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Qualifications

  • PhD (Civil Engineering), University of Parma - Italy, 15/04/2003
  • Master of Civil Engineering, University of Parma - Italy, 14/01/2000

Research

Research keywords

  • Mechanical and hydromechanical behaviour of rock joints
  • Piles foundations and foundations design
  • Rock mechanics
  • Slope stability and rockfall analysis

Research expertise

Experimental and Numerical Rockfall analysis.

Stability of rock masses.

Hydromechanical behaviour of rock joints.

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Italian

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
090500Civil Engineering70
091500Interdisciplinary Engineering20
099900Other Engineering10

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Geomechanics
  • Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Slope Stability

Teaching expertise

Geomechanics, Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Slope Stability, Rock Mechanics

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Publications

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Journal article (18 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Thoeni K, Giacomini A, Lambert C, Sloan SW, Carter JP, 'A 3D discrete element modelling approach for rockfall analysis with drapery systems', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ROCK MECHANICS AND MINING SCIENCES, 68 107-119 (2014) [C1]
2013Thoeni K, Lambert C, Giacomini A, Sloan SW, 'Discrete modelling of hexagonal wire meshes with a stochastically distorted contact model', COMPUTERS AND GEOTECHNICS, 49 158-169 (2013) [C1]
2013Hambleton JP, Buzzi O, Giacomini A, Spadari M, Sloan SW, 'Perforation of Flexible Rockfall Barriers by Normal Block Impact', ROCK MECHANICS AND ROCK ENGINEERING, 46 515-526 (2013) [C1]
2013Spadari M, Kardani M, De Carteret R, Giacomini A, Buzzi O, Fityus S, Sloan SW, 'Statistical evaluation of rockfall energy ranges for different geological settings of New South Wales, Australia', ENGINEERING GEOLOGY, 158 57-65 (2013) [C1]
2013Buzzi O, Spadari M, Giacomini A, Fityus S, Sloan SW, 'Experimental Testing of Rockfall Barriers Designed for the Low Range of Impact Energy', ROCK MECHANICS AND ROCK ENGINEERING, 46 701-712 (2013) [C1]
2013Fityus SG, Giacomini A, Buzzi O, 'The significance of geology for the morphology of potentially unstable rocks', Engineering Geology, 162 43-52 (2013) [C1]
2013Buzzi O, Sieffert Y, Mendes J, Liu X, Giacomini A, Seedsman R, 'Strength of an Australian Coal Under Low Confinement', Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 1-6 (2013)
2012Lambert C, Thoeni K, Giacomini A, Casagrande D, Sloan SW, 'Rockfall hazard analysis from discrete fracture network modelling with finite persistence discontinuities', Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 45 871-884 (2012) [C1]
2012Spadari M, Giacomini A, Buzzi OP, Hambleton JP, 'Prediction of the bullet effect for rockfall barriers: A scaling approach', Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 45 131-144 (2012) [C1]
2012Spadari M, Giacomini A, Buzzi OP, Fityus SG, Giani GP, 'In situ rockfall testing in New South Wales, Australia', International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 49 84-93 (2012) [C1]
2012Giacomini A, Thoeni K, Lambert C, Booth S, Sloan SW, 'Experimental study on rockfall drapery systems for open pit highwalls', International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 56 171-181 (2012) [C1]
2012Buzzi OP, Giacomini A, Spadari M, 'Laboratory investigation on high values of restitution coefficients', Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 45 35-43 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Olivier Buzzi

2011Buzzi OP, Giacomini A, Fityus SG, 'Towards a dimensionless description of soil swelling behaviour', Geotechnique, 61 271-277 (2011) [C1]
2010Lambert C, Buzzi OP, Giacomini A, 'Influence of calcium leaching on the mechanical behavior of a rock-mortar interface: A DEM analysis', Computers and Geotechnics, 37 258-266 (2010) [C1]
2009Giacomini A, Buzzi OP, Renard B, Giani GP, 'Experimental studies on fragmentation of rock falls on impact with rock surfaces', International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 46 708-715 (2009) [C1]
2008Buzzi OP, Pedroso DM, Giacomini A, 'Caveats on the implementation of the generalized material point method', Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, 31 85-106 (2008) [C1]

