Construction Monitoring 101

NRTG’s MicroCourses offer a dynamic training pathway that’s as flexible as it is enriching to build expertise. Our Construction 101, spanning four hours, delivers in-depth training in an easily digestible format. It’s designed to maximize your skills for immediate application.  

When gearing up for involvement in a construction monitoring program, understanding the intricacies of on-site construction operations can often feel like navigating through a murky maze, especially for newcomers to the field. Despite prior experience with other project aspects like pre- or post-disturbance phases, stepping into the realm of construction and its operational intricacies presents an entirely different challenge. 

Our Construction 101 MicroCourse is designed to help students navigate what to expect during construction, providing a comprehensive understanding of what to anticipate on a construction site. Participants will gain insights into the fundamental aspects of construction sites and the activities that characterize the construction phase of any project. 

We will discuss: 

The phases of construction, equipment, process, and limitations that come with seasonality and natural topography.   

This course is an excellent information resource for professionals that are just getting into construction monitoring, are relatively new to construction monitoring, and/or will be working on construction planning regulatory documents and applications (i.e., Environmental Protection Plans, etc). 

Course will be 4 hours long.

Instructor Profile

Sam MacKay, CPESC, P.Biol., QAES 

Sam has been working in the environmental field since 2007, starting with remediation and site assessments, hydrology, forestry and fisheries, and then translating those skills into construction monitoring.  Through her years as an environmental monitor, construction monitor and environmental inspector, Sam gained valuable knowledge in how the construction site works, how to mitigate for potential risk, erosion and sediment control planning, design and management, how to respond to emergencies on site and how to prepare for spring breakup, in addition to the regulatory monitoring and reporting requirements for projects.  She has worked in construction monitoring for oil and gas, mining, infrastructure and road development throughout Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, and hopes to one day head to the territories.  Sam has been an instructor with the NRTG since 2021 and finds her passion in sharing her knowledge with the next generation.