Biography of the Author
Dr. Maurice B. Dusseault, PhD, PEng
Earth and Environmental Sciences Dept., University of Waterloo, ON, CANADA
Phone: 1 604 541 1920 (May to Dec), 1 519 888 4590 (Jan to Apr)
Maurice started teaching at the University of Alberta in 1977, after completing his degrees in Civil Engineering. For five years he held a chair funded by the Alberta Government, intended to foster oil sands development and energy research. Since 1982, he has been Professor of Geological Engineering, Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, University of Waterloo, teaching rock mechanics and production methods.
Maurice carries out research in geomechanics, oil production, and novel deep waste disposal technologies. Geomechanics issues in CO2 sequestration, hydraulic fracturing, borehole stability, steam injection, biosolids injection, and THMC coupling issues are current interests. He has co-authored two textbooks with John Franklin (former ISRM President) and 480 full text articles and works widely with industry as an advisor and professional instructor in petroleum geomechanics. He was a Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer in 2002-2003, visiting 19 countries and 28 separate SPE sections, speaking on New Oil Production Technologies. He has developed a number of professional short courses in subjects such as production approaches, petroleum geomechanics, waste disposal, and sand control, presented in 20 different countries in the last 10 years. These courses are taught from a geomechanics point of view because the issues of mechanical rock behavior are so critically important to successful and environmentally benign oil and gas development.
The Petroleum Geomechanics Commission is being formed (2011) and his involvement as its president is intended to bring this area of rock mechanics more into the ISRM domain.