Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Michelle van der Pouw Kraan, E.I.T.

M.A.Sc., Geological Engineering

Office: Miller 325
Thesis Topics: Specifying rock mass failure mechanisms in geotechnical baseline reports
Supervisors: Dr. Mark Diederichs and Dr. Jean Hutchinson


Research Interests

Geotechnical baseline reports, contracts, rock mass classification systems, rock mass failure mechanisms, and tunnel support design.

Brief Biography

Michelle graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2009 with a B.A.Sc. in Geological Engineering. She worked for the last three years for Hatch Mott MacDonald in Vancouver on various consulting projects, including a highway design project and numerous tunnelling projects in British Columbia. For nearly the last two years, she worked on a tunnel construction site as part of the owner’s engineering team.


Moalli, S., Redmond, S., Brox, D., Procter, P., Jezek, D., van der Pouw Kraan, M., Blanchet, R., and Kulka, R. 2009. TBM Tunneling at the Ashlu Hydropower Project, Squamish, BC. Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference, 2009.

Michelle van der Pouw Kraan was featured in a graduate student spotlight

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