Vlachoppoulos
Nicholas Vlachopoulos, Ph.D., P.Eng, CD, CME
Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

Royal Military College of Canada
13 General Crerar
Kingston, ON K7K 7B4, Canada
Office: Sawyer Building, Room 2056
Telephone:
1 (613) 541-6000 ext 6398
Fax:
1 (613) 541-6218
Email: vlachopoulos-n@rmc.ca
Website:
Dr. Vlachopoulos (BASc, MASc, rmc, PhD Queen's University) is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada.  He is also cross-appointed to the Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering Department at Queen's as well as to the School of Environmental Studies at Queen's University.

He is the Founder and Director of the RMC Green Team that addresses Environmental Engineering issues within Canadian Forces Bases and Wings.  For his innovative solutions to environmental issues, he was awarded the DND Deputy Minister’s / Chief of Defense Staff Innovation Award.  


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.

Dr. Nicholas Vlachopoulos has had a distinguished 20+ year career in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Military Engineer Officer.  Nicholas Vlachopoulos has worked within the Canadian Forces in many capacities. He has been employed as an Infrastructure Planning Engineer Officer within the Base Construction Engineering Section at CFB Toronto, a Combat Engineer and Engineer Troop Commander at 2 Combat Engineering Regiment in Petawawa, and an Engineering Operational Planner and DART Engineer at the Canadian Forces Joint Head Quarters based in Kingston.   He has also been deployed domestically to the Floods in Winnipeg and deployed to multiple tours of duty internationally.  

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;
    namely, remediation of PFOS (Perfluorooctane Sulfonate), AFFF
    (Aqueous Fire Fighting Foam) and deicing fluids
  • Optimization of Water and Sewage Treatment Plants
  • Environmental Impact Assessments of Engineering Projects

Tunnelling Research 

Environmental Research 

 

 Geotechnical Research



Published Refereed Journals

Vlachopoulos, N. and Vazaios, I., 2018. The numerical simulation of hard rocks for tunnelling purposes at great depths: A comparison between the hybrid FDEM method and continuous techniques. Advances in Civil Engineering (Available online March 2018), pgs. 18. DOI: 10.1155/2018/3868716.

Vlachopoulos, N., Vazaios, I. and Madjdabadi, B., 2018. Investigation into the influence of excavation of twin bored tunnels within weak rock masses adjacent to slopes. Canadian Geotechnical Journal (Available online January 2018). DOI:10.1139/cgj-2017-0392.

Vazaios, I., Vlachopoulos, N. and Diederichs, M.S., 2018. The mechanical analysis and interpretation of the EDZ formation around deep tunnels within massive rockmasses using a hybrid finite-discrete element approach: The case of the AECL URL Test Tunnel. The Canadian Geotechnical Journal (Available online April 19th 2018). DOI: 10.1139/cgj-2017-0578.

Vazaios, I., Farahmand, K., Vlachopoulos, N. and Diederichs, M.S., 2018. The effects of confinement on the rockmass modulus: A synthetic rockmass modelling (SRM) study. Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (Available online March 2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.jrmge.2018.01.002.

Oke, J.N .Vlachopoulos, and M.S Diederichs, 2018. Improvement to the convergence-confinement theory: Inclusion of support installation location and stiffness. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. DOI: 10.1007/s00603-018-1418-0. Accepted Jan 2018 - RMRE-D-17-00519.

Farahmand, K., Vazaios, I., Diederichs, M.S. and Vlachopoulos, N., 2018. Investigating the scale-dependency of the geometrical and mechanical properties of a moderately jointed rock using a synthetic rock mass (SRM) approach. Computers and Geotechnics, 95: 162-179. DOI: 10.1016/j.compgeo.2017.10.002.

Skordaki, E.M. and Vlachopoulos, N., 2017. Methodology Associated with Risk Assessment of Outdoor Operating Small Arms Ranges: A Canadian Case Study. Journal of Environmental Science and Renewable Resources.  December 2017, 1(1): 103.

