Curling Stones

The Geology of Curling Stones

I don’t know about you, but my family has been very interested in the unique sport of Olympic Curling at this year’s 2022 Winter Olympics. Did you know that 70 percent of the world’s curling […]

Penstock under construction at downstream end of project
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Threading the Needle through an Olympic Venue

The Fitzsimmons Creek run-of-river hydroelectric project consisted of a number of geotechnical challenges for design team member Golder Associates. The project site is in British Columbia’s Coastal Mountains, and ran adjacent to the bobsleigh (or […]

Sea to Sky Highway
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Geotechnical Engineering Challenges of British Columbia’s Sea-to-Sky Highway, gateway to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games

Sea to Sky Highway I don’t know about you, but I’ve been enjoying watching the 2010 Olympic Winter games over the past few days. If you have, you know that Whistler is the venue for many of the sports including alpine skiing, luge, skeleton, bobsled, ski jumping, biathlon and cross-country skiing among others. The Whistler area is located about 50-miles or so North of Vancouver. In order to get to Whistler, you need to drive along Highway 99, better known as the Sea-to-Sky Highway.  This highway has a long history of geotechnical problems, including some significant structurally controlled rockslides and landslides.  In the years leading up to these Olympic Games a fair amount of work was done on the highway with some significant geotechnical innovations.