Planning and engineering

Mitigation planning

Planning, hazard mapping, dimensioning of static defences as well as planning for forecasting and operational mitigation of avalanche risk. Applications include highways, industrial roads, worksites, energy corridors, ski lifts, recreational areas, structures, industrial facitities and residential areas.

Risk assessment

Avalanche risk assessments for transportation corridors, industrial roads, structures, pedestrian areas, fixed worksites as well as mobile workers.

Snow forces on structures

Determining creep, glide and avalanche forces on structures including ski lift towers.

On large planning and engineering projects Bruce Jamieson often works as an associate for Dynamic Avalanche Consulting Ltd. of Revelstoke, BC or BGC Engineering Inc. of Vancouver, BC.


Education and training

Bruce Jamieson provides specialized avalanche workshops , CPD and webinars for avalanche practitioners and industry. Previous clients include:

  • Division of Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector (Engineers and Geoscientists BC)

  • BC Ministry of Transportation, Snow Avalanche Programs

  • Canadian Avalanche Association

  • Parks Canada

  • Icelandic Search and Rescue

  • Portland Mountain Rescue

  • various backcountry & lift-serviced snow-sport operations.

 These seminars include topics such as:

  • assessing and mitigation avalanche risk for planning developments and operations in or near avalanche terrain

  • avalanche risk for workers and backcountry recreationists

  • energy balance at the snow surface

  • human triggering of avalanches

  • applying uncertainty and risk concepts to decisions

  • modern snowpack tests

  • forecasting deep slab avalanches

  • ski cutting - history and risk


Topics for training/CPD sessions and webinars, winter 2020

Some recent presentations, CPD and training sessions

In addition to specialized training, Bruce Jamieson has taught

  • Graduate courses on Snow Avalanche Formation and Release and Snow Avalanche Hazard Mitigation for the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Calgary, 1998 to 2013.

  • Level 2 and 3 Avalanche Operations courses for the Canadian Avalanche Association until 2019, starting with Level I courses in 1992.

  • over 37 recreational avalanche courses, 1983 to 1998.


Mike Boissonneault photo


Bruce Jamieson, PhD, PEng

Bruce has been working with avalanches for over 35 years, and providing training since 1985.

He is a Professional Engineer registered in British Columbia, and a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association.

Chris Argue photo.

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