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Conference Program

The theme for GeoOttawa 2017 is "70 Years of Canadian Geotechnics and Geoscience. The organizers will build on this conference theme throughout the technical program and social activities and plan to remind delegates of the extensive contributions of geotechnical and hydrogeological practitioners to Canada's built form since the Canadian Geotechnical Society was founded 70 years ago.

The conference program will include daily plenary sessions, featuring keynote speakers of interest to all delegates, followed by technical and specialty, as well as poster sessions, to meet the diverse needs of attendees. In addition to the oral and poster presentations, the conference's technical program will include local technical tours, short courses, and industry presentations by our exhibitors.

The technical program will be supplemented by an extensive social program including the opening Icebreaker and Exhibitor Reception, Local Colour Night, and the CGS and IAH-CNC Awards Banquet.

An overview of the conference program/schedule is now available – click here to view the PDF file. To see the detailed technical program, please click here. The printed program that will be distributed to delegates onsite is available here.

Keynote Speakers

GeoOttawa 2017 will present a diverse range of keynote speakers and guest presenters as part of the daily program and will include seven plenary presentations including the R.M. Hardy Keynote Address (CGS), and the Darcy Lecture (IAH). Confirmed speakers currently include:
Dr. Richard Bathurst – R.M. Hardy Lecture
Dr. Kamini Singha – Darcy Lecture
Dr. Greg Brooks – CGS Lecture
Mark Jensen – Hydrogeology Lecture
Robert Blair – Geotechnical Lecture
Dr. Michael Hendry – CGS Colloquium
Zhong Han – CGS Graduate Student Lecture
Click here for details on our confirmed speakers and their talks.

Special Sessions

GeoOttawa 2017 is pleased to present the first GeoContractor forum entitled "Designer and Contractor Interface in Geotechnical Construction". This event will be run as a moderated special session in which 4 invited contractors will each present an opening statement on the general topic of the forum.  A question and answer forum will follow, including pre-determined questions and audience questions. The event is scheduled for Monday morning, running parallel to the first round of technical presentations following the opening plenary session.

IAH-CNC is pleased to feature special lectures from both the 2016 and 2017 Farvolden Award recipients on Tuesday within the hydrogeology stream.

Best Paper Awards

Following on the initiative of GeoVancouver 2016, GeoOttawa 2017 will again recognize the Best Case Study Papers and the Best Student Papers with awards. There will be a checkbox on the final paper submission screen to indicate if you would like to be considered for these awards. Up to three case study papers will be recognized at the conference. The lead authors of the Best Case Study Paper should come from consulting or industry (not academia). The lead author of the Best Student Paper must be a student and must present the paper at the conference to be eligible for this recognition. The student will need to send proof of enrolment to the conference organizers at the time of registration.

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Short Courses and Tours

Numerous short courses have been organized and will be offered on Sunday, October 1, 2017. A half-day technical tour is available on Thursday, October 5.

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