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Bruce Jamieson

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Civil Engineering

Bruce Jamieson


Professor Emeritus

(403) 220-7479

ENF 270


Dr. Bruce Jamieson focuses on avalanche research at the University of Calgary and teaching. He offers Snow Avalanche Formation and Release (ENCI 753) in the fall terms of even-numbered years and Snow Avalanche Hazard Mitigation (ENCI 751) in the fall terms of odd-numbered years.

Bruce has 30 years of experience spanning avalanche hazard management, hazard assessment, snow and avalanche research, avalanche forecasting and avalanche control. He was president of the Canadian Avalanche Association from 1992 to 1995, chaired the 1996 International Snow Science Workshop in Banff, Alberta and the Canadian Avalanche Association's Technical Committee until 2004. During the summers of 2002 and fall of 2008 he was a guest researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research. Dr. Jamieson co-edited the Canadian Avalanche Association's Guidelines for Snow Avalanche Risk Determination and Mapping in Canada, and the Land Managers Guide to Snow Avalanche Hazards in Canada. He also co-wrote Avalanche Accidents in Canada: 1984-1996. His three short books on backcountry avalanche safety are used as student manuals for the Canadian Avalanche Association's avalanche skills training courses. In 2006 he was granted Honourary Membership in the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides for his work on practical snowpack tests and communication of avalanche science. In 2007 he received an Outstanding Achievement Award for Applied Research from the Canadian Avalanche Association. He is a Professional Engineer registered in Alberta and British Columbia.

Research Activities: 

Bruce's research is supported by Canada's Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, HeliCat Canada, Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing, the Canadian Avalanche Association, Canada West Ski Areas Association, Backcountry Lodges of B.C., Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, Tech Mining Company, Canadian Ski Guides Assocation, Parks Canada, Canadian Avalanche Foundation and private individuals. The field work is in cooperation with Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing, Mt. Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

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PhD - University of Calgary 1996
MSc - University of Calgary 1989
BMath - University of Waterloo 1975