IRC Publications

Theses
  1. Entezari, I. 2016. Applications of remote hyperspectral sensing in the characterization of Alberta's oil sands tailings. PhD Thesis, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta.
  2. Zhang, F. 2016. Unsaturated Soil Property Functions for High Volume Change Materials. PhD Thesis, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta.
 
Refereed Journal Papers
  1. Entezari, I., Rivard, B., Lipsett, M.G. Predicting the abundance of clays and quartz in oil sands using hyperspectral measurements. Accepted. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation & Geoinformation.
  2. Slingerland, N., Beier, N.A. and Wilson, G.W. Oil sands tailings dam design considerations for ease of closure. Submitted. International Journal of Mining, Reclamation, and Environment
  3. Zhang, F., Wilson, G.W. and Fredlund, D.G. Permeability function for oil sands tailings undergoing volume change during drying. Accepted. Canadian Geotechnical Journal.
  4. Beier, N.A., Kabwe, L.K., Scott, J.D., Pham, N.H. and Wilson, G.W. 2016. Modeling the effect of flocculation, thickening and desiccation on oil sands tailings. Geotechnical Special Publication No. 270: Geotechnics for Sustainable Energy – Selected Papers from Sessions of Geo-Chicago 2016. Eds. A. Farid, A. De, K.R. Reddy, N. Yesiller and D. Zekkos
  5. Entezari, I., Rivard, B., Lipsett, M.G. and Wilson, G.W. 2016. Prediction of Water Content and Normalized Evaporation from Oil Sands Soft Tailings Surface Using Hyperspectral Observations. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 53(10): 1742-1750.
  6. Olmedo, N.A. and Lipsett, M.G. 2016. Design and field experimentation of a robotic system for tailings characterization. Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, 4(3): 169-192.
  7. Zhang, F., Fredlund, D.G. and Wilson, G.W. 2016. Water permeability function for soils that undergo volume change as suction changes. Indian Geotechnical Journal. Doi:10.1007/s40098-016-0187-5
  8. Zhang, F. and Fredlund, D.G. 2015. Examination of the estimation of relative permeability for unsaturated soils. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 52(12): 2077-2087.
 
Conference Proceedings
  1. Burden, R.N. and Wilson, G.W. 2017. Co-deposition: Blending of FFT and overburden materials. Proceedings of the 2017 Tailings & Mine Waste Conference, Banff, AB: November 5-8, 2017.
  2. Elias, J. and Beier, N.A. 2017. Effect of floc size on geotechnical properties of oil sands fluid fine tailings: Experimental study. Proceedings of the 2017 Tailings & Mine Waste Conference, Banff, AB: November 5-8, 2017.
  3. Fisseha, B., Wilson, G.W. and Fredlund, D. 2017. Large-Strain Consolidation Column with Applied Negative Water Pressure. Accepted to Pan-Am-UNSAT 2017: Second Pan American Conference on Unsaturated Soils, Dallas, TX: November 12-15, 2017. 
  4. Fisseha, B. and Fredlund, D. 2017. Assessment of Large-strain Consolidation and Shear Strength of Saturated/Unsaturated Fluid Fine Tailings. Accepted to GeoOttawa: 70th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Ottawa, ON: October 1-4, 2017. 
  5. Kabwe, L.K., Wilson, G.W., Beier, N.A., Cunningham, K.A. and Scott, J.D. 2017. Geotechnical characterization of a two-year old thick centrifuge product deposit subjected to one cycle of freeze & thaw treatment under laboratory controlled conditions. Proceedings of the 2017 Tailings & Mine Waste Conference, Banff, AB: November 5-8, 2017.
  6. Olmedo, N.A., Lipsett, M.G., Zhang, H. and Wilson, G.W. 2017. Design and field experimentation of a robotic system for tailings characterization. Poster presentation at the COSIA Innovation Summit, Calgary, AB: March 21-22, 2017.
  7. Schafer, H. and Beier, N. 2017. Development of Soil Freezing Characteristic Curves for Fluid Fine Tailings using TDR. Accepted to GeoOttawa: 70th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Ottawa, ON: October 1-4, 2017. 
  8. Schafer, H. and Beier, N. 2017. Freezing Characteristics of Fluid Fine Tailings and their Relation to Unsaturated Soil Properties. Poster presentation at the COSIA Innovation Summit, Calgary, AB: March 21-22, 2017. 
  9. Beier, N., Kabwe, L., Scott, J.D., Pham, N. and Wilson, G.W. 2016. Modeling the effect of flocculation and desiccation on oil sands tailings. GEO-CHICAGO 2016: Sustainability, Energy, and the Geoenvironment, Chicago, United States
  10. Burden, R.N. and Wilson, G.W. 2016. Co-deposition: Blending of FFT with overburden. Proceedings of the Fifth International Oil Sands Tailings Conference, Lake Louise, AB: December 4-7, 2016.
