Geotechnical Society of Edmonton

NEWS 2012

Posted December 21, 2012

Michael Berezowski - December 10, 2012

Mike Berezowski passed away suddenly at his Calgary home on the morning of December 10, 2012 at the age of 75 years. Mike was born on September 2, 1937 on the farm near Sheho, SK to Peter and Mary (nee Struss). He was the oldest of seven children - Eunice Petrow, Ed (Gloria), Laudie (Linda), Angie (Gordon) Remus, Sylvia and Marlene (Billy) Hoffman. He attended school in both Sheho and Foam Lake. Mike worked and borrowed money to fund his university education, graduating from the College of Engineering at the University of SK in 1962. He married Jessie Velma Hunt on April 28, 1962. A civil engineer, he began his career in BC. A car ride in 1965 with Dr. Hardy, led him joining R.M. Hardy and Associates in Edmonton. The company went through various name changes and mergers; when Mike retired in 2007 he was working for AMEC. He moved to Calgary in 1973 and later spent five years (1983-1988) in Saskatoon before a final move back to Calgary. During the last two years, Mike also did some part-time consulting work for Mobile Augers & Research Ltd. During his long career he worked on many major construction projects, including oil sands sites in Fort McMurray and other jobs throughout Canada and the U.S. In the later years of his career, his outgoing personality and conversational skills allowed him to specialize in business development, cultivating new clients for his employer...more>> (From Calgary Herald - click link above for the full obituary)

Posted September 28, 2012 (Updated November 6, 2012)

Event: November 20, 2012

GSE: Tony Ruban, EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd. - Pile Load Testing of Concrete Belled Pile and Rock Socket Pile Using the Osterberg Load Cell

Location: Faculty Club, University of Alberta

Time: 11:45am - 1:30pm

Cost: $30 Members, $40 Non-Members, $10 for Students

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Cast-in-place concrete piles are a commonly used foundation type in northern Alberta due to the cohesive soils predominant in the area. Although cast-in-place concrete piles are common, limited pile load testing has been undertaken on these foundation types to confirm shaft friction (side shear) and end bearing parameters. In order to optimize pile foundation design and permit use of higher soil resistance factors for Limit States design, full-scale pile load tests were undertaken on two different pile foundation types...more>>

Posted September 9, 2012 (Updated October 10, 2012)

Event: October 24, 2012

GSE/CGS Cross Canada Lecture: Mike Jefferies, Golder Associates (UK) - Looking towards Beaufort Sea Development - Experience of Design, Regulation and Reality with the Molikpaq 1984-89

Location: Woodvale Community Facility, Millwoods Golf Course, 4540 - 50 Street

Time: 5:30pm Registration, 6:15pm Dinner, 6:45pm Presentation

Cost: $30 Members, $40 Non-members, $10 Students

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The Molikpaq was a ‘bottom-founded barge’ drilling platform used for oil exploration at four locations in the Beaufort Sea 1984-91, before being deployed offshore at Sakhalin Island (Russia) as a production platform in 1997. These areas are ice covered for some (much) of the year, the ice is thick, the ice moves, and the moving ice causes intense cyclic loads as it crushes against the structure. In the case of the Molikaq, dynamic loading from ice crushing was roughly an order of magnitude more severe than any of the recent very damaging M7+ earthquakes. Ice-induced vibration brought the Molikpaq within minutes of platform-loss on 12 Apr 86...more>>

Posted September 26, 2012

Event: October 16-18, 2012

C-TEP Bioengineering and Biotechnical Workshop 2012

Location: Waterton Lakes Resort, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

October 16: Classroom Training; October 17-18: Field Training

Posted September 28, 2012

Event: September 30 - October 3, 2012

CGS 2012 Annual Conference

Location: Fairmont Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Posted September 9, 2012 (updated September 11, 2012)

Event: September 25, 2012

GSE: Annual Fall Wine & Cheese Event

Location: Faculty Club, University of Alberta

Time: 5:30pm Reception, 6:30pm Presentations

Cost: $5 Members, $10 Non-members, $5 Students
(Student cost includes membership for the year)

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The 2011/2012 season will begin with the traditional Annual Wine and Cheese event. Come out and connect with students and colleagues in the local geotechnical community.

There will be two short presentations from current students at the U of A: Daniel Meles on "Construction of Embankment Fills with Tire Derived Aggregates" and Sarah Jubinville on "Prediction of Rainfall Runoff for Soil Cover Modelling"...more>>

Posted April 17, 2012

Event: July 9 - August 13, 2012

U of A: DiscoverE Camps

Location: Edmonton, Alberta

The University of Alberta is currently seeking volunteers for this year’s on-campus engineering, science and technology “DiscoverE” camps. The camps are a student-run initiative of the Faculty of Engineering that reach 20,000 youth in grades 1 to 11 each year. Camps run weekly from July 9 to August 31, and the time commitment for volunteer mentors can be as little as 1.5 hours. This is a great way for GSE members to help a new generation of students understand Geotechnical Engineering, inspire potential future Geotechnical Engineers, and earn professional development hours for APEGA.

