Team

We are a team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Ryszard Hejmanowski

Professor, Head of Land Subsidence
and Hazard Mitigation Research Group

AGH Universtiy of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland

Ryszard Hejmanowski received a MSc Degree (1983) in Geodesy and Cartography from AGH University and Technology, Cracow, Poland. He worked as a researcher at TU Clausthal, Germany, where he graduated with a PhD Degree (1993). During his stay in Germany, he was a concept designer and developer of the own software for land subsidence prediction caused by the oil- and gas extraction. After return to Cracow, Ryszard Hejmanowski worked as Assistant Professor on the modelling of rock mass and land subsidence issues at his Alma Mater. He adapted own software for other raw material deposits (salt, coal, copper ore). After receiving a DSc position (2004), he worked on GIS, geohazards and risk assessment issues. Since 2015 he has been a Full Professor. Ryszard Hejmanowski was a principal investigator of five research grants financed by the Polish government. He has been invited by various international research institutes for cooperation in projects and steering committees in terms of issues related to the monitoring, modelling and prediction of land subsidence. Furthermore, he is a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences – Committee of Geodesy, a Chair of the 4th Commission of the International Society for Mine Surveying (ISM), a Chair of the Polish Committee of the ISM, the American Geophysical Union and Deutsche Markscheider Verein e.V. Ryszard Hejmanowski also has over 30 years’ experience in cooperation with the industry.

List of publications available at ResearchGate
Email me: hejman@agh.edu.pl

Agnieszka A. Malinowska

Associate Professor

AGH Universtiy of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland

Agnieszka A. Malinowska holds a MSc (2007) in Geology and Mining Engineering, a PhD (2011) in Geodesy and Cartography and Postdoctoral Academic Title (2012) in Geohazard and Risk Assessment from AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland. Since 2019 she has been an Associate Professor at her former university, where she does research and lectures in modelling and monitoring of ground surface movements, GIS, geohazards and risk assessment related to mining operations. Agnieszka A. Malinowska was a principal investigator of two research grants financed by the National Science Center in Poland. She is a member of several international organisations including the UNESCO Working Group on Land Subsidence, the European Geosciences Union and the International Society for Mine Surveying. Agnieszka A. Malinowska also has a 15-years’ experience in the cooperation with the industry in the areas related to planning and safety management of ground surface movements.

List of publications available at ResearchGate
Email me:
amalin@agh.edu.pl

Wojciech T. Witkowski

Assistant Professor

AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland

Wojciech T. Witkowski received a PhD Degree (2017) in Geodesy and Cartography and holds a MSc (2012) in Geology and Mining from AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland. In 2017-2018 he held a position of Research Assistant. Since 2019 he has been an Assistant Professor at his former university. Wojciech T. Witkowski’s scientific research are mostly related to the use of artificial intelligence and satellite earth observation, in particular InSAR, for human-induced Earth’s surface deformation. He was a holder of a research grant financed by the National Science Center in Poland. He is a member of the European Geoscience Union and the International Society for Mine Surveying. Furthermore, Wojciech T. Witkowski has ten years’ experience in cooperation with the mining industry as he was a co-author of several studies in the field of assessing the impact of mining operations on the Earth’s surface.

List of publications available at ResearchGate
Email me: wwitkow@agh.edu.pl

Artur Guzy

Ph.D. Student

AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland

Artur Guzy holds a MSc Degree (2017) in Geoinformation and Mining Surveying and a BSc Degree in Geodesy and Cartography (2015) from AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland. Currently, he does a PhD Degree. Artur Guzy’s doctoral thesis aimed to develop a novel methodology for the prediction of ground movements induced by water discharge/recharge in mining areas with the use of deep learning and InSAR. His scientific interests are concerned with observation, modelling, prediction and risk assessment of land subsidence, sinkhole occurrence and induced seismicity due to mining. Artur Guzy is currently a principal investigator of research grant financed by the National Science Center in Poland. He also holds membership in the European Geosciences Union. Moreover, Artur Guzy has three-years’ experience in cooperation with the mining industry in terms of ground surface movements risk hazard management.

List of publications available at ResearchGate
Email me: aguzy@agh.edu.pl

Ahmed Wedam Ahmed

M.Sc. Student

Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey

Ahmed Wedam Ahmed holds a MSc Degree (2019) in Geological Engineering from Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey and BSc Degree in Petroleum Engineering (2015) from University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana. His scientific interests include joint research on biodegradation of crude oil as a lab assistant and currently are concerned with monitoring, modelling and prediction of mining-induced land subsidence. In his doctoral thesis, he intends to develop a new methodology for the prediction of ground movements induced by groundwater head changes in deep aquifers. Moreover, Ahmed Wedam Ahmed has a year of experience in cooperation with the mining industry in terms of bitumen and lubricants supply.

List of publications available at ResearchGate
Email me: ahmedwedam.ahmed16@ogr.atauni.edu.tr

Magdalena Łukosz

M.Sc. Student

AGH University of Science and Technology

Magdalena Łukosz holds a BSc Degree in Geodesy and Cartography (2019) and does a MSc Degree in Geoinformation and Mining Surveying at AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland. Currently, she works as a research assistant. Her scientific interests are concerned with the use of InSAR to monitoring, analysing and modelling of land subsidence related to mining-induced seismicity.

