The 2011 Syd S Peng Ground Control in Mining Award
Awarded To: Frank Kendorski
In recognition of his contributions to advancement of the ground control science of underground stone mines
Nomination: Frank Kendorski June 12, 2009
Is it my pleasure to nominate Francis S. Kendorski for the Syd S. Peng Ground
Control Award. Frank graduated from with a B.S./Honors (Mining Engineering) South
Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD, 1969 and holds a
M.S. (Geological Engineering) University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1971. He is also a
Registered Professional Engineer in several states. Frank has the distinction of
being a Founding Member and Director, American Rock Mechanics Association. He
has also been and active member of the American Underground Construction
Association, International Society of Explosives Engineers, and the Association of
Engineering and Environmental Geologists. Frank has received the Rock Mechanics
Award, 2006, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc.
Frank has held a range of important and influential positions. Most recently, from
2000 to present, he is Principal and Vice President, Agapito Associates, Inc.,
Lombard, Illinois where is responsible for all of its activities in the Lombard Office.
Attorney-assistance and forensic engineering assignments have included several
president setting cases such as wrongful death, alleged property damage from coal
mine subsidence in Alabama and Pennsylvania, alleged carbon monoxide
poisoning from surface blasting in Pennsylvania, and wrongful deaths
from a gas explosion in a coal mine shaft under construction in West Virginia.
From 1992-2000 Frank served as Vice President, Weir International Mining
Consultants, Des Plaines, Illinois where he investigated coal mine subsidence and
tunnel construction performance including TBM. From 1987-1992 Division Manager,
Dunn Geoscience Corporation, Downers Grove, Illinois where was responsible for
forensic engineering studies. During 1984-1987 Frank was the President, Terraform
Engineers, Inc., Naperville, Illinois where he worked as a Consultant in the High-
Level Nuclear Waste Programs. Early in his professional career, 1977-1984, Frank
worked as a Division Manager, Engineers International, Inc., Westmont, Illinois
His publication and presentations are always the highlight of the Ground Control
Conference and other ground control venues. Here are the most significant ones:
“Towards an Improved Stone Mine Pillar Design Methodology – Observations from a
Mistake,” Proc. 26th Int’l. Conf. on Ground Control in Mining, West Virginia Univ.,
“Workshop on Practical Geology for Roof Control,” (with A. T. Iannacchione and K. F.
Unrug) Safety Seminar for Underground Stone Mines, National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health, Pittsburgh, Abstract Only, December 2002.
“The Importance of Underground Stone Mine Roof Geology,” Proc. 21st Int’l. Conf.
on Ground Control in Mining, West Virginia University, Morgantown, 2002, p. 208-
“Understanding and Solving Roof Control Problems in Underground Stone Mines,
Preprint 02-113”Annual Meeting of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and
Exploration Inc., Phoenix, AZ, February 2002.
“Understanding and Solving Roof Control Problems in Underground Stone
Mines,”.Safety Seminar for Underground Stone Mines, National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health, Pittsburgh, Abstract Only, December 2001.
“Rock Reinforcement Longevity,” Proc. of the 19th Int’l Conf. On Ground Control in
Mining, West Virginia University, Morgantown, 2000, p. 266-271.
“Rock Reinforcement Longevity,” Geo-Strata, Fall 2003.
“Site Characterization for Planning Underground Stone Mines,” Proc. of the 19th Int’l
Conf. On Ground Control in Mining, West Virginia University, Morgantown, 2000, p.
“The Evolution of Rock Reinforcement Design,” Proc. of the 37th U.S. Symp. on
Rock Mechanics, American Rock Mechanics Association, pp. 643-649, 1999.
“Ground Control in Underground Stone Mines,” Aggregates Manager, 3(2): 30-33,
“A Rock Mass Classification Scheme for the Planning of Caving Mine Drift Support,”
(with R.A. Cummings, Z.T. Bieniawski, and E.H. Skinner), Proc. of the 1983 Rapid
Excavation and Tunneling Conf., Chicago, IL, pp. 191-223, 1983.
“Rock Mass Classification for Block Caving Mine Drift Support,” (with R.A.
Cummings, Z.T.Bieniawski, and E.H. Skinner), Proc. of the 5th Congress of the Int’l
Society for Rock Mechanics, Melbourne, pp. 851-863, 1983.
“Development and Testing of Self-Drilling Roof Bolts,” (with S.D. Singh and M.M.
Singh), Reporton U.S. Bureau of Mines Contract H0272022, 225 p., August 1979.
“Development and Testing of Self-Drilling Roof Bolts,” (with M.M. Singh and R.P.
Curtin), Proc. of the 1979 North American Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conf.,
Atlanta, p. 635-655.
As you can clearly see, throughout his career Frank has contributed to the
advancement and understanding of the ground control science. He has been a
mentor, teacher, and advocate and promoter for the ground control discipline.
Stephen C. Tadolini
The purpose of the award is to provide recognition to individuals that have demonstrated technical and scientific excellence in advancing the understanding of ground control technologies or approaches by either publication or direct applications in the mining industry.