Keynote speakers

Åsa Fransson

Is it watertight? Observations and comments related to grouting of rock mass

Dr. Åsa Fransson is a civil engineer, researcher and former professor of Engineering Geology and has worked with research, full time, or part time since she finished her civil engineering studies in 1996...

Charlie Chunlin Li

A study of the arching effect, bond strength and rock mass failure around rock anchors

Dr. Charlie C. Li is a professor of rock mechanics for mining and civil engineering at the NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway...

Hongwei Huang

Machine learning for safety risk assessment on Rock Tunnel Driving

Prof. Hongwei HUANG is the Distinguished Professor of Tongji University, China. He is mainly engaged in risk assessment on Geo-structural system, underground infrastructure safety and health monitoring and inspection, etc...

Jessa Vatcher

Are we in the golden age of numerical modelling? 

Dr Jessa Vatcher, PhD, MBA, is a distinguished expert in the field of rock mechanics and numerical modelling, with a career marked by innovation, leadership, and a commitment to advancing the industry...


Marco Barla

The design of energy tunnels for a sustainable future 

Marco Barla is a Full Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) and an expert consultant for tunnelling and slope stability problems....

Mark Diedrichs

 Tunnelling in Rock: Engineering Geology, Rock Engineering and Observational Design in Four Dimensions 

Dr. Mark Diederichs began his rock mechanics and rock engineering career in 1987, earning a Masters Degree in Geological Engineering in Toronto, Canada. He worked with the Canadian mining sector for a decade providing R&D services in seismic... 


Thomas Marcher

The challenges of "hard soil and soft rock": an inside into this material's brittle to ductile behaviour  

Specialized civil and geotechnical engineer with over 25 years of experience in the design and construction of underground projects around the world (Europe, Asia, North America, South America)...