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University Design Projects

Location: Canada, United States, and United Kingdom
Partners: Queen’s University, The University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University, Colorado School of Mines, and Durham University

BGC is supporting capstone engineering design projects at several universities across Canada as well as in the United States and United Kingdom. Engineering students, typically in their final year of their undergraduate degree, work collaboratively with BGC to solve an open-ended earth science problem. BGC contributes by providing a design project concept and regular mentorship throughout the year, and students benefit from the ability to participate in real-world engineering projects under the guidance of experienced mentors. Some of our projects include:

  • Open Pit Mine Design: Students create a geotechnical model from site investigation data and laboratory data, and use it to design the slope geometry for an open pit mine
  • Pipeline Geohazard Assessment: Students conduct a hazard assessment to determine potential geotechnical hazards affecting a pipeline, then complete a risk assessment to inform the “client” of a probability of failure.
  • Community Debris Flood Risk Assessment: Students complete a risk assessment for a proposed development on a debris flood fan then propose potential mitigation design options.
  • Mine Pre-Feasibility Tailings Design: Students use drill hole logs to complete a location selection analysis and create preliminary designs for a tailings storage facility and waste rock storage area.