Bio

Dr. Violeta Martin is a Specialist Hydrotechnical Engineer and Associate with Knight Piésold’s Vancouver office with over 25 years of experience. Dr. Martin is an active member of the Dam Safety Committee with the Canadian Dam Association (CDA), and a co-chair of the CDA working group that developed the new guidelines for tailings dam breach inundation studies. Her expertise includes modelling and design in the fields of hydraulics, hydrology, dam breach analysis, sediment transport and non-Newtonian flows, effluent mixing, wave generation and propagation, fish habitat compensation, and design of pipeline systems for the hydroelectric and mining industries. Her previous work experience includes teaching, research, experimental and numerical modelling, and management of the Hydraulics Laboratory in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC)

Research Interests

2D and 3D hydrodynamic modelling including dam breach and flood wave propagation for water and tailings dams, non-Newtonian flows, effluent mixing, hydrology

Courses

CIVL 215 Fluid Mechanics I
CIVL 315 Fluid Mechanics II
CIVL 416 Environmental Hydraulics
CIVL 418 Engineering Hydrology

Publications

Martin V., Adria D., and H. Wong. 2021 (accepted). Inundation Modelling of Non-Newtonian Tailings Dam Breach Outflows. Proceedings of the 27th ICOLD World Congress and 90th Annual General Meeting. May 27 – June 3, 2022, Marseille, France.

Martin, V., Al-Mamun, M., Small, A. 2019. CDA Technical Bulletin on Tailings Dam Breach Analyses, in Proceedings of the International Commission on Large Dams 2019 Annual Meeting/Symposium, June 9-14, 2019, Ottawa, Canada.

Martin V., and A.C. Akkerman, 2017. Tailings Dam Breach Assessments – Challenges and Uncertainties. Proceedings of the 85th ICOLD Annual Meeting, July 3-7, 2017, Prague, Czech Republic.

Nistor C.J., and V. Martin, 2017. Site C Hydroelectric Project: Predicted Changes in Peace River Morphology and Sediment Transport. Proceedings of the 85th ICOLD Annual Meeting, July 3-7, 2017, Prague, Czech Republic.

Shewan A., Akkerman, A.C., and V. Martin, 2017. Deterministic Lake and Stream Temperature Modelling: Maintaining Optimal Water Temperatures for Kokanee and Rainbow Trout through Informed Design. Proceedings of the CSCE 23rd Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Fontaine D., and V, Martin, 2015. Tailings Mobilization Estimates for Dam Breach Studies. Proceedings of the Tailings and Mine Waste 2015 Conference, Vancouver, B.C.

Martin V., Fontaine D.D., and J.G. Cathcart, 2015. Practical Tools for Conducting Tailings Dam Breach Studies. Proceedings of the Canadian Dam Association 2015 Annual Conference, Mississauga, Ontario.

Akkerman A.C. and V. Martin, 2015. Assessing Credible Modes of Failure: Afton TSF Dam Breach Study. Proceedings of the Canadian Dam Association 2015 Annual Conference, Mississauga, Ontario.

Martin V., 2015. Hydrodynamic Modelling of Intakes for Run-of-River Hydroelectric Projects. Proceedings of the CSCE 22nd Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, Montréal, Quebec.

Nistor C.J. and V. Martin, 2015. Predicting Changes in Peace River Channel Morphology and Sediment Transport Related to the Site C Clean Energy Project. Proceedings of the CSCE 22nd Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, Montréal, Quebec.

Martin V., Pullinger M., Shewan A. and Smith N., 2014. Investigation of Sediment Transport Through a Run-of-River Hydroelectric Project. Proceedings of the HydroVision International Conference 2014, Nashville, Tennessee.