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.
FLAC3D TMis a numerical modeling code for advanced geotechnical analysis of soil, rock, and structural support in three dimensions. FLAC3D is used in analysis, testing, and design by geotechnical, civil, and mining engineers.
This FLAC3D V7.0 training course accommodates new and experienced users. It will be based on examples that attendees will develop and run by themselves to better grasp the mechanics of using FLAC3D V7.0, the key underlying calculation principles and the spectrum of available features. Attendees are encouraged to bring one of their specific cases that may be discussed.
The upcoming 70th annual Highway Geology Symposium will be held in Portland, Oregon, October 21st through October 24th, 2019.
Dr. Purvance is a software engineer with a background in mathematics, mechanics and geophysics, specializing in algorithmic development and implementation. He has participated in the design of Itasca software for more than 10 years.
It has become common practice to create a three-dimensional (3-D) geomechanical model for the analysis of rock stability. One of the key inputs for a geomechanical model is the 3-D pore-pressure distribution. For complicated geologic settings under excavation, such as open pit walls and underground mine workings, pore pressures generally do not follow hydrostatic distributions with depth; therefore, a 3-D groundwater flow model is required to simulate pore-pressure distributions. MINEDW is a groundwater flow model code that was specifically developed to simulate the complicated hydrogeologic conditions related to mining. It is capable of simulating the excavation of open pits and underground workings, and the changing hydraulic conductivity of the displaced rocks surrounding the excavated area. This paper describes the features of MINEDW and how MINEDW can export 3-D pore-pressure distributions to be readily useable in FLAC3D and 3DEC models.
Houmao, L. (2013). “Using MINEDW to simulate pore pressure as input for FLAC3D and 3DEC,” in Continuum and Distinct Element Numerical Modeling in Geomechanics – 2013. Proceedings of the 3rd International FLAC/DEM Symposium, October 22-24, 2013, Hangzhou, P.R. China, Zhu, Detournay, Hart & Nelson (eds.), Itasca International Inc., Minneapolis, ISBN xxx-x-xxxxxxx-x-x, paper: 10-03.