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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 Exhibitor Reception, Local Colour Night, and the CGS and IAH-CNC Awards Banquet.

We anticipate that a draft conference program will be available for viewing in the spring of 2017.

Keynote Speakers

GeoOttawa 2017 will present a diverse range of keynote speakers and guest presenters as part of the daily program and will include six 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
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 invited contractors (4 or 5) 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 tentatively scheduled for Monday morning, running parallel to the first round of technical presentations following the opening plenary session.

IAH-CNC will present a special session on Tuesday morning: Insightful Moments in Hydrogeology – Hydrogeologists without Borders and the 'GW2.0 Initiative'. This session will celebrate the hydrogeology textbook initiative GW2.0 of Hydrogeologists without Borders (HWB), which is producing an updated version of the 1979 Freeze and Cherry publication Groundwater as a training tool that will be available worldwide and in multiple languages.

More information on the contractor panel and the GW2.0 Initiative sessions will be provided as the detailed conference program evolves.

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

The local organizing committee is presently developing short courses and technical tours to be held on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Be sure to check back in early 2017 for more details.

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