GeoMontreal 2013 Update

GeoMontreal 2013 E-News – July 21, 2013

We are pleased to provide this update on GeoMontreal 2013 at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel from Sunday, September 29 to Thursday, October 3, 2013.

GeoMontreal 2013 Delegate Early Registration Deadline is July 31, 2013
Be sure to act now to take advantage of the “early-bird” conference registration fees for GeoMontreal 2013. The full conference registration price for CGS, IAH or NAGS members is only $795 for registrations made on or before July 31, 2013 – the non-member fee is $985 and includes membership in CGS, IAH or NAGS for 2014. These conference registration fees will increase by $100 on August 1, 2013.

GeoMontreal 2013 offers secure online registration and credit card payment accepting Visa and MasterCard – please click here to go directly to the online registration page. Registration confirmation and your payment receipt are e-mailed immediately for your records.

The online registration system can also be used to register for the short courses, technical tours and the conference’s partner program events.

Make Your Hotel Reservation Soon

The Hilton Bonaventure Montreal is the official venue for GeoMontreal 2013 and will host the majority of conference events. The organizers have secured a group conference rate of $199 per night for delegates, single or double occupancy. This rate includes complimentary in-room high-speed internet.

Just click here to make your reservation online on the Hilton Bonaventure’s secure web site dedicated to GeoMontreal 2013 conference hotel room reservations.

If you prefer, you may call the hotel directly at 1-514-878-2332. Don’t forget to mention that you are a delegate of GeoMontreal 2013 (rate code GEOTI) to obtain the best rate.

Be sure to make your room reservation by August 28, 2013, and preferably sooner as the hotel cannot guarantee space availability or the special conference rates after that date.

Paper Review Update

The technical committee has finalized their review of a majority of the submitted papers and these corresponding authors have received their acceptance e-mails, with any remaining acceptances to be sent in the next few days. We have now received over 375 papers and are looking forward to presenting an extensive and comprehensive program. Technical program details should be available online by mid-August.

Short Course Registrations

GeoMontreal 2013 is pleased to offer one, two-day short course starting on Saturday, September 28 and four, full-day short courses on Sunday, September 29 at the Hilton Bonaventure Montreal. Topics to be covered include:

  • Introducing the French Translation of the Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual 4th Edition (Dr. Jean LaFleur, Dr. Paul Chiasson and Dr. Muhsin Elie Rahhal)
  • Effective Solute Transport Simulation (Christopher Neville and Vivek Bedekar)
  • Introduction to Geothermal System Design (Dr. Jasmin Raymond)
  • Modern Implementations of Risk and Crisis Management in Geotechnical Engineering (Dr. Franco Oboni)
  • Geosynthetics in Landfill and other Barrier Systems (Dr. Kerry Rowe, Eric Blond and Troy Shaw)

Spaces are limited so please register sooner than later to secure your spot. Please click here to see the detailed course descriptions.

Technical Tour Details Now Available

GeoMontreal 2013 is also pleased to offer three technical tours as part of its comprehensive technical program.

Our first trip is an all-day tour on Sunday, September 29, 2013 – Turcot Reconstruction, Mont Royal Tunnel and the Complexe Environnemental de Saint-Michel – where participants will tour the reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange, then ride the rails on CN’s rail-buses to tour one of the oldest man-made tunnels in Canada, and finally visit an ex-aggregate rock quarry that has been turned into a city park with a biogas cogeneration station.

Our first option on Thursday, October 3, 2013 – La Romaine Hydroelectric Complex – is an all-day tour visiting Hydro-Quebec’s newest hydroelectric station under construction in the beautiful region of Havre St-Pierre, area located on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River.

Our other choice on Thursday, October 3, 2013 – Montérégie Aquifer System – is an all-day tour visiting the Montérégie Est region, located south-east of Montreal, to get an overview of the varied geological and hydrogeological contexts of the area where fractured rock makes up a regional aquifer system.

Please click here to visit the GeoMontreal 2013 website Technical Tours page to view the details of these trips and to book your spot.

All short courses and technical tours require a minimum number of participants to proceed so be sure to register for your spot before the conference begins to guarantee your space. Courses or tours with insufficient registrants by September 3 may, regrettably, be cancelled.

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are still lots of sponsor opportunities available for GeoMontreal 2013. Luncheons are just $1,000 each and coffee breaks $750. Click here for sponsorship details or contact the Conference Administrator directly at to take advantage of this marketing opportunity.

Please click here to see the complete list of conference sponsors on the GeoMontreal 2013 web site. Our thanks go out to all of them for their generous support.