2012 – APEGA Rock & Fossil Clinic

APEGA Rock & Fossil Clinic

Saturday, October 13, 2012  10 AM to 3 PM

1.       11 am to 12 pm (45 min talk)  – Corey Froese –  Alberta Geological Survey / Energy Resources Conservation Board: History of Frank Slide and Current Monitoring of Turtle Mountain

 Talk Description:  Since the 1903 Frank Slide, where over 70 people were killed when over 30 million m3 of rock covered a portion of the Town of Frank, scientists have been studying and monitoring Turtle Mountain.  In the 1930’s, a second large unstable portion of the mountain was identified and monitored in the 1930’s and 1980’s by the Government of Alberta.   On the Centennial of the Frank Slide, in 2003, a million dollars was committed to design and implement a state-of-the-art early warning system for the South Peak of Turtle Mountain.  Since that time the mountain has been turned into a field laboratory and has been the focus of the international landslide research community.   This presentation will give a history of the factors that led to the 1903 slide and an overview of the evolution of the current understanding an approach by the Government of Albert to managing the rock slide risk at Turtle Mountain.

Speaker Bio:  Corey Froese is the Manager of the Alberta Geological Survey.  Prior to joining the AGS, Corey spent over a decade in engineering consulting focussing on understanding landslide hazards and their impacts on mines, urban development and linear infrastructure.  In 2005, Corey joined the AGS to develop a Geological Hazards Program for the Province of Alberta and lead the development of a monitoring and warning system for the Frank Slide (Turtle Mountain) in southern Alberta.  Corey’s technical focus is on the application of remote sensing technologies for monitoring and characterization of large, complex landslides.   He currently provides expert review for both the Canadian Space Agency and the Government of Norway on the application of remote sensing and other monitoring technologies for characterizing ground movements.  Corey is also a taxpayer in the Town of Canmore and thrilled to have the opportunity to share with the residents of Canmore.

12 pm to 1pm (45 min talk) – Dr. Richard Guthrie –  SNC-Lavalin Environment:

Landslides in Canada:  Understanding the Socio-Economic Significance of Mass Wasting.

Talk Description: Landslides occur in every province and territory in Canada, threatening lives, infrastructure and the environment.  Since 2010, several major landslides have occurred including the largest recorded historical event (Mount Meager near Pemberton), and several landslides that have destroyed homes and taken lives (for example:  St. Jude in Quebec, Testalinden Creek, Johnson’s Canyon and Fairmont Hot Springs in BC).

How dangerous is it really?  Are landslides common in Canada?  Where do they occur?  Can they be avoided?  Why is development allowed in landslide prone areas?  What are the worst landslides in the Canadian landscape?

This talk will answer these questions and paint a picture of landslides that is uniquely Canadian.  It will compare the Canadian examples to landslide issues around the globe and show how and why Canada ranks in the world context of landslide disasters.

The talk is derived from the Canadian Technical Guidelines and Best Practices related to Landslides: A national initiative for loss reduction.  Socio-Economic Significance authored by the speaker.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Richard Guthrie is an internationally recognized geomorphologist with particular expertise in landslides, hazard and risk assessment.  He provides geoscience expertise to natural resource management, urban development, parks management, environmental assessment and public safety in British Columbia Canada and around the world.

He is an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo, he recently lead the investigation of the 2010 Mount Meager landslide (Canada’s biggest historical landslide), he is an Associate Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, and in October 2011 was visiting scientist (invited) at the University of Basel in Switzerland.

In 2012 Dr. Guthrie became the Director of Geohazards and Geomorphology at SNC-Lavalin Environment.  Using expert knowledge, principles and experience of Earth surface processes and landforms, the Geohazards and Geomorphology service helps clients achieve their economic, environmental and safety goals by recognizing and minimizing the impact of physical constraints, mitigating hazards and reducing risk, and engineering solutions.

3.       1 pm to 2 pm (45 min talk) – Derek Cronmiller – MDH Engineering Solutions: 2010 Mount Meager Slide, BC 

Talk Description: Canada’s biggest historical landslide occurred only two years ago in coastal BC near the town of Pemberton.  It wiped out two valleys, created landslide dams on the Meager and Lillooet Rivers, resulted in the evacuation of Pemberton residents, and threatened the lives of back country travelers.  Come get up close and personal to Mount Meager in a presentation of one of Canada’s most prominent geo-hazards as we take you on a visual journey through the devastating aftermath of the 2010 event.

Speaker Bio: Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Derek Cronmiller is a west-coaster at heart. Derek currently works as a Junior Geoscientist with MDH Engineered Solutions/SNC-Lavalin Environment, trained in Geohazards and the Geomorphology of mountain and coastal regions. After studying at the University of Victoria, Derek moved to Calgary to pursue work in the field of Geohazards, and to be closer to the rock and ice climbing offered in the Rocky Mountains.





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