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Introduction to Geobrugg Slope Stabilization Systems

The Ottawa Geotechnical Group’s (OGG) kick-off event presentation is scheduleded for TUESDAY, September 20, 2011 at 5:30pm at the Hellenic Community Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive. The featured presentation is titled Introduction to Geobrugg Slope Stabilization Systems is presented by Joseph C. Bigger, Regional Manager for Geobrugg North America and the cost for admission is FREE (and includes complementary snack)!

To attend you please RSVP to Michel Timmons (

The Ottawa Geotechnical Group (OGG) represents geotechnical engineers and geo-scientists in the Ottawa area. They hold regular lunch presentations throughout the year. It is FREE for students (or $20 otherwise) to become a member of the OGG. You can sign up at this event!

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The SEEDS Team needs your help!

This year's SEEDS Team for the ECi, Michelle, Nicole, Michelle and Erqin (from left to right).

On May 14th students came to school on a Saturday to hear from experts and work on their proposal in the hope of becoming the team selected to compete in the Environmental Challenge International. Since then, a team of students has been selected and we are very happy to announce that our SEEDS Team will be composed of Nicole, Michelle C., Erqin, Michelle R. and Chris. Congratulations team! The team had to propose how to increase the percentage of renewable energy use in the US from 8% to 25% by the year 2025. Sounds simple but in actuality it is a complex problem. They basically had to solve one of today’s major environmental problems while considering environmental impacts, impacts on society and how feasible each technology is to implement.

They put together a solid proposal but… now we need your help! The team now has to travel to Orlando Florida (I know, what an unfortunate place for a competition 😉 ) to compete against international teams in the Environmental Challenge International. So, if you’ve got some cash to spare and would like to contribute getting the team to the competition then please hit that donate button below! All donations are greatly appreciated (even if you can only spare $20). You never know, maybe next year you will be part of the SEEDS team.

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It’s back! SEEDS’ Workshop and Competition for the Environmental Challenge International

SEEDS Carleton, with the support of the Ottawa Valley Chapter (OVC) of the A&WMA, would like to give 4 students a chance compete once again in the Environmental Challenge International, or ECi, presented as part of A&WMA’s annual conference and exhibition (ACE 2011) in Orlando, Florida from June 20-24, 2011. ECi 2011 is a great opportunity to present your solution to industry professionals, to network and most importantly, to have a chance at the price money!

The title of this year’s challenge is A 2025 Federal Renewable Portofolio“. The full information documents can be found here:

To help you prepare your submission, SEEDS will be holding a one-day workshop on Saturday May 14th beginning at 9:30 a.m. in ME 3444 where students will be able to talk to local experts, to form groups of 4 and begin working on their 5-page (max) proposals. Local experts and professionals will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon) to discuss with students and point them in the right direction. Students have until 4:00 p.m. to work in the boardroom. By Monday, May 16th at 9:00 a.m. each group must submit a 5-page (max) proposal of their solution to The solutions will be judged by the A&WMA experts and the the winning team will be awarded a chance to compete in the ECi in Orlando. The winning team will have until May 28 to further develop their proposal and submit it to the competition organizers. A poster and presentation must be prepared for the conference itself.

Come prepared with your ideas and enthusiasm! Only student members of the OVC-A&WMA are eligible to participate however, if you are not a member you can join on Saturday May 14 for a reduced membership price of $10. Lunch will be provided by SEEDS.

SEEDS’ Workshop and Competition for the Environmental Challenge International

  • Workshop Date: Saturday May 14
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Workshop Location: room 3444 Makenzie Building, Carleton University
  • Competition Deadline: 9:00 a.m. Monday May 16 for 5-page submission to
  • RSVP by clicking here or accept the Facebook invitation here.

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ENVE 4908 Final Year Design Project Presentations

It’s that time of year again, the Carleton University ENVE 4908 Final Year Design Project Presentations!  This year we would like to invite all undergraduate and graduate students alike to attend these presentations.  The presentations will take place  Tuesday March 29th 2011.  The presentations are broken up into two sessions.

Session A: Tory 236, 8:35 AM — 9:55 PM

  • Design of an earth energy system for a residential subdivision
    V. Advani, A. Lambros, L. Wadey, R. Arsenault
    Supervisor: Professor B. Isgor
  • Design of a deposition plan for oil sands tailings
    Yu, L., H. Tsang, D. Wu, N. Kajouri
    Supervisor: Professor P. Simms
  • Site remediation of a former jet fuel storage facility
    A. Fernades, K. Bazinet, H. Bromley, C. Ng
    Supervisor: Professor P. van Geel
  • North Gower Village Rideau Works Yard Site Remediation Plan
    A. Chowdhury, T. Sarabian, H. Dong, Q. Nguyen
    Supervisor: Professor P. van Geel

Session B: Mackenzie 4342, 1:05 PM — 2:25 PM

  • Living System Design: a natural wastewater treatment system for Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm
    A. Pappin, A. Lynch, A. Gladish, T. MacPherson
    Supervisor: Professor B. Örmeci
  • Drinking Water for El Matazano Village, El Salvador
    J. Reyes, D. Achircano, M. Valiente, J. Garcia
    Supervisor: Professor P. Simms
  • Design of a tire derived fuel system
    A. Menyhart, I. Madueke, K. Dion-Belair, T. Lyon
    Supervisor: Professor A. Hakami
  • Design of an anaerobic digester for a livestock farm
    B. Koehler, S. Walker, P. Wilder, A. Mullen
    Supervisor: Professor A. Hakami

Presentations with be 15 minutes + 5 minutes for questions.

These projects are a show case of the students ability to incorporate the fundamentals in mathematics, science, and engineering and apply their skills to real-world problems.  So if you have time this March 29th, come experience these presentations.

