Invited Speakers

Dr. Jean Hutchinson is a Professor of Geological Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, and a Fellow of both the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada, and a registered Professional Engineer. Jean was very honoured to deliver the 2019 Glossop Medal lecture.

Dr. Hutchinson conducts research and engages in consulting work related to stability assessment of slopes and excavations in rock, considering the suite of available monitoring methods. Integrating geological knowledge with monitoring program data, Jean focusses on understanding the mechanisms at work in ground instability, and the management of the resulting potential hazard and risk.

Dr. Hutchinson is a co-Director of the Queen’s Geomechanics and Geohazards Group, where her research team has made significant advancements in the applications of remote sensing to slope stability assessment, the integration of data into existing numerical modelling packages, and the development of new methods to simulate instability.

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Josep Raventos Fornos has a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and a Master’s degree in Ground Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. The topic of his master’s thesis was the effect on the quality of information obtained when the design and installation of some instruments (extensometer and piezometers) was carried out accurately.
His 20-year professional career has been fully devoted to instrumentation and monitoring in the geotechnical field, including a 3-year immersion in the InSAR industry with projects related to building construction, civil engineering and mining.

In 2014, he was appointed as the Spanish representative of ISO TC182/WG2, devoted to proposing the standards within the field of geotechnical instrumentation. In 2015, he was appointed as a member of the Dam surveying committee of the Spanish Committee of Large Dams. In 2020, he was appointed as a nominated member of the TC220, devoted to field instrumentation of the ISSMGE and of the committee of instrumentation and monitoring technical group of the Structural Engineering Association in Spain.

He has published several scientific articles and publications on topics related to geotechnical instrumentation and the use of InSAR as a deformation monitoring tool.
Since 2018 he has been managing the I&M and geotechnical survey department at BAC Engineering – Socotec, based in Barcelona.

Tony O’Brien, FREng.

Global Practice Leader, Geotechnics, Mott Macdonald

Tony O’Brien is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineering. He is the Global Practice Leader for Geotechnics at Mott MacDonald Ltd and a Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton. He has provided technical leadership on several major projects across Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region. Within MM he leads several initiatives to support the development of modern digital tools for data analysis, management and visualisation. Tony has contributed to best practice guidance, including CIRIA guide (C791) on advanced numerical modelling and recently published a book “The Observational Method in Civil Engineering.” He also works on several international committees and currently chairs a sub-group of TC206 (Interactive Design) developing guidance on contract conditions to facilitate wider use of the Observational Method.