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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.
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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News & Events
International Conferences and Short Courses
Our Centre is proud to offer our signature International Design and Assessment of Mine Waste Structures Short Course! This 40-hour comprehensive short course will be held in person at the University of Alberta December 7-12, 2023. Attendees have the option to participate virtually as well. Mine waste managers, engineers, regulators and researchers will have opportunities to learn and discuss the latest developments in tailings and mine waste management and to make professional contacts with others who have mutual interests and goals. For more information, please visit the registration site or contact Vivian Giang at email@example.com.
The Canadian Rail Research Laboratory will host the 2nd Canadian & Cold Regions Rail Research Conference (CCRC 2024) April 9-10, 2024! The theme for CCRC 2024 is "Climate Change: Resiliency through Innovation." For more information about CCRC 2024, visit the CCRC 2024 website or contact Vivian Giang at firstname.lastname@example.org.