Daniel Adria



I am part of the UBC Geohazards Research Team. My research is focused on developing numerical models for the breach and runout analysis of tailings-flows.

Mining projects produce tailings, which are stored behind dams. Tailings are a waste product from the mineral processing which includes finely ground rock, contaminated water, and other hazardous elements. In the event of a tailings dam breach, there is often a catastrophic impact to human lives, infrastructure, and the environment. The science of predicting these impacts is not well understood however, with the physics and modelling involving many simplifications, assumptions, and judgments made by the professional. My research is on exploring methods and models to improve the predictions during a breach and the impacts to the downstream area.

Teaching assistant for EOSC 330 (2020 Fall) and ATSC 113 (2021 Winter)

2020 - Present: MASc in Geological Engineering, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2018 - 2020: Junior Engineer (EIT) at Knight Piesold Ltd, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2013 - 2018: BASc in Civil Engineering, Department of Applied Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada