Conference chair

Johan Wesseloo

Dr Johan Wesseloo
Senior Research Fellow — Rock Engineering
Project Leader — mXrap Development
Australian Centre for Geomechanics

Johan has been involved in geotechnical engineering since 1998, with experience in both underground and open pit environments. Johan obtained a BEng (Civil), MEng and PhD (Geotechnical) from The University of Pretoria, South Africa and is Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He started his career as a geotechnical engineer with SRK Consulting, South Africa. In 2007, Johan joined the Australian Centre for Geomechanics, where he led and completed the ACG’s High Resolution Seismic Monitoring in Open Pit Mines project and the Mine Seismicity and Rockburst Risk Management. Johan has an interest in the rock engineering aspects of mine-induced seismicity and developed several procedures and methods for seismic analysis for rock engineering purposes and mining seismic hazard assessment methods, which are integrated into mXrap Apps.

Keynote speakers

John Hadjigeorgiou

Professor John Hadjigeorgiou
University of Toronto, Canada

Professor Hadjigeorgiou holds the Pierre Lassonde Chair in Mining Engineering at the University of Toronto. John previously served as head of the Department of Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Université Laval in Quebec City.

Dr Hadjigeorgiou is a PEng with over 25 years of international experience in mining engineering. John is a past recipient of the John Franklin Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the Rock Mechanics Award from the Canadian Institute of Mining. John is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

John Lupo

Dr John Lupo
Newmont Asia Pacific, USA

Dr Lupo holds a PhD in geotechnical engineering. He has over 30 years’ experience working within the mining industry. He currently is the Senior Director of Geotechnical and Hydrology at Newmont Mining Corporation in Denver, Colorado, USA.

Keynote address: Geotechnical risk-informed decision making in mining


John Hadjigeorgiou

Professor Dirk Van Zyl
University of British Columbia, Canada

Dirk has more than 30 years’ experience in research, teaching and consulting in tailings and mined earth structures. During that period he was a faculty member for 13 years at four universities in the US and Canada. For the last 10 years, much of his attention has been focussed on mining and sustainable development. He has been involved internationally in many mining projects. These projects covered the whole mining lifecycle; from exploration to closure and post-closure, in a large range of climatic and geographic environments. Dirk’s present research is in the area of the contributions that mining makes to sustainable development as well as the application of life cycle assessment to mined earth structures.

Event Contacts

Josephine Ruddle
Event Manager, Australian Centre for Geomechanics 

Candice McLennan
Event Coordinator, Australian Centre for Geomechanics