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Bernard Michel Award

The Michel Award was established by the Committee in 2001 to recognize and remember the contributions made to the field of river ice engineering by Dr. Bernard Michel. This medal honours eminent river ice engineers and scientists who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to the advancement of river ice science and engineering in Canada.

Dr. Michel was a Professor of Civil Engineering at Université Laval and was recognized world-wide for his contributions in river ice engineering. He conducted formative research on river ice properties, frazil ice, and ice jams. He was the first to receive the award in 2001. Sadly, Dr. Michel passed away in January, 2015.

Other recipients of the award

Selected publications by Dr. Michel

Michel, B. (1970). "Ice modeling in hydraulic engineering". Proceedings of the 1st IAHR Symposium, 1970, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Michel, B. and Ramseier, R. (1971). "Classification of river and lake ice". Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 8(1), pp. 36-45.

Michel, B. (1972). "Ice management in hydraulic design recent Canadian experience". Proceedings of the 2nd IAHR Symposium, 1972, Leningrad.

Michel, B. (1972). "Static growth of black ice in cold regions". Proceedings of the 2nd IAHR Symposium, 1972, Leningrad.

Drouin, M., Simard, L. and Michel, B. (1972). "Ice floes velocities in the St. Lawrence River from oblique pictures". Proceedings of the 2nd IAHR Symposium, 1972, Leningrad.

Hanley, T. and Michel, B. (1975). "Temperature patterns during the formation of border ice and frazil in a laboratory tank". Proceedings of the 4th IAHR Symposium, 1975, Hanover, USA.

Michel, B. and Abdelnour, R. (1975). "Break-up of a solid river ice cover". Proceedings of the 4th IAHR Symposium, 1975, Hanover, USA.

Michel, B. (1978). "The strength of polycrystalline ice". Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 5, pp. 285-300.

Michel, B. (1978). "Ice accumulations at freeze-up or break-up". Proceedings of the 5th IAHR Symposium, 1978, Lulea, Sweden.

Michel, B. (1980). "On river ice hydraulics: Discussion paper". Proceedings from the 1st CRIPE Workshop, Burlington, Ontario, 182-190.

Michel, B. (1981). "History of research on river and lake ice in Canada". Proceedings of the 6th IAHR Symposium on Ice, Quebec City, Canada.

Michel, B., Mascotte, N., Fonseca, F. and Rivard, G. (1982). "Formation of border ice the St. Anne River ". Proceedings from the 2nd CRIPE Workshop, Edmonton, Alberta, 38-61.

Michel, B. (1984). "Comparison of field data with theories on ice cover progression in large rivers". Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 11(4), pp. 798-814.

Michel, B. (1984). "Ice engineering in 1984". Proceedings of the 7th IAHR Ice Symposium, 1984, Hamburg, Germany.

Nadreau, J-P. and Michel, B. (1984). "Ice properties in relation to ice forces". Proceedings of the 7th IAHR Ice Symposium, 1984, Hamburg, Germany.

Rivard, G., Michel, B., and Fonseca, F. (1986). "Formation and growth criteria for different types of ice in the St. Lawrence River". Proceedings of the 4th CRIPE Workshop, 1986, Montreal, Quebec.

Michel, B. (1990). "Impact of dams on the ice regime of rivers". Proceedings of the 10th IAHR Symposium, 1990, Espoo, Finland.