News

June 24, 2019: Professor McKinnon has been appointed as a Permanent Member of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for a 4 year term. The CNSC is an independent regulatory agency and administrative tribunal, with jurisdiction over all nuclear-related activities and substances in Canada. CNSC’s Commission has up to seven appointed permanent members who make decisions on all nuclear licensing matters, and their decisions are supported by the more than 800 employees of CNSC.

May 29, 2019: Professor McKinnon will be leaving Queen’s University at the end of 2019, but will be continuing his relationship with the Mining Department as Professor Emeritus. This will enable him to continue supervising graduate students and to be engaged with research projects at the University. Through this change, he will be able to spend more time working directly with the mining industry as a consultant.

Research opportunities

Currently there are no positions available for new researchers.

Due to the high volume of applications for graduate studies, there is no guarantee that unsolicited requests will receive a response. More general inquiries about graduate studies should be sent directly to the Department here.

Invited talk

On January 26th 2018, Professor McKinnon give an invited talk on stress fields at the Department of Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY.

Recent graduations

2017 was a busy year for graduate students completing their degrees. Congratulations to the following students who successfully defended their research theses in 2017:

Yousef Abolfazlzadeh, Ph.D. – Far-field stress determination using seismic stress inversion. Yousef defended his thesis in December 2017.

Anna Perry, M.A.Sc. – Determining the mechanisms of subsidence at a dewatered Carlin Trend underground mine using numerical modeling methods. Anna defended in December 2017 and is now working as a geomechanics engineer at MDEng., here in Kingston.

Jessa Vatcher, Ph.D. – Listening to the story of the rock mass. Successfully defended in November 2017. This was completed through the Technical University of Luleå in Sweden, where I am appointed as a Visiting Professor. She is now working as a geomechanics engineer with Itasca Consultants AB, in Luleå.

Kris Gringas Little, M.A.Sc. – The analysis of strainbursts in the Sudbury region and the numerical modelling of destress blasting. Kris defended in September 2017. Kris now works as a geotechnical engineer for Shell Canada, in Calgary.

Recent Conference Papers

McKinnon, SD & Ferguson, GA (2018), ‘The role of research in cave mining’, in Y Potvin & J Jakubec (eds), Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Block and Sublevel Caving, 15-17 October, Vancouver, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, pp. 499-510.

Perry, A.P., McKinnon, S.D., and Kalenchuk, K.S. (2018) Effect of hydrothermal alteration on material properties in a Carlin-style gold deposit and developing a method to delineate material domains for numerical model geometry-building. In: 52nd US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, Seattle, Washington, USA, 17–20 June 2018

Graduate students from the research group recently presented papers at the Deep and High Stress Mining conference in Perth, Australia, and at the Underground Mining Technology conference in Sudbury, Canada:

Abolfazlzadeh, Y., Penhall, S.L., and McKinnon, S.D. (2017) Statistical analysis of the outlier events from seismic stress inversion. First International Conference on Underground Mining Technology, Sudbury, 11-13 October.

Vatcher, J. and McKinnon, S.D., and Sjoberg, J. (2017) Ground falls, overbreak, and geomechanical characteristics at the Kiirunavaara Mine, Sweden. Eighth International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining, 28-30 March, Perth, Australia.

Abolfazlzadeh, Y. and McKinnon, S.D. (2017) Stress field characterization in the Nickel Rim South mine using seismic stress inversion. Eighth International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining, 28-30 March, Perth, Australia.