Co-authors: Olivier Buzzi

2008Giacomini A, Buzzi OP, Ferraro AM, Migliazza M, Giani GP, 'Numerical study of flow anisotropy within a single natural rock discontinuity', International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 45 47-58 (2008) [C1]
2004Giani GP, Giacomini A, Migliazza M, Segalini A, 'Experimental and theoretical studies to improve rock fall analysis and protection work design', Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 37 369-389 (2004) [C1]
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Conference (37 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Effeindzourou A, Thoeni K, Giacomini A, Sloan SW, 'A discrete model for rock impacts on muckpiles', Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics - Proceedings of the 14th Int. Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG 2014 (2015)
2015Thoeni K, Fityus SG, Giacomini A, Vaha J, 'Discrete modelling of a tilt box test for granular materials', Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics - Proceedings of the 14th Int. Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG 2014 (2015)

Co-authors: Klaus Thoeni

2015Thoeni K, Giacomini A, Lambert C, Sloan S, 'Rockfall modelling with drapery systems', Engineering Geology for Society and Territory. Volume 2. Landslide processes. Proceedings of the XII International IAEG Congress, Torino 2014, Torino, Italy (2015)
2015Fityus S, Giacomini A, Thoeni K, 'The influence of shape on the inherent rolling potential of loose rocks', Engineering Geology for Society and Territory. Volume 2. Landslide processes. Proceedings of the XII International IAEG Congress, Torino 2014, Torino, Italy (2015)
2013Thoeni K, Lambert C, Giacomini A, Sloan SW, Carter JP, 'An integrated approach for rockfall analysis with drapery systems', Slope Stability 2013, Brisbane (2013) [E1]
2013Thoeni K, Giacomini A, Lambert C, Sloan SW, 'Numerical investigation on the performance of a rockfall drapery system', Particle-Based Methods III: Fundamentals and Applications - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Particle-based MethodsFundamentals and Applications, Particles 2013 (2013) [E2]
2012Spadari M, De Carteret RS, Fityus SG, Giacomini A, Buzzi OP, 'Design parameters for rockfall protection barriers in the rocks of the Narrabeen Group', 11th Australian New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, Australia (2012) [E1]
2012Hambleton JP, Buzzi OP, Giacomini A, Spadari M, Sloan SW, 'Perforation of rockfall protection barriers by normal block impact', 46th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2012, Chicago, IL (2012) [E1]
2012Thoeni K, Irschara A, Giacomini A, 'Efficient photogrammetric reconstruction of highwalls in open pit coal mines', 16th Australasian Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, Victoria (2012) [E2]

Co-authors: Klaus Thoeni

2012Thoeni K, Giacomini A, Lambert C, Sloan SW, 'Numerical and experimental investigation of a rockfall drapery system', Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vienna, Austria (2012) [E3]
2011Buzzi OP, Giacomini A, Spadari M, Fityus SG, 'Numerical modeling of a rock fall mesh perforation upon impact', Computer Methods for Geomechanics: Frontiers and New Applications, Volume 2, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E1]
2011Thoeni K, Lambert C, Giacomini A, Sloan SW, 'DISCRETE MODELLING OF A ROCKFALL PROTECTIVE SYSTEM', PARTICLE-BASED METHODS II: FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS, Barcelona, SPAIN (2011) [E1]
2011Thoeni K, Giacomini A, Sloan SW, Lambert C, Casagrande D, 'Numerical analysis of rockfall hazard in open pit coal mines', Computer Methods for Geomechanics: Frontiers and New Applications. Volume 2, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E1]
2011Giacomini A, Thoeni K, Kniest HT, Lambert C, 'In situ experiments of rockfall in an open pit coal mine', Proceedings, Slope Stability 2011: International Symposium on Rock Slope Stability in Open Pit Mining and Civil Engineering, Vancouver, BC (2011) [E1]

