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Prabeen Joshi

June 2014

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Prabeen Joshi has won the 2014 local CGS Kingston Section Member in Training / Student Competition. This is an annual CGS Kingston Competition that is open to all students and young members in training (MIT) within industry in the geotechnical field in Kingston. The prize consists of financial support in order to off-set the costs to attend the annual CGS conference. This year’s conference will take place in Regina, SK from September 29 - October 1, 2014. Congratulations to Mr. Prabeen Joshi and we wish you continued success.

Yan Yu

Kerry Rowe

May 2014

Congratulations to Kerry Rowe and Yan Yu who have won this year’s Donald R. Stanley Award for their paper " A practical technique for estimating service life of MSW leachate collection systems", which was published in the Canadian Geothechnical Journal, Volume 50 pp. 165-178.

And:

The 2013 Thomas C. Keefer Medal Honorable Mention (runner-up)
Yu, Y. and Rowe, R.K. 2012. Modelling leachate-induced clogging of porous media. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 49(8): 877-890.

The Awards Gala took place in Halifax on May 30.

Prabeen Joshi

March 2014

Congratulations to Mr. Prabeen Joshi who has won the 38th Annual Michael Bozozuk Student Forum, a competition for graduate students at Carleton, Ottawa, Queen`s and RMC. Prabeen’s presentation titled “Performance of Geosynthetic Clay Liner Overlaps Under Non-Uniform Stresses” is a part of his doctoral research work with Dr. Kerry Rowe and Dr. Richard Brachman, examining physical and hydraulic performance of modern municipal solid waste landfill and mine tailings liners.


Mike Hulley

January 2014

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Mike Hulley from the Civil Engineering Department at Royal Military College as a Research Director of the GeoEngineering Centre. Since completing his Ph.D. in 1991, Mike has been actively engaged in the consulting engineering industry. Mike’s experience includes opening and managing offices, providing senior technical direction, managing complex environmental projects, authoring numerous engineering reports, and being an active managing partner of a successful engineering consulting firm. Mike is a technical leader in the field of water resources and has led water resources projects throughout the US and Canada. Presently, Mike is an associate professor in the faculty of civil engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada and a partner of Profound Engineering Limited

Mike specializes in the development and application of custom computer models in support of a variety of water quantity and quality investigations. His current focus is on the development of computer-models addressing regional and local groundwater management, saltwater intrusion, low-impact development measures for stormwater management, receiving water quality, and river hydrodynamics. In addition to Mike’s strong industrial experience, he is actively developing research projects addressing low-impact-development measures, climate change, surface water quality, water and wastewater treatment, and groundwater modelling.

Mike is a Designated Consulting Engineer and licensed professional engineer in Ontario and co-owner of Profound Engineering Limited.

 

November 2013

Dr. Yoshi Miyata and Dr. Richard J. Bathurst are the recipients of 2013 Technical Achievement Award of the Japanese Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society for their invited paper "Geogrid pullout model for limit state design of reinforced soil walls", Geosynthetics Technical Information, Japan Chapter of IGS, Vol. 28, No. 2, 8 p. published in 2012.


Ryley Beddoe

October 2013

CGS recognizes GeoEngineering Centre Members and students at GeoMontreal

Several members of the GeoEngineering Centre and their students were recognized at CGS events held in conjunction with GeoMontreal, the 66th annual conference of the Canadian Geotechnical Society.

PhD student Ryley Beddoe received the first prize for best Graduate Student Paper in 2013 for her paper titled “Physical modeling of rainfall induced landslides”. She gave a presentation of her paper during the morning plenary session on the last day of the conference.

The runner-up winner of the Undergraduate Report Award (Individual) prize was Dale Brunton (Civil Engineering) for his paper “Characterizing the Instability Line of Silica Sand as a Potential Landslide Triggering Mechanism”.
The first prize winners of the Undergraduate Report Award (Group Category) were Gary Cui, Jessica Galavan, Duncan Leung, and Matthew Lloyd (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering) for their paper, “Holmestrand Underground Rail Cavern”.

Quigley Award Honourable Mentions for the best paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 2012: First Honourable Mention went to R. Kerry Rowe, Melissa Chappel, Richard Brachman, and Andy Take for their paper “Field study of wrinkles in a geomembrane at a composite liner test site” and the Second Honourable Mention went to R. Kerry Rowe for his paper “Short- and long-term leakage through composite liners”.

Finally, Jean Hutchinson was the recipient of the CGS Thomas Roy Award. The Thomas Roy Award is presented to honour an individual for his or her excellence in the field of engineering geology OR to a group of individuals for a paper that makes a significant contribution to the advancement of engineering geology in Canada. Thomas Roy was one of Canada’s earliest geologists and civil engineers whose work formed the foundation for the profession in Canada.

*****

In other news, the Editorial Board Members of the journal Geosynthetics International voted the following paper

Chappel, M. J., Rowe, R. K., Brachman, R. W. I. & Take, W. A. (2012). A comparison of geomembrane wrinkles for nine field cases. Geosynthetics International, 19, No. 6, 453–469.

as the best Geosynthetics International paper published in 2012.


