Providing Specialized Services in Geomechanics 613.507.7575

Kathy Kalenchuk, Ph.D., P.Eng.

contact: kathy.kalenchuk@mdeng.ca
kathy-kalenchuk-picDr. K.S. Kalenchuk offers expertise in geomechanics.  She is an expert in high-end numerical modelling, with particular skills in developing calibrated models capable of reproducing rockmass behaviour as observed through field studies and monitoring instrumentation.  She has worked in the mining industry for 11 years and has considerable on site experience in rock engineering and ground control.  Dr. Kalenchuk also provides expertise in slope mechanics, particularly large-scale rock slopes.  Her slope experience includes numerous pit slope designs and sophisticated analyses of massive landslide kinematics and dynamics for some of the world’s largest known active landslides in Canada and Europe.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Numerical modeling
    • Significant experience developing sophisticated models calibrated to reproduce observed rockmass behaviour measured in the field by instrumentation networks).
    • 3D and 2D modelling
    • Itasca and RocScience software suites
  • Design and stability assessment of underground excavations and pit slopes
  • Engineered and natural slope stability assessment and mitigation design
  • Ground support design, assessment and review
  • Geomechanical site characterization

Academics:

Ph.D. in Geomechanics, 2010
Multi-Dimensional Analysis of Large, Complex Landslide Systems
Queen’s University.

M.Sc. Eng in Geomechanics, 2006.
Geomechanical Assessment of Dilution Potential for Sublevel Caving at Ekati Diamond Mine: Case Study and Generalized Approach
Queen’s University

B.Sc. in Mining Engineering with Distinction, 2004 (Cooperative Program).
University of Alberta

Publications

 Book Chapters

Kalenchuk, K.S., Hutchinson, D.J., Diederichs, M.S. and Moore, D. (2012) Downie Slide, British Columbia, Canada in Landslides: Types, Mechanisms and Modeling, Clauge, J. and Stead, D. Eds.

Hoek, E., Hutchinson, D.J., Kalenchuk, K.S. and Diederichs, M. (2009). Influence of in situ stresses on open pit design, Appendix 3 in Guidelines for Open Pit Design, Read, J and Stacey, P.F., Eds. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne: 437 – 445.

Refereed Journal Articles (Published)

Kalenchuk, K.S., Diederichs, M.S. and Hutchinson, D.J. (2012). Three-dimensional numerical simulations of the Downie Slide to test the influence of shear surface geometry and heterogeneous shear zone stiffness. Computational Geosciences 16(1): 21-38

Kalenchuk, K.S., Hutchinson, D.J. and Diederichs, M.S. (2009). Application of spatial prediction techniques to defining 3-dimensional landslide shear surface geometry. Landslides 6(4): 321-333

Kalenchuk, K.S., McKinnon, S. and Diederichs, M.S. (2008). Block geometry and rockmass characterization for prediction of dilution potential into sub-level cave mine voids, Int. J. Rock Mech. Min. Sci. 45: 929-940

Kalenchuk, K.S.,Diederichs, M.S. and McKinnon, S. (2006). Characterizing Block Geometry in Jointed Rockmasses.  Int. J. Rock Mech. Min. Sci.43 (8): pp 1212-1225

Refereed Journal Articles (Submitted)

Kalenchuk, K.S., Hutchinson, D.J. and Diederichs, M.S. (2010). Morphological and geomechanical analysis of the Downie Slide using 3-dimensional numerical models: testing the influence of internal shears and interaction between landslide regions on simulated slope behaviour. Submitted to Landslides in August (manuscript #  LASL 241).

Kalenchuk, K.S., Hutchinson, D.J. and Diederichs, M.S. (2010). Downie Slide – numerical simulation of groundwater fluctuations influencing behaviour of a massive landslide.  Submitted to Landslides in August (manuscript #  LASL 243).

Kalenchuk, K.S., Diederichs, M.S., Hutchinson, D.J. and Barla, G. (2010). Integration of three sources of slope monitoring data to characterize landslide behaviour, Beauregard Landslide, Northwestern Italy. Submitted to Nat. Haz. in Septemer (manuscript # NHAZ1308).

Kalenchuk, K.S., Diederichs, M.S. and Hutchinson, D.J. (2010). A geomechanical analysis of the Beauregard Landslide using three-dimensional numerical models. Submitted to Rock Mech. and Rock Eng. in August (manuscript #  RMRE-D-10-00105).

Kalenchuk, K.S., Diederichs, M.S. and Hutchinson, D.J. (2009). Downie Slide – sensitivity of water table interpretations to temporal changes in data distribution.  Submitted to Quarterly J. of Eng. Geol. and Hydrogeol. in October (manuscript # 09-058).

