Dr. Manoj Verman is currently working for Geodata Engineering in India as Technical Director. He has earlier worked with Halcrow as Director (Tunnelling & Geotechnical) and with Golder Associates as Vice Chairman of the Global Tunnelling Group. He received his undergraduate education in civil engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India in 1980 and obtained his Masters in Rock Mechanics from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India in 1982.
In 1993, he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Rock Mechanics from University of Roorkee. His research work on various aspects of tunnelling through the difficult ground conditions of the Himalayas was widely appreciated internationally. His thesis was adjudged as the best Ph.D. thesis in geotechnical engineering in India and he was awarded “Prof. Leonard’s Prize” for this in 1994. In 1995, he was awarded the Young Engineer Award for significant contribution to the field of water resources development in India.
Dr. Verman is a specialist in tunnelling & rock caverns, rock mechanics, field instrumentation and non-destructive testing. He has been involved in planning, design and construction stages of several tunnels and rock caverns. He has also been associated with stability analysis, support design and instrumentation of rock slopes. Besides his core area of Rock Mechanics, he has worked extensively in allied fields of Geophysics, Non-Destructive Testing and Condition Assessment. He also has experience with high-end geotechnical laboratory and field testing involving advanced equipment.
Besides his research interests, he has vast experience of working in the corporate world as a dynamic leader who effectively combines his keen business sense and strong technical skills to secure and deliver engineering services of high quality to time and budget. He has over 30 years of experience with infrastructure projects for government and private clients in India and overseas and possesses strong project management, team management and client facing skills. He is currently managing five large consultancy projects involving tunnels in the Himalayas.
Dr. Verman has published over 70 papers. He is regularly invited to deliver technical lectures in India and overseas. He is currently the Vice President of Indian Society for Engineering Geology. He has served on technical committees of RILEM and of Bureau of Indian Standards. He has been on Executive Committee of Indian Geotechnical Society and is on Governing Council of International Society of Rock Mechanics (India) and Tunnelling Association of India. Besides ISRM and ITA, he is a member of several professional societies.
Dr. Verman is the President of a new ISRM Commission on Hard Rock Excavation.