Co-authors: Klaus Thoeni

2011Thoeni K, Lambert C, Giacomini A, Sloan SW, 'Discrete modelling of a rockfall protective system', Proceedings of the II International Conference on Particle -Based Methods Fundamentals and Applications: Particles 2011, Barcelona (2011) [E2]
2010Fityus SG, Spadari M, Giacomini A, Buzzi OP, 'The characteristics of rock fragments in the basalts of eastern Australia', Proceedings of the 11th International Association of Engineering Geology Congress, Auckland, New Zeeland (2010) [E1]
2010Lisjak A, Spadari M, Giacomini A, Graselli G, 'Rock fall numerical modelling using a combined finite-discrete element approach', RSS2010: Symposium Rock Slope Stability, Paris (2010) [E1]
2010Giacomini A, Spadari M, Fityus SG, Buzzi OP, 'Experimental study on the rockfall motion characteristics in the basalts of eastern Australia', Proceedings of the 11th International Association of Engineering Geology Congress, Auckland, New Zeeland (2010) [E1]
2010Giacomini A, Spadari M, Buzzi OP, Fityus SG, Giani GP, 'Rockfall motion characteristics on natural slopes of eastern Australia', Rock Mechanics in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lausanne, Switzerland (2010) [E1]
2009Lambert C, Buzzi OP, Giacomini A, 'DEM study of the mechanical behavior of a leached interface upon shearing', Rock Engineering in Difficult Conditions: 3rd Canada-US Rock Mechanics Symposium & 20th Canadian Rock Mechanics Symposium: Abstracts, Toronto, ONT (2009) [E3]

Co-authors: Olivier Buzzi

2008Giacomini A, Giani GP, Migliazza M, 'Quasi-Static and dynamic response of energy dissipators for rockfall protection', Proceedings of SHIRMS 2008 :1st Southern Hemisphere International Rock Mechanics Symposium 2008, Perth, WA (2008) [E1]
2008Buzzi OP, Giacomini A, Fityus SG, 'A dimensionless model for soil swelling behaviour', Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG), Goa, India (2008) [E1]
2008Lambert C, Buzzi OP, Giacomini A, 'Modelling the mechanical behaviour of leached interface', WCCM8, ECCOMAS 2008, Venice, Italy (2008) [E3]

Co-authors: Olivier Buzzi

2008Giacomini A, Buzzi OP, Krabbenhoft K, 'Modelling the asperity degradation of a sheared rock joint using FEM', WCCM8, ECCOMAS 2008, Venice, Italy (2008) [E3]
2008Giacomini A, Buzzi O, Krabbenhoft K, 'Modelling the asperity degradation of a sheared rock joint using FEM.', Venice, Italy (2008) [E4]

Co-authors: Olivier Buzzi

2008Buzzi O, Giacomini A, Fityus S, 'A dimensionless model for soil swelling behaviour', 12th International Conference on Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics 2008 (2008) [E4]
2007Giacomini A, Mari F, Giani GP, 'Study on the behaviour of a new railway embankment: experimental monitoring data and numerical 2d analysis', Rhodes, Greece (2007) [E4]
2005Giani GP, Giacomini A, Migliazza M, Segalini A, 'Metodologia progettuale per la scelta e il dimensionamento di opere di difesa da caduta di massi', -, - (2005) [E1]
2005Giacomini A, Ferrero AM, Giani GP, 'Study on the rock discontinuity shear resistance by experimental test and numerical 3D analysis', Torino Italy (2005) [E4]
2004Giacomini A, Ferrero AM, Giani GP, 'Studi sperimentali e modelli numerici per la previsione della resistenza a taglio di discontinuit naturali in roccia', Trento (2004) [E1]
2004Ferrero AM, Giacomini A, Giani GP, 'Analisi dei tipi di intervento in relazione alle caratteristiche dei fenomeni franosi: il caso di Campione del Garda', -, - (2004) [E1]
2002Giani GP, Giacomini A, Migliazza M, Segalini A, Tagliavini S, 'Rock Fall in situ observations, Analysis and protection works', Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan (2002) [E4]
2001Giacomini A, Iori I, Royer-Carfagni G, 'Comportamento meccanico di pannelli in marmo costituenti il rivestimento di un importante edificio storico', Milano (2001) [E4]
2001Giacomini A, Iori I, Royer-Carfagni G, 'A micro-mechanical model for the granular decohesion of marble', Espoo, Finland (2001) [E4]
2000Giacomini A, Giani GP, Migliazza M, Segalini A, 'Confronto tra prove quasi statiche e dinamiche di assorbimento di energia di strutture di protezione' (2000) [E1]
2000Giani GP, Giacomini A, Migliazza M, Segalini A, 'Validazione di modelli previsionali del moto di caduta massi in frane di crollo', Siusi (BZ) (2000) [E4]
2000Giacomini A, Giani GP, Migliazza M, 'Analisi dei fenomeni di crollo verificatisi in cave di marmo delle Alpi Apuane per la determinazione dei parametri geomeccanici da impiegare per la progettazione della coltivazione', Torino Italy (2000) [E4]
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Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Giacomini A, Lambert C, Thoeni K, 'Improved Management of the Rock Fall Hazard at the Base of the Highwalls', Australian Coal Association Research Program, 184 (2012) [R1]