Bolkas D., Vazaios, I., Peidou A. and Vlachopoulos N. 2017. Detection of rock discontinuity traces using terrestrial LiDAR data and spectral transforms. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering (Available online Dec. 20, 2017). DOI: 10.1007/s10706-017-0430-6.

Vlachopoulos, N., Cruz, D., and Forbes, B. 2017. Utilizing a Novel Fiber Optic Technology to Capture the Axial Response of Fully Grouted Rock Bolts.  Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. Submitted 26 July 2017, Accepted 7 Nov 2017, JRMGE-2017-225, V10 N3 2018.

Forbes, B., Vlachopoulos, N. and Hyett, A.J. 2017.  The application of distributed optical strain sensing to measure the strain distribution of ground support members; FACETS Canadian Science Publishing. Accepted Nov 2017. 10.1139/facets-2017-0093.
 
Vazaios, I., Vlachopoulos, N. & Diederichs, M.S., 2017.  Integration of Lidar-Based Structural Input and Discrete Fracture Network Generation for Underground Applications. Geotech Geol Eng doi:10.1007/s10706-017-0240-x, May 2017.

Forbes, B., Vlachopoulos, N., Hyett, A.J. and Diederichs, M.S., 2017. A new optical sensing technique for monitoring shear of rock bolts.  Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology. 66,  34–46, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tust.2017.03.007 March, 2017.
 Oke, J.N .Vlachopoulos, and M.S Diederichs, 2016. Semi-Analytical Model for Umbrella Arch Systems in Squeezing Conditions. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology TUST-D-15-00289, 2016. doi:10.1016/j.tust.2016.03.006. June 2016.

Langford, C., Vlachopoulos, N. and Diederichs, M.S., 2016.  Revisiting Support Optimization at the Driskos Tunnel using a Quantitative Risk Approach. Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering 8 (2016), pp. 147-163 DOI information: 10.1016/j.jrmge.2015.11.003, 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrmge.2015.11.003 


Vlachopoulos, N. and Basso, T.  2015. An Investigation into Sustainable Building Evaluation Strategies for use within the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence.  Canadian Military Journal. http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/vol15/no2/page36-eng.asp 

Oke, J., N .Vlachopoulos, and M.S Diederichs, 2014. Numerical Analyses in the Design of Umbrella Arch Systems. Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. JRMGE-D-14-00091R1    

Oke, J., Vlachopoulos, N. and Marinos, V. 2014. The Pre-Support Nomenclature and Support Selection Methodology for Temporary Support Systems within Weak Rock Masses.  Geotechnical and Geological Engineering Journal. 32, no. 1. 2014a: 97–130. DOI 10.1007/s10706-013-9697-4. 

Vlachopoulos, N. and Diederichs, M.S. 2014. Appropriate uses and practical limitations of 2D numerical analysis of tunnels and tunnel support response. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering Journal. Volume 31, Number 6, ISSN 0960-3182, GEGE-D-13-00064R1, 2014.

Vlachopoulos, N., Diederichs M.S., Marinos, V., Marinos P., 2013.  Tunnel Behaviour associated with the weak Alpine rock masses of the Driskos Twin Tunnel system, Egnatia Odos Highway. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 2013, 50(1): 91-120, 10.1139/cgj-2012-0025. 

Vlachopoulos, N., and Diederichs, M.S. 2009. Improved longitudinal displacement profiles for convergence confinement analysis of deep tunnels. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 42(2): 131–146. doi:10.1007/s00603-009-0176-4.

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.


Conference Papers 

Please Contact for Paper(s)

Vlachopoulos N. and Vazaios I., 2015. The Influence of Tunnelling on Slope Stability. In the Proceedings of the GeoQuebec 2015 Conference, Quebec, Canada, September 20 – 23, 2015.

Forbes, B. and Vlachopoulos N., 2015. Improving Ground Support with Continual Strain Monitoring. In the Proceedings of the GeoQuebec 2015 Conference, Quebec, Canada, September 20 – 23, 2015.

