William Joughin has spent the past 25 years in the field of underground rock engineering, having worked for South Africa’s largest gold mining companies before joining SRK Consulting in 1998. A partner and principal mining geotechnical engineer at SRK, he specialises in underground rock engineering investigation and design, and has published over 40 articles on rock engineering.
William’s expertise encompasses geotechnical investigations, numerical modelling, mining method selection, design of mining layouts, investigation of shaft stability and geotechnical risk. He has provided consultancy services for mining projects on five continents, with various orebody geometries and rock mass characteristics, exploited with a wide range of mining methods. William has a special interest in deep and high stress mining and rockburst prevention.
William has led several applied research projects in mining rock mechanics for the Safety in Mines Research Advisory Committee (SIMRAC) and the Deep Mine research Programme in South Africa. He is currently collaborating with the Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG) on research into risk based support design. William is also an occasional lecturer and external examiner for the University of the Witwatersrand Mining School.
William is a Past President of the South African Institute of Rock Engineering (SANIRE); the current Vice President for Africa of the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM); and a council member of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM). He is a member of the SAIMM Journal editorial board, focussing on rock engineering.
William also was the Chairman of the organising committees of two international rock mechanics conferences and two rock engineering schools on behalf of both the SAIMM and SANIRE. He is the current Chairman of AfriRock 2017, the ISRM International Symposium for 2017.
William is the recipient of an SAIMM Gold medal and the Alec Wilson Award for outstanding papers.