Mr. Sivakumar Cherukuri is Scientist-F and Head, Microseismics and Engineering Seismology Department previously Microseismics and Automation Dept., of National Institute of Rock Mechanics, Kolar Gold Fields. Sivakumar Cherukuri did his M. Tech., in Industrial Electronics from NITK, Surathkal in 1989. He obtained his B.Tech degree from “Acharya Nagarajuna University”, Andhra Pradesh in 1982 in Electronics and Telecommunications. Born on 12th November, 1959 at Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh Sivakumar Cherukuri out of his 30+ years of service, he has devoted for development of instrumentation for microseismics and strata monitoring research and its application to underground structures in particular to Hard rock mine, Coal mine, River Valley projects, hydro storage caverns etc.,. Prior to joining NIRM, he was working as faculty at Siddhartha Engineering College, Vijayawada ECE Department, for a short period and as a Scientist, Electronics in BGML. Trained at BARC, Trombay and worked on Seismic/ Microseismic Monitoring systems development in collaboration with the BARC seismology Dept,. In the year 1989 established subsurface high dynamic range microseismic monitoring system with indigenously BGML/NIRM - BARC developed instrumentation Online PC based data acquisition and online analysis system in the 1.6 Km deep custom designed underground laboratory. Sivakumar Cherukuri was working from the inception of NIRM. He is awarded National Patent for the development of Instrument Roof Stability Tester (RST) under the DST project to detect hidden flows in the coal mine roof using acoustic technology credited with original research work during 1992-96. Visited NGI, Norway to associate in the development of GPR system under the collaboration of Indo-Norway science collaboration scheme. He was Principal Investigator of more than three DST projects and two S&T projects particular in the field of microseismic monitoring applications to the both coal and hard rock mines.. He is recognized as a Mine Induced Seismicity Scientist by scientific counsel of CSIR, Miningtek Dept, Australia, European seismological Society, France and ARMA, USA. Collaborated with CSIR Labs Miningtek Dept., Australia and ISSI, South Africa for the research in the field of Microseismics. He is responsible for Development of indigenous PC based seismic and microseismic monitoring systems and experimented first in Indian Coal mines. To his credit, he successfully and widely applied the microseismics technology to the stability monitoring and geomechanics study of underground structures in the areas of hydroelectric tunnels, Storage caverns, Coal Mines, Hard Rock mines and slopes in India and abroad. He has authored about 60+ papers in National / International Seminars/Symposiums/ Conferences/ Technical Workshops including many are with invitation
Specialization: Microseismic data acquisition, processing and Interpretation
Research Interest: Application of Microseismics for tunnel, dam, hydrocarbon reservoir and mine monitoring. Brief Research Activity: Presently I am working on stability monitoring of powerhouse of Tala hydropower project and Tapovan Vishnugad hydropower project using microseismic monitoring technique. The powerhouse of THP has suffered rock engineering problems mainly the failure of Rockbolts. Microseismic monitoring at TVHPP is an attempt to correlate the micro-crack locations, probable failure zone of rock mass at different locations of powerhouse and stability of the powerhouse.