In Memoriam: Rimas Pakalnis

Rimas_Pakalnis-wpIt is with sadness that we report the recent loss of Dr. Rimas Pakalnis, professor in rock mechanics, mining consultant, and prominent Edumine author.

As a professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), he taught rock mechanics to hundreds of students and supervised dozens of Masters and PhD students. He was a champion of empirical methods for rock mechanics mine design, and he put his conviction and skills into practice around the world. As a consultant, he worked for many mining companies and contributed significantly to improvements in mine safety and efficiency in underground mining.

Rimas was a long-term supporter of online learning for mining and authored his first course on Edumine in 2001. His practical courses incorporate wide experience and expertise in the design of mine openings that enable students to engineer their work place based upon past experience and practice augmented by sound engineering principles.

He will be sorely missed in the mining world.

Simon Houlding was Vice-President of Professional Development for InfoMine Inc. He founded Edumine in 2000, and was responsible for this InfoMine division which provides learning and training programs to the global mining industry until 31 October 2017. He is a professional engineer and author.