Keynotes

 


Michael Di Giovinazzo
Principal Consultant - Mining Geomechanics Engineer, SRK Consulting 
Member Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, AusIMM


Short Bio:
 
Michael Di Giovinazzo is a Geomechanics Engineer with over 20 years experience specialising in hard rock underground and open cut mining operations initially in Australia and then consulting mainly in the Nordic countries. He is a Member of the AusIMM and holds a GCertEng in Mining Geomechanics and BSc in Applied Geology. Experience in operating mines for over 12 years has been across underground and surface mining methods, operational geotechnical team leading, geotechnical risk management, as well as geomechanics support to mining studies from concept to feasibility stage. 
He is currently working with SRK Consulting based in Finland and is supporting several operations and is involved with mining projects at various study levels mainly in the Nordic region, Europe and Africa. His working experience is centred to applying geomechanics engineering effectively to achieve the mining objectives safely as well as economically.

The challenge of relating the geomechanics assessment from the rock mass characterisation stage, defining and utilising suitable analysis methods and empirical mine design, through to practical engineering implementation into a mine plan is the core focus area of Michael’s work. 
 

 

Diego Mas Ivars
Research Coordinator Geomechanics, SKB
Adjunct Professor, KTH

 

Short Bio:

Diego Mas Ivars is a mining engineer (MSc) specializing in engineering geology (PhD) with 20+ years of experience. He is currently working as Research Coordinator Geomechanics at the Research and Post-Closure Safety Department at SKB and as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Soil and Rock Mechanics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).
Past experience includes project work, project management, technical management and mentorship in the fields of numerical modelling, rock mechanics, geomechanics, engineering geology and geophysics for the nuclear waste isolation, mining, oil and gas and civil engineering industries.

Dr Mas Ivars has conducted field, laboratory and numerical research regarding the characterization of hydro-mechanical behaviour of fractured rock masses with application to inflow into excavations. He has also been involved and is still involved in the development of a theoretical and numerical methodology for improving the capability to predict the deformability, yield and failure of jointed rock mass.

 

John Harrison
W.M. Keck Chair of Engineering Rock Mechanics Lassonde Institute of Mining Dept. of Civil & Mineral Engineering University of Toronto

"Is Eurocode 7 the future of rock engineering?"

Short Bio:

John Harrison has been heavily involved in the ongoing revision of Eurocode 7 for over ten years. His research and professional interests lie principally in the field of rock engineering design, particularly the development and application of reliability-based design principles for engineering in fractured rock masses. He is currently undertaking research to develop Bayesian analysis for rock mechanics properties, particularly rock strength and in situ stress. He currently holds the W.M. Keck Chair of Engineering Rock Mechanics at the University of Toronto, Canada.