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GeoCalgary 2020 is pleased to offer the following short courses on Sunday, September 13 in addition to the official conference program:


Short Courses will be given in English only.

GeoCalgary 2020 reserves the right to cancel a short course should the minimum number of registrants not be reached. In the event of a cancellation, registrants will be notified by email and offered a transfer to another course or a full refund.

Short courses fees are in Canadian Dollars and are subject to GST tax of 5%.

SC 1: Basics of design of piled foundations

Instructor:  Dr. Bengt H. Fellenius
Date:         Sunday, September 13, 2020
Time:         8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Cost:          Full         $425 (Early Bird Registration) / $475 (Late Registration) 
                  Student   $200 (Early Bird Registration) / $225 (Late Registration)

The course comprises four parts presenting the essentials of the Unified Method of deep foundations design for capacity, drag force, settlement, and downdrag for single piles, pile groups, and piled foundations, which emphasizes analysis and design for settlement. The presentations are illustrated with case histories of testing and design analysis. Conventional head-down and bidirectional static loading test methods are detailed, including how to evaluate strain-gage measurements from instrumented pile loading tests and how to assess residual load. Settlement analysis is of vital importance to the design of piled foundations, and the course addresses principles of settlement analysis and how to calculate settlement of piles and piled foundations—single piles as well as pile groups. Pertinent aspects of construction procedures, Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD), and Reliability Base Design (RBD) are briefly addressed.

Covered topics will be:

  • Analysis of Load Transfer, Capacity, and Response to Load
  • The Static Loading Test: Performance, Analysis, and Instrumentation
  • Piles and Pile Groups – Long-Term Behavior and how we know what we know
  • The Unified Design Method


About the Instructor:

Dr. Bengt H. Fellenius
Dr. Fellenius, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa from 1979 through 2002, is an internationally recognized authority in the field of soil mechanics and foundation engineering, and, in particular, in deep foundations. He has gained a wealth of practical experience during 60 years of work at home and overseas through a variety of assignments that encompass foundation, embankment, and soil improvement design for water and sewage treatment plants, industrial plants, as well as bridges, highway, and airport projects, and marine structures and urban area development projects; some of which he has written up in about 400 technical journal and conference papers, articles, books, and book chapters. Copies of many of the papers are available for downloading from Dr. Fellenius’ website.

SC 2: Introduction to BUILD3D, SLOPE\W, and SEEPW


Instructors:  Dr. Edward Dzik; Erika Harrison, M.Sc. and Dr. Curtis Kelln
Date:           Sunday, September 13, 2020
Time:           8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost:            Full         $425 (Early Bird Registration) / $475 (Late Registration) 
                    Student   $200 (Early Bird Registration) / $225 (Late Registration)


The morning session will focus on general 3D model construction using BUILD3D.

BUILD3D is the 3D geometry building component of GEOSLOPE’s GeoStudio Suite of geotechnical software. The GeoStudio suite is used for geotechnical analysis of soil and groundwater and is used extensively for analysis, testing, and design by geotechnical and civil engineers. The software is designed to accommodate geotechnical engineering projects that require continuum analysis. The afternoon session will focus on slope stability analysis using SLOPE/W, with an emphasis on integrating pore-water pressures and stresses from SEEP/W and SIGMA/W, respectively. Topics will include an overview of the software user interface, a brief review of limit equilibrium theory and convergence, and the stability analysis of geotechnical structures in response to transient pore-water pressure changes.



Covered Topics will be:

  • Introduction to feature based modelling
  • Creating geometry from existing 2D models
  • Importing geometry from external sources
  • Boolean operations, imprinting, cutting solids
  • Assigning materials and boundary conditions
  • Mesh generation
  • Visualization of results



About the Instructors:


Dr. Edward Dzik

Dr. Dzik is a geological engineer with specialization in numerical modelling software for advanced geomechanical analysis of soil, rock, and ground support. His research interests include rock fracture, advanced constitutive models for geo-materials, 3D geometry clean-up and mesh generation. Dr. Dzik is a Principal Engineer at GEOSLOPE.


Erika Harrison, M.Sc.

