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Professor, Principal Investigator
PhD, PEng

Rick Chalaturnyk joined the University of Alberta in 1997.  He is currently a professor of Geotechnical Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and holds the Foundation CMG Industrial Research Chair in Reservoir Geomechanics for Unconventional Resources.  Prior to joining the University, Rick spent time in the “real” world where he co-founded a reservoir surveillance company called PROMORE Engineering and has recently been involved with Opsens Solutions, a company providing fiber-optic and non-fiber monitoring solutions to the SAGD and CO2 storage world. 

At the University of Alberta, Rick has created the Reservoir Geomechanics Research Group "(RG)2" working primarily in the area of unconventional resource geomechanics, geological storage of CO2 and has established GeoREF – a Geomechanical Reservoir Experimental Facility at the University of Alberta designed specifically for high temperature/high pressure testing and a facility that includes Western Canada’s first geotechnical beam centrifuge.  

Rick has been involved in numerous CCS initiatives such as the IEA GHG Weyburn CO2 Storage and Monitoring Research Project with the most current involvement being the Aquistore project in Saskatchewan, which is integrated with SaskPower’s CO2 Capture Project. He was Chair of a CSA Technical Committee that developed the CSA Z741 Geological Storage of CO2 standard that is now serving as the basis for the development of an ISO standard. Rick also serves as a member of an expert panel for the Council of Canadian Academies studying the “Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction”.  He is a member of APEGA, SPE, CGS, ASCE and EAGE.