Engineering Resiliency in a Changing Climate
June 3 - 6, 2018

Short Course

Geohazards and the Eye in the Sky

Why You Need to Include Remote Sensing Into Your Assessments – And How to Do It.

Date: Sunday, June 3, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost: $250

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Ever since 1855, when Gaspar Felix Tournachon, a French balloonist and photographer, first patented the idea of using photographs to survey and map from the air, remotely sensed images provided much of the fundamental knowledge upon which modern engineering geology is based. Advances in our understanding of the world, and the technology used to acquire and process the data, continued in the subsequent years and decades since. Today, remote sensing is an essential part of the toolkit for engineers and geoscientists that need to observe, interpret, understand and design in the physical environment. Nowhere is this truer than for the assessment of geohazards that threaten infrastructure, communities, and transportation corridors.

This half-day workshop will explore the modern techniques for acquiring critical information using 3D stereo air photographs, light detecting and ranging (LiDAR), interferometric synthetic-aperture radar (InSAR), and photogrammetry (specifically structure from motion – SfM). Presented by four leading experts in each field of application, this course will walk you through the technologies, explain how they are used and what you can expect to gain from them. Each technology will be introduced by the experts who will provide attendees with an overview of its application before demonstrating its real-world application to the Ten-Mile landslide in British Columbia.

Who should attend?

  • Engineers and geoscientists involved in geohazard assessments but who are not actively engaged in some or all of these techniques.
  • Industry partners or land managers who want a better understanding of the state of the art and the techniques employed by specialists to better articulate hazard.


Lynden Penner, J.D. Mollard and Associates Limited (JDMA)
Lynden is President and Senior Geological Engineer at JDMA and a sessional lecturer in terrain analysis and site characterization for the University of Regina's Environmental Systems Engineering Program. Lynden has applied stereoscopic air photo interpretation with JDMA for over 30 years, including its integration with satellite imagery and LiDAR data, for a wide range of geohazard and other geo-engineering applications.

Murray Down, 3vGeomatics
Murray is an InSAR specialist at 3vGeomatics, based in Vancouver, BC. He has used satellite InSAR extensively to monitor ground displacement all over the world. His monitoring experience includes projects in mining, oil and gas, urban excavations, transportation corridors, and wide area displacement detection in rural areas. He worked on the InSAR analysis of the Ten-Mile slide in 2016-2017 using the TerraSAR-X satellite.

Megan van Veen, BGC Engineering
Megan is a geotechnical engineer with BGC Engineering, based in Toronto. Her areas of experience include remote sensing, geohazards, slope stability assessment and rock mechanics. Her work has primarily focused on remote sensing survey design, field data collection, and detailed data processing for geohazard assessment along linear infrastructure including railways, highways, and pipelines.

Dave Gauthier, BGC Engineering
Dave is a Senior Engineer and Geologist with BGC Engineering, with expertise in rock and soil slope geohazard assessment, risk management, and novel applications of remotely-sensed data to geotechnical problems. He is based in Kingston and is active at Queen's University with graduate student teaching and supervision.

Join us at Geohazards 7, Canmore, Alberta, June 3 - 6, 2018
The Canadian
Geotechnical Society
La Société canadienne
de géotechnique