Dr. Jean Hutchinson

Dr. Jean HutchinsonPh.D., P.Eng., FCAE, FEIC

Office Miller 406
Phone 613-533-3388
Email hutchinj@queensu.ca
LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/jean-hutchinson-75470612/
Research Gate www.researchgate.net/profile/D_Hutchinson

Professor D. Jean Hutchinson is a professor in Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, and is a Fellow of both the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada. A Geological Engineer by training, Jean practiced as an engineer for several years, first with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, and later with Klohn Crippen Consultants, before joining first the University of Waterloo and then moving to Queen’s University. Jean specializes in rock engineering, site characterisation and risk management for mining and transportation infrastructure, with a focus on landslide hazards, and novel monitoring techniques.

Research Interests/Current Research

My research interests include multi-criteria risk assessment and management for geological engineering projects. I am interested in using new techniques for site investigation, including applications of terrestrial and aerial LiDAR and photogrammetry, and development of better tools for characterising rockmasses for engineering design. I have worked on developing risk based decision making, using geomatics and monitoring tools for large slopes. I have also conducted research on ground subsidence and geomechanics aspects of mine closure planning in the past.

Currently, I am a Principal Investigator on the Canadian Railway Ground Hazard Research program. My research is funded by NSERC, as well as by CP and CN Rail and Transport Canada.http://www.rghrp.com/

Supervising Information

Currently Supervised

Cardona, E. C. M.A.Sc. Co-supervised by Dr. Jennifer Day
MacPhail, R. M.A.Sc.
Park, J. M.A.Sc.
Troncoso Klein, C. M.A.Sc.

Recently Graduated

Name Year Degree Thesis Title Link to Thesis
Farmakis, I. 2023 Ph.D. Point clouds and machine learning applications in rock slope modelling https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/items/93887f19-5a54-4d02-a35a-57474d3548fc
Kelly, L. M.A.Sc. Comparison of Informed and Un-Informed Shear Strength Reduction Procedures for Finite Element Method Slope Stability Analysis https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/items/273f56d1-7a31-4d63-accb-769f00df7cce
Bonneau, D. 2021 Ph.D. Applications of Remote Sensing for Characterizing Debris Transfer Processes https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/29193
DiFrancesco, P-M. M.A.Sc. Digital Rockfall Databases: Developing Best Practices for Semi-Automatic Extraction of Rockfall from LiDAR https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/28748
Mitchell, S. M.A.Sc. An Assessment of Rockfall Triggers and Seasonal Weather Trends Through An Examination of Railway Slope Management Procedures https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/29512
Reich, K. M.A.Sc. The Application of Structure from Motion Photogrammetry to the Ontario Rockfall Hazard Rating System (RHRON) https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/28691
Aubertin, J.   2020 Ph.D. Characterization of Rock Salt Response to Blasting using Terrestrial Laser Scanning Technology https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/27953
Graham, A. M.A.Sc. Assessment of Rockfall Deformation and Related Geometric Characteristics via Terrestrial Laser Scanning https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/28021
Carter, R. 2018 M.A.Sc. Identifying rockfall hazards in the Fraser Canyon, British Columbia: a semi-automated approach to the classification and assessment of topographic information from airborne LiDAR and orthoimagery https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/24935
Sala, Z. M.A.Sc. Game-Engine Based Rockfall Modelling: Testing and Application of a New Rockfall Simulation Tool https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/24940
Ruel, M. MAGS A Deep Seated Landslide in the Assiniboine River Valley of Manitoba N/A
Kromer, R. 2017 Ph.D. Identifying and Monitoring Rockfall Precursors Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning for Improved Rockfall Hazard Management https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/22765
Rowe, E. M.A.Sc. An examination of structural constraints on rockfall behaviour using remotely sensed data https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/22042
MacPhail, A. MAGS Analysis of the Feasibility and Applications of High-Speed, Mobile Photogrammetry for Long Term Monitoring of Highway Rock Cuts  
Mand, D. MAGS Risks Posed by Landslide Induced Impulse Waves and Best Practices Used to Characterize and Predict Wave Runup. N/A
Day, J. 2016 Ph.D. The influence of healed intrablock rockmass structure on the behaviour of deep excavations in complex rockmasses https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/15306
Ondercin, M. M.A.Sc. An exploration of rockfall modelling through game engines. https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/14330
van Veen, M. M.A.Sc. Building a rockfall database using remote sensing techniques for hazard management in Canadian rail corridors. https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/14925
Past students

Kennedy, C. M.Eng. 2014. 

Assessment of application of photogrammetry to rock slope stability assessment

Delaloye, Dani.* M.A.Sc. 2012. 
Development of a new methodology for measuring deformation in tunnels and shafts with terrestrial laser scanning (LiDAR) using elliptical fitting algorithms.

