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  • Our New Colleagues in Saskatoon

    We are happy to present our newest colleagues in Saskatoon who bring senior experience and mentorship in the fields of geotechnical, civil, and geological engineering. 

    Andy Schier joined Clifton as a Senior Civil Engineer.  He has 20 years of experience as a civil land development and environmental engineering consultant. His experience and expertise includes stormwater management, solid waste, environmental remediation, trenchless pipeline construction, wetland permitting, roadway, utilities, mass grading, airport development, cost estimation, and construction phase services. Andy provides local land development, project management and senior design consultation, and his project management experience is a key asset.

    Erin Moss Tressel has joined Clifton as a Senior Geological Engineer.  Erin has a wide variety of experience with geo-environmental, geotechnical, mining, and geological projects involving management, organization and completion of contaminated site remediation, subsurface investigations, oriented rock core logging and rock classification, environmental site assessments, groundwater monitoring and project management, pit slope design, downhole geophysical analysis, geoscientific study, construction tendering and team management.  Erin has had the opportunity to work extensively in northern Saskatchewan, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories interacting and cooperating with local residents, operating under the local regulatory systems, and working with environmental extremes at operating mine sites, exploration camps, and historical contaminated sites. Erin's experience is based in project management for geo-environmental and geotechnical investigations and assessments, geotechnical and hydrogeological field investigation programs to depths greater than 800 metres, geological study of Northern Saskatchewan, technical writing, mentoring and training of personnel.

    Welcome to Clifton!


    Posted on 5/12/2017

  • Clifton's PDA Proficiency Extends to Advanced

    We are proud to announce that Jasyn Henry and Rashedul Chowdhury have achieved ADVANCED and INTERMEDIATE level of proficiency in the PDI/PDCA Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test!

    The ADVANCED level puts Clifton amongst the top few consultants in the country that provide Pile Driving Analyzer (PDA) services to the consulting and construction industry and Jasyn is only the sixth engineer in Canada that has achieved this designation.

    PDA tests are performed during or after installation of steel or concrete piles.  Piles are instrumented with accelerometers and strain gauges to measure the pile response to a high strain impact from a driving hammer.  Data collected can be analyzed in the field or post-processed for detailed analyses of pile performance. Testing and reporting is in accordance with ASTM D4945 Standard Test Method for High-Strain Dynamic Testing of Deep Foundations.  Confirming pile capacity as part of a QA/QC program allows the geotechnical designer to use a higher resistance factor that generally reduces the cost of a foundation.  


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    Posted on 3/21/2017

  • Congrats to Clifton University's Recent Students

    Clifton’s founder, Wayne Clifton, generously and consistently encourages personal and professional growth of our staff.   This enthusiasm led him to create, Clifton University (UCAL), an internal university to develop skills that enhance our ability as consultants and career opportunities. Currently, the curriculum covers topics such as leadership, business development, and problem solving.

    This week 30 colleagues from our offices assembled in Regina to attend Leadership 101 - a 2-day intensive personal development course guided by Hope Learning that improves our ability to understand ourselves and motivate others to work in teams to overcome challenges. The students were introduced to the science and art of leadership, teamwork and collaboration skills, influence, self-management, and conflict management.

    Well done Class of Winter 2017!

    17MAR2017 Leadership101

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    Posted on 3/17/2017

  • Clifton Appoints Dr. Kevin McCullum as Deputy Chief Engineer

    Clifton Associates is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kevin McCullum as Deputy Chief Engineer. Kevin brings 15 years of technical and advisory expertise in environmental engineering and monitoring programs for air, water, and soils with a focus on transport modeling, statistical modeling, forecast modeling, and back trajectory modeling.

    Kevin assumed his new role with Clifton effective 01 March 2017 and will provide management and senior technical oversight of the Environmental Sciences Practice Group who specialize in water and air sciences and data management. He will report to our Chief Engineer, David Kent.

    Prior to joining Clifton, Kevin served as the Chief Engineer and Executive Director for Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment.  In this role he held for 8 years, Kevin successfully lead numerous technical programs such as delivery of the 5-year Boreal Watershed monitoring project, standard use of UAV in environmental regulatory surveillance (first in North America for any government), and increased air monitoring and modeling in SK.

    Kevin is an active researcher and sessional at the University of Regina.  He has a PhD in Environmental Engineering (in air) from the University of Alberta (2004), MSc in Environmental Engineering (in water) from the University of Alberta (1997), BSC in Environmental engineering (reclamation) from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology (1993) and Diploma in Groundwater Technology from NAIT (1991). Kevin is a registered member of APEGA and APEGS.

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    Posted on 3/10/2017

  • Wayne Clifton receives 2016 G Geoffrey Meyerhof Award

    Clifton is happy to announce that our President, Wayne Clifton, received the G Geoffrey Meyerhof Award at the Canadian Geotechnical Society's 2016 Awards Gala for his outstanding contributions to the science and art of soil mechanics and foundation engineering.  

    Below is an excerpt from the award presentation:

    "This year, Dr. Wayne Clifton, is being honoured as being a pioneer, leader, innovator, mentor and the author and co-author of numerous engineering, science, and technology papers in the field of soil mechanics and foundations. 

