Professor Giovanni Barla M.Sc, D.ScEng

Professor Giovanni Barla graduated in mining engineering from Politecnico di Torino in 1965.  He specialised in rock mechanics and obtained a masters degree from Columbia University, New York in 1967.  He was awarded the DScEng degree from Columbia University in 1970 for a thesis on stress analysis of underground excavations.  He became a Professor of Rock Mechanics at the Politecnico di Torino in 1980.

Giovanni specialises in assessing rock-structure interaction for underground workings and tunnels, in particular the effect of  ‘squeezing ground’ on TBM’s and provides state-of-the-art, large scale rock and soil laboratory testing equipment.

Giovanni was President of the Associazione Geotecnica Italiana (Italian Geotechnical Society) between 1997 and 2003, vice president of the ISRM between 1995 and 1999 and is a member of the International Society of Rock Mechanics, International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, International Association of Engineering Geology.

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