Bailey, Brennan. M.A.Sc. 2011.
Investigation into the source and progression of railway track ballast layer fouling material for the CN Joliette, QC Subdivision.

Kalenchuk, Kathy.* Ph.D. 2010.
Multi-dimensional analysis of large, complex slope instability.

Lato, Matt.* Ph.D. 2010.
Geotechnical applications of LiDAR pertaining to geomechanical evaluation and hazard identification.

Dunlop, Steve. M.A.Sc. 2010.
Rockslides in a changing climate: Establishing relationships between meteorological conditions and rockslides in southwestern Norway for the purposes of developing a hazard forecast system.

Quinn, Pete.* Ph.D. 2009. Co-supervised by Drs. Mark Diederichs and Kerry Rowe.
Large landslides in sensitive clay in Eastern Canada and the associated hazard and risk to linear infrastructure.

White, Maureen. M.Sc. 2007.
Geologic controls on instability in WWI excavations, Canadian National Memorial Site, Vimy, France.

Awards and Recognition

Year Award/Recognition
  • Trailblazer Award, Women in Mining Canada. (The Women In Mining Canada Trailblazer Awards Series recognizes women who embody the trailblazing spirit, which refers to the leadership mindset needed to make extraordinary personal strides to navigate the Canadian mining industry.)

  • John B. Stirling Award, Engineering Institute of Canada. (The John B. Stirling Medal is awarded by the Council of the Institute in recognition of leadership and distinguished service at the national level within the Institute and/or its Constituent Societies.)

  • Golden Apple Teaching Award – Engineering Society at Queen’s University

  • “Names to Know” – Feature article in the CIM Magazine, Volume 19 No. 3, May 2024

  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering

    (Fellows of the Academy are nominated and elected by their peers, in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession. The Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) comprises many of the country’s most accomplished engineers, who have expressed their dedication to the application of science and engineering principles in the interests of the country and its enterprises.)

  • Profiled as one of 12 First Women in Canadian Geotechnique, by the Canadian Geotechnical Heritage Committee. Plenary session presentation and poster presentation at GeoEdmonton. September, 2018.
  • Canadian Pacific Railway Medal, Engineering Institute of Canada.(Awarded in recognition of many years of leadership and service at the regional, branch and section levels by members of the Societies within the Institute).
  • T. Geoffrey Flynn Advancement Champion Award, Queen’s University (Presented annually to a member of the Queen's community who has made a significant contribution to linking Queen's University's advancement activities with research and teaching excellence at Queen's.)  
  • Excellence in Engineering Education award, Smith Engineering at Queen’s University (Inaugural award and funding recognizing outstanding contributions to the educational environment in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. For developing, running, and improving the innovative field school in your department, and the impact of the program.)
  • Robert L. Schuster Medal (Joint award from the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists and the Canadian Geotechnical Society that recognizes excellence in geohazards research in North America.)
  • Thomas Roy Award, Canadian Geotechnical Society (Annual award recognizing an individual for outstanding contributions to the field of Engineering Geology in Canada.)
  • Best Paper Award, Electrical and Infrastructure Theme, World Congress on Railway Research, Sydney, Australia. (As judged by peers and session chairs on the basis of the published paper and oral presentation)
  • Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (20 awards given nationally for all branches of Engineering in Canada, recognizing excellence in engineering and services to the profession and to society)
  • R.M. Quigley Award, Canadian Geotechnical Society (Annual best paper award from the Canadian Geotechnical Journal, as judged by editorial board members. For Quinn et al 2011.)
  • Golden Apple Award, Smith Engineering at Queen’s University Engineering Society (1 of 2 recipients of annual award recognizing excellence in teaching and support of undergraduate students)
  • John A. Franklin Award, Canadian Geotechnical Society (Bi-annual award recognizing excellence in technical contributions and publications in the field of rock engineering)
  • A.G. Stermac Award, Canadian Geotechnical Society (1 of 5 recipients of annual award recognizing exemplary service to the Canadian Geotechnical Society)
  • GeoEngineering Gold Medal (Convocation award for 1st ranked graduating student from GeoEngineering at University of Toronto)

