Prof. Stefano Utili
Dr. Stefano Utili is Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Newcastle University. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE) and the Geological Society of London (FGS). His research interests lie in the area of computational geomechanics involving the use of analytical (Limit Analysis) and numerical methods (Distinct Element Method) applied to the stability of slopes (e.g. the evolution of slopes subject to weathering, the stability of river embankments), prediction of debris flows of granular materials and the extension of the Discrete Element Method (DEM) to non-spherical particles to investigate the stability of rock slopes and tunnels.
Prof. Wei WU
Professor Wei Wu is director of the Institute of Geotechnical Engineering. His broad research activities cover the entire spectrum of geotechnical engineering particularly in numerical analysis and model testing. Prof. Wu is also the founding editor of Acta Geotechnica, an international journal for geoengineering hosted by Springer. Prof. Wu publishes widely covering broad areas, e.g. constitutive modelling, numerical methods, laboratory and field testing, geotechnical centrifuge modelling, foundations, tunnelling, geosynthetics, slope stability and geoenvironmental engineering.
Dr Xueyu Geng
Scientist in charge, UWA
Dr Xueyu Geng is an assistant Professor at the University of Warwick. She is a Fellow of Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics and Engineering (Natural Disaster Reduction). She has pioneered research on both rail geotechnics and road embankments on problem soils (soft soils). Her contributions through research to innovative design and construction practices in rail track engineering and problematic ground improvement for stabilising transport infrastructure and have made a significant impact in industry world widely. Her research methods include analytical, numerical modelling, laboratory and field testing.
Prof. Gioacchino Viggiani
Scientist in charge, UGA
Dr. Gioacchino Viggiani is Professor at Université Grenoble Alpes since 1998. Since 2006, Prof. Viggiani is one of the four Editors of the International Journal Acta Geotechnica (Springer). His research involves experimental investigations as well as theoretical and numerical modelling of the behaviour of geomaterials, including localized failure and hydro-mechanical coupling. On the experimental side, he has been using a varied range of soils and rock testing apparatuses, some of which equipped with ultrasonic tomography / acoustic emission systems. All the researchers seconded at Grenoble INP will benefit from the opportunity of carrying out advanced geotechnical tests (e.g. triaxial and biaxial tests) utilising the unique Grenoble INP laboratory equipment to investigate the onset of failure at the microscale in the most important classes of geomaterials (granular soils, weak rocks, etc.).
Dr. Marcos Arroyo
Scientist in charge, UPC
Dr. Marcos Arroyo is Associate Professor at UPC. His research interests include the simulation of geotechnical processes using DEM, the use and interpretation of in situ tests, laboratory seismic testing, the design and simulation of excavations and tunnels and the geotechnical properties of tire derived aggregates and other residues.
Dr. Fabian Dedecker
Scientist in charge, ITASCA Consultants
Dr. Dedecker is a Civil Engineer with over 14 years of experience in the geotechnical and process engineering fields. His areas of specialization are nuclear-waste disposal research, the static and dynamic stability of masonry structures, the study of flow in fractured rock masses, and the advanced manufacturing and materials handling problems based mainly on discrete approaches.
Mr. Sacha Emam
Scientist in charge, ITASCA Consultants
Mr. Emam has developed numerical models to investigate the relationship between the packing history of granular systems, their geometry and micro-mechanical parameters and their large-scale mechanical properties (elastic moduli, friction angle, dilatancy, etc.). Mr. Emam is involved in the numerical study of the flow and jamming behaviour of dry and cohesive granular media, as well as in the numerical study of excavation damage and slope stability in rock masses. As a software engineer at Itasca, Mr. Emam assist in the development of 3DEC, FLAC3D, PFC2D, and PFC3D. He has directed the development and has been one of the primary developers of PFC version 5.0.
Mrs. Nicola Matthews
Scientist in charge, IT-IM
Mrs. Matthews has a degree in geology from the University of Portsmouth and has previous experience in working in the mining and waste management business sectors. She is responsible for maintaining ICL’s ISO9001 quality standard and has responsibility for all aspects of Itasca software sales and provides support for ICL’s own software InSite, as well as assisting in the day to day running of the office.
