SHORT COURSES

GeoNiagara 2021 is pleased to offer Short Courses at the Scotiabank Convention Centre on Sunday, September 26 as part of the official conference program:
 

 

Short Courses will be given in English only. GeoNiagara 2021 reserves the right to cancel a short course/workshop 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/workshop or a full refund.

Short Courses may be presented virtually, subject to interest level. In the event of a Short Course not being available to virtual delegates, full refunds will be offered for the event.

SC1: Construction Dewatering: From field studies through to decommissioning

Instructors: Harry Oussoren (Insitu Contractors Inc.) & Stephen Di Biase (Stantec Consulting Ltd.)

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021

Time: Half-day (AM)

Cost: Early - $225 (Students $100) | Regular - $250 (Students $125)

This half-day short course covers a broad range of topics related to construction dewatering and will acquaint you with factors to be considered in designing, permitting and operating a dewatering system.  Some case studies will be reviewed to illustrate both successful and unsuccessful construction dewatering applications. 

 

 

SC2: Geohazard and Geotechnical Data Management for Linear and Distributed Infrastructure

Instructors: Mike Porter, Matt Lato, & Katie Tait (BGC Engineering Inc.)

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021

Time: Full-day

Cost: Early - $400 (Students $200) | Regular - $450 (Students $225)

 

Geohazard and geotechnical asset management programs consume and create tremendous volumes of data, information, and knowledge. Without proper management, processing, analysis and communication, the maximum value of these data are diminished. An incomplete list of data types includes bedrock and surficial geology maps, aerial photographs and satellite imagery, terrestrial photographs, airborne and terrestrial lidar, outcrop, test pit and borehole logs, laboratory test results, geophysical survey data, in-situ and surface monitoring, lidar and InSAR topographic change detection, climatological and streamflow data, and information about the location, condition and value of infrastructure and other elements that may be at risk.  The efficient and effective management and integration of these data is a monumental task, but if done well it can add considerable value to the data and result in better understanding and decision making.  This workshop outlines a framework for geohazard and geotechnical asset management that can be applied to a wide range of industries including but not limited to energy, mining, transportation and land development, with an emphasis on the data and data management systems required for effective delivery of these programs.  Participants will gain virtual hands-on experience working with an online geohazard and geotechnical data management platform while also learning about the underlying platform architecture.

 

 

 

SC3: Numerical Modeling in Geotechnical Engineering: An Introduction and Case Studies

Instructors: Augusto Lucarelli (Itasca)

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021

Time: Full-day

Cost: Early - $400 (Students $200) | Regular - $450 (Students $225)

 

The class provides a brief introduction about numerical modeling in Geotechnical Engineering with emphasis on constitutive models, soil properties calibration and Strength Reduction Method. Several case studies will also be presented and discussed. If properly used, numerical modeling is an essential tool for value engineering and better risk assessments in complex situations. The case studies will mostly focus on excavation/seepage/dewatering and tunneling analyses. If time allows, other areas can be discussed such as dynamic/earthquake engineering, liquefaction, foundation.

 

 

 

SC4: Case Studies of Geotechnical Failures - Root Causes and Lessons Learned

Instructors: John Westland (Ground Truth)

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021

Time: Full-day

Cost: Early - $400 (Students $200) | Regular - $450 (Students $225)

 

Case studies will be presented that illustrate three categories of geotechnical failures: ultimate limit states, serviceability limit states, and construction execution. Participants will have the opportunity to interact through Q&A with each presenter. After presentation of the case studies, the workshop will conclude with a panel discussion focused on common themes that lead to failure and the ways that geotechnical practice can improve to reduce the incidence of failures.

*If you are interested in contributing to the workshop, please submit a brief abstract

describing the case study to john.westland@groundtrutheng.com by March 5, 2021.

 

 

SC5: Vertical Profile Methods in Open and Sealed Bedrock Boreholes for Improved Site Conceptual Models

Instructors: Beth Parker, Peeter Pehme, Jonathan Kennel, Jonathan Munn, Carlos Maldaner,

& Steven Chapman (University of Guelph, G360 Institute for Groundwater)

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021

Time: Half-day (AM)

Cost: Early - $225 (Students $100) | Regular - $250 (Students $125)

 

This half-day course will cover the ins and outs of the various number of field methods available for vertical profile characterization and monitoring in bedrock boreholes. Topics will include borehole logging under sealed and open-hole conditions using temporarily deployed sensors and sampling devices with liners, packer strings and/or removable or permanent multi-level monitoring systems; and how such data work well in combination.

 

Are you working in fractured bedrock boreholes and considering how to choose amongst conventional versus new methods? How to use them most effectively? How to sell the merits of higher resolution data to clients with limited budgets? How to remove the guess work from competing Conceptual Site Models on fracture network characteristics? Are you interested in gaining insights from field applications without the large time and effort required to learn first-hand? The past 25 years of field method innovation and development through field testing provides an expanded suite of tools and techniques for use at these complex hydrogeologic systems. Whether challenged with basin, regional or local scale flow system issues for sustainable water supplies, ecosystem health or shallow to deep threats from legacy contamination requiring effective mitigation or remediation, the science and technology is evolving rapidly. The future is bright for practicing Hydrogeologists, Groundwater Scientists and Engineers using improved measurement methods that reduce bias and uncertainty in data that provide constrained CSMs and stronger influence in decision-making. Join us for this ½-day short course presented by the G360 Institute for Groundwater Research to test your current understanding and expand your insights through discussions and field case studies.

