We want to utilize technology to ensure excess soils are managed, tracked and logged in a transparent and efficient manner.

Project Description: Through site alteration permits, residents are permitted to import soils onto their property for the purpose of re-grading in order to improve drainage on their property. The various types of soil classifications with respect to quality that are permitted on any given property is directly related tot he zoning and recognized use of that property. The challenge is to track a dump truck from the source site where the soils class and quality is known, to a receiving site for which the City has granted a permit for site alteration. Conversely, this principle could apply to a generating site for which the soil quality is known to be poor and destined for a treatment facility where the City has an interest in ensuring the hauler does not re-route to an inappropriate receiving site.

City Staff: 

Alvin Chan, Manager, Growth Planning

Carlo Ammendolia, Manager - Construction, Planning & Economic Development

George Zajac, Senior Project Manager - Planning and Economic Development


Zobia Jawed - McMaster University

Ethan Paschos - Mohawk College

Department: Faculty of Engineering, Chemical, Environmental and Biotechnology

Students: 20

Course: SEP 700 / M.Eng. Project in Engineering Design, BIOL-10031: Environmental Biology

Deliverable(s): Students will form groups and work towards creating project agreements where they will conduct primary Research (ie. conducting surveys and/or collecting data), a feasibility study, interviews with stakeholders, site investigation, design, and review with partners to form a model.

Location: City wide

City Strategy Priority: Healthy and Safe Communities, Clean and Green, Built Environment and Infrastructure