Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

School of Mining & Geosciences

Faculty

Prof. Fidelis Suorineni
Dean of the School/ Professor
Phone : +7 (7172) 706354
Education
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  1. PhD (1998), University of Waterloo, Canada
  2. MSc (1983), University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Britain
  3. BSc (1980), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
Employment history
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  • 2018 to date: Professor of Mining Engineering, School of Mining and Geosciences, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan
  • 2013 - 2017: Inaugural Chair of Mine Geotechnical Engineering, School of Mining Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
  • 2001 - 2013: Senior Research Engineer, Geomechanics Research Centre, Laurentian University, Sudbury Canada
  • 2001 - 2015: Adjunct Professor (Term appointments), School of Engineering, Laurentian University, Sudbury Canada
  • 1998 - 2001: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Geomechanics Research Centre, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada
  • 1994 - 1998: Research Assistant, Geomechanics Research Centre, Laurentian University, Sudbury Canada
  • 1989 - 1994: Senior Lecturer, School of Mines, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
  • 1983 - 1989: Lecturer, School of Mines, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
  • 1980 - 1982: Teaching Assistant, School of Mines, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
  • 1976 - 1977: Intern, Prestea State Goldfelds, Prestea, Ghana
Awards/Honours
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  1. Best Paper at the 13th International Congress of the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM), Montreal, 2015.
  2. Douglas Hay Medal – Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), 2015
  3. Speaker: 16th Kenneth Finlay Lecture, UNSW Australia, 17th October 2013.
  4. Douglas Hay Medal – Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), 2012
  5. International Students Scholarship, University of Waterloo, 1996
  6. Outstanding PhD Research Proposal Scholarship, University of Waterloo, 1994
  7. Ghana Government Scholarship, 1994 -1998
  8. Dean's List - Faculty of Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
  9. United Nations Development Program Fellowship (UNDP), 1985
  10. Deutche Geseeschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH Scholarship, 1982 – 1983
Research Interests
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  1. Value added mining systems (including block caving and open stopes)
  2. Current and emerging mining technologies (Including Big Data and Virtual/Augmented Reality applications, space technology)
  3. Rockbursts and seismicity
  4. Ground support
  5. Rockmass characterization and material testing (including thin spray-on liners (TSL), rock tendon support elements and acoustic emission apllications)
Publications
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  1. Shuai Xu, Suorineni, T.*, Long An and Yuan Hui Li., 2017. A Study of gravity flow principles of sublevel caving method in dipping narrow veins. Granular Matter (2017) 19:82, DOI 10.1007/s10035-017-0748-z.
  2. Qingyuan He, Suorineni, F.T.* and Joung Oh, 2017. Effect of discontinuity stress shadows on hydraulic fracture orientation. International Journal of Rock Mechanics & Mining Sciences 91:179–194.
  3. Shuai Xu, Fidelis T. Suorineni*, Kunmeng Li, Yuanhui Li, 2016. Evaluation of the Strength and Ultrasonic Properties of Foam Cemented Paste Backfill for reduced Dynamic Loading Effects. International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17480930.2016.1215782.
  4. He, Q., Suorineni, F.T.* and Oh, J. 2016. Review of Hydraulic Fracturing for Pre-conditioning in Cave Mining. Journal of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, doi:10.1007/s00603-016-1075-0.
  5. He, Q., Suorineni, F.T.* and Oh, J. 2016. Strategies for creating prescribed hydraulic fractures for pre-conditioning in cave mining. Rock Mech Rock Eng DOI 10.1007/s00603-016-1141-7.
  6. Tian-Hui Ma, Long Wang, Fidelis Suorineni and Chunan Tang 2016. Study on failure mechanism of mine pillars under shear loading. Shock and Vibration, http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/aip/6195482/
  7. Tibbett, J.D., Suorineni, F.T. and Hebblewhite, B.K. 2016. Preliminary results for investigating rockmass response to undercut blasting within a block cave mining system using VRSV. CIM Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 121 – 131.
  8. Papaioanou, A. and Suorineni, F.T. Development of a generalised dilution-based stability graph for open stope design. Transactions Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (Section A): Mining Technology, DOI:10.1080/14749009.2015.1.
  9. Suorineni, F.T. Reliability of predictive tools in geo-engineering – Causes of hit and Miss. Ghana Mining Journal, In print.
  10. Williams, K., Chalmers, D. and Suorineni, F.T. Assessing the suitability of recycled material as a timber substitute in drawpoint design. Mining Education Australia – Research Projects Review, pp. 73 – 82.
  11. Suorineni, F.T., Mgumbwa, J.J., Kaiser, P.K. and Thibodeau, D. 2014. Mining of orebodies under shear loading Part 2 – Failure modes and mechanisms. Transactions Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (Section A): Mining Technology, Vol. 123(4), pp. 240 – 249. (IOM3 2015 Douglas Hay Medal winning paper).
  12. Suorineni, F.T., Hebblewhite, B. and Saydam, S. 2014. Geomechanics challenges of contemporary deep mining: a suggested model for increasing future mining safety and productivity. The Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Vol. 114 pp. 1023 – 1032.
  13. Suorineni, F.T. Geomechanics challenges and its future direction – Food for thought. Ghana Mining Journal, Vol. 14, pp. 14-20.
  14. Suorineni, F.T. 2011. Factors influencing overbreak in the Barkers orebody, Kundana Gold mine: narrow vein case study. Paper by: P.C. Stewart, R. Trueman and I. Brunton, 2011: Mining Technology, vol. 120(2), pp. 80-89. Letter to the Editor, Transactions, Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (Section A): Mining Technology.
  15. Suorineni, F.T., Kaiser, P.K., Mgumbwa, J.J. and Thibodeau, D. 2011. Mining of orebodies under shear loading – Part 1: Case histories. Transactions Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (Section A): Mining Technology, vol. 120(3), pp. 137-147. (IOM3 2012 Douglas Hay Medal winning paper).
  16. Vasak, P. and Suorineni, F.T. Research to Reality: Extracting more value from mine data using virtual reality and scientific visualization techniques. PositionIT, The Geoinformatics, Surveying, GIS, GPS and Location-based Services Journal for Southern Africa, pp. 62 – 67.
  17. Suorineni, F.T. The stability graph after three decades in use – Experiences and the way forward. International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment, Vol. 24 (4), pp. 307-3392. (Among Top 10 Most downloaded and read paper in International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment in 2011).
  18. Suorineni, F.T., Chinassane D.R. and Kaiser P.K. 2009. A procedure for determining rock-type specific brittle Hoek-Brown parameter “s”. Rock Mech. Rock Eng.: 42:849–881.
  19. Suorineni, F.T., Kaiser P.K., Henning, J.H. Safe rapid drifting – Support selection. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology:23, pp. 682–699. (Top Hottest 25 articles in Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology in 2008).
  20. Cai, M., Kaiser P.K., Suorineni, F. and Su, K. 2007. A study on the dynamic behaviour of the Meuse/Haute-Marne argillite. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C, Volume 32, Issues 8-14, 2007, Pages 907-916.
  21. Suorineni, F.T., Kaiser, P.K., Tannant, D.D. 2001. Likelihood statistic for interpretation of the stability graph for open stope design. Technical Note Int. J. Rock Mech. and Min. Sci., Vol. 38 (5), pp.735-744.
  22. Suorineni, F.T., Tannant, D.D., Kaiser, P.K., and Dusseault, M.B., 2001. Incorporation of a fault factor into the stability graph method: Kidd Mine case Studies. Mineral Resources Engineering, Vol. 10 (1), pp.3-37).
  23. Suorineni, F.T., Tannant, D.D., and Kaiser, P.K., 1999. Determination of fault-related sloughage in open stopes. J. Rock Mech. and Min. Sci., Vol. 36 (7), pp. 891-906.
  24. Suorineni, F.T., Tannant, D.D., and Kaiser, P.K., 1999. Fault factor for the stability graph method of open-stope design. Instn. Min. Metall., (Section A: Mining Industry), London, Vol. 108, p. A92-104.
  25. Kuma, J.S. and Suorineni, F.T., A suggested solution to the blind zone problem in shallow exploration surveys. Engineering Geology (43) 1, pp. 57-64.
Prof. Randy Hazlett
Professor
Phone : +7 (7172) 694551
Education
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  1. PhD Chemical Engineering University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX USA 1986
  2. MSc Chemical Engineering University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX USA 1983