List of Publications available at ResearchGate
Email me: mlukosz@agh.edu.pl


Cooperating Researchers

Maria Ferentinou

Associate Professor

University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Maria Ferentinou graduated with a degree in Geology from the University of Patras and a PhD in Engineering Geology from the National Technical University of Athens, where she has spent three years as a Post-Doc researcher.  She has been working in the industry in the consulting sector from 1997-2005 and was involved in more than 40 major infrastructure projects, such as the Athens Metro tunnel, and Egnatia Odos Project. She moved to South Africa in 2013, to work at the University of KwaZulu – Natal as a lecturer in Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. She later joined the University of Johannesburg in 2016 and is currently an Associate Professor in Geotechnics – Engineering Geology, and the Head of Department Civil Engineering Science. Ferentinou’s research focuses on Landslide susceptibility assessment, slope stability, rock engineering systems, application of artificial intelligence into engineering geology and geomorphology, coastal vulnerability, unsaturated soils. Currently, she is engaged in the study of slope failure mechanism, and sinkhole propagation using fiber bragg gratings and small scale physical modelling. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, and a member of the joint International Association of Engineering Geology (IAEG) commission C37 – on Landslides Nomenclature. She is rated by the National Research Foundation in South Africa, as an established researcher, (C2).

List of publications available at ResearchGate
Email me: mferentinou@uj.ac.za

Hendrik Grobler

Associate Professor

University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Hendrik Grobler started his mining career as a learner official with JCI in 1987 and obtained the Government Certificate of Competency: Mine Surveying in 1994. In 2015 he completed a PhD Degree at Witwatersrand University. Hendrik Grobler gained experience in coal-, gold-, platinum-, nickel- and chrome mining projects before joining the University of Johannesburg in 2007. His industrial experience includes monitoring of geological hazards, subsidence monitoring, mine planning, ore reserve valuation, mine sampling, alignment of survey networks, ore reconciliation and forensic surveys. He has consulted for gold, platinum, coal, copper, diamond, manganese, chrome, fluorspar and montmorillonite mining projects. 

List of publications available at ResearchGate
Email me: hgrobler@uj.ac.za

Dai Hua-yang

Professor

China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, China

Dai Hua-yang graduated from the Mine Surveying Faculty, Jiaozuo Institute of Technology, Henan, China with a MSc Degree (1978). Since then he has been engaged in the research of theory and control technologies of mining subsidence. He has participated in the study of 40-odd state or provincial-level research programs. He is also the author of 110 published academic papers and 3 books. He is the Member of Commission 4, International Society for Mine Surveying (ISM), Member of Expert Committee of Coal Mining Technology, China National Coal Association, Deputy Secretary-General & Member of Mining Damage Technique Evaluation Committee, China Coal Society, and member of Mine Surveying Committee, China Coal Society. Currently, Dai Hua-yang is a professor of the Department of Surveying and Land Use, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing.

List of publications available at ResearchGate
Email me: dhy@cumtb.edu.cn

Yan Yue-guan

Associate Professor

China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, China

Yan Yue-guan holds a MSc (2007) and a PhD (2010) in Mine Spatial Informatics and Subsidence Control Engineering in China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing and PhD co-supervision (2008-2010) in Radar Remote Sensing from University of New South Wales, Australia. He has participated in the study of 10-odd state or provincial-level research programs about mining subsidence and deformation monitoring. He is the Member of Expert Committee of Coal Mining Technology, China National Coal Association, and member of Mine Surveying Committee, China Coal Society. Currently, Yan Yue-guan is an associate professor and vice-director of the Department of Surveying and Land Use, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing.

List of publications available at ResearchGate
Email me: yanyueguan@cumtb.edu.cn

Wei Tang

Assistant Professor

China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, China

Wei Tang holds a MSc (20013) in Geodesy and Surveying Engineering, a PhD (2017) in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2018) in Radar Remote Sensing from GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences, Germany. Since 2017 he has been an Assistant Professor at China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, where he does research and lectures in monitoring and modelling of ground surface deformations related to mining activities, groundwater extraction, oil exploitation and CO2 injection. Wei Tang has extensive experience in using satellite and ground-based geodetic observations to study ground surface displacement.

List of publications available at ResearchGate
Email me: weitang@cumtb.edu.cn

Ebrahim Salmi

Research Scientist

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia

Ebrahim Salmi is a Research Scientist in Mining Geo-mechanics Engineering working for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and for Mining3 in Brisbane, Australia. Ebrahim is also and Adjunct Senior Researcher at the School of Civil Engineering, in the University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. Ebrahim has a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (CGSE), at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He also holds a BSc in Mining Geo-mechanics Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology and a MSc in Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic, Iran. During his PhD (2012-2016), Ebrahim worked on the long-term stability analyses of abandoned mine workings and the mechanisms of post-mining subsidence. He numerically investigated the effects of the time-dependent behaviour of rock on the mechanism of post-mining subsidence. Ebrahim also has over 8 years of practical experience in rock engineering, and numerical modelling for the design and stability analysis of surface and underground excavations in rocks. He has been involved with a broad range of projects including numerical modelling for analysing the tunnelling induced surface settlements in urban areas, support system design to control the excavations induced ground movements, stability analyses of rock structures, tunnelling in problematic grounds, and investigating the risk of rock-slide hazards in mountainous areas. Ebrahim also worked on a number of projects related to the long-term stability analyses of abandoned coal mine workings and the associated post-mining subsidence.

List of publications available at ResearchGate
Email me:
Ebrahim.FathiSalmi@uon.edu.au