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Prof John Coggan

Associate Professor in Geotechnical Engineering


Telephone: 01326 371824

John has over 30 years experience in application of numerical modelling to mine design. He is currently the Programme Director for both the MSc Mining Engineering and MSc Applied Geotechnics. Prior to joining CSM/the University of Exeter, John obtained industrial rock mechanics experience in South Africa and Botswana.


BSc (Hons) Mining Engineering, 1980
MSc Rock Mechanics and Excavation Engineering, 1981
PhD Mining Engineering (Rock Mechanics/Strata Control), 1984
(All University of Newcastle upon Tyne)


Chartered Engineer, CEng
Fellow of Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, FIMMM
Member of British Geotechnical Society
Member of International Society of Rock Mechanics
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Research interests include modelling stress redistribution around both surface and underground excavations, rock failure and fracturing, and how this can be incorporated into mine design.  Recent projects include discrete fracture network modelling, use of photogrammetry and laser scanning to remotely capture geotechnical data, numerical modelling of slope instability, development of risk assessment methodology for coastal landsliding, modelling of three-dimensional stress redistribution around tunnel face-ends, investigation of factors influencing underground roadway stability under high stress conditions, laboratory investigation into the Kaiser effect and stress induced damage and laboratory evaluation of the effects of mineralogy on the engineering behaviour of altered granites.