Vice President, Technical
Alex Sy joined KCB in 1977 and has 40 years of diverse experience in geotechnical and earthquake engineering throughout Canada, the US, South America, and overseas. His experience includes site investigations, seismic hazard assessments and seismic analyses, soft ground engineering, ground improvement, foundation design, embankment design, and seismic retrofit or upgrade for heavy civil and industrial facilities, transportation infrastructures, water and wastewater facilities, water retention dams, and mine tailings dams. In addition, Alex has extensive experience in in situ testing, seismic liquefaction analyses, dynamic soil-structure interaction analyses, and the design and testing of pile foundations.
Alex has provided forensic engineering and expert witness services for infrastructure failures involving dykes, pipelines, highways, buildings and landslides. He currently serves on Independent Technical Review Boards on several water supply projects and a landslide stabilization project in British Columbia; and tailings storage dams in Canada, Peru and in Serbia.
In 2015, Alex received the Vancouver Geotechnical Society Award, and became a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada for excellence in engineering and services to the profession and society.
Alex is an Adjunct Professor in the Civil Engineering Department of the University of British Columbia, where he gives lectures regularly to undergraduate and graduate students. He has authored more than 50 technical papers. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia.