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Karina Jorge Barbosa

Senior Geotechnical Engineer

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Areas of Expertise

Numerical Modeling
Rock Mechanics

Consulting Services

Geomechanical Modeling
Ground Subsidence
Civil Engineering
Open Pit Mine Design
Underground Mine Design
Ground Support

Karina Jorge Barbosa

Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Karina has more than 16 years of experience in rock mechanics engineering, and she contributed her professional expertise to the mining industry in open pit and underground excavations, as well as in academia at the University of Queensland. Karina has experience in hard and soft rock, operations and projects, specifically metalliferous mining with AngloGold Ashanti in Brazil (sublevel stoping, cut-and-fill, room-and-pillar, and open pit) and South Africa (longwall ultra-deep mines) and coal with Vale in Australia (longwall and open cut). She contributed to the geotechnical field and performed numerical modelling based on mine stability, design and optimisation of layouts, assisting the mine planning on technical considerations and related geotechnical risk appraisals. Karina’s experience in research includes investigation of coal properties, fracture stimulation for coal seam gas production, breakage and characterisation of various ores and fabricated rocks to improve knowledge in mineral processing. Karina has a special interest in mineralogy influencing rock breakage, numerical modelling, stability analysis of excavations, and evaluation of ground support design


PhD, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, 2019
The University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, QLD, Australia

MSc Geotechnical Engineering, 2011
Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), Ouro Preto, MG, Brazil

BSc Mining Engineering (Honours), 2007
Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

Awards & Recognition

3MT, 2nd prize, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, UQ (2016)

PhD scholarship UQ Centre of Coal Seam Gas, UQ (2015)

Silver Medal, 2nd best student of the BSc Mining Engineering, UFMG (2007)

Undergraduate Scholarship, exchange student, Tennessee Technological University (TTU) (2004)


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