Davide Elmo

Davide Elmo

Associate Professor

Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering

Research focus:

Davide Elmo’s research is related to rock mechanics, rock engineering design and numerical modelling. Davide has intensively researched and published on the use of discrete fracture network engineering, interaction between surface and underground mining, mechanical behaviour of hard rock pillars, slope stability analysis, and applications of synthetic rock mass modelling. This work recognizes that rock specimens are limited in size and therefore represent a very small and highly selective sample of the rock mass from which they were removed. The objective is to relate the strength and deformability of intact rock samples to the strength and deformability of the rock mass at the large scale. When applied, the findings of Davide’s research support more efficient rock engineering design and improve operational safety – an especially important consideration as mines are being developed deeper underground. 

Prior to UBC:

Davide completed his Ph.D. at the Camborne School of Mines (Exeter University, U.K.) and a postdoctoral fellowship at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver). He received his B.Eng (Hons) degree from the University of Portsmouth (U.K.). Before coming to UBC, Davide worked as a rock mechanics specialist with Golder Associates Ltd (Vancouver).


Davide received the 2001 Neil Duncan Prize for the best final year dissertation in Engineering Geology at the University of Portsmouth. While working for Golder Associates, he was awarded the 2009 Golder Associates President’s Award for Innovation and Technical Excellence, and the 2010 Victor Milligan Award for the best paper on Ground Engineering published by Golder Associates staff. Davide's research work has been published in over 70 technical publications on rock engineering and numerical modelling.

Personal interests:

In his free time, Davide enjoys riding his motorbike, building LEGO Technics sets of excavators, cranes and airplanes. Davide is a big fan of the TV show The Big Bang Theory, and the LEGO theme set he built about that particular TV show is a further testimony of his 'nerdy' attitude.

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