  3. BSc Chemical Engineering University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX USA 1980
Employment history
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  1. 2019 to date: Professor of Petroleum Engineering, School of Mining and Geosciences, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan
  2. 2012 - 2019: Associate Professor, McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
  3. 2001 - 2012: President, Potential Research Solutions, Dallas, Texas USA
  4. 1986 - 2001: Senior Staff Engineering, Dallas Research Laboratory, Mobil Research and Development Corporation, Dallas, TX  USA 
Awards/Honours
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  1. Chevron Visiting Scholar: 2015
  2. Chevron Fellow: 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018
Research Interests
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  1. Well inflow performance
  2. Unconventional reservoirs
  3. Enhanced Oil Recovery
  4. Computational Fluid Dynamics
Publications
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  1. Hazlett, R. D. and Babu, D. K. 2018. Transient Inflow Performance Modeling from Analytic Line Source Solutions for Arbitrary Trajectory Wells, SPEJ 23 (3), 906-918. doi:10.2118/189463-PA
  2. Akinluyi, O. and Hazlett, R. D. 2018. EOR Potential for Lean Gas Reinjection in Zipper Fracs in Liquid-Rich Basins, SPEJ 23 (3), 625-639. doi:10.2118/179577-PA
  3. Guanzheng Qu,Desheng Zhou,Kai Zhao,Randy Doyle Hazlett,Zhanqing Qu,David Freed. 2018.  Lattice Boltzmann Simulation of Fluid Migration in Mismatched Rough Fractures Based on Gaussian Distribution, Journal of China University of Petroleum (4), 88-98. doi:10.3969/j.issn.1673-5005.2018.03.011.
  4. Guanzheng Qu, Desheng Zhou, Randy Doyle Hazlett, Jiao Peng, Siwei Wu.  2017.  Study on Flow Characteristics  of Tensile Fractures Based on Lattice Boltzmann Method, Special Oil & Gas Reservoirs.
  5. Hazlett, R. 2017. Flux Characterization in Heterogeneous Transport Problems by the Boundary Integral Method, in Integral Methods in Science and Engineering, Vol. 2, Chapter 12, C. Constanda et al., (eds.)., Springer International Publishing, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-59387-6_12.
  6. Bao, A., Hazlett, R. D., & Babu, D. K. 2017. A Discrete, Arbitrarily Oriented 3D Plane-Source Analytical Solution to the Diffusivity Equation for Modeling Reservoir Fluid Flow. SPEJ (May 1) 1-15. doi:10.2118/185180-PA
  7. Zhang, Y. and Hazlett, R. D. 2016. Parametric Representation of Boundary Flux in Heterogeneous Potential Flow Problems, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics 307, 65-71.
  8. Qu, G, Qu, Z., Hazlett, R. D., Freed, D., Mustafayev, R. 2016.  Geometrical Description and Permeability Calculation About Shale Tensile Micro-fractures, Petroleum Exploration and Development, 43( 1), 124-130, ISSN 1876-3804, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1876-3804(16)30014-3.
  9. Otomo, H., Fan, H, Hazlett, R, Li, Y, Staroselsky, I, Zhang, R, and Chen, H.  2015. Simulation of Residual Oil Displacement in a Sinusoidal Channel with the Lattice Boltzmann Method, Comptes-Rendus de Mecanique de l’Academie des Sciences 343, 559-570.
  10. Hazlett, R. D. and Babu, D. K. 2014. Discrete Wellbore and Fracture Productivity Modeling for Unconventional Wells and Unconventional Reservoirs, SPEJ 19(01), 19-33.
  11. Hazlett, R. D. and Babu, D. K. 2013. Influence of Cell Boundary Flux Distribution on Well Pressure. Procedia Computer Science 18, 2137-2146.
  12. Hazlett, R. D., Babu, D. K. 2009. Readily Computable Green’s and Neumann Functions for Symmetry-Preserving Triangles, Quarterly of Applied Math LXVII (3) 579-592.
  13. Hazlett, R. D., Babu, D. K., & Lake, L. W.  2007. Semianalytical Stream-Function Solutions on Unstructured Grids for Flow in Heterogeneous Media,  SPEJ (June)  179-187.
  14. Hazlett, R. D. & Babu, D. K.  2005. Optimal Well Placement in Heterogeneous Reservoirs Via Semi-Analytic Modeling,  SPEJ (Sept)  286-296.
  15. Hazlett, R. D. & Vaidya, R. N.  2002. Lattice Boltzmann Simulations and Contact Angle Hysteresis in Convergent-Divergent Media,  Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 33 161-171.
  16. McCann, R., Hazlett, R. D., & Babu, D. K.  2001. Highly Accurate Approximations of Green's and Neumann Functions on Rectangular Domains, Proc. Royal Society A 457, 767-772.
  17. Hazlett, R. D. & Furr, M. J.  2000. Percolation Model for Permeability Reduction in Porous Media by Continuous-Gas Foams,  Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research  39 (8) 2709-2716.
  18. Ward, A. D., Ottewill, R. H., & Hazlett, R. D.  1999. An Investigation into the Stability of Aqueous Films Separating Hydrocarbon Drops from Quartz Surfaces, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering  24(2-4) 213-220.
  19. Coles, M. E., Hazlett, R. D., Muegge, E. L., Jones, K. W., Andrews, B., Dowd, B., Siddons, P., Peskin, A., Spanne, P., & Soll, W. E.  1998. Developments in Synchrotron X-Ray Microtomography with Applications to Flow in Porous Media, SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering., August.
  20. Hazlett, R. D., Chen, S. Y., & Soll, W. E.  1998. Wettability and Rate Effects on Immiscible Displacement:  Lattice Boltzmann Simulation in Microtomographic Images of Reservoir Rocks,  Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 20 167-175.
  21. Coles, M. E., Hazlett, R. D., Spanne, P., Soll, W. E., Muegge, E. L., & Jones, K. W.  1998. Pore Level Imaging of Fluid Transport Using Synchrotron X-Ray Microtomography, Petroleum Science and Engineering 19 (1/2) 55-64.
  22. Hazlett, R. D.  1997. Statistical Characterization and Stochastic Modeling of Pore Networks in Relation to Fluid Flow,  J. Mathematical Geology. 29(6) 801-822.
  23. Coles, M. E., Hazlett, R. D., Spanne, P., Muegge, E. L., & Furr, M. J.  1996. Characterization of Reservoir Core Using Computed Microtomography,  SPEJ,  October.
  24. Vaidya, R. N., Hazlett, R. D., Buckles, J. J., Coles, M. E., Grunau, D. W., Chen, S. Y., & Eggert, K.G.  1996. Simulation of Wettability Effects by Cellular Automata Methods, in Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Reservoir Wettability Evaluation and Its Effect on Oil Recovery,  University of Wyoming,  89-93.
  25. Garrison, J. R., Hazlett, R. D., Babu, D. K., Laali, H., & Smallwood, L. D.  1996. Electronic Flow Rate-Controlled Probe Permeametry: Theory, Instrumentation, Accuracy, Precision, Limitations, and Application,  In-Situ  20(2) 161-198.
  26. Hazlett, R. D.  1995. Simulation of Capillary-Dominated Displacements in Microtomographic Images of Reservoir Rocks,  in Multiphase Flow in Porous Media, P. Adler, (ed.) 21-35.
  27. Hazlett, R. D.  1995. Simulation of Capillary-Dominated Displacements in Microtomographic Images of Reservoir Rocks,  Transport in Porous Media  20 21-35.
  28. Hazlett, R. D.  1995. Soluble Gas Injection for Waterflood Profile Modification,  in New Developments in Improved Oil Recovery,  Geological Society Publishing House, Bath,  125-131.
  29. Buckles, J. J., Hazlett, R. D., Chen, S., Eggert, K. G., Grunau, D. W., & Soll, W. E.  1994. Toward Improved Prediction of Reservoir Flow Performance: Simulating oil and water flows at the pore scale, Los Alamos Science  22 112-121.
  30. Hazlett, R. D.  1993. On Surface Roughness Effects in Wetting Phenomena,  in Contact Angle, Wettability and Adhesion,  K. L. Mittal, Ed., VSP,  173-181.
  31. Hazlett, R. D., Furr, M. J., & Navarro, R.  1993. A Correlation for Miscible Flood Displacement Efficiency in the San Andres with NMR Relaxation,  SPE Advanced Technology Series  (April).
  32. Hazlett, R. D.  1992. On Surface Roughness Effects in Wetting Phenomena,  Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology   6(6)  625-633.
  33. Sanchez, J. M. & Hazlett,  R. D. 1992. Foam Flow Through Oil Wet Porous Medium:  A Laboratory Study, SPE Reservoir Engineering  (February)  91-97.
  34. Hazlett, R. D.  1990. Fractal Applications:  Wettability and Contact Angle,  Journal of Colloid and Interface Science  137  527-533.
  35. Hazlett, R. D. & Schechter, R. S.  1988. Stability of Macroemulsions, Colloids and Surfaces 29 53-69.
  36. Hazlett, R. D. & Schechter, R. S.  1988. Droplet Coalescence Near Liquid/Liquid Critical Points,  Colloids and Surfaces  29 71-87.
  37. Hazlett, R. D., Schechter, R. S., & Aggarwal, J. K.  1985. Image Processing Techniques for the Estimation of Drop Size Distributions,  Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Fundamentals  24  101-105.
Prof. Ali Mortazavi
Professor
Phone : +7 (7172) 694894
Research Interests
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  1. Open Pit Mine Design
  2. Rock Dynamics
  3. Numerical modeling
  4. Deep & Large underground structures
  5. High slope analysis and design
  6. Petroleum geomechanics
  7. Rock fragmentation
Publications
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Inventions and Patents

Mortazavi A., Atapour H., Development, design, and construction of a true triaxial system for Reservoir Depletion Simulation Under Real Rock Stress and Fluid Pressure Fields, Iran Patent Office No. 91531, Feb. 2017.

