Giovanni BARLA

Classe di Scienze fisiche, matematiche e naturali
già professore ordinario di Meccanica delle rocce nel Politecnico di Torino; Honorary Professor della Chongqing University e della Tianjin University

Socio corrispondente dal 11/05/2005 per scienze dell'ambiente
Nato a Imperia il 30/03/1940
Deceduto a Torino il 17/11/2019

Curriculum vitae

Giovanni Barla graduated in mining engineering from the Politecnico di Torino in Italy in 1965. For his post-graduate work he specialised in rock mechanics and obtained a master's degree from Columbia University, New York, USA, in 1967. He was awarded the Doctor of Engineering Science Degree from Columbia University in 1970 for a thesis on stress analysis of underground excavations. He is now Professor of Rock Mechanics and Director of the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino in Italy.

His research activities are principally connected to laboratory and in situ testing (behaviour of rock discontinuities and weak rocks), rock mass characterisation, numerical modelling and back analysis, performance monitoring, slope stability, rock-structure interaction for underground workings and tunnels, surface and underground mining.

He is Editor of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, SpringerWienNewYork. He is member of the Accademia delle Scienze di Torino. He has been Vice President of ISRM from 1995 to 1999 and President of AGI (Italian Geotechnical Society) for the period 1997-2003. Editor of Proceedings of International Conferences and Symposia on behalf of ISRM, ISSMGE and IACMAG, he is author of more than 250 papers on various subjects in rock mechanics, rock engineering, geotechnical engineering, tunnel engineering and numerical modelling. He has been active in promoting continuum education courses in Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering since 1986, which resulted in the publication of 10 books on various subjects including tunnelling, slope stability, performance monitoring, and rock mass characterisation.

He is a member of ISRM, ISSMGE, IGS, and IACMAG. He is used to participate in the activities of these societies as General Reporter, Key-Note Speaker, Member of Panels in International Conferences and Symposia. He has coordinated the ISRM Commission on Tunnelling in squeezing rock and organised two workshops on the subject in 1995 and 1997 which resulted in the publication of special issues of the Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering Journal and of the Italian Geotechnical Journal. He has been chairman, on behalf of ISRM, of Eurock96 in 1996, and on behalf of IACMAG of the 11th International Conference in 2005.

He has been associate and member of the International Board of Golder Associates Inc. from 1991 to 1995. He is consultant in rock engineering; in tunnelling and underground excavations, including near surface tunnels (with major interest in squeezing and/or swelling ground), rock reinforcement and support methods, and mechanised tunnelling; in rock slope engineering, including stability assessment of artificial cuts and natural slopes, rock falls, active and passive measures, stabilisation and reinforcement measures; and in dam engineering. He has recently worked on projects in Italy, France, Switzerland, Greece, Israel, Ethiopia, Venezuela, China, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Philippines.



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