Refereed Conference Papers

Kalenchuk, K.S., Hutchinson, D.J. and Diederichs, M.S. (2010). Development and calibration of numerical models for investigating trigger scenarios and mitigation techniques for massive landslide hazard management. Proc. of Geo2010 – Can. Geotech. Conf. Calgary, AB: 8 pp.

Kalenchuk, K.S., Hutchinson D.J., Diederichs M.S., Barla G., Barla M. and Piovano G. (2010). Numerical modelling of the Beauregard landslide, a comparison of two approaches to mixed continuum-discontinuum numerical simulations.  Proc. of Eurock 2010: Lausanne, Switzerland: 639-642.

Kalenchuk, K.S, Hutchinson, D.J. and Diederichs, M.S. (2009).  Downie Slide – interpretations of complex slope mechanics in a massive, slow moving, translational landslide.  Proc. of GeoHalifax2009 – Can Geotech Conf. Halifax, NS: 367-374.

Kalenchuk, K.S., Hutchinson, D.J. and Diederichs, M.S. (2009). Influence of shear surface geometry on deformation processes in massive landslides.  3rdCan-US Rock Mech. Symp. and 20th Can. Rock Mech. Symp. Toronto, ON: 10 pp.

Kalenchuk, K.S, Hutchinson, D.J. and Diederichs, M.S. (2007). Interpolation of landslide shear surface geometry in three-dimensions. Proc. of OttawaGeo2007 – Can. Geotech. Conf. Ottawa, ON: 367-374.

Hutchinson, D.J., Diederichs, M.S., Kalenchuk, K. and Lato, M. (2007).  Invited Paper: Forensic assessment of slopes to support rock stability analysis and infrastructure hazard management. Intl. Forum on Landslide Disaster Management, Hong Kong, China, December: 18 pages.

Kalenchuk, K.S, McKinnon, S. and Diederichs M.S. (2007). Dilution source prediction and characterization for blocky rockmasses in steep walls or cave boundaries for bulk mining. The S. African Inst. of Min.& Metall. 1st Int. Symp. on Block and Sub-Level Caving. Cape Town, South Africa: 12 pgs.

Non-refereed Conference Presentations

Kalenchuk, K.S., Hutchinson, D.J. and Diederichs, M.S. (2010). Analysis of Beauregard Landslide deformation patterns using integrated data from multiple slope monitoring sources. Can. Young Geotech. Eng. Geol. Conf. Waterton, AB. Ext. Abst.

Kalenchuk, K.S., Hutchinson, D.J. and Diederichs, M.S. (2009).  Response of Downie Landslide hydrogeology to reservoir operations and seasonal precipitation.  Advances in Earth Sci. Res. Conf. Kingston, ON. Ext. Abst.

Kalenchuk, K.S, Diederichs, M.S., Hutchinson, D.J. and Harrap R. (2008). Application of sensor data to slope stability assessment. GEOIDE 10th Annual Sci. Conf. Niagra Falls, ON. Poster Presentation.  Awarded GEOIDE Best Student Poster Award of $1000.

Kalenchuk, K.S., Hutchinson, D.J. and Diederichs, M.S. (2008). Using GIS to manage and analyse spatial and temporal data in the study of massive landslide behaviour. GEOIDE SKI, Fernie, BC. Ext. Abst.

Kalenchuk, K.S., Diederichs, M.S. and Hutchinson, D.J. (2007). Multi-dimensional analysis of massive, complex Landslides. Can. Young Geotech. Eng. Geol. Conf. Gananoque, ON. Ext. Abst.

Kalenchuk, K.S.*, Diederichs, M.S. and McKinnon, S. (2007). Geomechanical assessment of dilution potential for sublevel caving at Ekati Diamond Mine: generalized approach and Ccase study. CIM Annual Conf. and Exhibition.  Montreal, QC. Poster Presentation.

Hutchinson, D.J., Diederichs, M., Harrap, R., Carranza-Torres, C. and Kalenchuk, K.S (2007). Integrated geomechanics/geomatics approach to understanding the movement of a large, complex slowly moving landslide.  Geophys. Res. Abstr. Vol. 9, 05871, European Geosciences Union.

Lato, M., Hutchinson, D.J., Diederichs, M.S and Kalenchuk, K.S. (2007). Evaluating block shape and block volume distributions of rock faces using LiDAR and 3DEC. General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, Vienna, Austria, Geophys. Res. Abstr. 9, 01171.

Kalenchuk, K.S., Diederichs, M.S. and McKinnon, S. (2006). Block shape characterization for jointed rockmasses. Advances in Earth Sci. Res. Conf. Kingston, ON.  Awarded Best Presentation in Geotechnical Field.