Another Year of the CGS Conference

September 10, 2020

The Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) is the leading organization for geotechnical engineering and related geosciences in Canada. Since 1947, the CGS has held an annual conference bringing together engineers, experts and students from across Canada to discuss the latest innovative shifts in the industry and to share new research and findings.

This year, the CGS has adapted to the current climate and is holding their conference online in a fully virtual event for the first time.

Englobe has been a long-time contributor of the CGS conference and strongly believes in the professional development value it presents. In a constantly evolving sector, interacting with colleagues is essential to our continued innovation and growth.



Hugh Gillen

Slope stability evaluation and monitoring of a sandy bluff on the shoreline of Lake Erie
Monday, September 14. 11:50 AM – 12:05 PM

Hugh is a Geotechnical Engineer specializing in monitoring and instrumentation based out of our Waterloo office. He works on projects in a variety of markets from transportation infrastructure to commercial and construction work. His paper covers the benefits of a passive, remote monitoring system using geotechnical instrumentation for sites with known slope stability issues.

Hugh is no stranger to the CGS. He previously sat on the organizing committee for the bi-annual Canadian Young Geotechnical Engineers and Geoscientists Conference which took place in 2019 on the East coast. His time with DST and Englobe has given him the opportunity to develop the opportunity to learn from mentors across the company and develop his skills in project management and coordination.

Fun fact: Hugh  was the recipient of the 2017 CGS Conference GeoOttawa ‘Best Paper with a Student as the Lead Presenter Award’ in recognition of his outstanding paper “Performance of Granular Shear Keys for Landslide Remediation”.

Amirali Mehdizadeh

Hazard assessment of debris flows initiated by breach of small earth dams in British Columbia
Monday, September 14. 12:35 PM – 12:50 PM

Amirali is an Engineering Assistant working as part of Englobe’s geoscience division in Toronto. He has more than four years of professional experience in geotechnical investigation, design, quality control and material testing for various projects across the country.

His presentation showcases the potential risk for debris flow generation in small dams located in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. His paper presents a methodology for preliminary assessment of potential debris flow initiation hazards caused by the breaching of small earth dams using digital elevation models, available maps, and limited monitoring records of dams.


Farbod Saadat

Farbod Saadat, Ph.D., P.Eng., is a senior geotechnical project manager with over 30 years of professional inter-disciplinary experience in geotechnical and civil engineering, hydrogeology, and geo-environmental investigations across Canada and overseas.

He has regularly attended the annual conference for years as a longstanding registered member of the CGS. Since joining the Englobe team Dr. Saadat has supported junior and intermediate staff acting as a mentor and technical expert to consult on various geoscience projects.

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