Short Courses

GeoMontreal 2013 is pleased to offer one 2-day and 5 full-day short courses as part of the official conference program. All courses will be held at the Hilton Bonaventure.

Introducing the French Translation of the Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual 4th Edition
Instructors: Jean LaFleur, Paul Chiasson and Muhsin Elie Rahhal
Date: Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Instruction Language: French
Cost: Before September 1 - $645 (Students $395); On/After September 1 - $695 (Students $445)

The French translation of the 4th Edition of the Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual will be published in July, 2013. Jean LaFleur was the primary translator of the French edition and has agreed to lead this special 2-day course on Foundation Engineering. The course fee includes a printed copy of the newly translated manual and will cover the following areas:
Day 1: Introduction - Definitions, Identification of Soils, Site Investigation, Special Conditions, Limit States Design, Seismic Design, Machine Foundations, Bearing Capacity and Foundation Settlement, Deep Foundations - Geotechnical Design;
Day 2: Deep Foundations - Structural Design/Load tests/Control of Deep Foundations, Drainage and Filters, Groundwater Monitoring, Frost Action, Improving Soil in Place, Side Pressures, Excavation With and Without Support, Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Walls

About the Instructors
Dr. Jean Lafleur received his Ph.D. from the University of Sherbrooke and was a Professor in the Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering at École Polytechnique de Montreal from 1977 to 2011. He has taught, conducted research and acted as a geotechnical consultant particularly on the application of geosynthetics in civil engineering and the stability of clay slopes. He has participated in many intensive courses and is the author of over 100 scientific publications in the field of road pavements, embankment dams and works to protect the environment.

Dr. Paul Chiasson received his Ph.D. from École Polytechnique de Montréal and is Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Moncton and a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and, he holds a. He teaches geotechnical engineering and is conducting research on the mechanical behavior of unsaturated granular soils, hydraulic conductivity, low-permeability soils and probabilistic approaches in geotechnical engineering.

Dr. Muhsin Elie Rahal received his doctorate from the University of Sherbrooke in 1997 and is a Professor at the Superior School of Engineers of Beirut Saint Joseph University. He teaches and conducts research in geotechnical engineering, particularly on the rheology of soils, foundations, geotechnical earthquake, soil liquefaction, seismic zoning, landslides and geotechnical calculations in reliability. He worked on the study of the behavior of clays and sands in eastern Canada under monotonic and cyclic loads. He is the author of over 35 scientific publications and a member of several international scientific committees.

Effective Solute Transport Simulation
Instructors: Christopher J. Neville and Vivek Bedekar
Date: Sunday, September 29
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instruction Language: English
Cost: Before September 1 - $370 (Students $200); On/After September 1 - $420 (Students $225)

This one-day short course will focus on the essential aspects of effective solute transport simulation. The course is structured as a set of formal lectures. Attendees will leave the course with a set of detailed course notes that can be used for subsequent self-study.

The course will begin with a discussion of analytical solutions that are available for transport analyses. These solutions are ideal for developing quickly a rough idea of the “right” answer. The second section of the course will be devoted to using the popular simulator MT3DMS efficiently and correctly. The third part of the course is devoted to advanced applications. The final part of the course is devoted to two vexing issues associated with solute transport simulation.

About the Instructors
Christopher J. Neville, M.Sc., P.Eng. is the developer and co-instructor of the course. Mr. Neville is a Senior Hydrogeologist and Vice-President with S.S. Papadopulos & Associates, Inc. in Waterloo, Ontario. He was trained as a civil engineer and hydrogeologist and has over twenty years of experience in solving groundwater problems. His specialization is in the interpretation of hydrogeologic data, and the development and application of analytical and numerical techniques to analyze groundwater problems in complex granular and fractured porous media.

Vivek Bedekar is a Project Engineer with S.S. Papadopulos & Associates, Inc. in Bethesda, Maryland. He has 10 years of experience as a groundwater modeller and software developer. His experience includes groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling and surface water-groundwater interaction modeling. As a software developer he has contributed to the development of MODFLOW-SURFACT and MODHMS. At SSP&A he currently leads the development of groundwater modeling codes MODFLOW, MT3DMS, and MODPATH. He has also developed tools like the source screening module (SSM) that implement analytical/semi-analytical solutions in an accessible Excel environment.

