Due to the decreasing fall temperatures, our weekly dodgeball and soccer games are on hold until we can find an indoor time slot.
If there is another sport that you would like us to try… leave a comment or email us at SEEDS@engsoc.org.
The next OGG lunch presentation is this Wednesday. This month’s presentations features Dr. Sara Marcella Springman who is currently on a cross-Canada tour from the Institute for Geotechnical Engineering, Zurich, Switzerland. This is truly a presentation not to be missed!
Abstract: A large scale field experiment was conducted on a steep 38° forested slope with preliminary field monitoring of sensors installed at depths from 15 to 150 cm, including tensiometers, TDRs, piezometers, rain gauges, pressure cells, acoustic sensors and deformation probes, prior to triggering a landslide by means of artificial rainfall. The project was designed to enhance the understanding of triggering processes and initiation mechanisms by replicating the effects of a heavy rainfall event in May 2002, in which 100mm rain fell in 40 minutes, causing 42 surficial landslides. Geotechnical, and hydrological characterization was carried out on the overlying colluvial silty sand, with bedrock at depths between 0.5 m and 5 m. Percolation of groundwater into the underlying bedrock was observed from test pits. Remote sensing of displacements was also carried out continually during the field experiments, through a photogrammetric monitoring system. It was deduced that the slope would fail during an extreme rainfall experiment that would lead to saturation of the soil overlying the bedrock. The failure mechanism was more or less as predicted, with vegetation reinforcement playing a role. Triggering occurred earlier than expected in March 2009, incorporating about 150 m³ of debris, which was safely retained in a protection net at the base of the slope.
The A&WMA Open House event was last Thursday and in my opinion it was a great success!
We heard from Monique Punt, President of the Ottawa-Valley chapter of the A&WMA about the great networking opportunities that are available to its students members. The A&WMA-OVCT have also reduced their student membership fees from $45 to $10. To take advantage of the deal or to learn more about becoming a member info is available here.
We then heard from Josée Lacourcière Director of Governmental Affairs for Eastern Canada of Newalta. Newalta is a company that started in the oil and gas industries but now specializes in using waste products to make new products. They have approximately 2,000 employees across the country and work on short, medium and long term solutions to transforming waste products on-site. What this means is that there is no transportation of waste products to separate facilities, which can significantly reduces costs. Two examples are (1) recycling of used batteries to return up to 99% of lead to automotive industries and (2) hydro-treatment of used automotive lubricating oil to return it to a near-virgin state for reuse.
We also heard from our team who competed in the Environmental Challenge International at the A&WMA conference in Calgary this past summer. They spoke of the their solution to the proposed problem as well as their experience at the conference. Their poster will be displayed in our halls here at Carleton, so make sure to keep an eye out for it.
Our final speaker was Julie Gaëtan Manager and Environmental Specialist at SNC-Lavalin where she works on air quality and climate change projects. Miss Gaëtan graduated in 2008 and spoke about why she chose to work as a consultant; to allow her to work on a number of different types of projects on both a regional, national and international scale. Working on environmental projects are especially rewarding for her because there are always possible improvements and it is rewarding to be able to quantify those differences. Her tip for new graduates: speak with more experienced professionals to get a good idea of what direction you want to go it.
Thank you to everyone who was able to come to the event and to those that involved in making it happen including Monique and Smita from the A&WMA, Josee from Newalta and Julie from SNC Lavalin, Andrew from Dalhousie University and Najlaa from University of Ottawa. A big thank you is also owed to our sponsors Newalta, The Chemistry Association of Canada.
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is looking for volunteers to help out at our Annual Conference and Exhibition, being held at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal from November 1-3, 2010. CanWEA 2010 will gather over 2,500 wind energy professionals from all over the world to discuss the opportunities and the latest developments in the Canadian wind energy industry. The impressive exhibition hall will feature over 250 exhibiting companies and will provide excellent networking opportunities for participants.
Volunteers working for a full day will be provided with a free day admission to the Conference sessions and Exhibition. Volunteers who work for a half day will benefit from a free half day admission to the Conference sessions and Exhibition. Attending our Conference and Exhibition will allow students to network and meet prospective employers, and will give them the opportunity to learn more about the wind energy industry in Canada.
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has more than 400 members and is the national association for the wind energy industry in Canada. Our mission is to promote the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy in Canada through policy development and advocacy with different levels of government, a broad range of communications and outreach activities, and educational and networking opportunities for all stakeholders. For more information about the Canadian Wind Energy Association, visit our website at www.canwea.ca.
If you are interested, contact Grace McConnachie at firstname.lastname@example.org