Jean Hutchinson
 
Richard Bathurst
Richard Bathurst

June 2013

NSERC has announced the award of a Discovery Accelerator Supplement to Dr.R.J. Bathurst who is a member of the GeoEngineering Centre. He joins Drs Jean Hutchinson and Kerry Rowe who received the same award last year. These highly competitive awards, are given to about 1 in 25 discovery grant award holders nationally and are awarded to proposals that suggest high-risk, novel or potentially transformative research that could contribute to groundbreaking advances in the area of study. The GeoEngineering team has been exceptionally successful receiving these funds since the accelerator supplement program was initiated six years ago. A total of seven of these awards have been made to our sixteen team members, a success rate that is almost ten times the national average.

Mr. Jeff Oke, supervised by Drs Mark Dietrich and Nicholas Vlachopoulos, won the CGS Kingston Section Competition. He will receive free registration and $900 support to attend GeoMontreal 2013 this fall. Congratulations Jeff!


Jeff Oke

May 2013

SCIMAGO has recently released their new journal ranking system based on the Scopus database. This includes assessment of the 96 journals in the category Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology.

This ranking is based on ‘SJR’, a new assessment measure that uses average weighted citations over a three year period, and which omits self cites. The listing indicates that the top five journals ranked for their impact and influence are

1. Geotextiles and Geomembranes (edited by centre member Dr Kerry Rowe)
2. Geotechnique
3. Geosynthetics International (edited by centre member Dr Richard Bathurst)
4. Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
5. Canadian Geotechnical Journal (edited by centre member Dr Ian Moore)

These five journals are ranked ahead of the remaining journals in this category, including others widely acknowledged for their excellence. Other members of the GeoEngineering Centre also sit on the boards of these and other journals ranked highly within the SCIMAGO assessment.


Kerry Rowe

Queen’s University professor Kerry Rowe (Civil Engineering and GeoEngineering Centre at Queen’s-RMC) has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society in the United Kingdom. Dr. Rowe is one of only four Canadians, and the world’s only civil engineer, elected to the prestigious institution in 2013.

Read full article on Queen's web site

And on the Royal Society web site

Greg Siemens
Greg Siemens

Professor Jean-Louis Briaud, President of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering has announced that Dr. Greg Siemens has been selected as one of just three recipients of the ISSMGE Young Member Award. In announcing the award, Dr. Briaud indicated that Greg "was selected after an international competition of some of the best that this world has to offer". This international recognition in GeoEngineering is awarded to up to three young members in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development of geotechnical engineering through scientific and technological work. The award will be made in Paris at the occasion of the 18th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.

Richard Bathurst

April 2013

Dr. Yoshi Miyata and Dr. Richard J. Bathurst are the recipients of The Japanese Geotechnical Society Best Research Paper Award 2012 for their paper "Reliability analysis of soil-geogrid pullout models in Japan", which was published in the August 2012 issue of Soils and Foundations.

March 2013

The Engineering Institute of Canada has awarded the John B. Stirling Medal to Dr Ian Moore. In its press release, the Institute indicates that this is one of five senior awards of the EIC that recognize “outstanding achievement or service to the engineering profession". In particular, the Stirling medal is "for leadership and distinguished service at the national level within the Institute and/or its Member Societies". It recognizes Ian’s contributions to the national society through editorship of the Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual published in 2006, his term as Vice-President Technical of the Canadian Geotechnical Society in 2003 and 2004, and his contribution as founding chair of the Kingston Chapter of the Canadian Geotechnical Society.

Richard Bathurst and Fawzy Ezzein
Richard and Fawzy

February 2013

Fawzy Ezzein and Dr. Richard J. Bathurst are the recipients of the 2013 ASTM Hogentogler Award for their paper  “A Transparent Sand for Geotechnical Laboratory Modeling,” that appeared in the November 2011 edition of the ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal.

Richard Bathurst
Richard Bathurst

January 2013

Dr. Richard J. Bathurst began his 2013-2014 term as President of the Canadian Geotechnical Society.  He was also awarded the 2014 Giroud Lecture by the International Geosynthetics Society which will be delivered at the opening session of the 10th International Geosynthetics Conference to be held in Berlin in 2014.

David Becceril
Recent Doctoral Graduate David Becerril Garcia by the large scale buried pipe test facility. Dr Becerril Garcia conducted more than 40 large scale tests to establish how soil-pipe interaction influences the performance of joints in shallow buried concrete, metal and thermoplastic culverts, a project funded by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program of the US Academy of Sciences, on behalf of the US State Departments of Transportation.

 

Drs Ian Moore and Richard Brachman, in collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Civil Engineering, Drs Yves Filion and Neil Hoult, have been awarded $1.2M for a project titled "Deterioration and long-term performance of buried infrastructure" from the Canada Foundation for Innovation in the recent Leading Edge Fund competition. The funding will be used to support $3.0M upgrades to the testing facilities for buried infrastructure at the GeoEngineering Laboratory at West Campus.

That facility is the leading such experimental facility internationally, and has been used to undertake hundreds of tests involving more than 30 graduate and undergraduate students since the laboratory was commissioned in 2004 (constructed using earlier funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Province of Ontario). The new capabilities will include simulation of deep burial loading on pipes of up to 2.5m diameter, and studies of the effects of pipe corrosion and backfill erosion on the remaining strength of deteriorated pipe infrastructure.

Iero tunnel, Greece
(from left to right): Michelle van der Pouw- Kraan, Jeffrey Oke, Dr. Nicholas Vlachopoulos, Cortney Palleske, Jenn Day, and Ehsan Ghazvinian. The tunnel is part of the Vertical Axis of Egnatia Odos bridging Greece to the Balkans.

