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Geotechnical Site Investigation for Building Foundations in Permafrost Zones

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Standard CAN/BNQ 2501-500
Geotechnical Site Investigation for Building Foundations in Permafrost Zones

Geotechnical site investigations are essential for the appropriate design, construction and maintenance of buildings. In permafrost zones, these investigations have an added level of complexity. This standard establishes a consistent methodology for performing geotechnical site investigations so that the results can be used to design building foundations with due consideration, in a risk management framework, of the conditions prevailing at the building site, including:

  • the distinctive characteristics of permafrost;
  • the seasonal and interannual climate conditions as well as the projected climate conditions over the service life of the building foundations.

In the long term, it is expected that the application of this standard will help lessen persistent maintenance issues, which, as a result of climate change or improper site evaluation, can cause permanent damage to structures.

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12733ANGCAN/BNQ 2501-500 Geotechnical Site Investigations for Building Foundations in Permafrost Zones
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12732FRNCAN/BNQ 2501-500 Études géotechniques pour les fondations de bâtiments construites dans les zones de pergélisol
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Standards committee members

Number of committee members: 15
Mr. Michel AllardCentre d'études nordiques (CEN), Université Laval
Mr. Roger AndersonNWT & Nunavut Construction Association (NNCA)
Mr. Lukas Arenson BGC Engineering
Ms. Sara BrownNorthwest Territories Association of Communities (NWTAC)
Mr. Fabrice CalmelsYukon Research Centre - Yukon College
Mr. Thomas CrillyStantec Experts-conseils
Mr. Stan DueckDistrict of Sooke - Building Safety
Mr. Noel JourneauxJourneaux Assoc.
Ms. Caroline LarrivéeOuranos
Ms. Olivia LeeGovernment of the Northwest Territories Municipal and Community Affairs
Mr. Antoni G. LewkowiczUniversity of Ottawa
Mr. Nelson PiscoGovernment of Nunavut, Community & Government Services
Mr. Guy RobichaudDirection de l'expertise technique Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ)
Mr. Baolin WangNatural Resources Canada (NRCan)
Ms. Shun-Hui YangMakivik Corporation


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