Principal Geotechnical Engineer
Amir Karami, Ph.D. P.Eng. (BC, NS, NWT) is a Ph.D. graduate of the mining engineering program (rock mechanics) from the University of Alberta. Amir specialises in rock mechanics and rock engineering projects with a focus on underground hard rock mechanics and tunneling. Over the years, he has been involved in many geotechnical engineering design projects across Canada, the US and overseas. He has conducted annual reviews and been involved in ground control management plan audit and update as well as been a member of the independent geotechnical review boards or supported his clients in the independent review board meetings. After many years in consulting engineering, Amir’s passion for underground mining led him to join Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. Mine Technical Services team as the senior underground geotechnical engineer where he closely worked with and supported the mine operations team in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. Amir’s focus is to always gain the client’s trust by listening and understanding the problems, thinking outside the box and providing practical solutions to complex problems. His experience includes underground excavation design, ground support design, backfill design, construction monitoring, numerical modelling, ground monitoring and instrumentation and risk assessment. Select clients of Amir include Diavik Diamond Mine Inc. (Diavik Mine), Arctic Canadian Diamond Company (Ekati Mine), New Gold (New Afton Mine), Nova Scotia Power Inc. (Wreck Cove Hydrogenerating Facility) and Fission. Amir is a member of the BGC’s mining rock mechanics team.