• Sustainable Infrastructure and Geomechanical Research Lab (SIGLab)

    Dr. Maghoul Research Team

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  • New Frontiers in Research Fund Award (Exploration Stream)

    Congratulations to the Faculty of Engineering team, led by Dr. Pooneh Maghoul: their research on assessing threats to critical northern infrastructure due to climate change by applying an AI-based Geomechanical model was awarded an Exploration Grant from the NFRF

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  • Sustainable Infrastructure and Geomechanical Research Lab (SIGLab)

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About SIGLab

The Sustainable Infrastructure and Geomechanical Research Lab (SIGLab), founded by Dr. Pooneh Maghoul, P.Eng. at the University of Manitoba, develops cutting-edge R&D programs related to infrastructure which is resilient to climate change and geohazards on Earth and harsh environments in Space (Space Construction Engineering). These poromechanics-centered research programs deal with natural- and human-induced hazards, permafrost engineering, geostructural health monitoring, non-destructive testing, risk assessment, energy geostructures, geotechnical earthquake engineering and ground vibration, and construction and In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) on the Moon and beyon.

Poromechanics-Centered Multidisciplinary Research

Vision

Our vision (WHY we are doing this) is to merge diverse ideas to creatively bridge the traditional pillars of research to contribute towards tackling some of the 21st-century (civil) engineering challenges.  We believe the only way to achieve this dream is to apply diversity and inclusion, or what we call global engineering, to our approach and methodology.

Mission

Our mission is to train inspired young professionals who are well-prepared for a challenging professional career. We provide a psychologically safe and enjoyable learning environment that helps our team members develop not only the hard skills required to complete their research projects but also the soft skills to lead an engineering project.

Climate Resiliency of the Infrastructure

Geomechanics of Permafrost; Northern Infrastructure; Climate Warming; Threat Assessment; Remote Sensing & AI

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Space/Planetary Geotechnics

Regolith-Rover-Structure Interaction; Sustainable Construction; Seismic Geophysics; Granular Mechanics; Impact & Moonquake

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Non-Destructive Testing Development

Wave Propagation in Porous Materials; Ultrasonic NDT; Seismic NDT; Bone Characterization (Biomedical Application)

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Renewable Geothermal Energy

Energy Piles; Energy Geo-Structures; Soil-Structure Interaction; De-Icing & Snow Melting; Permafrost Stabilization; Thermosyphon

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Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

Seismic Site Effect; Slope Stability; Construction-Induced Ground Vibration; Dynamic Soil-Structure Interaction

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Buried Infrastructure & Utilities

Structural and Thermal Integrity of Buried Infrastructure; Soil-Pipeline Interaction; Constitutive Models; Natural Hazards

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Conferences in 2020

Selected Publications

Laboratory-scale characterization of saturated soil samples through ultrasonic techniques

Liu H., Maghoul P.*, Shalaby A.

An overview of the acoustic studies of bone-like porous materials, and the effect of transverse acoustic waves,

Hodaei M., Maghoul P.*, Popplewell N.

Numerical analysis of pipeline response to landslides: a case study,

Katebi M., Maghoul P.*, Blatz J.

Thermo-hydro-mechanical modeling of frost heave using the theory of poroelasticity in frost-susceptible soils in double-barrel culvert sites,

Liu H., Maghoul P.*, Shalaby A.

Performance analysis of a proposed geothermal pile system for heating and cooling energy demand for a building in cold regions,

Saaly M., Maghoul P.*, Kavgic M., Polyzois D.

Feasibility study of snow melting system using geothermal energy heat pumps in Canada,

Liu H., Maghoul P.*, Bahari A., Kavgic M.