Mr Hebert is a geotechnical engineer with experience in both the mining and civil industries. He has provided consulting on many projects including underground mining (e.g. block cave mining, pillar stability), open pit mining, underground excavations (e.g. tunnels, caverns, nuclear waste storage) and dams.
David is a principal geotechnical engineer with more than 20 years of operations and consulting experience in the mining and civil industries. Since joining Itasca in 2007, David has performed numerical back analyses and forward analyses for numerous open pit and underground mining operations around the world using Itasca software. David has also performed numerical analyses for several surface and underground civil infrastructure projects.
One of the main advantages of the discrete approach as defined by Itasca (PFC) is that it allows to accurately reproduce the size distribution, the grain shape (rounded, angular, or elongated), the mineralogical composition, as well as the mechanical and thermal properties of each mineral.
Thanks to this accurate description, it is possible to study the maximum compaction of a granular packing or the agglomeration of a powder under vibration/compression, to reproduce a real fibrous structure obtained from 3D tomographic images or the microstructure of composite materials. The relationship between the microstructure and target macroproperties—such as mechanical strength under various loadings (compression, tension, bending test), permeability, or electrical resistivity— can thereafter be investigated, and optimizations proposed.
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