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.
Mr. Flynn is an applied physicist with a diverse technical background with over 20 years of experience in instrumentation and measurement systems, with a focus on acoustic emission and ultrasonic monitoring for the past 8 years.
He is the General Manager of the ICL office and also the product manager for ICL’s range of hardware products.
A 3D groundwater flow model was constructed using MINEDW  to simulate pore pressure at the Chuquicamata open pit mine slope in Chile. Three main factors required the implementation of a 3D model for the prediction of pore pressures: (1) discrete zones of recharge in the gravel zone lead to the non-uniform flow field; (2) the low-permeability west fault and shear zones maintain the non-hydrostatic pore-pressure distribution with depth during mining; and (3) the drainage gallery causes localized depressurization. In addition, a zone of relaxation (ZOR) was observed at the site. Simulations of the development of the ZOR according to the mining schedule are important in the prediction of pore-pressure distribution within the slope.
The model was calibrated against measured water levels, pore pressures, drains, and seepage rates. The calibrated model was then used to simulate and predict pore-pressure distribution in the pit walls for different time periods. Specifically, the model was able to capture the non-hydrostatic, transient nature of the pore pressures with depth in the granodiorite west of the shear zone, in the shear zone, and along the west fault. The model also simulated the ZOR for the first 150 m below the pit bench with enhanced hydraulic conductivity values according to the excavation schedule. Simulated transient 3D pore-pressure distribution provides a more realistic input to 3DEC slope-stability analyses.
Liu, H., F. Duran del Valle, J. Xiang, and B. Șener Kaya. 2012. Simulation of three-dimensional pore-pressure distribution for slope-stability analysis. 46th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, Chicago, IL, 24-27 June.
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