Charles Kwok, M.Sc., P.Eng., is a Senior Associate and Senior Geotechnical Engineer with Thurber Engineering Ltd. in Calgary. He has over 35 years of consulting geotechnical engineering experience. Charles graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and a M.Sc. in Geotechnical Engineering. He started his career in Winnipeg, moving to Halifax and Ottawa before settling in Calgary in 1997.
He has worked on projects located in all provinces of Canada and is therefore familiar with general soil types in several major centres in the country. Charles’ experience and project examples include the following: transportation infrastructure (SW Calgary Ring Road project, Airport Trail/19 Street and Barlow Trail Interchanges), buildings (Calgary Cancer Centre, Canadian Tire Centre – home of the NHL Ottawa Senators), energy corridors (pipelines and transmission lines), industrial/power plants, commercial buildings, deep excavations, municipal infrastructure, and residential developments.
Charles has a special interest in forensic geotechnical engineering. He has been involved in forensic geotechnical investigations on many systemic failures in residential subdivisions, failures of residential, commercial and industrial structures, and failures of large-scale retaining wall structures. He has gained insights into potential issues related to soils in residential construction through some of these forensic projects.
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.