Principal Geotechnical Engineer
Angela Küpper Ph.D., P.Eng., has more than thirty years of experience in design, construction, rehabilitation and independent reviews of earthfill dams, including tailings dams and water retention dams for power generation and water supply. She has worked in Canada, USA, Brazil, Congo, Chile, Suriname and Madagascar. Angela’s doctoral thesis in the late 1980’s was on the topic of design and construction of tailings dams. Since then, she has been responsible for numerous dam and waste dump projects as a designer, engineer-of-record, expert consultant and independent reviewer. These projects have involved site selection, site investigation, feasibility studies, construction supervision, laboratory testing, instrumentation design and installation, foundation design, retaining structures design, dam design, dam safety, dam rehabilitation, groundwater seepage evaluation, numerical modelling (stress, seepage and thermo analyses), liquefaction evaluation, slope stability analysis, risk assessments and independent reviews. In the mining industry her experience includes gold, copper, magnetite, bauxite, nickel, mixed metals, iron, coal, and oil sands.
Over the last eighteen years, Angela has been retained as an independent reviewer for large dam structures in various industries including hydroelectric, pulp and paper, irrigation districts and mining (gold, iron, oil sands, copper, nickel and molybdenum). She has been a member of the committee that prepared the Canadian Dam Safety Guidelines, and she continues to be involved in dam regulatory work in Canada. She was selected as the 2011 Distinguished Lecturer of the American Society of Civil Engineers/University of California, Berkeley where she spoke on the topic of design and performance management of earth fill dams.