  11. Entezari, I., Rivard, B., Lipsett, M.G. and Wilson, G.W. 2016. Hyperspectral Sensing in Support of Oil Sands Tailings Operation and Management. Proceedings of the Fifth International Oil Sands Tailings Conference, Lake Louise, AB: December 4-7, 2016.
  12. Olmedo, N., Lipsett, M.G. and Wilson, G.W. 2016. Advanced robotic payloads for measuring properties of tailings deposits. Proceedings of the Fifth International Oil Sands Tailings Conference, Lake Louise, AB: December 4-7, 2016.
  13. Slingerland, N. and Beier, N.A. 2016. A regional view of site-scale decisions. Proceedings of the Fifth International Oil Sands Tailings Conference, Lake Louise, AB: December 4-7, 2016.
  14. Entezari, I., Rivard, B., Lipsett, M.G., and Wilson, G.W. 2015. Application of Hyperspectral Technology for the Estimation of Methylene Blue Index in Oil Sand Tailings. Proceedings of the COSIA/PTAC Oil Sands Clay Workshop and Conference, Edmonton, AB: April 28-29, 2015.
  15. Kabwe, L.K., Wilson, G.W., Scott, J.D., Sorta, A. and Beier, N.A. 2015. Effect of flocculent treatments on consolidation of oil sand fluid fine tailings. Proceedings of the 68th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and 7th Canadian Permafrost Conference, Quebec City, September 20-23, 2015.
  16. Leigh, A., Pineau, J., Olmedo, N. and Zhang, H. 2015. Person Tracking and Following with 2D Laser Scanners. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2015, Seattle, WA: May 26-30, 2015.
  17. Slingerland, N. and Wilson, G.W. 2015. End land-use as a guide for integrated mine planning and closure design. In Fourie, A., Tibbett, M. (eds). Mine Closure 2015. Proceedings of the 10th International Mine Closure Conference, Vancouver, BC. Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Western Australia.
  18. Sorta, A., Beier, N.A., Kabwe, L.K., Scott, J.D. and Wilson, G.W. 2015. The case for using fines void ratio. Proceedings of the 68th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and 7th Canadian Permafrost Conference, Quebec City, September 20-23, 2015.
  19. Wilson, G.W. 2015. Innovations in Oil Sand Tailings Geotechnique for Fluid Fine Tailings Management. Keynote at Symposium 2015 Mines and the Environment, Rouyn-Noranda, QC.
  20. Zhang, F., Fredlund, D.G., Fredlund, M.D. and Wilson, G.W. 2015. Role of air-entry value and choice of SWCC in the prediction of the unsaturated permeability. Proceedings of the 68th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and 7th Canadian Permafrost Conference, Quebec City, September 20-23, 2015.
  21. Zhang, F., Fredlund, D.G. and Wilson, G.W. 2015. Hydraulic properties for soils that undergo volume change as soil suction is increased. AP-UNSAT 2015, Guilin, China: October 23-26, 2015.
  22. Entezari, I., Rivard, B., Lipsett, M., Feng, J. and Wilson, G.W. 2014. Deployment of Hyperspectral Imaging Instruments for Remote Monitoring of Soft Tailings Water Content. Proceedings of the Fourth International Oil Sands Tailings Conference, Lake Louise, AB: December 7-10, 2014.
  23. Entezari, I., Rivard, B., Lipsett, M.G. and Wilson, G.W. 2014. Estimation of Moisture Content and Activity of Oilsands Tailings Using Hyperspectral Techniques. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2014), Quebec City, QC: July 13-18, 2014.
  24. Lipsett, M., Olmedo, N., Rivard, B. and Wilson, G.W. 2014. Robotic systems for measuring properties of tailings deposits and collecting samples. Proceedings of the Fourth International Oil Sands Tailings Conference, Lake Louise, AB: December 7-10, 2014.
  25. Olmedo, N. and Lipsett, M. 2014. Soil parameter estimation and sample collection using an unmanned ground vehicle. Proceedings of the Fourth International Oil Sands Tailings Conference, Lake Louise, AB: December 7-10, 2014.
  26. Olmedo, N., Zhang, H. and Lipsett, M. 2014. Mobile robot system architecture for people tracking and following applications. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, Bali, Indonesia: December 5-10, 2014.
  27. Pham, N.H. and Sego, D.C. 2014. Modeling Dewatering of Oil Sands Mature Fine Tailings Using Freeze Thaw. Proceedings of the Fourth International Oil Sands Tailings Conference, Lake Louise, AB: December 7-10, 2014.
  28. Slingerland, N., Baida, M. and Wilson, G.W. 2014. The great divide between mine closure goals and outcomes, and potential solutions. In Fourie, A., Tibbett, M., (eds.). Mine Closure 2014. Proceedings of the 9th International Mine Closure Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa: October 1-3, 2014.
