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Prof Bre-Anne Sainsbury

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Professor

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Engineering

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales, 2013
Master of Engineering, University of New South Wales, 2003

Contact

Biography

Bre-Anne considers herself a unicorn in her ability to complete practical geomechanics research within a university setting. She has no doubt others see her differently. With experience in coal, oil and gas, open pit, and underground hard rock mining and tunneling, some may consider her a master of nothing. That’s not true. She is an ‘all-rounder’ with an ability to apply herself to almost any situation. This assertion is evidenced by her 22 years of consulting experience and long-established collaboration with many organisations.

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Research interests

geomechanics

numerical analysis

Units taught

SEV210 Construction Engineering

SEN727 Advanced Geomechanics

SEN723 Engineering Project Management

Knowledge areas

rock mechanics, three-dimensional numerical modelling, mining methods, practical geotechnical engineering, laboratory testing, ground-structure interaction

Professional activities

President of the East Australian Ground Control Group (2018-2021)

Chartered Professional Engineer (Civil) 

Editor-in-Chief Australian Geomechanics Journal (2022-current)

Awards

2017   IOM3 Douglas Hay Medal

Publications

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2022

MEMS technology and applications in geotechnical monitoring: a review

Milad Barzegar, Stan Blanks, Bre-Anne Sainsbury, Wendy Timms

(2022), Vol. 33, pp. 1-24, Measurement Science and Technology, Bristol, Eng., C1

journal article
2021

Adaptation options assessment for the Australian uranium supply chain focused on the Olympic Dam and Ranger Mines

J Pizarro, B Sainsbury, J Hodgkinson

(2021), Vol. 37, Environmental Development, C1

journal article

Review of design parameters for discontinuous numerical modelling of excavations in the Hawkesbury Sandstone

Ali Keneti, Mehdi Pouragha, Bre-Anne Sainsbury

(2021), Vol. 288, pp. 1-15, Engineering Geology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Field Scale Modelling of Explosion-Generated Crack Densities in Granitic Rocks Using Dual-Support Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (DS-SPH)

S Gharehdash, B Sainsbury, M Barzegar, I Palymskiy, P Fomin

(2021), Vol. 54, pp. 4419-4454, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, C1

journal article

Consideration of Strain-Bursting Phenomena Associated with Large-Scale Discontinuities: A Numerical Study

A Keneti, B Sainsbury, R Dargaville

(2021), Vol. 178, pp. 3581-3600, Pure and Applied Geophysics, C1

journal article

Large-scale characterisation of cemented rock fill performance for exposure stability analysis

B Sainsbury, S Gharehdash, D Sainsbury

(2021), Vol. 308, Construction and Building Materials, C1

journal article
2020

Impact of intact rock properties on proneness to rockbursting

B Sainsbury, N Kurucuk

(2020), Vol. 79, pp. 1939-1946, Bulletin of engineering geology and the environment, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Development of a comparative index for the assessment of the severity of violent brittle failures around underground excavations

Ali Keneti, Bre-Anne Sainsbury

(2020), Vol. 270, pp. 1-12, Engineering Geology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The mechanical performance of solid reinforcing bar rockbolts

Bre-Anne Sainsbury, Nurses Kurucuk, John Bolton

(2020), Vol. 53, pp. 4599-4608, Rock mechanics and rock engineering, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Development of a semi-quantitative risk matrix for strain-burst hazard assessment - A numerical modelling approach in the absence of micro-seismic data

Ali Keneti, Bre-Anne Sainsbury

(2020), Vol. 279, pp. 1-13, Engineering Geology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Topology and hydraulic permeability estimation of explosively created fractures through regular cylindrical pore network models

S Gharehdash, B Sainsbury, M Barzegar, I Palymskiy, P Fomin

(2020), Vol. 38, pp. 2312-2353, Engineering Computations (Swansea, Wales), C1

journal article
2019

A Sub-Level Caving Algorithm for Large-Scale, Small-Strain, Numerical Simulations

