Engineers Australia

23rd Glossop Medal Lecture

Building slope process models considering engineering geology: Extending our understanding, interpretation and communication of instability using remotely sensed data.

Professor D. Jean Hutchinson

Building slope process models considering engineering geology: Extending our understanding, interpretation and communication of instability using remotely sensed data.

The lecture delivers an important message about the power of using remote sensing data to understand the details of rock slope processes and the latest physics engines, also used in game development, to forecast and simulate future rockfalls. Applications of machine learning techniques enhances our understanding of the data but doesn’t provide irrefutable truth, and that the industry needs to continue to understand the engineering geology conditions and implications.

The Glossop Lecture is the most prestigious lecture given to the Engineering Group of the Geological Society of London, and recipients of the honour are considered to be technical experts in the field of Engineering Geology, are actively engaged with the Engineering Geology community, and have made a significant contribution to advancing the cause and science of Engineering Geology.

About the speaker

Professor D. Jean HutchinsonProfessor in Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen's University, Canada

Professor D. Jean Hutchinson is a professor in Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen’s University, Canada. She is Vice-President for North America of the International Association of Engineering Geology.

A Geological Engineer by training, Jean practiced as an engineer for several years, first with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, and later with Klohn Crippen Consultants, before joining first the University of Waterloo and then moving to Queen’s University. Jean specializes in rock engineering, site characterisation and risk management for mining and transportation infrastructure, with a focus on landslide hazards, and novel monitoring techniques. “Building slope process models considering engineering geology: Extending our understanding, interpretation and communication of instability using remotely sensed data”.

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