US Patent Publication No.: 20190033198

(https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=US236793106&_cid=P11-JYWZ2W-33686-1)

Peer Reviewed ISI Journal Publications

  1. Atapour H., Mortazavi A., Performance evaluation of newly developed true triaxial stress loading and pore pressure applying system to simulate the reservoir depletion and injection, Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM International, No. 43, Accepted Online April 2019.
  2. Arab Khaburi M., Mortazavi A., Slope Stability Analysis of Sarcheshmeh Copper Mine West Wall Under Seismic Loads, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Vol. 37, Issue 4, 3141-3155, 2019.
  3. Mortazavi A., Atapour H., An experimental study of stress changes induced by reservoir depletion under true triaxial stress loading conditions, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Elsevier Ltd, Vol. 171, 1366-1377, December 2018.
  4. Atapour H., Mortazavi A., The Influence of mean grain size on uniaxial compressive strength of weakly consolidated reservoir sandstones, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Elsevier Ltd, Vol 171, 63-70, December 2018,.
  5. Atapour H., Mortazavi A., The effect of grain size and cement content on index properties of weakly solidified artificial sandstones, Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, IOP Science, February, 2018.
  6. Karimi M., Mortazavi A., Ahmadi M., An innovative work flow for automated history matching of giant oil reservoirs based on smart proxy model, Kuwait Journal of Science, 2018.
  7. Karimi M., Mortazavi A., Ahmadi M., Applying an Optimized Proxy-Based Workflow for Fast History matching, Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Springer Ltd, 10:462, October, 2017.
  8. Moghadami M., Mortazavi A., Development of a risk-based methodology for rock slope analysis, International Journal of Civil Engineering, Springer Ltd, Vol. 16, Issue 10, 1317-1328, 2018.
  9. Mortazavi A., Maadikhah A., An investigation of the effects of important grouting and rock parameters on the grouting process, Geomechanics & Geoengineering: An International Journal, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 3, 219-235, 2016.
  10. Mortazavi A., Saati V., Numerical investigation of Extra Large Flat Jack Testing of Bakhtiyari Dam Project, Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM International, Vol. 40, No. 3, 1-17, 2017.
  11. Mortazavi A., Nasab H., Analysis of the behaviour of large underground oil storage caverns in salt rock, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Sep. Issue, 1545-1561, John Wiley Ltd., 2016.
  12. Mortazavi A., Asadipour M.R., Salajegheh P., Eslami M., Application of 3D numerical methods to the design of high rock slopes, Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Springer Ltd.,  Vol. 8 , 9577-9698, 2015.
  13. Mortazavi A., Abbaslo Z., Ebrahimi L., Keshavarz A., Masoomi A., Geotechnical investigation and design of leaching heap No. 2, Meydook copper mine, Iran, Minerals Engineering, Elsevier Ltd., Vol. 79, 185-195, 2015.
  14. Hamidi F., Mortazavi A., A new three dimensional approach to numerically model hydraulic fracturing process, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Elsevier Ltd., No. 124, 451-467, 2014.
  15. Aliabadian Z., Sharafisafa M., Mortazavi A., Moarefvand P., Wave and fracture propagation in continuum and fractured rock masses: distinct element modeling, Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Springer Ltd.,  Vol. 7 , 5021-5035, 2014.
  16. Sharafisafa M., Aliabadian Z., Alizadeh R., Mortazavi A., Distinct element modelling of fracture plan control in continuum and jointed rock mass in presplitting method of surface mining, International Journal of Mining Science and Technology, Elsevier Ltd.,  Vol. 24 , 871-881, 2014.
  17. Mortazavi A., Tabatabaee Alavi F., A numerical study of the behavior of fully grouted rockbolts under dynamic loading, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Elsevier Ltd.,  Vol. 54 , pp. 66-72, 2013.
  18. Nasehi M.J., Mortazavi A., Investigation of the effects of in-situ stress regime and intact rock strength parameters on the hydraulic fracturing process, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Elsevier Ltd., Vol. 108, 211-221, 2013.
  19. Mortazavi A., Molladavoodi H., A numerical investigation of brittle rock damage mechanics in deep underground openings, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Elsevier Ltd., No. 90, 101-120, 2012.
  20. Molladavoodi H., Mortazavi A., A damage-based numerical analysis of brittle rocks failure mechanism, Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, Elsevier Ltd., No. 9, 991-1003, 2011.
  21. Saati V., Mortazavi A., Numerical modelling of in situ stress calculation using borehole slotter test, Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Elsevier Ltd., No. 26, 172-178, 2011.
  22. Molladavodi H., Mortazavi A., Development of a damage model for rock materials under compressive and tensile stress fields, Archives of Mining Sciences, No. 3, 597-628, 2010.
  23. Mortazavi A., Hassani F.P. Shabani M., A numerical investigation of rock pillar failure mechanism in underground openings, Computers and Geotechnics, Elsevier Ltd., No. 36, 691-697, 2009.
  24. Hassani F.P., Mortazavi A., Shabani M., An investigation of mechanisms involved in backfill-rock mass behaviour in narrow vein mining, Journal of South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy., No. 108, 1-10, 2008.
  25. Mortazavi A., Rajaeyan H., Adibi N., A field study of trench blasting in rock masses with discontinuity, Journal of Energetic Materials, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2008.
  26. Mortazavi A., Anchorage and shear strength properties for composite tendons used in earthwork support systems, Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier Ltd, 21, 109-117, 2007.
  27. Grayeli R, Mortazavi A, Discontinuous deformation analysis with 2nd order finite element meshed block, Int. Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Vol. 30, 1545-1561, 2006.
  28. Mortazavi A., A numerical study of the rock pillar failure mechanisms, Amirkabir Journal of Science & Technology, Vol. 17, No. 64C, 2006.
  29. Farrokh E., Mortazavi A., Shamsi G.Evaluation of ground convergence and squeezing potential in the TBM driven Ghomroud tunnel project, Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Elsevier Ltd, 21,  504-510, 2006.
  30. Mortazavi A., Discontinuum modelling of blasting process in blocky rock media, Amirkabir Journal of Science and Technology, No. 61, 2005.
  31. Andrieux P., R.K. Brummer, Q. Liu, A. Mortazavi, B. Simser, Destress blasting: a monitored field trial at brunswick mine, Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) Journal, Nov.-Dec. 2003. 
  32. Mortazavi A., P. D. Katsabanis, Modelling Burden Size and Strata Dip Effects on the Surface Blasting Process,  Int. Journal of Rock Mech. & Min. Sci., 38 (4), 481-498, 2001.
  33. Mortazavi A., P. D. Katsabanis, Modelling the influence of joint orientation and continuity on the process of rock breakage by blasting, Int. Journal of Blasting and Fragmentation, 3 (4), 2001.
  34. Mortazavi A., P. D. Katsabanis, Discontinuum modelling of blasthole expansion and explosive gas pressurization in jointed rock masses,  Int. Journal of Blasting and Fragmentation(3)249-268, 1998.
  35. Mortazavi A., P. D. Katsabanis, Modelling of blasthole expansion and explosive gas pressurization in jointed media, Int. Journal of Rock Mech. & Min. Sci.35 (4/5)497-498 1998.