Skordaki, E.M. and Vlachopoulos, N., 2015, Redesigning Field School: Successful Implementation of E-Participation in Geotechnical Field Exercises. Proceedings of the GeoQuebec 2015 Conference, Quebec, Canada, September 20 – 23, 2015.

Vazaios I. and Vlachopoulos N., 2015. The Influence of Segmental Lining in Deep TBM Tunneling. In the Proceedings of the GeoQuebec 2015 Conference, Quebec, Canada, September 20 – 23, 2015.

Vlachopoulos, N. & Forbes, B., 2015. Temporary Tunnel Support Strategies: Optimization and Testing. Proc. of the ITA WTC 2015 Congress and 41st General Assembly: SEE Tunnel: Promoting Tunneling in SEE Region, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Forbes, B., Vlachopoulos, N., & Diederichs, M.S., 2015. Monitoring the Ground in Order to Optimize Support: Ground Support Elements Equipped with Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry Technology. In Proceedings of Eurock 2015 & Geomechanics Colloquium, Saltsburg, Austria, October 7 - 10, 2015.


Farahmand K., Vazaios, I., Diederichs, M.S., Vlachopoulos N., 2015. Generation of a Synthetic Rock Mass (SRM) Model for Simulation of Strength Crystalline Rock using a Hybrid DFN-DEM Approach. In Proceedings of Eurock 2015 & Geomechanics Colloquium, Saltsburg, Austria, October 7 - 10, 2015.

Tatone, B.S.A., A. Lisjak, O.K. Mahabadi, and Vlachopoulos, N., 2015. Verification of the implementation of rock-reinforcement elements in numerical analyses based on the hybrid combined finite-discrete element method (FDEM). In Proceedings of the 49th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, 28 June - 1 July 2015, San Francisco, USA, Paper 302.

Vazaios, I., Vlachopoulos, N., Diederichs, M.S., 2015. DFN generation for Mechanical Stability Analysis of Underground Works. In the Proceedings of ITAWTC 2015 Congress, Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 22-28, 2015.

Oke, J., N .Vlachopoulos, and M.S Diederichs, 2015. Recent Advances in the Design and Understanding of Umbrella Arch Systems. International Society of Rock Mechanics. Montreal, Canada. May 2015.

Tatone, B.S.A., Lisjak, A., Mahabadi, O.K., and Vlachopoulos, N, 2015. Incorporating rock-reinforcement elements into numerical analyses based on the hybrid combined finite-discrete element method (FDEM). International Society of Rock Mechanics. Montreal, Canada. May 2015.

Vazaios I., Diederichs M.S., and Vlachopoulos N., 2015. A Study of the Geometrical and the Mechanical Scale Dependency of Fractured Rockmasses Using a Micro-Mechanical Approach.  International Society of Rock Mechanics. Montreal, Canada. May 2015.

Vazaios, I, Diederichs, M.S., and Vlachopoulos, N. Factors Affecting Realism of DFNs for Mechanical Stability Analysis, 2014.  International Discrete Fracture Network Engineering Conference, Vancouver, B.C., October 2014.

Vlachopoulos, N. and Forbes, B., 2014.  Utilizing a Distributed Optical Sensing Technique in order to continually monitor the strain of a Forepole temporary support element employed within an Umbrella Arch System.  2nd Eastern European Tunnelling Conference, Athens, Greece, Sept 2014.


Vlachopoulos, N. Forbes, B, Oke, J. and Hyatt, A. 2014. The Development of a Technique in order to Measure the Distributed Optical Sensing of a Forepole temporary support element employed within an Umbrella Arch System. EUROCK, International Symposium, May, Vigo, Spain. May 2014.

Oke, J., N .Vlachopoulos, and M.S Diederichs,2014. The Reduction of Surface Settlement by Employing Umbrella Arch Systems for Different Excavation Methods. EUROCK, International Symposium, May, Vigo, Spain. May 2014.

