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Geotechnical Engineering

Shaping our communities on solid ground

Our geotechnical engineers and material specialists are focused on solving complex design, construction, and rehabilitation issues impacting the communities where we live and work...

The need for geotechnical services is everywhere, so we work in a variety of sectors across North America for new commercial and institutional sites, transportation facilities, flood control structures, mining developments, near shore and offshore structures, renewable energy developments, utility expansions, and water storage projects. Our services include traditional geotechnical applications, such as settlement, slope stability, seepage analyses, and foundation and retaining wall design. But what sets Stantec apart is the value-added services we provide in numerical modeling, deep foundation evaluations, seismic engineering, risk-based engineering and associated economic analyses, and other related design services. To us, succeeding means providing creative solutions to the people we work with, on schedule and within budget. We stay at the forefront of the industry to make sure your community improvements are built on solid ground.

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From the (underwater) ground up

How do you optimize a significant expansion to one of Canada’s critical container ports? With a Stantec marine geotechnical investigation

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<p><b>Douglas Graham</b></p> <p>This is Roberts Bank Terminal 2. We're out here doing a marine geotechnical investigation for a new terminal, collecting soil samples and collecting other data associated with the new terminal.</p> <p><b>Henrik Kristianson</b></p> <p>The project itself is pretty much building an island a kilometer and a half long, and about seven hundred meters wide. It's going to be about twelve to fifteen meters of material that needs to be placed over that big area, so it's a lot of fill. After that, it's going to be developed into a container terminal.</p> <p><b>Reid Plasterer</b></p> <p>This barge that we're on currently has the drill rig, which is capable of actually doing the drilling, pushing the cone, but in support of that we also have a crane to help move materials around, and then typically one or two tugboats that move the barge from location to location for us to execute the boreholes.</p> <p>The work we're doing out here is cutting edge. We're pushing the cone to depths that haven't been done in this part of the world before. We're doing advanced testing that hasn't typically been done.</p> <p><b>Henrik</b></p> <p>What we’re doing here is we are supplementing existing information, so there’s an existing design done, we term that one the reference design, and Stantec’s role with our joint venture partner is to take that reference design and get it ready for procurement for design build. And one of the things we’re doing right now is we’re trying to optimize the design. Our client the port may see something like a twenty-fold return on their investment.&nbsp;</p>

#mystantecstory – Doug Graham

Most people don’t see killer whales at work, but Doug does. Find out how this geotechnical field foreman travels the world for Stantec

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<p>We are sitting on a barge right now and we're drilling with a geotechnical drill on a floating platform. On this project I'm designated as the field foreman, so I'm responsible for making sure the overall quality of the data is what we expect and the safety of the crew.</p> <p>I do travel quite a bit. I like it. I consider it an opportunity. Not many people get to come out here and work out in this beautiful area. We saw killer whales yesterday. I've worked in some pretty interesting places, Labrador, Northern BC, I've been to South America a couple times for Stantec. I enjoy the opportunity to travel.</p> <p>I'm not specifically marine, but I have a lot of experience with marine geotechnical investigations both on the east coast and the west coast. So typically when Stantec is involved in a larger scale marine project I'm usually involved.</p>

#mystantecstory – Reid Plasterer

Reid’s journey at Stantec has taken him from co-op placement to cutting edge field work. Not bad for a geotechnical engineer-in-training

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<p>We're doing a geotechnical investigation, obviously over the water.</p> <p>This barge that we're on currently has the drill rig, which is capable of actually doing the drilling, pushing the cone, but in support of that we also have a crane to help move materials around, and then typically one or two tugboats that move the barge from location to location for us to execute the boreholes.</p> <p>I did my first co-op with the company in 2012 and then just joined full time in 2015,</p> <p>All the soil that comes out of the ground, it's my responsibility to classify all that and track what is actually going on underground. Additionally, working with the drillers to make sure we're getting the samples we want, at the certain depths we want. Tracking the cone penetration test to make sure that that's all the data we want. Essentially my role in the project is getting all the data that we need so that when we go to do the design for this project there's no gaps in any of the data and that we can deliver a good final product to the client.</p> <p>When you're working on a long project like this and a lot of hours, you really get to know the colleagues you're working with very well.</p> <p>The group of people that I've been working on since the beginning are still here, which really allows you to develop good working relationships and friendships as well.</p> <p>My name is Reid Plaseter, I work for Stantec Consulting out of the Burnaby Geotech office. My job title is geotechnical engineer in training.</p>

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