In 2003, a landslide developed along the Red Lake river bank inside the city of Crookston, Minnesota. Although several attempts were made to solve the problem, in 2008, a second event occurred, and extensive instrumentation was then put in place to monitor the slope and gain a better understanding of the situation. In 2013, the Minnesota Department of Transportation issued a design and build project to improve the stability of the river bank.
Mikael Svartsjaern holds a PhD in Mining and Rock Engineering from Luleå University of Technology. The thesis work was performed in close collaboration with the mining company LKAB focusing on footwall stability and infrastructure damage at the Kiirunavaara mine. Mikael has practical mining experience from underground mapping and is well acquainted numerical modelling in 2D and 3D. He also has teaching experience on both basic and advanced level in rock mechanics from his University years.
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