Dr. Sripad R Naik is a graduate in Mining Engineering from NIT, Surathkal in 1990 and acquired his masters from IT, BHU. He completed PhD from NITK, Surathkal and got provisional degree in November 2017. Dr. Sripad joined NIRM in the year 1992 and presently he is Head, Numerical Modelling Department. He has expertise in numerical modelling and instrumentation in the areas of mining and civil engineering. He has worked on many challenging problems in the area of hydroelectric projects, coal mine method of working, instrumentation and subsidence modelling. Substantial experience in sophisticated research techniques and technologies, particularly in the area of 3D modeling of underground structures, slopes. Expert in planning, design and execution of geotechnical instrumentation work for mining and hydroelectric projects. He has published more than 35 technical papers in journals, national and international conferences.
Dr. Rabi Bhusan is a geologist and completed his M.Sc (Applied Geology, 2001, 1st rank) and D.Phill (Earth Science, 2012) from University of Allahabad, Allahabad. Dr. Bhusan has worked as research fellow under Department of Science Technology (DST) at the University of Allahabad from 2005 to 2008. He joined National Institute of Rock Mechanics (NIRM), Department of Engineering Geology in 2008. He is very competent Petrologist and Engineering Geologist. He is well versed with various problems in opencast, underground, dimensional stone engineering and tunnels and caverns. Dr. Bhusan has more than 11 years of experience in geological mapping, geotechnical investigations, geological structural analysis and petrology. He was transferred to Numerical Modeling Department in 2013 and acquired experience in Numerical modeling analysis by using continuum (2D FLAC, 3D FLAC and FLAC Slope) and discontinuum (3DEC, UDEC) professional software. He has experience in monitoring and analysis of instruments in large civil and mining projects. Dr. Bhusan has more than 20 Publications, and supervised five M.Sc students.
Mr. B H Vijay Sekar is a graduate in Civil Engineering from V.R.Siddhartha Engg. College and obtained his M.Tech in Rock Engineering & Underground Structures from IIT, Delhi in 2008. He joined NIRM in July 2013, prior to joining NIRM he worked with Lahmeyer International India Pvt. Ltd. from 2008 to 2013. He has experience in the areas of slope stability problems, design and analysis of underground caverns, tunnels and shafts by using advanced numerical tools. Presently he is involved in the design of large underground caverns using FLAC3D software and instrumentation of hydroelectric projects.
Mr. K. Sudhakar is Diploma holder in Electronics & Communication Engineering (1990) and joined NIRM in April 1992 as Research Assistant after serving two years in private industry. Later he acquired Diploma in Industrial Automation in 2006 and completed his graduation in Civil Engineering from Institution of Engineers (India) in 2016. He is currently working as Scientist-II. During this period he worked in various Coal S&T projects and industry sponsored projects for development of instruments for coal mines (CSMS, RST and Micro Seismic Systems) and Geotechnical Instrumentation for major hydroelectric projects in India at Sardar Sarovar, Nathpa Jhakri Projects and at Tala Hydro project in Bhutan. He is Currently working on geotechnical instrumentation works at various projects.
He did his B.Tech in Mining Engineering from Indian School of Mines in 2013 and M.S. In Mining Engineering from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA in 2015. He is skilled in handling various geotechnical problems. He has gained expertise in numerical modelling related to Mining projects such as stope stability, instrumentation and problems related to mine planning, hydroelectric and irrigation projects. He had worked on different challenges in US coal seams. Under his master’s degree he worked on improving the performance of fully grouted rock bolts in underground coal mines. In ISM, he had worked on two projects : Determining optimum cut-off grade of open cast mine in different working parameters and Determining strength of weak floor strata using Artificial neural network technique and developed a software on it. Till date, he has 2 co-authored international publications in International Conference of Ground Control in Mining.
"Currently working as a Scientist in NIRM since 2016, a graduate from NIT Rourkela in Mining Engineering and continuing PhD from IIT(ISM) Dhanbad, with a certification in Basic and Advanced Rock Mechanics post-graduation from the same, has experience of three and half years in rock mechanics, numerical modelling, instrumentation, ground control, support system, in-situ stress determination, geotechnical mapping, mine development, production scheduling, drilling and blasting in underground mining."