  29. Zhang, F., Fredlund, D.G., Wilson, G.W. and Sedgwick, A. 2014. Determination of the permeability function for drying oil sands tailings undergoing volume change and desaturation. Proceedings of the Fourth International Oil Sands Tailings Conference, Lake Louise, AB: December 7-10, 2014.
  30. Entezari, I., Rivard, B., Lipsett, M.G. and Wilson, G.W. 2013. Application of Hyperspectral Remote Sensing In Estimation of Oilsands Tailings Water Content. IEEE WHISPERS 2013, Gainesville, FL: June 25-28, 2013.
  31. Entezari, I., Rivard, B., Lipsett, M.G. and Wilson, G.W. 2013. Water Content Estimation of Oilsands Tailings Using Remote Hyperspectral Sensing. 34th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, Victoria, BC: August 27-29, 2013.
  32. Fredlund, D.G. and Zhang, F. 2013. Combination of shrinkage curve and soil-water characteristic curves for soils that undergo volume change as soil suction is increased. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Paris.
  33. Olmedo, N. and Lipsett, M. 2013. Active soil parameter estimation using a UGV. Unmanned Systems Canada Conference, Vancouver, BC: November 11-15, 2013.
 
Media Coverage, Technical Reports and Invited Presentations
  1. Schafer, H. 2016. Freezing Characteristics of Fluid Fine Tailings and their Relation to Unsaturated Soil Properties. Presentation at the 5th Canadian Young Geotechnical Engineers & Geoscientists Conference (cYGEGC). Whistler, BC. 29 September-1 October 2016.
  2. Brown, J. 24 January 2016. CBC Radio Interview: The 180. Seeing mines as blank canvases.
  3. Cairney, R. 18 January 2016. PhD student wants mining industry to take a long, long, long view on impact. U of A News.
  4. Slingerland, N. 2016. Introduction to Mine Reclamation for Landscape Architects. Invited presentation. University of Guelph. Landscape Architecture Department. 24 October 2016.
  5. Slingerland, N. 2016. Geomorphic landform design for the Athabasca oil sands. Invited presentation. Golder Associates. Mississauga, ON. 26 September 2016.
  6. Slingerland, N. 2016. Landscape architectural approach to mine closure. Invited presentation. Golder Associates. Edmonton, AB. 26 April 2016.
  7. Slingerland, N. and Beier, N.A. 2016. An industry self-evaluation on geotechnical mine closure objectives and planning teams. Geotechnical News. June 2016.
  8. Beier, N. 2015. How To Improve Fluid Fine Tailings Management In Order To Efficiently Increase Solids Content And Improve Trafficability Of The Tailings For Reclamation. Presentation at the Global Tailings Management Congress, Denver, CO: March 17-18, 2015.
  9. Beier, N. 2015. Research Update for the NSERC/COSIA Industrial Research Chair in Oil Sands Tailings Geotechnique. Presentation to the COSIA Tailings EPA, Calgary, AB: April 20, 2015.
  10. Beier, N.A., Sego, D.C. and Morgenstern, N.R. 2015. Tailings management simulation and technology evaluation. Geotechnical News. 33(3)
  11. Slingerland, N. 2015. Landscape Architecture and Engineering Design for Mined Earth Structures and Reclamation. Invited presentation. Shell Canada. Calgary, AB. 19 March 2015.
  12. Slingerland, N. 2015. The Architecture of Landforming for Mine Closure. Invited presentation. COSIA Land Reclamation Group. Syncrude Research Facility, Edmonton, AB. 9 January 2015.
  13. Wilson, G.W. 2015. The NSERC/COSIA Industrial Research Chair in Oil Sands Tailings Geotechnique. Presentation at the COSIA Innovation Summit, Banff, AB: March 31-April 2, 2015.
  14. Cairney, R. 2014. Grad students’ startup company is making waves, UofA Engineer. Fall 2014 issue.
  15. Howell, D. 2 December 2014. Transforming waterscapes into landscapes focus of new U of A research program. The Edmonton Journal.
  16. Olmedo, N. 2014. Poster presentation on IRC students’ research presentations at IOSTC 2014 for the Shell Enhanced Learning Fund Symposium, Edmonton, AB: November 17, 2014. 
  17. Pratt, S. 19 November 2014. U of A’s ‘game-changing’ sensors revolutionize methods of monitoring climate science data. The Edmonton Journal.
  18. Slingerland, N. 2014. Landscape Architectural Approach to Mine Closure. Invited presentation. Golder Associates. Burnaby, BC, and Calgary, AB. 26-27 November 2014.
  19. Slingerland, N. 2014. Why Closure Plans Fail. Presentation at the 17th Mining Industry Learning Seminar. Surface Mining Association Research and Technology (SMART). 7 October 2014.
  20. Slingerland, N., Baida, M. and Wilson, G.W. 2014. New teams for new schemes: Diversification in mine closure. Canadian Reclamation, 14(2): 22-28.