Co-authors: Klaus Thoeni

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants15
Total funding$985,898

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2014 (3 grants)

Rockfall Hazard Matrix for Risk Reduction in Mine Sites$259,590
Funding Body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Project Team
Doctor Anna Giacomini, Doctor Klaus Thoeni
SchemeRole
Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$259,59020142015
GNo:G1300807

Numerical investigation of the performance of low energy rockfall barriers $4,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Anna Giacomini, Doctor Olivier Buzzi
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,50020142014
GNo:G1400972

XII IAEG Congress, Torino, Italy, 15 - 19 September 2014.$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Anna Giacomini
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020142014
GNo:G1400887

2013 (1 grants)

International Symposium on Slope Stability in Open Pit Mining and Civil Engineering, Brisbane Australia, 25-27 September 2013$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Anna Giacomini
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020132013
GNo:G1300945

2012 (3 grants)

Energy absorption capacity of muck piles and their status as engineered hard barriers$257,935
Funding Body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Project Team
Doctor Anna Giacomini
SchemeRole
Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$257,93520122014
GNo:G1100942

Application of the brittle failure criterion to coal$25,000
Funding Body: Seedsman Geotechnics Pty Limited

Project Team
Doctor Anna Giacomini, Doctor Olivier Buzzi
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25,00020122014
GNo:G1200382

EGU2012-1108$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Anna Giacomini
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020122012
GNo:G1200540

2011 (1 grants)

Slope Stability 2011, Vancouver, Canada, 18 - 21 Septemeber 2011$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Anna Giacomini
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020112011
GNo:G1100861

2010 (2 grants)

Improved Management of the Rock Fall Hazard at the Base of Highwalls$210,880
Funding Body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Project Team
Doctor Anna Giacomini
SchemeRole
Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$210,88020102011
GNo:G0190558

Improved Management of the Rock Fall Hazard at the Base of Highwalls$9,090
Funding Body: Seedsman Geotechnics Pty Limited

Project Team
Doctor Anna Giacomini
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,09020102010
GNo:G1000599

2009 (4 grants)

Barriers for cost-effective rock fall hazard mitigation$200,000
Funding Body: Roads and Traffic Authority

Project Team
Professor Stephen Fityus, Professor Scott Sloan, Professor John Carter, Doctor Olivier Buzzi, Professor Gian Paolo Giani, Mr Hendrik Buys, Doctor Anna Giacomini
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$200,00020092011
GNo:G0189598

Development of a direct shear tests apparatus for rock joints$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Anna Giacomini
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020092009
GNo:G0190220

Rock Engineering in Difficult Conditions, Toronto, Canada, 9-15 May 2009$1,200
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Anna Giacomini
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,20020092009
GNo:G0190264

Barriers for cost-effective rock fall hazard mitigation$3
Funding Body: RailCorp

Project Team
Professor Stephen Fityus, Professor Scott Sloan, Professor John Carter, Doctor Olivier Buzzi, Professor Gian Paolo Giani, Mr Hendrik Buys, Doctor Anna Giacomini
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$320092011
GNo:G0189599

2008 (1 grants)

8th World Congress on Computational Mechanics WCCM08, Venice, Italy, 30/6/2008 - 4/7/2008$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Anna Giacomini
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020082008
GNo:G0188632
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions5
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL2.05

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142016PhD (Civil Eng)Co-SupervisorNumerical Investigation of the Mechanism of Post-Mining Subsidence
20132017PhD (Civil Eng)Co-SupervisorDevelopment of Coupled Discontinuous Deformation Analysis and Discrete Element Models (DEM-DDA) and Its Application to Mining Problems
20132017PhD (Civil Eng)Principal SupervisorPrediction of Shear Strength of Discontinuities
20132015PhD (Civil Eng)Co-SupervisorA Stochastic Approach for the Shear Strength of Rock Discontinuities
20132016PhD (Civil Eng)Principal SupervisorNumerical Investigation of the Energy Absorbtion Capacity of Barriers in Surface Mining

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PhD (Civil Eng)Co-SupervisorExperimental and Numerical Investigations on Barriers for Rockfall Hazard Mitigation
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Dr Anna Giacomini

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PositionResearch Academic
Geotechnical Research Group
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaCivil Engineering
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