DEPARTMENT OF

Geological Sciences and

Geological Engineering

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Nicholas Vlachopoulos, PhD, CD, PEng

 PEng, CD, Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office:   S2310, Royal Military College of Canada

Phone:  (613) 541-6000 ext 6398

Fax:      (613) 541-6218

Email:   vlachopoulos-n@rmc.ca  

Mailing Address:

Department of Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering

Miller Hall, Queen's University

Kingston Ontario

K7L 3N6

Dr. Nicholas Vlachopoulos joined Queen’s University and the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering in 2010 as a cross-appointment in conjunction with his faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada.  Dr. Vlachopoulos brings with him a wealth of engineering experience gained from independent consulting as well as 20 years of distinguished service to Canada as a Canadian Military Engineer (in multiple capacities). His research interests include topics in Geotechnical, Geomechanical and Environmental Engineering.  He uses physical testing and/or field scale observation combined with analytical techniques in order to improve the state of the art. The Geotechnical Group at RMC as well as the Geomechanics Group at Queen’s University is part of the GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's-RMC with students and researchers from Engineering Programs at both Queen's and RMC working with Dr. Vlachopoulos. Students have the option of registering in MSc or PhD programs at Queen's or RMC.  In addition to his Professional Engineering License in Ontario, he also holds a Professional Engineering License in the European Union.

Supervising Information

PhD Degree

2010-   

           Mr. Jeffery Oke, Optimization of Temporary Support Structures Relating to Weak Rock Masses.

Master’s Degree

2012-

 

2010- 

Ms Jad Robitaille, Investigation into the performance of Green Building systems.

 

Mr. C. Langford, Application of Reliability Methods in Geological Engineering Design.

2010-

Ms. Tina Basso, Investigation into Green Building and Sustainable Development Policies for the Department of National Defence.

2010-   

Mr.  David Thebault, Monitoring, Modelling and Quantification of LEED-accredited Green Building performance.

Research Interests/Current Research

Geotechnical / Geomechanical Engineering

Underground Excavation Stability and Support Design for Weak Rock Tunnelling

Numerical Analysis / Modelling of Environmental and Geotechnical Problems (improvements to modelling techniques)

Near-face response of tunnels in weak, tectonized rockmasses

Physical Testing of Tunnel Support

Integration of Geomechanics and Geomatics

Hazard Assessment and Risk Management in Geotechnical Works

Use of geosynthetics (polymers and composite materials) in geotechnical structures

Environmental Engineering ( RMC Green Team )

  • Green Building / Sustainable Development Technologies
  • Complex Remediation Techniques associated with Soil and Water
  • Optimization of Water and Sewage Treatment Plants
  • Environmental Impact Assessments of Engineering Projects

Professional Associations

International Society of Rock Mechanics (ISRM)

International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)

International Geosynthetics Society (IGS)

Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS), Education Competition Chair, Founding Member, Kingston Branch

Professional Engineers of Greece, Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE)

Hellenic Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering (E.E.E.E.G. M.)

North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS)

Canadian Military Engineer Association (CMEA), President and Past Secretary

The Hellenic Canadian Academic Association of Ontario (HCAAO)

Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), Director, Kingston Branch (P.Eng.)

Society of Professional Engineers Ontario (OSPE)

Military Engineers' Association of Canada (MEAC), Past Secretary

Publications

Published Refereed Journals

Vlachopoulos, N. and Diederichs, M.S., 2009. Improved longitudinal displacement profiles for convergence confinement analysis of tunnels in squeezing ground. No. RMRE-D-08-00066R1 Accepted 23 Feb 2009, Journal of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering.16 manuscript pages

Bathurst, R.J., Vlachopoulos, N., Walters, D.L., Burgess, P.G. and Allen, T.M. 2008. Discussion paper on the influence of facing rigidity on the performance of two geosynthetic reinforced soil retaining walls, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Vol. 44, pp. 1484-1490.

Bathurst, R.J., Vlachopoulos, N., Walters, D.L., Burgess, P.G. and Allen, T.M. 2006. The influence of facing rigidity on the performance of two geosynthetic reinforced soil retaining walls, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Vol. 43, No. 12, pp. 1225-1237. Winner of R.M. Quigley Award, Canadian Geotechnical Society for best paper published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal for 2006.