Selected Conference Paper Publications

  1. Mortazavi A., Abbaslo Z., Ebrahimi L., Keshavarz A., Masoumi A., Geotechnical analysis and design of leaching heap No. 2, Meydook Copper Mine, The 13th International  ISRM Congress (Best paper award), 2015, May 10-13, Montreal, Canada
  2. Mortazavi A., Nasab H., A numerical investigation of the behaviour of large underground oil storage caverns in soft rocks, The 13th International  ISRM Congress, 2015, May 10-13, Montreal, Canada.
  3. Mortazavi A., Hassani F.P., Saati V., Numerical modeling of in-situ rock mass testing using extra-large flat jack test, EUROCK 2015 & 64th Geomechanics Colloquium, 2015, Salzburg, Austria.
  4. Mortazavi A., Moghadami M., Development of a risk assessment model for underground openings, 23rd World Mining Congress, 2013, August 11-15, Montreal, Canada.
  5. Mortazavi A., Tabatabaee Alavi F., A study of the behaviour of fully grouted rockbolts subjected to dynamic loading in underground mining, Sixth International Seminar on Deep and High Stress Mining, 2012, March 28-30, Perth, Australia.
  6. Mortazavi A., An investigation of the effects of joint roughness on the stability of underground openings subjected to dynamic loading, Sixth International Seminar on Deep and High Stress Mining, 2012, March 28-30, Perth, Australia.
  7. Molladavodi H, Mortazavi A., Study of Rock Bending Failure Mechanism Based on a Proposed Damage Model, The second International Symposium on Constitutive Modelling Advances and New Applications, 2012, Beijing, China.
  8. Mortazavi A., Sharafisafa M., Numerical analysis of effect of Rock Bridge on blast-induced wave propagation in jointed media, Rock Fragmentation By Blasting Conference, Fragblast 10, 2012: November 24-29, New Delhi, India.
  9. Sharafisafa M., Mortazavi A. A numerical analysis of the presplitting controlled blasting method, Rock Fragmentation By Blasting Conference, Fragblast 10, 2012: November 24-29, New Delhi, India.
  10. Gharadash S., Mortazavi A., Determination of optimal face pressure in EPB shield tunneling in soft ground-A case study Mashhad Metro line 2, The 45th US Rock Mechanics Symposium and 5th US-Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium, 2011, June 25-29, San Francisco, USA.
  11. Sharafisafa M., Mortazavi A., A numerical analysis of the presplitting controlled blasting method, 45th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium (ARMA), San Francisco, CA, USA, 2011: June 26-29.
  12. Sharafisafa M., Mortazavi A., Numerical analysis of the effect of a fault on blast induced wave propagation, 45th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco (ARMA), CA, USA, 2011: June 26–29.
  13. Sharafisafa M., Mortazavi A., A study of rock behavior under blast dynamic loading: investigation using analytical and 2&3D numerical methods, 4th Iranian Rock Mechanics Conference (IRMC4) May, 2011: Tehran, Iran.
  14. Hamidi F., Mortazavi A., Three Dimensional Modeling of Hydraulic Fracturing Process in Oil Reservoirs, 46th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, Chicago (ARMA), USA, 2011: June 23–27.
  15. Mortazavi A., Molladavodi H., Development of a damage-based constitutive model for brittle rocks, The 44th US Rock Mechanics Symposium and 5th US-Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium, 2010, June 27-30, Salt Lake City, USA.
  16. Bonakdar A., Mortazavi A., Numerical analysis of direct shear test and comparison of Mohr-Coulomb versus Barton-Bandis Models, The forth Iran International Geotechnical and Soil Mechanics Conference, 2010 (in Persian).
  17. Mortazavi A., Asadipour M., Eslami M., Atashpanjeh A., Salajegheh P., Full-scale 3D slope stability analysis of Sarcheshmeh mine west wall, The 44th US Rock Mechanics Symposium and 5th US-Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium, 2010, June 27-30, Salt Lake City, USA.
  18. Bonakdar A., Mortazavi A, Implementation of joint roughness into discontinuum modeling of jointed rock masses, International Conference on Rock Joints and Jointed Rock Masses, 2009, January 7-8, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
  19. Moadikhah A., Mortazavi A, Numerical analysis of the effective Parameters On Grout Propagation In A Jointed Rock Mass, International Conference on Rock Joints and Jointed Rock Masses, 2009, January 7-8, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
  20. Mortazavi A., Fathi E., A numerical investigation of the effect of blasthole delay in rock fragmentation”, 9th International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting-FRAGBLAST 9, Sep. 2009, Spain, Granada,.
  21. Bahrami V., Mortazavi A., A numerical investigation of hydraulic fracturing process in oil reservoirs using non-linear fracture mechanics, 5th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium (ARMS5), 2008, Nov. 24-26, Tehran, Iran.
  22. Mortazavi A., Modelling of crater blasting in jointed rock mass using discontinuous deformation analysis, 8th International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting-FRAGBLAST 8, May 2006, Santiago, Chile.
  23. Grayeli R., Mortazavi A, Implementation of a quadratic triangular mesh into the DDA method, The 7th International Conference on Analysis of Discontinuous Deformations– ICADD-7, December 2005, Hawaii, USA.
  24. Grayeli R., Moosavi M., Mortazavi A., Dynamic Analysis of Rock Slopes Using Discontinuous Deformation Analysis, in International Conference on Slope Engineering, Dec. 2003, Hong Kong, China.
  25. Andrieux P., R.K. Brummer, A. Mortazavi, and R. Krog , Tunneling through paste backfill at Brunswick mine, in 3rd International Symposium on FLAC and FLAC3D Numerical Modelling In GeomechanicsOctober 2003, Sudbury, Canada.
  26. Mortazavi A., M. Paventi, R.K. Brummer, B. Mohanty, Modelling of blast-induced stress wave propagation and fracturing in hard rock material, Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM)-Annual Conference, May 2002, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  27. Andrieux P., Board M., Brummer R.K., Mortazavi A., Pierce M., Elastic vs. inelastic numerical stress modelling – practical considerations and issues, in 16th Quebec Mining Association Ground Control Collogue, Val d’Or, Quebec, Canada, (March 2001).
  28. Andrieux P., Brummer R.K., Liu Q., Mortazavi A., Simser B., Large-scale panel destress blast at brunswick mine, in 23rd Study Session on Blasting Techniques, Society of Explosive Engineers of Quebec (SEEQ), Nov. 2000, Quebec City, Canada.
  29. Mortazavi A., Katsabanis P.D., Application of discontinuous deformation analysis (DDA) to the modelling of rock blasting in mining, in Rock Mechanics for Industry: Proceedings of the 37th U.S. Rock Mechanics SymposiumJune 1999, Vail, Colorado, USA.
  30. Hassani F. P., Khan U.H., Mortazavi A., Laboratory testing of fully resin grouted fiberglass rockbolts, in Rock Mechanics: Proceedings of the 35th U.S. Symposium, June 1995, University of Nevada, Reno, USA.
Dr. Laurent Richard
Associate Professor
Phone : +7 (7172) 709069
Research Interests
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  • Stability of hydrocarbons at high temperatures and pressures.
  • Organic carbon in metamorphic rocks.
  • Abiogenic synthesis of organic compounds in mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems.
  • Geochemistry of sulfur in petroleum systems.
Publications
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  1. Ménez, B., Pisapia, C., Andreani, M., Jamme, F., Vanbellingen, Q.P., Brunelle, A., Richard, L., Dumas, P., Réfrégiers, M. (2018) Abiotic synthesis of amino acids in the recesses of the oceanic lithosphere. Nature 564, 59-63.
  2. Gérard, E., De Goeyse, S., Hugoni, M., Agogué, H., Richard, L., Milesi, V., Guyot, F., Lecourt L., Borensztajn, S., Joseph, M.-B., Leclerc, T., Sarazin, G., Jezequel, D., Leboulanger, C., Ader, M. (2018) Key role of Alphaproteobacteria and Cyanobacteria in the formation of stromatolites of Lake Dziani Dzaha (Mayotte, Western Indian Ocean). Frontiers in Microbiology 9, paper 796.
  3. Brosse, É., Bachaud, P., Richard, L., Michel, A., Guichet, X., Rossi, T., Blancke, R., Gaucher, É.C., Parra, T. (2017) Quantification of carbon dioxide sourced by mineral reactions in ultradeep sedimentary basins. Marine and Petroleum Geology 81, 112-133.
  4. Milesi, V., Guyot, F., Brunet, F., Richard, L., Recham, N., Benedetti, M., Dairou, J., Prinzhofer, A. (2015) Formation of CO2, H2 and condensed carbon from siderite dissolution in the 200-300°C range and at 50 MPa. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 154, 201-211.
  5. Richard, L., Uteyev, R., Peters, H. (2014) Thermodynamic description of organic/inorganic interactions in TSR reservoirs. SPE Annual Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition, 12-14 november 2014, Astana, Kazakhstan. Publication SPE-172254-MS.
  6. Al-Khirbash, S., Sehmi, K., Richard, L., Nasir, S., Al-Harthy, A. (2014) Rare earth element mobility during laterization of mafic rocks of the Oman ophiolite. Arabian Journal of Geosciences 7, 5443-5454.
  7. Grivé, M., García, D., Domènech, C., Richard, L., Rojo, I., Martínez, X., Rovira, M. (2013) A quantitative speciation model for the adsorption of organic pollutants on activated carbon. Water Science & Technology 68, 1370-1376.
  8. Richard, L., Gaona, X. (2011) Thermodynamic properties of organic iodine compounds. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75, 7304-7350.
  9. Helgeson, H.C., Richard, L., McKenzie, W.F., Norton, D., Schmitt, A. (2009) A chemical and thermodynamic model of oil generation in hydrocarbon source-rocks. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 73, 594-695.
  10. Franiatte, M., Richard, L., Elie, M., Nguyen-Trung, C., LaRowe, D.E. (2008) Hydrothermal stability of adenine under controlled fugacities of N2, CO2, and H2. Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres 38, 139-148.
  11. Richard, L., Neuville, N., Sterpenich, J., Perfetti, E., Lacharpagne, J.-Cl. (2005) Thermodynamic analysis of organic/inorganic reactions involving sulfur: Implications for the sequestration of H2S in carbonate reservoirs. Oil & Gas Science and Technology 60, 265-275.
  12. Richard, L. (2001) Calculation of the standard molal thermodynamic properties as a function of temperature and pressure of some geochemically important organic sulfur compounds. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 65, 3827-3877.
  13. Richard, L., Helgeson, H.C. (2001) Thermodynamic calculation of the distribution of organic sulfur compounds in crude oil as a function of temperature, pressure, and H2S fugacity. Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction, pp. 333-335 (3 pages). WRI-10, 10-15 june 2001, Villasimius, Italy.
  14. Richard, L. (2000) Sur l´origine des ions chlorure dans les eaux salines des massifs granitiques. Comptes-Rendus de l´Académie des SciencesSérie IIaSciences de la Terre et des Planètes 331, 783-788.
  15. Richard, L., Helgeson, H.C. (1998) Calculation of the thermodynamic properties at elevated temperatures and pressures of saturated and aromatic high molecular weight solid and liquid hydrocarbons in kerogen, bitumen, petroleum, and other organic matter of biogeochemical interest. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 62, 3591-3636.
  16. Helgeson, H.C., Owens, C.E., Knox, A.M., Richard, L. (1998) Calculation of the standard molal thermodynamic properties of crystalline, liquid, and gas organic molecules at high temperatures and pressures. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 62, 985-1081.   
  17. Richard, L., Helgeson, H.C. (1995) Calculation of the thermodynamic properties at elevated temperatures and pressures of high molecular weight organic compounds of geochemical interest. Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction, pp. 263-267. WRI-8, 15-19 august 1995, Vladivostok, Russia.
Dr. Peyman Pourafshary
Associate Professor
Phone : +7 (7172) 692688
Education
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  1. PhD (2007), The University of Texas at Austin, USA, Petroleum Engineering
  2. MSc (2002), Sharif University of Technology, Iran, Mechanical Engineering 
  3. BSc (2000), Sharif University of Technology, Iran, Mechanical Engineering
Employment history
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  1. 2018 to date: Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
  2. 2013 - 2017: Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman
  3. 2007 - 2013: Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Institute of Petroleum Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  4. 2003 - 2007: Research and Teaching Assistant, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Awards/Honours
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  1. Scholarship for PhD education for four years, 2003
  2. Best Researcher Award for achievements from the research project “Comparison of Production of Vertical, Deviated, Horizontal and Fractured Wells in South Pars Gas Reservoir”, 2010, Tehran University
  3. The Khwarizmi Award for “Design and manufacture of a device to measure gas diffusivity in porous media”, 2013
Research Interests
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Production Engineering and Production Optimization, Well Stimulation, Formation Damage, Experimental Studies and Modeling of Reservoir Performance and Enhanced Oil Recovery

