Itasca Consulting Group, Inc.

Charles Fairhurst

Associate

U.S. Minneapolis
Itasca Consulting Group, Inc.

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Areas of Expertise

Civil
Geomechanical
Geotechnical
Mining
Rock Mechanics

Charles Fairhurst

Associate

Dr. Fairhurst obtained his Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from the University of Sheffield, UK in 1955. He joined the University of Minnesota faculty, School of Mines and Metallurgy, in 1956, serving as Head for several years until 1970, when the Mining program was joined with Civil Engineering to form the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering. He was Head of the joint Department from 1973-87, and retired in 1997.

He has con­sulted on rock stability problems for tunnels, dams, mines, and exca­vations through­out the world. He remains active in consulting, with a current emphasis on the mechanics of fracture propagation in naturally fractured rock and the effective stimulation of geothermal reservoirs. He served as Presi­dent of the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) from 1991-1995, and has been elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (1979) and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (1991). He is a Fellow of the ISRM and Fellow of the American Rock Mechanics Association. He received the 2017 SME President’s Citation Award “for outstanding contributions to the science and technology of Rock Mechanics which is fundamentally integral to SME's multiple disciplines.”

Dr. Fairhurst holds honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Nancy, France; St. Petersburg Mining Academy, Russia; University of Sheffield, England; and University of Minnesota, USA; and is Advisory Professor to Tongji University, Shanghai,China.

In December, 2013, he was inducted as Officier, Légion d’Honneur, France.

He is currently (2017) Vice-Chair, Section 11 (Earth Resources Engineering) of the US National Academy of Engineering, and is scheduled to assume the position of Chair starting July 1, 2018.

Education

Ph.D. (Mining Engineering), 1955
Sheffield University, Western Bank, Sheffield, England

B.Eng.(Mining Engineering, with First-Class Honors), 1952
Sheffield University, Western Bank, Sheffield, England

Professional Memberships

Fellow: American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA)

American Underground Construction Association

International Society of Rock Mechanics(ISRM)

Sigma XI

U.S. National Committee on Rock Mechanics

Professional & Community Involvement

Board of Governors, Goe-Insitute of the ASCE (1998–2001)

Science and Technology Review Panel, U.S. Department of Energy (1998–2001)

U.S. National Academy of Engineering (1991)

Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (1979)

“Salzburg Circle,” predecessor to ISRM (1962–1966)

International Büro of Rock Mechanics, Berlin, Germany 1963–1970)

Chair: U.S. National Committee on Rock Mechanics (1972–1974)

President: ARMA (1995–1997)

President: ISRM (1991–1995)

President: American Underground Space Association (1976–1977)

Professor Emeritus: University of Minnesota, United States (1997)

Advisory Professor: Tongji University, Shanghai, China (1995)

Awards & Recognition

Officier, Légion d’Honneur, France (2013)

Honorary Doctorate: University of Minnesota, United States (2000)

Honorary Doctorate: University of Sheffield, England (1997)

Honorary Doctorate: National Institute of Lorraine, France (1996)

Honorary Doctorate: St. Petersburg Mining Academy & Technical University, Russia (1996)

Distinguished Professor of Mining Engineering & Rock Mechanics: University of Minnesota, United States (1982)

Leopold Muller Award, ISRM (2003)

U.S. National Committee on Rock Mechanics, Special Award: 25 Years of Distinguished Achievements (1983)

American Underground Space Association, Pergamon Medal (1981)

AIME Outstanding Achievement Award, Rock Mechanics (1972)

Inter-Society Committee on Rock Mechanics Medal: Best Rock Mechanics Research Paper, with B. Haimson (1970)

Publications

Fairhurst, C. “Earth Resources Engineering,” Hydraulic Fracturing J., 4(1), 9-16 (January 2017).

Fairhurst, C. “Grand Challenges in Earth Resources Engineering,” Hydraulic Fracturing J., 4(1), 32-35 (January 2017).

Fairhurst, C. “Newton in the Underworld,” Hydraulic Fracturing J., 4(1), 101-102 (January 2017).

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