PhD Geological Engineering
|Supervisor||Dr. Mark Deiderichs and Dr. Jennifer Day|
|Thesis Topic||The Role of Shear in Damage Initiation, Propagation, and Evolution in Anisotropic Crystalline Rocks|
My research interests are based in rock mechanics, including the geological and engineering characterization of anisotropic rock and rockmass systems, improved laboratory and field assessment techniques for rock characterization, advanced numerical modelling for analysis of mechanical behaviour of complex ground conditions, rock engineering for underground excavation and surface hydro-electric infrastructure
development. This work is applicable to several fields, including mining, tunnelling, and deep geological repositories for nuclear waste storage.
Tim completed a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering at Queen’s in 2014 and a M.A.Sc. at Queen’s in 2018. He entered into the Ph.D. program in 2018 with a variety of work experience gained during his time with KGS Group as a Geotechnical Engineer in Training. Tim’s field and site experences include time spent at on Keeyask Generating Station Construction Project rock mapping and designing rock support measures and on the Pointe Du Bois Spillway Replacement Project rock mapping and inspecting the curtain grouting program.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada PGS-D
Awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada in September 2019 (Value $63,000 awarded over 3 years)
G.N.L. Bowen Bursary
Awarded by the Dept. of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering June 2019 (Value $460)
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology
Awarded by the Province of Ontario and Queen’s University September 2018 (Value $15,000)
Class of ’04 Teaching Assistantship Award
Awarded by the Dept. of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering Dec. 2017
Dan Eisenstein Memorial Scholarship
Awarded by the Tunnelling Association of Canada Oct 2017 at the Tunnelling Association of Canada workshop in Montreal, Quebec. (Value $6000)
E.C. (Al) Speers Fellowship in Geological Engineering
Awarded Sept 2016 (Value $1266)
2nd Place – Undergraduate Report Award (Group Submission)
Awarded by the Canadian Geotechnical Society Oct 2014 at the Canadian Geotechnical Society Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan for the Capstone Design Project Report: Design of an Underground Light Rail Transit Station and Tunnel Network in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Value $500)
Packulak, T.R.M., Ahmed Labeid, M.T., Day, J.J., Diederichs, M.S. (2021) New Data Processing Protocols to Isolate Fracture Deformations to Measure Normal and Shear Joint Stiffness. (Invited paper to be submitted to Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering).
Packulak, T.R.M., Day, J.J., Diederichs, M.S. (2021) The Enhancement of Constant Normal Stiffness Direct Shear Testing Protocols for Determining Geomechanical Properties of Fractures. (Paper to be submitted to Engineering Geology).
Packulak, T.R.M., Ahmed Labeid, M.T., Day, J.J., Diederichs, M.S. (2020) Data processing for joint normal and shear stiffness to eliminate influences of the surrounding rock and laboratory machine. In 54th U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, Golden, Colorado, United States of America 8 Pages (Conference Held Virtually)
Packulak, T.R.M., Ahmed Labeid, M.T., Bonneau, D.A., Day, J.J., Diederichs, M.S. and Hutchinson, D.J. (2019) The Influence of Asperities, Joint Topology, and Stress on Fracture Geomechanical Properties. In 72nd Canadian Geotechnical Conference: Under Land & Sea, St. John’s, NF, Canada.
Packulak, T.R.M., Bonneau, D.A., Rudderham, G.A., Dossett, W.C., Day, J.J. (2019) Evaluating Characterization Methods for Joint Surface Roughness. In 53rd U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, New York, United States of America. 8 Pages.
Packulak, T.R.M., Day, J.J., Diederichs, M.S (2018) Assess: The role of rock direct shear testing in determining geomechanical properties of fractures. Tunnels and Tunnelling. v2018, p32-36
Packulak, T.R.M., Day, J.J., Diederichs, M.S. (2018) Practical aspects of boundary condition selection on direct shear laboratory tests. In Geomechanics and Geodynamics of Rock Masses: Selected Papers from the 2018 European Rock Mechanics Symposium, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, p253-259
Packulak, T.R.M., Day, J. J. (2018) The role of rock direct shear testing and practical aspects of boundary conditions. In Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Canadian Society of Civil Engineers Conference, CSCE, Fredericton, NB, Canada, 10 pages
Packulak, T.R.M. (2018). Laboratory Investigation of shear behaviour in rock joints under varying boundary conditions. MASc. Thesis, Queen's University at Kingston, Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Kingston.