About SIGLab

Our research focuses primarily on the development of sustainable strategies to enhance the resilience of infrastructure subjected to climate and disaster risks (melting permafrost, landslides, earthquakes). Infrastructure is critical to sustainable community development, especially in northern Canada affected by climate warming. The greatest reward of our research is safety and reducing the vulnerability of Indigenous and northern communities to climate change. 

Our forward-looking research program focuses on the following key infrastructure areas: Civil Infrastructure (geotechnical, transportation infrastructure such as foundations, roads, embankments, buried infrastructure), Renewable Geothermal Energy, Community-Based Land Use Planning and Policy-Making, and Planetary Geotechnics (space engineering and construction for the Moon, Mars, and beyond).


Climate Resiliency of the Infrastructure

Deformation and stability of northern infrastructure affected by climate warming.

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Buried Infrastructure & Utilities

Structural and thermal integrity of buried infrastructure and utilities in cold region; soil-pipeline interaction in landslide zones.

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Non-Destructive Testing Development

Wave propagation in porous materials; development of new non-destructive testing algorithms for geo-materials.

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Renewable Geothermal Energy

Piled energy geo-structures in cold region; d-Icing & snow melting of bridge decks and pavements by using thermal piles; behavior of concrete geothermal energy piles.

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Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

Seismic site effect; dynamic soil-structure interaction; wave propagation in porous materials.

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Energy Efficiency of Buildings

Energy efficiency of basement structures in cold regions

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