Vlachopoulos, N. and Diederichs, M.S., Marinos, V. and Marinos, P.   2012. Tunnel Support and Face Issues associated with the Weak Alpine Rock Masses of the Egnatia Odos, Driskos Tunnel.   Paper to be submitted to International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Science.  64 manuscript pages. Submission Number 2012-0025 (Accepted – June 2012).

Refereed Journals Submitted and under review  

Vlachopoulos, N. and Diederichs, M.S. 2012.  Comparison of 2D and 3D analysis methods of rock behaviour and support for tunnels in weak, highly stressed ground. Tunnels and Underground Space. Submission Number TUST-D-09-00170.

Bathurst, R.J., Nerheim, A., Allen, T.M., Walters, D.L., Vlachopoulos, N, Burgess, P., 2012,  Reinforcement Spacing on the Performance of Three Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Walls. Submitted June 2008 to American Society of Civil Engineers, Journal of Geotechnical and GeoEnvironmental Engineering.  30 manuscript pages.

Conference Proceedings

J. Oke, Vlachopoulos, N. and M.S. Diederichs,  2013. Pre-Support Nomenclature and Support Selection Methodology for Temporary Support Systems within Weak Rock Masses.  World Tunnel Congress, 2013 Geneva, Switzerland.

J.C. Langford, Vlachopoulos, N. and M.S. Diederichs,  2013. Application of Reliability Methods to Tunnel Lining Design in Weak Heterogeneous Rockmasses. World Tunnel Congress, 2013 Geneva, Switzerland.

Basso, T & Vlachopoulos, N., 2013. Investigation into the Suitability of Green Building EvaluationStrategies for use within the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence. Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE). May 29-June 1, Montreal, Quebec.

Basso, T. and Vlachopoulos, N.  2012.  Investigation into the Suitability of Green Building Evaluation Strategies for use within the Canadian Department of National Defence. Society of Civil Engineering Conference (CSCE), June 2012, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Paraskevopoulou, C., J. Oke and Vlachopoulos, N. 2012.  Comparison Between Practical Modelling Approaches for Long Term Behaviour and Support Response.  Tunnels and Underground Space: Sustainability and Innovation Conference, October 2012, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Oke, J., Vlachopoulos, N, and M.S. Diederichs, 2012.  Sensitivity Analysis of Orientations and Sizes of Forepoles for Underground Excavations in Weak Rock.  American Rock Mechanics Association 46th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, June 2012, Chicago, IL, USA.

Paraskevopoulou, C., Vlachopoulos, N., and M.S. Diederichs, 2012. Long Term Tunnel Behaviour and Support Response Analysis using 2D numerical modelling Methods. American Rock Mechanics Association 46th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, June 2012, Chicago, IL, USA.

Oke, J., Vlachopoulos, N. and M.S Diederichs, 2012. Improved Input Parameters and Numerical Analysis Techniques for Temporary Support of Underground Excavations in Weak Rock. RockEng12, 21st Canadian Rock Mechanics Symposium, May 2012, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Oke, J., Vlachopoulos, N. and M.S Diederichs, 2012. Determination of the Mechanistic Behaviour of a Forepole Support Element when Tunnelling within Weak Rock Masses. Eurock, International Symposium, May 2012, Stockholm, Sweden.

Basso, T., Vlachopoulos, N., and Hulley, M. 2012.  Green Buildings and Sustainable Infrastructure for the Canadian Forces. The International Polar Year 2012 Conference: From Knowledge to Action, April 2012, Montreal, Quebec.

Oke, J. Vlachopoulos, N. and M.S Diederichs, 2012. Three-Dimensional Sensitivity Analysis of Forepole Support Elements for Underground Excavations in Weak Rock.  ARMA,  46th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, June 2012, Chicago, USA.

Vlachopoulos, N., Skordaki, E.M., and D. Alexakis, 2012, Case Study: Area-Wide Environmental Compliance Study for Military Bases within the Canadian Forces.  Protection and Restoration of the Environment XI Conference, July 2012, Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece.

