The Seismic Upgrade of Bay Division Pipelines

A Critical Upgrade Beneath A Highway
By Bryan Dessaure and John Prete | February 2014, Vol. 69 No. 2
View inside the slipline work area.

The Seismic Upgrade of BDPL Nos. 3 & 4 benefits from the WSIP Safety Approach that the SFPUC has developed for all 80-plus projects in the program. The WSIP Safety Approach has achieved national recognition by industry and won the 2012 American Public Works Association Exceptional Performance Award in Safety. This programmatic plan for safety organizes and reconciles WSIP contract safety requirements, the California safety and health regulations and all applicable Federal and local regulatory standards. It also enshrines the goal of zero injuries on each project, establishes weekly presentations on safety topics and places safety responsibilities on the shoulders of the general contractor, the construction management firm and the program manager alike.

The Seismic Upgrade of BDPL Nos. 3 & 4 project is approaching 40,000 construction contractor hours without major or recordable accidents or incidents. Steve P. Rados shares the SFPUC’s priority for safety – their corporate values include promoting “a safety culture above all else.”

Water to rely on

With the devastation of the infamous 1906 ‘Great’ Earthquake and the freeway-flattening Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, Bay Area residents and business owners know that the next major earthquake isn’t a matter of “if” but “when.” Upon completion at the end of 2014, the Seismic Upgrade of BDPL Nos. 3 & 4 will represent a significant improvement in the reliability of the water system following an earthquake. The system will provide water for firefighting, hospitals and other critical public services immediately after an earthquake as well as ensure a safe drinking water supply to customers. A strong construction team has enabled the project to progress in the face of unusual challenges.

Bryan Dessaure, PE, has been a project manager for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission for over ten years, and currently manages projects including the Seismic Upgrade of Bay Division Pipelines Nos. 3 & 4, Bay Division Pipelines Nos. 3 & 4 Crossovers Facilities, Geary Road Bridge Replacement, Millbrae Yard Improvements, Sunol Yard Improvements and Southern Skyline Blvd. Ridge Trail Extension. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from San Francisco State University.