December 2012

A successful graduate field course was conducted from 2-9 December 2012 in collaboration with the Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering Department at Queen’s University, the National Technical University of Athens and the University of Thessaloniki (Northern Greece).  The course was organized by Dr. Nicholas Vlachopoulos and also directed by Dr. Paul Marinos from NTUA who is a prominent International figure in the field and  past president of the IAEG.
The 1 week course involved circumnavigating Greece and visiting tunnelling sites (primarily road, rail, and gold mines) throughout the country in limestones, clays, gneiss, molassic rocks, flysch, phyllites, ophiolites, basement schists and fault zones.   The tunnels were at various stages of construction and the student work along the way included geological model construction, seismic hazard prediction, ground classification and tunnel design with student presentations in the evenings among other deliverables.

 

November 2012

Dr. Kerry Rowe is awarded with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award. Read full article here

Three Gorges Dam
Ian at the Three Gorges Dam

October 2012

Dr Ian Moore delivered the opening keynote lecture at the 3rd International Conference on Pipelines and Trenchless Technology in Wuhan, China, on Saturday October 20th, a conference jointly supported by the ASCE and the China University of Geosciences. His presentation, 'Large scale laboratory experiments to advance the design and performance of buried pipe infrastructure' described experiments in the Geoengineering Laboratory developed at West Campus in collaboration with Dr Richard Brachman, seminal studies conducted by current and former graduate students Mohamed Almahakeri, David Becerril, John Cholewa, and Andrea Lougheed.

Richard Bathurst
Richard Bathurst
Bing Huang
Bing Huang

 

Dr. R.J. Bathurst and former graduate student Dr. Bing Huang are the recipients of the 2011 Best Paper Award of the journal Geotextiles and Geomembranes for their paper “Analysis of installation damage tests for LRFD calibration of reinforced soil structures, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Vol. 29, No. 3, pp. 323-334”. The paper was co-authored with Mr Tony Allen of the Washington State Department of Transportation State Materials Laboratory.

 

Kerry Rowe
Kerry Rowe

R. Kerry Rowe, professor and Canada Research Chair in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, GeoEngineering Centre at Queen-RMC and Department of Civil Engineering, was recently honoured by the Indian Geotechnical Society by being invited to present their most distinguished lecture, the IGS-Ferroco Tezaghi Oration.  This lecture, which honours the worlds most distinguished geotechnical engineers, is presented every two years.  Rowe’s lecture, presented to a packed auditorium at IIT Delhi in New Delhi on 5th October 2012,    was on “Design and construction of barrier systems to minimize environmental impacts due to municipal solid waste leachate and gas”.

Pete Quinn
Pete Quinn


At the Annual Canadian Geotechnical Conference in Winnipeg, the R.M. Quigley Award of the Canadian Geotechnical Society was presented to former GeoEng graduate student Dr Pete Quinn together with Drs Mark Diederichs, Kerry Rowe and Jean Hutchinson for the paper titled "A new model for large landslides in sensitive clay using a fracture mechanics approach" published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Vol 48(No 8): pp. 1151-1162. This manuscript was selected by the Associate Editors as the best of the 148 papers published in the journal during 2011.

Mark Diederichs
Mark Diederichs
Kerry Rowe
Kerry Rowe
Jean Hutchinson
Jean Hutchinson
Fawzy Ezzein
Fawzy Ezzein

August 2012

Fawzy Ezzein (RMC Civil) and Fady Abdelaal (Queen’s Civil) placed 1st and 2nd (respectively) at this year’s National Canadian Geotechnical Society’s (CGS) 2012 Graduate Student Competition. This is quite an outstanding accomplishment. The competition entailed a 15 minute presentation recorded in front of a live technical audience including a question and answer period. There were 10 graduate presentation entries from multiple universities spanning the country.

Along with the accolades, the 1st Place Award includes a $750 honorarium and a certificate, one-year’s membership in CGS, free conference registration, and an opportunity to present at the Annual Conference to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The 2nd Place Award includes a $500 honorarium and a certificate, one-year’s membership in CGS and free conference registration to GeoManitoba 2012.

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Fady Abdelaal

Graduate Student Presentation Award – 1st Prize
Name:   Fawzy Ezzein
Title:  A Transparent Granular Sand for Geotechnical Modelling
Department:  Civil Engineering, Royal Military College of Canada
Advisor:  Dr. Richard Bathurst

Graduate Student Presentation Award – 2nd Prize
Name:   Fady Abdelaal
Title:  Cracking of HDPE Geomembranes
Department:  Civil Engineering, Queen’s University
Advisor:  Dr. Kerry Rowe

Richard Brachman, Kerry Rowe, Andy Take
Kerry Rowe with colleagues Richard Brachman (left) and Andy Take (right) exhuming samples from the Godfrey landfill barrier test site north of Kingston

June 2012

Kerry Rowe has received extraordinary recognition from the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering and Technical Committee 215 on Environmental Geotechnics, who have established the R. Kerry Rowe Lecture, "in recognition of Professor Rowe's outstanding impact in the field of Environmental Geotechnics and excellence in scholarly achievements". The lecture is to be given at the opening plenary session of the Environmental Geotechnics Congress held every 4 years. The inaugural lecture is scheduled to be given at the 18th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering to be held in Paris, France, in September 2013 and at the 7th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics to be held in Melbourne, Australia, in November 2014. The lecture will be delivered by a person "having made a distinguished recent contribution to the theory and practice of Environmental Geotechnics".