Major Service 

Dates Service Details
  • Chair, JTC3 of FedIGS, Education and Training (since 2024)
  • Member, International Advisory Board, IAEG (since 2023)
  • President – Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique (since 2022)
  • Vice Chair, Engineering Geology Committee, Transportation Research Board (since 2019)
2019 to 2023
  • VP North America, IAEG 
2020 to 2021
  • Member – NSERC Discovery Grant Selection Committee – 1509
  • Vice President - Board of Directors, Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique
  • Member, Organizing Committee, Canadian and Cold Regions Rail Research Conference (November)
  • Member - Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigeneity Committee, Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Queen’s University
2019 to 2021
  • Co-Convenor Sessions at IGC, Delhi, India, 2020: with Gurdeep Singh (India) – Session 31.7 Mining and Industrial Hazards and Subsidence; and with Helen Reeves (UK) – Session 31.8 Geohazards Risk Reduction Measures and Mitigation. (Conference postponed).
  • Advisory Scientific Committee, 3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG (2020), Athens, Greece – Member        
  • Scientific Committee, IAEG Summer School (2020, Italy; 2021, Greece) – Member (Summer school postponed)
  • Associate Editor, Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, GeoScienceWorld, The Geological Society of America
2017 to 2020 
  • Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique – Board Member
2017 to 2019  
  • Schuster Medal Selection Committee – Member
2012 to 2018
  • Women in Mining Trailblazer Award Selection Committee – Committee Member (2012 to 2014), Chair (2015 to 2018)
2016 to 2018
  • Co-Chair, Virtual Geoscience Conference, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. August, 2018. Kromer, R.A., Hutchinson, D.J., Lato, M., Harrap, R. & Brodaric B. (Eds.), 2018. 3rd Virtual Geoscience Conference, Proceedings Volume, Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, 84 pages. ISBN 978-1-55339-618-5
2012 to 2016
  • Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique – Committee Member
  • CEAB review of University of New Brunswick – Geological Engineering Program visitor
2009 to 2017
  • Department Head, Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Queen’s University.

Professional Associations

  • Professional Engineers Ontario - Registered Professional Engineer
  • Canadian Academy of Engineering - Fellow
  • Engineering Institute of Canada - Fellow
  • Canadian Geotechnical Society: Rock Mechanics Division, Engineering Geology Division – Member
  • International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment – Member
  • International Society for Rock Mechanics – Member
  • Transportation Research Board, US – Member; Committee Member – Engineering Geology

Publications : Refereed


Hutchinson, D.J., and Diederichs, M.S. 1996. Cablebolting in Underground Mines. Vancouver: BiTech Publishers, 416 pages. ISBN 0921095376.

Book Chapters

Hutchinson, D.J., and Diederichs, M. 2018. Rock Mechanics. “Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology”, eds (P. Bobrowsky and B. Marker), Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series: Springer International Publishing AG 2018. 10.1007/978-3-319-12127-7_245- ISBN: 978-3-319-73566-5, 796-797. 

Hutchinson, D.J. 2018. Density. “Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology”, eds (P. Bobrowsky and B. Marker), Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series: Springer International Publishing AG 2018. 10.1007/978-3-319-12127-7_245-1, 978-3-319-73566-5, 209-210.

Hutchinson, J., Diederichs, M.S., Walton, G., Day, J.J., Langford, C., Vazaios, I., Palleske, C., Delaloye, D., Duran, F., van der Pouw Kraan, M., and O'Connor, S.  2017. Ch 2.1 -  Rockmass behaviour characterization and optimal use of existing data to develop representative models. Pg 14-19. In S.U.M.I.T Program Journal. Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, 112p. https://www.cim.org/en/Publications-and-Technical-Resources/Technical-Resources/Reports

Diederichs, M.S., Hutchinson J., Walton, G., Day, J.J., Langford, C., Vazaios, I., Palleske, C., Delaloye, D., Duran, F., van der Pouw Kraan, M., and O'Connor, S.  2017. Ch2.3 - Automated Characterization and Change Detection Within 3D Digitally Scanned Virtual Excavation Boundary and Borehole Models to Quantify Rockmass Deformation Response to Mining Over Time. Pg 24-26. In S.U.M.I.T Program Journal. Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, 112 pages.

Diederichs, MS. and Hutchinson, DJ. 2013.  Chapter 9: Capacite Portant du Roc.  Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual French 4th Edition. Canadian Geotechnical Society.

Hutchinson, D.J. 2007. Section 3.2: Classification of Rocks (8 pages); Chapter 4.8: Investigation of Rock (6 pages); Chapter 9: Bearing Pressure on Rock (7 pages); Section 15: Calculation of stresses for anisotropic rock (1 page); Section 20.6: Capacity of Deep Foundations on Rock (9 pages). Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual, 4th Edition, (ed. I. Moore).

Lyle, R., Hutchinson, D.J., and Preston, Y. 2004. Landslide processes in discontinuous permafrost, Little Salmon Lake (NTS 105L/1 and 2), South-central Yukon. Yukon Exploration and Geology 2004, D.S. Emond, L.L. Lewis and G.D. Bradshaw (eds), Yukon Geological Survey, 193-204.


