Yves Potvin
Project Leader
Professor of Mining Geomechanics
Australian Centre for Geomechanics
Yves joined the Australian Centre for Geomechanics at The University of Western Australia in 1998 and was Centre Director, 2000 – 2019. Professor Potvin has published more than 100 articles and is the editor/co-editor of 14 conference proceedings and books. He has over 30 years of experience in rock mechanics and mine design and has previously held managerial positions at Mount Isa Mines, the Noranda Technology Centre and worked as a mining engineer at Noranda Mines, Gaspe Division. Yves undertakes numerous collaborative industry-focussed research projects and is presently involved with the ACG’s Ground Support Systems Optimisation Project, and the Stope Reconciliation and Optimisation Project. He is currently participates in several geotechnical review boards.
Dr Daniel Cumming-Potvin
Research Associate and Project Lead – mXrap
Australian Centre for Geomechanics
Daniel completed his Bachelor of Mining Engineering and PhD at The University of Western Australia in 2012 and 2018, respectively. He has worked at a number of underground metal mines in Australia, specialising in the areas of ground support, monitoring and mine seismicity. Daniel is project lead for mXrap.
Professor Martin Grenon
Head of Mining Engineering Department
Université Laval, Canada
Professor Grenon has more than 15 years’ of experience in mine and civil engineering geomechanics. He started his career as a ground control engineer at Brunswick Mine, Canada. Since 2001, he has been a Professor at Université Laval, Canada. He was also a visiting professor at École des mines de Paris in 2008. Martin’s particular expertise is in Discrete Fracture Modelling, rock mass characterisation, and probabilistic geomechanics mine design. He is currently the chairman of the rock engineering society of the Canadian Institute of Mining.
Hadjigeorgiou_John Professor John Hadjigeorgiou
FCIM Pierre Lassonde Chair in Mining Engineering
University of Toronto, Canada
John’s teaching, research and consulting activities are in the areas of rock characterisation, slope stability, tunnelling, reinforcement and support, and mine design. He has over 20 years of pertinent experience in North America, Canada, Australia and Europe, working in mining and geotechnical engineering. John is a past recipient of the John Franklin Award in Rock Mechanics from the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the Rock Mechanics Award from the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Joseph Justin Muaka Mbenza
Research Associate
Australian Centre for Geomechanics
Joseph joined the ACG in early 2019 as a research fellow. His areas of interest include: advanced numerical modelling and statistical, probability and data analysis. Previously, Joseph was a senior mining geotechnical engineer for SRK Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd. He has 15 years of experience in mining and rock mechanics. Joseph has a BSc Mining Engineering from University of Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a Master’s degree in Rock Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He was the recipient of the Rauji Foundation award in 2004 for best student, Faculty of Engineering, University of Lubumbashi, and the Chairman award for employee of the year at SRK Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd in 2016.
Denisha Sewnun
Research Fellow – mXrap
Australian Centre for Geomechanics
Denisha has more than 10 years of experience in the rock mechanics aspects of open pit and underground mining projects. She has a BSc (honours) degree in Engineering Geology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Master’s degree in Rock Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand. Denisha has recently joined the Australian Centre for Geomechanics as a Research Fellow after having spent the last 7 years providing consulting services for mining projects across Africa. Her principal areas of expertise include geotechnical data analysis, geotechnical investigations, three-dimensional geotechnical block modelling and rock support design.
Johan Wesseloo Associate Professor Johan Wesseloo
Australian Centre for Geomechanics
Since obtaining a BEng (Civil) and MEng (Geotechnical) from The University of Pretoria, Johan has been involved in geotechnical engineering in open pit and underground environments throughout 14 countries. He commenced his career in 1998 as a geotechnical engineer at SRK Consulting in Johannesburg where his experience included open pit and underground projects in varying geotechnical conditions. In 2005 he was awarded a PhD (Geotechnical) from The University of Pretoria. Johan joined the ACG in 2007 as a Research Fellow. During his time at the ACG, Johan has been involved in research, the supervision of postgraduate students and geotechnical training. He also performs geotechnical and mining-induced seismicity reviews providing him with the valuable opportunity to visit numerous operations worldwide. Johan was instrumental in the development of the mXrap software and many of the software routines and apps available in that platform. Johan is a Fellow of The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He was awarded the SAIMM Gold medal in 2006 and 2016, and the SAIMM Silver Medal in 2014. In May 2019, Johan was appointed Centre Director.