 

Jean Hutchinson
Jean Hutchinson

NSERC has announced the award of Discovery Accelerator Supplements to two members of the GeoEngineering Centre, Drs Jean Hutchinson and Kerry Rowe. These highly competitive awards, given to just 4 of the 38 scholars at Queen's receiving new Discovery Grants this year (and about 1 in 25 discovery grant award holders nationally), are awarded to proposals that suggest high-risk, novel or potentially transformative research that could contribute to groundbreaking advances in the area of study. The GeoEngineering team has been exceptionally successful receiving these funds since the accelerator supplement program was initiated six years ago. A total of six of these awards have been made to our sixteen team members, a success rate that is almost ten times the national average. See http://www.queensu.ca/news/articles/queens-researchers-receive-34-million-nserc-funding for further information.

Kerry Rowe
Kerry Rowe

May 2012

The Engineering Institute of Canada has announced that it is awarding Dr Kerry Rowe the institute`s highest honour, the Sir John Kennedy Medal. Their award citation notes that "he is known for his seminal and outstanding contributions to the engineering science and practice of Geoengineering. Kerry Rowe has led international research efforts in both Geosynthetics and Landfill Engineering, transforming practice in Canada to the highest level internationally, and reaching across boundaries to guide the development and implementation of engineering science on these topics in many countries. His extraordinary professional contributions included the training of many high-level technical experts, his leadership as President of the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the Engineering Institute of Canada, and his work as one of the leading researchers in the country. Kerry Rowe has been recognized with the highest honours for Geotechnical Engineering scholarship internationally (the Rankine Lecture), for Engineering in Canada (the Killam Prize) and beyond (as an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering)....we take great pride in honouring this distinguished Canadian engineer, researcher and teacher with the Institute’s most senior honour".

It is also highlighted on the Queen's website

Richard Bathurst

March 2012

Dr. R.J. Bathurst and former graduate student Dr Bing Huang are the recipients of the 2011 Best Paper Award of the international journal Georisk for their paper titled “Load and resistance factor design (LRFD) calibration for steel grid reinforced soil walls”. The paper was co-authored with Mr Tony Allen of the Washington State Department of Transportation State Materials Laboratory.

 

Mohamed Almahakeri
Mohamed Almahakeri

Mr Mohamed Almahakeri was awarded the Michael E. Argent Memorial Scholarship by the North American Society of Trenchless Technology at the 21st Annual North American NoDig Conference in Nashville. Mohamed is studying the impact of soil moving past buried flexible pressure pipes as part of his PhD, and for the past two years has been President of the Queen’s University Student Chapter of the North American Society of Trenchless Technology.

Kerry Rowe

February 2012

The Canada Council of the Arts has announced the latest winners of the Killam Research Fellowships. Dr Kerry Rowe, one of seven Canadian scholars to be supported by this program during 2012-2014. Commenting on Dr Rowe’s selection the Canada Council of the Arts explained that “Kerry Rowe will examine the effectiveness of the modern barriers systems used in landfills to contain contaminants of emerging concern, like bisphenol-A, and develop guidelines for the design of barrier systems and landfill operations that will provide long-term environmental protection. He has received many awards and accolades for his research, including being elected a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering UK in 2010. His methods have been adopted by regulatory authorities in Canada and around the world. The Fellowships, among Canada’s most distinguished research awards, provide $70,000 a year for two years to each of the researchers. They enable researchers to be released from teaching and administrative duties so that they can pursue independent research”.

Kevin Mumford
Kevin Mumford

January 2012

Recent Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funding helps in developing strategies for addressing the flow of all types of fluids into soil and groundwater.

Queen’s civil engineering assistant professor Kevin Mumford was recently awarded a Leader’s Opportunity Fund grant for $116,000 to continue his research.

With a government focus currently on brownfield development, which is often a costly endeavour, the funding will allow the development of new strategies and optimize existing strategies. Brownfield development is the redevelopment of old, unused industrial properties.“There is a focus right now on sustainable development. Cleaning up a site is a major barrier to getting these projects off the ground. Our research will help with that,” says Dr. Mumford.

The funding will be used to build large tanks, similar to aquariums, which will be filled with a variety of soils. Liquid will be added to these tanks allowing researchers to study how different liquids move through different soil types.The experiments allow researchers to re-create subsurface conditions (clay, sand, gravel) before moving to computer simulations.

“There are others working on this problem but work at this scale is not that common,” says Dr. Mumford.The Leaders Opportunity Fund is designed to help universities attract and retain researchers. The funding provides an opportunity to acquire infrastructure and create research support.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. CFI’s Leaders Opportunity Fund program, begun in 2006, was designed to give Canadian universities the flexibility to both attract and retain the very best researchers, at a time of intense international competition for leading faculty.

A complete list of LOF projects, by university, can be found on the CFI website.

Jeffrey Oke

Mr. Jeff Oke, Tunnel in Patras, Greece.

October 2011

Mr. Jeffrey Oke, PhD candidate with supervisors Dr. Nicholas Vlachopoulos and Dr. Mark Diederichs, won second place at the Canadian Geotechnical Society’s Graduate Student Presentation Competition.

