Dwayne Tannant


Civil, Engineering
Office: EME 4263
Phone: 250.807.8067
Email: dwayne.tannant@ubc.ca

Graduate student supervisor. Not accepting any new graduate students or visiting students starting 2024.

Research Summary

Geotechnical Engineering; Geohazards; Rock Support; Rockfall Mitigation; Excavations in Rock

Courses & Teaching

ENGR 340 Soil Mechanics
ENGR 438 Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
ENGR 440 Foundation Engineering
ENGR 538 Rock Engineering
ENGR 539 Terrain Modelling and Analysis
ENGR 598 Blasting and Explosives


Dr. Tannant joined the School of Engineering at UBC in 2008. At UBC, he has served as the Acting Associate Dean, Civil Program Chair, and the Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies in the School of Engineering as well as Dean pro tem for the College of Graduate Studies.

From 1998 to 2008, Dr. Tannant was a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta where he served as the Director of the School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering.  From 1989 to 1998, he was a Senior Research Engineer at the Geomechanics Research Centre, Laurentian University and was also an adjunct professor to the School of Engineering at Laurentian University.

Dr. Tannant is a registered professional engineer in British Columbia and Alberta and a member of  the following professional organizations: CARMA, CDA, CGS, CIM, EIC, IAEG, and ISRM.  Dr. Tannant is also geotechnical engineering consultant for GeoPacific Consultants.


Research website: https://geotechresearchgroup.ok.ubc.ca/


Ph.D. – Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering (University of Alberta)
B.A.Sc. – Geological Engineering (University of British Columbia)

Research Interests & Projects

Dr. Tannant’s research investigates rock mechanics, geotechnical engineering, and engineering geology with emphasis on applied research associated with surface and underground excavations in rock for civil and mining applications, geohazard identification, analysis and mitigation, and rock support design.  Dr. Tannant uses photogrammetry and drones as a field measuring and mapping tool.

Dr. Tannant works on techniques to support and stabilize excavations (surface or underground), rock slope stability assessment, and aspects related to dam safety. Application of the principles of engineering geology, geohazard identification, geomechanics, and blasting is often required.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Google Scholar Publications

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Selected Grants & Awards

Faculty of Applied Science Service Award, 2018

Australian Department of Education Endeavour Executive Fellowship, 2015

A.G. Stermac Award, Canadian Geotechnical Society, 2012

Outstanding Service Award, from School of Engineering, 2012

Certificate of Appreciation for duties as Conference Chair for 5th Canadian Geohazards Conference, from Canadian Geotechnical Society, 2011

Certificate of Appreciation for duties as Director of Interior BC Geotechnical Group, from Canadian Geotechnical Society, 2011

Fellowship – Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 2004

Rock Mechanics Award – Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 2002


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