Mr. Hughes has extensive experience working at ICL on developing enhancements to the InSite application including a new 3D visualizer, tools for velocity model calibration, array analysis, discrete fracture network inversion, source scan location and the real-time triggering of data from miniSEED files and multiple arrays.
He has also revised and enhanced the data acquisition software used with ICL’s laboratory test equipment. His expertise is in the use of the C++ programming language using Visual Studio. In addition to this, he has extensive experience using MFC, OpenGL, HDF5, SQL Server, .NET and TCP/IP socket programming.
In total, he has over 30 years of experience developing software, mainly PC based, but also hosted on embedded and IP telephony platforms. Mr. Hughes holds a B.A. in Physics from Oxford University.
The Fifth International Itasca Symposium will be held at the University of Vienna (Austria). The Symposium will features the application of Itasca software for solving engineering and scientific challenges in geomechanics, hydrogeology, microseismicity, and more.
Nicola has a degree in geology from the University of Portsmouth and has previous experience in working in the mining and waste management business sectors.
She is responsible for maintaining ICL’s ISO9001 quality standard and has responsibility for all aspects of Itasca software codes and administrative support for ICL’s own software InSite, as well as the day to day running of the office.
As part of the Hybrid Stress Blast Model (HSBM) project, Itasca has developed software to model the rock blasting process. The code, called Blo-Up 2.5, uses a unique combination of three-dimensional continuous and discontinuous numerical methods to represent the key processes occurring in non-ideal detonation, rock fracturing and muck pile formation. Itasca’s continuum rock mechanics code FLAC is used to represent the shear failure characteristic of the near field. FLAC is coupled to a custom discrete element (DEM) code which models the wave propagation and initial fragmentation through to muck pile formation. Recently, significant work has been undertaken by the project sponsors and researchers to design and evaluate a series of validation cases for this new technology. The HSBM project has had an ongoing collaboration with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) involving blasts experiments on concrete cubes. HSBM sponsor and research partner AEL Mining Services performed a series of instrumented test blasts on concrete cubes. This paper compares the Blo-Up 2.5 numerical model to these validation experiments.
Furtney, J. K., P. A. Cundall, I. Onederra and E. Sellers. (2011) “Numerical Modeling of Rock Blasting: Validation Tests for Blo-Up 2.5,” in Continuum and Distinct Element Modeling in Geomechanics --- 2011 (Proceedings, 2nd International FLAC/DEM Symposium, Melbourne, February 2011), 359–367, D. Sainsbury, R. Hart, C. Detournay, and M. Nelson, Eds. Minneapolis: Itasca International Inc.