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Keynote speakers

The final list of invited speaker papers can be found by using the below link.

Invited speaker papers

Tarcisio Celestino is Professor of Rock Mechanics and Underground Works at the Department of Geotechnical Engineering, São Carlos Engineering School, University of São Paulo, Brazil. He is also Civil Engineering Manager at Themag Engenharia, an Engineering Company in Sao Paulo, Brazil. At the University, besides teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, he also supervises research on the use of acoustic emission for the understanding of rock fracturing process, sprayed concrete constitutive models and interaction with ground mass, time-dependent properties of sprayed concrete, numerical simulations, ground movements associated to soft ground conventional tunneling. At Themag Engenharia, he is responsible for the geotechnical designs of major infrastructure projects like hydroelectric power plants, metro systems, etc. He has also acted as consultant for a number of projects. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 technical and scientific publications.

Keynote Title: Time-dependente properties of sprayed concrete for underground support​

Professor John Hadjigeorgiou holds the Pierre Lassonde Chair in Mining Engineering at the University of Toronto. John previously served as Head of the Department of Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Université Laval in Quebec City. Dr. Hadjigeorgiou holds a Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from McGill University.

Dr. Hadjigeorgiou, P.Eng. has over 25 years of international consulting experience in mining engineering. John is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a past recipient of the John Franklin Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the Rock Mechanics Award from the Canadian Institute of Mining. John is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and the Institute of Corporate Directors, and holds the ICD.D designation.

Sunniva Haugen is Mine Manager of Boliden’s Kristineberg Mine in Sweden. From 2012 to 2015 she was Professor in Mining Engineering at the Department of Geology and Mineral Resources Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). For 25 years she had been working at the crossroads of industry and academia; with mining operations in Norway and Sweden, research and development for the Swedish mining company Boliden, and education and research at the university. Her main interest is within production optimization, management, scheduling and control of operations. She has played a leading role in implementation of the principles of Lean and TOC in Boliden’s mining operations.

Martin Knights Managing Director of CH2M Tunnelling and Earth Engineering Senior Fellow of Technology and Senior Vice President CH2M. Martin has more than 40 years experience in international underground infrastructure projects including hydro projects in Africa and India ; Metro , Road, Stormwater and drainage Projects in UK , Middle East . Asia and USA and Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering UK, and a former President of the International Tunnelling Association, Lausanne.

Dick Stacey is a Professor Emeritus at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He graduated initially as a mechanical engineer with a particular interest in stress analysis. For six years he worked under Dick Bieniawski in the Rock Mechanics Division at CSIR’s National Mechanical Engineering Research Institute in South Africa before spending a year at the Imperial College of Science and Technology as an Academic Visitor in the Engineering Geology Department with John Knill. He worked for SRK Consulting for 25 years, becoming Chairman of the South African Company, before joining the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2000 as Centennial Professor of Rock Engineering. Dick retired at the end of 2008, but continues to participate in the School of Mining Engineering activities. He has a wide range of rock engineering interests, including rock slope stability, rock fracture, rock behaviour and support in rockburst events, and many other fields. He has nearly 50 years of working experience and has authored or coauthored more than 200 technical publications.

Robert Sturk graduated as M.Sc. in geology in 1988 and started to work as engineering geologist with Skanska Teknik. For several years he worked with a wide range of projects both in Sweden and abroad. In 1996 Robert Sturk moved on to more production related tasks and started at the Hallandsås Project as quality manager. During this time he also did a part time research work within soil and rock mechanics and took a Ph.D. degree in 1998. During 1999 and 2000 he was appointed Project manager for an underground storage facility for natural gas in Sweden and between 2001 and 2003 he worked as Systems Audit Manager for the CTRL Project - Contract C240 in London. After this he returned to the Hallandsås project as Technical Manager a role he held until 2011. Since then he works as senior technical advisor for underground works and civil engineering projects in Skanska.

Peter Lundman is the head of the technical and environmental department, Major Project, Trafikverket (Swedish Transport Administration). Major Project consist of the largest infrastructure projects in Trafikverket with an annual turnover of 1.5 billion euro. The department have approximately 100 employed specialists within civil engineering, environmental engineering and land negotiators. The department are amongst others responsible for research within the entire business area of major projects. Peter have a Ph.D. in Cost Management for underground infrastructure projects. He has also been responsible for the design of several of the tunnels recently carried out by Trafikverket as well as teaching in several courses in Rock Mechanics.