  1. Farmakis, I., Hutchinson, D.J., Vlachopoulos, N., Westoby, M., and Lim, M. 2023. Slope-Scale rockfall susceptibility modeling as a 3D computer vision problem. Remote Sensing, 15 (11), 2712. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs15112712, 19 p.
  2. Farmakis, I., Karantanellis, E., Hutchinson, D.J., Vlachopoulos, N., and Marinos, V. 2022. Superpixel and Supervoxel Segmentation Assessment of Landslides Using UAV-Derived Models. Remote Sensing, 14 (22), 5668. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14225668, 19 p.
  3. Farmakis, I., DiFrancesco, P.-M., Hutchinson, D.J., and Vlachopoulos, N. 2022. Rockfall detection using LiDAR and deep learning. Engineering Geology, 309, 106836. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2022.106836, 12 p.
  4. Bonneau, D., Hutchinson, D.J., McDougall, S., DiFrancesco, P.-M., and Evans, T. 2022. Debris-flow Channel Headwater Dynamics: Examining Channel Recharge Cycles with Terrestrial Laser Scanning. Front. Earth Sci. 10:883259. https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2022.883259, 19 p.
  5. Aubertin, J.D., and Hutchinson, D.J. 2022. Scale-dependent rock surface characterization using LiDAR surveys. Available online, 13 March 2022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2022.106614
  6. Aubertin, J.D., Hashemi, A.S., Diederichs, M.S., and Hutchinson, D.J. 2021. Elliptical blast cratering in low porosity soft rock due to emitted and reflected pressure waves interaction.Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 54, 5517-5532. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00603-021-02572-2
  7. Aubertin, J.D., Hutchinson, D.J., and Diederichs, M. 2021. Horizontal single hole blast testing – Part 1: Systematic measurements using TLS surveys. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 114(1): 103985. DOI:10.1016/j.tust.2021.103985. 
  8. Aubertin, J.D., Hutchinson, D.J., and Diederichs, M. 2021. Horizontal single hole blast testing – Part 2: Findings and trends from SHB campaigns at two underground salt mines. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 114 (2): 103984. DOI:10.1016/j.tust.2021.103984.
  9. Farmakis, I., Bonneau, D., Hutchinson, D.J., Vlachopoulos, N. 2021. Targeted rock slope assessment using voxels and object-oriented classification. Remote Sensing, 13(7), 1354, 22 pages; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13071354, 01 Apr 2021.
  10. DiFrancesco, P-M., Bonneau, D., and Hutchinson, D.J. 2021. Computational geometry-based surface reconstruction for volume estimation: A case study on magnitude-frequency relations for a LiDAR-derived rockfall inventory. International Journal of Geo-Information. 10 (3) 157, 27 pages. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10030157   
  11. Aubertin, J., Hutchinson, D.J., and Diederichs, M.S. 2021. Towards blast design guidelines for underground rock salt mines. Blasting and Fragmentation, 13 (2), 77-101.
  12. DiFrancesco, P-M., Bonneau, D., and Hutchinson, D.J. 2020. The implications of M3C2 projection diameter on 3-D semi-automated rockfall extraction from sequential terrestrial laser scanning point clouds. Remote Sensing, 12(11), 1885, 28 pages. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12111885
  13. Bonneau, D., Hutchinson, D.J., Difrancesco, P.-M., Coombs, M., and Sala, Z. 2019.  3-Dimensional Rockfall Shape Back-Analysis: Methods and Implications. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 19, 2745–2765. https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-19-2745-2019
  14. Bonneau, D., DiFrancesco, P-M., and Hutchinson, D. J. 2019. Surface reconstruction for three-dimensional rockfall volume analysis. International Journal of Geo-Information, 8(12), #548. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi8120548
  15. Bonneau. D.A. and Hutchinson, D.J. 2019. The Use of Terrestrial Laser Scanning for the Characterization of a Cliff-Talus System in the Thompson River Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Geomorphology, 327, 598-609. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.11.022
  16. Sala, Z., Hutchinson, D.J., Harrap, R., and Gauthier, D. 2019. Simulation of Fragmental Rockfalls Detected Using Terrestrial Laser Scans from Rock Slopes in South-Central British Columbia, Canada. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 19, 2385–2404. https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-19-2385-2019
  17. Day, J.J., Diederichs, M.S., and Hutchinson, D.J. 2019. Composite Geological Strength Index approach with application to healed intrablock rockmass structures. Geotechnical & Geological Engineering, 37, pages 5285-5314. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10706-019-00980-4
  18. Kromer, R. Rowe, E., Hutchinson, D.J., Lato, M., and Abellán, A. 2018. Rockfall Risk Management using a Pre-failure Deformation Database. Landslides. 15 (5), 847-858.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-017-0921-9
  19. Rowe, E., Hutchinson, D.J., and Kromer, R. 2018. An Analysis of Failure Mechanism Constraints on Pre-Failure Rock Block Deformation using TLS and Roto-Translation Methods. Landslides, 15 (3), 409–421. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-017-0886-8  
  20. van Veen, M., Hutchinson, D.J., Bonneau, D.A., Sala, Z., Ondercin, M., and Lato, M. 2018. Combining temporal 3-D remote sensing data with spatial rockfall simulations for improved understanding of hazardous slopes within rail corridors. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst Sci., 8, 2295-2308. https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-2295-2018