Vlachopoulos, N., Oke, J and Forbes, B..  2014. Determination of Mechanical Behaviour and Performance of Forepole Support Elements used in Tunnelling, Canadian Geotechnical Society, GeoRegina, Regina, SK, Sept-Oct 2014.

Oke, J., N .Vlachopoulos, M.S Diederichs, and I. Vazaios, 2014. The use of three dimensional  numerical analysis procedures for the geotechnical analysis for design and construction of tunnel infrastructure. Canadian Geotechnical Society, GeoRegina, Regina, SK, Sept-Oct 2014.

Kakhi, S and Vlachopoulos, N. 2014. Instrumentation, Monitoring, Construction and Modelling of the Masjed-E-Soleiman Dam Infrastructure Project.  Canadian Geotechnical Society, GeoRegina, Regina, SK, Sept-Oct 2014.

Vazaios, I., Vlachopoulos, N. Latto, M.J. and Diederichs, M.S., 2014.  LiDAR as input for Discrete Fracture Networks: A comparison of automated and manual joint mapping using a scanned surface model. Canadian Geotechnical Society, GeoRegina, Regina, SK, Sept-Oct 2014.

Forbes, B., Vlachopoulos, N., Oke, J., & Hyett, A.J., 2014. The Application of Distributed Optical Sensing for Monitoring Temporary Support Schemes. Canadian Geotechnical Society, GeoRegina, Regina, SK, Sept-Oct 2014.

Oke, J., N .Vlachopoulos, and M.S Diederichs, 2014. Semi-Analytical Model of an Umbrella Arch Employed in Hydrostatic Tunnelling Conditions. American Rock Mechanics Association, Minnesota, USA, June 2014.

Oke, J., and N .Vlachopoulos 2014. Performance of Forepole Support Elements used in Tunnelling within Weak Rock Masses. International Association for Engineering Geology Congress, September, Torino.

Langford, C., Vlachopoulos, N., M.S. Diederichs, and D.J. Hutchinson 2014.  Application of Reliability Methods to Tunnel Lining design in Weak Heterogeneous Rockmasses to include Case Studies. International Association for Engineering Geology Congress, Torino, September 2014

Vlachopoulos, N., Fortsakis, P and Oke,J.  2013. Investigation into the Influence of Parallel Excavation of Twin Bored Tunnels within Weak Rock Masses. GEO Montreal, Canadian Geotechnical Society, Oct 2013. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  

Vlachopoulos, N. and Basso, T., 2013. Determining the Policy and Performance of Green Buildings. Climate Change Technology Conference, Engineering Institute of Canada, 29-31 May 2013, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Oke, J., Vlachopoulos, N., and M.S Diederichs, 2013. The Reduction of Surface Settlement by Employing Umbrella Arch Systems. GEO Montreal, Canadian Geotechnical Society, Oct 2013. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  

Oke, J., Vlachopoulos, N., and M.S Diederichs, 2013. Modification of the Supported Longitudinal Displacement Profile for Tunnel Face Convergence in Weak Rock. American Rock Mechanics Association, June 2013. San Francisco, USA.  

Oke, J., 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.

Basso, T & Vlachopoulos, N., 2013. Investigation into the Suitability of Green Building Evaluation Strategies 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, 64th Canadian Geotechnical  Conference, and  5th Pan-American Conference on Teaching and Learning of Geotechnical Engineering, October 2-6, 2011, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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 Schools Royal 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., 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 , 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.  

Selected Major Reports

Vlachopoulos, N., Skordaki, E.M., and Basso, T., 2014.  Development of Energy Strategy and Building Energy Efficiency Study for 4th Canadian Division / Joint Task Force Central Infrastructure Assets, 4th Canadian Division Support Group, Engineering Services, Toronto, July 2014.

Vlachopoulos, N. and Skordaki, E.M. 2013.  Development of Statement of Operational Requirement for Incinerator Unit for Options for the Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) and Canadian Forces Arctic Training Centre (CFATC) Operations in Resolute Bay, Nunavut. Natural Resources Canada, October 2013.