Ms. Harrison is a software developer specializing in user interface development and 3D computer graphics. Her research interests include visualization methods, data structures and algorithms for 3D graphics, and advanced user interaction techniques. Ms. Harrison is a Software Developer at GEOSLOPE.


Dr. Curtis Kelln

Dr. Kelln is a geological engineer with specialization in numerical modelling software for stress-strain behaviour in soils. His research interests include elastic-viscoplastic soil models, deformation in soft deposits, and soil-structure interactions. Dr. Kelln is the Vice President of Research and Development at GEOSLOPE. 

SC 3: In-situ testing using pressuremeters

Instructors:  Dr. David Elwood, P.Eng. and Robert Whittle
Date:           Sunday, September 13, 2020
Time:           8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost:            Full         $425 (Early Bird Registration) / $475 (Late Registration) 
                    Student   $200 (Early Bird Registration) / $225 (Late Registration)

Pressuremeters are now well-established tools for determining the engineering properties of the ground insitu. The business of getting the equipment into the ground has major implications for understanding the field data. The test can provide high quality data for the strain dependency of shear modulus. What can and cannot be obtained from the test will be examined. Some alternative approaches to the use of the equipment and test procedure will also be presented.  The course will focus at the pressuremeter from its inception and different forms, Menard through to the Cambridge system. Discussion will move into the key factors of the use of the probe, primarily, how important the borehole is for certain aspects like K0. Next, we will move into basic interpretations and understanding of the factors needed for using the data effectively. Moreover, recognizing when data is not best  and how to determine a level of reliability from the data. This section will focus on the analysis methods for different materials ranging from undrained clays, followed by dense sands and moving into cohesive frictional models, weak rocks and loose sands. Finally, we will move into applications and design usage followed by several case studies to demonstrate its correct use.      


About the Instructors:

Dr. David Elwood, P.Eng.    
Dr. Elwood is an Assistant Professor in geotechnical engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. He has published several papers on the topic of the pressuremeter and its applications as well as soil mechanics and site characterization and is currently on the editorial board of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal. He is also the lead author for the Site Investigations and Classifications chapter of the CFEM 2020. Dr. Elwood is a standing member of the Technical Committee for Ground Property Characterization from In-Situ Tests (TC-102) as part of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). He has been an active consultant nationally and internationally for 20 years and has extensive experience with site characterization and development of material properties for a wide range of geo-materials. His research has focused on the characterization of hard, overconsolidated soils and soft rocks for a variety of applications, including tunnelling deep excavations and slope stabilization. 

Robert Whittle            
Robert Whittle is part owner of Cambridge Insitu Ltd (CI) and has been associated with the company since 1978. He has a background in electronics and his initial involvement concerned the production of ancillary equipment for the Self Boring Pressuremeter (SBP). As CI evolved into a service provider as well as manufacturer, he became an expert in pressuremeter testing and analysis, operating globally on sites extending from remote parts of Africa to the heart of New York. He has worked extensively in Hong Kong and Singapore and has published several conference and journal papers on aspects of the pressuremeter test and interpretation. His particular interest is the stress and strain dependency governing the unload/reload response of soils. 

SC 4: Pipeline geotechnique

Instructor:  Doug Dewar, M.Sc., P.Eng.
Date:         Sunday, September 13, 2020

Time:         8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost:          Full         $425 (Early Bird Registration) / $475 (Late Registration) 
                  Student   $200 (Early Bird Registration) / $225 (Late Registration)

The course is designed to educate engineers and geoscientists conducting site-specific landslide and/or settlement subsidence assessments for pipeline industry operators.  Basic pipeline fundamentals essential to these assessments will be introduced.  Advice on the best use of traditional ground monitoring techniques such as slope inclinometers, surface survey and LiDAR will also be presented.  The focus of the course will be to introduce pipeline monitoring techniques that provide direct indications of potential soil to pipe interactions.  Pipeline monitoring techniques to be discussed will include pipeline locates, pipe wall assessments (aka. electromagnetic tomography) and in-line inspections.   Case studies by industry practitioners will be presented demonstrating the integration of traditional ground/pipeline monitoring techniques with other sources of information including operator records and potential interacting pipeline anomalies.


