Permafrost Engineering Short Course

Event Type: Field Training and Schools

When: 5 December 2013 to 10 December 2013

Where: University of Alberta, Edmonton, British Columbia, Canada


I want to bring your attention to the upcoming Permafrost Engineering Short Course at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, BC, Canada. The course will be held from December 5 to 10, 2013. This course is tailored towards an engineer who has never attended a permafrost engineering course, or wants to learn more about the latest information in permafrost engineering. It will teach working knowledge of logistic challenges of building in Northern Regions, including:

  • Understand the origin and different types of ground ice;
  • Know how to determine the existing thermal regime and impact of changing environmental conditions on this regime;
  • Understand the unique behaviour of freezing, frozen and thawing soils and understand how to design for these conditions;
  • Know how to evaluate and design foundations and slopes in permafrost;
  • Be exposed to case histories related to hydrocarbon pipelines in permafrost, mine design, tailings impoundments under Arctic conditions and pile foundation support systems in regions of saline permafrost.

For more information please contact Sally Petaske (sally.petaske [at] or the Cold Regions Geotechnology Division of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (ColdRegions [at]