Vlachopoulos, N. and Basso T. 2012.  Part I – Environmental Baseline Study and Waste Audit.  Identification, Management and Disposal Options for the Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) and Canadian Forces Arctic Training Centre (CFATC) Operations in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.  Natural Resources Canada and Director Land Infrastructure, December 2012.

Vlachopoulos, N., Skordaki, E.M., Robitaille J. and Basso T. 2012.  Part II – Waste Management Study and Options Analysis.  Identification, Management and Disposal Options for the Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) and Canadian Forces Arctic Training Centre (CFATC) Operations in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.  Natural Resources Canada and Director Land Infrastructure, December 2012.

McQuat, G., and Vlachopoulos, N, 2012.  Geospatial Data Acquisition in Support of Mobility Analysis for the Canadian Forces.  Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for operational Research and Analysis, Land Capability Development Operational Research Team, Directorate of Land Concepts and Design.  Department of National Defence, DRDC CORA 2012-164, July 2012.

Harrop, R., Barber, G., Vlachopoulos, N.  GIS and Terrain Analysisfor 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.

Vlachopoulos, N and Vardy, S.  Investigation into Green Building Options for CFS Alert.  Investigation for 1 CAD, A4 Construction Engineering. Prepared by March 2010.

Vlachopoulos, N and Vardy, S.  State-of-the-Art Review of Green Infrastructure Technologies.  Investigation for 1 CAD, A4 Construction Engineering. Prepared by March 2010.

Vlachopoulos, N., RMC Green Team, Environmental Baseline Study for 17 Wing Winnipeg, 1 Canadian Air Division, 2008

Vlachopoulos, N., RMC Green Team, Energy Captured from Compost in order to Heat Adjacent Infrastructure at 8 Wing Trenton, Trenton, Ontario, April 2007.

Report on RMC Surveying Project at NSA Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, Third Year Field Project Report, May 2003.  Third Year Class of 2004.  Staff Co-ordinator


Selected RMC Green Team Reports

Investigation of Sustainable Framework for Realty Assets Operations - 3rd Canadian Division Support Group, Business Intelligence Approach, 2015

Investigation into Chlorine Levels and Water Treatment Facility at CFB Wainwright for 3rd Canadian Division, 2014

Development of Energy Strategy and Building Energy Efficiency Study for 4th Canadian Division / Joint Task Force Central Infrastructure Assets, 2014

Development of Statement of Operational Requirement for Incinerator Unit for Options for the Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) and Canadian Forces Arctic Training Centre (CFATC) Operations in Resolute Bay, Nunavut. Natural Resources Canada, October 2013.

Energy Usage Optimization Options for Building 362 (RecPlex) for 8 Wing Trenton, 2012

Environmental Baseline Study and Waste Audit.  Identification, Management and Disposal Options for the Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) and Canadian Forces Arctic Training Centre (CFATC) Operations in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.  Natural Resources Canada and Director Land Infrastructure, December 2012.

Waste Management Study and Options Analysis.  Identification, Management and Disposal Options for the Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) and Canadian Forces Arctic Training Centre (CFATC) Operations in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.  Natural Resources Canada and Director Land Infrastructure, December 2012.

Baseline Study Report for 15 Wing Moosejaw, Saskatchewan, 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba, March, 2011.

Environmental Management Systems (EMS), Canadian Defence Academy (CDA), Kingston, Ontario, March, 2011

4 Wing Cold Lake Phosphorus Reduction Options for Sewage treatment, 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba,  March, 2011.

Force Main Review for 15 Wing Moosejaw, Saskatchewan, 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba, March, 2011.

Force Main Standard Operating Procedures for 1 Canadian Air Division,  1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba, March, 2011.

Species at Risk Generic Work Plan (Federal), 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba, Environment Canada and Parks Canada Agency, March, 2011.

