October 24-26, 2007
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Speakers: Biography

Speaker: John P. Harrison


John P. Harrison

Senior Lecturer
Imperial College London
Earth Science and Engineering
Imperial College
United Kingdom

Dr. John P. Harrison is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College and Associate Director of the SCIRIA Research Unit at the University of the Arts London. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, and holds both Masters and Doctoral degrees in Engineering Rock Mechanics. After graduating in Civil Engineering in 1979, he spent seven years in the civil engineering industry, both in the UK and overseas, working for both contractors and consulting engineers. He is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the British Geotechnical Association, the British Tunnelling Society and the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM). In addition to being a member of the ISRM, he is also a member of the ISRM's Commission on Education. His main research interests are in the mechanics and geometry of fractured rock masses, and together with tunnelling in rock, these are fields in which he also acts as a consultant to civil and mining engineering companies. In September 2001 he took part in the first ISRM Lecture Tour, which visited the universities of Beijing, Xuzhou and Chongqing in China. In March 2002 he was the international keynote speaker at "Bergmekanikdag 2002", the annual showcase of Swedish Rock Engineering Research held in Stockholm. He has been invited to lecture at the Western Australia School of Mines in Kalgoorlie and Kungl Tekniska Hogskolan, Stockholm. He is the co-author, together with Professor John Hudson, of the two textbooks Engineering Rock Mechanics: an introduction to the principles and Engineering Rock Mechanics: illustrative

John P. will present Creative Limits: Applying Finite Element Analysis to Assess Static Stress in a Large-Scale Stone Sculpture by Henry Moore. [Paper]