B Sainsbury

(2019), Vol. 52, pp. 289-295, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, C1

journal article

Consideration of the Volumetric Changes that Accompany Rock Mass Failure

B Sainsbury

(2019), Vol. 52, pp. 277-281, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, C1

journal article

Consideration of proneness of rocks to strain-bursting through an assessment of elastic parameters

Bre-Anne Sainsbury, Nurses Kurucuk

(2019), Vol. 6, pp. 737-743, ISRM 2019 : Rock Mechanics for Natural Resources and Infrastructure Development : Full Papers : proceedings of the 14th International Congress on Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Foz do Iguassu, Brazil, E1

conference
2018

Climate change vulnerability assessment for the uranium supply chain in Australia

J Pizarro, B Sainsbury, J Hodgkinson, B Loechel

(2018), Vol. 109, pp. 53-65, Progress in nuclear energy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Characterization of strain-burst rock fragments under a scanning electron microscope - An illustrative study

A Keneti, B Sainsbury

(2018), Vol. 246, pp. 12-18, Engineering Geology, C1

journal article

Review of published rockburst events and their contributing factors

A Keneti, B Sainsbury

(2018), Vol. 246, pp. 361-373, Engineering Geology, C1

journal article

Back-analysis of PC1 cave propagation and subsidence behaviour at the Cadia East mine

B Sainsbury, David Sainsbury, Carroll Diana

(2018), pp. 167-178, CAVING 2018: Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Block and Sublevel Caving, Vancouver, British Columbia, E1

conference

Proneness of competent over-stressed intact rock to violent fracturing

Max Lee, Adrian Penney, B Sainsbury

(2018), Vol. 5, pp. 170-184, AusRock 2018 : Fourth Australasian Ground Control In Mining Conference, Sydney, New South Wales, E1

conference
2017

Australian uranium industry climate change vulnerability assessment

J Pizarro, B Sainsbury, J Hodgkinson, B Loechel

(2017), Vol. 24, pp. 109-123, Environmental Development, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Practical use of the ubiquitous-joint constitutive model for the simulation of anisotropic rock masses

B Sainsbury, D Sainsbury

(2017), Vol. 50, pp. 1507-1528, Rock mechanics and rock engineering, [Berlin, Germany], C1-1

journal article

Laboratory and field testing of bolting systems subjected to highly corrosive environments

T Meikle, S Tadolini, B Sainsbury, J Bolton

(2017), Vol. 27, pp. 101-106, International Journal of Mining Science and Technology, C1-1

journal article
2016

Three-dimensional analysis of complex anisotropic slope instability at MMG's Century Mine

D Sainsbury, B Sainsbury, E Sweeney

(2016), Vol. 125, pp. 212-225, Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy, Section A: Mining Technology, C1-1

journal article

Application of cave-scale rock degradation models in the imaging of the seismogenic zone

J Reyes-Montes, B Sainsbury, J Andrews, R Young

(2016), Vol. 7, pp. 87-92, CIM Journal, Westmount, Canada, C1-1

journal article

Caving-induced subsidence behaviour of lift 1 at the Palabora Block Cave Mine

D Sainsbury, B Sainsbury, H Paetzhold, P Lourens, A Vakili

(2016), pp. 1-12, MassMin 2016 : Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference & Exhibition on Mass Mining, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1

conference

A new corrosion resistant ground support system

Tom Meikle, John Bolton, B Sainsbury

(2016), pp. 1-11, COAL 2016 : Proceedings of the 2016 Coal Operators' Conference, Wollongong University, N.S.W., E1-1

conference
2011

Numerical back-analysis of structurally controlled cave initiation and propagation at the Henderson Mine