Species at Risk Management Plan for 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba, March, 2011.

Species at Risk Management Plan for 17 Wing Dundurn, 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba, March, 2011.

Species at Risk Review 17 Wing Dundurn, 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba, March, 2011.

Tank Management Plan for CFB Bagotville, Director Land Environment, Hull Quebec, March, 2010.

Post-Crash Environmental Guidelines Document for 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba, March 2010.

State-of-the-Art Review on Green Infrastructure Technologies for A4 Construction Engineering, 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba, March, 2010.

Investigation into Green Building Option for CFB Alert, N.W.T., A4 Construction Engineering, 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba, March, 2010.

Environmental Baseline Study Report for 22 Wing North Bay, ONT., 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba, March, 2010.

Environmental Baseline Study Report for 5 Wing Goose Bay, N.F., 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba, March, 2010.

Literature Review and Option Analysis for Deployable Infrastructure for Wastewater Treatment, 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba, March, 2010

Glycol Management Report and Manual for 14 Wing Greenwood, N.S., 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba, March, 2010.

Pathogen Detection System’s (PDS) Desktop Unit Trials Report, at CFB Kingston for National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa, Ontario, March, 2010.

Groundwater Well Management and Monitoring Study at Land Forces Bases, Director Land Environment, Hull Quebec, March 2010.

Stormwater Management and Effluent Monitoring Manual for 4 Wing Cold Lake A4 Construction Engineering, 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba, March, 2010.

Tank Management Plan for Director Land Environment, Hull Quebec, March, 2010.

Environmental Baseline Studies at CFB Cold Lake, CFB Gander, CFB Comox, CFB Bagotville, and CFB Winnipeg. Inspected 38 sites, covering 8 provinces and 1700 buildings, for compliance with DND, Federal, Provincial and Municipal environmental regulations. Results were used to identify resource requirements and as a pre-inspection for ISO 14001 audits, 2010.

Monitoring Well Investigation at 17 Wing Cold Lake, Inspected 190 wells to determine their condition (internal and external). The information was used to help plan maintenance, replacement and closure activities, 2010.

Environmental Risk Assessment of Small Arms Ranges at Land Force Bases. Categorized the risk associated with the operations of all army small-arms firing ranges across Canada. Information was used to prioritize site assessment activities and resource allocation, 2009.

Environmental Impact and Operational Investigation into Glycol Practices at Canadian Forces Wings. Identified mitigation methods to reduce glycol usage through improved operational, maintenance, management and design practices, 2009.

Environmental Impact and Operational Investigation into Washwater Practices at Canadian Forces Wings. Identified mitigation methods to reduce airplane washwater impact through improved operational, maintenance, management and design practices, 2009.

Remediation of Discharged Fire-Fighting Foam at Aircraft Hangars. Characterized the waste generated during a fire event or accidental discharge of fire fighting foam. Performed an options analysis that highlighted the key treatment technologies that could be combined to develop a treatment prototype, 2009. 

Sewage Treatment Plant Licensing in CFS Alert, Nunavut. Coordinated with the Environmental Officer and the Nunavut Water Board to ensure the approval of the construction of a sewage treatment plant in Alert, 2009.

Baseline Study Report for 19 Wing Comox, B.C., 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba. Report in preparation. 2009

Baseline Study Report for 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec, Winnipeg, 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba. March 2009 

Baseline Study Report for 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba. March 2009.

Baseline Study Report for 9 Wing Gander, 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba. March 2009. 

Aircraft Deicing Review: 17 Wing Winnipeg, Director General Environment, Ottawa March 2009.

Aircraft Deicing Review: 14 Wing Greenwood, Director General Environment, Ottawa March 2009.

Aircraft Deicing Review: 8 Wing Trenton, Director General Environment, Ottawa. March 2009

Aircraft Deicing Review: 4 Wing Cold Lake, Director General Environment, Ottawa March 2009.

Aircraft Deicing Review: 3 Wing Bagotville, Director General Environment, Ottawa March 2009.