About the Instructor:

Doug Dewar, M.Sc., P.Eng.
Doug Dewar graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Geological engineering and the University of Alberta with a Master’s of Science in Geotechnical Engineering.  Doug worked in consulting for 6 years prior focusing on landslides and train stability for the forest, mining and pipeline industries prior working for pipeline operators for the last 17 years. He is currently a geotechnical supervisor at Pembina Pipelines working with a team of internal professionals and consultants to implement a geohazard management program for approximately 19,000 km of pipelines in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Doug has published numerous papers and been involved in several industry groups focusing on the incorporation of ground and pipeline monitoring techniques into geohazard management programs.  Specifics interest include the use of axial strain and geometry in-line inspection methods to detect and assess interacting landslides.

SC 5: Terrain analysis workshop

Instructors:  Lynden Penner, M.Sc., P.Eng., P.Geo. and Dr. Jason Cosford, P.Geo.
Date:           Sunday, September 13, 2020

Time:           8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost:           Full         $425 (Early Bird Registration) / $475 (Late Registration) 
                   Student   $200 (Early Bird Registration) / $225 (Late Registration)

Effective terrain analysis for geotechnical investigations is built on landform recognition and an understanding of the physical properties and geotechnical characteristics of earth materials within those landforms. Knowledge of physical processes that created the landforms and ongoing processes that modify the landscape, coupled with knowledge of the underlying geological and hydrogeological conditions, allows the terrain analyst to infer the sediment composition within the landforms and their physical properties, geotechnical characteristics and condition.
Interpretation of 3-D aerial and satellite images is an essential skill for terrain analysts to describe and characterize the terrain for a wide range of geotechnical applications. This hands-on, interactive one-day course focuses on the use of air photos and satellite images, high resolution digital elevation models (DEMs) and other remote sensing tools for 3-D terrain analysis, including data integration and analysis using geographic information systems (GIS).  Emphasis is given to identification and interpretation of Canada’s landforms, landscapes, surface and subsurface materials along with their characteristics, properties, suitability and behaviour for specific uses and applications.  Participants will interpret a selection of 2-D and 3-D air photos appearing in an introductory DOWN TO EARTH textbook, a stereoscopic air photo manual containing 680 images of diverse terrains from across Canada, and high-resolution 3-D DEM imagery.  A main course objective will be to describe identifying characteristics of a wide variety of Canadian landscapes, their recognition features and associated geoscience, engineering and environmental significance/behaviour/applications.  Instructors will make extensive use of practical case history examples to illustrate remote sensing techniques and objectives along with multidisciplinary data integration, including the use of GIS technology.     


About the Instructors:

Dr. Jason Cosford, P.Geo.
Jason Cosford has worked at J.D. Mollard and Associates (2010) Limited as a geoscientist since 2001, specializing in the application of terrain analysis to the study of geomorphology, hydrogeology, geohazards, and the effects of climate change.  Jason also specializes in isotope geochemistry with particular emphasis on paleoclimatology and geochronology.  He is an experienced interpreter of air photos and satellite imagery and a proficient user of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).  An experienced field researcher, Jason has conducted field mapping in diverse terrains, ranging from recent glacial landforms and sediments in southern Patagonia to Proterozoic rocks of the Trans-Hudson Orogen in northern Saskatchewan, and has collected field data using variety of techniques including ground conductivity surveys, ground penetrating radar, bore holes, piezometers, and lacustrine coring. Recent projects include hydrogeological mapping for the IEA Weyburn CO2 sequestration project, extracting and interpreting sediment cores from hydro reservoirs in northern Manitoba, mapping and modeling erosion of the banks of the Peace River in British Columbia from digital orthoimagery and LiDAR data, and interpreting stable isotopic records of speleothem as a proxy for paleoclimatic conditions associated with fluctuations in the intensity and character of the East Asian monsoon.