If you are interested in mentoring, it would entail a presentation regarding a topic in engineering, science and technology and then a fun project or activity for the kids to do afterward. Resources for planning youth-friendly, interactive geotechnical engineering activities are available through Vivian Giang, Communications and Grant Strategist at the U of A Geotechnical Centre (

Thank you for taking the time to consider a mentoring positions with DiscoverE!

Posted May 29, 2012

Event: June 28, 2012

Calgary Geotechnical Society: DFI/PCA Seminar - Driven Pile Technologies for the 21st Century

Location: Executive Royal Inn Hotel and Conference Centre, Calgary, Alberta

The Calgary Geotechnical Society is organizing a seminar on driven piles with the collaboration of the Deep Foundation Institute (DFI) and the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA).Registration is now open for the event. The registration fee covers seminar attendance, breakfast, breaks, lunch, registration materials and handouts. Follow the above link for more information.

Posted October 21, 2011

Event: June 6-9, 2012

CSCE/EIC: 2012 Conference and Joint 125th Anniversary

Location: Edmonton, Alberta

Registration opens November 7, 2011.

Posted October 21, 2011

Event: June 3-8, 2012

ISL-NASL - 11th International and 2nd North American Symposium on Landslides

Location: Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta

Posted March 26, 2012 (Updated May 7, 2012)

Event: May 24, 2012

GSE 2012 AGM: Matthew Janes, P.Eng., Isherwood Associates - The Bow EnCana Project - Observational Method in Design and Post-Construction Analysis

Location: Faculty Club, University of Alberta

Time: 5:30pm Registration, 6:00pm Dinner, 6:45pm Presentation

Cost: $30 Members, $40 Non-Members, $10 Students

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The Bow EnCana project, situated in downtown Calgary was, at the time, the largest shored excavation project in Canada. The Bow is situated over 2 city blocks with six levels of underground parking, spread under 6th Avenue SE at Centre Street in downtown Calgary. The excavation required a shoring system encompassing over 150,000 square feet of shoring that would control movements within the challenging downtown Calgary geology. Terzaghi’s Observational Approach was employed for the design of an interlocking caisson wall over shotcrete system....more>>

Posted October 12, 2011

Event: May 5-9, 2012

RockEng12, 21st Canadian Rock Mechanics Symposium

Location: Edmonton, Alberta

This event will feature a plenary session to be delivered by experts in resource-related rock mechanics, monitoring of rock slopes, and CO2 storage; a technical program featuring two-days of oral presentations; a student poster session; and short-course offerings on a broad array of topics – there is sure to be something of interest to anyone studying or working in rock mechanics and rock engineering.

Posted April 17, 2012

Event: May 4, 2012

Vancouver Geotechnical Society: Bengt Fellenius - Basics of Design of Piled Foundations: A Course and Seminar

Location: Executive Hotel and Conference Centre, 4201 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby, BC

Cost: $225 VGS/CGS Members, $275 Non-Members, $125 Students

Follow link above for more information. Registrations accepted no later than May 1, 2012.

Posted November 1, 2011

Event: April 26-27, 2012

U of A: David C. Sego Symposium - Celebrating 33 Years of Teaching and Research (1977-2010)

Location: Timms Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Cost: $300

The David C. Sego Symposium is being held in recognition of Dr. Sego's service as an educator, mentor, and researcher. His extensive research has bolstered Canada's international reputation for innovation in technology and research related to the arctic and natural resources development. An influential researcher and dedicated educator, Dr. Dave Sego has contributed to the training of numerous students and practitioners globally who honour him through this symposium.

Posted April 10, 2012

Event: April 12, 2012

GSE/U of A: 10th Annual Applied Geotechnical Engineering Design Contest: Reinforced Soil Wall

Location: L2, NREF, University of Alberta

Time: 4:30pm Construction (L2-110); 6pm Testing (L2-020)

Cost: Free

Walls will be constructed using only 5 sheets of Newsprint, 2 sheets of 15 cm x 30 cm geotextile, a box of 100 paper clips, and 20 popsicle sticks. The students have 1 hour to construct the wall. Prizes will be awarded for the Strongest Wall ($500), the Best Prediction of Wall Strength ($300), and for the Most Innovative Design ($250). Prizes sponsored by Nilex, Thurber Engineering, Stantec Consulting, AMEC, EBA Engineering, BGC Engineering, and LWL Engineering

Posted March 26, 2012 (Updated April 3, 2012)

Event: April 25, 2012

GSE/CGS Cross Canada Lecture: Dr. Lee Barbour, P.Eng., University of Saskatchewan - Can we successfully reclaim Oil Sands Mine Closure Landforms?