Richard Bathurst Congratulations to Dr Richard Bathurst who was selected at the annual board meeting as President-elect of the Canadian Geotechnical Society, to start his two year term as President on January 1st, 2013. Dr Bathurst has previously served the society for two years as Vice-President, Technical, and the international and North American geosynthetics communities as President of the International Geosynthetics Society and President of the North American Geosynthetics Society.
Kerry Rowe The Canadian Geotechnical conference was held this year in Toronto in conjunction with the Pan Am conference of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (held once every four years) . Each Pan Am conference opens with the Arthur Casagrande Lecture. This year, the International Society selected Dr Kerry Rowe to deliver the 2011 Casagrande Lecture. In his presentation titled "SHORT AND LONG TERM LEAKAGE THROUGH COMPOSITE LINERS", Kerry discussed new findings related to leakage through composite landfill liners, reporting on work conducted with his colleagues, students, and other research collaborators. In particular, the work provides important guidance on landfill barrier construction to minimize the significant potential impact of wrinkles developing in the liner. 

Andy Take
Andy Take

Quigley Award

from the left:
Ian Moore, Richard Brachman, Heather McLeod and Andy Take

A highlight of the Canadian Geotechnical Conference each year is the Canadian Geotechnical Colloquium. This keynote lecture is given by a member of the society between the ages of 35 and 40, who is funded to prepare a state of the art address and article on a topic involving new or changing practice. At the Canadian Geotechnical Conference banquet it was announced that Dr Andy Take has been selected to give the 2012 Canadian Geotechnical Colloquium at next year's conference in Winnipeg. Andy is being funded by the Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique (the non-profit charity that supports this event) to prepare his colloquium titled "Looking Deeper: Harnessing the Power of Digital Image Analysis to Gain New Insights into Geotechnical Failure Processes". Andy joins other members of the centre who have given past Colloquia: Kerry Rowe in 1987, Bernie Kueper in 1997, Ian Moore in 1998, Mark Diederichs in 2003, and Richard Brachman in 2006.
 
Congratulations to former graduate student Heather McLeod as well as Richard Brachman, Ian Moore and Andy Take who were awarded the R.M. Quigley Award of the Canadian Geotechnical Society at the Pan Am conference for their paper titled “Brachman, R.W.I., McLeod, H.A., Moore, I.D. and Take, A.W. 2010. Three-dimensional ground displacements from static pipe bursting in stiff clay, Canadian Geotechnical J., Vol. 47(4), pp. 439-450”. Congratulations also to Queen's Alum Paul Dittrich, Kerry Rowe, Dennis Becker and Kwan Yee Lo who received an honourable mention for the Quigley award for their paper "Influence of exsolved gases on slope performance at the Sarnia approach cut to the St. Clair Tunnel”, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Volume 47, No. 9, pp. 971–98. The Quigley award recognizes the best papers in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal each year, as judged by members of the Editorial board (without the Editor!). Formerly called the 'Best paper award', it was renamed in 1995 to honour Bob Quigley, a past Editor of the journal, whose high standards and breadth of geotechnical and geoscience scholarship and practice set exemplary benchmarks for the Canadian and international communities.

Scott Sloan
Scott Sloan

September 2011

Dr Scott Sloan delivered the fifth Victor Milligan Lecture titled "Geotechnical stability analysis" on September 20. Scott Sloan is the Laureate Professor and Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, and was the 2011 Rankine Lecturer for the British Geotechnical Association. Funding for the Victor Milligan Lecture series is generously provided by Golder Associates.

 

Greg Siemens
Greg Siemens

Richard Bathurst
Richard Bathurst

 

Congratulations to Greg Siemens and Richard Bathurst for their Honourable Mention for the best paper published in Geotextiles and Geomembranes in 2010. The paper "Numerical parametric investigation of infiltration in one-dimensional sand–geotextile columns" , is in Volume 28, Number 5, on pages 460-474 . Geotextiles and Geomembranes is the geoengineering journal with the highest impact factor, and published 50 articles during 2010.



August 2011

Graduate Field Trip: Engineering Geology and Geomechanics

Geological Engineering is a challenging discipline combining an understanding of the geological makeup and history of an area with engineering skills to remediate natural hazards, to manage earth resources and to build with, on, over and through earth materials. Twelve graduate students from the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen’s spent much of this past June travelling over 3300km through Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria and Germany, visiting and studying key geo-engineering project sites, numerous natural hazard examples and learning about Alpine geology. This technical tour, supervised by Queen’s Professors Mark Diederichs and Jean Hutchinson, was part of a graduate field course related to engineering geology and rock engineering. The graduate students are involved in research projects related to tunnelling, mining, landslides, rockfall remediation and other railway geomechanics, rock characterization using remote sensing and nuclear waste related rock mechanics and rock engineering.

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Kerry Rowe June 2011

Congratulations to Paul Dittrich, Kerry Rowe, Dennis Becker and Kwan Yee Lo who were awarded the Casimir Gzowski Medal at the annual conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering in Ottawa. Drs Dittrich, Rowe, Becker and Lo won for their paper titled "Influence of exsolved gases on slope performance at the Sarnia approach cut to the St. Clair Tunnel”, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Volume 47, No. 9, pp. 971–98.

As superintendent of public works of the Province of Canada, Colonel Sir Casimir Stanislaus Gzowski (1813–1898) was responsible for improving waterways and canals and constructing roads, harbours and bridges. Later, he was involved in railroad construction and the design and construction of the international bridge at Fort Erie. A founder of the CSCE in 1887, he served as president from 1889 to 1891. Established by Sir Casimir in 1890, the Casimir Gzowski Medal is awarded annually by the CSCE for the best paper on a civil engineering subject in the area of surveying, structural engineering and heavy construction.

