(in alphabetical order by family name)

BarlaProf. Giovanni Barla
(Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy)
Application of numerical methods in tunnelling: Recent trends

Giovanni Barla has been Professor of Rock Mechanics and Head of the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino from 2003 to 2012. His research interests span over a variety of topics in rock mechanics and rock engineering. He is the author and co-author of more than 400 papers. Giovanni is Member of the Torino Academy of Science, ISRM Fellow, and has recently received the IACMAG Award for outstanding contributions and has been nominated Honorary Professor of Chongqing University. He has been President of the Italian Geotechnical Association and Vice-President for Europe of ISRM. He is the Editor of the Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering journal. Giovanni is also an active international consultant. He has been Principal and Member of the Board of Golder Associates. The projects in which he acted are numerous and concern a variety of topics, including tunnelling, rock slopes, and dams.


Dr. Nick Barton
(Nick Barton, NB&A, Norway)
Some aspects of stress, strain, strength, structure and tunnel support : Q and beyond

Nick Barton obtained a London University B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from King’s College in 1966, and a Ph.D. concerning shear strength and rock slope stability from Imperial College in 1971. He worked for two long periods at NGI in Oslo, and for four years at TerraTek in Salt Lake City. Since 2000 he has had his own international rock engineering one-man consultancy, Nick Barton & Associates, based in Oslo and São Paulo. He has consulted on several hundred rock engineering projects in a total of 38 countries during 45 years, has 260 publications as first or single author, and has written two books, one on TBM prognosis, the other linking rock quality and seismic attributes of rock masses at all scales. He is currently writing a book with Bandis: Engineering in jointed and faulted rock (expected 2017). He has ten international awards including the 6th Müller Lecture of ISRM. He developed the widely used Q-system for classifying rock masses, and for selecting rock tunnel and cavern single-shell support in 1974. He was originator of the rock joint shear strength parameters JRC and JCS and co-developer of the resulting Barton-Bandis constitutive laws for rock joint coupled M-H modelling in 1982, which was incorporated as a sub-routine in UDEC-BB in 1985. He has also developed the Qtbm prognosis method and Qslope for selecting maintenance-free rock cutting and bench-face angles. His chief areas of consulting activity have been in hydropower tunnelling and cavern construction and performance, nuclear waste disposal site characterization, metro tunnels and caverns, and site characterization at high dams. He has given more than thirty five keynote lectures in international conferences.

BilginProf. Nuh Bilgin
(İstanbul Technical University, Turkey)
Rock engineering problems related to mechanical excavation in complex geology, solutions and examples from Turkey

Nuh Bilgin was graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Mining Engineering Department in 1973. He obtained his PhD degree from Newcastle Upon Tyne University in 1977 on mechanical excavation, later he joined ITU Faculty of Mines as associate professor and became full professor in 1990. He worked one year in Colorado School of Mines, USA, and one year in Witwatersrand University, South Africa as visiting professor. He is the author of two books and published several research papers on mechanized tunnel excavation.

DurucanProf. Şevket Durucan
(Imperial College, UK)
Reservoir geomechanics helps improve CO2 storage performance and risk assessment

Sevket Durucan is the Professor of Mining and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, UK. He holds a BSc and an MSc from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, and a PhD from the University of Nottingham in the UK.  His main research interests include mineral resources production, environment and clean coal and energy technologies. Sevket applied reservoir geomechanics principles to coal mine methane, coalbed methane, underground coal gasification and CO2 storage performance assessment research throughout his career. During the last ten years, he conducted research into CO2 storage site characterisation and injection performance assessment at the In Salah, Snøhvit and Sleipner industrial pilots, as well as the Ketzin and Otway research sites. Sevket holds visiting Chairs at the International Postgraduate School, Josef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia and North China Institute of Science and Technology, Beijing. He is the author of over 200 publications in refereed journals, conference proceedings and books.

FengProf. Xia-Ting Feng
(ISRM President, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Monitoring, warning and dynamic mitigation of geo-disaster development process in underground hard rock engineering

Xia-Ting Feng, BSc, PhD, Director of State Key Laboratory of Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. He joined Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS) in 1998 as a Professor of Hundred Talent Program of the CAS. He worked in Imperial College, UK, the University of Oklahoma, USA, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and Lille University of Science and Technology, France as a Visiting Professor or Academic Visitor in short term. Prof. Feng is the President of International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM and President of Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics and Engineering (CSRME). He is also Editor-in-Chief of Chinese Journal of Rock Mechanics and Engineering, Associate Editor-in-Chief of Chinese Journal of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and Associate Editor-in-Chief of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. His research interests cover ‘intelligent’ rock mechanics and engineering, including intelligent recognition of models and parameters, stability analysis, global optimum design, disaster prediction and prevention in rock engineering; and radioactive waste disposal. 

FontouraProf. Sergio A.B. de Fontoura
(Pontificial Catholic Univ. of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Analysis of the hydromechanical behavior of fault zones in petroleum reservoirs

Professor Fontoura is a Civil Engineer and has a PhD degree in Rock Mechanics. He is a professor of civil engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he leads a reseacrh laboratory dedicated to the development of solutions to the oil industry based on the concepts of experimental and computational geomechanics. He is closely associated with the International Society for Rock Mechanics having represented Brazil at the ISRM Council for the past 12 years. He has supervised over 100 students at both MSc and PhD level and written over 150 technical and scientific papers. He is a member of the ISRM Commission on Testing Methods and the Chairman of ISRM the Petroleum Geomechanics Commission.

HatzorProf. Yossef H. Hatzor
(Ben Gurion University, Israel)
Seismic vulnerability of historic monuments: A rock mechanics perspective

Yossef Hatzor is a graduate of the civil engineering department at U.C. Berkeley where he has performed his PhD research under the supervision of Professor R. E. Goodman. He is involved in major geotechnical projects  in Israel and abroad. Professor Hatzor is the founding president of Israel Rock Mechanics Association, an ISRM national group, and served as IRMA president between 2003 and 2014. He served as president of Israel Geology Society in 2004-5. In 2007, Professor Hatzor was appointed Chair Professor in Rock Mechanics by Ben-Gurion University Senate. In 2011, Professor Hatzor won the competitive visiting professorship appointment for senior international scientists by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Professor Hatzor is co – chair of the ISRM Commission on Discontinuous Deformation Analysis. He is the recipient of several national and international research awards and is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, and Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering.

VaskouDr. Philippe Vaskou
Structural characterization of faults and fractures in underground works

Dr. Vaskou has been working worldwide as a geologist in underground works for more than 35 years, first for hydropower plants (dams and power houses) and then for underground storage caverns. His practical approach, ranging from site selection, investigation survey, modelling, design and construction of underground works goes through a multidisciplinary analysis in which structural geology is used as a link between geology, rock mechanics and hydrogeology.