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The Athabasca Oil Sands Project in Alberto, Canada was a joint venture of Shell, Chevron Texaco, and Western Oil Sands. At the time, it was one of the largest construction projects on the planet, and the latest fully integrated oil sands development in 25 years. With so many supplies, resources, and equipment needed to be delivered on a daily bases, the importance of a safe, dependable, and enduring airstrip was of number one concern. In addition, the soils in the AOSP are very prone to frost heave and the completed airstrip needed to be able to provide daily landings of the high loads of commercial aircraft such as Boeing’s 737 and Airbus A320.