Keynote speakers

Sunday, 23 June 2024

4th ARMA Distinguished Lecture

Peter Kaiser

GeoK Inc.

From Common to Best Practices in Rock Engineering

Speaker’s biography

Peter Kaiser is Professor Emeritus in the Bharti School of Engineering at Laurentian University in Canada and President of GeoK Inc. in Sudbury, Canada. He is a graduate of the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the University of Alberta, Canada. From 1987 until his retirement, Dr. Kaiser was Professor of Mining Engineering and Chair for Rock Engineering and Ground Control at the Bharti School of Engineering of Laurentian University. Between 2007 and 2015, he was seconded to the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) as Founding Director and then as Director of the Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction (RTC-UMC). Since July 2014, he has assumed Technical Advisor roles at the Rio Tinto Centre and at MIRARCO, a mining research center he founded at Laurentian University in 1997. Between 1988-2015, he held an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and Queen’s University in Canada.

Dr. Kaiser is a specialist in applied research for underground mining and construction. His interests are in geomechanics, mine design, rock engineering, and the application of innovative technologies to increase mine safety and productivity. He brings extensive experience from both the industrial and academic sectors, having served as a consultant to numerous consulting companies, mines, and public agencies. He has supported contractors, mining companies, and public sector clients in claims and litigations on four continents.

Dr. Kaiser is the author of more than 400 technical and scientific geomechanics publications. He has received numerous awards, including, early in his career, the ISRM Schlumberger award in 1993, as well as awards from the Canadian Geotechnical Society and from the Canadian Institute of Mining. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and the Canadian Academy of Engineers. In 2013, Dr. Kaiser was awarded the Julian C. Smith Medal of the EIC for “Achievement in the Development of Canada” and named the “Tunneller of the Year” by the Tunnelling Association of Canada. He was selected to give the Sir Allan Muir Wood lecture at the World Tunnelling Congress 2016 on “Challenges of Tunnel Constructability” and to present the Mueller Lecture, titled “From Common to Best Practices in Underground Rock Engineering”, at the ISRM Congress 2019 in Brazil.

Monday, 24 June 2024

Early Career Keynote

Jesse Hampton

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Connecting the Dots from Microcracks to Megaquakes

Speaker’s biography

Jesse Hampton is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Geological Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At the intersection of humanity, Earth systems, and the infrastructure needed for travel and power generation, there exists an interdisciplinary field where civil engineering, geological engineering, sustainability, geophysics, and data science are inextricably linked. At this intersection, Dr. Hampton’s research focuses on a few cross-cutting themes including multiscale damage (e.g., from microcracks to earthquakes), nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques (e.g., from acoustic emissions to distributed fiber optic sensing), and artificial intelligence (e.g., from optimization to deep learning). The goal of Dr. Hampton’s research is to predict and mitigate damage in Earth and Civil Engineering systems from the micro- to field-scales and to enhance infrastructure sustainability. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty, Dr. Hampton worked in geomechanics and geophysics research for Halliburton and New England Research. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2015 from Colorado School of Mines.

Monday, 24 June 2024

Keynote address

Anna Giacomini

University of Newcastle

Enhancing Safety: Advances in Rockfall Monitoring, Prediction and Mitigation

Speaker’s biography

Anna Giacomini is a Professor in Civil Engineering and the Director of the Research Centre for Geotechnical Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, Science and Environment at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She received her Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Parma, Italy, and joined the University of Newcastle in 2005. She has worked in the field of rock mechanics and rockfall analyses for over 20 years. Since 2009, she has led several major research projects through industry and government funds on rockfall hazard and mitigation, developing new designs for engineered barriers to protect valuable major corridors, infrastructures, and recreational areas from rockfall hazards. Dr. Giacomini’s contribution to science in rock mechanics and rockfall analysis has been recognized with several awards, such as the 2022 NSW Premier’s Prize for Science & Engineering (Engineering or Information & Communication Technology) and the 2019 John Booker Medal from the Australian Academy of Science. In 2023, she was elected Fellow of the Academy of Technology Science and Engineering (ATSE). Dr. Giacomini has published over 150 scientific works and serves as an editorial board member of four international journals. She has also served as a reviewer for several national and international funding bodies and international journals in the rock mechanics and engineering fields.

Tuesday, 25 June 2024

Keynote address

Tryana Garza-Cruz


Practical Applications of Synthetic Rock Mass Modeling

Speaker’s biography

Tryana Garza-Cruz is a Principal Geomechanics Engineer and General Manager at ITASCA Minneapolis. She has extensive experience in the application of continuum and discontinuum numerical models to assess the stability of mining excavations, underground infrastructure, and surface subsidence, as well as to understand the creep behavior of excavations in frozen ground. Dr. Garza-Cruz has also developed specialized tools using Bonded Block Models for the study of spalling rock mass response. She holds an M.Sc. in Renewable Energy Science from the University of Iceland / University of Akureyri and a Ph.D. from Colorado School of Mines.

Wednesday, 26 June 2024

Keynote address

Brice Lecampion


Advances in the Mechanics of Fluid-driven Ruptures: From Hydraulic Fractures to Fluid-induced Fault Slip

Speaker’s biography

Brice Lecampion leads the Geo-Energy Lab – Gaznat Chair on GeoEnergy at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Prior to joining EPFL, Dr. Lecampion worked for Schlumberger in research and development from 2006 to 2015,  serving in a variety of roles, from project manager to principal scientist, in Europe and the U.S.A. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanics from Ecole Polytechnique, France, in 2002 and worked as a research scientist in the hydraulic fracturing research group of CSIRO Division of Petroleum Resources in Melbourne, Australia, from 2003 to 2006.

Dr. Lecampion’s research aims at understanding the interplay between the growth of localized discontinuities in the Earth upper crust (in the form of fractures and faults) and fluid flow in geomaterials, with applications to the fields of environmental and civil engineering, seismology, and tectonophysics. Thus he works at the intersection between continuum mechanics (solid and fluid dynamics) and geophysics, solving problems related to the energy transition (geothermal energy, CO2 storage). His fields of expertise are mechanics of porous media, hydraulic fracturing, dense suspensions flow, geomechanics, geo-energy, and rock mechanics.