Heather McLeod, et al

Heather, Richard (top left), Ian (bottom left), Jon Foster (bottom right) and representatives from TT Technologies in Aurora, IL, 2008 at the site of the pipe bursting field tests reported in their paper.

Congratulations to former graduate student Heather McLeod as well as Richard Brachman, Ian Moore and Andy Take who received an honourable mention for the Casmir Gzowski  Medal by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, for their paper titled “Brachman, R.W.I., McLeod, H.A., Moore, I.D. and Take, A.W. 2010. Three-dimensional ground displacements from static pipe bursting in stiff clay, Canadian Geotechnical J., Vol. 47(4), pp. 439-450”.

Ian Moore

May 2011

Ian Moore received the John R. Booker Excellence Award of the International Association of Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics in recognition of his work on analysis and testing of buried infrastructure. The award was made at the 13th IACMAG conference in Melbourne Australia.

Mark Diederichs and other researchers

The first photo shows some of Dr Diederichs graduate research  team in the Niagara Beck Tunnel in March - 1 week before breakthrough. From Left to Right: Gary Kramer (Hatch Mott Macdonald), Mark Diederichs, Connor Langford (MSc Candidate), Nicholas Vlachopoulos (RMC), Anna Crockford (MSc) and Matthew Perras (PhD).

Mark Diederichs

The second photo shows (left) Ehsan Ghazvinian (PhD Candidate), Dr Diederichs and (right) Matt Perras, standing inside a Mega-Packer fault migration experiment in the Grimsel Granite Laboratory under the Swiss Alps. This is a lab for nuclear waste storage geomechanics and hydrogeology. Both students are working on this topic for their doctoral projects.

April 2011

Dr Mark Diederichs was selected by the Canadian Geotechnical Society to undertake the Cross Canada Lecture Tour during April, making 14 presentations in 14 locations across Canada (Kingston, Kelowna, Prince George, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, Sudbury, Montreal, Quebec and Halifax). Mark is speaking on three topics:

1) Laser Scanning for Rock Mass Characterization on Slopes and Tunnels
2) Tunnelling in Rock Under High Stress Conditions
3) Geotechnical Performance of a Deep Geological Repository for Nuclear Waste

The tour is a highlight of the technical programs offered by the Canadian Geotechnical Society each year, and each tour features a leading GeoEngineering expert from Canada or abroad. The tour is supported through the Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique with the assistance of industrial sponsors (this year : BGC, EBA, Geo-Slope International and the Reinforced Earth Company). 

Jean Hutchinson
Kazi Rahman
Azadeh Hoor

March 2011

Jean Hutchinson, head of the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, has been named a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. Read full article on Queen's University web page.

 

Congratulations to Mr Kazi Rahman who has won the 35th Annual Michael Bozozuk Student Forum, a competition for graduate students at Carleton, Ottawa, Queen`s and RMC. Kazi’s presentation titled “Numerical Analysis of the Response of Adjacent Pipelines during Static Pipe Bursting” is part of his doctoral research work with Dr Richard Brachman and Dr Ian Moore, developing nonlinear computer models to capture ground movements and damage to adjacent infrastructure associated with pipe replacement by pipe bursting.

also.....

Mr Kazi Rahman was awarded the Michael E. Argent Memorial Scholarship by the North American Society of Trenchless Technology at the 20th Annual North American NoDig Conference in Washington D.C.

Ms Azadeh Hoor won the two yearly graduate student competition for the best student paper competition at the ASCE Geo-Institute/IFAI/GMA/ NAGS · Geo-Frontiers 2011 conference in Dallas, Texas.

Queen's students also won it in 2009 (Rebecca McWatters), 2007 (Melissa Chappel),and 2005 (Karina Lange).

 

January 2011

CFI article on shaking table (Dr. Bathurst) complete with movie: http://www.innovationcanada.ca/en/articles/shakin-all-over

See two other recent articles in the Kingston press on the shaking table research by Dr. Bathurst and PhD student Saman Zarnani.

http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2935762

http://www.kingstonlife.ca/sitepages/?aid=3000&cn=Feature%201&an=FEATURE%201%20-%20Small%20City,%20Big%20Ideas

Kerry Rowe

December 2010

Dr Kerry Rowe has been awarded the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, representing an investment of $1.4M over the next seven years. Our society generates a wide range of wastes, including municipal, industrial, hazardous, nuclear and mine waste, and Dr Rowe's research focuses on the measures in place in waste-disposal sites to ensure environmental protection, recognizing that some of them can, and will, fail at some time. This appointment to a Tier 1 (Senior) Canada Research Chair recognizes his world-leading expertise in both geotechnical and geoenvironmental aspects of the environmental protection systems in waste-disposal sites, including covers, systems to collect garbage fluids, and liners. Irrespective of whether the materials used are natural (e.g., soils, such as gravel) or manmade (e.g., plastics), his research is addressing the question of how long it will last and what happens if it fails.
The Canada Research Chair program is funded by the Government of Canada "to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds"
(see http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/home-accueil-eng.aspx). 

