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Kawartha Conservation 
277 Kenrei Road
Lindsay, ON K9V 4R1

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Nancy Aspden 
Kawartha Conservation 
705-328-2271 ext. 218 


River ice causes prevalent problems in Canada and will be addressed in this course.  Breakup and subsequent ice jams cause significant damage in some areas.  This course will provide an introduction to river ice engineering and is tailored to an audience of non-specialist professionals.

From the formation of ice covers to breakup and ice jams, this course will illustrate the river ice processes and identify common problems associated with these processes through case studies.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to;

  • Understand river ice processes and river ice engineering applications
  • Discover the tools and methods used in river science and engineering
  • Develop a fundamental understanding of river ice characteristics and behavior
  • Appreciate the challenge confronted in managing river ice
  • Apply the theory of river ice processes to practical applications associated with river ice management.

Course Outline;

  • General Overview
  • River ice properties
  • Freeze-up processes
  • Freeze-up time (Excel numerical exercises)
  • Numerical modelling
  • Monitoring River ice covers
  • Ice thickness predictions (Excel numerical exercises)
  • Ice jam processes
  • Ice-jam flood forecasting

Credits:  1.4 CEUs/ 14 PDH's

EPIC is authorized by the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) as a provider of CEUs, which can be converted to professional development hours (PDHs).  Participants who meet all course requirements receive official record of their earned CEU's on their certificates of completion.

Who Should Attend:

Professionals involved in the management of river ice engineering projects, including; Water Resource Engineers & Specialists, River Engineers, Environmental Specialists, Project Managers, Civil Engineers, Technologist & Technicians and Engineering Consultants.

Instructor - Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt

Karl is an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan and member of APEGS.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.  Before his appointment at the University of Saskatchewan, Karl was with the Manitoba Water Stewardship as a hydrologic modelling research engineer where one of his research topics involved monitoring and modelling river ice processes along the Red, Assiniboine and Dauphin Rivers.

His knowledge on river ice processes aided Red River Floodway operations, the Ice Jam Mitigation Program along the lower Red River and flood risk management of the Lake St. Martin/Dauphin River System.  He has also extended his portfolio of river ice work and research to include the Slave River in the Northwest Territories, the Peace and Athabasca rivers in Alberta, and the South Saskatchewan and Qu'Appelle rivers in Saskatchewan.

Cancellation Policy

Kawartha Conservation reserves the right to postpone a learning event no later than seven days before the course start date. If the course is cancelled, a full refund will be issued. Kawartha Conservation is not responsible for travel arrangements and accommodation costs that have been incurred without a confirmation that the course is taking place.

Please contact us at naspden@kawarthaconservation.com to confirm that course is confirmed before making travel and accommodation arrangements.

Anyone wishing to withdraw from an event must provide notification in writing to the above-mentioned email address. Refunds will be calculated as follows:

  • More than 10 business days prior to the course start date: a full refund minus a $50 administration fee
  • Between 1-9 days prior to the course start date: a 50% refund minus a $50 administration fee
  • Within 24 hours of the start date of the course: no refund will be provided

“No Shows” are not subject to refunds.