Location: Edmonton Petroleum Club (11110 - 108 St)

Time: 11:45am - 1:30pm (Registration at 11:45am, Lunch at 12:00pm, Presentation at 12:30pm)

Cost: $30 Members, $40 Non-Members, $10 Students

The goal of reclamation at oil sands mines in Northern Alberta is the reconstruction of landforms following mining, which have an equivalent capability to those present prior to mining. This reclamation is occurring at unprecedented scales over extremely challenging parent materials. Syncrude, for example, has reclaimed nearly 3500 ha (2011) of disturbed land since 1978, approximately 17% of a total disturbance area of 20,000 ha. These reconstructed profiles have been placed over a range of parent materials comprised of saline/sodic overburden, sand and fine tailings, as well as refining by-products such as coke. The goal of these reconstructed profiles is to accelerate the development of soil profiles through the placement of an organic rich ‘A’ horizon of peat/mineral mix overlying a ‘B’ horizon of salvaged glacial lacustrine clay or till. It is anticipated that these reconstructed soil profiles and the associated ecosite characteristics (particularly available water, soil chemistry and nutrients) will then evolve along a trajectory towards that of comparable natural profiles.....more>>

The CCLT is organized by the Canadian Geotechnical Society, with funding through the Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique.

Sponsorship provided by:

  • BGC Engineering
  • EBA Engineering
  • Golder Associates
  • Thurber Engineering Ltd.

Posted March 2, 2012

Event: March 23, 2012

GSE: Pete Barlow, P.Eng., AMEC Environmental & Infrastructure - Application of New Trenchless Technology for Pipeline Installation

Location: Faculty Club, University of Alberta

Time: 11:45am - 1:30pm

Cost: $30 Members, $40 Non-Members, $10 Students

A case history will be presented that involved the trenchless installation of six large diameter pipelines below a railway embankment in very close proximity to each other. A narrow right-of-way, shallow groundwater, fine sandy soil conditions, site specific obstacles, unknowns in the embankment and strict railway requirements created some difficult challenges for a multiple trenchless crossing solution....more>>

Posted January 5, 2012 (Updated January 16, 2012)

Event: February 23, 2012

GSE: 2012 Symposium - Dr. Kerry Rowe: Geosynthetics in Bottom Liners and Covers for Use in Landfill, Lagoons, Secondary Containment and Mining Applications

Location: Edmonton Petroleum Club (11110 - 108 St)

Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Cost (on or before Feb. 9): $195 Members, $225 Non-Members, $100 Students

Cost (after Feb. 9): $250 Members, $275 Non-Members, $100 Students

This day-long short course is designed to provide the most recent findings from research and the state-of practice to both expert practitioners and novices in the use of geosynthetics in liner systems. Following an overall introduction (including objectives, limitations, basic concepts and example applications), the course material then focuses on geotextiles and geonets in drainage layers, geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs) and geomembranes (GMBs). Important new findings on the performance of exposed GM/GCL composite liners and the durability of GMs under realistic exposure conductions will be presented. Particular attention is given to identifying factors that may impact how long these geosynthetics may perform their intended function (i.e. their service life). Emphasis is also given on the need to consider the interaction of both geosynthetic and soil components of the overall system to ensure adequate barrier performance...more>>

Posted February 3, 2012

Event: February 10, 2012

GSE/City of Edmonton: Millwoods TBM Tour

Location: 30 Avenue - 91 Street, Edmonton

Time: Tours begin at 1:30pm

Cost: Free

The GSE is pleased to offer an opportunity to view in action, the City of Edmonton Infrastructure Department’s newest tunnel boring machine (TBM). This new Caterpillar (formerly Lovat) TBM is currently cutting a 4m unfinished diameter, 3.5m finished diameter tunnel beneath Millwoods. The tunnel is for the new Millwoods double barrel storm separation project, requiring a tunnel nearly 1.7km in length. Stretching from 30 Avenue and 91 Street to 30 Avenue and Gateway Blvd, the TBM is currently advancing 8m per day through largely glacial till and bedrock of the Edmonton Formation. This tour will give members a rare opportunity to see this largely hidden operation first hand and to witness the workings of this massive machine....more>>

Posted January 5, 2012 (updated January 25, 2012)

Event: January 26, 2012

GSE: Jamie Sharp, ConeTec Investigations Ltd. - Recent Advancements in Geotechnical Characterization of Oil Sand Tailings

Location: Faculty Club, University of Alberta

Time: 11:45am - 1:30pm

Cost: $30 Members, $40 Non-Members, $10 Students (Pay at door: cash or cheque)

The in-situ geotechnical characterization of soft oil sands tailings is now a routine procedure in Alberta, Canada. These generally large tailings impoundments are deposited in either external dammed facilities or within previously mined open pits. When hydraulically discharged, the fines can accumulate as a thick fluid or soft solid material at the center of the deposit while coarse sand beaches form closer to the discharge points...more>>


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