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What is Geotechnical Engineering?

Geotechnical engineering involves any aspect of engineering relating to soil and rock such as mining, analysis and design of dams, foundations and tunnels, and understanding the behaviour of slopes and groundwater.

Geoenvironmental engineering deals with the interactions between wastes and the geosphere including management of solid waste, migration of contaminant through the subsurface and remediation of contaminated sites.

Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering has been designated as one of the University of Alberta's areas of research excellence.

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What we do

Our faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for their exceptional research. Through extensive interaction and collaboration with other distinguished research groups, our team of faculty and student researchers provides novel research and technological developments to increase sustainable practices in a variety of industries. We attract the brightest minds in the field and train early-career, technically competent scientists and engineers - the future leaders, consultants and regulators for the discipline.

With our talented people and extraordinary research facilities, the Geotechnical Centre is pioneering the way to innovative, environmentally conscientious solutions for future generations.

Join us online

Alumni, colleagues and friends of the Geotechnical Centre are invited to connect with us on our UAlberta Geotechnical Centre LinkedIn page! Follow us to stay up to date with the new and exciting developments at our Centre and what cutting-edge research our faculty members and graduate students are conducting.

We also have a LinkedIn Group where we post professional opportunities, news and events within the geotechnical community. Please let us know if you have any exciting news to share with our community—we look forward to hearing from you!

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News & Events

International Conferences

The University of Alberta Geotechnical Centre will host the International Oil Sands Tailings Conference (IOSTC 2022) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton December 4-7, 2022. For more information, visit the IOSTC '22 website or contact Sally Petaske.


From April 30 to May 3, 2023, the University of Alberta Geotechnical Centre will host the 25th International Conference on Paste, Thickened and Filtered Tailings (Paste 2023) at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. For more information, visit the Paste 2023 website or contact Sally Petaske.

For more geotechnical engineering events, visit the Geotechnical Society of Edmonton and Canadian Geotechnical Society.