Menard Canada

Vertical Drains

Wick Drains are used to accelerate the consolidation of fine-grained soils in order to expedite construction schedules and limit long-term settlements.

Wick Drains consist of a plastic core wrapped in geotextile fabric that act as a drainage path for pore water when installed in foundation soils.

Menard Canada has developed its own range of vertical Wick Drain installation equipment to meet a wide variety of soil and site conditions. The company uses static and vibratory methods to install Wick Drains and has considerable experience in penetrating difficult surface layers, including the use of pre-augering through stiff clays and special downhill drilling to penetrate rubble, concrete, slag and other types of fill. Menard Canada has angled Wick Drains up to 30 degrees and installed Wick Drains in low head room areas.


  • Accelerates the consolidation time of fine-grained soils
  • Stiffens foundation soils to accommodate superimposed loads
  • Limits long-term settlements

Featured Vertical Drains Projects

  • Regina Bypass

    Regina, SK
    The Regina Bypass represents a massive construction project for the capital city of Saskatchewan. The project consists of a series of roads and bridges all over the metropolitan area. As part of the bridge design, wick drains were to be installed under the approach embankments to decrease consolidation time. Menard Canada was selected as the wick drain contractor for Bridge... Read More
  • Spur Rail Line

    Belle Plaine, SK
    The Belle Plaine Spur Rail Line is a facility and rail line expansion completed for Canadian Pacific in Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan. This project is a part of a larger overall construction plan to build a Canadian Pacific rail line to service the K+S Legacy potash mine northeast of Moose Jaw, SK. The vertical wick drain ground improvement work was required... Read More
  • 152nd Street Grade Separation

    Surrey, BC Canada
    The City of Surrey is constructing a new 4-span railway overpass on 152nd Street. The overpass bridge is based on a box girder design with pile supported piers and retained light-weight EPS embankment fills. The construction schedule has allowed for an 18 to 20 month preloading period for the bridge approach embankments. Read More
  • Donald Cousens Parkway

    Markham, Ontario
    This project involved the construction of a railway overhead and embankments to carry the proposed Donald Cousens Parkway traffic to the Markham Bypass project over the existing Canadian National Railway in the Town of Markham, Ontario. The proposed three-span bridge will be orientated in a north-south direction and the approach embankments to the north and south of the bridge... Read More