Geotechnical Society of Edmonton

NEWS 2011

Posted February 28, 2011 (Updated September 6, 2011)

Event: May 25, 2011

GSE 2011 AGM with Dr. Myint Win Bo - Application of Geotechnical Engineering in the Construction Industry and Beyond

Location: University of Alberta Faculty Club (11435 Saskatchewan Drive)

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Cost: $25 Members, $30 Non-Members, $5 for Students

Confirm Attendance (By Apr. 12)

The 2011 AGM will begin the proceedings with reports from the Executive. Following the AGM, Dr. Bo will be giving a presentation.

Documents from the AGM:

The 2011 Stan Thomson Award was presented to Bob Coates at the close of this event:

Coates-2011 Thomson Award Coates-2011 Thomson Award

Presentation Abstract: The history of geotechnical engineering is not very old and it was initiated by an understanding of soil mechanics in the early 19th century. However significant applications of geotechnical engineering can be traced back as early as the 11th century. Geotechnical engineering involves ground investigation, geotechnical laboratory testing, geotechnical instrumentation, geotechnical design and analysis, ground improvement and ground engineering. These engineering principles are not only applied in the construction industry but also have been applied in rescuing valuable heritage structures, transporting extra heavy equipment, investigating the new planet, demolition and reconstruction of famous structures, warship engineering etc. This presentation will describe services provided by the geotechnical engineering discipline and will introduce some well known case studies of geotechnical engineering services provided during history and demonstrate how geotechnical engineers have been involved around the world; well known construction projects, incidents and operations will be presented and explained.

Dr Myint Win Bo, BSc, DUC, M.Sc, Ph.D, FGS, FICE, P.Eng, P.Geo, Intl PE (UK), C.Geol, C.Scic, C.Eng, C. Env, Eur Geol, Eur Eng is a Senior Principal / Director (Geo-Services) in DST Consulting Engineers Inc. Canada. He graduated with B.Sc (Geology) from the University of Rangoon and received Postgraduate Diploma in Hydrogeology from University College London, UK and MSc Degree from University of London, UK. He obtained his Ph.D in Civil Engineering (specialized in geotechnics) from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society, London, UK and a Fellow of Institution of Civil Engineer, UK. He is also a professional engineer, professional geoscientist, International Professional Engineer (UK), chartered Geologist, Chartered Scientist, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist, European Geologist and European Engineer. Dr Bo is a member of panel of experts for Federation of European Geologists and also a committee member of Technical Committee 39 for International society of Soil mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Committee member of Technical Committee for International Geosythetic Society and also a committee member of Soil and Rock committee D-18 for American Society of Material Testing. Dr Bo is also a section director for CGS, Thunder Bay section and also a member of national committee for CGS. He worked for the Myanmar Government as an Engineering Geologist cum Hydrogeologist for 11 years and a Water Resources Engineer for 2 years. He worked in Singapore as a Consulting Geotechnical Engineer for 11 years in SPECS Consultants Pte Ltd and headed the Geotechnical Division in the Changi East Reclamation Projects in Singapore. He also acted as a Consultant and Technical Advisor for some reclamation and ground improvement projects in the Far East. Dr Bo worked in Faber Maunsell Ltd, UK as a Technical Director for 4 years till mid 2007. Dr Bo is experience practicing engineer as well as educator and he has been giving several special & keynote lectures and workshops in the international conferences, tertiary institutions and professional associations. Dr Bo is also an Adjunct Professor in University of Ottawa, Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Canada and Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. He is a co-supervisor of a few Ph.D students in Swinburne University of technology, Australia and also an external examiner of higher research degrees for Curtin Technological University, Australia and Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. He is also a research partner with Swinburne University of Technology and James Cook University, Australia for a few government funded research projects. He has published 120 over papers in International Journals and conferences. He is also a first author of textbooks entitled "SOIL IMPROVEMENT" and "RECLAMATION AND GROUND IMPROVEMENT" published by Thomson Learning. Dr Bo is also an author of textbook entitled "COMPRESSIBILITY OF ULTRA_SOFT SOIL" published by World Scientific in mid 2008. He also has written a chapter in a textbook on "GROUND IMPROVEMENT, CASE STUDIES". Due to his significant contributions to the engineering industry and extensive industrial research works carried out while he was working as consultants in the Far East, his name was appeared in WHO IS WHO IN THE WORLD 2007, 8, 9 , 10 & 11 and also was appeared in WHO IS WHO IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING 2008 and WHO IS WHO IN AMERICA 2010.

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