February 2022

Tunnelling Around the World: From Highways and Power Projects to Sewage

Presented by Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector

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Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Time: Log-in: 11:45 AM Pacific Time
Webinar: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Nichole Boultbee, P.Geo., P.L.Eng.
Credit: Eligible for 1 CE Hour of Technical Learning
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector Division member: $15 + GST = $15.75

Engineers and Geoscientists BC registrant (Professional or EIT/GIT): $20 + GST = $21.00

Non-registrant of Engineers and Geoscientists BC: $25 + GST = $26.25 (Note: Non-registrants 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-registrants 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.

Note: Division membership is free in 2022. We highly encourage attendees to become a member of the Division for discounts on webinars, participation in the Division LinkedIn group, and inclusion in monthly newsletters keeping members informed of upcoming events. More information about the Division can be found here: Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector Division
Contact: For registration inquiries please contact Victoria Stevens at [email protected].
Important Dates: Registration will close at 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Tuesday, February 15.
This webinar will focus on a fascinating career spent tunnelling in a variety of geological environments on different continents, for the conveyance of everything from people to water to sewage. By sharing stories of her interesting projects, Nichole hopes to inspire the audience to think differently about all of the ways tunnelling is used in geoscience and engineering projects around the world.

Nichole’s tunnelling career started when she was sent to Australia for what was supposed to be 3 weeks. Four years later she made it back to Canada after working on 12 km of highway tunnel under the city of Brisbane. Back in Canada she was promptly sent to the Yukon to cool her back down to Canadian temperatures after 4 years of the Aussie sun to work on a small hydropower tunnel that experienced some significant water inflows. After the Yukon, international tunnelling called again, and Nichole spent the better part of a year tunnelling in Chile for repair of a hydropower tunnel that had experienced a collapse due to some previously unrecognized adverse geology.

After all of her worldwide experience, Nichole moved back to BC, where she worked on three independent hydropower projects, each with their own unique geology, including tunnelling through the most recent volcanic deposit in BC. Most recently Nichole has primarily been working on wastewater microtunnel projects in Canada, from both the contractor and consultant sides of the table.


Nichole Boultbee, P.Geo., P.L.Eng.

Aldea Engineering Services

Nichole Boultbee is an Engineering Geologist with over 15 years of experience in engineering investigation, design, and construction for numerous tunnel and infrastructure projects in Canada, Australia, and Chile. Her experience includes work in both the consultant and contractor role, and involved interpretation of field and laboratory results, engineering analysis and design, project management, planning and organization, and construction supervision for various projects. Nichole currently works for Aldea Engineering Services, and is on the Board of Directors for the Tunnelling Association of Canada encouraging young member involvement in the industry.

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