Available PhD Topics:

  1. Study of fines migration effect on the performance of low salinity water flooding in sandstones
  2. Hybrid chemical/low salinity water flooding EOR method in carbonate formations

For more information, please contact peyman.pourafshary@nu.edu.kz

Publications
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2019

  1. Pourafshary, P and Al-Farsi, H., “Enhancement of Heavy Oil Recovery by Nanoparticle/Microwave Application”, Eurasian Chemico-Technological Journal, 2019, 21, 1
  2. Salimi, Y., Moradzadeh, A., Pourafshary, P., Majidi, A., “Effect of Hysteresis on Petrophysical Properties of Limestone Hydrocarbon Reservoir Rock” Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 2019, 177, 745-755
  3. Jalilian, m., Tabzar, A., Ghasemi, V., Pourafshary, P., Zendehboudi, S., “An Experimental Investigation of Nanoemulsion Enhanced Oil Recovery: Use of Unconsolidated Packed Beds”, Fuel, 2019, 251, 1, 754-762
  4. Zivar, D., Pourafshary, P., “A new approach for predicting oil recovery factor during immiscible CO2 flooding in sandstones using dimensionless numbers”, Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, 2019, Available Online
  5. Mosavat, N., Hasanidarabadi, B., Pourafshary, P., “Gaseous Slip Flow Simulation in a Micro/Nano Pore-Throat Structure using the Lattice Boltzmann Model”, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 2019, 177, 93-103
  6. Fouladi, M. M., Rostami, B., and Pourafshary, P., ”Effects of the Presence of Fines on the Performance of Low Salinity Waterflooding”, Special Topics & Reviews in Porous Media, 2019, 10(2), 155-169
  7. Sharifipour, M., Pourafshary, P., Nakhaee, A., “Model Development of Permeability Impairment due to Clay Swelling in Porous Media using Micromodels”, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 2019, 175, 728-742
  8. Mansouri, M., and Pourafshary, P., “Effect of SiO2 nanoparticles on Fines Stabilization during Low Salinity Water Flooding”, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 2019, 174, 637-648
  9. Al Abri, H., Pourafshary, P., Mosavat, N., Al Hadrami, H,” A Study of the Performance of the LSWA CO2 EOR Technique on Improvement of Oil Recovery in Sandstones” Petroleum, 2019, 5, 58-66

2018

  1. Bastami, A., Pourafshary, P., Shafiei., “A. Densities for Ternary System of CaCl2–H2O–CO2 at Elevated P-T: An Experimental and Modeling Approach” Energies, 2018, 11, 2840
  2. Al-Matroushi, M., Pourafshary, P., Al-Wahaibi, Y., “Efficiency of nano-water/gas alternating injection technique to enhance oil recovery in an oil field”, International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, 2018, 19(2), 149-162.
  3. Al Nofli, Kh., Pourafshary, P., Mosavat, N., Shafiei, Al, “Effect of Initial Wettability on Performance of Smart Water Flooding in Carbonate Reservoirs—An Experimental Investigation with IOR Implications” Energies, 2018, 11(6), 1394
  4. Hourfar, F., Salahshoor, K., Zanbouri, H., Elkamel, A., Pourafshary, P., Moshiri, B.,
  5. A Systematic Approach for Modeling of Waterflooding Process in the Presence of Geological Uncertainties in Oil Reservoirs” Computers & Chemical Engineering, 2018, 111, 66-78
  6. Rostami, B., Pourafshary, P., Fathollahi, A., Yassin, M., Hassani, K., Khosravi, M., Mohammadifar, M., “A new approach to characterize the performance of heavy oil recovery due to various gas injection” International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 2018, 99, 273-283
  7. Motamedi, P., Bargozin, H., Pourafshary, P., “Management of implementation of nanotechnology in upstream oil industry: An analytic hierarchy process analysis” Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 2018, 140(5), 052908.

