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The Canadian Geotechnical Society

Canadian Geotechnical Projects

The current holdings of this virtual library include:

(2016) The 1889 Rock Slide Along Champlain Street in Quebec City
Historical review of the events leading to the 1889 slide, starting with the 1841 slide, and including the 1879 investigation and proposed mitigation measures, which might have prevented the 1889 event, by architect, land surveyor and civil engineer Charles Baillargé. The paper, by Jacques Locat, was presented at the 69th CGS Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC in 2016.

(2007) History of Geotechnique in Canada
44-page power point presentation by Michael Bozozuk at the 60th CGS Annual Conference, Ottawa ON, October 2007. Among other things it contains brief descriptions of “Seven outstanding Canadian Engineering Achievements”: 1. Artificial islands in Beaufort Sea, NWT, 2. Gardner Dam, SK, 3. Red River Floodway, MB, 4. CN Tower, ON, 5. St Lawrence Seaway, QC and ON, 6. Peribonka Dam, QC, and 7. Confederation Bridge, PEI and NB.

(2001) Geotechnical Research Site, Gloucester ON
G.C. McRostie and C.B. Crawford, 2001 (Canadian Geotechnical Journal Vol. 38, pages 1134-1141) describe the background and opportunities available at the Canadian Geotechnical Research Site at Gloucester, ON. The paper provides a useful list of references on published site characterization research. This paper has been made available through permission from NRC Research Press.

(1997) Geotechnical Engineering in Canada: an Historical Review
150-page document, which resulted from a series of taped interviews with early contributors to the geotechnical profession in Canada, was published by BiTech Publishers, as a Commemorative Edition of Geotechnical News at the time of the Golden Jubilee 50th CGS Annual Conference in Ottawa 1997. Texts were prepared and edited by Cyril E. Leonoff. Funding to permit publication and distribution to all members of the CGS was raised by the Vancouver Geotechnical Society and generous sponsors listed in the document. In 2009, BiTech Publishers provided funding for scanning this electronic version of the document.

Among other things, this document includes includes short articles about a number of Canadian geotechnical fields and specific projects including: embankment dams, tunnel engineering, permafrost, offshore development, oil sands, surface mining, tailings dams, airphoto interpretation, earthquake engineering, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and the James Bay Hydroelectric Development

(1987) Proceedings, Canadian Engineering Centennial Convention, Montreal 18-22 May, 1987
Editors, R.P. Chapuis and D.W. Devenny, published by the Canadian Geotechnical Society. 159-page document includes historical and (1987) state-or-the-art papers by 23 authors related to: the Canadian geotechnical profession, early history (up to 1936), building construction, mining, hydroelectric project, highways, railroads, waste management, nuclear fuel waste, mine waste, petroleum resources development, northern development and the future of the profession.

(1983) Drynoch landslide, British Columbia – A history
Doug VanDine, 1983, (Canadian Geotechnical Journal Vol. 20, pages 82-103). This landslide began moving 3,000-6,000 years ago and is still moving. VanDine tells how this landslide, and attempts to control it, affected the development of the interior of the province from the 1800s to present day.

(1966-1984) There are two Terzaghi Dams in the world
Correspondence between 1966 and 1984, and a 1983 draft manuscript by R.F. Legget, about the fact that there are two dams called the Terzaghi Dam: one in Canada (formerly Mission Dam) and one in Brazil (Vigario Dam). Correspondence includes letters from R. F. Legget, Ruth Terzaghi and Ralph Peck.

(1957) Collapse of the Peace River Bridge, Taylor, British Columbia
In 1957, the north abutment of the Peace River Bridge was caught in a landslide that culminated in the collapse of the approach span and a side span. A short text by Stanley Thomson and David Cruden (University of Alberta) accompanies 14 original photographs of the collapse.

(1952-1992) Projects in Northern Canada
95-photos show early geotechnical activities in Northern Canada from 1952 to 1992. They come from the private collection of Branko Ladanyi, Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal. The photographs were shown by Professor Ladanyi during the 53rd CGS Annual Conference in Montreal in 2000. The photos include: Canadian Permafrost Delegation to China, 1977; Dawson City, Yukon, 1974; Igloolik, NWT 1978; Inuvik, NWT 1977, 1978; Iqaluit, NWT; Kangiqsualujjuak, Nunavik QC; Norris Point, NL; Map of the New World, de Fer, 1702; John Pihlainen, Roger Brown, Hank Johnston; Insulated road test, Dempster Highway, 1972; Drilling test in frozen ground, undated; Hank Johnston digging in frozen ground, 1960; Aklavik survey, undated; NRC-DRB Field Stations, Norman Wells, 1955-56; Inuvik 1957; Raglan, Nunavik QC; Schefferville QC, 1972; Thompson MB, 1971, 1975.

(1913-2003) Failure and Righting of the Transcona Grain Elevator, Winnipeg, MB
The grain elevator was designed using a bearing pressure that had been successful in local shallow footings, and failed in 1913 during first filling. It was subsequently righted and became one of the classic case studies used to support the theory of bearing capacity coefficients on clays.