 120,000 lbs. These machines can accommodate 14,000lbs while at their maximum 40-foot reach.
We believe that good people are the foundation of good pipelining. Since 1957, our people have worked diligently to ensure the success of each project we’ve broken ground on. Arnett & Burgess merges industry longevity and experience with innovative, evolving execution strategies to deliver quality solutions. We employ the best people. A&B’s team is comprised of the most professional pipeliners in the industry representing a wide variety of disciplines. Our expertise is our strength. We have longstanding relationships with Stakeholders in our areas of operation, and we govern our teams with unparalleled safety, integrity, quality, and project management systems. Arnett & Burgess provides services to repeat clients year over year, in some cases for over half a century. Our collaborative approach increases safety, efficiency, and delivery of pipeline construction and pipeline maintenance solutions.
Managed by many second and third-generation employees, Arnett & Burgess is proud to be among a select group of still-operational Canadian energy sector pioneers. Thousands of years of company specific experience exists within our team. With over three centuries of combined company commitment from our field management team, supported by another three centuries of combined company commitment from our management team, A&B enables pipeline project success through our knowledge and experience. Through multi-generational tenure, the Muirhead, Schwab, Brodie, Schmutz, Hampshire, Arnett, and Burgess families, and many more have collectively retained the company’s fundamental values of quality, safety, integrity, and end value.
Arnett & Burgess Pipeliners Quality Management Systems (QMS) have been designed to consistently deliver quality services and products while focusing on continuous improvement of A&B’s effectiveness and efficiencies. A&B has an ISO 9001: 2015 compliant manual that follows the guidelines to meet or exceed client expectations. A&B’s QMS programs and procedures have been developed to comply with all regulatory requirements to safely provide quality pipeline and facility construction, pipeline integrity, coating, and fabrication, including structural steel and pressure piping.
Arnett & Burgess is committed to effective Quality Management throughout all construction processes and believes that high quality and workmanship is the key to sustainable business development. Arnett & Burgess management deems the quality policy shall be documented, maintained and communicated throughout the organization. “Right the First Time”.
A&B has registered Quality Management Systems and Certifications in the following provincial jurisdictions and is accredited through the following organizations:
Arnett & Burgess has developed a robust Safety Management System to ensure safe execution of all work. We are proud to have created our own standardized onboarding and training programs, as well as a standardized subcontractor pre-qualification process that ensures the right people are in place to safely support our projects. Our F.A.M.I.L.Y initiative, representing Focus, Assessment, Mentorship, Involvement, Leadership, and You, is an additional commitment from our employees to always maintain the highest of safety standards amongst themselves and keep safety top of mind every day, everywhere. Arnett & Burgess is a COR and Gold Shovel Standard Certified Contractor. As a Gold Shovel Standard Certified Contractor, we are an industry leader in Ground Disturbance and Damage Prevention. Annual Safe Excavation training is provided for all employees. We are registered with ISNetworld, ComplyWorks, PICS, NDSC, and Veriforce.
Since 1957, this foundational pillar ensures that we behave in a manner that cultivates trust and honesty resulting in reliability and dependability.
Our in-house maintenance division utilizes and designs innovative technologies and processes, minimizing downtime in the field, ensuring adaptability to a wide variety of execution plans. Our asset management programs make certain we operate to the highest safety standards. As part of the Quanta Services family of companies, Arnett & Burgess has access to one of the largest equipment fleets in North America. Our long-term relationships with equipment partners enable us to deploy equipment for various projects at a moment’s notice. A&B’s Blackfalds, Grande Prairie, and Sedgewick facilities are all carrier limited Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program and allow for the maintenance of roughly 250 National Safety Code Trucks and Trailers requiring annual in-house certification. We have a highly competent in-house transportation division, supported by centralized dispatch that has capacity to move all our heavy equipment fleet. This helps ensure safe deployment of field assets for execution success.
As part of Quanta Services’ family of companies, A&B commands the financial strength, support, and accountability expected of North America’s largest specialty contractor. Uniquely, A&B is able to leverage the capacity of business units within the largest pipeline and power line contracting entity in North America. Quanta Services is a leading specialized contracting services company, delivering infrastructure solutions for the electric power, oil and gas, and communications industries. Quanta’s comprehensive services include installing, repairing, and maintaining energy and communications infrastructure. With operations throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and select other international markets, Quanta has the manpower, resources, and expertise to safely complete projects that are local, regional, national or international in scope. For more information, visit www.quantaservices.com.
Since 2014 all Arnett & Burgess Pipeliners’ worksites are equipped with Automated External Defibrillator (AED’s) to support our Emergency Response Planning. This addition to our Safety Management System has given us the confidence that we are able to look after our most valuable asset, our workers, and send them home to their families should a cardiac emergency event occur on our worksite.
Currently, Arnett & Burgess Pipeliners has over 65 AED units in the field:
On November 18, 2018 an Arnett & Burgess Pipeliners (A&B) Supervisor received a call from a client inspector informing him that one of our competitors at a nearby facility had a crew member experiencing a cardiac event. The Supervisor immediately asked for another A&B employee, who was in closer proximity to the site, to respond to that site with his AED. When he arrived, CPR was being administered and the patient was not breathing. The A&B employee proceeded to deploy his AED and the patient’s heart regulated after first deployment. The patient was still not breathing so the breathing mask included as part of the AED kit was used. The patient began breathing and regained consciousness. The patient was transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital and has since recovered from this incident.