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Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

School of Mining & Geosciences

Faculty

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.
Prof. Fidelis Suorineni
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.
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).
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.
Dr. Nasser Madani
Assistant Professor
Phone : +7 (7172) 694540
Education
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  1. (2016) Ph.D. in Mining Engineering, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile   
  2. (2009) M.Sc. in Mining Engineering, Mineral Exploration Engineering, South Tehran University, Tehran, Iran  
  3. (2007) B.Sc. in mining Engineering, Mineral Exploration Engineering,  South Tehran University, Tehran, Iran  
Employment history
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  1. 2017 to date: Assistant Professor of Mining Engineering, School of Mining and Geosciences, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
  2. 2016 - 2017: Post-Doc at Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI), Tehran, Iran
  3. 2012 - 2016: Research assistant at Advanced Mining Technology Centers (AMTC), University of Chile, Santiago, Chile 
  4. 2012 - 2016: Research assistant at Advanced Laboratory for Geostatistical Supercomputing (ALGES), University of Chile, Santiago, Chile 
Awards/Honours
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  1. Hot Paper Award: 8th, Journal of Geochemical Exploration, March to Jun 2015 for the paper “Combination of geostatistical simulation and fractal modeling for mineral resource classification”, Journal of Geochemical Exploration. Vol. 149, p. 59-73.”
  2. IAMG Student Research Grants linked to Mathematical Geosciences Students awards Journal: 2500 US$ (Sep, 2014)
  3. Top  Ranked Student in University for highest GPA (2005)
  4. Top  Ranked Student in University for highest GPA (2006)
  5. Top  Ranked Student in University for highest GPA (2007)
Research Interests
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  1. Geostatistics (Deterministic and Stochastic Techniques)
  2. Probabilistic Modeling of Geological/Facies units
  3. Ore Body Evaluation
  4. Sampling, QA/AC
Publications
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Recent peer-reviewed publications:

