September 2016

2016 Slope Hazards Investigation Tour

Status: This seminar has been postponed. A new date is to be announced.
Date: Friday, September 23, 2016 - Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Registration - Day 1 and Lunch - Day 1
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Slope Hazards Investigation Tour - Day 1
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Slope Hazards Investigation Tour - Day 2
Location: Whistler, BC

Eric McQuarrie, P.Eng.
Tim Smith, P.Geo., Eng.L.

Credit: 14 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price APEGBC Member: Slope Hazards Investigation Tour: $899.00 + GST = $943.95 until Sept 9, 2016

APEGBC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: Slope Hazards Investigation Tour: $1099.00 + GST = $1153.95

Non-Member Price: Slope Hazards Investigation Tour: $1099.00 + GST = $1153.95
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by September 09, 2016 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Gurjeet Phungura | Professional Development Coordinator
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The tour will encompass four large landslide complexes in the Sea to Sky corridor and review mechanisms of failure, runout and risk management options, both potential and existing.

Analyses done to date will be presented and discussed at the sites. Dialogue amongst attendees will be encouraged to increase the knowledge base for professionals practicing in the Geohazard arena.
A secondary objective is to make this an annual trip around the Province to continue to increase the knowledge base in this arena.


Attendees must be in reasonably good shape and be comfortable walking on uneven and steeper terrain.

Seminar Outline

Four large landslides will be visited in the field along the Sea-to-Sky corridor. Site visits will be conducted at either the initiation zone, transport path, or the depositional area.
Background information on each slide will be presented to the attendees and a discussion on failure mechanisms, magnitude, runout and the risk to downslope elements will be undertaken.
Key field indicators for the above assessments will be identified and discussed, along with a discussion around the degree of believability of these parameters.
A discussion on the effects of climate change at each site will also occur.

Unique features of the course

Four large landslides will be visited in the field and attendees will discuss, see and understand firsthand:
  • The complexities of assessing landslide initiation, magnitude and runout
  • When a qualitative or quantitative risk assessment is appropriate, and what the inputs into the assessment could look like
  • Risk management options
Attendees will be encouraged to both learn and share their knowledge.
The tour package includes the following:
  • Lunch on Day 1
  • Dinner on Day 1
  • Breakfast Day 2
  • Lunch Day 2
  • One night hotel accommodations
  • Transportation for the 2 days. Participants will be provided with details on pick-up location closer to the tour date. Please note the tour takes place in the Squamish and Whislter area, pick-up point will be in Vancouver, BC with additional pick-up points as requested.

The Saturday night dinner will allow attendees to develop relationships with other professionals working in the geohazard field.

Target Audience

Professional engineers, geoscientists and technicians/technologists currently practising in this area of expertise. Forest professionals and students are also welcome.

Seminar Duration

2 Days


Eric McQuarrie P.Eng. and Tim Smith P.Geo, Eng.L. are senior practitioners in the field landslide risk assessment in BC. They have over 50 years of practice in this area, and have assessed the landslide potential prior to development and investigated existing landslides at several thousand sites in both coastal and interior BC.
Their extensive geohazard knowledge gives them a unique insight into not only assessing landslide probability, but in estimating magnitude, frequency and runout, and ultimately providing an estimate on the risk.
The tour leaders will also encourage dialogue from the attendees to broaden the discussion.




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