Geotechnical Society of Edmonton

NEWS 2015

Posted October 2, 2014 (Updated January 16, 2015)

Event: January 28, 2015

GSE: Roger Skirrow - Government of Alberta Response to 2013 Flooding

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

Time: 6:00pm

Cost: $30 Members, $40 Non-members, $10 Students

This event is full

In June of 2013 flooding conditions affected much of Southern and Central Alberta resulting in $6 Billion in damages. The Government of Alberta, though the Provincial Operations Centre (POC), coordinated and managed the disaster response and reconstruction efforts. This presentation provides: an overview of the disaster; how the POC works behind the scenes to coordinate GOA disaster relief efforts; the types of geohazards experienced during the event, and how they were assessed and repaired; ongoing flood mitigation work; and a summary of efforts undertaking by the Town of Canmore to mitigate against debris flow events along Cougar Creek.

Roger Skirrow, PEng, is the Director of the Geotechnical and Materials Section of Alberta Transportation. His group provides geotechnical advice on road and bridge construction projects, planning studies, environmental mitigation work and oversees the Geohazard Risk Management Program, a risk management system with 400 active geohazard included. Roger also provides geotechnical advice to other GOA Departments. He is the Chair of the Transportation Geotechnique Committee of the Canadian Geotechnical Society, Board member of the Centre for Transportation Engineering and Planning and past President of the GSE. He has worked for several consultant firms and has been with the Government of Alberta since 1999. During the Southern Alberta flood of 2013 his expertise was drawn upon to assist in the assessment, reconstruction and mitigation efforts, some of which are still underway.

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