The 2012 Syd S Peng Ground Control in Mining Award
Awarded To: Bruce Hebblewhite
In recognition of his long and distinguished career conducting research, providing instruction and applying practical solutions in the field of ground control. Dr. Bruce Hebblewhite has had a long and distinguished career conducting research, providing instruction and applying practical solutions in the field of ground control. His career began in the 1970’s at the University of New South Wales and University of Newcastle upon Tyne where he studied mining engineering. After graduation, Dr. Hebblewhite worked from 1977 to 1995 for the Australian Coal Industry Research Laboratories (ACIRL); first as a project engineer performing roof control, numerical modeling and other geotechnical investigations, and then as a manager of the geo-technical and other areas. In 1995, Dr. Hebblewhite became a Professor and the Kenneth Finlay Chair of Rock Mechanics at the University of New South Wales, teaching mining rock mechanics and related mining engineering subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students. From 2003 to the present, Dr. Hebblewhite has been the Head and Research Director of the University of New South Wales’s School of Mining Engineering, and also, he is presently the Executive Directory of Mining Education Australia.
Throughout his career, Dr. Hebblewhite has produced an outstanding publication record that contains numerous books, articles and papers in the ground control area. Specifically, Dr. Hebblewhite’s publication record has spanned 35 years where he has authored 71 and co-authored 37 referred and invited papers. In addition, he has authored 14 and co-authored 12 published conference papers and reports. These publications have covered a wide range of ground control topics, including: underground pillar design, roof bolt design, rib support, thick seams, weak strata, horizontal stress, subsidence, seismicity, etc. Further, Dr. Hebblewhite has authored in excess of 400 confidential consulting reports for clients in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, China and North America.
Dr. Hebblewhite has been active in Australian and international professional societies related to ground control including a period as President of the Mining Interest Group for the International Society of Rock Mechanics (ISRM) from 2004 to 2011, and as a member of the Australian Geomechanics Society. Bruce has also been active in promoting ground control publication through membership on the editorial and/or organizing committees of the International Ground Control in Mining Conference and the Australasian Ground Control in Mining Conference.
So, based on the depth and breathe of his ground control knowledge as well as his educational and applied activities and accomplishments in the ground control area, Dr. Bruce Hebblewhite has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Syd S. Peng Ground Control in Mining Award.
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.