Imagine working without family, friends or any modern-day amenity. Now imagine working in -60ºC temperatures in the northern reaches of Canada. In many ways, the job strained human factors rather than logistical ones. In Clearway’s most remote project ever, living facilities, beds, food, cooks and other necessities had to be provided. Food and other supplies were ordered and delivered by plane.
Emotionally, the job pushed the Clearway crew to the limit. They worked in completely foreign conditions without the conveniences that their homes could provide. The crew dug in working for stretches of a month at a time. They were then able to return to see their families for one week. Then back again.
Logistically, this job challenged Clearway like no other. Completing this enormous civil development project required 15 pieces of heavy machinery. They were driven from Toronto to Alberta where they were loaded onto a barge. The machines then traveled across a rural waterway to Saskatchewan. In these extreme northern conditions, the machines required intermittent attention during the 2.5-year span. In order to service the equipment, a mechanic flew in for routine maintenance and repairs of heavy machinery.
As the job came to an end, the crew completed all requirements. What was left was the seemingly simple task of transporting the equipment back to Toronto. But because every piece of machinery was initially driven over frozen lakes, Clearway could not remove anything during the spring or summer.
The Saskatchewan Project tested Clearway in many ways. Even more so, the project tested the crew’s sheer grit, determination and resolve. The contract’s success was measured by the results of the project. But to Clearway and the crew, the success was measured by the rewarding experience it offered.