While geohazards mitigation and response is large topic around the word, it is only now gaining real traction in North America. Canada has a more developed geohazards market (systems, companies, research and regulation), and GeoHazards 6 (15-18 June 2014) is making a huge statement with its choice of venue: Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
UPDATE: Abstracts deadline extended to November 15
Kingston has become one of the most important centers for geohazards discussion, with Royal Military College and Queen’s developing internationally renowned geotechnical engineering departments and jointly forming the GeoEngineering Centre for knowledge transfer and collaborative research.
GeoHazards 6 is organized by the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS).
Key subjects to be explored at the conference include:
- Transportation (e.g. road, rail)
- Linear infrastructure (e.g. pipelines, power transmission)
- People and property (e.g. industrial, residential, recreational, public)
- Mines (e.g. surface and underground)
- Dams and reservoirs (e.g. upstream and downstream elements)
- Coastal areas
- Multi-element scenarios
Keynote lectures will address tsunami hazards, landslides, glacier failures, and pipeline lifecycles as affected by geohazard scenarios.
Keep up with the event’s latest developments and sign up for newsletter updates at www.geohazards6.ca.
A BIG 2014 FOR GEOHAZARDS
The year 2014 should be a big year internationally for the development of geohazards discussion. Not only with the CGS deliver GeoHazards 6 in Canada but the Brazilian Geotechnical Conference (COBRAMSEG 2014) will combine four conference (geotechnics, soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering, young engineers, and rock mechanics).
Furthermore, a new association has formed in the United States to bring greater awareness and consistency to geohazards discussion and regulation in the American market: the Association of Geohazard Professionals (www.geohazardassociation.org).