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Jean Côté

Jean Côté
Associate chairholder
Local 2912A

Professor Côté obtained his diploma in Civil Engineering from University Laval in 1995, his Master's degree on the hydric properties of road foundation materials in 1997 also at Université Laval, in collaboration with Transports Québec's Laboratoire des Chaussées; he obtained his PhD from Université Laval with a thesis on the risk of ice formation on thermal insulated pavements in 2000.

Professor Côté has first worked as a research engineer at Transports Québec's Laboratoire des Chaussées where he participated in C-Sharp LTPP research program. After obtaining his PhD, Jean Côté worked as a researcher in the Industrial Research Chair in exploitation of infrastructures subject to freezing at Université Laval where he developed tools for the analysis and design of the geotechnical structures in Northern environments. He also worked on the development of experimental procedures and analytical characterization of hydric and thermal properties of geomaterials.

Since 2009, Jean Côté is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Water Engineering at the Université Laval where he is associate chairholder of  the new NSERC/Hydro-Québec Industrial Research Chair for Life Cycle Optimization of Embankment Dams.


Jean-Marie Konrad

Principal chairholder
Local 2912B

Professor Konrad graduated in engineering from the École Supérieure des Arts et Industries of Strasbourg (France) in 1975. He obtained his Master's degree in geotechnical engineering in 1977 from Université Laval (Québec) and his PhD on the frost of soils in 1980 from the University of Alberta (Canada).

After having worked in a private firm for two years as engineer in charge of construction control of the LG3 James Bay project, Jean-Marie Konrad worked as researcher for National Research Council Canada where he contributed to the development of in situ geotechnical tests and the study of the cyclic and dynamic behaviour of saturated granular materials while continuing to develop its knowledge on the physics of frost in soils. In 1986, he pursued his research interests in these fields at the University of Waterloo (Ontario), and then at the Université Laval beginning in June 1991.

Professor Konrad has been awarded a NSERC Industrial Research Chair on the Operation of infrastructures subject to freezing (CREIG phase I and phase II) 1998-2008. He is currently principal chairholder of new NSERC/Hydro-Québec Industrial Research Chair in Life Cycle Optimization for Embankment Dams.

Marc Smith

Marc Smith
Associate professor

Marc Smith is a civil engineer with more than 30 years of experience in dam safety and geotechnical engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree from École Polytechnique de Montréal, completed a masters degree at Université Laval and received his PhD in civil engineering also from École Polytechnique de Montréal.

After a long career at Hydro Québec realizing technical studies related to embankment dam safety. He was involved in the design and construction of many large embankment dams and also in the monitoring of those structures during impoundment and operation. He is currently working with WSP. He also realized numerous dam safety studies for structures located in the province of Québec as well as in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Marc Smith is also an associate professor at the Department of civil and water engineering at Université Laval. He has been collaborating for many years with Professor Konrad’s team realizing research work and directing masters and PhD students.

Luc Boisvert

Luc Boisvert
Research assistant
418-656-2131 #403179
Local 2913

Luc Boisvert obtained his Bachelor degree in civil engineering from University de Sherbrooke in 1986 and an Advance studies diploma (DEA) from the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan in France in 1993. The DEA was entitled Advanced Materials and Engineering Structures and Envelopes (MAISE).

After having worked for various research groups at Université Laval, Luc Boisvert joined the team of Professor Konrad at the beginning of the second phase of the CREIG. He is associate to laboratory and field work and he is also in charge of communications for the Chair. His tasks are to communicate with partners, organize training sessions and prepare documentations.

Olivier Lachance

Research engineer
418-656-2131 #408178
Local 1907

Olivier Lachance obtained his Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics  in power electronics concentration from Université Laval in 2011. During the two last years of his Bachelor studies, Olivier worked for Professor Jean Côté as a research assistant. He completed a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering also at Laval University on a topic associated to the works of the first phase of the Chair. For his Master's project he worked on laboratory measurements of the thermal and hydraulic properties of snow cover.

Since January 2014, he works with Professor Côté as a research engineer. He specialises in instrumentation and measurement of thermal and hydraulic properties of soils.