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Dr. Dagan Bakun-Mazor is an expert in the field of engineering geology. He earned his PhD in Geology and Environmental Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel, with his dissertation on dynamic behavior of rock masses. Dr. Bakun-Mazor works in the field of Soil and Rock Mechanics, currently researching remote sensing approaches to evaluate mechanical properties of rock masses. Dr. Bakun-Mazor raises grants from competitive and prestigious research funds. He is the Vice President of the Israel Rock Mechanics Association (ISRM-NG) and the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at SCE
2007-2011 Ph.D., Dept. of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Dissertation title: Dynamic behavior of rock masses. Advisers: Prof. Yossef H. Hatzor (BGU), Prof. Steven D. Glaser (U.C. Berkeley)
2005-2007 M.Sc., Dept. of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Research area: Rock Mechanics. Adviser: Prof. Yossef H. Hatzor.
2002-2005 B.Sc. (Cum Laude), Dept. of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Major field of studies: Engineering Geology.
Rock mass characterization using remote sensing techniques, Geological mapping and statistical analysis of rock fractures, Seismic hazards for rock slope stability, Site response evaluation of seismic motion, Thermally-induce block sliding in rock slopes. Technical skills and expertise: Numerical modeling using discrete methods; analytical solutions for stability problems in three dimensions; geological mapping and statistical analysis of rock fractures; intact rock and discontinuity strength determination using tri-axial and direct shear testing; Dynamic block sliding validations using shaking table experiments. Operating field monitoring station for rock blocks displacement and expensive soil expansion; Assessment of seismic hazards for rock slope stability.
2023-2025 Dagan Bakun-Mazor, Isaac Y. August (SCE), and Eyal Ben-dor (TAU - Tel Aviv University), Project title: Evaluation of mechanical properties of rocks in quarries using hyperspectral imaging. Grant from the Israel Ministry of Energy. Total Budget: 537,000 NIS
2021-2022 Dagan Bakun-Mazor and Eyal Ben-dor (TAU), Project title: Geo-engineering characterization of quarrying materials using hyper-spectral remote sensing. Grant from the Israel Ministry of Energy. Total Budget: 210,000 NIS.
2019-2022 Dagan Bakun-Mazor, Project title: Characterization of the mechanical properties of rocks by means of remote sensing. Internal Grant from SCE. Total Budget: 120,000 NIS.
2013-2017 Dagan Bakun-Mazor, Yossef H. Hatzor (BGU – Ben Gurion University of the Negev). Project title: Thermally-induced irreversible displacements in discontinuous rock slopes. Grant from Israel Science Foundation. Total Budget: 760,000 NIS.
2012-2015 Dagan Bakun-Mazor, Project title: Thermally-induced blocks displacement in rock slope stability. Internal Grant from SCE. Total Budget: 90,000 NIS
Intro to engineering geology
Intro to earthquakes
Bakun-Mazor, D., Keissar, Y., Feldheim, A., Detournay, c., Hatzor, Y.H. Thermally-induced wedging-ratcheting failure mechanism in rock slopes. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 2020, 53(6), 2521-2538.
Bakun-Mazor, D., Davidian, M. and Mark, S. User Story Technique in Scientific Software Product Project: Measuring Rock Block Displacement. The 15th International Conference of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering, Rhodes, Greece, May, 2019. 5p.
Bakun-Mazor, D., The Experience of Teaching a Seismic Hazards Course for Civil Engineering Students Using the Project-Oriented Method, The Project Oriented Teaching Conference SCE, 31 May 2018, 3p.
Bakun-Mazor, D. and Hatzor Y.H. Measuring thermally-induced rock block displacement inside a controlled climate laboratory. The 13th International ISRM Congress 2015, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 2015, 11p.
Hatzor Y.H., and Bakun-Mazor, D. Thermally vs. seismically induced block displacements in jointed rock slopes. The International Conference Vajont 1963-2013, Padua, Italy, October 2013, p. 41-49.
Bakun-Mazor, D., Hatzor, Y.H., S.D. Glaser, and Santamarina J.C. Thermally vs. seismically induced displacements in Masada rock slopes. the International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 2013, 61; p. 196-211.
Bakun-Mazor, D. and Hatzor, Y.H. Thermally vs. seismically induced block displacements in rock slopes. 11th International Conference on Analysis of Discontinuous Deformation, Fukuoka, Japan, 2013, 6p.
Bakun-Mazor, D., Hatzor, Y.H. and Glaser, S.D. Dynamic Sliding of Tetrahedral Wedge: the Role of Interface Friction. the International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 2012, 36; p. 327-343
Hatzor, Y.H. and Bakun-Mazor, D. Modelling dynamic deformation in natural rock slopes and underground openings with DDA: review of recent results. Geomechanics and Geoengineering: An International Journal. 2011, 6; p. 283–292
Bakun-Mazor, D., Hatzor, Y.H., Glaser, S.D. and Santamarina, J.C. Climatic effects on key-block motion: evidence from the rock slopes of Masada world heritage site. 45th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco, 2011. ARMA 11-487, 7p.
Hatzor, Y.H., Wainshtein, I. and Bakun-Mazor, D. Stability of shallow caverns in blocky rock masses. 45th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco, 2011. ARMA 11-465, 9p.
Hatzor, Y.H., Wainshtein, I. and Bakun-Mazor, D. Stability of shallow karstic caverns in blocky rock masses. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 2010, 47; p. 1289-1303.
Bakun-Mazor, D. Hatzor, Y. H., and Dershowitz, W. S. Modeling mechanical layering effects on stability of underground openings in jointed sedimentary rocks. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences. 2009; 46; p.262-271.
Bakun-Mazor, D., Hatzor, Y.H. and Glaser, S.D. 3D DDA vs. analytical solutions for dynamic sliding of a tetrahedral wedge. 9th International Conference on Analysis of Discontinuous Deformation, Singapore, 2009. p.193-200.
Bakun-Mazor, D., Hatzor, Y. H., and Dershowitz, W. S. Numerical simulation of mechanical layering in sedimentary rock masses: a new hybrid geoDFN-DDA approach. 42nd U.S. Rock Mechanics and 2nd U.S.-Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium, San Francisco, 2008. ARMA 08-073, 9p.
Geometrical constraints on cavern stability in mechanically layered rock formations. Submitted to Israel Cement Enterprises Ltd (in Hebrew).