Dear ISRM Members and Rock Mechanics Colleagues

The fifth ISRM Online Lecture will be broadcast on 10 April, at 9 a.m. GMT. The title of his lecture will be “Implementing a Reliable Slope Design”.

Info on how to attend will be posted at shortly before the time of the lecture. Please assure that your internet connection is fast enough to view high-definition video. The lecture will remain online so that those unable to attend at this time will be able to do it later. Prof. Read will reply to the questions sent to the email until 15 April.

Dr Read is a geological engineer with over 45 years civil and mining engineering project experience as a practitioner, consultant and mining research manager in a number of locations around the world.

His particular expertise is in slope stability and since 1980 he has been specifically concerned with the stability of rock slopes in large open pit mines. In 1987 he got a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the Purdue University, USA. In 1994 he was appointed Deputy Chief of the CSIRO Division of Exploration & Mining and Executive Manager of the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies Brisbane. However, in 2004 he stepped back from both of these positions to first establish and then manage CSIRO’s industry funded Large Open Pit Slope Design (LOP) project. The principal objective of the project is to perform research that improves our current methods of predicting the stability of rock slopes in open pit mines.

The previous ISRM Online Lectures were given by Prof. Wulf Schubert, Prof. John Hudson Dr. Pierre Dufaut and Prof. Eduardo Alonso. All the ISRM Online Lectures will remain available on the ISRM website in this dedicated webpage (click to open in a new window) .

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