The 15th ISRM Online Lecture will be delivered by Prof. Nielen van der Merwe. To watch the lecture, go to the ISRM website on 4 October at 10 a.m. GMT.
The title of the lecture is: "Predicting the probability of failure into the future”.
Nielen van der Merwe was born in 1947. He graduated in Mining Engineering at the University of Pretoria in 1972, and obtained a Master’s degree in 1984 and a PhD in 1991 at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He has 27 years practical experience in mining rock engineering in coal, deep level gold, platinum, iron ore and asbestos mines. He currently does selected consulting work and student supervision at University of the Witwatersrand. During his career he held several relevant positions, which include:
- Professor and Head of Mining Engineering at the University of Pretoria
- Centennial Chair of Rock Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand
- Programme Manager Rock Engineering at CSIR Miningtek
- Interim Director of Wits Mining Research Institute
- President of the Southern African National Institute of Rock Engineering (SANIRE)
- President of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM)
- Chair of the Advisory Group on Uranium Production Network for Education and Training of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- Vice President and President of the International Society of Rock Mechanics (ISRM)
- President of the Federation of International Geo-Engineering Societies (FeDIGS)
Nielen van der Merwe is Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, of the Southern African National Institute of Rock Engineering, of the South African Colliery Managers Association and of the South African Academy of Engineering. He was the recipient of the Gold Medal of SAIMM on two occasions. In 2009 he was inducted as Fellow of the International Society of Rock Mechanics.
Professor van der Merwe is author of more than 70 technical papers and of two handbooks on coal mine rock engineering.
The lecture will remain online so that those unable to attend at this time will be able to do it later. As usual, the attendees will be able to ask questions to the lecturer by e-mail during the subsequent five days (click to open in a new window).