  21. Day, J.J., Diederichs, M.S., and Hutchinson, D.J. 2017. New direct shear testing protocols and analyses for fractures and healed intrablock rockmass discontinuities. Engineering Geology, 229, 53-72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2017.08.027
  22. Kromer, R., Lato, M., Hutchinson, D.J., Gauthier, D., and Edwards, T. 2017. Managing Rockfall Risk through Baseline Remote Monitoring with a Terrestrial Laser Scanner. Canadian Geotechnical Journal: 54(7): 953-967, https://doi.org/10.1139/cgj-2016-0178.
  23. Kromer, R.A., Abellan, A., Hutchinson, D.J., Lato, M., Chanut, M-A., Dubois, L., and Jaboyedoff, M. 2017. Automated Terrestrial Laser Scanning with Near Real-Time Change Detection - Monitoring of the Séchilienne Landslide. Earth Surf. Dynam., 5, 293-310. https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-5-293-2017.
  24. van Veen M., Hutchinson D.J., Kromer R., Lato M., Edwards T. 2017. Effects of Sampling Interval on the Frequency-Magnitude Relationship of Rockfalls Detected from Terrestrial Laser Scanning using Semi-Automated Methods. Landslides, 14 (5), 1579–1592, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-017-0801-3  https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/15382
  25. Kromer, R., Hutchinson, D.J., Lato, M., and Edwards, T. 2016. Gestion des risques géologiques sur le corridor ferroviaire du Canadien National. Geomatique. 42(4): 16-19.
  26. Day J.J, Diederichs, M.S. and Hutchinson D.J. 2015. Common Core: Core logging procedures for characterization of complex rockmasses as input into geomechanical analysis for tunnel design. Tunnels and Tunnelling International, 1, 26-32.
  27. Day, J.J., Diederichs, M.S., and Hutchinson, D.J. 2015. Effects of structural contact stiffness and strength on progressive failure of healed structure.  Geomechanics and Tunnelling, 8 (5), 414-420. https://doi.org/1002/geot.201500027
  28. Delaloye, D., Diederichs, M., Walton, G. and Hutchinson, D.J. 2015. Sensitivity Testing of the Newly Developed Elliptical Fitting Method for the Measurement of Convergence in Tunnels and Shafts. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 48 (2), 651-667. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00603-014-0566-0
  29. Kromer, R., Hutchinson, D.J., Lato, M., and Edwards, T. 2015. Geohazard Management on the Canadian National Railway Corridor: A Multi-Sensor Approach. GIM International, December, 17-19.
  30. Kromer, R., Hutchinson, D.J., Lato, M., Gauthier, D., and Edwards, T. 2015. Identifying rock slope failure precursors using LiDAR for transportation corridor hazard management. Engineering Geology, 195, 93-103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2015.05.012
  31. Kromer, R.A., Abellán, A., Hutchinson, D.J., Lato, M., Edwards, T., and Jaboyedoff, M. 2015. A 4D filtering and calibration technique for small-scale point cloud change detection with a Terrestrial Laser Scanner. Remote Sensing, Special Issue, 7(10), 13029-13052; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs71013029 Erratum published, 15 December 2015, see Remote Sens. 2015, 7(12), 16915-16916. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs71215865
  32. Lato M., Hutchinson D.J., Gauthier D., Edwards T., Ondercin M. 2015. Comparison of ALS, TLS and terrestrial photogrammetry for mapping differential slope change in mountainous terrain. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 52 (2): 129-140, https://doi.org/10.1139/cgj-2014-0051
  33. Lato, M., Gauthier, D., and Hutchinson, D.J. 2015. Selecting the optimal 3D remote sensing technology for the mapping, monitoring and management of steep rock slopes along transportation corridors. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, January, 2510, 7–14. https://doi.org/10.3141/2510-02
  34. Kalenchuk, K.S., Hutchinson, D.J. and Diederichs, M.S. 2013. Geomechanical interpretation of the Downie Slide considering field data and 3-dimensional numerical modelling. Landslides: 10: 737-756. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-012-0363-3
  35. Kalenchuk K.S., Hutchinson, D.J. and Diederichs, M.S. 2013. Downie Slide: Numerical Simulation of Groundwater Fluctuations Influencing Behaviour of a Massive Landslide.  Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 72 (3), 397-412. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10064-013-0484-5
  36. Gauthier, D. and Hutchinson, J. 2012. Evaluation of potential meteorological triggers of large landslides in sensitive glaciomarine clay, eastern Canada. Natural Hazards and Earth Systems Science, 12, 3359-3375. https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-12-3359-2012
  37. Kalenchuk, K.S., Diederichs, M.S. and Hutchinson, D.J. 2012. Three-dimensional numerical simulations of the Downie Slide to test the influence of shear surface geometry and heterogeneous shear zone stiffness. Computational Geosciences. 16 (1), 21-38. doi: 10.1007/s10596-011-9245-3
  38. Lato, M., Diederichs, M.S., Hutchinson, D.J., and Harrap, R. 2012. Evaluating roadside rockmasses for rockfall hazards from LiDAR data: Optimizing data collection and processing protocols. Natural Hazards, 60, 831-864. doi: 10.1007/s11069-011-9872-y.
  39. Quinn, P.E., Diederichs, M.S., Rowe, R.K., and Hutchinson, D.J. 2012. Development of progressive failure in sensitive clay slopes. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 49(7): 782-795, DOI 10.1139/t2012-034.
  40. Quinn P.E., Hutchinson, D.J., Diederichs, M.S., Rowe, K. 2011. Characteristics of large landslides in sensitive clay in relation to hazard and risk. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 48 (8), DOI 1212-1232. 10.1139/t11-039.