D Sainsbury, B Sainsbury, M Board, D Loring

(2011), pp. 1-11, ARMA 11 : Proceedings of the 45th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2011, San Francisco, Calif., E1-1

conference
2010

Investigation of caving induced subsidence at the abandoned Grace Mine

D Sainsbury, B Sainsbury, L Lorig

(2010), Vol. 119, pp. 151-161, Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy, Section A: Mining Technology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Microseismic tools for the analysis of the interaction between open pit and underground developments

J Reyes-Montes, B Sainsbury, W Pettitt, M Pierce, R Young

(2010), pp. 119-132, Caving 2010 : Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Block and Sublevel Caving, Perth, W.A., E1-1

conference

Sensitivities in the numerical assessment of cave propagation

B Sainsbury

(2010), pp. 523-536, Caving 2010 : Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Block and Sublevel Caving, Perth, W.A., E1-1

conference
2008

Analysis of caving behaviour using a synthetic rock mass - ubiquitous joint rock mass modelling technique

B Sainsbury, M Pierce, D Mas Ivars

(2008), pp. 1-11, SHIRMS 2008 : Proceedings of the First Southern Hemisphere International Rock Mechanics Symposium, Perth, W.A., E1-1

conference

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Transformation of Reclaimed Waste into Engineered Materials and Solutions (TREMS)

Dr Susanga Costa, Dr Mayuri Wijayasundara, Prof Michael Polonsky, Prof Bre-Anne Sainsbury, Prof Pubudu Pathirana

ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

  • 2022: $45,000
  • 2021: $30,000

Other Public Sector Funding

Phase II: MEMS piezometer performance on field engineering site and data analysis using Machine Learning and Python code for pore pressure prediction and estimation of hydro-mechanical properties..

Prof Wendy Timms, Prof Bre-Anne Sainsbury, Mr Milad Barzegar Touchahi

International Education Resilience Fund

  • 2022: $15,000

Industry and Other Funding

Large Scale UCS analysis of CRF samples

Prof Bre-Anne Sainsbury

Mining One Consultants

  • 2018: $7,743

R & D Modelling

Prof Bre-Anne Sainsbury

Noma Consulting Group

  • 2020: $39,600
  • 2018: $13,140

Transformation of Reclaimed Waste into Engineered Materials and Solutions (TREMS)

Dr Susanga Costa, Dr Mayuri Wijayasundara, Prof Michael Polonsky, Prof Bre-Anne Sainsbury, Prof Pubudu Pathirana

Tyre Stewardship Australia

  • 2022: $50,000

Consideration of Cracking Damage to Concrete Tunnel Lining Systems

Prof Bre-Anne Sainsbury

Allens

  • 2020: $74,361

Numerical Simulation Research - Caving Geomechanics

Prof Bre-Anne Sainsbury

Geotechnica Pty Ltd

  • 2021: $29,250
  • 2020: $32,740

Advanced monitoring and analysis systems for subsurface monitoring of rock strata and groundwater systems.

Prof Wendy Timms, Prof Bre-Anne Sainsbury

Fluid Potential Pty Ltd

  • 2022: $20,000
  • 2021: $20,000
  • 2020: $20,000

Investigation of the Large-Scale Cemented Rock Fill Response at the Renison Mine, Tasmania.

Prof Bre-Anne Sainsbury

Operational Geotechs Pty Ltd

  • 2021: $9,900

Investigation of the UCS Response of Large-Scale Cemented Rock Fill Samples.

Prof Bre-Anne Sainsbury

Minefill Services Pty Ltd

  • 2022: $16,200

Characterisation of the Strength of Cold Joints in Paste Fill

Prof Bre-Anne Sainsbury

Northern Star (Carosue Dam), OZ Minerals Ltd, Geotechnica Pty Ltd, Lundin Mining Corporation, Northern Star (Thunderbox), Northern Star (Kanowna), Fosterville Gold Mine

  • 2022: $35,000

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2019

Ning Yang

Thesis entitled: Analysis of Tunnel Excavation in Different Geological Conditions Based on Hoek-Brown Failure Criterion

Master of Engineering, School of Engineering