Vlachopoulos, N., Skordaki, E.M., and D. Alexakis, 2012, Case Study: 16 Years of Optimizing the Performance of Sewage and Water Treatment Plants at Canadian Military Facilities.  Protection and Restoration of the Environment XI Conference, July 2012, Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece.

Skordaki, E.M., and Vlachopoulos, N., 2011. The Use of State of the Art E-Learning Technology in Support of Education and Professional Development for Geotechnical and Geological Engineers as well as Geo-professionals. Geo-Innovation Addressing Global Challenges 14th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 64thCanadian Geotechnical  Conference, and  5th Pan-American Conference on Teaching and Learning of Geotechnical Engineering, October 2-6, 2011, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Abstract Accepted)

Skordaki, E.M. and Vlachopoulos, N., 2011. The Use of State of the Art E-Learning Technology in Support of Education and Professional Development for Members of the Canadian Forces International Meeting on Military Academies, Colleges, and SchoolsRoyal Military College St-Jean Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada November 3rd to 5th, 2011.

Vlachopoulos, N., Skordaki, E-M.Simard, M. and Basso, T.  2011.  Detailed Investigation of an Area-Wide Environmental Compliance and Policy Study for Air Force Wings within the Canadian Forces. Canadian Society of Civil Engineering Conference, June 2011, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Basso, T. and Vlachopoulos, N.  2011.  Investigation into Sustainable Development Strategies for the Department of National Defence.  Canadian Society of Civil Engineering Conference, June 2011, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Thebault, D. and Vlachopoulos, N.  2011.  Monitoring and Quantification of Energy Savings Associated with Green Buildings – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Focused. Canadian Society of Civil Engineering Conference, June 2011, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Vlachopoulos, N., Vardy, S and E.M. Skordaki, 2010.  Sustainable Development and Green Building Technologies Employed within the far North within Canada.  A Case study of Canadian Forces Station, Alert. The 2nd International Conference on Waste Engineering and Management (ICWEM), October 2010, Shanghai, China.

Vlachopoulos, N. and Skordaki, E.M., 2010. Stormwater and Effluent Management at Canadian Forces Wings – An Area-Wide Approach.  The 2nd International Conference on Waste Engineering and Management (ICWEM), October 2010, Shanghai, China.

Vlachopoulos, N. and Diederichs, 2010.  Numerical Modelling Issues Associated with the 2D and 3D Analysis of Tunnel Excavation and Support within Weak Rock Masses.  63rd Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Calgary, Alberta. 

Vlachopoulos, N., Heffernan P., Wight G., 2009.  Canadian Forces Military Engineering in a Global Framework.  2009 Annual General Conference, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, St John’s, Newfoundland.

Rogers, S., Vlachopoulos, N. and Bailey, M. 2008. Composting Sewage Sludge as an Alternative to Land Spreading at a Canadian Military Base, International Conference on Waste Engineering and Management, CSCE Hong Kong, May 2008. 

Vlachopoulos, N., Bailey, M., and Rogers, S.  2008.  Optimizing the Performance of Sewage and Water Treatment Plants at Canadian Military Facilities.  Environmental Science and Engineering Magazine, pp. 22-26., May 2008

Vlachopoulos, N., Rogers, S. and Bailey, T., 2008. Implementing Optimization Programs to Improve Water and Sewage Quality and Reduce Costs. Caribbean Flow Magazine, Issue #4, July 2008, pg 20.

Vlachopoulos, N., Rogers, S. and Bailey, T.  2007.  Implementing Optimization Programs to Improve Water and Sewage Quality and Reduce Costs,  Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association 16th Annual Conference and Exhibition, St. Kitts, 1-5 October 2007

Vlachopoulos N , and M.S. Diederichs, 2007.  Material Behaviour Associated with Tunnelling through the Weak Rock Masses of the Alpine System in Northern Greece. 1st Canada-US Rock Mechanics Symposium, Vancouver, B.C., 2007.

Vlachopoulos, N , Diederichs, 2003. M. Rock Mechanics in Highly Deformed Ground: Tunnelling in Greece.  56th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, 4th Joint IAH-CNC/Canadian Geotechnical Society, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2003. 

