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Richard Bathurst

Professor Richard J. Bathurst, P.Eng., Ph.D., FEIC, FCAE

Research Director, GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's-RMC, Civil Engineering Department, RMC, Kingston, Ontario
Civil Engineering Department, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
President of the Engineering Institute of Canada (2016-2018)
Past-President of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (2013-2014)
Past-President of the International Geosynthetics Society
Past-President of the North American Geosynthetics Society
Editor: Geosynthetics International
email: bathurst-r@rmc.ca


Dr. Bathurst (BSc., MSc., Ph.D. 1986 Queen's) is Professor of Civil Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada where he has taught since 1980. He also holds a cross-appointment with the Civil Engineering Department at Queen's University and is an Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo and Ryerson University (Canada) and Edith Cowan University in Australia, and was visiting Distinguished Scientist at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2013-14. He holds an appointment as Visiting Research Fellow at the Port and Airport Research Institute in Japan (2016-2021). He is Past-President of the North American Geosynthetics Society, Past-President of the International Geosynthetics Society, Past-President of the Canadian Geotechnical Society and is currently President of the Engineering Institute of Canada. Dr. Bathurst has authored or co-authored more than 400 papers in referred journals, conference proceedings and research monographs. Current research activities are focused on the use of geosynthetic and metallic reinforcement in earth retaining wall systems, seismic performance and design, limit states design, probabilistic design of reinforced and unreinforced soil structures, and load and resistance factor design (LRFD) calibration. Dr Bathurst currently serves on committees of the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code and the National Building Code of Canada. Dr. Bathurst is editor of the peer-reviewed technical journal Geosynthetics International which is an official journal of the International Geosynthetics Society and published by ICE/Thomas Telford.

The Geotechnical Group at RMC is part of the GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's-RMC with students and researchers from the Civil Engineering Departments at both Queen's and RMC working with Dr. Bathurst. Students have the option of registering in MSc or Ph.D programs at Queen's or RMC.

Biographical sketch


List of Publications


Honours and Awards

  • 2017 CRAMPTON PRIZE - BEST PAPER AWARD - ICE Geotechnical Engineering
  • 2017 RM HARDY Keynote Lecture of the Canadian Geotechnical Society
  • 2017 SOWERS LECTURE Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2017 KERSTEN LECTURE University of Minnesota, Minnesota Geotechnical Society & Geo-Institute of ASCE, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2016 LEGGET MEDAL of the Canadian Geotechnical Society
  • 2016 RMC Excellence in Research Award
  • 2015 R.M. QUIGLEY AWARD from the Canadian Geotechnical Society for BEST PAPER published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 2014
  • 2015 G.G. MEYERHOF AWARD of the Canadian Geotechnical Society
  • 2014 International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Service Award
  • 2014 GIROUD LECTURE International Geosynthetics Society
  • 2014 BEST PAPER AWARD Geotextiles and Geomembranes
  • 2013 BEST PAPER AWARD (Honourable Mention) Geotextiles and Geomembranes
  • 2013 TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD of the Japan Chapter of IGS
  • 2013 ASTM HOGENTOGLER AWARD for BEST PAPER published in ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal
  • 2012 BEST PAPER AWARD Soils and Foundations (Japanese Geotechnical Society)
  • 2011 BEST PAPER AWARD Geotextiles and Geomembranes
  • 2011 BEST PAPER AWARD Georisk
  • 2010 BEST PAPER AWARD (Honourable Mention) Geotextiles and Geomembranes
  • 2010 TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD of the Japan Chapter of IGS
  • 2010 GOLD MEDAL AWARD International Geosynthetics Society for technical contributions to design and performance of geosynthetic reinforced structures
  • 2009 GZOWSKI MEDAL of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering for BEST PAPER published in 2008
  • 2009 JSPS Invitation Fellowship Program for Research in Japan (two months)
  • 2008 BEST PAPER AWARD for paper published in the Geosynthetics Engineering Journal of Japan Chapter of IGS
  • 2008 R.M. QUIGLEY AWARD from the Canadian Geotechnical Society for the BEST PAPER published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 2007
  • 2007 R.M. QUIGLEY AWARD from the Canadian Geotechnical Society for the BEST PAPER published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 2006
  • 2007 CGS Certificate of Appreciation for contributions to 4th CFEM
  • 2006 GZOWSKI MEDAL of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering for BEST PAPER published in 2005
  • 2006 IGS Plaque for service to the IGS
  • 2005 BEST PAPER  AWARD Geotextiles and Geomembranes
  • 2004 Honourable Mention (runner-up) for GZOWSKI MEDAL of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering for BEST PAPER published in 2003
  • 2004 Honourable Mention (runner-up) for R.M. QUIGLEY AWARD for BEST PAPER published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 2003
  • 2004 Elected to Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering
  • 2003 BEST PAPER AWARD North American Geosynthetics Conference
  • 2003 Canadian Geotechnical Society 2003 Cross Country Lecture (venues: Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Prince George, Kelowna)
  • 2003 & 2000 A.G. Stermac Award for Outstanding Service to the Canadian Geotechnical Society
  • 2002-2004 Mercer Lecturer (ISSMGE-IGS-Tensar)
  • 2002 Canadian Geotechnical Society Geosynthetics Division Award
  • 2002 RMC Excellence in Research Award
  • 2001 Elected to Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada
  • 2000 BEST PAPER AWARD Geotextiles and Geomembranes
  • 2000 BEST PAPER AWARD GeoEng2000 Conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1998 GOLD MEDAL AWARD International Geosynthetics Society for technical contributions to developments in  seismic analysis, design and performance of geosynthetic reinforced structure
  • 1997 R.M. QUIGLEY AWARD from the Canadian Geotechnical Society for the BEST PAPER published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 1996
  • 1994 GOLD MEDAL AWARD International Geosynthetics Society for technical contributions to the development of  geosynthetic reinforced segmental retaining walls
  • 1993 The Canadian Geotechnical Society Service Plaque for contributions to the 3rd Edition of the Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual
  • 1991 SEMIONOV PRIZE (Co-recipient) for fundamental research in physics. Awarded by the Russian Academy of Sciences

