Keynote lectures of the 2009 Eurock at Cavtat, Croatia
Innovative tunnelling construction method to cope with squeezing at Saint Martin La Porte Access by Prof. G. Barla
Giovanni Barla was born in Italy and graduated in mining engineering from the Politecnico di Torino in Italy in 1965. For his post-graduate work he specialised in rock mechanics and obtained a master’s degree from Columbia University, New York, USA, in 1967. He was awarded the Doctor of Engineering Science Degree from Columbia University in 1970 for a thesis on stress analysis of underground excavations. He is now Professor of Rock Mechanics and Director of the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino in Italy.
His research activities are principally connected to laboratory and in situ testing (behaviour of rock discontinuities and weak rocks), rock mass characterisation, numerical modelling and back analysis, performance monitoring, slope stability, rock-structure interaction for underground workings and tunnels, surface and underground mining.
He is Editor of “Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering”, SpringerWienNewYork. He is member of the “Accademia delle Scienze di Torino”. He has been Vice President of ISRM from 1995 to 1999 and President of AGI (Italian Geotechnical Society) for the period 1997-2003. Editor of Proceedings of International Conferences and Symposia on behalf of ISRM, ISSMGE and IACMAG, he is author of more than 250 papers on various subjects in rock mechanics, rock engineering, geotechnical engineering, tunnel engineering and numerical modelling. He has been active in promoting continuum education courses in Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering since 1986, which resulted in the publication of 10 books on various subjects including tunnelling, slope stability, performance monitoring, and rock mass characterisation.
He is a member of ISRM, ISSMGE, IGS, and IACMAG. He is used to participate in the activities of these societies as General Reporter, Key-Note Speaker, Member of Panels in International Conferences and Symposia. He has coordinated the ISRM Commission on “Tunnelling in squeezing rock” and organised two workshops on the subject in 1995 and 1997 which resulted in the publication of special issues of the Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering Journal and of the Italian Geotechnical Journal. He has been chairman, on behalf of ISRM, of Eurock96 in 1996, and on behalf of IACMAG of the 11th International Conference in 2005.
He has been associate and member of the International Board of Golder Associates Inc. from 1991 to 1995. He is consultant in rock engineering; in tunnelling and underground excavations, including near surface tunnels (with major interest in squeezing and/or swelling ground), rock reinforcement and support methods, and mechanised tunnelling; in rock slope engineering, including stability assessment of artificial cuts and natural slopes, rock falls, active and passive measures, stabilisation and reinforcement measures; and in dam engineering. He has recently worked on projects in Italy, France, Switzerland, Greece, Israel, Ethiopia, Venezuela, China, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Philippines.
Metro station collapse in Brazil due to a unique sub-surface structure by Dr. Nick Barton.
Education: University of London, King's College,1966 - BSc (Eng) Honours, in Civil Engineering. Imperial College, London, 1971 – PhD in Rock Mechanics, on Rock Slope Stability
2001-present Principal, Nick Barton & Associates (Norway)
2000 Senior International Consultant, NGI, Oslo
1990-1999 Technical Adviser, Rock Engineering and Reservoir Mechanics Division, NGI, Oslo
1984-1989 Division Director, Dam, Rock and Avalanche Division, NGI, Oslo.
1983-1984 Manager of Geomechanics, Terra Tek Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah.
1980-1983 Senior Staff Consultant, Terra Tek Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah.
1971-1980 Senior Engineer, Dam and Rock Group, NGI, Oslo.
US National Committee for Rock Mechanics 1975 Research Award for paper: "Engineering Classification of Rock Masses for the Design of Tunnel Support"
Geological Society of America 1978 Burwell Award for paper: "The Shear Strength of Rock and Rock Joints"
8th Laurits Bjerrum Memorial Lecture, Oslo, 1985.
4th Manuel Rocha Memorial Lecture, Lisbon, 1987.
12th Prague Geotechnical Lecture 2004.
Biographical Citations: since 1993, Marquis’s Who's Who in the World.
Doctor Honoris Causa honorary doctor degree, University of Cordoba, Argentina, 2004.
International consultant: Consulted on rock engineering problems in following 30 countries, on road and rail tunnels, tunnels and caverns for hydropower, dams, nuclear waste disposal, rock slope stability, grouting. (Norway, Germany, Kenya, Peru, South Africa, Surinam, Papua New Guinea, Greece, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, Taiwan, Israel, Hong Kong, China, Turkey, England, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Italy, Kashmir, Brazil, Spain, Wales, Australia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Panama, India).
