The 16th ISRM Online Lecture will be delivered by Prof. Giovanni Barla. To watch the lecture, go to the ISRM website on 16th December at 10 a.m. GMT. The title of the lecture is: "Challenges in the Understanding of TBM Excavation in Squeezing Conditions”.
Giovanni Barla, former professor of rock mechanics at Politecnico di Torino, has been head of the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering and vice-president of the School of Engineering. He has been instructor and associate professor at Columbia University, New York.Giovanni graduated in mining engineering at Politecnico di Torino, obtained the MScEng degree and the PhD degree at Columbia University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, defending a thesis on the analytical and numerical analysis of stress distribution around underground excavations.Giovanni Barla has been president of the Italian Geotechnical Association (AGI) and vice-president for Europe of ISRM. Giovanni is editor of the Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering Journal. He received the ISRM fellow nomination, the IACMAG award for outstanding contributions, and the emeritus membership of AGI. He is honorary professor of Chongqing University and member elected of the Torino Academy of Science.
The research interests of Giovanni Barla span over a variety of topics in the fields of rock mechanics, tunnel engineering, rock slopes and dam engineering, numerical methods in geomechanics. He is among the small group of European researchers who studied and applied the finite element method in the field of rock and soil mechanics since the early developments of the technique. He is author and co-author of more than 300 papers, which cover subjects such as laboratory and in situ testing, rock mass characterization and classification; numerical modelling; performance monitoring and back analysis; rock slopes; tunnels and caverns.
Giovanni Barla is also an active international consultant. His activity is strictly related to his studies, providing valuable hints for pursuing new research topics, and brought him to become, during the nineties, principal and member of the International Board of Golder Associates. The projects in which he acted as designer, geotechnical consultant or responsible of the numerical studies are numerous and concern a variety of topics in rock engineering, including rock slopes, deep seated rock slides, dam foundations, conventional and mechanized tunnel excavations, and mining engineering.Giovanni is presently involved in a number of underground projects in Italy and Abroad. He is contributing at the design stage and during construction of the Alpine Base Tunnels and tunnels being excavated in difficult ground conditions, by using both conventional and/or mechanized excavation methods. In these cases rock mechanics an rock engineering concepts are being applied systematically and novel methods for efficient and safe construction underground are being developed. Also, the most interest is devoted to the development of civil protection strategies for rockslide hazard assessment, methods for real time monitoring and early warning, with reference to natural slopes where infrastructures and inhabited areas are located.