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About the Geohazards Committee
Geohazards comprise a subgroup of natural hazards associated with geotechnical, hydrotechnical, tectonic, snow and ice, and geochemical processes that can affect public safety, infrastructure and the environment.

The Geohazards Committee (formerly the Landslide Committee) supports efforts leading to the technical competence and excellence of Canadian geotechnical and related geoscience professionals working in the field of geohazards. It contributes to the organization of Canadian geotechnical conference sessions on landslides and geohazards, the organization of national and international landslide and geohazard conferences, the development of national geohazards guidelines, and the maintenance of links with other related professional societies such as the Joint Technical Committee on Natural Slopes and Landslides (JTC 1).

The Committee also collaborates with the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) to award the Schuster Medal. The Schuster Medal is awarded to CGS and AEG members who have made a significant contribution to "Geohazards" research, practice and/or education.
Executive Committee
The executive members of the Geohazards Committee include:
Past Chair
Dave Gauthier
BGC Engineering Inc.
Chair
Scott McDougall
University of British Columbia
Vice Chair
Ariane Locat
Université Laval


Geohazards Connections 2021

Graduate Student Research Series (Full details available in PDF under Reports/Documents)

Dates & Time (3 days)

May 5, May 26, and June 16, 2021 | 08:00 - 09:20 Vancouver Time

6 to 8 student speakers from across Canada/world for each session (75-minute-long Zoom session)

5 to 8 min. live Zoom presentation by each student plus additional time for questions and discussion

Goals

Showcase a diversity of geohazards research

Promote student-to-student connections and student-to-practitioner connections across Canada

Encourage presentations from graduate students in the early stages of their research

Research Series Hosts for Summer 2021

Dr. Dwayne Tannant (Professor) and Kaushal Raj Gnyawali (PhD student), UBC Okanagan

Students Wishing to Present

Graduate students wishing to make a presentation must provide information BEFORE April 15 on a Google Form found at:

https://forms.gle/4Qcy3tdip1faH2Qx5

Presentations will be selected and assigned to one of the three presentation dates by April 30.  All students submitting a completed Google Form will be informed at this time.  Even if you choose not to present, please join the presentations and discussions at the links below.

Website

https://geotechresearchgroup.ok.ubc.ca/geohazard-connections-2021/

 

Survey of Canada’s Canadian Landslide Guidelines

The Canadian Landslide Guidelines (technical guidelines and best practices related to landslides) were developed between 2010 and 2016 under the direction of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), with the support of the CGS Geohazards Committee, and by more than Canadian 50 landslide specialists.

The guidelines are available electronically as a series of GSC Open Files:

Introduction, Open File 6765

Terminology, Open File 7623

Review of Existing Guidelines, Open File 7058

Socio-Economic Significance, Open File 7311

Classification, Description, Causes and Indirect Effects, Open File 7359

Professional Practice and Insurance Issues, Open File 6981

Risk Management, Open File 6996

Risk Evaluation, Open File 7312

Identification, Maps and Mapping, Open File 7059 

Site Investigation, Analysis, Monitoring and Treatment, Open File 8114 

Examples of Common Landslide Types, Open File 7897

 

CGS GeoHazards Conference Proceedings

Since 1992, the CGS has organized, or co-organized, a series of conferences on Geotechnique and Natural Hazards (GeoHazards Conferences).  Topics include landslides, floods, volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis that can affect public safety, infrastructure and the environment. 

Proceedings of these conferences are available electronically as follows:

1st Canadian GeoHazards Conference (Vancouver, BC, 1992)

2nd Canadian GeoHazards Conference (Montreal, QC, 2000)

3rd Canadian GeoHazards Conference (Edmonton, AB, 2003)

4th Canadian GeoHazards Conference (Quebec, QC, 2008)

5th Canadian GeoHazards Conference (Kelowna, BC, 2011)

6th Canadian GeoHazards Conference (Kingston, ON, 2014)

The Proceedings of the 7th Canadian GeoHazards Conference (Canmore, AB, 2018) will be available on this web page in December 2019.

 

Robert Schuster Medal

The Robert Schuster Medal is a joint award shared between the CGS (Geohazards Committee and Engineering Geology Division) and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG). This award honours CGS and AEG member, Dr. Robert Schuster (b 1927), who has had a distinguished career, primarily related to geohazards.

The medal recognizes outstanding contributions to geohazards research, teaching and/or professional practice in North America. Past medal winners are:

2020 J. DeGraff (USA) 

2019 J Clague (Canada)

2018 S Burns (USA)

2017 A Shakoor (USA)

2016 J Hutchinson (Canada)

2015 D Cruden (Canada)

2014 K Turner (USA)

2013 J Locat (Canada)

2012 D Cornforth (USA)

2011 (no award)

2010 NR Morgenstern (Canada)

2009 B Voight (USA)

2008 O Hungr (Canada)

2007 RL Schuster (USA) 

 

John Clague received the Schuster Medal at GeoSt.John's 2019.

(L-R): John Clague, Bob Schuster, Mario Ruel

Reports / Documents
Geohazards Connections 2021
Upcoming Events

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MAY
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JUN
16
2021
Geohazard Connections 2021: Graduate Student Research Series
Location:
ZOOM
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SEP
26-29
2021
GeoNiagara 2021: 74th Annual Canadian Geotechical Society & 14th Joint CGS/IAH-CNC Groundwater Conference
Location:
Niagara Falls, Ontario
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