 

Jeff Oke in Greece

Dr. Nicholas Vlachopoulos (cross-appointed to Queen’s Geology from RMC) organized a very successful field course for the tunnelling students within the Queen’s Geol/Geol Eng Dept.  The course was in collaboration with the National Technical University of Athens and the University of Thessaloniki (northern Greece).  The 1 week course involved circumnavigating Greece and visiting tunnelling sites (road, rail, LRT) throughout the country in limestones, clays, gneiss, molassic rocks, flysch, phyllites, ophiolites, basement schists and fault zones. The tunnels were in various stages of construction and the student work along the way included geological model construction, seismic hazard prediction, ground classification and tunnel design with student presentations in the evenings.  The Canadian contingent included Nicholas, Dr. Mark Diederichs and MSc students Connor Langford, Dani Delaloye, Anna Crockford, Colin Hume and Jeffrey Oke. The rest of the graduate students were from the two Greek Institutions. The course was directed primarily by Dr Paul Marinos from NTUA. Paul is a past president of the IAEG.

A video slide show of the trip is available online here:

www.geol.queensu.ca/people/mdiederi/Queens-NTUA-MSC-Tunnelling-Field-Trip.wmv

The video is 12 minutes but does capture the trip rather well.  As well, MASc student, Jeffrey Oke wrote about his experience in an RMC publication:

http://everitas.rmcclub.ca/?p=49775

Dr. Bathurst & Dr. Miyata

At the annual meeting of the Japan IGS Chapter in Tokyo on 2 December, Dr. Bathurst and his colleague Dr. Miyata at the National Defense Academy in Japan were awarded the 2010 TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD of the IGS Japan Chapter for their work developing the K-stiffness Method for geosynthetic reinforced soil walls.

Robert Holtz November 2010

Dr Robert Holtz delivered the fourth Victor Milligan Lecture titled "Reinforced Soil Technology: From Experimental to the Familiar" on November 2. Bob Holtz, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle is the co-author or editor of 10 books and book chapters, including "An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering" (with W. D. Kovacs, 1981), and was the 2010 Terzaghi Lecturer for the American Society of Civil Engineers. Funding for the Victor Millgan Lecture series is generously provided by Golder Associates. 

Saman Zarnani
Eric Wolinsky, Andy Take

September 2010

Mr Saman Zarnani (PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr. Bathurst) won the annual graduate student competition of the Canadian Geotechnical Society, and presented his lecture titled “ Application of EPS Geofoam for Seismic Buffers in Rigid Retaining Walls” at a plenary session at the 63rd Annual Canadian Geotechnical Conference in Calgary on Tuesday September 14th. Congratulations also to undergraduate student Eric Wolinksky, who received second place in the undergraduate competition for his thesis titled “Application of Digital Signal Processing to the Measurement of Landslide Acceleration Using PIV Image Analysis” (Civil Engineering, Queen’s; Advisor, Dr. Take), and to Jennifer Brown and Candice Cooney who won second place for their group report titled “Mapping Heat Transfer of Gas and Leachate Production at Closed Landfill Sites” (Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen’s; Advisor Steven Rose).
Richard Brachman
Congratulations to Dr Richard Brachman for receiving the 2010 Geosynthetics Award of the Canadian Geotechnical Society. This award, made at the Canadian Geotechnical Conference in Calgary was awarded by the Geosynthetics Division of the CGS, in recognition of a number of Richard’s recent contributions to Geosynthetics research and practice.
John Cholewa

John Cholewa, Ian Moore, Richard Brachman
John Cholewa, Richard Brachman, and Ian Moore received an honourable mention for the R.M. Quigley Award, for their paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 2009 “Response of a polyvinyl chloride water pipe when transverse to an underlying pipe replaced by pipe bursting”. This article reports on part of John’s doctoral project on pipe installation using directional drilling and pipe bursting; it provides experimental evidence and a new design procedure for assessing the impact of pipe bursting on other pipe infrastructure.
Chris Clayton

Professor Chris Clayton of the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom delivered the third Victor Milligan Lecture titled "Stiffness at small strain - research and practice" on September 29th. Dr Clayton’s lecture was the 50th Rankine Lecture prepared and delivered earlier in 2010 for the British Geotechnical Association. Funding for the Victor Milligan lecture series is provided by Golder Associates, in memory of Canadian GeoEngineering pioneer, Dr Victor Milligan.

Jeffrey Oke
August 2010

Congratulations to Mr. Jeffrey Oke who has recently won multiple awards.  He has recently been awarded the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship awarded to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in master's or doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering.

Upon his recent graduation from the Royal Military College of Canada he recently won the following awards:

The W.M. Carleton Monk Memorial Scholarship.  The W.M. Carleton Monk Memorial Scholarship is awarded to the graduating RETP cadet who obtains the highest marks in academic subjects in the graduating year, provided attendance at a university following graduation.

The J.F. Lott Award is awarded for the top thesis mark in civil engineering.

Navy League of Canada Prize. The Navy League of Canada Prize is awarded to the best Sea Operations cadet in the graduating class based on high standards of proficiency in each of the four components (academic, sports, military and language ability).

The Commander Arturo Prat Leadership Award.  The Commander Arturo Prat Leadership Award is awarded in conjunction with the Navy League of Canada to the graduating naval cadet who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, moral values, performance, and potential for future service in the Profession of Arms.

OUA East, Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Randy Gregg Award. This award honours the hockey player who best combines outstanding hockey ability, academic achievement and community involvement.

Jeffrey Oke is currently enrolled in a Master’s program under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas Vlachopoulos.  We congratulate Jeff on his recent outstanding achievements and welcome him to our team.