Research Interests

  • Geosynthetics reinforced earth structures
  • Probabilistic design/analysis of reinforced and unreinforced soil structures
  • Limit states design of reinforced soil wall structures
  • LRFD calibration of reinforced soil wall structures
  • Seismic design of earth structures
  • Durability of geosynthetics
  • Unsaturated/saturated hydraulics of geosynthetics
  • Micromechanics of granular materials
  • Railroad track support

GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's-RMC at RMC

Current

  • Dr. R.J. Bathurst (Research Director)
  • Dr. P. Lin (Post-doc RMC)
  • Mr. T. Fujita (Public Works Research Institute - Japan)
  • N. Luo (Ph.D. student Queen's)
  • N. Shafiee (Ph.D. student Queen's)

Recent graduate students or visiting students

  • M. Bosse (M.Sc. student RMC - 2017)
  • D. Campbell (M.Sc. student RMC - 2017)
  • S. Javankhoshdel (Ph.D. - Queen's - 2016)
  • A. Chong (M.Sc. - RMC-2016)
  • B-H. Lin (visiting Ph.D. student - National Chi-Nan University, Taiwan)
  • F. Ezzein (Ph.D. - RMC - 2014)
  • M. Kargar (visiting Ph.D student - Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran 2014)
  • I.P. Damians (visiting Ph.D student - University of Barcelona 2011-12)
  • S. Zarnani (Ph.D. - Queen's - 2011)
  • B. Huang (Ph.D. - Queen's - 2010)
  • E. dos Santos (visiting Ph.D student - University of Brazilia 2008-09)
  • R. Gregg (MASc. RMC - 2008)
  • T. El-Kader (visiting PhD student - Zagazig University, Egypt - 2007)
  • B. Honig (MASc. RMC - 2006)
  • S. Althoff (visiting undergraduate student - University of Munster - Germany - 2006)
  • P. Linnenbaum (visiting undergraduate student - University of Munster - Germany - 2006)
  • A. Keshavarz (visiting Ph.D student -  Shiraz University - 2005)
  • K. Maia (visiting Ph.D student - University of Brazilia -2005-06)
  • M. Elbanna (MSc. Queen's - 2005)
  • R. Nelson (MSc. RMC - 2005)
  • J. Meleschuk (MSc. Queen's - 2004)
  • D. Walters (Ph.D. Queen's - 2004)
  • M. El-Emam (PhD. Queen's - 2003)
  • J. Reeves (MSc. RMC - 2003)
  • C. Leblanc (MSc. RMC - 2002)
  • D. Saunders (MSc. RMC - 2001)
  • A. Gaskin (MSc. Queen's - 2000)
  • N. Vlachopoulos (MSc. RMC - 2000)
  • A. Ho (MSc. Queen's - 2000)

Recent post-docs, visiting professors and researchers

  • Dr. Y. Yan (Post-doc RMC)
  • Dr. K-H. Yang (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology)
  • Dr. H. Ghiassian (visiting PDF - Iran University of Science and Technology - IUST)
  • Dr. J. Chen (visiting PDF - Tongji University - China)
  • Dr. H. Wei (visiting PDF - Hainan University - China)
  • Dr. D. Wang (visiting PDF - Yangtze University - China)
  • Dr. A. Nernheim (Visiting PDF - Clausthal University of Technology - Germany )
  • Dr. Y. Wang (visiting PDF - South China Unversity of Technolgy)
  • Dr. Y. Miyata (Japanese Defense Academy)
  • Dr. K. Hatami (University of Oklahoma)
  • Dr. M. Shinoda (University of Tokyo)
  • Dr. T. Linjin (Beijing Polytechnic University)
  • Dr. J. Blatz (University of Manitoba)
  • Dr. V. Kaliakin (University of Delaware)
  • Dr. W. Gao (visiting PDF - Hunan Unversity - China)
  • Dr. Y. Zhixin (Central South University of Forestry & Technology - China)

