A BYU civil engineering professor was selected as the Cross-Canada Geotechnical Lecturer for fall 2009.
Kyle M. Rollins was given the honor by the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) for his research concerning earthquake engineering, liquefaction, deep foundations and soil improvement techniques. Since 1965 the CGS has selected prominent engineers who have made significant contributions to engineering practice to spend two weeks lecturing in cities across Canada.
From Oct. 19-30, Rollins travelled from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Vancouver, British Columbia, with stops in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Prince George and Victoria.
“The pace of the tour was unrelenting, but meeting engineers across Canada and sharing the results of our research made the experience very rewarding,” he said.
His presentations showcased clips of blasting to induce liquefaction for field testing, a process Rollins pioneered, and lateral load testing using a rocket sled.
At the tour’s end, Rollins also delivered lectures to American Society of Civil Engineering groups in Portland and Seattle and at the Oregon and Washington Departments of Transportation. Funding for the tour was provided by the Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique and the consulting firms AMEC, BGC, Golder Associates, and Reinforced Earth, Ltd.