Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

David Bonneau

PhD Geological Engineering

Office: Miller 218
Thesis Topic : Applications of Remote Sensing for Characterizing Debris Channel Failure Processes
Supervisor: Dr.Jean Hutchinson & Dr. Scott McDougall (UBC)

Research Interests

Natural Hazards, Debris Flows, Cliff-Talus Systems, Risk Assessment, Remote Sensing and Machine Learning

Brief Biography  

David A. Bonneau completed a B.Sc.E degree in geological engineering at Queen’s University with a focus on geotechnical engineering and geohazards. In 2016, he started a M.A.Sc at Queen’s University working with Dr. D. Jean Hutchinson on the Railway Ground Hazard Research Program and was upgraded to the PhD program in March 2018. Dr. Scott McDougall from the University of British Columbia joined as a co-supervisor for the PhD program. David’s thesis investigates how to leverage high resolution terrestrial laser scan monitoring to characterize debris accumulation patterns, and the influence of grain size on basal entrainment with machine learning. The outcome of this research is to help support engineering risk assessment of steep creek channels.



  • NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CGS M) – 2017/2018
  • Queen’s University – Graduate Entrance Tuition Award (GETA) – 2016/2017
  • Teck Resources Limited Class A Scholarship – 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016
  • Canadian Mineral Industry Education Fund Scholarship – 2015/2016
  • ConeTec Geotechnical Award – Queen’s University Faculty of Applied Science – 2014/2015
  • Queen’s Academic Excellence Scholarship – 2012/2013
  • Alexander Rutherford Scholarship – Government of Alberta – 2012/2013


  • BGC Engineering Teaching Assistant Award – 2016
  • Dean’s Scholar – 2014/2015, 2015/2016
  • Raymond A. Price Award for Excellence in GEOE 446/447 – 2015/2016
  • Wayne Foo & Lynne Marshall Teaching Assistant Award – 2015


Journal Articles Submitted

  1. van Veen, M., Hutchinson, D.J., Bonneau, D.A., Sala, Z., Ondercin, M. and Lato, M. Submitted October 2017. Combining temporal 3D remote sensing data with spatial rockfall simulations for improved understanding of hazardous slopes within rail corridors. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. [Manuscript Number: nhess-2017-392]

Conference Proceedings Published

  1. Bonneau. D.A. and Hutchinson, D.J. 2017. Applications of Remote Sensing for Characterizing Debris Channel Processes. Landslides: Putting Experience, Knowledge and Emerging Technologies into Practice. Proceedings of the 3rd North American Symposium on Landslides, (Roanoke, USA, 4-8 June 2017). Edited by Jerome V. De Graff and Abdul Shakoor. Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) Special Publication 27. Pages 748-759. Print ISBN 978-0-9897253-7-8.
  2. Meeks, C.T., Bonneau. D.A., Hutchinson, D.J., Gauthier, D. 2017. The Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Slope Stability Assessment. Canadian Geotechnical Society Conference, Ottawa, ON. October 1-4, 2017. Paper 538, 8 pages.
  3. Bonneau. D.A., Hutchinson, D.J., and McDougall, S. 2018. The Use of Terrestrial Laser Scanning for the Characterization of Debris Accumulation Patterns in the White Canyon, British Columbia. European Geosciences Union. Vienna, Austria. April 8-13, 2018. (Abstract).
  4. Hutchinson, D.J., Bonneau, D.A., Carter, R., Graham, A., and Sala, Z. 2018. Hazard assessment for rock slopes utilizing integrated remote sensing, failure mode assessment and event simulation. European Geosciences Union. Vienna, Austria. April 8-13, 2018. (Abstract).

Conference Proceedings Submitted

  1. Hutchinson, D.J., Rowe, E., van Veen, M., Graham, A., Bonneau, D.A., Kromer, R., Gauthier, D., Lato, M. 2018. Illuminating our understanding of rock slope behaviour, by integrating engineering geology concepts into interpretation of remotely sensed data. International Association of Engineering Geology Conference. San Francisco, California, USA. September 17-21, 2018. (Submitted Abstract – June 2017).
  2. Bonneau. D.A. and Hutchinson, D.J. 2018. The Use of Multi-Scale Dimensionality Analysis for the Characterization of Debris Distribution Patterns. Geohazards 7. Canmore, Alberta, Canada. June 3-6th, 2018. (Submitted Paper – February 2018)
  3. Zubrycky, S., Bonneau, D.A., McDougall, S., Jakob, M., and Hutchinson, D.J. 2018. Empirical prediction of debris flow avulsion and runout exceedance probability using a debris flow inventory from Southwestern British Columbia. Geohazards 7. Canmore, Alberta, Canada. June 3-6th, 2018. (Submitted Extended Abstract – February 2018).
  4. Carter, R, Hutchinson, D.J., Gauthier, D. and Bonneau, D.A. 2018. Identifying and Characterizing Rock-Slope Hazards at the Railway Subdivision Scale Using 3D Remote Sensing Data. Geohazards 7. Canmore, Alberta, Canada. June 3-6th, 2018. (Submitted Paper – February 2018)


Bonneau, D.A. 2016. Mount Stephen Rockfall Risk Management System. Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) – Queen’s University Collaboration Meeting. Kingston, ON.

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