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Principal Ground Control Engineer, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, a Glencore Company

Speech title: Rockburst observations from hard rock mines – failures, successes, lessons learned

Brad Simser received his B.Sc. in Geotechnical Engineering, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 1988, and M.Sc. in Rock Mechanics, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1998. He has worked in hard rock mines since 1990, starting off in the Witwatersrand basin for Anglo American from 1990-95. He has worked in northern New Brunswick (Brunswick Mine lead-zinc-silver 1995-2001), at the Noranda Technology Centre (2001-03), and in the Sudbury basin for Glencore from 2003 to present. All the roles were in the rock mechanics field, and he is currently the central rock mechanics engineer for Glencore’s Sudbury Operations. He has written several papers on mining induced seismicity and rock bursting in hard rock mines, usually with emphasis on the observational approach to engineering.

Xibing LI

Chair Professor, Central South University, China

Speech title: Rock dynamic testing method and coupled static-dynamic loading

Dr. Li Xibing is chair Professor of Rock dynamics and Mining Engineering at the Central South University, China. He is a Vice President of China Society of rock mechanics and Engineering. Dr. Li obtained his PhD from Central South University, Changsha, China in 1992. As a visiting scholar, he had working experience in USA and Singapore. Dr. Li have made many contributions in the field of rock dynamics and hard rock mining. He proposed an innovative approach of SHPB testing by half-sine wave loading. Based on the mechanics of deep mining, he proposed the coupled static-dynamic load theory and developed the coupled static-dynamic load system. As the project leader, he presided over 10 national research projects, such as the National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars, Cheung Kong Scholars Program, Major/state key Program of the National Natural Science Foundation, State Key Development Program for Basic Research (973), etc. So far, he has published about 200 technical papers on rock failure mechanisms and mining engineering, and he is the author of ten books of rock mechanics and mining engineering.


Chair Professor, University of Leoben, Austria

Speech title: Blast fragmentation: Basics, models and measurements

Finn Ouchterlony graduated from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden in 1980 (Tekn.Doktor) and received his honorary degree from Montan-universität Leoben (Dr.mont.h.c.) in 2007. His skills include fracture mechanics, blast damage and blast fragmentation.

From 1967 to 1984 he was employed by Atlas Copco and worked mainly at the Swedish Detonic Research (SveDeFo) labs in Vinterviken. During 1987-1993 he was head of the SveDeFo labs, during 1993-2003 head of the blasting research at SveBeFo and 2003-2010 head of the Swedish Blasting Research Centre, Swebrec. He has held academic positions at Luleå Univ. Technology (1985-88), Yamaguchi Univ., Japan (1991-92), Luleå Univ. Techn. (2003-2010) and Montanuniversität Leoben (2011-2014).

Finn Ouchterlony was co-author of the EU funded projects "Downhole Abrasive Jet Cutting Operations in Quarrying, Mining and Civil Engineering" (BE-1671; 1996-99) and together with Prof Peter Moser of "Less Fines Production in Aggregate and Industrial Minerals Industry" (GRD-2000-00438; 2001-2004). He has a long experience of working with industry related explosives and blasting projects.

He was the co-ordinator of the ISRM working group WG on Fracture Toughness Testing of rock, which led to suggested methods in 1988. He is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Blasting and Fragmentation (ISEE) and Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. He is a member of the int. organizing committee of the triennial Fragblast symposia. He discovered the Swebrec distribution during the Less Fines project. This led to the Douglas Hay award in 2005.

Chun'an TANG

Chair Professor, Dalian University of Technology, China

Speech title: Rockbursts: modeling and monitoring

Dr. Tang, as a chair Professor, is the Director of the Center for Rock Instability and Seismisity Research (CRISR) of Dalian University of Technology. He is also the Vice President of the Chinese Society of Rock Mechanics CSRM. In 1984, he started his Ph.D research, in Northeastern University, Shenyang, P.R.China, and got his Ph.D in 1988. In 1991, he continued his post-doctoral work in Imperial College, London, UK (worked with Prof. J.A. Hudson). Then, as an academic visitor, he had lots of experience working in Canada, Sweden, Singapore, Switzerland and Hong Kong. He leads several major research projects in rock mechanics, especially on rock failure process analysis and monitoring in civil engineering. He is now appointed as a chief scientist for national 973 program for fundamental researcher (2014 and 2018). His work is funded by the "Trans-Century Training Programme Foundation for Outstanding Young Scholars in China" from the State Education Ministry and by the "Special Natural Science Foundation for Outstanding Young Scholars in China" from National Nature Science Foundation. So far, he has published about 200 technical papers on rock failure mechanisms and civil engineering, and is the author of six books of rock mechanics and the principle author of "Rock Failure Mechanisms" published by CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.