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Short Courses

OttawaGeo2007 is please to offer four full-day short courses to engineers, geoscientists and hydrogeologists as part of the official conference program. All courses will be held on Sunday, October 21 at the Westin Ottawa or the Ottawa Congress Centre.

Design, Analysis, Performance and Specification of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Walls
Instructor: Dr. Richard Bathurst
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Before August 1 - $250 (Students $150); On/After August 1 - $300 (Students $175)

Geosynthetic reinforced soil walls are a mature technology with proven cost benefits when compared to traditional earth retaining wall solutions. Nevertheless, the full potential of these systems remains to be realized. The principle objective of this one-day course is to provide engineers with confidence to design geosynthetic reinforced soil walls as retaining wall solutions where applicable.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • History and overview of reinforced soil wall applications
  • Introduction to geosynthetic materials and properties
  • Design and analysis concepts for geosynthetic reinforced soil walls
  • Test methods for component materials
  • Design examples
  • Seismic design
  • Specification
  • Case studies
  • Recent and future developments

The course will review design methods based on current AASHTO, BS8006 and NCMA design guidance documents. Special attention will be paid to segmental (modular block) retaining wall design issues. The course will also cover seismic design of reinforced soil walls and progress toward limit states design. Course materials will be provided in CD and hardcopy for pre-registered attendees.

In addition to design engineers, the course will be of interest to students and researchers engaged in the development of earth improvement technologies and academics developing geosynthetics courses.

About the Instructor
Dr. Richard J. Bathurst, P.Eng. of the GeoEngineering Centre at Queen’s-RMC, Kingston, Ontario is co-author of the first edition of the NCMA segmental wall design manual, author of the NCMA seismic design manual, and editor of the chapters on geosynthetics in the 3rd and 4th editions of the CGS Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual. He is the editor of the international journal Geosynthetics International and has authored more than 200 papers, the majority of which are related to geosynthetic reinforcement technologies.

Critical Thinking in Pumping Test Interpretation
Instructors: Christopher Neville, Dr. Diana Allen
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Before August 1 - $250 (Students $150); On/After August 1 - $300 (Students $175)

Reliable interpretations of pumping tests are essential for evaluating groundwater resources and the effects of developing additional groundwater supplies, delineating wellhead protection areas, and designing remedial measures at contaminated sites. The objective of this one-day short course is to provide guidance to groundwater professionals responsible for interpreting data from pumping tests in natural complex settings.

The course is structured as a combination of formal lectures and discussion, with an emphasis on case studies. The 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.

Lecture topics will include:

  • The Theis model of aquifer response;
  • Introduction to Derivative Analysis;
  • Interpretation of pumping tests conducted in heterogeneous aquifers and aquifers with complex structures;
  • Interpretation of pumping tests conducted in fractured rocks;
  • The significance and interpretation of recovery data;
  • Interpretation of pumping tests conducted in settings where there is significant leakage from confining layers;
  • Interpretation of pumping tests in unconfined aquifers;
  • Interpretation of pumping well drawdowns; and
  • Approaches to ensure reliable interpretations of pumping tests.

Attendees will be provided with detailed course notes. These notes are formal technical documents rather than a compilation of course slides.

About the Instructors
Christopher J. Neville, M.Sc., P.Eng. is the developer of the course and lead instructor. Mr. Neville is Vice President and Senior Hydrologist with S.S. Papadopulos & Associates, Inc. in Waterloo, Ontario. He has twenty years of experience in quantitative groundwater hydrology, with specialization in the interpretation of hydrologic data and the analysis of groundwater problems in complex granular and fractured porous media.

Dr. Diana M. Allen, Ph.D., P.Geo, is an Associate Professor of Hydrogeology at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia. She has expertise in the analysis and interpretation of pumping test data, particularly in fractured rock, modelling sub-regional to regional scale groundwater systems. Professor Allen will teach the section devoted to the interpretation of pumping tests conducted in fractured rocks.

Introduction to GeoPipes
Instructors: Dr. Ian Moore, Ray Wilcock and Johanna LaRoche
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Before August 1 - $250 (Students $150); On/After August 1 - $300 (Students $175)

This joint offering from the Geosynthetics Division of the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the North American Geosynthetics Society will introduce attendees to Plastic GeoPipes. The course will cover:

Introduction to Plastic GeoPipes: Dr Ian Moore

  • general introduction to geotechnical uses of plastic pipe in North America
  • general introduction of different types of pipe materials (PVC, HDPE, smooth, corrugated, etc.)
  • material properties and specifications, service life, manufacturing QA/QC


Design of GeoPipes: Dr. Ian Moore

  • soil-pipe interaction and the influence of pipe and soil stiffness on load sharing
  • limits states for buried polymer pipes
  • mechanical properties of plastic geopipes
  • overview of design codes
  • new plain pipe installations
  • new profiled pipe installations
  • use of polymer pipes in trenchless installation projects

GeoPipes: Ray Wilcock, Armtec Limited

  • Introduction
  • Gravity Pipe Design Guidelines
  • CSA versus ASTM specifications
  • Case Histories

GeoPipes: Johanne LaRoche, Soleno

  • Introduction
  • Rehabilitation of Buried Pipe
  • Case Histories

About the instructors
Ian Moore is a Professor and Executive Director of the Geo-Engineering Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, Canada. He is also a former Vice-President Technical of the Canadian Geotechnical Society and a civil engineer specializing in geotechnical engineering and design of buried infrastructure. Recent research interests include development of design methods for large-scale metal and concrete culverts, identification of limit states for thermoplastic pipes, soil-pipe interaction during pipe bursting, horizontal directional drilling and following sewer repair with polymer liners, and non-linear time-dependent models for thermoplastics (pipes and geosynthetics). Dr Moore's contributions to this short course are supported by funds from Infrastructure Canada for the C.I.T.I.E.S. project of the GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's - RMC.

Ray Wilcock is Vice President of Central Canada for Armtec Limited. Armtec is a manufacturer and supplier of corrugated steel products and corrugated HDPE pipe used in infrastructure and natural resource markets.

Johanna LaRoche is an engineer with Soleno. Soleno is a manufacturer of polyethylene pipes in Canada and internationally.

Natural Attenuation in Soil and Groundwater: Processes, Problems and Solutions
Instructors: Dr. Catherine Mulligan, Dr. Kevin Biggar
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Before August 1 - $250 (Students $150); On/After August 1 - $300 (Students $175)

This one-day short course is designed to provide background and guidance on the use of natural attenuation as a remedial option for contaminated soil and groundwater. The course will be structured as a combination of theoretical background, practical examples, and discussion, with case studies. The content will include:

  • Introduction to natural attenuation and processes with regards to soil-water-contaminant interactions, groundwater flow, and hydrogeology;
  • Background on microbiological transformation of hydrocarbons, metals and chlorinated solvents with examples;
  • Lines of evidence in soil and groundwater;
  • Protocols to evaluate NA, and regulatory framework;
  • Site investigation including sampling, delineation, and ongoing monitoring;
  • Uses and limitations of screening and modeling software;
  • Case histories; and
  • Future directions.

About the Instructors
Dr. Catherine Mulligan received her Ph.D. in Geoenvironmental Engineering from McGill University. She joined Concordia University in 1999 and holds a Concordia Research Chair in Environmental Engineering. Dr. Mulligan has published more than 50 articles in refereed journals and authored Environmental Biotreatment, a comprehensive book examining 26 principal biological technologies for the treatment of air, water, soil and wastes. She also co-authored Natural Attenuation of Contaminants in Soils with Professor R. N. Yong, a multidisciplinary overview of natural attenuation theoretical process, case studies, protocols and numerical models for organic and inorganic contaminants. She recently co-authored Geoenvironmental Sustainability with with Profs. R.N. Yong and M. Fukuefor CRC Press, published in 2006.

Dr. Biggar received his Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1991, and is currently employed with BGC Engineering. He has worked on contaminated site assessment and remediation since 1992, and specifically natural attenuation since 1997. He has been the principal investigator of a $1.2M NSERC Collaborative Research and Development program titled "Consortium for Research on Natural Attenuation (CORONA) for the upstream oil and gas industry, which has been running since 2001. He has worked with Alberta Environment and Environment Canada jointly to resolve NA issues, which are intended to lead to guidelines for NA implementation.


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