Monitoring Well Inventory and Inspection Study for 4 Wing Cold Lake, 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba,        December, 2008.

Environmental Risk Assessment of Contamination at Small Arms Ranges at Land Force Bases, Director Land Environment, Hull, Quebec, December, 2008. 

Literature Review for Practices and Remediation Technologies Associated with Glycol (Deicer) at CF Wings, Director General Environment, Ottawa, November 2008. 

Literature Review for Practices and Remediation Technologies Associated with Washwater at CF Wings, Director General Environment, Ottawa, November 2008.

Evaluation of Water and Wastewater Systems at Canadian Forces Station Alert, Alert, NWT, November 2008.

Treatment and Disposal Options of Effluent Generated by Fire Protection Systems, A4 Infrastructure, 1 Canadian Air Division, October 2008. 

Ground Water Monitoring Well Report for 22 Wing North Bay, 1 Canadian Air Division, September, 2008. 

Literature Review for Practices and Remediation Technologies Associated with Remediation of Aqueous Fire Fighting Foam (AFFF), July 2008. 

Baseline Study Report for 17 Wing Winnipeg, 1 Canadian Air Division, Manitoba, March, 2008. 

Unexploded Ordinance (UXO) Technology Database for UXO Legacy Group, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, October 2007. 

Delineation of Hydrocarbon Contamination at Former Buildings 46 & 47, 8 Wing Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, September 2007. 

Soil Investigation at North Site Landfill at 17 Wing Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, August 2007.

Trial and Evaluation of Water Treatment Technologies for use by the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), Canadian Forces Joint Head Quarters, January 2007. 

RMC Green Team, Energy Captured from Compost in order to Heat Adjacent Infrastructure at 8 Wing Trenton, Trenton, Ontario, April 2007. 

RMC Green Team, Alternative Air Compressor Cooling Study at 8 Wing Trenton, Trenton Ontario, July 2006. 

Alternative Biosolids Disposal Study for Water Pollution Control Plant at 8 Wing Trenton, Trenton, Ontario, July 2006 

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
  • Best Presentation Award (co-author) at Eurock 2015 International Society of Rock Mechanics Conference
  • R.M. Quigley Award, Canadian Geotechnical Society for best paper published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal  
  • Department of National Defence (DND) Deputy Minister / Chief of Defence Staff Innovation Award for outstanding service and value added to DND in Environmental Issues
  • DND Deputy Minister Commendation for Sewage Treatment Plant Optimization Program
  • Service Award – Professional Engineers of Ontario 
  • Service Award – Canadian Geotechnical Society
  • Honourable Mention, Short-Listed, and nominated for RMC Class of 1965 Teaching Award (multiple times)
  • Honorary Mention for Queen’s University Commerce and Environmental Engineering Green Globe Awards
  • Supervising Engineer at Iron Ring Ceremony held at the Royal Military College of Canada
  • Promotion to Senior Officer, military rank of Major
  • Department of National Defence, Canadian Forces Decoration

Current Graduate Students 

PhD

2018-            Mr. Huachuan Wang. Improvement of Numerical Methods associated with Tunnelling Support.

2018-            Ms. Ya Su.  Numerical Analysis techniques associated with optimization of support within Tunnelling in Weak Ground (co-supervised, visiting student China)

2017-            Capt Scott Fraser.  Rapid UAS Based Photogrammetric Assessment of Infrastructure in Disaster Areas and Conflict Zones (co-supervisor)

2017-            Ms. Maame Addai. Area-Wide Optimization of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants with a focus on Sludge Lagoons.

2015-            Mr. Brad Forbes.  Monitoring the Performance of Support Elements using Fiber Optic Technology.

Master’s Degree

2018-            Tyler O’Connor.  The performance of ground support utilizing fiber optics.

2018-            Mr. Yiannis Farmakis.  Investigation into Rock Stability Characterization and Modelling associated with Geo-Hazards (Landslides).

