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Understanding Soils: the effect on homebuilding

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Join us as soils expert Charles Kwok digs into the details of the effect soils have on the residential construction industry. Charles will cover the origin, composition, characteristics and behavior of soils, including subsurface information obtained prior to site development. After this webinar, you will be able to confidently understand geotechnical reports and borehole logs and identify common soils types found in Alberta. Charles will also explore common potential issues encountered in home construction, including remediation.

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Charles Kwok

About Charles:

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.

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