Civil Underground Construction

What is civil underground construction at BC Hydro?

Civil Underground Construction Services at BC Hydro includes end-to-end program work such as excavation of trenches, installation of conduits and concrete vaults, and restoration of the surface to build or repair pathways that serve as mechanical protection for our electrical underground systems.

As stated in our last Civil Underground Construction Supplier Conference call (May 2017), in order to complete Civil Underground Construction work for BC Hydro in the future, contractors will need to meet certain requirements. These requirements include, but are not limited to;

  • proof of WorkSafeBC registration;
  • proof of COR certification OR proof of COR registration with COR certification occurring within a certain timeframe; and
  • Contractors who have demonstrated experience in civil construction of utility underground infrastructure.

Below is a list of bulletins related to working standards and expectations of BC Hydro and its Civil Underground Construction Contractors:

Bulletin Topic Date
#1 Construction Management [PDF, 62 KB] January 2018
#2 Safety [PDF, 254 KB] January 2018
#3 Quality Assurance [PDF, 40 KB] January 2018
#4 Relationship [PDF, 40 KB] January 2018
#5 Fixed Unit Price Model [PDF, 81 KB] January 2018
#6 Administrative Process [PDF, 40 KB] January 2018


Opportunities for civil underground construction contractors

Current activities / Engagement opportunities with the contractor community

BC Hydro recently reached out to contractors who perform Civil Underground Construction Services across the province to discuss future related market opportunities, share our anticipated strategy, and seek contractor feedback and insights around that strategy.

These Contractor Engagement Sessions were conducted in an interactive format that sought to introduce the market to key elements of BC Hydro’s civil strategy, and share general information about the upcoming Distribution Underground Construction (DUCT) Services sourcing event (request for proposal, RFP). These events allowed BC Hydro and Civil Underground Construction Service Contractors to participate in an open and meaningful dialogue where attendees were able to offer their feedback on further enhancements and/or improvements to the Civil Underground Construction Service strategy and procurement processes. A copy of the Power Point presentation for these events can be downloaded here [PDF, 1.4 MB], and a summary of the discussions that took place at each event can be viewed below. Additionally, a draft version of the anticipated DUCT Unit List introduced in these sessions is also available for download here [XLS, 54 KB].

Event description Event date Discussion Summary

Vancouver Island Engagement Session

Location: Victoria, B.C.

December 5, 2017 Discussion Summary [PDF, 412 KB]

Lower Mainland Engagement Session

Location: Vancouver, B.C.

December 13, 2017 Discussion Summary [PDF, 475 KB]

Southern Interior Engagement Session

Location: Kamloops, B.C.

January 11, 2018 Discussion Summary [PDF, 403 KB]

Southern Interior Engagement Session

Location: Vernon, B.C.

January 25, 2018 Discussion Summary [PDF, 388 KB]

Northern Interior Engagement Session

Location: Prince George, B.C.

February 20, 2018 Discussion Summary [PDF, 251 KB]

Vancouver Island & Lower Mainland
Engagement Sessions Follow-Up Conference Call

Location: Conference Call

January 31, 2018 Summary [PDF, 233 KB]

Southern & Northern Interior
Engagement Sessions Follow-Up Conference Call

Location: Conference Call

March 15, 2018 Summary [PDF, 295 KB]
Final Engagement Session

Location: Conference Call
May 15, 2018
Summary [PDF, 471 KB]


Upcoming opportunities at BC Hydro for civil underground construction work

In September of 2018, BC Hydro will post to BC Bid a Request for Proposal from Civil Underground Construction Contractors interested and capable of completing distribution underground construction work in various regions of British Columbia. The work included in this opportunity will;

  • follow a list of established fixed and variable units,
  • be governed by a 3 year contract with 2 potential 2-year contract extension options, and
  • be segmented by high-volume, high-frequency regions throughout the province.

BC Hydro intends to award each region to one Contractor and expects that each of the selected Contractors will be capable and accountable to service their awarded region throughout the term of the contract.

In addition to the regionalized DUCT contracted opportunity mentioned above, BC Hydro will also be developing a list of pre-qualified Contractors to ensure all other lower-volume, lower-frequency regions across British Columbia are serviced and maintained by capable Civil Contractors — look for details in early 2019.

Current postings from BC Hydro can be found on the BC Bid website:

> Select Browse for Bid Opportunities or Bid Results
> Select Browse opportunities by organization
> Select BC hydro and Power Authority