February 2019 Two-Day Workshop: Fundamentals of Risk in Geotechnical Engineering: Technical, Business, Regulatory and Legal Perspectives

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February 2019 Two-Day Workshop: Fundamentals of Risk in Geotechnical Engineering: Technical, Business, Regulatory and Legal Perspectives

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The 2019 CGS-SOS technical workshop is designed to provide insights into the concept of risk, risk management and mitigation from legal, business and engineering standpoints in geotechnical engineering and includes case histories in underground constructions.  It will provide the participants with a concise understanding of risk, its implications for projects with significant ground engineering components from owner, consultant and contractor perspectives, and aims to promote risk-informed decision making in the field of geotechnical engineering.

CGS-SOS is pleased to present this two-day workshop (up to 8 CPD hours per day), suitable for Geotechnical and Geo-structural Consultants and Designers, Contractors, Government Agencies, University Students and other practitioners who desire continual improvement to their geotechnical engineering skills. This workshop is an excellent source of information and professional development for professionals in the field of geotechnical engineering and other interrelated fields.

The following distinguished speakers with diverse backgrounds in this field will speak at the workshop covering technical, business and legal aspects of this topic.  The workshop provides an opportunity for the practitioners, owners, and academics to share their perspectives of risk and its role in engineering works.


Day 1: Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019

  • Ms. Annette Bergeron, P.Eng., FCAE, President and Fellow of Engineers Canada, PEO past President:  “A Regulatory Perspective:The Role of Engineers in Managing Project Risks”
  • Professor John Christian, University Massachusetts Lowell: “The Evolution of Risk-Informed Geotechnical Engineering”
  • Ms. Sharon Vogel, FCI Arb, Lawyer at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP: “Managing the Legalities of Risk in Geotechnical Engineering”
  • Mr. John Westland, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., President and Principal Consultant, Ground Truth Engineering: “Geotechnical Failures-Perspectives and Examples (1)”


Day 2: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

  • Mr. Randall J. Essex, PE, Executive Vice President, Mott MacDonald: “The Role of Geotechnical Baseline Reports in Managing Project Risks”
  • Dr. Dennis Becker, P.Eng., Principal at Golder Associates: “The Role of Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) in Managing Geotechnical Risks”
  • Mr. John Westland, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., President and Principal Consultant, Ground Truth Engineering: “Geotechnical Failures-Perspectives and Examples (2)”

Marquis and unique workshop Sponsor is available for each day of the event with prominent logo placement at the venue waiting hall.

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February 13 @ 7:30 am
February 14 @ 4:00 pm


Pearson Convention Center
2638 Steeles Avenue East
Brampton, ON L6T 4L7 Canada
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