Planning and engineering
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.
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 and powerline structures.
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.
Publications by Bruce Jamieson and colleagues
Contributions to guidelines and standards
Conference papers, articles in association and scientific periodicals
Selected, mostly recent, papers are listed below. Hover the cursor over the title to see if the publication can be downloaded. A separate list of over 70 papers in ISI journals and over 100 conference papers by Bruce Jamieson and colleagues is available here.
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
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
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.