December 2019

Look Up! Considering Upslope Hazards

Organized by the Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector Division

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. Please contact Stuart Nash at 604.558.6655 for more information. Thank you.
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Time: Log-in: 11:45 AM
Webinar: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Location: Webinar
(You will receive the webinar login information 1 day prior to the event)
Presenter: Del W. Ferguson, P.Geo./Eng.L, FGAC, FGC
Credit: 1 Informal Professional Development Hour (PDH)
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC member (Professional or EIT/GIT): $20 + GST = $21.00

Non-member: $25 + GST = $26.25 (Note: Non-members need to create an online account prior to registering for webinars. See below for more details.)

Group webinar presentation (for office environments): $45 + GST = $47.25

Students: $10 + GST = $10.50

Please note that all attendees must have an online account with Engineers and Geoscientists BC prior to registering for webinars. For non-members and first-time users, this will mean creating a new account. Once your account is created, please login and return to the event registration page to complete your registration.
Contact: For registration inquiries, please contact Garth Lord at [email protected].
Note: If you purchase the Group Registration, there is no need to enter your guests or you will be charged additionally for each guest.
Important Dates: Please register by Monday, December 2.
With forest companies targeting second growth stands, professionals are tasked with road layout through terrain that has been previously roaded and logged. This presents the possibility of upslope hazards from roads that have not been effectively deactivated. In this webinar, Del Ferguson, P.Geo./Eng.L., will present examples of what may happen when we do not consider upslope hazards and how professionals must mitigate risk to workers below.

Over the last decade or so, forest companies have been targeting stands that are now coming into maturity on the coast. Forest engineers and terrain specialists are tasked with layout and assessments throughout terrain that has previously been roaded and logged. Sounds simple enough, right? Maybe not. As often as not, old roads above the proposed operations are totally ignored as they are not part of the plan. Yes, many of the pre-code roads (before 1995) have been effectively deactivated, but there are just as many roads out there that are in a state of impending failure, including cutbank and fillslope failures, tension cracks, diverted drainage, and plugged culverts. As part of a professional's due diligence, it falls upon them to ensure that these roads are properly assessed and remedial measures taken to fix problem areas or find ways to mitigate the risk to workers below. It is not just old roads in the assessment area of proposed operations that need thorough investigation, but those above the site. This webinar will proceed with examples of what may happen when we do not consider upslope hazards.


Del W. Ferguson, P.Geo./Eng.L., FGAC, FGC

Del Ferguson became a registered, practising geologist in 1980 working largely in mineral exploration across Canada. In 1990 he became involved in BC’s Forest Industry as a road construction supervisor and, in 1994, a terrain specialist. Del holds a diploma in Forestry Advanced Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, holding an Honours B.Sc. degree in geology.

As president of Aztec Geoscience Inc., he has mentored and provided work to geoscientists involved in terrain stability analysis for the natural resource industry, primarily in forestry, but also Run-of-River hydro projects, BC Hydro transmission lines, road reactivation and deactivation projects, and mineral exploration projects. Most of Aztec’s work has been on Vancouver Island and the adjacent Mainland Coast. Del lives in Comox and is a member of the Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector Division.

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