  41. Quinn, P.E., Diederichs, M.S., Rowe, R.K., and Hutchinson, D.J. 2011. A new model for large landslides in sensitive clay using a fracture mechanics approach. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 48 (8) 1151-1162, DOI 10.1139/t11-025. (R.M. Quigley Best Paper Award, published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal, by the Canadian Geotechnical Society).
  42. Lato, M., Diederichs, M., and Hutchinson, D.J. 2010. Bias correction for Lidar scanning of rock outcrops for structural characterization Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 43 (5), 615-628. DOI 10.1007/s00603-010-0086-5.
  43. Quinn P.E., Hutchinson, D.J., Diederichs, M.S., and Rowe, K. 2010.Regional scale landslide susceptibility mapping using the weights of evidence method: An example applied to linear infrastructure. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 47 (8), 905-927, DOI 10.1139/T09-144
  44. Lato M, Hutchinson D, and Diederichs M. 2010. Geomechanical feature extraction and analysis using LiDAR data: IOC Mine. CIM Bulletin, Dec 2009 / January 2010, 4 (8), Paper 12.
  45. Kalenchuk, K., Hutchinson, D.J., and Diederichs, M.S. 2009. Application of spatial prediction techniques to defining three-dimensional landslide shear surface geometry. Landslides, 6 (4), 321-333. DOI 10.1007/s10346-009-0168-1.
  46. Lato, M., Hutchinson, D.J., Diederichs, M.S., Ball, D., and Harrap, R. 2009. Engineering monitoring of rockfall hazards along transportation corridors: using mobile terrestrial LiDAR. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 9, 935–946. DOI:10.5194/nhess-9-935-2009
  47. Lato, M., Diederichs, M.S., Hutchinson, D.J., and Harrap, R. 2009. Optimization of LiDAR scanning and processing for automated structural evaluation of discontinuities in rockmasses. Int. J. Rock Mech. & Min. Sci., 46 (1), 194-199. doi:10.1016/j.ijrmms.2008.04.007
  48. Lato, M., and Hutchinson, D.J. 2008. Mining for LiDAR data. Professional Surveyor Magazine, 28 (2), 10-14, and Cover Feature.
  49. Hutchinson, D.J., Diederichs, M.S., Pehme, P., Sawyer, P., Robinson, P., Puxley, A., and Robichaud, H. 2008. Geomechanics stability assessment of World War I military excavations at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial Site, France. Int. J. Rock Mech. & Min. Sci., 45, 59-77. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrmms.2007.04.014
  50. Nasseri-Moghaddam, A., Cascante, G., Phillips, C., and Hutchinson, J. 2007. Effects of underground cavities on Rayleigh waves – Field and numerical experiments. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 27 (4), 300-313. doi:10.1016/j.soildyn.2006.09.002
  51. Hutchinson, D.J., Diederichs, M.S., Carranza-Torres, C., Sheriff, C., Kjelland, N., and Harrap, R. 2006. Landslide hazard management: Using geotechnical monitoring, virtual process models and decision support technology. Felsbau: Rock and Soil Engineering, 24 (3), 24-29.
  52. Khan, A.H., Majid, A., Cascante, G., Hutchinson, J., and Pezeshkpour, P. 2006. Characterization of a cemented sand with the pulse-velocity method. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 43 (3), 294-309. https://doi.org/10.1139/t06-008
  53. Nasseri-Moghaddam, A., Cascante, G., and Hutchinson, J. 2005. A New Quantitative Procedure to Determine the Location and Embedment Depth of a Void Using Surface Waves. Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, 10 (1), 51-64. https://doi.org/10.2113/JEEG10.1.51
  54. Phillips, C., Cascante, G., and Hutchinson, D.J. 2004. Evaluation of horizontal homogeneity of geomaterials with the distance analysis of surface waves. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 41 (2), 212-226. https://doi.org/10.1139/t03-085
  55. Hutchinson, D.J., Phillips, C., and Cascante, G. 2002. Risk considerations for crown pillar stability assessment for mine closure planning. Journal of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 20 (1), 41-6 https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1013852722768
  56. Zerwer, A., Cascante, G., and Hutchinson, D.J. 2002. Parameter estimation in finite element simulations of Rayleigh waves. American Society of Civil Engineering Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 128 (3), 250-261. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)1090-0241(2002)128:3(250)
  57. Hutchinson, D.J., and Nickson, S. 2001. Auditing cable bolting practice for underground mines. Transactions Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc., 310, 175-182.
  58. Hutchinson, D.J. 2001. Observations of Geological Engineering education in Canada. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, Springer Verlag, 60 (4), 337-344. https://doi.org/10.1007/s100640100
  59. Hutchinson, D.J., and Falmagne, V. 2000. Observational design of underground cablebolt support systems utilizing instrumentation. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 58 (3), April, 227-241. https://doi.org/10.1007/s100640050078
  60. Diederichs, M.S., Hutchinson, D.J., and Kaiser, P.K. 1999 Cablebolt layouts using the modified stability graph. CIM Bulletin, 92 (1035), 81-85.
  61. Hutchinson, D.J. and Diederichs, M. 1996. The cablebolting cycle - Underground support engineering. CIM Bulletin, 89 (1001), 117-123.
  62. Shimizu, N., Kaiser, P.K., Diederichs, M.S. and Hutchinson, D.J. 1996. Overview of cablebolting in tunnels. Tunnels and Underground: Journal of the Japan Tunnelling Association, 28 (4), 43-52. [Japanese]

