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Professors

Doug Stead
email: dstead@sfu.ca
Current Research:
Developments in resource geoscience and geotechnics.
Applicatiion of remote sensing and DFNE in geomechanics. Damage characterisation in rock engineering.
Numerical modelling of large open pits and complex landslide mechanisms.
Investigation of rock and soil failure mechanism using integrated experimental-field-modelling approaches. Mining Subsidence.
Underground Mine Geomechanics. (Block Caving, Room and Pillar, Longwall Coal, Potash), Acoustic emission. Applications of VR/AR Aand MR in geotechnics,
Forestry Geotechnics/Debris Flows
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Adjunct Professors  

Dr. Marc-Andre Brideau.
email:Marc Andre Brideau
Research: Engineering Geology and Rock Mechanics

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Current Employer:BGC Engineering Vancouver

   


Dr. Davide Elmo
email:Davide Elmo
Research: Underground and Surface Rock Mechanics

Current Employer: Associate Professor: Rock Mechanics, UBC Mining


Post-Doc's.  


Dr. Emre Onsel
email Emre Onsel
Post Doctoral Fellow- 2015 -
Research: Rock Mechanics, Remote Sensing, VR/AR and MR.



Dr. Mirko Francioni
email:Mirko Francioni
Post Doctoral Fellow (Feb 2014 - July 2015)
Research: Engineering Geology and Remote Sensing.

Current Employer: Lecturer, University of Exeter (Commencing Jan 2016)


Dr. Tom Styles
email:Tom Styles
Post Doctoral Fellow, May 2009- December 2010.
Research: Underground and surface rock mechanics.

Current Employer: Land and Minerals Consulting Lts, Clevedon UK.


Dr. Davide Elmo
email:Davide Elmo
Research: Underground and Surface Rock Mechanics
Post Doctoral Fellow (2006-2008)
Current Employer: Associate Professor: Rock Mechanics, UBC Mining
/Adjunct SFU.


   

Dr. Amir Karami
Post Doctoral Fellow: 2004-2005
email: Amir Karami
Research: Fracture Mechanics
Current Employer: Diavik Diamond Mine, Senior Rock Mechanics Engineer.

   
Current Graduate Students  
 
 
Megan Dewit
email: Megan Dewit
MSc. Research: Commenced January 2015
Application of Remote Sensing to Geological-Geotechnical Characterization of Volcanic Rocks

 



John Danielson
email: John Danielson
MSc. Research Commenced September 2015
Open Pit Slope Stability at Gibraltar Mine, BC.

 





 



 



Ryan Kremsater
email:Ryan Kremsater
MSc. Research Commenced September 2015
Characterisation of the Cascade Bay Landslide, BC.

Lauren Hockin
email:Lauren Hockin
MSc: Research commenced May 2016
Characterising Earthquake Induced Rock Slope Damage in Nepal


 

Taylor Piller
email:Taylor Piller
MSc: Research commenced May 2016
Characterising Checkerboard Creek Rock Slope, BC.


Davide Donati, M.Eng.
email:Davide Donati
PhD Research: Commenced September 2014
Characterizing Damage in High Rock Slopes
 
Ladan Karami Sharif, M.Sc.
email:Ladan Karami Sharif
PhD Research: Commenced September 2014 (Senior Supervisor - Dr. Davide Elmo, UBC Mining)
Characterizing Brittle Fracture in Rock Engineering using a Combined Numerical Modelling-Acoustic Emission Approach.
   
Past Graduate Students  
 

Dr. Ming Yan
email: Ming Yan
PhD Research: Successfully defended March 2008
Brittle fracture and step-path failure in rock slopes

Current Employer:Shannon Wilson Inc, Seattle, USA..

Dr. Matthieu Sturzenegger
email: Matthieu Sturzenegger
PhD Research: Successfully defended June 2010
Rock mass characterization using digital photogrammetry and laser scanning techniques

Current Employer:BGC Engineering Vancouver

Dr. Marc-Andre Brideau.
email:Marc Andre Brideau
PhD Research: Successfully defended March 2010
Three dimensional kinematic controls on rock slope stability
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Current Employer:BGC Engineering Vancouver

Dr. Alex Vyazmensky
email: Alex Vyazmensky
PhD Research:Successfully defended September 2008
Characterization of Subsidence associated with Block Caving

Curent Employer: Geotechnical Consultant. Vedanta Resources, Plc Hindustan Zinc Ltd
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Dr. Fuqiang Gao, M.Eng.
email:Fuqiang Gao
PhD Successfully defended Fall 2013
Brittle fracture modelling of Chinese longwall coal mine roadway

Current Employer: China Coal Mine Research Institute, Beijing

Dr. Yabing Zhang, M.Eng.
email:Yabing Zhang
PhD Research: Successfully defended Summer 2014
Modelling brittle rock fracture damage in pillars using an SRM approach.

