SRK Welcomes Geomechanics Expert Denis Thibodeau
SUDBURY, ONTARIO – DECEMBER 12 – SRK is delighted to have appointed Dr. Denis Thibodeau as a principal consultant in geomechanics. Denis will work with the company’s mining and geology business unit in Sudbury.
Denis holds a doctorate in civil and mining engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine in France. He has nearly 30 years of mining industry experience and specializes in solving underground rock mechanics issues caused by either low quality rock mass or high stress conditions and mining seismicity. He is also an expert in ground support system design, instrumentation program design, geomechanical data acquisition, and mine design, including the sequencing of extraction to maximize production within the geomechanical constraints.
During his career, Denis has held a wide range of positions at the Sudbury Basin mines in Ontario, Canada, where he implemented seismic hazard assessment techniques for the Creighton Mine and established an extraction sequence that minimized the mine-induced stress impact of underground workings. He also worked for two years for the Barrick Goldstrike Mine in Nevada, USA, where he initiated a new ground support concept consisting of reinforced shotcrete and Swellex bolts designed for poor rock mass conditions. Most recently, in the role of senior geomechanical consultant for Stantec in Sudbury, Denis designed the ground support for a surface ramp at Mexico’s Los Gatos project. In his new position of principal consultant with SRK Canada, Denis will continue providing practical ground control solutions to clients.
Denis is the prolific author of 37 publications and is fluent in French, English, and Spanish. In his spare time, he volunteers as an adjunct professor for McGill University’s Mining Engineering Department and as a scout master in Sudbury.
“Having worked with Denis for well over ten years, I am confident that his straightforward, practical application of geomechanical methodologies will add value to the work we do for present and future clients,” said Sudbury-based Practice Leader Gary Poxleitner. “In addition to having varied global experience, Denis clearly communicates solutions and is driven to help others succeed in achieving safe production and maximizing profitability.”
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