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The Calgary Geotechnical Society wishes you a great 2014!

We keep on organizing our world-class lecture series. Our next talk will be held on Thursday
January 16, 2014 at the Austrian Canadian Cultural Centre. Dr. Dennis Becker, Principal of
Golder Associates Ltd., will give a presentation on his “Lessons Learned to Date”. Please see
below or our website for more details.




Thursday January 16, 2014

Austrian Canadian Cultural Centre, 3112 - 11 Street NE, Calgary

5:30 – 6:00 pm: Cash bar and light snack
6:00 – 7:00 pm: Presentation

Free of charge
RSVP not required

TOPIC: Lessons Learned To Date

Experiences from successes, failures, and the insight gained from the interactions with
colleagues on projects and in the technical community interpret into meaningful lessons learned.
The presentation shares lessons learned to date by the presenter through his personal
experiences over 35 years in his professional career. The recognition of uncertainty, risk
management, technical expertise and effective communications are essential components in the
geotechnical industry and business. The presentation shares technical information, experiences
and insight gained from a large variety of projects, big and small, including the Confederation
Bridge, Beaufort Sea, St. Clair River Tunnel, international mining projects, P3 transportation
projects, and participation in national and international learned societies and technical
committees. The presentation, at times, is a light-hearted talk and perspective that combines the
technical and people sides of the geotechnical business and community.

SPEAKER: Dennis E. Becker, Ph.D., FEIC, FCAE, P.Eng., Principal of Golder Associates Ltd.

Dennis is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer and Principal of Golder Associates with more than 35
years of national and international experience on numerous large scale civil engineering and
resource development projects. He has substantial experience with all aspects of geotechnical
engineering, and has developed extensive and varied areas of expertise, including site
characterization, foundations, stability of slopes and excavations, liquefaction potential
evaluation, earthquake effects and seismic stability of earth dams and tailings management
areas, soil-structure interaction, soft ground tunneling, ground improvement, specialized
geotechnical analysis/modeling, and fundamental soil behaviour.
Dennis is active in many key engineering and professional societies, and maintains close liaison
with universities. He is a registered professional engineer in the Provinces of Alberta, British
Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Dennis was Chair of NSERC's Civil
Engineering Grants Selection Committee, the Canadian Geotechnical Research Board, the
Editor of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal, President of the Canadian Geotechnical Society,
and Vice-President (North America) of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and
Geotechnical Engineering. In addition, Dennis was Co-Editor of the 4th Edition of the Canadian
Foundation Engineering Manual that was published by the Canadian Geotechnical Society in

Throughout his career, Dennis has been recognized with various awards: the Canadian
Geotechnical Colloquium, the G.G. Meyerhof Award, the EIC Canadian Pacific Railway
Engineering Medal, the Calgary Geotechnical Society Award, the EIC Julian C. Smith Medal,
and the R. F. Legget Medal. He has also been elected as Fellow of the Engineering Institute of
Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.


We look forward to seeing you at the Austrian Canadian Cultural Centre on Thursday January
16, 2014. Please forward this notice on to colleagues who may be interested in this event.


Mauricio Pinheiro, Ph.D., P.Eng.

CGS Executive Co-Chair