Invited International Conference Lectures : Keynote lectures (K), Panelist reports (P), Moderator reports (M), and General reports (G) at international symposia and congresses (see publication list): Capri 1977 (P), Berkeley 1982 (K), Lisbon 1983 (P), Montreal ISRM 1987 (M), Loen 1990 (K), Istanbul 1993 (K), (P), Tokyo ISRM 1995 (K), Sydney 1996 (K), Taipei 1996 (K), Shimla 1998 (K), Cancun NARMS 1998 (G), Santos S. American Rock Mech. Congress,1998 (K), Paris ISRM 1999 (G), Singapore 2000 (K), São Paulo 2002 (K), Three Gorges China 2004 (K), Cordoba-Argentina 2004 (K), Kyoto ARMS 2004 (K), Cartagena, Colombia, and Bogota, Colombia S. American Rock Mech.Congresses (K) 2006, 2008, Tehran ARMS 2008 (K)
Publications: Author/co-author of 250 papers in technical journals and conference proceedings. Author of book on TBM Tunnelling in Jointed and Faulted Rock, 2000, and on Rock Quality, Seismic Velocity, Attenuation and Anisotropy, 2006.
Rock engineering for structures in unstable slopes by Prof. H. Brandl
Professor Brandl has been full University Professor for Geotechnical Engineering (soil and rock mechanics) since 1977 and chairs the Geotechnical Institute founded by Professor Terzaghi in 1928 at the Technical University in Vienna, Austria. Since 1963 he has been fully responsible for about 3500 projects of civil engineering, road engineering, goetechnical, environmental, structural and hydraulic engineering. Prof. Brandl’s creative work comprises about 460 scientific publications (including 21 books) partly published in 17 languages. He has delivered more than 450 invited lectures, e.g. the 2001 Rankine Lecture and has been active world-wide since 1968 as chairman, general reporter, keynote lecturer etc. at numerous international conferences on geotechnical engineering, geosynthetics, road and environmental engineering. Prof. Brandl is member of several international scientific committees within ISSMGE and related societies, he was Vice-President of ISSMGE in the period 1997 to 2001 strongly supporting the cooperation between ISRM and ISSMGE.
Since June 2003 he has been President of the Austrian Society of Engineers and Architects (founded 1848), and he is the M. Rocha Lecturer of the year 2008.
Tunnelling in overstressed rock by Prof. E. Hoek and Prof. Paul G. Marinos.
Evert Hoek graduated in mechanical engineering and became involved in the young science of rock mechanics in 1958 when he started working on the problems of brittle fracture associated with rockbursts in very deep mines in South Africa. His degrees include a PhD from the University of Cape Town, a DSc (Eng) from the University of London and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Waterloo and Toronto in Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He spent a total of 15 years as an academic at Imperial College in London and at the University of Toronto, 12 years as a Principal of Golder Associates in Vancouver and the last 15 years as an independent consulting engineer. He has now retired from active consulting to concentrate on a few special projects and on writing. The title of his keynote address (co-author Paul Marinos) is “Tunnelling in overstressed rock”.
Paul Marinos is a professor of Engineering Geology in the School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens. He graduated in Mining Engineering in 1966 and he performed his doctoral work at the University of Grenoble, France, in dam geology and engineering. His work today focuses on rock mass characterization and behaviour, tunnelling and karstic ground. He brings extensive experience from both industrial and academic sectors, having served as consulting engineer to numerous projects around the world. He has authored over 300 papers in conferences and journals and received several awards and medals for his work in Engineering Geology. He was president of the International Association of Engineering Geology (IAEG, 1994-1998) and at present president of the Geological Society of Greece.
Stresses in rock masses: a review of key points by Prof. J. Hudson
John Hudson graduated in 1965 from the Heriot-Watt University, U.K.and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, U.S.A. He has spent his professional career in engineering rock mechanics — as it applies to civil, mining and environmental engineering — in consulting, research, teaching and publishing and has been awarded the D.Sc. degree for his contributions to the subject. In addition to authoring many scientific papers, he edited the 1993 five-volume “Comprehensive Rock Engineering” compendium, and the International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences from 1983-2006. Also, from 1983 to the present, Professor Hudson has been affiliated with Imperial College as Reader and Professor. He is also a Principal of Rock Engineering Consultants, actively engaged in applying engineering rock mechanics principles and techniques to relevant engineering practice worldwide. In 1998, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the U.K and in 2007 he became President of the International Society for Rock Mechanics.
Site characterization and rock testing for the evaluation of design parameters by Dr. J. Muralha, L. Lamas and N.F. Grossmann
Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC)
Rock engineering in Croatia: history, current status and special problems by Prof. Vrkljan