2019 GSE Symposium
2019 GSE Symposium
Wayne Savigny, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.Geo., F.E.I.C.
Founder and Principal, Savigny Geoscience Inc.
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Location: 4540 50 St NW, Woodvale Community League, Edmonton
Time: Registration/Breakfast at 07:00, Welcome at 08:00, Closure at 17:00 (Times subject to change)
Early Bird (Before March 29, 2019): $200 Students, $350 Members, $400 Non-Members;
Regular (After March 29, 2019): $225 Students, $400 Members, $450 Non-Members
Glacial Deposition for Engineers
The course deals with the engineering geology of glacial deposits. It begins with the basics of glacial geomorphology: properties of ice, how glaciers move, how they erode, and the nature and complexity of the deposits they leave; which all sounds simple. Indeed, the less background one has in the subject matter, the easier it is typically viewed. The reality is that geotechnical engineers often fail to adequately consider the genesis of glacial materials as it influences their distribution, variability and nature underlying sites. Following a start-up review of the basics, the course moves to case histories from across Canada. Examples are drawn from the mining, pipeline and civil/municipal sectors. They illustrate the breadth of process understanding needed to build geological models suitable for geotechnical engineering design purposes. The course is not intended to make participants experts in the engineering geology of glacial deposits. Rather, it is designed to illustrate the breadth of geo-thinking needed to build geological models suited to glaciated terrain.
Wayne Savigny has more than 48 years of experience in the overlapping fields of geology and engineering, including positions in research, teaching and consulting. He specializes in the interpretation of geology as it influences engineered development with applications to the mining, pipeline, oil and gas, and transportation industries. Much of his experience has focused on geohazards for which he has developed and implemented methodologies for the systematic identification and rating of geohazards, and for their proactive risk management. The work has taken him throughout Canada and to many countries in Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. He has also been retained as an expert for review panels, litigations, mediations, inquests, and public hearings in Canada, United States, Argentina and the United Kingdom.
Dr. Savigny has a B.A.Sc. from the Geological Engineering Program at Queen’s University and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta. He is a registered Professional Engineer and Professional Geoscientist in several Provincial and Territorial jurisdictions across Canada. In 1990 he co-founded BGC Engineering Inc. and retired from the firm in 2017. He continues professional consulting work through Savigny Geoscience Inc. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia and recipient of its Teaching Excellence Award. He has also been a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta, Queen’s University and the University of Toronto. He is a recipient of the Thomas Roy and the Roger J.E. Brown Memorial awards from the Canadian Geotechnical Society for outstanding contributions to Engineering Geology and Permafrost in Canada, was the Society’s 2005 Cross Canada Lecturer, and a former Associate Editor of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal. His professional work as a member of a large multidisciplinary team has also been recognized with a Government of Canada Award of Excellence. He was elected a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2011.
Please register by March 29, 2019 for early bird pricing. Registration closed on April 12, 2019.