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Announcing Our Keynote Speakers

The Organizing Committee is pleased to present the symposium keynote speakers. The Peter Cundall Award recipient will also be invited to be a keynote speaker. A keynote presentation will be made at the start of each morning and afternoon session.

Peter Cundall

Dr. Cundall performed his doctoral work at Imperial College, London, where, in 1971, he originated the Distinct Element Method for modeling jointed rock and granular material. In addition to being an independent consultant for several years, he worked for Dames and Moore for five years, and was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota for seven years, at which he is now Adjunct Professor. He was employed by Itasca for more than 20 years, where he is now an Associate.

Caroline Darcel

Dr. Darcel is a principal engineer at Itasca Consultants SAS. She specializes in the Discrete Fracture Network (DFN) modeling framework, with applications in the geothermal, mining, and nuclear waste industries. She has been involved in many projects on site scale DFN characterization and Synthetic Rock Mass (SRM) modeling, including flow channeling characterization and rock mass mechanical and hydraulic effective properties assessment.

Jose Lemos

Dr. Jose Lemos holds a PhD in Rock Mechanics from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He has been involved in the development of Itasca's DEM codes UDEC and 3DEC since the '80s. Presently he is a Principal Researcher at LNEC (Civil Engineering National Laboratory) in Lisbon, Portugal.

Kurt Mair am Tinkhof

Kurt Mair am Tinkhof, a geotechnical engineer with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Vienna University of Technology, is an employee of Amberg Engineering AG, working on projects related to conventional, TBM, and cut and cover tunneling.

Nedim Radoncic

Nedim Radoncic holds a PhD in Geotechnics from the Graz University of Technology, Austria, focusing on support design in weak ground using Itasca’s FLAC3D. He has been involved in tunneling projects as geoetechnical site engineer, where he gathered experience in applying numerical analysis to tackle on-site problems, e.g. large faults and TBM stop, cross section design, etc.

Martin Schöpfer

Dr. Martin Schöpfer, recipient of the Peter A. Cundall award at the 3rd Itasca FLAC/DEM Symposium, is a geologist at the University of Vienna with extensive experience in the application of PFC to model a wide range of geological structures, such as rock joints, tectonic faults, and volcanic collapse. In recent years he has been working on numerous projects, mainly funded by the petroleum industry.

Reminder: Call for Extended Abstracts

Participants are invited to submit Extended Abstracts related to the use of Itasca software, including 3DEC, Blo-Up, FLAC, FLAC3D, FLAC/Slope, Griddle, InSite, KATS, MINEDW, PFC2D, PFC3D, REBOP, Slope Model, UDEC, and XSite.

Accepted submissions are expected to be presented at the symposium and will also be published online in the Proceedings of the Fifth International Itasca Symposium. Visit the previous Itasca Symposia.

One Extended Abstract will be selected for the Peter Cundall Award. Its author will be invited to present one of the Symposium keynote addresses.

Key Dates

  • May 15, 2019: Deadline for receipt of Extended Abstracts
  • June 20, 2019: Notification of abstracts accepted for presentation
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