Discover Opportunities for Graduate Studies in Underground Infrastructure - Related Projects at CUIIC and U of A
The Canadian Underground Infrastructure Innovation Centre (CUIIC) hosted the 2023 CUIIC Innovation Forum last week at the University of Alberta. This yearly event brought together 80 attendees to learn about cutting-edge solutions and major trends in underground infrastructure
Please join us in welcoming Denise Prefontaine to CUIIC as a Technical Writer. Denise was born and spent her early years in Birkenhead, England. Her family emigrated to Canada in 1974, settling in Edmonton where she completed her schooling. Denise attended the University of Alberta earning an undergraduate degree BA (Recreation Administration) followed by an MBA. Denise enjoyed a long, successful career with the City of Edmonton where she focused on improving the community’s quality of life through facilitating, developing, and managing recreation facilities, open spaces, tourist attractions, and programs.
Recently, Inshik Park received the 2023 Michael E. Argent Memorial Scholarship from the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) and the 2023 Graduate Student Teaching Award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) at the University of Alberta. Inshik is a PhD Student at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Alireza Bayat, Director at the Canadian Underground Infrastructure Innovation Centre, and his research has been focusing on the improvement in estimating the maximum allowable annular pressure in horizontal directional drilling. At the beginning of this year, Inshik published a journal article, "Determination of geotechnical parameters for underground trenchless construction design" in the Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment under the supervision of Dr. Chao Kang and Dr. Alireza Bayat. This article can be found here.
Benjamin Media, Canadian Underground Infrastructure Innovation Centre Partner to Expand Educational Offerings
Benjamin Media Inc. (BMI) and the Canadian Underground Infrastructure Innovation Centre (CUIIC) recently formalized an agreement establishing the CUIIC Academy to further underground infrastructure educational offerings across Canada.
CUIIC is led by Alireza Bayat, Ph.D., P.Eng., professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Associate Industrial Research Chair in Underground Trenchless Construction.
Established in 2022, CUIIC is a member-driven, cross-Canada initiative headquartered at the University of Alberta with a focus on building a community of professionals who share a common goal: To foster innovation and to provide cost-effective, sustainable solutions to the challenges involved in building, assessing and rehabilitating underground infrastructure.
Upon its formation, one of CUIIC’s goals was the establishment of classes, courses, webinars and events to help further underground infrastructure educational opportunities across Canada. This partnership with BMI is another step forward in that direction.
“As a world-class hub for research, innovation and education in underground infrastructure, the CUIIC is looking forward to working with Benjamin Media to launch the CUIIC Academy,” says Bayat. “Benjamin Media has played a leadership role for decades, promoting the importance of underground infrastructure, which makes our partnership on the CUIIC Academy a natural fit. The Academy will provide the most needed applied education on different aspects of underground infrastructure.”
BMI provides turnkey event management services with experience in the underground infrastructure sector that spans more than 30 years. From seminars to large trade shows, the Benjamin Media Events Division delivers proven, quality services including marketing/promotional program development, advertising, logistical/planning expertise, exhibit management services and attendee recruitment/management.
“We are excited to work with Dr. Bayat and CUIIC in establishing and developing the CUIIC Academy. The CUIIC Academy will bring important infrastructure education events and learning tools to all underground infrastructure stakeholders,” says Rob Krzys, president of BMI. “With more than 25 years of experience producing and promoting infrastructure events across North America, we are proud CUIIC has selected us to work directly with them, supporting the CUIIC Academy.”
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Alberta prof heads new underground tech centre
CUIIC — The Canadian Underground Infrastructure Innovation Centre was officially launched in April with University of Alberta engineering professor Alireza Bayat assuming the director’s role. With CUIIC, any company becoming a member is officially a research partner with the U of Alberta.
Advancing Underground Infrastructure – CUIIC Launches at University of Alberta
"Officially launched in April, the Canadian Underground Infrastructure Innovation Centre (CUIIC) is a new research, innovation and education hub based in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. CUIIC will build on the success of the Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT) at the University of Waterloo and the Consortium for Engineered Trenchless Technologies (CETT) at the University of Alberta.
The Canadian Underground Infrastructure Innovation Centre (CUIIC)--Canada’s first world-class hub for research, innovation and education in underground infrastructure -- announced today that it has received official approval from the University of Alberta.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta