EUROPEAN ZONES

Stephen Cooper
FIRST QUANTUM MINING LIMITED
Jose Miguel Galera Fernández
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MADRID
Max Brown
SRK CONSULTING
Iván Carrasco Martiañez
FIRST QUANTUM MINING LIMITED
Patrick Ebeling
HOLCIM
Vanesa Pozo
SUBTERRA
Marnie Pascoe
AMC CONSULTANTS
Rory O'Rourke
DATUM MONITORING SERVICES LIMITED
Mike Jefferies
GOLDER ASSOCIATES
Rowan McKittrick
INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT
Xander Gwynn
ROYAL HASKONING
Miguel Cabal Lorenzo
AMINER
José Chacón Montero
UNIVERSITY OF GRANADA
Ricardo Laín
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MADRID
Leandro Alejano
UNIVERSITY OF VIGO
Juan José Durán
IGME
Joaquín Mulas
IGME
Mercedes Ferrer
IGME

Áurea Perucho
CEDEX

Jordi Corominas
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MADRID

Claudio Olalla
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MADRID

Pedro Velasco
ITASCA

María Dolores Rodríguez del Pino
FIRST QUANTUM MINING LIMITED

INTERNATIONAL ZONES
South America
Fernando Vilegas Allendes
CODELCO CHUQUICAMATA
Esteban Hormazabal
SRK CONSULTING
Guillermo Ibarra
SUBTERRA
Alejo Sfriso
SRK CONSULTING
David Córdoba
TECHNICAL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
North America/Canada
Doug Stead
SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
Mark Hawley
PITEAU ASSOCIATES
Michael Levy
JDS ENERGY & MINING INC
Harvey Mcleod
KLOHN CRIPPEN BERGER
Marc Rougier
GOLDER ASSOCIATES 
South Africa
Sandy Etchells
AEL MINING SERVICES
Rob Armstrong
SRK CONSULTING

Phil Carvill
CARVILL GEOTECHNICAL CONSULTING

Australia
Marc Ruest
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Emerich Hamman
ANGLO GOLD ASHANTI
Phil de Graaf
DE BEERS MINING GROUP
Martyn Robotham
RÍO TINTO
Jeff Price
SRK CONSULTING
Keynote speakers
Phil Dight
UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Phil has been involved with the development and design of ground support for mining applications since 1975. He was a partner in BFP Consultants until BFP was acquired by Coffey Mining. Phil has extensive consulting experience in the geotechnical aspects of the mining industry, and has worked on open pit and underground metalliferous mining problems. In 1985 he was awarded the Manuel Rocha Medal by the International Society of Rock Mechanics for his work in open pit mining and use of ground support to improve pit stability. His ground support algorithm has been adopted by Rocscience in its evaluation of ground support in Phases®, and a variation has been adopted by ITASCA in the Bonded Block Model. In the 1980s with Dr Peter Fuller, he undertook research into ground support work in a number of AMIRA sponsored projects based on open stope mining. Much of that early research work has now been formalised in the literature by others. Phil joined the ACG in 2008 and has since been working on stress memory effects in rocks, ground support applications, slope stability problems (including the use of microseismicity to understand failure mechanisms), and 3D rock properties. Most recently, Phil commenced a four year MRIWA project aimed at investigating the issues of strainburst vulnerability in underground mines.

Pedro RamÍrez Oyanguren
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MADRID

Pedro has worked in rock mechanics, applied to mining since 1965. Firstly, during seven years, as a geotechnical engineer in a potash mine in the north of Spain (Potasas de Navarra, S.A), later as a partner in the international geotechnics and environmental consultancy Dames & Moore, during 10 years. Since the early 80´s he has held tenure at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and provides geotechnical advice on many Spanish mining operations.

Pedro has wide experience as a consultant and in teaching rock mechanics applied to both underground and open pit mining and in both metal and sedimentary mining. On civil engineering projects, he has worked on slope stability issues and tunnelling. In addition he has been heavily involved in rock cutting using TBM´s. Predominantly, though not exclusively, Pedro centres his main activities as a consultant on the mining operations of the Iberian Pyrite Belt.

As a teacher, Pedro has guided many of the university´s numerous courses as well as doctorate programs in Spain, France and Latin America. As an investigator he has participated in many European Community and nationally funded investigation programmes.

Rodrigo Silva Mandiola
CIA MINERA D INÉS DE COLLAHUASI

Rodrigo Silva-Mandiola is a mining engineer with almost 20 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, both in consulting and operation. His early consulting experience included solving complex slope stability problems applying state-of-the-practice tools such as commercial three dimensional numerical modeling packages, providing geotechnical design recommendations for large open pits in Chile and other countries. Since 2008, Mr. Silva-Mandiola has been leading the Geotechnical Group at Cia. Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi, in northern Chile. At this operation, he has been involved in the implementation of the best operational practices of the industry as well as in slope depressurization processes, improving the hydrogeological instrumentation and depressurization results at Rosario Mine. The particular complexities of the Collahuasi operations have allowed Mr. Silva-Mandiola to develop a strong expertise in slope remediation and instability mitigation, adopting the newest technologies on slope monitoring systems as well as leading the implementation of a preventive geotechnical engineering viewpoint on the potential operational interaction aimed at mitigating the effect of potential instabilities on people´s safety and business risks.

Geoff Beale
WSP PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF

Geoff Beale has worked for 40 years in surface and groundwater control for the minerals industry. He has worked in over 65 countries worldwide, in all major industrial commodities, and in all climatic zones. Geoff is most noted for his global knowledge of open pit and underground mine dewatering projects, and has been involved with many of the world’s largest dewatering operations. He has broad experience in the operational and environmental aspects of leach pads, waste rock facilities and tailing systems, and has played a lead role in the design and monitoring of closure programs for several mine sites. In recent years, he has studied the role of water in geotechnical engineering, gathering data and experience from many mine sites worldwide..

John Read
INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT

Dr Read commenced working as a project engineering geologist on the investigation and construction of hydro-electric schemes, water supply dams, highways and mining infrastructure projects throughout Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia in late 1961. From 1980 to 1984 he was the Superintending Engineering Geologist at the Bougainville Copper Mine in Papua New Guinea before moving to the USA, to Purdue University, where in 1987 he completed his PhD in geotechnical engineering. Following graduation he worked on USDOE programs for the underground disposal of nuclear waste in Washington State and Texas, and on slope stability and open pit metalliferous mine design tasks in Mexico, Chile, and Papua New Guinea. In 1990 Dr Read returned to Australia and commenced his own geotechnical engineering practice, principally high-level peer reviews directed at assessing slope design and performance at mines operated by a number of international metalliferous and coal mining companies. In 1994 he accepted a contract appointment with Australia’s national research organisation, CSIRO, to be Deputy Chief of the Division of Exploration & Mining, with responsibility for developing and coordinating strategies for the performance of mining related research within CSIRO. In April 2004 Dr Read stepped back from his administrative roles in CSIRO to initiate and then lead a major industry-funded CSIRO research project focussed on the stability of rock slopes in large open pit mines (the LOP project), the principal objective of which was to perform research that improved current methods of predicting the stability of rock slopes in open pit mines. Dr Read retired from CSIRO and leadership of the LOP project in June 2014, but continues working with the mining industry as an independent consultant.

John Sjöberg

Jonny Sjöberg is a rock mechanics engineer with experience in operations, research and consulting within mining and civil engineering. He holds a Ph.D. in the area of open-pit slope stability, and has consulted on rock mechanics issues for a number of open pit operations, primarily in Europe, over the last 20 years. During his career, he has worked for several mining and consulting companies in Sweden and the U.S. Currently, he is the General Manager of the Itasca Office in Sweden. He is also appointed Adjunct Professor in Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering at the Luleå University of Technology.

Derek Martin
Professor Geotechnical Engineering, Dept. Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Dr. Derek Martin started his career in 1972 and has over 40 years of experience in geotechnical engineering associated with tunnels, dams and slopes. He holds a BSc in geology, and a Masters of Engineering and a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering. His early years were spent on construction sites for major slope stability and underground projects. In 1987 he joined AECL, where he directed the geomechanics research at the Underground Research Laboratory in southeastern Manitoba and was senior adviser to the Director of the Canadian Nuclear Fuel Waste Management Program. From 1995-1999 he served as Associate Director of the Geomechanics Research Centre at Laurentian University, working on the deep mining projects in the Sudbury basin. Since 2000 Dr. Martin has been Professor in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Alberta where he holds an NSERC Industrial Research Chair. Between 2007-2011, Dr. Martin served as ISRM Vice-President for North America. He has authored over 200 technical papers on rock engineering and is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Dr. Martin has worked in over 10 countries providing independent geotechnical review on major mining and civil projects.