ATSE new Fellow 2023

Anna Giacomini FTSE

Anna Giacomini

Professor Anna Giacomini FTSE

Rockfall mechanics maestro

Professor Anna Giacomini is Australia’s leading expert on rockfall mechanics and protection design. Extreme weather events are set to spark more rockfall instabilities, requiring big investment to assess and reduce risk to both people and infrastructure. 

Anna’s research has directly informed the design of rockfall mitigation measures, such as wire safety netting, as well as design guidelines and management approaches adopted by government and industry.

Anna and her team built advanced testing facilities, including a world-first rock fragmentation facility, where they have unearthed important details of rockfall dynamics and fragmentation.

Anna’s research has wide-ranging applications with substantial economic, social and environmental benefits. Her findings are invaluable to the mining and geotechnical industries, where workers operate in close proximity to rockfaces.