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Understanding the soil a home is built on is critically important for the residential construction industry. Join us for our latest webinar, “Residential Construction on Expansive Soils” to gain a better understanding of just what expansive clay soils are, and the effects they have on a home.

Experts Charles Kwok, M.Sc., P.Eng., and Anast Demitt, P. Eng., will provide insight on what factors should be considered, provide an overview of soil types in Alberta, and other factors that may lead to movement, including mitigation tips on heaving and settlement.

About the speakers

Charles Kwok, M.Sc., P.Eng., is a Senior Associate and Senior Geotechnical Engineer with Thurber Engineering Ltd. in Calgary.

Currently having over 35 years of consulting geotechnical engineering experience all across Canada, he is familiar with general soil types in several major centres.

Charles’ experience includes transportation infrastructure, buildings, energy corridors, industrial/power plants, commercial buildings, deep excavations, municipal infrastructure, and residential developments. Charles has a special interest in forensic geotechnical engineering.

Charles was the recipient of the 2008 Calgary Geotechnical Society Award, presented by his peers in recognition of his contributions and accomplishments in forensic geotechnical engineering in Calgary and surrounding areas.

Anast Demitt, P.Eng. is an independent consulting engineer with over 44 years of industry experience. After graduating from the University of Calgary Schulich School of Engineering in 1978 with a B.Sc. in civil engineering, Anast worked with R.M. Hardy and Associates as a materials engineer where he had his introduction to foundation and structural engineering.

Prior to founding his own consulting engineering firm ADEM Engineering in 1985, Anast gained experience in structural design with large structural design and construction offices and is now providing services to many new home builders in Southern Alberta. Anast has been working with ANHWP since 1998 to assist with investigations into numerous residential foundation problems and structural concerns throughout Alberta.

Anast has appeared as an expert witness in Alberta Courts and in non-judicial dispute resolution processes on behalf of home builders, warranty providers and homeowners across the four Western Provinces.


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