Steven G. Vick
Mr. Vick is an internationally recognized geotechnical engineer and review consultant with over 40 years of experience, including both technical reviews and forensic investigations. He chaired the investigation of the Omai tailings dam failure for the government of Guyana in 1995 and served as a member of the Mount Polley Independent Investigation and Review Panel in 2014. He has authored two books, including a comprehensive textbook on tailings dams, and published several articles related to dam safety and risk analyses
Dr. Peter Kaiser is a graduate of the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the University of Alberta, Canada. Since 1987 until his recent retirement, he was Professor of Mining Engineering and Chair for Rock Engineering and Ground Control at the Bharti School of Engineering of Laurentian University in Canada. Over the last seven years, he was seconded to the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) as Founding Director and then as Director of the Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction (RTC-UMC). Since July 2014, he assumed Technical Advisor roles at the Rio Tinto Centre and at MIRARCO, a mining research centre he founded at Laurentian University in 1997. He also holds an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Dr. Kaiser is the author of more than 300 technical and scientific geomechanics publications. He has received many awards including, early in his career, the ISRM Schlumberger award in 1993, awards from the Canadian Geotechnical Society and from the Canadian Institute of Mining. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and the Canadian Academy of Engineers and in 2013 was awarded the Julian C. Smith Medal of the EIC for "Achievement in the Development of Canada" and named the “Tunneller of the Year” by the TAC, the Tunnelling Association of Canada. He was recently selected to give the Sir Allan Muir Wood lecture at the WTC 2016 in San Francisco on “Challenges of tunnel constructability”.
He is a specialist in applied research for underground mining and construction. His interests lie in geomechanics, mine design, rock engineering and the application of innovative technologies to increase mine safety and productivity. He brings extensive experience from both the industrial and academic sectors having served as consultant to numerous consulting companies, mines, and public agencies. He has supported contractors, mining companies and public sector clients in claims and litigations on four continents.
David S. Bowles
Dr. Bowles is a Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University and Managing Principal with RAC Engineers and Economists which specialize in individual and portfolio dam safety evaluation, risk assessment and risk management. He is also Director of the Institute for Dam Safety Risk Management at Utah State University. From 1992-1996, he served as Director of the Utah Water Research Laboratory and the Utah Center for Water Resources Research, the second largest water research institute in the U.S.A.member of many other professional organizations.