Geology 2023

Myint Win Bo

Myint Win Bo, Speaker at Geology Conference
Toronto Metropolitan University , Canada
Title : Geotechnical ground investigation


The term “ground” is defined in BS 5930 (1999) as covering soils, rocks, and made ground (e.g., reclaimed land). While Field Investigation refers to investigat­ing the whole site and surrounding field for all aspects, Site Investigation investi­gates cover only the whole site for all aspects. However, Ground Investigation only investigates the ground and below ground aspects of the site, which may include soils and rocks, groundwater, and contaminants. This talk will cover the scope of the geotechnical aspect of ground investigation, covering soils, rocks, and ground­water with special emphasis on soil.
Ground Investigation is required for foundations and ground engineering works, which are usually included in infrastructure developments. In order to obtain the ground profile, groundwater conditions, and geotechnical parameters, ground investigation must be carried out at the proposed infrastructure develop­ment site. During the ground investigation, in-situ testing is necessary to obtain soil geotechnical parameters and collections of suitable types of disturbed and undisturbed samples for visual inspection and further laboratory testing such as classification tests, strength and consolidation tests. These collected disturbed and undisturbed samples are tested in an accredited geotechnical laboratory to obtain the required geotechnical parameters. The geotechnical data and parame­ters obtained from the properly planned geotechnical investigation can only pro­vide valid analyses and design output. In order for the geotechnical engineer to plan an appropriate ground investigation which could provide all the necessary information, advanced knowledge of the site and surrounding area is required. To understand the site and the surrounding area, one has to start with a desk study, which means searching the information available in the public domain, literature, and data collections. This talk will go through from desk study, preliminary investigation, intrusive investigation to specialized in-situ testing and geotechnical instrumentation during ground investigation.


Myint Win Bo is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Bo & Associates Inc., Canada. He graduated with a B.Sc. degree (Geology) from the University of Rangoon and received a Postgraduate Diploma in Hydrogeology from University College London, UK, and M.Sc. degree from the University of London, UK. He obtained his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (specialized in geotechnics) from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and obtained a Certificate of Executive Management and Leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society, London, UK, and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK. He is also a professional engineer, professional geoscientist, International Professional Engineer (UK), Chartered Geologist, Chartered Scientist, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Manager, European Geologist, and European Engineer. Dr. Bo has been serving many professional societies as a committee member at both national and international levels. Dr. Bo has worked on four continents — North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. Dr. Bo is an experienced practicing engineer, geologist, environmentalist, scientist, and entrepreneur as well as an educator, and he has given more than 40 special/keynote lectures and workshops at international conferences, tertiary institutions, and professional associations. Dr. Bo is also an Adjunct Professor at York University and Ryerson University, Canada, as well as at Swinburne  University of Technology, Australia. He has published five textbooks, five book chapters, and over 200 technical papers for international journals and conferences. Dr. Bo is an Editor for five international journals including the Environmental Geotechnics Journal and Geotechnical Research Journal published by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK. His work has been cited more than 5000 times in referred journals and proceedings. Dr. Bo is a winner of more than $ one million in research grants and also the winner of many awards for personal achievements as well as having designed many award-winning  projects around the world.

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