Geological Site Characterisation

Burnaby, British Columbia
Job ID:
Sourjya Chatterjee

Are you a recent graduate with a Masters or PHD in Geological Engineering?  If so we have an exciting one year contract opportunity with a top utility client in the lower mainland of British Columbia.

Experience and Role Accountabilities

  • Prepare project documentation and deliverables in accordance with project and Engineering Design Practices (i.e. evaluation reports, technical specifications, proposals, estimates, design basis', calculations, hazard logs, test plans).
  • Plan and coordinate projects including preparation of project plans, design basis, field reviews and project reports, and specifications.
  • Prepare signed/sealed engineering deliverables as Professional of Record (PoR) in accordance with EGBC Design Practices.
  • Provide technical assistance and construction support in the field and undertake field reviews as required by EGBC.
  • Prepare engineering analysis and design deliverables in accordance with Design Practices.
  • Provide technical assistance and construction field support and undertake field reviews.
  • Site investigation planning, supervision and inspection for stations and dams including: layout of drill holes, test pits, field mapping, specification of test requirements, preparation and implementation of interim dam safety risk management plans, in-situ testing, logging of soils and rock, collecting samples, and the installation of instrumentation etc.
  • Collection, analysis and interpretation of data obtained from site investigations and other published sources, including survey data, LiDAR, satellite imagery, GIS, soil maps, papers, reports, etc.
  • Characterize soil and bedrock into distinct units and estimate engineering parameters for design based on the geologic history, site investigation data, and other published sources.
  • Develop geologic models based on an interpretation of available sources, including published sources, investigation data and other sources.
  • Assess the potential for and impacts of geohazards, including faults, earthquake hazards, landslides, weak soils, etc.
  • Design of rockfall protection measures including, mesh, anchors, shotcrete, barriers, etc.
  • Perform stability and seepage analyses of embankments, slopes and excavations
  • Perform embankment dam foundation design and performance assessment, including grouting, assessment and design of drainage, rock characterization, seepage cut-off, etc.
  • Design of geotechnical instrumentation and field installation. Knowledge of both conventional and remote sensing techniques including: weirs, inclinometers and earth pressure cells, fibre optic sensors, Automatic Data Acquisition Systems, downhole and crosshole seismic, SP, distributed temperature monitoring, etc.
  • Design of ground improvement and grouting programs; knowledge of grouting techniques for improvement of soil properties and permeability reduction including: grout mix design, tremie grouting, compaction grouting, jet grouting, grout curtains, cut off walls, void filling, dam foundation grouting, grout monitoring and control techniques.
  • Perform analysis related to geotechnical earthquake engineering and seismic hazard, liquefaction potential, seismic and deformation analysis of embankment dams, slopes, retaining structures, foundations etc.
  • Site supervision of earthwork construction.
  • Spatial analysis and assessment of geotechnical data in GIS.
  • Other miscellaneous services of a geotechnical engineering nature.
  • Document review for the development of 3D CADD and GIS models.

Additional Education and Skills

  • Degree in Geological Engineering.
  • Valid British Columbia Class 5 driver’s license.
  • Currently registered as a Professional Engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists BC (EGBC).
  • Knowledge and experience in geological engineering including:
    • Rock mechanics
    • Surficial geology mapping
    • Soils and rock characterization
    • Local and regional geologic history
    • Geologic models
    • Soil mechanics
    • Geohazards
    • Site investigation
    • In-situ testing and lab testing
    • Deformation and seepage analyses
    • Dam engineering and analysis
    • Dam performance assessment
    • Dam surveillance, geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring
    • Grouting and ground improvement
    • Seismic hazard, and geotechnical earthquake engineering
    • Seepage and groundwater transport
    • Slope stability analysis
    • Design of rockfall protection measures
  • Working knowledge of relevant software, including Rocscience products (RS2, RocFall. Dips, etc., Geoslope (Slope/w, Seep/w, etc.), FLAC, PLAXIS,VERSAT, FEFLOW, MODFLOW, etc.
  • Ability to work independently, exercising judgment and initiative with limited supervision.
  • Ability to analyze and resolve challenging and unusual engineering problems by incorporating innovative design and/or analysis methods.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills and the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Strong proficiency of both written and oral communication in English and be able to prepare well-written technical reports and clearly present work to an audience.
  • Ability to provide technical directions to junior engineers
  • Ability to manage design tasks including scope, schedule and cost
  • Ability to find engineering solutions that add value and to reach consensus
  • Ability to communicate efficiently including verbal and technical writing in the English language, analytical, interpersonal communications and presentation skills
  • Experience in project management including estimating, cost control, and project administration


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