Select Refereed Conference Papers 

List is available upon request – please contact Dr. Hutchinson.

Keynote/Invited Lectures (Last five years)

  1. Hutchinson, D.J. 2023. Integrating monitoring data into risk assessment and management for rock slopes Plenary Keynote Lecturer, International Slope Stability in Mining Conference, Perth, Australia, November, 2023.
  2. Hutchinson, D.J. 2023. Applications of remote sensing techniques to rock slope stability and risk assessment – Building a tool box of complementary methods. Invited Keynote lecture. 3rd JTC1 workshop - Impact of global changes on landslides hazard and risk ", 7 – 10th June in Oslo, Norway.
  3. Hutchinson, D.J., Farmakis, I., Bonneau, D., Giacomini, A., Guccione, D., and Thoeni, K. 2023. Developing rockfall calibration data sets - Trajectory analysis from remotely sensed data: Part I - Collecting and interpreting data from natural rock slopes. Invited Lecture and Panel Discussion. RocScience International Conference, Toronto, Canada, April 24 to 26, 2023.
  4. Giacomini, A., Guccione, D., Thoeni, K., Buzzi, O., Hutchinson, D.J, MacPhail, R., Reich, K., and Bonneau, D. 2023. Developing rockfall calibration data sets - Trajectory analysis from remotely sensed data:  Part II - Collecting and interpreting data from engineered rock slopes. Invited Lecture and Panel Discussion. RocScience International Conference, Toronto, Canada, April 24 to 26, 2023.
  5. Hutchinson, D.J. 2023. Rock Slope Asset Assessment and Management – RS contributions. Invited lecture, GAM Committee Meeting, TRB, Washington, USA. January 9, 2023.
  6. Hutchinson, D.J., Olsen, M., and Wartman, J. 2023. Developing and Calibrating Fragmental Rockfall (FRF) Models using Physics Engines: TPF 5-459 Update. Invited lecture, Engineering Geology Division Meeting, January 10, 2003. Update, Rockfall Committee Meeting, January 8, 2023. TRB, Washington, USA.
  7. Park, J., and Hutchinson, D.J. 2023. Systems-level Geohazard Risk Assessment in Southwestern British Columbia, Canada. Invited lecture, Engineering Geology Division Meeting, January 10, 2023. TRB, Washington, DC, USA.
  8. Hutchinson, D.J. 2022. Invited Expert Lecture – Section 3.4.3. Ground-based laser scanners: LiDAR. Guidelines for Large Open Pit Monitoring training course, U of Arizona, Geotechnical Center of Excellence.
  9. Hutchinson, D.J. 2022. The future of geotechnical monitoring. Plenary session Panel discussion, Slope Stability Conference, Tucson, USA, October.
  10. Hutchinson, D.J., and Diederichs, K.D. 2022. Reflection on Resources: Engaging the Future in Geotechnical Engineering - Steps towards effective gender inclusivity in our profession. GeoCalgary 2022, Calgary, October. Invited Keynote lecture in plenary session.    
  11. Hutchinson, D.J. 2022. Rock slope monitoring – Optimizing monitoring programs considering instability mechanisms. Invited Keynote Lecture - 11th International Symposium on Field Monitoring in Geomechanics, London, England, September. Invited Keynote lecture in plenary session.
  12. Hutchinson, D.J. 2022. Building slope process models considering engineering geology: Extending our understanding, interpretation and communication of instability using remotely sensed data. Abbreviated version of the Glossop Medal Lecture. RockEng Conference, Kingston, Ontario. August, 2022.
  13. Hutchinson, D.J. 2022. Rock Slope Monitoring: The benefits and challenges of remotely sensed data. Invited Keynote Lecture – GeoHazards 8, Quebec City, June. Invited Keynote lecture in plenary session.
  14. Hutchinson, D.J. 2022. Monitoring open pit slope stability. Invited Expert lecture, International course on Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring, June 16. Rome, virtual.
  15. Hutchinson, D.J. 2022. Utilizing Remote Sensing Data to Understand Rock Slope Processes. Invited keynote lecture, Geotechnical Society of Edmonton AGM, 5 May.