Introduction to Geothermal System Design
Instructor: Jasmin Raymond
Date: Sunday, September 29
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instruction Language: English
Cost: Before September 1 - $395 (Students $200); On/After September 1 - $445 (Students $225)

The design and installation of geothermal systems involve various expertise related to both the building and the subsurface. Geo-engineers and scientists are needed to characterize the subsurface and plan the installation of the boreholes that host the ground heat exchangers. The tasks to perform include the drilling of an exploration borehole, measurement of the subsurface thermal properties, making recommendations for the choice of material to fill the boreholes and calculation of required ground heat exchanger length to fulfill the building energy needs. Basic knowledge to perform these tasks and understand the design of geothermal systems will be introduced to the participants during this course. Interactive exercises will help the participants to develop the skills necessary to conduct geothermal projects.

About the Instructor
Dr. Jasmin Raymond is a hydrogeologist with 10 years of experience in geothermal energy. He completed a doctoral degree from Laval University and a bachelor's degree from McGill University. Recognized by the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition, Dr. Raymond is a Certified GeoExchange Designer for commercial buildings. He has participated on the task force working on the improvement of the standard CSA C448 that recommends best practice guidelines for the design and installation of geothermal systems. His current work is to conduct research at E.T.S. in Montreal as a postdoctoral fellow and to advise clients on R&D projects with HydroGeoPro. This company, founded by Dr. Raymond, offers valorization, technology transfer and training services to industrial partners in the environmental and green energy sectors.

Modern Implementations of Risk and Crisis Management in Geotechnical Engineering
Instructor: Franco Oboni
Date: Sunday, September 29
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instruction Language: English
Cost: Before September 1 - $395 (Students $200); On/After September 1 - $445 (Students $225)

This course will bring much needed methodological and practical answers to anyone involved in evaluating and prioritizing risks in geotechnical projects (including prefeasibility level), operations and decision-making. Rational Risk & Crisis Management will bring value by optimizing risk exposures, giving your project a leading competitive edge.

Attendees will gain an understanding of do's and don'ts in Risk Management and Crisis Management, and how risk can be integrated in the decision making process. Numerous examples (geotechnical projects world-wide, from transport related to dams, landslides, environmental rehabilitations, etc.) drawn from Dr. Oboni's day to day practice will create a solid link between theoretical aspects and day-to-day real-life events. The detailed content will include:

Laying the foundations: overview and glossary of Risk & Crisis Management

  • Management Approaches
  • Hazards vs. risks examples and comments on the need for a unified glossary
  • Distinguishing safety from risk, Risk Assessment from Audit, Risk Assessment from HAZOP
  • Examples of risks degenerating in crises
Comparison and difference of Qualitative vs. Quantitative Risk Assessment
  • Assessing and Presenting Risks, Historic Methods and Approaches examples
  • ISO 31000 and 31010
  • Failure Tree Analysis and other tools (audience proposes examples), PIGs (Probability Impact Graphs, FMEA)
  • Risk ranking/Risk prioritization
Characterizing hazards, consequences, qualitative and quantitative risks
  • Qualitative/quantitative probabilities/likelihoods
  • Qualitative/quantitative consequences
  • Tailings dams systems examples
  • Assessment of Crises
  • Risk Tolerability and Acceptability (Acceptance) thresholds
  • ALARA; ALARP; BACT and ORE priorization (ranking)
Role of Rational Risk Assessment in special emerging scenarios
  • Climate Change
  • Force Majeure Clauses
  • Insurance denial
  • B2B solutions
  • When is soon, soon enough?
  • When is late, too late?
  • Discussions and Conclusions

About the Instructor
Franco Oboni, Ph. D. heads Riskope, an international practice on Risk and Crisis Management based in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a consultant, coach, and author of over fifty papers and co-author of numerous books. Franco regularly gives seminars and workshops worldwide.

Dr. Oboni has managed a broad range of risk and crisis mitigation projects, risk and security audits and geo-environ-mental hazard mitigation studies, including critical infrastructure, cyber risks, and even aerospace. Consulting and teaching have brought Franco to work in four continents. Projects have included definition of needs, training for corporate clients, negotiations with community leaders, as well as the preparation of monitoring programs, Risk Assessments and Optimum Risk Estimates (ORE, the flagship product of Riskope).

