Steven G. Vick
Mr. Vick is an internationally recognized geotechnical engineer and review consultant with over 40 years of experience, including both technical reviews and forensic investigations. He chaired the investigation of the Omai tailings dam failure for the government of Guyana in 1995 and served as a member of the Mount Polley Independent Investigation and Review Panel in 2014. He has authored two books, including a comprehensive textbook on tailings dams, and published several articles related to dam safety and risk analyses

Peter Kaiser
Dr. Peter Kaiser is a graduate of the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the University of Alberta, Canada. Since 1987 until his recent retirement, he was Professor of Mining Engineering and Chair for Rock Engineering and Ground Control at the Bharti School of Engineering of Laurentian University in Canada. Over the last seven years, he was seconded to the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) as Founding Director and then as Director of the Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction (RTC-UMC). Since July 2014, he assumed Technical Advisor roles at the Rio Tinto Centre and at MIRARCO, a mining research centre he founded at Laurentian University in 1997. He also holds an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Dr. Kaiser is the author of more than 300 technical and scientific geomechanics publications. He has received many awards including, early in his career, the ISRM Schlumberger award in 1993, awards from the Canadian Geotechnical Society and from the Canadian Institute of Mining. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and the Canadian Academy of Engineers and in 2013 was awarded the Julian C. Smith Medal of the EIC for "Achievement in the Development of Canada" and named the “Tunneller of the Year” by the TAC, the Tunnelling Association of Canada. He was recently selected to give the Sir Allan Muir Wood lecture at the WTC 2016 in San Francisco on “Challenges of tunnel constructability”. He is a specialist in applied research for underground mining and construction. His interests lie in geomechanics, mine design, rock engineering and the application of innovative technologies to increase mine safety and productivity. He brings extensive experience from both the industrial and academic sectors having served as consultant to numerous consulting companies, mines, and public agencies. He has supported contractors, mining companies and public sector clients in claims and litigations on four continents.

David S. Bowles

Dr. David Bowles is Managing Principal of RAC Engineers and Economists, LLC and Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University (USU).  He is internationally recognized as a pioneer and leader in dam safety risk assessment and management.  He has completed or reviewed risk assessments for more than 800 dams on five continents, including for Reclamation, USACE, TVA and FERC-regulated dams.   He has led software development for dam safety risk analysis (DAMRAE), life-loss estimation (LIFESim/HEC-FIA), portfolio risk management (ResRisk) and forecast-based reservoir operation.David has performed extensive work for mining industry including: permit preparation; diversion, storage and treatment of surface water; hydrologic impact analysis of surface and subsurface mining; reclamation plans for a major strip mine; spatial characterization of strength parameters and probabilistic slope stability analyses for tailings storage facilities (TSF); and the design of dewatering, depressurization and injection well systems.  He has completed risk assessments on TSFs, ash disposal stacks and ponds, and review of a risk assessment approach for TSFs for The World Bank.For more than twenty years David has advised dam owners and regulators on development of risk-informed management, including USACE Headquarters and the US nuclear industry.  He has served as a Member or Chair of many Expert Review Panels for: regulatory and owner’s dam safety programs, including Reclamation; dam safety remedial options and designs; individual and portfolio dam safety risk assessments; dam safety or security risk assessment methodologies, including for The World Bank, IAEA, UN and European Commission; centralized control of the California State Water Project; Mid-Term River Operations of the Lower Colorado River; and risk and reliability and life-loss estimation aspects of the post-Katrina IPET evaluation of the Hurricane Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) for USACE Headquarters.  He has also served as an expert witness for major lawsuits in the US, Canada and Ireland.David has conducted flood frequency analyses and PMF determinations and led an international effort that proposed a now widely-accepted framework for probabilistic extreme flood estimation.  He has completed dam-break analyses for many dams and has published on breach parameter estimation and physically-based 3-D breach modeling.  He has completed reliability analyses for many spillway gate systems and for storm surge closure structures for New Orleans.  David’s 46 years’ professional experience includes design, construction and consulting engineering in the UK and the US.  While with Law Engineering he was Branch Manager of Denver Operations.  At USU he was Director of the second largest of Water Resources Research Center in the US and the Institute for Dam Safety Risk Management.  David is active in many professional organizations, including Chair, US Society on Dams (USSD) Dam Safety Risk Subcommittee, is a former Director of USSD, and author or reviewer of guidelines, including ICOLD Bulletin 130 on Risk Assessment. 

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