The Geotechnical Society of Edmonton is pleased to present the 18th Annual Applied Geotechnical Engineering Design Contest

Date: April 12, 2023
Time: 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: 9105 – 116 St NW, Natural Resources Engineering Facility (NREF), University of Alberta
Cost: GSE/CGS Members $25, Students $10 (includes membership), Non-members $30

More Information and Registration on UACGS Page

The U of A Student Chapter of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (UACGS) is pleased to host the annual fun Applied Geotechnical Design Exercise: the Reinforced Wall Competition. This will be the first time the competition has been held since 2019! The University of Alberta Geotechnical Centre and the Geotechnical Society of Edmonton (GSE) invite both students and industry to compete. A total of six teams will have the chance to participate. Join us in this fun applied exercise!

Walls will be constructed using only 5 sheets of Newsprint, 2 sheets of 15 cm x 30 cm geotextile, a box of 100 paper clips, and 20 popsicle sticks. The teams have 1 hour to construct the wall. Prizes will be awarded for the Strongest Wall, the Best Prediction of Wall Strength, and for the Most Innovative Design. There will be teams from the U of A graduate and undergraduate students as well as from NAIT. There is also an opportunity for industry to participate – simply select “Industry Participant” when registering to be put on a team!


4:30 to 4:45 PM – Registration – University of Alberta NREF L2-040

4:45 to 5:45 PM – MSE Wall Construction – University of Alberta NREF L2-040

5:45 to 6:00 PM – Opening Remarks – University of Alberta NREF L2-020

6:00 to 7:00 PM – Pizza and Refreshments, Team Presentations, and MSE Wall Testing – NREF L2-020

7:00 to 7:30 PM – Awards and Closing Remarks – University of Alberta NREF L2-020