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Professor Jasmin Raymond of the INRS Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre received the 2016 Colloquium Lecture honour from the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) at its annual conference GeoQuébec 2015. He earned this distinction for the quality of his proposed talk on different in situ approaches used to precisely measure the thermal properties of geological materials for geotechnical applications.
Even though his career is just beginning, Professor Raymond is already well known as a scientific leader in the field of geothermal energy, a new source of renewable energy from the Earth's core, as his work on deep and shallow geothermal resources has shown. He is helping to advance knowledge of analysis and energy modelling and their geothermal applications, from building heating and cooling to electrical power production. Professor Raymond also acts as a technical expert for a Canadian Standards Association committee for the installation of Earth energy systems and for Geoscience BC's geothermal technical advisory committee. He also sits on the board of directors of the Canadian Geothermal Research Council.
As the winner, Professor Raymond will be a guest speaker at CGS's next annual conference, considered the premier geotechnical conference in Canada. On this occasion, he will provide an exhaustive explanation of the methods used by the geothermal energy industry to describe subsurface thermal properties. He will provide information from the front lines on instrumentation, field procedures, and how to process and interpret the data needed to design geothermal heat pump systems in order to optimize costs. His presentation may be published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal.
The 2016 Colloquium Lecture honour represents not only recognition of Professor Raymond's scientific leadership, but also the significance of his research for the geotechnical sector in Canada and abroad.
INRS is a graduate-level research and training university and ranks first in Canada for research intensity (average grant funding per faculty member). INRS brings together some 150 professors and close to 700 students and postdoctoral fellows at its four centres in Montreal, Quebec City, Laval, and Varennes. Its applied and fundamental research is essential to the advancement of science in Quebec and internationally even as it plays a key role in the development of concrete solutions to the problems faced by our society.