Feb 12 - Feb 16
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

In Person

Scott McKay Soils Technology Course TM33

Course Content

  • Origin of soils
  • Glacial geology
  • Soils identification
  • Flexible pavement design
  • Laboratory testing
  • Mandatory test results 
  • Sewer, culvert, and structure backfill
  • Construction practices
  • Frost action and transition point treatments
  • Construction and the environment
  • Geotextiles

Course Objectives
To familiarize participants with the common soils and aggregates used in municipal infrastructure construction. To introduce the basics of road bed design, drainage and pavement structure. To assist participants in identifying numerous roadway performance problems and their solutions.

Who Should Attend?
Individuals involved in construction, inspection, pavement design or maintenance programming.

Previous involvement with soils and/or road work will be an asset but is not a requirement.

Evaluation Process
Passing Grade:  60%.

This course is recognized by:

  • Association of Ontario Road Supervisors
  • This course may be used as credit in all exam programs including technician specialist, technician and technologist programs. Please contact OACETT to ensure that this course satisfies your particular examination program for certification. Point Value = 10
  • The Engineering Institute of Canada awards 3.5 Continuing Education Units to this course.

Register online or send to register@ogra.org or fax to 289-291-6477. 

Benjamin de Haan is a licensed professional engineer and is the County Engineer for the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. As a county engineer, Ben is responsible for the overall management of the roads department – which includes design, rehabilitation and maintenance of approximately 1000 kilometres roads and 200 bridges.

After obtaining his degree from McGill University in 2003, Ben started his career as municipal engineer at a local consulting firm. Ben left consulting in 2009 to start working at the county.


Les Shepherd has a wealth of experience and knowledge.  He served as the Director of Works, Planning Services & Asset Management for the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville for 16 years.  He had overall responsibility for the design, construction and maintenance of the county road system, county buildings, county forest, and GIS and Planning Services. Les started his career with MTO in 1988 and moved to the municipal field in 1995 as the County Engineer for the County of Haliburton. 

Les is Chair of the Training Committee for the Municipal Engineers Association, as well as the School Director of OGRA’s T.J. Mahony Road School.


Centre for Health and Safety Innovation
5110 Creekbank Rd
Mississauga, ON
L4W 0A1
(905) 219-0044


February 12, 2018 - Feb 16
8:00 am - 5:00 pm