Current Employer: Lecturer, NorthEastern University, China

Dr. Andrea Wolter
email:Andrea Wolter
PhD Research: Successfullly defended Summer 2014
Geomechanical-geomorphological characterization of the Vajont and Madison rock slides

Current Employer: Lecturer, ETH Engineering Geology, Zurich, Switzerland

 

Dr. Pooya Hamdi
email:Pooya Hamdi
PhD Research: NEW - Successfullly defended August 2015
Brittle Fracture Characterization from the Micro to the Macro Scale

Current Employer: Golder Associates, Vancouver.

Dr. Mohsen Havaej
email:Mohsen Havaej
PhD Research: NEW - Successfullly defended August 2015
Characterzing Brittle Fracture and Kinematics of High Rock Slopes

Current Employer: Piteau Associates, Vancouver.

Dr. Kenneth Lupogo.
email:Kenneth Lupogo
PhD Research: Successfully defended Spring 2017
Characterization of Blast Damage in Large Open Pits

Current Employer : Lecturer, University of Dar es Salem, Tanzania

 

Christian Sampaleanu
email:Christian Sampaleanu
MSc. Successfully defended October 2017
Rockfall characteristion using combined remote sensing-numerical modelling

Current Employer : Golder Associates, Burnaby
Emily Moase
email:Emily Moase
MSc. Successfully defended summer 2017
A Rational Framework for Debris Flow and Debris Flood Risk Reduction

Current Employer : BGC Engineering
Allison Westin
email:Allison Westin

MSc. Research: Successfully defended Spring 2017
Application of Remote Sensing to Characterization of the Downie Slide, BC.

Current Employer : SFU
John Mayer
email: John Mayer
MSc. Research: Successfully defended January 2015
Application of geostatistics to numerical modelling of large open pit slopes.

Current Employer : SRK, Vancouver

 



Anne Clayton, M.Sc.
email: Anne Clayton
MSc. Research: Successfully defended Summer 2014
Geotechnical characterization of the Mitchell landslide

Current Employer: BGC Engineering, Vancouver
Ryan Preston, M.Sc.
email: Ryan Preston
MSc. Research: Successfully defended Summer 2014
Deformation monitoring using digital photogrammetry.

Current Employer: Golder Associates, Vancouver.
Janisse Vivas, MSc.
email: Janisse Vivas
MSc. Research: Successfully defended June 2014
Groundwater characterization and modelling in natural and open pit rock slopes

Current Employer: EBA Tetratech, Vancouver



Zack Tuckey, MSc
email:
MSc. Succesfully defended December 2012
Rock bridge characterization in large open pit mine slopes

Curent Employer: SRK, Sydney, Australia

Sung Lee, M.Sc.
email: Sung Lee
MSc. Successfully defended June 2011
Rock mass characterization in surface coal mines using photogrammetry

Current Employer : AMEC Edmonton

Gabe Hensold , MSc.
email:
MSc. Successfully defended April 2011
Characterization of sackung deformation in B.C. high mountain slopes

Curent Employer: BGC Engineering Vancouver

David van Zeyl, MSc.
email: David van Zeyl
MSc. Successfully defended January 2009
Rock slide induced tsunamis

Curent Employer: J.D. Mollard Associates, Regina, SK.
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Marc-Andre Brideau, MSc.
email:Marc Andre Brideau
MSc Research: Completed October 2005
Influence of geological structures and tectonic damage on rock slope stability
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Current Employer: BGC Engineering Vancouver

Nichole Boultbee, MSc.
email: Nichole Boultbee
MSc. Research Completed 2005
Copper River rock avalanche
Employer: Golder Associates (Vancouver, Squamish)
 
Derek Kinakin, MSc.
email: Derek Kinakin
MSc. Research:Completed 2005
Mountain Linears: Occurence and genesis
Employer: BGC Engineering, Kamloops.
Scott Paddington, MSc.
email: Scott Paddington
MSc Research:Completed 2003
Debris Flow Initiation in Gentle - Over - Steep Terrain
Employer: XStrata Copper Mt Isa, Australia.