  16. Hutchinson, D.J. 2021. Integrating research into industry applications. Panel discussion (x2 days). Canadian Railway and Cold Regions Research conference, Edmonton, virtual.
  17. Hutchinson, D.J. 2021. Slope hazard monitoring along transportation networks. Invited Expert lecture, International course on Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring, June 14 – 16. Rome, virtual.
  18. Hutchinson, D.J., Bonneau, D., DiFrancesco, P.-M. 2021. Terrestrial LiDAR. Invited Master Class, International course on Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring. July, 2021. Rome, virtual.
  19. Hutchinson, D.J. 2021. The importance of ground truthing: Engineering Geology  innovations for Rock Slope stability management. Invited keynote lecture: EurEngGeo 2020, Athens, virtual.
  20. Hutchinson, D.J. 2021. Building slope process models considering engineering geology:  Extending our understanding, interpretation and communication of instability using remotely sensed data. Abbreviated version of the 2019 Glossop Medal lecture: IAEG Australasia distinguished lecture series, August.
  21. Hutchinson, D.J. 2021. Greetings during opening ceremony – 1st Regional South American Conference of the IAEG. Cordoba, Argentina, virtual.
  22. Hutchinson, D.J. 2021. Rock slope hazard modelling informed by remote sensing – Next steps. Invited lecture for Lectern Session 1443: Data acquisition and geologic modelling for decisions – Network scale to site scale. Transportation Research Board (US) – January 29, 2021. Washington, DC, virtual.
  23. Hutchinson, D.J., and Diederichs, M.S. 2020. Under the WW1 battlefield – Geotechnical stability assessment at the Vimy Ridge Memorial Site, France. Invited lecturer for Canadian Society of Civil Engineering – November 11, 2020 – weekly webinar series, virtual.
  24. Hutchinson, D.J. 2020. Risk Based Decision Making, considering Engineering Geology. Invited lecturer for IAEG Young Engineering Geology Group quarterly webinar series, November 24, 2020, virtual.
  25. Hutchinson, D.J. 2020. Utilization of remotely sensed data in rock slope stability assessment. MTS Lecture, American Rock Mechanics Association. 54th Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, Golden, Colorado, 28 June – 1 July, 2020. Note: Conference postponed due to COVID 19.
  26. Hutchinson, D.J. 2019. Building slope process models considering engineering geology: Extending our understanding, interpretation and communication of instability using remotely sensed data. Glossop Medal Lecture, The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, England, November 13, 2019. 
  27. Hutchinson, D.J. 2019. Evaluating rock slope hazards for linear infrastructure using LiDAR and Photogrammetry: Case histories from the Canadian Railway Ground Hazard Research Program. Invited lecture: Department of Earth Sciences, University of Sapienza, Rome, May 8, 2019.
  28. Hutchinson, D.J. 2018. Understanding ground subsidence by integrating geology, geophysics and military history: “Reading the Ground” at the Vimy Ridge Memorial site in France. Invited DeFord lecture, funded by The Robert H. Cuyler Endowed Lecture Series, University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geoscience, December 6, 2018.
  29. Hutchinson, D.J. 2018. Transformative developments in remote monitoring applied to rock slope stability and risk management. Invited lecture to the Bureau of Economic Geology, Austin, Texas, December 7, 2018.


Espley, S., Diederichs, M.S., Hutchinson, D.J. 2004. "Method for performing wedge analysis for assessing wedge instabilities in underground openings". US Patent 6757642.

Diederichs, M.S., Espley, S., and Hutchinson, D.J. Method for performing wedge analysis for assessing wedge instabilities in underground openings. Patent # PC-4182/USA, Serial No. 09/709,828 applied for on 10/11/2000. Patents also applied for on 18/06/2001 in Canada, Sweden and Australia.

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