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Dr Alan Thompson

Dr Alan Thompson Dr Alan Thompson

MIEAust CPEng MAusIMM NPER

Position Research Associate
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School Western Australian School of Mines
Campus Kalgoorlie Campus
Location 703.208
Phone 08 9088 6161
Fax 08 9088 6151
Email A.Thompson@curtin.edu.au

Brief Summary

Alan is currently principal research fellow and consulting engineer at the WA School of Mines based in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. He has formal training in civil and geotechnical engineering. Previously he was employed for 18 years by the Exploration and Mining division of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and, more recently, for 7 years by Rock Technology Pty Ltd to work with the Australian and overseas mining industries in applied research and specialist technical projects. These projects have involved collaboration with mining companies throughout Australia, Papua New Guinea, South Africa and South America, ground control hardware manufacturers and contractors, consultants and Government regulatory authorities. A major component of these research and technical projects has been technology transfer in the form of reports, seminars, workshops, training courses and computer software.Prior to formally joining WASM in January 2004, for 2 years he worked both as an independent consultant and as an Adjunct Associate Professor at WASM. This latter appointment involved several collaborative research projects with his long term industry colleague Ernesto Villaescusa, Professor of Mining Geomechanics and the presentation of components of undergraduate and post-graduate degree courses.In summary, Alan’s experience and expertise are in the areas of:

Memberships, Awards and Training

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Research Interests

Alan Thompson’s major interests are associated with all aspects of the stability of surface and underground excavations and the use of artificial reinforcement and support. He has been involved in the development and evaluation of new ground control systems and instruments and novel design and analysis techniques for reinforced and supported rock.
Alan’s major strengths are in the areas of materials behaviour and the mechanisms of response of reinforcement and support systems to static and dynamic loading. For several years he have been investigating the various methods of installation of different reinforcement systems. These investigations have resulted in various theories and computer programs which improve the understanding of observed behaviour and assist in developing more efficient installation procedures for rock bolts and cable bolts

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Publications

2012

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2010

Conference Articles (Research)

2008

Conference Articles (Research)

2007

Books (Research)

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2006

Conference Articles (Research)

2005

Conference Articles (Research)

2004

Conference Articles (Research)

Additional publication categories

2004

Book Chapters - Other

  • Thompson, A. G. 2004. “Rock Support Action of Mesh Quantified by Testing and Analysis.” In Surface Support in Mining, ed. Y Potvin, T Stacey and J Hadjigeorgiou, 391-398. Perth: Australian Centre for Geomechanics.
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