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Celebrate World Water Week!

World Water Week, March 21 to 26, is a United Nations initiative to highlight the need for safe water and sanitation around the world where approximately 1.2 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water and 2.4 billion lack proper sanitation facilities. SEEDS would like to invite you to learn more about the world water issues with a special lecture “Water, Sanitation and Health” presented by Dr. Banu Örmeci taking place on Tuesday March 22 from 1 to 2 pm in room 3444 Mackenzie Building and a screening of “Blue Gold: World Water Wars” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 in Room 3235.

Lecture with Dr. Örmeci “Water, Sanitation and Health”

  • Date: Tuesday March 22, 2011
  • Time: 1 to 2 pm
  • Room: 3444 Mackenzie Building

Screening of “Blue Gold: World Water Wars”

  • Date: Thursday March 24
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Room: 3235 Mackenzie Building
  • popcorn will be served

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OGG Student Symposium Road Trip!

On Tuesday March 1 2011,  the Ottawa Geotechnical Group (OGG) Student Symposium is being held in Kingston. A free shuttle bus from Ottawa-Kingston is being provided, leaving Ottawa at around 1 pm and returning at around 9 pm. The actual symposium is from 4:30-6pm in Kingston. Food will be provided.
In the Student Symposium, there will be one student from each of Carleton U, Ottawa U, Queens, and RMC presenting to the community and judged. The winner receives free admission to the geotechnical conference later in the year.
It is a great chance to see excellent presentations on research from a variety of schools.
For more info, including pick up locations, click here or email Emily at

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Are you a graduate student looking for career direction and want to receive tips to prepare for your job search?

On February 23 and 24, the Career Centre will be holding a special two-day workshop open to all Master’s and PhD studentsFrom 8:30 am -4:30 pm, you will learn how to make career choices based on your personality type and establish career decision making criteria.

The deadline to register for this two-day workshop is February 21, 2011. Registrants must complete the Type Focus personality inventory prior to attending the workshop. All registrants must attend both days of the workshop. Visit myCareer through Carleton Central to sign-up.

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How to Find an Academic Position in Science and Engineering

Dr.Ormeci shares tips on how to find an academic position.

Dr. Örmeci loves her job. She is an Associate Professor and a Canada Research Chair for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University. She wants to pass on some of her some of her knowledge and experience about finding an academic position with you! “How to Find and Academic Position in Science and Engineering” is a discussion with Dr. Banu Örmeci about the do’s and don’ts of applying for academic positions.

During the talk, Dr. Örmeci will cover:

  • how to apply for a faculty position;
  • how to write a CV and, research and teaching statements;
  • how to prepare for the interview process;
  • how to construct research presentations;
  • how to prime for interview questions, and; how to negotiate your salary and start up package.

How to Find an Academic Position in Science and Engineering takes place on Thursday February 3rd 2011 from 12 p.m. (noon) to 1:00 p.m. in Mackenzie Building room 3444 (at Carleton University).

Please note that the room has reached capacity and the RSVP list has now been closed.

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OGG Lunch Presentation

Make sure not to miss the December edition of the Ottawa Geotechnical Group (OGG) lunch presentation that is happening this Wednesdays. This month’s presentation is titled Geoscientific site characterization of the proposed Deep Geologic Repository featuring Sean Sterling, M.Sc., P.Eng., P.Geo. For an abstract of the presentation and to learn more about the speaker please click here.

  • Date: Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010
  • Time: registration at 11:45, hot buffet lunch 12:00, presentation 12:45
  • Location: Hellenic Community Centre 1315 Prince of Wales Drive
  • Admission: $15 OGG members; $20 non-members; $10 students (cash or cheque only)
  • RSVP: Michel Timmons ( by Noon December 6

PS: These events are well attended and offer a great opportunity to network!

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OGG Nov Lunch: Goongoonup Railway Bridge, Australia by Prof. Serge Leroueil

The Ottawa Geotechnical Group (OGG) is hosting their November Luncheon next Wednesday, November 17th. The presentation will be about the disaster engineering job done on the Goongoonup Railway Bridge in Perth, Australia, presented by Prof. Serge Leroueil from Universite Laval. See details below, and please rsvp asap!

  • Date: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010
  • Time: Registration at 11:15 (****SPECIAL EARLIER TIME****)
    • 11:30: Full Hot Buffet Luncheon (****SPECIAL EARLIER TIME****)
    • 12:15: Presentation (****SPECIAL EARLIER TIME****)
  • Location: Hellenic Community Centre 1315 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Presentation: The Case of Goongoongup Railway Bridge, Perth, Australia
  • Speaker: Professor Serge Leroueil
  • Admission: $15 OGG members; $20 non-members; $10 students
  • RSVP: Michel Timmons ( by Noon November 15, 2010

Abstract of Presentation:

The Goongoongup Railway Bridge (GRB), in Perth, Australia, has been built in 1993-1995. It crosses the Swan River over 8 piers. In 2002, a displacement of 140 mm of the eastern abutment was measured and an independent report predicted at that time that it would be 300 mm by the end of the century and that the abutment piles would yield in 10 to 20 years. The owner of the bridge, the Public Transport Authority (PTA) of Western Australia, involved experts in structural and geotechnical engineering as well as an engineering firm to examine the situation. First assessment showed several current or potential problems: the bearing capacity of the abutment piles could be exceeded; the abutment bearings were at their limit;  the concrete piles of the approach structure were cracked in their upper part and their capacity had to be  examined; the raked piles of the closest pier to the abutment were subjected to soil settlement and could  have yielded. PTA then decided to sue the geotechnical engineering firm, the general engineering firm and the pile contractor. After several years of analyses and mediation among the experts of the different parties, the case has been settled in October 2009.

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