 

 

 

 

SC6: Critical Thinking in the Aquifer Test Interpretation

Instructors: Christopher Neville (S.S. Papadopulos & Associates, Inc.)

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021

Time: Half-day (PM)

Cost: Early - $225 (Students $100) | Regular - $250 (Students $125)

 

This half-day course takes a rigorous yet practical approach towards the diagnosis of aquifer response and the estimation of representative aquifer properties from pumping tests. The lectures and discussion are designed to go beyond the nuts-and-bolts of aquifer test interpretation and address concepts of critical thinking in the interpretation of pumping tests. The course is not devoted to any particular computer-assisted interpretation package, but such methods will be used to demonstrate some of the concepts.

 

 

 

SC7: Merits and Mistakes of Non-Destructive Testing in Geotechnical Engineering

Instructors: Chris Phillips (Golder) & Giovanni Cascante (University of Waterloo)

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021

Time: Full-day

Cost: Early - $400 (Students $200) | Regular - $450 (Students $225)

 

The objective of this short course is to provide practitioners basic knowledge in nondestructive testing (NDT) using ultrasonic and surface wave technologies to assess the condition of geotechnical Infrastructure (e.g. concrete foundations, Vs-30 soil profiles, dams, voids etc.). The course covers the basics of instrumentation, signal processing, and data analysis. Typical ultrasonic pulse velocity and surface wave equipment will be demonstrated during the course. Case studies will also be presented demonstrating the real work application of these methods and highlighting their limitations so that the audience has a better understanding of their “Merits and Mistakes.".

 

 

 

SC8: Modelling Earthquakes and Liquefaction using FEM and LEM

Instructors: Murray Fredlund & Dennis Waterman (Bentley Systems)

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021

Time: Full-day

Cost: Early - $400 (Students $200) | Regular - $450 (Students $225)

 

This full day course will involve the use of numerical modelling using the Finite Element Method (PLAXIS) and the Limit Equilibrium Method (SVSLOPE; now called PLAXIS LE) to evaluate the effects of earthquake loading and liquefaction.  The course will cover constitutive models, coupled seismic and LEM analysis, drained and undrained methodologies, CPT data assessment, and the analysis of practical case studies from Christchurch, NZ and from the Fundao tailings dam failure.

 

 

 

SC9: Stabilization and Drainage with Geosynthetics

Instructors: Fady Badran Abdelaal (Queen's University), Eric Blond (EB Consultant),

Kerry Rowe (Queen's University), Sanat K Pokharel (Stratum Logistics), Mark Wayne (Tensar),

Ryan Kozun (Clifton Associates), Pietro Rimoldi (Consultant), Rene Laprade (TenCate Geosynthetics),

Stephane Fourmont (Afitex-Texel), & Adam Maskal (Solmax)

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021

Time: Full-day

Cost: Early - $400 (Students $200) | Regular - $450 (Students $225)

 

This full day course will involve two-half day sessions covering: (1) Designing for Stabilization (e.g., high strength geotextiles, geogrids and geocells) and, (2) Designing with drainage geocomposites. Speakers will cover different design concepts and case studies for the use of geosynthetics in these applications.

 

 

 

SC10: Using Settle3 for Settlement, Wick Drain, Liquefaction and Ground Improvement Analysis

Instructors: Dr. Sina Javankhoshdel & Dr. Ahmed Mufty (Rocscience)

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021

Time: Full-day

Cost: Early - $400 (Students $200) | Regular - $450 (Students $225)

 

The workshop’s objective is to help participants perform settlement, wick drain, ground improvement and liquefaction analysis using the Rocscience program, Settle3. The workshop participants will learn to use Settle3 to solve everyday settlement problems through practical cases.

The workshop will start with the settlement analysis of a power plant constructed on a raft foundation. The site geology will comprise multiple soil layers of varying properties, the parameters of which come from in-situ standard penetration and cone penetration tests and laboratory experiments. The modelling will involve initial excavation of unsuitable material, followed by constructing a compacted high-quality fill layer and then the raft foundation.

The workshop will then tackle a practical example involving a thick, weak, compressible clay layer in the soil profile. It will model the acceleration of settlements that can be attained with wick drains, based on empirical methods implemented in Settle3. As part of the modelling, workshop participants will discuss the selection of various wick drain input parameters.

Lastly, the workshop will look at the case of a site with a thick, loose, sandy layer in the soil profile, which is prone to liquefaction. Participants will first learn to import CPT data on the site into Settle3 and then conduct liquefaction analysis of the foundation sand layer. They will proceed to analyze ground improvement mitigations for the case, including vibro-compaction and stone columns.

 

 

 

SC11: Introduction to in-ground instrumentation and INSAR-based geotechnical monitoring

Instructors: Vincent Le Borgne (GKM Consultants), Pierre Choquet (RST Instruments Ltd.), & Benjamin Pantony (3vGeomatics)

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021

Time: Full-day

Cost: Early - $400 (Students $200) | Regular - $450 (Students $225)

 

This short course will offer key insights on several topics pertaining to geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring. Starting from the basics of metrology and building up to modern remote data collection methods, this course will cover many key topics relevant to geotechnical engineers. The following topics will be discussed and supplemented with relevant examples and case studies drawn from our experience:

  • Metrology

  • In-ground Instruments: Piezometers and In-Place Inclinometers

  • Data Acquisition Systems

  • Remote Sensing Technologies: INSAR

 

This short course will help professionals familiarize themselves with the specifics of monitoring. It will grant them a better understanding of some of the intricacies of monitoring and how it ties in to the geotechnical engineers’ work.