  1. Battalgazy, N., Madani, N. (2019). “Categorization of Mineral Resources Based on Different Geostatistical Simulation Algorithms: A Case Study from an Iron Ore Deposit”. Natural Resources Research, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11053-019-09474-9. In press.
  2. Abildin, Y., Madani, N., Topal, E. (2019). “A Hybrid Approach for Joint Simulation of Geometallurgical Variables with Inequality Constraint”. Minerals 9(1), 24. https://www.mdpi.com/2075-163X/9/1/24
  3. Madani, N., Maleki, M., Emery, X. (2018). “Nonparametric Geostatistical Simulation of Subsurface Facies: Tools for Validating the Reproduction of, and Uncertainty in, Facies Geometry”. Natural Resources Research, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11053-018-9444-x. In press. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11053-018-9444-x
  4. Madani, N., Yagiz, S., Coffi Adoko, A. (2018). “Spatial Mapping of the Rock Quality Designation Using Multi-Gaussian Kriging Method”. Minerals 8(11), 530. https://www.mdpi.com/2075-163X/8/11/530/xml
  5. Madani, N., Sadeghi, B. (2018). “Capturing Hidden Geochemical Anomalies in Scarce Data by Fractal Analysis and Stochastic Modeling”.Natural Resources Research, DOI: 10.1007/s11053-018-9421-4. In press.https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11053-018-9421-4
  6. Madani, N., Naderi, A., Biranvand, B., Keshavarz, N. (2018). “Lithofacies uncertainty modeling in a siliciclastic reservoir setting by incorporating geological contacts and seismic information”. Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, DOI: 10.1007/s13202-018-0531-7. In press.https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13202-018-0531-7
  7. Madani, N., Emery, X. (2018). “A comparison of search strategies to design the cokriging neighborhood for predicting coregionalized variables”. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, DOI: 10.1007/s00477-018-1578-1. In press.https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00477-018-1578-1
  8. Eze, P.N., Madani, N., Adoko, A.C. (2018). “Multivariate Mapping of Heavy Metals Spatial Contamination in a Cu–Ni Exploration Field (Botswana) Using Turning Bands Co-simulation Algorithm”. Natural Resources Researches. Vol, 28 (1), P. 109-124. DOI: 10.1007/s11053-018-9378-3. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11053-018-9378-3
  9. Madani, N., Emery, X. (2017) “Plurigaussian simulation of geological domains by truncation of intrinsic random fields of order k”. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment. Vol, 31, P. 893-913.https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00477-016-1365-9
  10. Paravarzar, Sh., Emery, X., Madani, N. (2015) “Comparing sequential Gaussian and turning bands algorithms for cosimulating grades in multi-element deposits”. Comptes Rendus Geoscience.Vol. 347, P. 84–93.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1631071315000589
  11. Madani, N., Emery, X. (2014). “Simulation of geo-domains accounting for chronology and contact relationships: application to the Río Blanco copper deposit”. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment. Vol. 29, p. 2173-2191.https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00477-014-0997-x
  12. Sadeghi, B., Madani, N., Carranza, E.J.M. (2015). “Combination of geostatistical simulation and fractal modeling for mineral resource classification”, Journal of Geochemical Exploration. Vol. 149, p. 59-73.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0375674214003768
  13. Maleki, M. Madani, N. Emery, X. (2014). “Capping and kriging grades with long-tailed distributions”. Journal of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Vol. 114 (3), p. 255- 263. http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_abstract&pid=S2225-62532014000300016
  14. Asghari, O. Madani, N. (2013). “A new approach for the geological risk evaluation of coal resources through a geostatistical simulation”, Arabian Journal of Geosciences (Springer). Vol. 6, p. 929-943.https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12517-011-0391-7
  15. Madani, N. Asghari, O. (2013). “Fault Detection in 3-D by Sequential Gaussian Simulation of Rock Quality Designation (RQD), Case Study: Gazestan Phosphate Ore Deposit (Central Iran)”. Arabian Journal of Geosciences (Springer). Vol. 6, p. 3737-3747. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12517-012-0633-3
  16. Maleki, M., Madani, N. (2017). “Multivariate Geostatistical Analysis: an application to ore body evaluation”. Iranian Journal of Earth Sciences. Vol. 8, p. 173-184.http://ijes.mshdiau.ac.ir/article_530191.html

 

Recent International Conferences:

  1. Abildin, Y., Madani, N., Topal, E. (2018). “Forecast the mineral processing destinations based on spatial interpolation of geometallurgical variables”. In the proceeding of the Complex Orebodies Conference 2018. The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (eds.), Brisbane, Australia, p 2.
  2. Battalgazy, N., Madani, N. (2018). “Mineral Resource Assessment in Complex Deposits based on International Standards”. In the proceeding of the Complex Orebodies Conference 2018. The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (eds.), Brisbane, Australia, p 79.
  3. Madani, N. (2018). “3D Estimation of Variables with Complexity in Cross-Correlation Structures”. In the proceeding of the Complex Orebodies Conference 2018. The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (eds.), Brisbane, Australia, p 49.
  4. Madani, N., Emery, X. (2018). “Plurigaussian Simulation of Geological Domains in the Presence of Spatial Trends”. In the proceeding of the IAMG 2018, 19th Annual Conference of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences. Hron, K. Babek, O. Fiserova, E. van den Boogaart, R. (eds.), Olomouc, Czech Republic, p. 25.
  5. Madani, N., Emery, X. (2018). “Sequential co–simulation for resources modelling: How good is the reproduction of the joint spatial
correlation structure?
”. In the proceeding of the Geometallurgy Conference 2018, Back to the Future. The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (ed.), Cape Town, South Africa, 13 p.
  6. Madani, N., Yagiz, S., Adoko, A., Battalgazy, N. (2018). “Uncertainty quantification of rock quality designation at the Gazestan phosphate deposit”. In the proceeding of the Geometallurgy Conference 2018, Back to the Future. The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (ed.), Cape Town, South Africa, 14 p.