Lynden Penner, M.Sc., P.Eng., P.Geo
Lynden Penner is the president of J.D. Mollard and Associates (2010) Limited, has specialized in air photo and satellite remote sensing since 1986, and is a sessional lecturer in terrain analysis for the Faculty of Environmental Engineering, University of Regina.  Lynden has carried out a wide range of consulting projects for engineering, environmental, geological, and resource exploration and development applications.  These study projects include applied terrain mapping and evaluation, linear route location and evaluation, construction material mapping and field testing, electrical conductivity surveys, soil gas geochemical sampling and interpretation, mining and petroleum exploration and development studies, evaluation of terrain sensitivity and shore erosion modelling.  His published works appear in technical and scientific papers and journals.

SC 6: Instrumentation and monitoring for oil and gas industry and in mine tailings

Instructor:  Dr. Vincent Le Borgne
Date:         Sunday, September 13, 2020

Time:         8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost:          Full         $425 (Early Bird Registration) / $475 (Late Registration) 
                  Student   $200 (Early Bird Registration) / $225 (Late Registration)

This short course offers an overview of geotechnical instrumentation, from the fundamentals to the real-life applications. The fundamentals of instrumentation will be covered as well how to understand specifications offered by manufacturers. Real-life experience and theory will be combined to give a thorough overview of several types of instruments. Industry leaders from Canada and the USA will provide tailored training sessions on many key topics of modern geotechnical practices. Non-contact measurements as a complement to classic geotechnical instrumentation will be presented in the context several applications. In-depth discussions of various types of in-ground instruments will be given. Modern methods of data collection from instruments will also be addressed, showcasing real-life applications of several technologies, including LORA-based systems, cloud systems and different flavours of remote control.


About the Instructor:

Dr. Vincent Le Borgne
Working as a Research & Development Manager for GKM Consultants, Vincent gained tremendous  hands-on experience with many geophysics and geotechnical instrumentation technologies such as vibrating wire geotechnical instruments (Geokon), Noise and vibration monitoring (Instantel, Syscom), Data visualization platforms (Vista Data Vision, Sensemetrics), Inclinometers (Measurand, Jewell), Data logger control and programming (Campbell Scientific, LoadSensing). He also has extensive experience developing photovoltaic and photo detection systems. Through his project experience in Canada, Vincent has shown the ability to manage and deliver important monitoring projects, planning and coordinating field work with our clients, providing technical guidance to subcontractor and on-site staff, installation execution, sampling, logging and monitoring measurements, data management and quality control, writing technical reports in both French and English. He has published paper in specialized journals on a variety of topics pertaining to instrumentation and has offered training and classes to professionals and university students in Québec and Ontario.

SC 7: Using numerical tools for geotechnical applications


Instructor:  Dr. Sina Javankhoshdel

Date:         Sunday, September 13, 2020
Time:         8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost:          Full         $425 (Early Bird Registration) / $475 (Late Registration) 
                  Student   $200 (Early Bird Registration) / $225 (Late Registration)

Module I Settlement Analysis Using Simplified Numerical Techniques

·         Stress analysis methods and concepts

·         Settlement analysis concepts

·         Immediate, consolidation and secondary settlement calculations using Settle3.

·         Flexible vs. rigid loads

·         Embankment designer

·         Empirical methods

·         Wick drains analysis

·         CPT analysis


Module II – Introduction to the Finite Element Method for geotechnical problems

·         Model development (construction of geometry, meshing, loads and boundary conditions, analysis options)

·         Material models and constitutive relations

·         Interpretation of results

·         Classical material models (Mohr coulomb, Generalized Hoek Brown)

·         Anisotropic material (explicit and implicit) models using RS2 and RS3

     Module III: 2D and 3D Support analysis tools

·         Support development in 2D and 3D using RS2 and RS3

·         Sequence design

·         2D and 3D support elements (forepoles, liners, bolts, structural elements)

·         Interpretation of results



About the Instructor:


Dr. Sina Javankhoshdel

Dr. Sina Javankhoshdel holds his Ph.D. from Queen’s University in Civil Engineering (Geomechanics). Dr. Javankhoshdel joined Rocscience in 2016 as a developer for Slide2 v2018, working to add spatial variability analysis to the software. He is a Rocscience 3D geometry expert and modeler. Dr. Javankhoshdel is an instructor for workshops, webinars, short courses,  customized courses, and conference presentations.