    For half a century, working first with the Saskatchewan Department of Highways and since 1978 under the banner of Clifton Associates Ltd, Dr. Clifton has specialized in solving many of the most challenging geotechnical problems within Canada and internationally.  Through his understanding of the relationship between engineering and geology, he has pioneered methods of stabilizing slopes in ultra-low shear strength clay shales, provided advice and designs for the Poplar River and Shand Power Stations, contributed to the development and the regulation of the uranium industry in Saskatchewan, and has even helped stabilize the Saskatchewan Legislature Building.  Over his career, Dr. Clifton has helped to train and mentor dozens of young professionals, and has participated on countless committees, councils and panels.  He is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including some CGS awards, and a number of fellowships, and was Chair of GeoRegina 2014.

    The Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division is pleased to recognize CGS member Dr. Wayne Clifton with the 2016 G Geoffrey Meyerhof Award."

    Congratulations on this well-deserved award, Wayne.

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    Posted by admin on 10/5/2016

  • Clifton is a Platinum Sponsor for CGS GeoVancouver 2016

    Clifton is a proud supporter of the Canadian Geotechnical Society's 69th Canadian Geotechnical Conference being held in Vancouver from 02 to 05 October.  The theme for the conference is History and Innovation recognizing the historical achievements and lessons learned over time while highlighting innovation in geotechnical engineering.

    Learn more about the conference here.

    Venue Details

    Westin Bayshore Vancouver
    1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC 

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    Posted by admin on 9/26/2016

  • Meet Clifton at TAC 2016 in Toronto

    We are attending the Transportation Association of Canada's 2016 Fall Technical Meetings and Conference in Toronto from 22 to 28 September.  This year's theme of Efficient Transportation - Managing the Demand will highlight the importance, opportunities, and successes in efficient transportation.  

    See more about the conference here. 

    Venue Details

    Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
    123 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON 

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    Posted by admin on 9/23/2016

  • Clifton welcomes Stephen Cross as Senior Engineer - Railways and Transportation

    Appointed as Clifton’s Senior Engineer - Railways and Transportation on 23 June 2016, Stephen Cross brings over 25 years of geotechnical-environmental engineering and construction experience with a specialization in capital expansion and remediation projects.

    Stephen spent 15 years working with Clifton prior to taking a position as Director of Engineering Projects - West for Canadian Pacific where he was responsible for various capital improvement and network capacity projects from Saskatchewan to British Columbia.  He holds a BSc from Acadia University and a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Technical University of Nova Scotia and is a registered professional with APEGS, APEGA, and APEGBC.

    Stephen joins Eddie ChoiClaude DavidAllen Kelly, and Wayne Clifton, our railways specialists with heavy rail experience across a range of disciplines in the rail industry. Clifton has a 40-year history in slope and track bed stability investigation and remediation as well as a strong background in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of linear transportation infrastructure, intermodal yards, transload facilities, and utility crossings. We are trusted advisors and have lead multidisciplinary teams from concept to closeout.

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    Posted by admin on 8/4/2016

  • Eddie Choi joins Clifton Associates as Senior Geotechnical Engineer

    Clifton welcomes Eddie Choi who brings 36 years of experience in the railway industry. Eddie specializes in the inspection, investigation, design, and construction supervision of landslide and embankment stabilization measures as well as piled foundation design for railway structures.

    He had been employed with Canadian Pacific Railway since 1981. Most recently he was Director of Geotechnical Engineering where he coordinated systematic evaluation and management of soil and rock slope hazards and emergent response for incidents on a system-wide basis.

    Eddie holds a BSc and MEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a registered professional with APEGA and member with The Institution of Civil Engineers.

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    Posted by admin on 6/9/2016

  • Clifton welcomes Georgina Griffin as Senior Geotechnical Engineer

    We are pleased to announce that Georgina Griffin joined Clifton Associates as Senior Geotechnical Engineer in May 2016.  She brings 30 years of civil engineering experience throughout Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, and East Kootenay region of British Columbia.  Georgina held a leadership position with AMEC Foster Wheeler prior to joining Clifton.

    Georgina will provide senior technical oversight in areas such as slope stability assessment; foundation design and analysis; design and construction of wastewater, stormwater, and transportation facilities; site instrumentation; and commercial developments.

    Georgina holds a BSc and MEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta and is a registered professional with APEGA, APEGS, and APEGBC.

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    Posted on 5/26/2016

  • Clifton assists with Alberta heavy module pilot program

    Craig Clifton, VP Alberta, is the Alberta Chamber of Resources' Transportation Committee chair. Working with the Construction Owners Association of Alberta and the Consulting Engineering of Alberta, the committee approached Alberta Transportation with a case for transporting heavier, more complete modules on a three-file trailer.

    Results from a successful pilot move from Edmotnon to Fort McMurray in March 2016 were presented at COAA's Best Practices Conference in May. By increasing the density of the modules and recuding the total number of required trips, more value was added to the fabrication site. In addition to its potential to yield safety improvements, the initiative could also produce savings of several percentage points in total installed costs.

    The committee is currently in discussions with Alberta Transportation to consider an Alberta Heavy Module (AHM) standard to facilitate improvements in safety, efficiency and competitiveness of the module assembly and the industrial projects they are built for.

    See a video of the pilot move here

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    Posted on 5/13/2016

  • Wayne Clifton presented with CSSE Fellowship Award

    We would like to congratulate our leader, Wayne Clifton, on being presented with a Fellowship of the Canadian Society of Senior Engineers (FCSSE) at the 2016 APEGS Awards Banquet.

    The award is presented to a Canadian engineer or applied scientist who has demonstrated excellence in engineering and has rendered extraordinary service to the profession to Canada or to the world community.

    Well deserved, Wayne.

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    Posted on 5/7/2016

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