About SIGLab

Our research develops sustainable strategies to enhance infrastructure resilience to climate and disaster risks, including permafrost thawing, landslides, and earthquakes. We focus on northern Canada, where infrastructure is crucial for sustainable community development amidst climate warming.

Our forward-looking research program covers key infrastructure areas: Civil Infrastructure (geotechnical and transportation infrastructure), Renewable and Clean Energy, Community-Based Land Use Planning and Policy-Making, and Planetary Geotechnics.

We adopt an interdisciplinary approach, involving fundamental and applied research, advanced numerical analysis, field monitoring, and experimental tests, covering various phases of the infrastructure life cycle.

At the core of our research philosophy lies hard work, dedication, adaptability, and collaboration. We foster strong teamwork as we work towards our objectives.

Climate Resiliency of the Infrastructure

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

Planetary Geotechnics

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

Non-Destructive Testing Development

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

Renewable Geothermal Energy

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

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

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

Buried Infrastructure & Utilities

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