OPS Grading Committee - Organization

Under the direction of the OPS Standards Management Committee (SMC), the OPS specialty committees develop and revise Ontario Provincial Standards and coordinate the work of OPS Subcommittees. Nine OPS specialty committees exist to generate and revise standards in the following areas:

  Drainage
  Electrical
  Environmental
  General Conditions
  Grading
  Pavement
  Structures
  Traffic Safety
  Watermains

Membership on the OPS specialty committees is made up of owners and partners of the OPS organization. There is provision for representatives from various sponsors and stakeholders to offer expert advice on behalf of their respective associations in an ad hoc capacity. Membership on the OPS specialty committees is subject to review by the SMC.

OPS specialty committees meet 9 to 12 times per year or at the call of the OPS specialty committee chair.

Discussion and compromise is encouraged to achieve consensus during committee deliberations. Voting on an issue is used only when a consensus cannot be achieved on an issue before the committee.

The OPS Grading Committee is responsible for standards related to grading (e.g., earth and rock excavation, removal of boulders, embankments over swamp, borrow material, granular sealant, dust suppressants, compaction, removals, utility location, entrances, and geotextiles).
The OPS Unit appoints the committee coordinator to the OPS specialty committees.