Nick Vlachopoulos

Dr. Nicholas Vlachopoulos has recently been granted Department of National Defence Grants within the GeoEnvironmental  field amounting to $400K.  This funding will, in part, support the ongoing graduate work of recent graduate students, Ms. Tina Basso (Queen’s - Masters of Environmental Science) and Mr. David Thebault (RMC – Masters in Environmental Engineering).  Congratulations to Dr. Vlachopoulos for his continued success and to Tina and David for their acceptance to their respective programs.

Kerry Rowe and Prince Philip

July 2010
Kerry Rowe has been elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, England. He is one of only six international Fellows, and the only Canadian, whose election was announced at the academy’s annual general meeting in London on July 5. Kerry has previously been elected Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering as well as professional societies in Canada, USA and Australia. This honour was bestowed by Prince Phillip at a ceremony in the UK in the Fall.

More info on Queen's website

Saman Zarnani

June 2010
The International Geosynthetics Society awarded Mr. Saman Zarnani (PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr. Bathurst) the Young IGS Member Achievement Award based on an international competition. This is an award that is given biennially to a young researcher under the age of 36 in the area of geosynthetics. It is very unusual for such a young person so early in their career to be recognized for outstanding technical contributions to the geosynthetics discipline. 

Congratulations!

Richard Bathurst

Dr. Richard J. Bathurst was awarded the biennial International Geosynthetics Society Gold Medal Award for his technical contributions to the advancement of geosynthetics in earth retaining wall technologies.

Dr. Bathurst has now won this medal for an unprecedented third time. He was the first Canadian to receive the medal (1994), the first person to receive it twice (1998) and now the first person to receive it three times.

Kazi Rahman
May 2010
Congratulations to Mr. Kazi Rahman who won the annual graduate student poster competition at the 2010 NoDig conference of the North American Society of Trenchless Technology, held in Chicago during May. His poster outlined part of his doctoral research on three dimensional analysis of pipe bursting, conducted under the supervision of Drs. Richard Brachman and Ian Moore.
Mark Diederichs
Kent Novakowski
Andy Take

April 2010
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) recently announced substantial increases in Discovery Grant funding to three Centre members.

Dr Mark Diederichs has been awarded funding of $52,000 per year for his project titled “Improved mechanical models & engineering management strategies for the excavation damage zone (EDZ) in sedimentary rocks around underground nuclear waste”. This represents an increase in funding by 126%.

Dr Kent Novakowski has been awarded funding of $35,000 per year for his project titled “The role of the overburden-bedrock contact and upper bedrock properties in the recharge and contamination of shallow bedrock aquifers”, a 62% increase in his previous funding.

Dr Andy Take has been awarded funding of $62,000 per year for his project titled “Effects of climate and climate change on the soil slopes of our natural and built environment”, a 170% increase in funding.

Andy and Mark have also been awarded Discovery Accelerator Supplements of $120,000 to boost their productivity even further over the next few years. These additional awards are exceptional, since these were two of only thirty awarded to all engineering scholars across Canada in 2010.
Discovery Grants are a key source of research support to Engineering Scholars in Canada since they promote open enquiry into research problems deemed of interest to the recipients in a way that other project-specific funding cannot. The competition for these funds has become intense in recent years, and these extraordinary increases place the level of support for these three scholars well over the average for their peers across Canada, further cementing the high levels of research support won by our team members.

Azadeh Hoor
March 2010
Congratulations to Ms Azadeh Hoor who has won the 34th Annual Michael Bozozuk Student Forum, a competition for graduate students at Carleton, Ottawa, Queen`s and RMC. Azadeh’s presentation described part of her doctoral research work with Dr Kerry Rowe, examining how the longevity of leachate collection pipes is enhanced by active cooling to mitigate the high temperatures that can develop in landfills.
Jon Foster

February 2010
Congratulations to MASc student Mr Jon Foster, the first recipient of the ConeTec Graduate Award. This award, endowed by ConeTec Investigations Ltd, provides support to graduate students undertaking research related to cone testing or other geotechnical research topics. Shown here is Mr David Woeller, PEng, the President  of ConeTec, making the presentation. Jon is conducting a study on slope stability in the Ottawa Valley under the supervision of Dr Andy Take.

Tom O'Rourke

January 2010
Dr Tom O'Rourke of Cornell University delivered the second Victor Milligan Lecture titled "Geohazards and Large Geographically Distributed Systems" on January 19th. Dr O’Rourke’s lecture was based on his outstanding work on lifeline damage due to earthquakes, and described both his technical contributions (like those associated with his novel buried pipe testing system at Cornell), and a systems view of the interacting issues affecting post-earthquake damage. Dr O’Rourke prepared and delivered this material in 2009 as the 49th Rankine Lecture for the British Geotechnical Association. Funding for the Victor Milligan lecture series is provided by Golder Associates, in memory of Canadian GeoEngineering pioneer, Dr Victor Milligan.

Kevin Mumford

January 2010
A warm welcome to Dr Kevin Mumford, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen`s University, the newest member of the GeoEngineering Centre. Kevin conducted his doctoral training at McMaster University, studying the impact of air bubbles on contaminated groundwater, work for which he received the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal at McMaster University.

He then spent 2009 as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Western Ontario before accepting a faculty position at Queen`s. Kevin strengthens our team of groundwater/hydrogeology experts (Bernie Kueper, Kent Novakowski and Vicki Remenda), adding expertise on three-fluid phase flow within porous media, with potential for application to new developments in carbon sequestration and remediation of contaminated ground.


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