2017

  1. Hasannejad , R., Pourafshary, P., Vatani A. Sameni A., “Application of Silica Nanofluid to Control Initiation of Fines Migration,” Petroleum Exploration and Development, 2017, 44(5), 850-859
  2. Jalilian M, Pourafshary P, Sola B, Kamari M., “Optimization of Smart Water Chemical Composition for Carbonate Rocks Through Comparison of Active Cations Performance,” Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 2017, 139(6), 062904-062904-9
  3. Khiabani, N., Bahramian, P., Chen, P., Pourafshary, P., Goddard, W.A.,” Calcium Chloride Adsorption at Liquid-Liquid Interfaces:  A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study,” Colloid and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 2017, 572, 70-80.
  4. Saboorian-Jooybari H, Pourafshary P., “ Potential Severity of Phase Trapping in Petroleum Reservoirs: An Analytical Approach to Prediction,” SPE Journal, 2017, 22 (03), 863-874
  5. Sharifipour, M., Pourafshary, P., Nakhaee, A., “Study of the effect of clay swelling on the oil recovery factor in porous media using a glass micromodel,” Applied Clay Science, 2017, 141, 125-131
  6. Moradi B., Pourafshary P., Jalali F., Mohammadi M., “Effects of Nanoparticles on Gas Production/Viscosity Reduction/Foam Formation During Nanofluid Alternating Gas Injection in Low And High Permeable Carbonate Reservoirs.” The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 2017, 95 (3), 479-490
Dr. Milovan Fustic
Associate Professor
Phone : +7 (7172) 694535
Education
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  1. PhD Petroleum Geology (2008), University of Calgary, Canada
  2. Diploma in Geology (MSc equivalent, 1993), University of Belgrade, Serbia
Employment history
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  1. 2019 to date: Associate Professor of Geology, School of Mining and Geosciences, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
  2. 2013 to date: Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  3. 2018 - 2019: Senior Petroleum Geologist, Harvest Corporation / Korean National Oil Company, Calgary, CANADA
  4. 2016 - 2018: Petroleum System Analyst / Petroleum Resources Assessment, Geological Survey of Canada (Natural Resources Canada)
  5. 2015 - 2016: Research Fellow, University of Calgary, Canada
  6. 2015 - 2015: Principal Exploration Geologist - Unconventional, Statoil
  7. 2014 - 2015: Principal Exploration Geologist - Conventional Offshore, Statoil
  8. 2011-2014: Principal Research Geologist - Heavy Oil Technology Centre, Statoil
  9. 2006 - 2011: Staff Geologist, Nexen Inc. Calgary, Canada
  10. 2004 - 2006: Petroleum Geologist, Shell, Calgary, Canada
  11. 2000 - 2004: Geologist, Shell, Fort McMurray, Canada
  12. 1997 - 2000: Geologist, TIH Consulting, Calgary, Canada
  13. 1994 - 1997: Mine Geologist, Magnochrom, Uzice, Serbia
  14. 1993 - 1994: Geologist, Naftagas (State Oil Company), Serbia
Awards/Honours
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  1. Excellence in Science Award (team award) by Natural Resources Canada Lands and Mineral Sector, 2019
  2. The Best Oral Presentation, GeoConvention 2016, selected out from 360 presented talks: A Virtual McMurray Formation Outcrop Tour – An Evolving Tool for Characterizing Oil Sands Reservoirs and Creating Realistic Geomodels
  3. CSPG Distinguished Lecturer – Eastern Canada Lecture Tour, 2017
  4. CSPG Medal of Merit awarded annually for the best paper published during the previous year on a subject related to the petroleum geology of Canada, 2012
  5. CSPG Medal of Merit – Honorable Mention, 2010
Research Interests
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  1. Advancing petroleum exploration and development concepts based on 5G approach: Geology, Geophysics (qualitative), Geochemistry, Geomodeling, and Geomicrobiology.
  2. Clastic Sedimentology (modern, outcrop, and subsurface)
  3. Biogeochemistry
Publications
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  1. Fustic, M., R. Strobl, M. Fowler, B. Jablonski, and A.W. Martinius, 2019, Impact of Reservoir Heterogeneity on Oil Migration and the Origin of Oil-Water Contacts: McMurray Formation Type Section, Alberta, Canada, Marine and Petroleum Geology. p. 216-230.
  2. Fustic, M., R. Strobl, M. Ghinassi, and Zhang S., Unsuccessful cut offs - origin and partial preservation of enigmatic channels encased within a large-scale point bar deposit  with Implications to Reservoir Developments, The McMurray Formation Type Section, Alberta, Canada, 2018, In, Fluvial Meanders and Their Sedimentary Products in the Rock Record (IAS SP 48), Eds. Massimiliano Ghinassi, Luca Colombera, Nigel Mountney and Arnold Jan H. Reesink; International Association of Sedimentologists, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.; p. 321-347.
  3. Fustic M., Atkins, E., Hanna M., and Lister C., 2018, Qualitative Assessment of Petroleum Potential South-Central Arctic Archipelago, Geological Survey of Canada Open File Report, p-36. 
  4. Hein F., Fustic M., P.Hackley, W. A., Ambrose, J.S., Mead, T.Bata, S. Schamel, R.Ibatulin, B. Cardott, J.C., Pashin, U. Hammes, and D. Rokosh, 2018, Unconventional Energy Resources: 2017 Review, Natural Resources Research,  DOI: 10.1007/s11053-018-9432-1
  5. Ferguson, R., King, H.M., Kublik, K., Rohr, K.M.M., Kung, L., Lister, C.J., Fustic, M., Hayward, N., Brent, T.A., Jassim, Y., 2018. Petroleum, mineral, and other resource potential in the offshore Pacific, British Columbia, Canada; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8390, 82 p. https://doi.org/10.4095/308395
  6. Martinius, W.A., M. Fustic, D.L. Garner, B.V.J. Jablonski, R.S. Strobl, J.A. MacEachern, S.E. Dashtgard, Reservoir characterization and multiscale heterogeneity modelling of inclined heterolithic strata formed by point bar rotation and relocation (McMurray Formation, Corner, Alberta), Marine and Petroleum Geology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.02.003
  7. Hubert, C., and M. Fustic, 2017, Microbialy Influenced Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (Mi-SAGD), application number WO 2017049404 A1.  (http://www.google.com/patents/WO2017049404A1?cl=en ).
  8. Atkins E, Fustic M., Hanna M., and Lister C., 2017, Qualitative Assessment of Petroleum Potential in Lancaster Sound Region, Geological Survey of Canada Open File Report 8297, p. 22. https://doi.org/10.4095/305321
  9. Ghinassi,M., A. Ielpi, M. Aldinucci, and M. Fustic, 2016, Downstream-migrating fluvial point bars in the rock record, Sedimentary Geology, p. 66-96, doi:10.1016/j.sedgeo.2016.01.005  
  10. Martinius, W. A., B.J.V. Jablonski,M. Fustic, R. Strobl, and J. H. Van der Berg, 2015, Fluvial to tidal transition zone facies in the McMurray Formation (Christina River, Alberta, Canada), with emphasis on the reflection of flow intensity in bottomset architecture, In. Developments in Sedimentology, Fluvial-Tidal Sedimentology, Eds. Philip J. Ashworth, James L. Best, Daniel R. Parsons, Elsevier, p. 445-480. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-63529-7.00019-5
  11. Fustic, M., R. Strobl, B. Jablonski, Go Take a Hike – MacKay River Gauging Station near Ft. MacKay, AB, 2014, Reservoir, p. 25-27.
  12. Fustic, M., B. Bennett, H. Huang, T. Oldenburg, S.R. Hubbard, and S. Larter, 2013, Impact of oil-water contacts, reservoir (dis)continuity, and reservoir characteristics on spatial distribution of water, gas, and high-water – low-bitumen saturated zones and variability of bitumen properties in Athabasca oil sands deposits, In. “Heavy Oil/Bitumen Petroleum Systems in Alberta & Beyond”, Eds. F. J. Hein, J. Sutter, D. A. Leckie, and S. Larter, AAPG Memoir, p. 163-205.    
  13. Fustic, M., D. Cadiou, D. Thurston, A. Al-Dliwe, and D.A. Leckie, 2013, Reservoir modeling by constraining stochastic simulation to deterministically interpreted three-dimensional geobodies: Case study from Lower Cretaceous McMurray Formation, Long Lake steam-assisted gravity drainage project, Northeast Alberta, Canada, in F. J. Hein, D. Leckie, S. Larter, and J. R. Suter, eds., Heavy oil and oil sand petroleum systems in Alberta and beyond: AAPG Studies in Geology 64, p. 565 – 604 
  14. Fustic, M., B. Bennett, H. Huang, and S. Larter, 2012, Differential entrapment of charged oil – New insights on McMurray Formation oil trapping mechanisms, Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 36, p. 50-69.
  15. Fustic, M., S.R. Hubbard, R. Spencer, D.G. Smith, D.A. Leckie, B. Bennett, and S. Larter, 2012, Recognition of down-valley translation in tidally influenced meandering fluvial deposits, Athabasca Oil Sands (Cretaceous), Alberta, Canada, Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 29, p. 219-232. 
  16. Fustic, M., B. Bennett, J.J. Adams, H. Huang, B. MacFarlene, D.A. Leckie and S. Larter, 2011, Bitumen and Heavy Oil Geochemistry: a tool for distinguishing barriers from baffles in oil sands reservoirs, Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology, v. 5, p. 295-316. 
  17. Hubert C., T.P.B. Oldenburg, M. Fustic, N.D. Gray, S.R. Larter, A.K. Rowan, R. Seshadri, A. Sherry, R. Swainsbury, G. Voordouw, J.K. Voordouw, and I.M. Head, 2011, Massive dominance of Epsilonproteobacteria in formation waters from heavily biodegraded Canadian oil sands, Journal of Microbiology, p. 387-404. (DOI: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2011.02521.x).
  18. Hubbard, M. S., D.G. Smith, H. Nielsen, D.A. Leckie, M. Fustic, R.J. Spencer, and L. Bloom, 2011, Seismic Geomorphology and Sedimentology of a Tidally Influenced River Deposit, Lower Cretaceous Athabasca Oil Sands, Alberta, Canada, AAPG Bulletin, p. 1123-1145.
  19. Smith, G. D., S.M. Hubbard, J. Lavigne, D.A. Leckie, and M. Fustic, 2011, Stratigraphy of Counter Point Bar and Eddy Accretion Deposits in Low Energy Meander Belts of the Peace-Athabasca Delta (PAD), Northeast Alberta, Canada, SEPM Special Publication 97, 2011, p. 143-152.
  20. Oldenburg, T.B.P., S.R. Larter, J.J. Adams, K.A. Rowan, A. Brown, I.M. Head, A.A. Grigoriyan, G. Voordouw, M. Fustic, and C. Hubert, C., 2009, Methods for recovery of microorganisms and intact microbial polar lipids (IPLs) from oil-water mixtures –lab experiments and natural well-head fluids, Analytical Chemistry, v.  81, p 4130–4136.
  21. Smith, D.G., S.M. Hubbard, D.A. Leckie and M. Fustic, 2009, Counter Point Bars in Modern Meandering Rivers: Recognition of Morphology, Lithofacies and Reservoir Significance, Examples from Peace River, AB, Canada, Sedimentology, v. 56, p. 1655–1669.
  22. Fustic, M., L. Skulski, D. Vanhooren, P. Bessette, D. Hinks, L. Bellman, and D.A. Leckie, 2008, Data Integration Improves Geological Mapping and Reservoir Characterization of Oil Sands Reservoir, World Oil Magazine, vol. 229, No. 10, p. 117-122. 
  23. Bennett, B., M. Fustic, P. Farrimond, H. Huang, and S.R. Larter, 2007, “25-Norhopanes: Formation during biodegradation of petroleum in the subsurface”, Organic GeochemistryOrganic Geochemistry, v. 37, p. 787-797.
  24. Fustic, M. 2007, Stratigraphic Dip Analysis – A Novel Application for Detailed Geological Modeling of Point Bars, and Predicting Bitumen Grade, McMurray Formation, Muskeg River Mine, Northeast Alberta, Natural Resources Research, Vol. 16, No. 1, p. 31-43. 

