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

      Kalenchuk, K.S., Hutchinson, D.J. and Diederichs, M.S. (2013). Downie Slide: numerical simulations of groundwater fluctuations influencing the behavior of a massive landslide. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment (DOI 10.1007/s10064-013-0484-5)

      Kalenchuk, K.S., Hutchinson, D.J. and Diederichs, M.S. (2012). Geomechanical interpretation of Downie Slide considering field data and three-dimensional numerical modelling. Landslides, 10 (6); 737-756 (DOI 10.1007/s10346-012-0363-3)

      Kalenchuk, K.S., Diederichs, M.S. and Hutchinson, D.J. (2011). Three-dimensional numerical simulations of the Downie Slide to test the influence of shear surface geometry and heterogeneous shear zone stiffness. Comp. Geosci. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10596-011-9245-3)

      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 rock mass 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 Conference Papers

      Kalenchuk, K, Mercer, R, Williams, E., 2017. Large-magnitude seismicity at the Westwood mine, Quebec, Canada. Eighth International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining. Perth, Australia.

      Ghazvinian, E, Kalenchuk, K., Diederichs, M, 2017, Three-dimensional random   Voronoi models for simulation of brittle rock damage around underground excavations in laminated ground. Eighth International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining. Perth, Australia.

      Kalenchuk, K, Hume, C, Morin, F, Bawden, W, Oke, J, Palleske, C, 2017. The unanticipated performance of a weak massive rock mass at depth and the added value of observational engineering. Eighth International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining. Perth, Australia.

      Palleske, C, Kalenchuk, K, Hume, C, Bawden, W, 2017, Strategic use of geotechnical data for maximised value added. Eighth International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining. Perth, Australia.

      Ghazvinian, E, Kalenchuk, K., 2017. Three-dimensional3D Voronoi-based distinct element model for simulation of hydraulic fracture propagation. Eighth International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining. Perth, Australia.

      LeRiche, A, Kalenchuk, K., Diederichs, M, 2017, Estimation of in situ stress from borehole breakout for improved understanding of excavation overbreak in brittle-anisotropic rock. Eighth International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining. Perth, Australia.

      Ghazvinian, E, Kalenchuk, K. 2016, Application of 3D Random Voronoi Tessellated Models for Simulation of Hydraulic Fracture Propagation within the Distinct Element Formulation.  Proceedings of the Fiftieth US Rock Mechanics/ Geomechanics Symposium, American Rock Mechanics Association, Houston.

      Palleske, C, Kalenchuk, K, Ferland P, Davidson 2016, Expansion of Geotechnical Knowledge by Data mining of a Geological Database. Proceedings of the Fiftieth US Rock Mechanics/ Geomechanics Symposium, American Rock Mechanics Association, Houston.

      Crockford, A., Kalenchuk, K, Bawden, W. 2015, Calibration of inelastic constitutive behavior at a last stage mine and the challenges associated with data limited calibration.  Proceedings of the Forty-ninth US Rock Mechanics/ Geomechanics Symposium, American Rock Mechanics Association, San Francisco.

      Walton, G., Diederichs, M.S., Hume, C. & Kalenchuk, K 2015, Borehole Breakout Analysis to Determine the In situ Stress State in Hard Rock’, Proceedings of the Forty-ninth US Rock Mechanics/ Geomechanics Symposium, American Rock Mechanics Association, San Francisco.

      Kalenchuk, K.S., Hutchinson, D.J., Diederichs, M.S., (2014) Multi-Dimensional Analysis of Large Complex Slope Instability: Case Study of Downie Slide, British Columbia, Canada. Geohazards 6, Kingston, ON.

      Kalenchuk, K.S.,  Crockford, A.M., Hume, C.D., Milner, N., Watson, J., (2014) Application of Numerical Modelling to Predict Seismic Probability and Mitigate Associated Risks during the Craig Pillar Extraction at Morrison Mine, KGHM International.  48th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium.   Minneapolis, MN.

      Kalenchuk, K.S., Bawden, W.F., Curry, B. and Sun, C. (2012) Numerical simulation of accumulated damage in critical mine infrastructure and prediction of further damage over mine life. Proc. of 21th Can. Rock Mech. Symp. Edmonton, AB: 10 pp.

      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.  3rd Can-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

      Robertson, W, Ferland, P, Davidson, A, Kalenchuk, K, Palleske, C. 2016 Update to Newmont’s Leeville Mine Ground Model and its Application to Ground Support Selection.  SME Annual Conference. Phoenix Arizona.

      Kalenchuk, K.S. and Palleske, C.K. (2016). Strategic use of geotechnical data for maximized value or the Value of Data (and knowing how to use it).  Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability Mine Operators Conference. Sudbury Ontario.

      Kalenchuk, K.S., Milner, N., Larose, M., Switzer, D., Watson, J., (2014) Application of Numerical Modelling to Predict Seismic Probability and Mitigate Associated Risks during the Craig Pillar Extraction at Morrison Mine, KGHM International.  Canadian Institute of Mining Convention. Vancouver, BC.

      Lato, M. Kalenchuk, K.S., Diederichs, M.S., (2014) High Accuracy LiDAR in Underground Excavations for Geotechnical Mapping and Convergence Monitoring.  Canadian Institute of Mining Convention. Vancouver, BC.

      Kalenchuk, K.S., Hutchinson, D.J., Diederichs, M.S. (2013). Multi-Dimensional Analysis of Large, Complex Slope Instability: Case study of Downie Slide, British Columbia, Canada.. 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.

      Kalenchuk, K.S., Bawden, W.F., Curry, B. and Sun, C. (2012) Analysis of accumulated damage in critical infrastructure and numerical modelling to predict further damage over mine life. 2012 SME Annual Meeting. Seattle, Washington.

      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 rock masses. Advances in Earth Sci. Res. Conf. Kingston, ON.  Awarded Best Presentation in Geotechnical Field.