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Young Geotechnical Engineer Nominations for iYGEC6 Sponsorship Required by October 15, 2016
The CGS and the Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique will sponsor two distinguished ‘young geotechnical engineers or engineering geologists’ to attend the 6th International Young Geotechnical Engineers' Conference (iYGEC6) and the first two days of the 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (19ICSMGE). Both are being held in Seoul, Korea in September, 2017. Travel and registration costs of up to $3,500 for each individual will be provided by the CGS and the Foundation. The two selected individuals will be required to present a paper at the iYGEC6, and to submit an accompanying written paper by March, 2017.

GeoVancouver SOLD OUT
The CGS annual conference in Vancouver is now closed for registrations. Individual events, tours and courses are still available. We are looking forward to a very successful conference! 

Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Materials and Resources (ESS: M&R 3)

The abstract submission deadline has been extended to September 30th for Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Materials and Resources (ESS: M&R 3) “Towards a Circular Economy”.  The symposium/workshop is February 18-19, 2017 prior to SME’s annual conference in Denver.  A circular economy has been defined as “an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, and then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.” (source: To see detailed areas of focus and submit, visit  

CSP Editor's Choice for CGJ Paper
Each month, the Editors highlight noteworthy articles with an Editors’ Choice selection. These selections often include the best papers of a specific issue. Editors’ Choice articles are also made freely accessible for the month. Check out the CGJ paper featured this month - “Modeling of large-deformation behaviour of marine sensitive clays and its application to submarine slope stability analysis” by R. Dey, B. Hawlader, R. Phillips, and K. Soga

IFCEE 2018
ADSC (The International Association of Foundation Drilling), DFI (Deep Foundations Institute), G-I ASCE (Geo-Institute of American Society of Civil Engineers), and PDCA (Pile Driving Contractors Association) have joined forces for the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo, March 12-17, 2018. IFCEE 2018 is a mega technical conference and equipment show dedicated to the design and construction of foundation systems, using the latest geo-engineering and geo-construction technologies and practices. This one of a kind event will attract attendees from around the world. Highlights include various technical education programs and the world's largest equipment exposition dedicated solely to the deep foundations industry.    

Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Materials and Resources 3
August 31st is the deadline to submit abstracts for the third iteration of Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Materials and Resources (ESS: M&R 3) “Towards a Circular Economy” symposium/workshop.  A circular economy has been defined as “an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, and then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.” (source: To see detailed areas of focus and submit, visit

CSCE 2016 Thomas C. Keefer Medal
CGS members, Chris Murray and Andy Take, get honourable mention for the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering's 2016 Thomas C. Keefer Medal for their 2015 CGJ paper, “Measurement of vertical and longitudinal rail displacements using digital image correlation”. See the accompanying  

The organizing committee for the 3rd North American Symposium on Landslides (NASL) 2017
has extended the abstract deadline to July 31, 2016

Click here for more information about the 13th International Workshop on Micropiles being held March 29 - April 1, 2017

The iRALL School 2016 focuses on “Field data collection, monitoring and modelling of large landslides”
No registration fee! Cost of accommodation and field trips will be fully covered by the organizing institute SKLGP. Registration:The school is open to 20 Ph.D students and 10 young doctors, providing a CV (max 2 pages) and 1 or more letters of recommendation. Deadline: 1 August, 2016. Apply online at

Canadian Science Publishing, Editor's Choice - June 2016

Look to the second article for one of the Canadian Science Publishing, Editor's Choice articles this month, “Improved image-based deformation measurement for geotechnical applications” by S.A. Stanier, J. Blaber, W.A. Take, and D.J. White [read more]

Fort McMurray/Alberta Wildfire Appeal
Many Canadian Geotechnical Society members are directly or indirectly involved in the development and operation of the northern Alberta Oilsands and are therefore affected by the recent wildfire situation in Fort McMurray and area.  Our thoughts are with you and your families in this difficult time. To all CGS members who have not already done so, I encourage you to make a donation to the Canadian Red Cross   Thank you and sincerely, Doug VanDine President (2015-2016), The Canadian Geotechnical Society Président (2015-2016), La Société canadienne de géotechnique