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Dr . Saffet Yagiz
Associate Professor
Phone : +7 (7172) 705724
Research Interests
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  • Engineering geology & geotechnics
  • Rock engineering & TBM tunneling
  • Rock mass characterization & testing
Publications
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  1. Adoko AC, Gokceoglu C, Yagiz S. Bayesian prediction of TBM penetration rate in rock mass, Engineering Geology, DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2017.06.014 (2017).
  2. Ghasemi E, Kalhori H, Bagherpour R, Yagiz S. Model tree approach for determining uniaxial compressive strength and Young’s modulus of carbonate rocks, Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, DOI: 10.1007/s10064-016-0931-1 (2017).
  3. Armaghani DJ, Mohamad ET, Narayanasamy S, Narita N, Yagiz S. Development of hybrid intelligent models for predicting TBM penetration rate in hard rock condition, Tunneling and Underground Space Technology, 63, 29-43 (2017).
  4. Khandelwal M, Faradonbeh R, Monjezi M, Armaghani DJ, Majid MZBA, Yagiz S. Function development for appraising brittleness of intact rocks using genetic programming and non‑linear multiple regression models, Engineering with Computers, 33, 13-21 (2017).
  5. Yagiz S. New equations for predicting the field penetration index of tunnel boring machines in fractured rock mass, Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 10:2, 33, 1-13 (2017).
  6. Armaghani DJ, Amin MFM, Yagiz S, Faradonbeh R, Abdullah RA. Prediction of the uniaxial compressive strength of sandstone using various modelling techniques, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 85, 174-186 (2016).
  7. Armaghani DJ, Mohamad ET, Hajihassanic M, Yagiz S, Motaghedie H. Application of several non-linear prediction tools for estimating uniaxial compressive strength of granitic rocks and comparison of their performances, Engineering with Computers, 32, 189-206 (2016).
  8. Yagiz S, Karahan H. Application of various optimization techniques and comparison of their performances for predicting TBM penetration rate in rock mass, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 80, 308-315 (2015).
  9. Frough O, Torabi SR, Yagiz S. Application of RMR for estimating rock mass related TBM utilization and performance parameters, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 48, 1305-1312 (2015).
  10. Mahdevari S, Shahriar K, Yagiz S, Shirazi MA. A support vector regression model for predicting tunnel boring machine penetration rates, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 72, 214-229 (2014).
  11. Ghasemi E, Yagiz S, Ataei M. Predicting penetration rate of hard rock tunnel boring machine using fuzzy logic, Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 73, 23-35 (2014).
  12. Yagiz S. Comment on “Point load test on meta-sedimentary rocks and correlation to UCS and BTS”, [RMRE, 46(4); 889-896], Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 46, 909-912 (2013).
  13. Sen S, Sezer EA, Gokceoglu C, Yagiz S. On sampling strategies for small and continuous data with the modeling of genetic programming and adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system, Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems, 23, 297-303 (2012).
  14. Yagiz S. Comments on “Determination of strength parameters and quality assessment of Denizli travertines (SW Turkey)” [Eng Geol, 129–130 (2012) 38–47], Engineering Geology, 147–148, 149-150 (2012).
  15. Yagiz S, Sezer EA, Gokceoglu C. Artificial neural networks and nonlinear regression techniques to assess the influence of slake durability cycles on the prediction of uniaxial compressive strength and modulus of elasticity for carbonate rocks, International Journal of Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 36, 1636-1650 (2012).
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Irawan Sonny
Associate Professor
Phone : +7 (7172) 705800
Education
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  1. PhD (2006), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) - Malaysia
  2. MSc (1997), Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) - Indonesia
  3. BSc (1980), Universitas Pembangunan Nasional "Veteran" Yogyakarta - Indonesia
Employment history
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  • 2019 (October) to date: Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering, School of Mining and Geosciences, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

  • 2007 - 2019 (September): Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) - Malaysia.

  • 2001 - 2006: Assistant Professor at Universitas Islam Riau (UIR) – Pekanbaru, Central of Sumatera, Indonesia

  • 1997 - 2001: Drilling and Well Completion Engineer at Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI) - Central of Sumatera - Indonesia.

Research Interests
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  1. Artificial Intelligent in Drilling and Advanced Drilling Engineering.
  2. Well Intervention
  3. Drilling Geomechanics

PATENT Filing (all in Malaysia):

  1. Patent Filing Number  PI 2011001190  : A Beneficiation Method of Bentonite
  2. Patent Filing Number PI201100525    : Jatropha Ester-Based Drilling Fluid.
  3. Patent Filing NumberPI 2012700961: Method for predicting the Permeability of standard Oil Well Cement using Electrical Conductivity Response.
  4. Patent Filing NumberPI 2012005411: Synthesis of Biodegradable and low cost Ester Based Drilling fluids.
  5. Patent Filing NumberPI 2012005417: Apparatus to produce Biodegradable and low cost Ester based Drilling fluids.
  6. Patent Filing NumberPI 2018702266: A Method for Monitoring Fluid Propagation
Publications
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BOOK & BOOK CHAPTER

Book:

  1. Selected Topics on Improved Oil Recovery Book, 16 March 2018, Springer Publisher, Singapore

Book Chapter:

  1. “Solid Control System to Enhance Drilling Performance”Book title “Drilling” – InTechOpen publisher, 2018
  2. “Bio-Based Oil Drilling Fluid Improvements through Carbon-Based Nanoparticle Additives”Book title “Drilling” – InTechOpen publisher, 2018.
  3. Sonny Irawan, Totok R Biyanto, Andan Tanjung, Dimas B Priantama, Tita Oxa Anggrea, Gabriella P Dienanta, Titania N Bethiana" “Techno Economic Optimization of Hollow Fiber Membrane Design forCO2 Separation Using Killer Whale Algorithm”; Book “Selected Topics on Improved Oil Recovery” pp 45-58; 16 March 2018, Springer Publisher, Singapore.
  1. Sonny Irawan, Totok R Biyanto, Arfiq I Abdillah, Sovi A Kurniasari, Filza A Adelina, Hendra Cordova, Titania N Bethiana; “Optimization of Oil Production in CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery; Book “Selected Topics on Improved Oil Recovery” pp 101-108; 16 March 2018, Springer Publisher, Singapore.
  1. Sonny Irawan, Totok R Biyanto, Kukuh Gharyta, Gabriella P Dienanta, Nanda E Tama, Arfiq I Abdillah, Hendra Cordova, Tita Oxa Anggrea; “Optimization of Mud Injection Pressure in Oil Drilling Using Duelist Algorithm; Book “Selected Topics on Improved Oil Recovery” pp 79-99; 16 March 2018, Springer Publisher, Singapore.

Journal:

