Landform Design Lecture

Nov. 29, 2017, EOSC 330, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences,
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

NAIT 7Gord McKenna served as guest lecturer at Prof. Scott McDougall's Principles of Geomorphology class at UBC. He presentation to some 55 undergraduates was aimed at applying their coursework to the challenges of designing landforms and landscapes.

NAIT 7th Annual Seminar

Linear Disturbance Impacts on Boreal Wetland Ecosystems
Nov. 16, 2017, Northern Alberta Technical Institute, AB

Gord McKenna was pleased to participate in a workshop at NAIT in Edmonton last week — catch up with most up-to-date research on boreal wetlands and meet with some colleagues and new researchers, practitioners, and regulators. About 80 people from industry, regulatory agencies, consultanting firms, and academia participated.

"Soft tailings landform design"

A keynote address to the Tailings and Mine Waste Conference 2017
Nov. 7, Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, AB

GM COSIA 2017Gord McKenna delivered a keynote address on density and strength requisites for capping and reclaiming soft tailings to meet land use goals. His presentation addressed the question: "How can landform design help mining companies manage soft tailings and create useful mining landforms and landscapes to meet the needs of the mine, the regulator, and future generations of land users?"

The conference was hosted by the University of Alberta Geotechnical Centre and the Oil Sands Tailings Research Facility.

"Overview of soft tailings capping and the state of practice"


Gord hosted a soft tailings workshop Nov. 1 and 2, in Calgary, Canada.

GM COSIA 2017McKenna Geotechnical principal Gord McKenna was pleased to facilitate a soft tailings workshop for a client in Calgary this week. Sequestering of tailings poses a significant challenge to responsible mine management.

Gord has been involved in oil sands tailings research and development for 30 years, and is well positioned to share decades of experience from individual mine sites on the range of reclamation solutions available to enhance both the environmental and economic performance of the mine.

McKenna Geotechnical specializes in landform design, closure planning, soft tailings, mining geotechnique and teaching. We possess decades of experience in mine operations and provide professional consulting expertise to mines in Canada and around the world.

We offer short courses for students and practitioners on closure planning, landform design, and sustainable mining. These courses provide registrants with the tools and case histories they need to complete their own designs and plans.
McKenna Geotechnical Inc.
5223 Laurel Drive
Delta, BC, V4K 4S4


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