Dr. William Flynn
Scientist in charge, IT-IM
Dr. William Flynn is an Applied Physicist at Itasca Microseismic & Geotechnical Evaluation (IMaGE), with a diverse technical background and several years’ experience in industrial and academic environments, and development of instrumentation and measurement systems. During his Ph.D. he worked on the development of instrumentation for measuring atmospheric trace species. As part of the Planetary Sciences Group at Oxford University, he worked on the development of a microseismometer network for planetary science programs. In his current role in IMaGE he is involved in the development of the next generation of ICL’s hardware products and the testing and installation of ICL’s microseismic and acoustic emission instrumentation.
Prof. Francisco Zabala
Scientist in charge, SJUAN
Dr. Francisco Zabala is Professor at National University of San Juan and Director of the Earthquake Research Institute IDIA. He is also the Director of the Master program in Earthquake Engineering. His main research interest are geotechnical earthquake engineering and numerical methods, seismic security assessment of earth and concrete dams, soil dynamics, liquefaction, stability of earth and rockfill dams, constitutive modelling, mechanical behaviour of granular materials and dynamical tests. Researchers of UNSJ seconded at the European institutions of the network will apply the new knowledge to the modelling of the several cases of landslides and open pit cast mine failures recorded in their country. These cases will be used as benchmark in WP 3.
Prof. Gabriel Rodriguez Roca
Scientist in charge, SSIMON
Dr. Gabriel Rodriguez Roca is is a Professor at Laboratorio de Geotecnia – SSIMON. His main research interests are in analytical and numerical models for slope stability applied to open cast mines and stabilization techniques. He will work on WP 3.
Dr. Chloe Arson
Scientist in charge, GTECH
Dr. Chloe Arson is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 2012. Her research focuses on the modelling of damage in porous media. Her work combines phenomenological and micro-mechanical modelling, numerical simulations and programming. The main applications are (1) Energy Geotechnics: deep geological storage (nuclear waste disposals, carbon dioxide sequestration, highpressure gas storage); geothermal systems; hydraulic fracturing. (2) Geology & Geophysics: coupling offfault damage and fault rupture dynamics; modelling gouge particle crushing. (3) Solids and structures: modelling of soil/structure interfaces of heat exchanger piles and modelling of granular flow around piles subjected to lateral loading. Dr. Arson will collaborate with European experimentalists to build advanced micro-macro models of soils and rocks (WP2) and to simulate the evolution of discontinuities that interact across scales, by using Discrete Element Methods (WP5) and Finite Element Methods (WP6).
Prof. Mingjing Jiang
Scientist in charge, TOU
Dr. Mingjing Jiang is a ‘Professor of Exceptional-rank’ of Geotechnical Engineering at Tongji University. He is the Vice Chair of TC105 committee (Mechanics from Micro and Macro) of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. He has been awarded with China National Funds for Distinguished Young Scientists (2010). He is the editor of Granular Matter, Transportation Geotechnics, the Chinese Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, and Chinese Journal of Rock Mechanics and Engineering. His research focuses on the use of the distinct element method to model a variety of problematic soils and for geotechnical problems (e.g. slope stability, tunnelling, retaining structures).
Dr. Fang Liu
Scientist in charge, TOU
Dr. Fang Liu is an Associate research Professor at Tongji University. Her research interests lie in the area of applications of information technology and computational methods (including the finite element method and the discrete element method) to geotechnical engineering. She is employing the discrete element method to model earthquake induced liquefaction of sands and she will work in WP 2 and 4.
Prof. Jong Kim
Scientist in charge, NAR
Dr. Jong Kim is Professor of School of Engineering at Nazarbayev University. He has strong professional experience in geotechnical engineering, pavement engineering, and construction materials (testing and modeling of the mechanical behavior of frictional/cohesive materials, soft ground improvement, stability analysis of slops and foundations, non-destructive testing, pavement analysis and design, recycling of construction materials) and has participated in more than 100 projects as a research assistant, research engineer and principal/co-principal investigator over the last 25 years.