  1. Sonny Irawan,Arun Kumar Shanmugam,Mas Irfan P. Hidayat, Totok R Biyanto; “Study of Lateral Vibration of Drilling String with Mass Imbalance Using Finite Element; Journal on Advanced Science, Engineering and Information Technology, Vol 9 no 3, 2019.
  1. RR Suppiah, SHA Rahman, N Shafiq, S Irawan; “Uniaxial compressive strength of geopolymer cement for oil well cement”; Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, page 1-4, Springer International Publishing,2019.
  1. Totok R Biyanto, Lucky R Febriansyah, Arfiq I Abdillah, Hamzah Y Perwira, Rezha F Rizki, Titania N Bethiana, Sonny Irawan;Optimization of operating conditions of CO2-enhanced gas recovery and carbon sequestration; Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology; page 1-10; Springer International Publishing, 2019.
  1. Mohd Zulkifli bin Mohamad Noor, Ivy Lam Yoke Chin, Sonny Irawan;Study of the transportation behavior of nanoparticles through low-porosity sand pack in the absence and presence of oil; Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology; page 1-7; Springer International Publishing; 2019
  1. Javed Akbar Khan, Sonny Irawan, Eswaran Padmanabhan, Hussain H Al-Kayiem, Sahil Rai;Optimization of coiled tubing nozzle for sand removal from wellbore; Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology; page 1-14; Springer International Publishing, 2019.
  1. Arina Sauki, Putri Nazrul, Sonny Irawan and Imros Kinif;“Statistical relationship of drilled solid concentration on mud rheology and drilling rate" ; J. Petrol.Science and Engineering, Springer International Publishing, 2019, Under Review.
  1. N. Abdul Fadil,S. Irawan, A. Aliyu Sulaimon, K. Haji Badri, S. Rohaida Shafian;” Gelation Behavior of Polyurethane Derived from Palm Oil for Water Shutoff Treatment in Low Temperature Reservoir”; Energy & Fuels journal; Springer International Publishing, 2019, Under Review.
  1. Jave Akbar Khan and Sonny Irawan; "Quantitative Analysis of Blow Out PreventerFlat Time for Well Control Operation: Value Added Data Aimed at Performance Enhancement"; Engineering value Analysis Journal, Springer International Publishing, 2019,Under Review. 
Dr. Sergei Sabanov
Associate Professor
Phone : +7 (7172) 694539
Education
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  1. PhD (2008), Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  2. MSc (2004), Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  3. BSc (2002), Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Employment history
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  1. 2017 to date: Nazarbayev University, School of Mining and Geosciences, Associate Professor
  2. 2015– 2017: SRK Consulting (Kazakhstan) Ltd, Principal Consultant
  3. 2010 – 2015: SRK Consulting (UK) Ltd, Senior Consultant
  4. 2007 – 2010: Tallinn University of Technology, Department of Mining, Senior Researcher/Lecturer
  5. 2004 – 2006: Tallinn University of Technology, Department of Mining, Researcher/Teaching Assistant and a part time at Estonian Oil Shale Company (Eesti Põlevkivi Ltd) Senior Technologist
  6. 1997 – 2003: Tallinn University of Technology, Department of Mining, Research Assistant/Industrial Internship Supervisor (part time)
  7. 1994 – 1996: Estonian Oil Shale Mining Company (Eesti Põlevkivi Ltd. Estonslanets’, ‘Tammiku’ underground mine) Mining Engineer/Shift Supervisor
  8. 1993 – 1994: Estonian Oil Shale Mining Company (Eesti Põlevkivi Ltd. Estonslanets’, ‘Tammiku’ underground mine) Mining Engineer/Shift Leader
  9. 1992 – 1993: Estonian Oil Shale Mining Company (Eesti Põlevkivi Ltd. ‘Estonslanets’, ‘Tammiku’ underground mine) Electric Fitter
Awards/Honours
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  1. Keynote speaker at the 8th International Conference ‘RLEPT8’, September 14-18, Tallinn, 2009, Estonia
  2. Diploma for the 3rd place at the International Forum of Young Researchers,  St. Petersburg Mining Institute (State University), Russia, 2008
  3. Archimedes Scholarship for externship at Colorado School of Mines, USA, March-April, 2008
  4. Diploma for the 3rd place at the International Forum of Young Researchers,  St. Petersburg Mining Institute (State University), Russia, 2007
  5. Erasmus Scholarship for externship at Dicle University, Turkey, March-June, 2007
  6. Mati Jostov Name Award, Estonia, 2006
  7. Archimedes Scholarship for externship at Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, April-May, 2006

 

Research Interests
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  1. Automated Mine Ventilation and Ventilation on Demand (VOD)
  2. Intelligent Mining: Automated process and autonomous equipment
  3. Oil Shale In-Situ Retorting
  4. Risk Analysis and Risk Management in mining
Publications
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  1. Sabanov, S. (2018). Comparison of unconfined compressive strengths and acoustic emissions of Estonian oil shale and brittle rocks.  Oil Shale, vol. 35, issue 1. pp. pp. 26–38.
  2. Sabanov, S. (2018). Analysis of field test work results for the oil shale mine ventilation simulation Oil Shale, vol. 35, issue 4. pp. 356–364.
  3. Sabanov, S. (2018). Financial Risk Analysis of Optimized Ventilation System in the Gold Mine. Springer Nature 2018, book chapter: Proceedings of the 27th International Symposium on Mine Planning and Equipment Selection - MPES 2018.
  4. Sabanov, S., Karzhau, A., Aldamzharov, B., Tussupbekov, Y., Mukhamedyarova, Z., Alnazar, N. Risk Analysis methodology in use of automated ventilation control for underground mines. Gorno-Metallurgicheskaya Promyshlennost 2018 (GMP Journal in Russian).
  5. Valgma, I.; Reinsalu, E.; Sabanov, S.; Karu, V. (2010). Quality control of Oil Shale production in Estonian mines. Oil Shale, 27(3), 239 - 249.  
  6. Sabanov, S; Pastarus, J-R; Nikitin, O; Väli, E (2008). Risk Assessment of seismic impact on the roof and pillars stability in Estonian underground. Estonian Journal of Engineering, 14(4), 325 - 333.
  7. Pastarus, J.R.; Sabanov, S (2005). A method for securing working mining block stability in Estonian oil shale mines. Estonian Journal of Engineering, 11(1), pp. 59 – 68.
Dr. Amoussou Coffi Adoko
Assistant Professor
Phone : +7 (7172) 706456
Education
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  1. PhD (2012), Geotechnical Engineering, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China
  2. BSc (2005), Mining Engineering, Instituto Superior Minero Metalurgico de Moa, Cuba
Employment history
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  1. 2017 to date: Assistant Professor of Mining Engineering, School of Mining and Geosciences, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan
  2. 2015 - 2017: Assistant Professor, Mining Engineering, Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Botswana.
  3. 2012-2015: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China.
Awards/Honours
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  1. Chinese Government PhD Scholarship, 2008 -2012
  2. Best graduating student with highest honor “Título de Oro” (Summa Cum Laude), Instituto Superior Minero Metalúrgico de Moa, 2005.
Research Interests
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  1. Fundamental and experimental Rock Mechanics
  2. 3D-Printing Techniques in rock testing
  3. Surface and underground excavations design and analysis
  4. Underground mine stope performance assessment
  5. Mechanical rock excavations
  6. Data analysis, uncertainty modelling, optimization techniques and artificial intelligence applications in rock engineering problems
Publications
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  1. Zhang, H., Adoko, A. C., Meng, Z., Wang, H. & Jiao, Y. Mechanism of the Mudstone Tunnel Failures Induced by Expansive Clay Minerals. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering. 2016: 1-13, doi: 10.1007/s10706-016-0102-y.
  2. Adoko A C, Jiao Y-Y, Wu L, Wang H, Wang Z-H. Predicting tunnel convergence using Multivariate Adaptive Regression Spline and Artificial Neural Network. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology. 2013;38:368-76.
  3. Jiao Y-Y, Zhang H-Q, Adoko A C, Tang H-M, Zhang X-L, Tian H-N. Simulating the process of reservoir-impoundment-induced landslide using the extended DDA method. Engineering Geology. 2014;182: 37-48.
  4. Adoko A C, Gokceoglu C, Wu L, Zuo Q- Knowledge-based and data-driven fuzzy modeling for rockburst prediction. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences. 2013;61:86-95.
  5. Huang G-H, Jiao Y-Y, Zhang X-L, Adoko A C, Li S-C. Generating Irregular Models for 3D Spherical-Particle-Based Numerical Methods. Journal of Applied Mathematics. 2013;2013:7.
  6. Jiao Y-Y, Song L, Wang X-Z, Adoko A C. Improvement of the U-shaped steel sets for supporting the roadways in loose thick coal seam. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences. 2013;60:19-25.
  7. Jiao Y-Y, Wang Z-H, Wang X-Z, Adoko A C, Yang Z-X. Stability assessment of an ancient landslide crossed by two coal mine tunnels. Engineering Geology. 2013;159:36-44.
  8. Adoko A C, Wu L. Estimation of the convergence of high speed railway tunnel in weak rock using an Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference Systems (ANFIS) approach. Journal of rock mechanics and geotechnical engineering. 2012;4:11-8.
  9. Zuo Q, Wu L, Adoko A C, Lu Z. Analysis of surrounding rock mass deformation characteristics: Case study of BaoZhen Tunnel, Hubei China. Electronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering. 2012;17 N:2002-13.
  10. Adoko A C, Zuo Q-J, Wu L. A Fuzzy Model for High-Speed Railway Tunnel Convergence Prediction in Weak Rock. Electronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering. 2011;16:1275-95.
  11. Adoko A C, Wu L. Fuzzy Inference Systems-Based Approaches in Geotechnical Engineering: A Review. Electronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering. 2011;16:543-1558.
  12. Adoko, A.C., H. Wang, Y-Y Jiao and I.T. Seitshiro. Developing the Ground Index (GI) for Rock Collapse Assessment in Tunneling. In the 50th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, Texas, USA, 26-29 June 2016, Paper 16-575
  13. Adoko, A.C. and Y.-Y. Jiao. Predicting Tunnel Convergence in Weak Rocks: Multivariate Adaptive Regression Spline and Rough Set Theory Approaches. In The 8th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium, ARMS8. Sapporo, Japan, October 14-16, 2014, Paper TUS6-1.