Dr. Dwayne Tannant, P.Eng.


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


I joined the School of Engineering at UBC in 2008. At UBC, I have served as the Acting Associate Dean and the Associate Director - Undergraduate Studies for the School of Engineering.  In September 2018, I accepted the role of Dean pro tem for the College of Graduate Studies. 

From 1998 to 2008, I was a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta and I served as the Director of the School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering.  From 1989 to 1998, I 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.

I am a registered professional engineer in British Columbia and a member of CARMA, CDA, CGS, CIM, EIC, IAEG, and ISRM.


I have taught graduate and undergraduate courses at UBC, EPFL (Switzerland), University of Alberta, and Laurentian University. Courses at UBC include:

  • 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


My expertise is in 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 and analysis, rock support design, and geotechnical engineering of earth dams. I work in a wide spectrum of areas and seek research projects with a strong applied engineering component. I have experience with terrestrial photogrammetry as a field measuring and mapping tool, more recently using drones as a platform to take photos.

I have worked 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 in the research.


I provide geotechnical engineering consulting services in BC including: geohazard assessment, slope stability evaluation, rock support design, rockfall assessment and mitigation, and blast damage evaluation.  I also provide review services in Canada and internationally.  Clients have included BC, Alberta, and Ontario government agencies, geotechnical consulting companies, mining companies, developers, and contractors.


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


Information for Prospective Graduate Students

Current and Former Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students with Geotechnical Interests

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Dwayne Tannant,  Ph.D., P.Eng., FCIM
School of Engineering - UBC Okanagan campus
Tel: 250.807.8067
E-mail: dwayne.tannant@ubc.ca