B.Sc. (Honours), Physical Geology, University
of Exeter, England, (1973).
M.Sc. Engineering Rock Mechanics, University of
London, England, (1978).
D.I.C. Royal School of Mines, Imperial College,
London, England, (1980).
Professional Engineer and Designated Consulting
Engineer, Professional Engineers Ontario, Canada.
Chartered Engineer, The Engineering Council, London,
Professional Member, Ontario Society of Professional
Member, International Society of Rock Mechanics.
Member, International Association of Engineering
Fellow, Geological Society, London, England.
Member, International Tunnelling Association,
(Member, ITA Shotcrete Working Grp).
Member, Tunnelling Association of Canada, (past
Chair, Shotcrete Working Group).
Member, Canadian Geotechnical Society, (Executive,
Chair, Engineering Geology Div).
Member, Institution of Mining and Metallurgy,
Member, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical
and Petroleum Engineers.
Member, Sudbury Branch, Canadian Institute of
Mining and Metallurgy, (past Executive).
Volunteer Advisor, CESO, the Canadian Executive
Experience 1989 to date
President, David F. Wood Consulting Ltd.,
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
Consultant to civil and mining engineering clients
in rock engineering, engineering geology, rock
support design, and application and design of
shotcrete structures for projects in North and
South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Significant
expertise in Canadian Shield rock masses for transportation
clients – current reference projects include:
Niagara Tunnel Facility Project, Niagara Falls,
collaborating engineer to Austrian design team;
Canadian Pacific Railway, Eastern North America,
rock slope and rock mass stability and rock engineering;
Ministry of Transportation Ontario, rockfall hazard
assessment and rock engineering. Recent large-scale
projects include Boral Shotcrete, Australia, shotcrete
consulting for mining and civil engineering.
Professional experience comprises rock mass evaluation,
rockfall hazard evaluation, engineering rock mechanics
analysis and ground support design, rock slope
stability assessment and stabilization design,
engineering geological and geotechnical field
data collection studies, and report preparation
for small and large scale civil engineering and
mining projects, both on surface and underground.
1988 to 1992
Research Engineer, University of Toronto,
based at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario,
Member of industry funded research project in
rock mechanics for the mining industry, specializing
in research into the development of an engineering
geological rock mass classification for estimating
rock mass strength, and the design and use of
shotcrete for underground support. Organized and
presented 4 engineering geological courses, including
graduate teaching at the University of Toronto,
undergraduate lecturing at Laurentian University
(1989 to 1997) and continuing presentation of
a geotechnical mapping and analysis course for
Mines and Aggregates Safety and Health Association
1981 to 1992
Senior Engineer to Associate, Golder
Associates, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Project Engineer and Manager for rock engineering
design programs for a variety of civil and mining
clients. Responsibilities included: rock cut stability
assessment and stabilization design, tunnel support
design, shotcrete design, underground instrumentation
design, and quarry planning studies. Representative
projects located in Canada, USA, South America
and China, included:
• supervision of rock mechanics data
collection programs for open pit and underground
Canadian and U.S. mine design projects;
• review of rock excavations for Canadian
railway company, design and site engineering
services for rock slope and tunnel stabilization
program over 10-year period;
• supervision of geotechnical data collection
and design of excavation support for trial adit
at irrigation dam site in Canadian Prairies;
• evaluation of in situ stress measurements
at Canadian nuclear waste research laboratory;
• design, installation and follow-up engineering
services for underground instrumentation of
Canadian oil sand test facility;
• design and implementation of complete
geotechnical data collection programs for two
large coal mining properties in The People's
Republic of China;
• coordination of engineering geological
and rock mechanics aspects of feasibility study
for Chaglla Hydroelectric scheme, Central Peru;
• implementation of mapping program for
quarry selection studies in the Canadian high
1979 to 1980
Field Rock Mechanics Engineer, Golder
Associates, Río Grande, Argentina.
Site engineer for stability assessment of excavations
including underground tunnels and chambers and
open cuts, rock support design and general geotechnical
studies during excavation of machine hall, busbar
galleries, tailrace tunnel, headrace structures
and associated infrastructure tunnels for 750
MW underground hydroelectric pumped storage scheme
in granitic gneisses at 200 metres depth.
1973 to 1979
Geological Engineer, Rock Mechanics Engineer,
Golder Associates, Vancouver, B.C., and graduate
student, University of London, England.
Involved in field data collection and analysis
for slope stability and open pit mine design projects;
rock mechanics analysis and design for stabilization
of rock cuts and slopes, tunnels and bridge abutments
for projects in Canada, USA and Zambia. Developed
company manual for engineering geological data
collection procedures. Master’s dissertation
based on research of highwall failure at a large
Canadian open pit iron ore mine.
Partial list of publications related
to rock engineering
Wood, D.F., (1993); Estimating Hoek Brown rock
mass strength parameters from the rock mass classification
of Barton, Lien and Lunde; proceedings I Simposio
Nacional de Mecánica de Rocas, Lima, Peru;
vol. 3, 14 pp.
Hoek, E., Wood, D.F., and S. Shah, (1992); A
modified Hoek Brown failure criterion for jointed
rock masses; in Rock Characterization, proceedings
ISRM Symposium: Eurock '92, ed. J.A. Hudson; British
Geotechnical Society, London, UK; pp. 209 214.
Wood, D.F., (1991); Estimating Hoek Brown rock
mass strength parameters from rock mass classifications;
Transportation Research Record No. 1330, Behavior
of Jointed Rock Masses and Reinforced Soil Structures
1991; Transportation Research Board, National
Research Council, Washington, DC; pp. 22 30.
Wood, D.F., R.D. Hammett, A.W. Stokes and J.
A. Haston, (1990); Deformation monitoring of a
rock mass subjected to elevated temperatures and
pressures; in Rock Mechanics Contributions and
Challenges, proceedings 31st U.S. Symposium, ed.
Hustrilid and Johnson; Balkema, Rotterdam; pp.
Wood, D.F. and G. Ambrosii, (1990); Design challenges
in the Chaglla hydroelectric scheme; in Rock Mechanics
Contributions and Challenges, proceedings 31st
U.S. Symposium, ed. Hustrilid and Johnson; Balkema,
Rotterdam; pp. 67 74.
Wood, D.F., P.A. Lang, P.M. Thompson and C.D.
Martin (1988); Report to AECL on the in situ stresses
around the access shaft to the underground research
laboratory near Pinawa, Manitoba; AECL Technical
Record, TR-454, 90 pp.