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.

Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE FREng FICE FRS NAE

Lord Robert Mair is the Founding Head of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at Cambridge University and Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering. After working in industry for 27 years, in 1998 he was appointed Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Cambridge and Head of Civil Engineering. He was Master of Jesus College 2001-11. He is one of the founding Directors of the Geotechnical Consulting Group (GCG), an international consulting company based in London, and has extensive experience of design and construction for a wide variety of civil engineering projects in many countries, particularly those involving geotechnical issues and underground construction.
He was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers 2017-18 and until recently Chairman of the Department of Transport’s Science Advisory Council. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society and the US National Academy of Engineering. He was appointed an independent crossbencher in the House of Lords in 2015, and until recently was a member of its Select Committee on Science and Technology and its Select Committee on Risk Assessment and Risk Planning.

Allen Marr, PhD, PE, DGE, NAE
Boston, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles

Dr. Marr founded and leads Geocomp, one of the foremost providers in USA of real-time, web-based performance monitoring of civil engineering structures, including dams, levees, deep excavations, retaining walls, tunnels, buildings, bridges and utilities for 40 years. Allen also has extensive experience in testing to measure the mechanical properties of earthen materials, as well as designing earth structures, determining the causes of poor performance of geotechnical structures and developing cost effective remedial measures for troubled projects. He has been instrumental in applying methods of risk assessment and risk management to infrastructure projects. He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineers and the Moles. He has published widely and given invited keynote lectures around the world on topics in geotechnical engineering, performance monitoring, data management and risk management. He was recently awarded the ASCE Seed Medal for his contributions to the advancement of research, practice, teaching, and professional service in geotechnical engineering. He serves on the International Advisory Committee for the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction at Cambridge University and chairs the US National Research Council Committee on Geologic and Geotechnical Engineering.

Jamie Standing, Imperial College London

Jamie Standing is Professor of Ground Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. Full-scale field monitoring, tunnelling and soil-structure interaction are three of his key research interests. He has always worked closely with industry and has run major tunnelling research projects associated with: Jubilee Line Extension (greenfield sites and numerous building interactions); CTRL (effect of tunnelling on piled foundations) and Crossrail (effect on existing cast iron lined tunnels). He is a chartered Civil Engineer, associate of the Geotechnical Consulting Group and a member of three ISSMGE technical committees: TC204 (Underground Construction in Soft Ground – secretary 2001-2012); TC220 (Field Monitoring in Geotechnical Engineering) and TC301 (Preservation of Monuments and Historic Sites). He has served on the BGA and BTS committees in London and been an editorial board member for Géotechnique and Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology. He has delivered numerous invited lectures, including the Géotechnique lecture in 2009.