Vlachopoulos, N.,  D. Chapman, J. Mathews, J.M. Pouliot., 2003. Performance of Water Systems at Canadian Army and Air Force Bases, 31st Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, ENJ –195, Abs Pg 209. 

Vlachopoulos N., D. Walters, R.J. Bathurst, 2002.  The Influence of Wall Facing on the Performance of Full-Scale Model Geosynthetic Reinforced Retaining Walls (Segmental and Wrapped-Face). 55th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, 2002.

Bathurst, R.J., D. Walters, K. Hatami, D. Saunders, N. Vlachopoulos, P. Burgess, & T.M. Allen, 2002. Performance testing and numerical modelling of reinforced soil retaining walls.  Seventh International Geosynthetics Conference, Nice, France. 

Vlachopoulos, N. ,J.M. Pouliot, 2002.  Optimizing the Performance of Sewage Treatment Plants at Canadian Military Facilities.  Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), 30th Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 

Bathurst, R.J., D. Walters, N. Vlachopoulos, P. Burgess, & T.M. Allen 2000. Full Scale Testing of Geosynthetic Reinforced walls (Invited keynote paper). In J.G.  Zornberg & B.R. Christopher (ed.), Geotechnical special publication No. 103, Advances in transportation and geoenvironmental systems using geosynthetics, Proc. of sessions of Geo-Denver 2000, Denver, 5-8 August 2000: 201-217. Denver: ASCE. 

Walters, D.L., Hatami K., Bathurst R.J., Vlachopoulos N., Saunders D., Burgess, P.,  Allen,  T.M.,  2000.    Full  Scale  Testing  and  Modeling  of Geosynthetic Reinforced  Soil  Retaining  Walls.  53rd  Canadian  Geotechnical Conference, Montreal, Canada. 

Bathurst, R.J,  Walters D.,  Vlachopoulos N.,   Burgess P.,  and T.M. Allen, 1999,  Full Scale Testing of Geosynthetic Reinforced Walls Keynote Lecture, 1st South American  Symposium  / 3rd  Brazilian  Symposium  on  Geosynthetics,  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 1999. 

Thesis

Vlachopoulos, N., 2009.  Material Behaviour and Near-Face Support Issues Associated with the Tunneling through Weak Rock Masses, 2009. PhD Manuscript Document containing 3 journal papers, Department of Geological Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  Sept 2009.

Vlachopoulos, N., 2004.  Material Behaviour and Near-Face Support Issues Associated with the Tunneling through the Weak Rock Masses of the Egnatia Odos, Greece, 2004. PhD Comprehensive Examination Document, Department of Geological Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, pp. 28.

Vlachopoulos, N., 2000, Performance of two Full-Scale Model Geosynthetic-Reinforced Retaining Walls: Segmental and Wrapped-Faced, 2000, M.Eng. Thesis, Dept of Civil Engineering, RMC, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 242 pp.

Vlachopoulos, N., 1995, Strengthening of Reinforced Concrete Slabs with Fibre Reinforced Polymer Sheets, 1995, B.Eng. Thesis, Dept of Civil Engineering, RMC, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 63 pp.

Books and Chapters

Harrop, R., Barber, G., Vlachopoulos, N.  GIS and Terrain Analysis for Military Operational Assessment of Mobility.  Defence Research and Development Publication.  Center for Operational Research and Analysis, Land Capability Development Operational Research Team, Directorate of Land Concepts and Design.  DRDC CORA CR 2011-096, July 2011.

Manual for Army Operations Course, Chapter 4 - Mobility and Counter Mobility, Sections 1-3.  Issued by Canadian Forces Staff College, Kingston, ON.

Canadian Forces Contingency Plan Panorama, Engineer Annex N,  Response to Potential Earthquake event in Vancouver, 2005.

Engineer component of Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations (NEO), Joint Doctrine, United Nations 800 Series Tasking.

Websites

http://www.rmc.ca/aca/ce-gc/per/vlachopoulos-n-eng.asp

http://www.geoeng.ca/Directory/DirectoryVlachopoulos.html

http://www.rmc.ca/aca/ce-gc/gt-ev/index-eng.asp