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Vice President at Large

Norikazu Shimizu, Japan

Prof. Norikazu Shimizu
Yamaguchi University
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2-16-1 Tokiwadai
Ube 755-8611

Tel: (+81) 836 85 9333
Fax: (+81) 836 85 9301

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Norikazu Shimizu is currently a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Yamaguchi University, Japan.  He has held this position since 2000.  He received Bachelor and Master Degrees in Civil Engineering, and a Doctoral Degree of Engineering, from Kobe University, Japan.  He started his professional work at Kobe University in 1981 as a Research Associate, and joined Yamaguchi University as an Associate Professor in 1992.  In 1995, he stayed in the Geomechanics Research Centre, now the Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation, at Laurentian University in Ontario, Canada, as a visiting scholar for a year.  

Prof. Shimizu is a member of ISRM through the Japanese Society for Rock Mechanics.  His first exposure to ISRM activities was the Congress held in Montreal in 1987.  Since then, he has participated in the ISRM congresses and many other ISRM symposia, and has worked as a member of several committees of those symposia.  He was the President of the Japanese Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM Japan National Group) from 2011 to 2013, and served on many committees concerning Rock Mechanics as a chairman and a member in Japan.  Recently, he contributed to the “ISRM Suggested Method for Monitoring Rock Displacements Using the Global Positioning System” in the ISRM Orange Book, and organized the 2014 ISRM International Symposium- ARMS8 in Sapporo as the chairman.

His main research topics are “the development of systems for monitoring rock displacements”, “field measurement and back analysis”, “numerical modeling”, and “underground space design”.  He has been concerned with many rock mechanics projects for the construction and maintenance of tunnels, underground powerhouses, oil storage caverns, rock slopes, landslides, dams, and so on.  He is the author of a large number of publications in referred journals and conference proceedings.