Baotang Shen

Baotang Shen is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with the Mine Geomechanics team.  Dr Shen obtained his first degree in mining engineering in 1985 in China. He obtained his PhD in rock mechanics in Sweden in 1993, and then worked with Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) as a research fellow in 1994-95. Since 1995 he has been with CSIRO and focused on issues related to highwall mining Geomechanics, mining engineering and mining environment. Dr Shen is specialised in mining engineering, monitoring instrumentations, numerical modelling, backfill technologies and rock fracture mechanics. Since 2004, he has been leading CSIRO’s research team on mine subsidence control and mine remediation, and developed the non-cohesive backfill technology for old mine remediation. The team has completed several major projects funded by Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) and BHP Billiton Illawarra Coal and Queensland State Government on subsidence control and remediation technologies for a number of mines in Australia.  Dr Shen is an influential expert in fracture mechanics modelling. He has initiated and been leading an international collaboration project on coupled fracture mechanics modelling, which is participated by nine institutes from Germany, Finland, Switzerland, South Korea and Australia. He is also the leading author of the recently published book “Modelling Rock Fracturing Processes”.