Funding

  • Ontario Ministry of Transportation (Highway Infrastructure Innovation Funding Program)
  • CFI
  • NSERC
  • Academic Research Program (ARP), Department of National Defence
  • Director of Infrastructure, Department of National Defence
  • USA State Departments of Transportation: Washington, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming
  • Amoco
  • Reinforced Earth Company
  • National Concrete Masonry Association, USA
  • Egyptian Government (Scientific Channel Program)

Keynote Speaker/Invited Theme Paper/Guest Editor

  • Plenary Keynote speaker (Giroud Lecture): 10th International Geosynthetics Conference, Berlin, September 2014
  • Keynote speaker: GeoAmericas 2012, Lima, Peru
  • Guest Editor: Special Issue on Geosynthetics, International Journal of Geomechanics, 2012
  • Keynote speaker: Earth Retention Conference, Bellevue, Washington, USA, August 2010
  • Invited Panel Speaker: 9th International Geosynthetics Conference, Guaruj, Brazil, May 2010
  • Invited speaker: British Geotechnical Association, Institution of Civil Engineers, October 2010
  • Invited Plenary Speaker: Recent developments in reinforced soil wall testing, analysis and design, The First African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics, GeoAfrica 2009, Cape Town , South Africa , September 2009
  • Keynote speaker: 12th International Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, Goa, India, November 2008
  • Keynote speaker for MERCEA'08 - 2008 Seismic Engineering International Conference commemorating the 1908 Messina and Reggio Calabria Earthquake, Reggio Calabria, Italy, 2008
  • Keynote speaker for XIII PanAmerican ISSMGE Conference, Venezuela, 2007
  • Guest Editor: Special Issue on Geosynthetics in Harsh Environments, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 2007
  • Keynote speaker for Indian Geotechnical Conference, Madras, 2006
  • Co-keynote speaker for 8th International Geosynthetics Conference, Yokohama, Japan, 2006
  • Keynote speaker for 2nd International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, Hong Kong, 2006
  • General Reporter: 18th ISSMGE Conference, September 2005, Yokohama, Japan
  • Invited theme paper for 11th International Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, 19-24 June 2005, Torino, Italy
  • Keynote speaker for Canadian Young Geotechnical Engineers and Geoscientists Conference, Manoir St-Castin, October 27-30, 2004, Québec City, Québec, Canada
  • Mercer Lecture: 2003 NAGS Conference, 30 October 2003, WinnipegEuroGeo3, March 2004, Munich Germany; GeoAsia2004, June 2004, Seoul, Korea
  • Keynote speaker for First International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, St. John's, Newfoundland, July 2002
  • Invited theme paper for 10th International Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, 7-12 January 2001, Tucson, Arizona
  • Special Plenary Lecturer for IS-Kyushu, November 2001
  • GeoAsia2000, Kuala Lampor, Malayasia, May 2000
  • ASCE GeoDenver2000, Boulder, Colorado, August 5-8, 2000
  • XII Italian National Conference on Geosynthetics, Bologna, Italy, 15 October 1999
  • 3rd Brazilian Symposium on Geosynthetics/1st South American Symposium on Geosynthetics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20-22 October 1999
  • XI Brazilian Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Brasilia, Brazil, November 1998
  • '97 Geosynthetics Conference, 18th November 1997, Seoul, Korea
  • International Synposium on Mechanically Stabilized Backfill, Denver, Colorado , 6-8 February 1997
  • IS Kyushu'96- 3rd International Conference on Soil Reinforcement, 12-14 November 1996, Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan
  • Geossinteticos'95, 26-28 June 1995, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 5th International Conference on Geotextiles, Geomembranes and Related Products, Singapore, 5-9 September 1994

Editorial Boards (current)

  • Editor: Geosynthetics International (Thomas Telford/ICE, UK)
  • Editorial Board: ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal (ASTM, USA)
  • Editorial Board: Geotextiles and Geomembranes (Elsevier, UK)
  • Editorial Board: Transportation Geotechnics (Elsevier, UK)
  • Editorial Board: International Journal of Geomechanics (ASCE, USA)
  • Editorial Board: International Journal of GeoEngineering Case Histories (ISSMGE)
  • Editorial Board: Soils and Rocks (Brazilian and Portuguese Geotechnical and Engineering Geology Societies)
  • Editorial Board: Geomechanics and Engineering (Techno Press, Korea)
  • International Technical Advisory Board (Editorial Board) of Geosynthetics (formerly Geotechnical Fabrics Report) published by the Industrial Fabrics Association International, USA

Learned Societies

  • President, Engineering Institute of Canada (2016-2018
  • President, Canadian Geotechnical Society (2013-2014)
  • Past-President, International Geosynthetics Society
  • Past-President, North American Geosynthetics Society
  • Past-Vice-President Technical of the Canadian Geotechnical Society
  • Past-Chair, Geosynthetics Division of the Canadian Geotechnical Society
  • Committee Member (Geosynthetics) Canadian General Standards Board
  • Committee Member and Canadian Geotechnical Society Representative on TC-17, Ground Improvement, Reinforcement and Grouting, and TC-9, Earth Reinforcement, International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

List of Publications


Professor R.J. Bathurst

Royal Military College of Canada
GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's-RMC
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