2017-            Jean-Luc Armstrong.  Assessment and Design of Sludge Lagoon at a Canadian Armed Forces location in Western Canada.

2017-            Henry Helmer-Schmidt, Monitoring and Performance of heritage Warren Truss Structures within Canadian Forces Air Hangar.

2016-            Colonel Marc Rancourt, Investigation into Optimization of Real Property Management within the Department of National Defence. Masters of Defence Studies.

Past Graduate Students 

PhD Degree

2013-2018    Mr. Ioannis Vazaios.  Probabilistic Approach to Geotechnical Risk for Tunnelling Projects. Graduating 2018. 

2010-2016    Mr. Jeffery Oke, Optimization of Temporary Support Structures Relating to Weak Rock Masses.

2010-2013    Mr. Connor Langford, Probabilistic Approach to Geotechnical Risk for Tunnelling Projects. Co-Supervisor.

Master’s Degree

2016-2017    LCol Chad Rizzato, Investigation into Optimization of Real Property Management within the Department of National Defence. Masters of Defence Studies. NC

2015-2017    Second Lieutenant Daniel Cruz, Physical Testing of Support Elements using Distributed Fiber Optics Techniques

2014-2017    Captain Stephen Holt. Physical Testing of Ground Support Elements in order to determine interaction parameters.

2014-2016    Maj. Peter Glaicar.  Optimizing Infrastructure Contracts within the CF. Masters of Defence Studies. NC.

2013-2015    Mr. Brad Forbes.  Monitoring the Performance of Support Elements using Fiber Optic Technology.

2013-2015    LCol Rob Knapik.  Investigation into the technical training of Military Engineers within the Canadian Forces (Masters of Defence Studies). NC.

2012-2015    Ms. Jad Robitaille.  Performance of Systems within Green Buildings; Investigation into passive technologies and building envelope.

2010-2014    Mr.  David Thebault, Monitoring and Quantification of Energy Savings associated with Green Building Technologies – LEED focused.

2010-2013    Ms. Tina Basso, An Investigation into Sustainable Building Evaluation Strategies for use within the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence.

2011-2012    Ms. Chrysothemis Paraskevopoulou, Time-dependent behaviour associated with underground works in weak rocks. Co-supervisor - upgraded to PhD.

Post-Doctoral Candidates

2017                Dr. Behrad Mollahasani Madjdabadi, Use of Fiber Optics with Support Elements and Twin Tunnel Interaction.

2014-2015      Dr. Bryan Tatone, Simulating rock-reinforcement interaction using advanced numerical methods.

2007-2008     Dr. Steve Vardy.  Sustainable Development and Green Buildings

 

Research Associates and Support Staff

2017 -           Dr. Majda El-Jaat

2016-2017    Dr. David Chapman

2015-2017    Dr. Yazan Qasrawi

2016-            Dr. Marc-Andre Dagenais

2012-2013    Dr. Gerry Barber

2018-            Mr. Rob Bogle

2017-2018    Mr. Andrew Gower

2016-2018    Mr. Simion Tolnai

2016-2018    Mr. Terry McKimmie

2016-            Mr. John Shaw

2016-            Ms. Emilie Breuvart

2016-2017    Ms. Roxanna Mahsa Gholami

2016-2017    Ms. Annie Pedneault

2012-            Mr. Dexter Gaskin    

2012-2013    Mr. Rob Harrop

2009-            Ms. Tina Basso

2010-2018    Mr. Gregory McQuat

2010-2012    Ms Gabrielle Bouchard

2009-2012    Ms. Maryse Simard

2009-2012    Ms. Flora Lo

2009-2012    Mr. Neil Lawson

2009-2012    Mr. Clay McMullen

2009             Mr. Adam Harris

2009             Mr. Ian Jin Jun

2006-2009    Mr. Ted Bailey

2006-2009    Mr. Sam Rogers

2006             Mr. Ronald Bailey

2006-            Ms. Jo-Anne Doucette