Geosynthetics in Landfill and other Barrier Systems
(Sponsored by the Geosynthetics Division of CGS)

Instructors: Kerry Rowe, Eric Blond and Troy Shaw
Date: Sunday, September 29
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instruction Language: English
Cost: Before September 1 - $395 (Students $200); On/After September 1 - $445 (Students $225)

This 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 landfill and other related barrier systems. The course is offered by a team of instructors that will provide a unique combination of experiences from research, engineering practice, installation and material specifications and compliance testing.

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 GMBs under realistic exposure conditions 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.

About the Instructors
R. Kerry Rowe, Ph.D., D.Eng., FRSC, FCAE, FEIC, P.Eng., is a Professor of Civil Engineering and the Canada Research Chair at Queen's University. His research and consulting has been in the fields of geotechnical, geosynthetic, hydrogeologic, landfill and geoenvironmental Engineering. He is the lead author of the book Barrier Systems for Waste Disposal Facilities, editor of the Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Handbook, and has more than 400 publications in refereed journals, conferences and books. He has presented two of the most prestigious lectures in his field, including the Giroud Lecture (2002) by the International Geosynthetics Society and the 45th Rankine Lecture (2005) by the British Geotechnical Society.

Eric Blond, ing., M.Sc.A.
Eric Blond is Vice-President of SAGEOS, a testing and research laboratory specialized in Geosynthetics near Montreal, Canada. Mr Blond graduated from INSA de Lyon in France in Civil Engineering, and obtained a Master Thesis at École Polytechnique de Montréal in Geotechnical Engineering. He is member of the executive committee of ASTM D35 on Geosynthetics, and chairman of the Canadian Mirror Committee of ISO TC221 on Geosynthetics. He serves as an elected member on the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) council. He has also served as chair of the Geosynthetics Division of the Canadian Geotechnical Society between 2005 and 2007.

Troy Shaw
Troy Shaw is a Project Manager with Terrafix Environmental Technology Inc. A member of the Terrafix team since 1993, Troy became a Project Manager in 1999 after graduating from the University of Ottawa (B.Comm). In this capacity he has overseen numerous installation projects for Terrafix in Canada, the United States and throughout the Caribbean in a wide array of applications from Landfill Base Liners, Landfill Capping Liners, Sewage Lagoons, Irrigation Reservoirs, Brownfield Gas Vapor Barriers, Automotive Press Pits and Petroleum Storage Compounds.

Geotechnical Considerations for Successful Trenchless Technology Projects
Instructors: Mark Knight and Mark Duckworth
Date: Sunday, September 29
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instruction Language: English
Cost: Before September 1 - $395 (Students $200); On/After September 1 - $445 (Students $225)

This workshop addresses geotechnical considerations for trenchless projects from the construction of small diameter pipeline installations to the construction of tunnels in various soil conditions. The program will discuss elements of a good geotechnical investigation and the appropriate choice of trenchless technology to best suit the ground conditions will review limitations of equipment and present case histories where things have gone ‘right’ and where things have gone ‘wrong’. Time will be set aside for an open forum to generate some good discussions about people’s experiences with various trenchless methods and ground conditions.

The program will cover:

  • Trenchless technology overview - new pipeline construction methods
  • Trenchless technology overview - pipeline renovation
  • Subsurface investigations (soils) - their influence on trenchless technology projects
  • Subsurface investigations (rock) - their influence on trenchless technology selection
  • Differing site condition claims and trenchless projects
  • Geotechnical baseline reports
  • Drilling fluids - their role in successful trenchless technology applications
  • Case studies

About the instructors:
Dr Mark Knight, P.Eng. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo, and Executive Director at the Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies also located at the University of Waterloo. Dr Knight is a Geotechnical Engineer and international expert in design and construction of trenchless projects. Dr Knight will share his experience on how the role of a geotechnical engineer for trenchless projects is different than for traditional construction projects. He will also share case studies that demonstrate how good geotechnical engineering practices can make a project successful and projects where poor practices have resulted in legal disputes.

Mark Duckworth of Bariod IDP will discuss the role and function of drill fluid for trenchless projects. Mr Duckworth has over 15 years of industry experience and has worked on challenging trenchless projects around the globe. He will show how the use of properly designed drill fluids for the site conditions is often the key element to a successful trenchless pipeline installation.