Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental

Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental engineers have specialized knowledge of the properties and behaviour of soils and rocks and their interaction with fluids. Our program offers a number of courses unique to the University and to Canada.

Our students benefit from access to world-class cold room facilities, Oil Sands Tailings Research Facility, geotechnical centrifuge, mine wastes lab, and field research stations.

The Geotechnical Centre

The U of A Geotechnical Centre brings together our geotech expertise under one umbrella. For more information about our facilities and research, visit


  • Field and laboratory testing
  • Oil sands policy making
  • Disaster management and evaluation
  • Designing earthworks
  • Foundation design
  • Mining operations

Areas of specialization

  • Dams and slopes
  • Engineering geology
  • Foundation and retaining structures
  • Mine wastes
  • Petroleum geomechanics
  • Rock engineering
  • Tunnels
  • Soil dynamics
  • Cold regions geotechnics