Dr. Fredlund received his training from the University of Saskatchewan and Texas A&M University and has published over 40 research papers on topics related to database design, finite element modeling, and unsaturated soil knowledge-based systems. Research performed during the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs was related to the application of unsaturated soils to engineering practice and included the specific topics of mathematics of unsaturated soil property functions, estimation of unsaturated soil behavior, and constitutive relations of coupled seepage and stress/deformation for numerical modeling. In 1997 he started SoilVision Systems Ltd. with a database software product called SoilVision which could be used to estimate unsaturated soil behavior. He has since directed the development of six other finite element software packages covering areas of groundwater flow, contaminant transport, geothermal analysis, air-flow analysis, stress / deformation, and slope stability. The software products of SoilVision Systems Ltd. are used in over 50 countries by consultants, universities, government agencies and multinational corporations. He is an active member of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) and SoilVision Systems Ltd. developed and maintained their website for a number of years.
As a company, SoilVision Systems Ltd. has been a leader in the research of numerical methods and software in its application to the area of geotechnical engineering. Previous research in the company has been performed in the areas of swelling of unsaturated soils, heap leach unsaturated flow, cover design, and coupling of flow, thermal, air, and contaminant transport processes.
More recent work has involved supervising the development of the state-of-the-art SVSlope 2D/3D slope stability software as well as being a principle investigator in charge of numerical modeling for the Questa Weathering Study which examined the long-term stability of waste rock piles in the mining industry. His work continues in the areas of i) unsaturated heap leach flow, ii) uranium and oil-sand large-strain tailings consolidation, and iii) applications of 3D slope stability. He continues to be active in the presentation of short courses around the world as well as training on the use of geotechnical software.