Greg A. Siemens, PhD

Greg Siemens
Greg A. Siemens, PhD
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Department of Civil Engineering
Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
K7K 7B4

Engineering Centre Queen's‑RMC
Department of Civil Engineering
Royal Military College of Canada

13 General Crerar
Kingston (Ontario) Canada K7K 7B4

  • Research Director, GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's-RMC
  • Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department, RMC, Kingston, Ontario
  • Cross-appointed/Adjunct Professor to Civil Engineering Departments at Queen's University, University of British Columbia - Okanagan, University of Manitoba

Research Interests

  • Hydraulic-mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soil
  • Physical modeling of hydraulic-thermal systems using transparent soil
  • Constitutive behaviour of swelling soil
  • Hydraulic behaviour of soil-geosynthetic systems
  • Qualified students are actively being sought for projects in these areas. Interested parties should contact Dr. Siemens directly.

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical), Department of Civil Engineering, University of Manitoba (Coursework completed at the University of Alberta), 2006
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Manitoba, 2003

Funding

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grant (DG) and Major Resources Support (MRS)
  • Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO)
  • Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL)
  • Academic Research Program (ARP), Department of National Defence
  • RMC Start-up Funds

Honours and Awards

  • Young Member Award 2013 - International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)
  • 'Editor's Choice' Selection - Geosynthetics International - Rowe, R.K., Rayhani, M.T., Take, W.T., Siemens, G., and Brachman, R.W.I. 2011. GCL hydration under simulated daily thermal cycles. Geosynthetics International, 18(4): 196-205.
  • Honourable Mention for Best Paper - Geotextiles and Geomembranes - Siemens, G.A. and Bathurst, R.J. 2010. Numerical parametric investigation of infiltration in one-dimensional sand-geotextile columns. Geotextiles and Geomembranes. 28: 460-476.
  • Canadian Geotechnical Society Graduate Student Presentation Competition, 2006
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Postgraduate Scholarship - Doctoral, 2004 - 2007
  • Petro-Canada Resources Fellowship in Engineering, 2004
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canadian Graduate Scholarship - Masters, 2003
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Postgraduate Scholarship - Masters, 2003 - 2005
  • Neil Burgess Memorial Scholarship, 2003
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Undergraduate Research Award, 2002

Publications

Selected Journal Publications

  • Lim, B.F. and Siemens, G.A. 2013. An unconfined swelling test for clayey soils that incorporates digital image correlation. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal. 36:6 823-833 [doi: 10.1520/GTJ20120220].
  • Siemens, G.A., Peters, S.B. and Take, W.A. 2013. Comparison of confined and unconfined infiltration in transparent porous media. Water Resources Research. 49: 851-863 [doi: 10.1002/wrcr.20101].
  • Rowe, R.K., Rayhani, M.T., Take, W.A., Siemens, G.A. and Brachman, R.W.I. 2013. Physical modeling of GCL shrinkage under simulated field conditions. Geotextiles and Geomembranes 40: 12-19 [doi: 10.1016/j.geotexmem.2013.07.008].
  • Powell, J.S., Siemens, G.A., Take, W.A. and Remenda, V.H. 2013. Characterizing the swell potential of Bearpaw Shale. Engineering Geology. 158: 89-97 [doi: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2013.03.006].
  • Rowe, R.K., Rayhani, M.T., Take, W.A., Siemens, G.A. and Brachman, R.W.I. 2013. Physical modeling of GCL shrinkage under simulated field conditions. Geotextiles and Geomembranes 40: 12-19 [doi: 10.1016/j.geotexmem.2013.07.008].
  • Siemens, G., Take, W.A., Rowe, R.K.R. and Brachman, R.W.I. 2012. Numerical investigation of transient hydration of unsaturated geosynthetic clay liners. Geosynthetics International, 19(3): 232-251, [doi: 10.1680/gein.12.00011].
  • Powell, J.S., Siemens, G.A., Take, W.A. and Remenda, V.H. 2012. Influence of specimen geometry on sample disturbance observed in oedometric testing of clay shales. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal. 35(5): 771-783 [doi: 10.1520/GTJ104172].
  • Powell, J.S., Take, W.A., Siemens, G.A. and Remenda, V.H. 2012. Time dependent behavior of the Bearpaw Shale in oedometric loading and unloading. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 49(4): 427-441 [doi: 10.1139/T2012-004].
  • Peters, S.B., Siemens, G., Take, W.A. 2011. Characterization of transparent soil for unsaturated applications. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal Special Issue on Innovations in Characterizing the Mechanical and Hydrological Properties of Unsaturated Soil, 34(5): 445-456. [doi: 10.1520/GTJ103580].
  • Rowe, R.K., Rayhani, M.T., Take, W.T., Siemens, G., and Brachman, R.W.I. 2011. GCL Hydration under Simulated Daily Thermal Cycles. Geosynthetics International, 18(4): 196-205 [doi: 10.1680/gein.2011.18.4.196]. 1 1Received 'Editor's Choice' Selection for Geosynthetics International 2011.
  • Rayhani, M.T., Rowe, R.K., Brachman, R.W.I., Take, W.A. and Siemens. G.A. 2011. Factors affecting GCL hydration under isothermal conditions. Geotextiles & Geomembranes, 29(6): 525-533 [doi: 10.1016/j.geotexmem.2011.06.001].
  • Siddiqua, S., Blatz, J.A. and Siemens, G.A. 2011. Evaluation of pore fluid chemistry on the hydro-mechanical behaviour of clay based sealing materials. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 48(2): 119-213 [doi: 10.1139/T10-064].
  • Siddiqua, S., Blatz, J.A. and Siemens, G.A. 2011. Experimental study on the performance of light backfill and dense backfill. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 48(2): 214-225 [doi: 10.1139/T10-057].
  • Siemens, G.A. and Bathurst, R.J. 2010. Numerical parametric investigation of infiltration in one-dimensional sand-geotextile columns. Geotextiles and Geomembranes. 28: 460-476 [doi:10.1016/j.geotexmem.20 09.12.0 09].2 2Received Honourable Mention for Geotextiles and Geomembranes Best Paper Award 2010.
  • Siemens, G.A. and Blatz, J.A. 2009. Evaluation of the influence of boundary confinement on the behaviour of unsaturated swelling clay soils. Canadian Geotechnical Journal. 46(3): 339-356.
  • Bathurst, R.J., Siemens, G.A. and Ho, A.F. 2009. Experimental investigation of infiltration ponding in one-dimensional sand-geotextile columns. Geosynthetics International, 16(3): 158-172.
  • Siemens, G.A., Blatz, J.A., and Ruth, D.G. 2007. A capillary tube model for transient two-phase flow through swelling soil. Canadian Geotechnical Journal. 44(12): 1446-1461.
  • Blatz, J.A., Anderson, D.E.S. and Siemens, G.A. 2007. Evaluation of the transitional inelastic behaviour of unsaturated clay-sand mixtures. Canadian Geotechnical Journal. 44(4): 436-446.
  • Siemens, G.A. and Blatz, J.A. 2007. Development of a hydraulic conductivity apparatus for bentonite soils. Canadian Geotechnical Journal. 44(8): 997-1005.
  • Siemens, G.A. and Blatz, J.A. 2007. A triaxial apparatus for applying liquid infiltration with controlled boundary conditions and internal suction measurement. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. 133(6): 748-752.
  • Bathurst, R.J., Ho, A.F., and Siemens, G.A. 2007. A column apparatus for investigation of 1-D unsaturated-saturated response of sand-geotextile systems. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal. 30(6): 433-441.
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