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Rehabilitation of Harvie Passage After Flood Damage

If you have ever been to Calgary, Alberta, you have likely seen the Harvie Passage on the Bow River. It was first built in 2011 but was damaged during the flood the city experienced in the summer of 2013. Now … Read More

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Seismic Retrofit of a 110-year Old Railway Bridge

Canadian National Railway (CNR) operates a 110-year-old steel truss railway bridge which crosses the Fraser River, connecting the cities of New Westminster and Surrey, in the Metro Vancouver area in British Columbia, Canada. It is commonly known as the New … Read More

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Safeguarding Embankment Dams

It has been just over 5 years since the Mount Polley tailings dam failure in British Columbia on August 5, 2014. However, variability in design and construction continues to challenge industry’s efforts in managing tailings dam safety, as demonstrated by … Read More

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Tailings Dam Surveillance Technology – KCB’s Experience

“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” (Bill Gates) The Fourth … Read More

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Tailings Dam Breach Runout Assessment

A tailings dam failure is a breach of the dam followed by the uncontrolled release of stored materials that could include supernatant water, fluid and/or tailings solids. The gravity-induced runout of materials is a very dynamic process, and the runout … Read More

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Digital Field Data Collection – KCB’s Experience

Field data collection using pen and paper can be a time-consuming and cumbersome process. However, with new technology such as rugged hand-held tablets and cloud storage, the process is quickly becoming entirely digital. KCB’s experience with digital field data collection … Read More

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Using Drones in Engineering Projects

Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are small aircraft guided by remote control or computer. They are mainly used for taking aerial photos or acquiring LiDAR data with accuracy and speed in difficult-to-access areas. In engineering, they can also be … Read More

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Study of Tailings Management Technologies

KCB completed a report for the Mine Environment Neutral Drainage (MEND) program in 2015 in which we examined and compared alternatives to conventional slurry for tailings management (e.g., thickened, paste and filtered tailings). The MEND program was started in 1989 … Read More

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Effectiveness of Geomembranes in Tailings Storage Facilities

For the past few years, KCB has collaborated on several geomembrane research projects with Prof. R. Kerry Rowe and his team at the Geo-Engineering Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. The research is assessing the effectiveness of geomembrane liners … Read More

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