ASCE Geo-Risk 2017 Conference, June 4-7, 2017 Denver, Colorado,
is calling for abstracts to be submitted by May 11, 2016.  The theme of Geo-Risk 2017 is “Geotechnical Risk from Theory to Practice” and will feature the latest research advances and engineering-practice innovations with a focus on the use of probabilistic and risk methodologies in geotechnical engineering. The conference will include a wide range of knowledge-enhancing technical sessions, short courses, and software demonstrations. Several hundred U.S. and international participants from industry, academia, and government agencies are expected to attend. See for more information and to submit abstracts.    

Click here for an update on the recent Brazilian tailings dam disaster
On Nov. 5, an earthen dam holding back a sea of sludge collapsed, releasing a deluge that killed 19 people, destroyed villages and traveled more than 400 miles to the Atlantic Ocean, where it left a reddish-brown plume visible from space. In theory, tailings dams are intended to last forever. In practice, they fail often enough that industry engineers themselves are sounding alarms. Fifteen months before the Brazilian disaster, Canada suffered its biggest tailings-dam failure at a copper mine that was in full compliance with local regulations. Experts estimate that between one and four breaches occur each year at tailings dams world-wide, roughly 10 times the failure rate of water dams.

3rd North American Landslide Symposium (NASL)
June 4-8, 2017  |  Roanoke, VA Landslides: Putting Experience, Knowledge and Emerging Technologies into Practice Call for Abstracts - Submission Deadline June 30, 2016

Register now for Engineers Canada workshop at the Shaw Centre, Ottawa, ON - Monday, April 11th! - April 2016

This full-day workshop covers background and use of Engineers Canada’s PIEVC tool that systematically assesses risks of current and future climate on public infrastructure, with a focus on building and water infrastructure. Participants will work through real-world examples. This workshop w

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Registration for cYGEGC 2016 is now open! - April 2016

Registration for cYGEGC 2016 is now open!

Visit the "Registration" tab on our website for details cYGEGC 16


Check out this update from Canadian Science Publishing - February 2016

Check out this update from Canadian Science Publishing.  This Virtual Compilation highlights 2015 papers of particularly high caliber and topical importance that were selected by the Editors of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal and featured on the journal’s homepage.

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2017 CGS Colloquium Nominations due February 29, 2016 - February 2016

Nominations for the 2017 CGS Geotechnical Colloquium, to be presented during the GeoOttawa 2017 Annual Conference,have been extended to February 29, 2016. Any CGS member can submit a nomination.

Established in 1977, the CGS Geotechnical Colloquium is an annu

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Landslides Committee now Geohazards Committee - January 2016

The CGS would like to announce the newly re-branded Geohazards Committee replacing the Landslides Committee in response to a broadening of the interests and scope of committee members and activities. For more information please see http

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The 19th ICSMGE Conference, Seoul, Korea September 2017 – Call for abstracts due March 15, 2016 - January 2016

Following the very successful 18th ICSMGE held in Paris, France in 2013, the 19th Conference of the

International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE),

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We would like to congratulate the following CGS members that are recipients of 2016 EIC Awards and Fellowships ~ - January 2016

Jean-Pierre Tournier (Hydro Quebec) Canadian Pacific Railway Engineering Medal ‘in recognition of leadership and service over many years at the regional, branch, section or equivalent levels, within the Institute or its Member Societies.’

Gordon Fent

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President's Message - December 2015

2016 Membership and Corporate Sponsorship - December 2015

Starting this month you will begin to receive reminders from CGS Headquarters to renew your CGS membership for 2016 – simply login at to get started. There are no incre

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President's Annual Report 2014-2015

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