Calgary Geotechnical Society

Welcome to the official website for the Calgary Geotechnical Society.

The Calgary Geotechnical Society (CyGS) is a local section of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS). It provides opportunities for continuing professional development for geotechnical engineers/engineering geologists in the Calgary area. We host lectures by local, national and international speakers roughly monthly from September through May every year. Our current list of events is here.

The society relies on volunteers to help organize and put on the events, and sponsorship from local geotechnical companies and support from the national CGS. If you are interested in helping on the committee, if you have ideas for speakers or topics, or if your company would like to help sponsor the society or a specific event, please talk to one of the committee or contact us at

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New Events

Regular Lecture Series

CGS Spring CCLT Presentation

Speaker(s): Steven Kramer, Ph.D.

Topic: Performance-Based Design in Geotechnical Engineering Practice (2018 Nabor Carrillo Lecture)

Date: May 4, 2023, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

In-Person Venue Location:
Croatian Canadian Cultural Centre
3010 12 Street NE
Calgary, AB T2E 7P7

Registration Information:

In-person attendees:

  • $50 per person
  • $20 for full-time students.

Virtual attendees:

  • No virtual option is available for this event.

Register in Advance:
Click Here

An event hosted by the Calgary Geotechnical Society

Site Characterization Short Course

May 9th, 2023

Site Characterization Short Course organized by ConeTec and in collaboration with the CyGS! This course will be hosted in Calgary on Tuesday, May 9th, 2023.

Tickets are on sale now and space is limited.

This full-day course will cover the following topics:

  • Integrated Site Characterization
  • CPT Basics
  • Variable Rate CPT/VST & Full Flow Penetrometers
  • CPT with Sonic Drilling
  • Assessing Saturation at Depth
  • Pressuremeter Testing (PMT) – analysis and applications
  • Instrumented Becker Penetration Test (iBPT)
  • Planning of Site Investigations
  • Life Cycle Assessment of SI Methods

Additional details can be found here: Click Here

For any inquiries please contact Jeff Schaeffers at

Previous Events

CyGS Virtual Presentation (March 29)

Speaker(s): Kristen Tappenden, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Topic: Alberta Transportation and Economic Corridors: Geotechnical Asset
Management Framework Development and Pilot Study

Date: March 29, 2023, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

CyGS March Presentation

Speaker(s): James Ryan, M.Eng., P.Eng.

Topic: “Confederation Bridge PEI, Geotechnical and Marine Engineering Aspects”

Date: March 1, 2023, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

CyGS January Presentation

Speaker(s): Vicki Nguyen, P.Eng.

Topic: “Deformation Analysis of the Coteau Embankment at Gardiner Dam”

Date: January 25, 2023, 5:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)


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