Jovian Varian

MASc Geological Engineering

EOSB 5033
(604) 773-6185

Wet muck spill has always been one of the key geotechnical challenges in recent decades where the causative and triggering factors have not been well defined. As part of the UBC Geohazards Research team, my research focuses on understanding the wet muck hazard in cave mining through the development of an empirical database.

The overall objective of my research is to improve the safety and productivity of caving operations by improving our understanding of wet muck spill causative and triggering factors. I aim to develop practical tools for wet muck risk matrix and engineering guidelines to combat wet muck events. My methods will involve database construction, statistical analyses, and F-M analyses on the historical database.

Teaching Assistantships

January 2020 - April 2020: EOSC 240 - Site Investigation

September 2019 - December 2019: EOSC 210 - Earth Science for Engineers


2019 - Present: M.A.Sc. Candidate, Geological Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, Supervisor: Scott McDougall

2017 - 2019: M.Eng, Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, Supervisor: Allan Moss

2014 -2017: B.Eng with Honours, Mining Engineering, University of Exeter - Camborne School of Mines, Penryn, UK

Work Experiences

2018 - 2019: Mining Engineer Co-op, Copper Mountain Mining, Princeton, BC, Canada

2016: Summer Mining Engineering Student, Debswana Diamond Company, Jwaneng Mine​, Botswana


2017: Association of Camborne School of Mines (ACSM)

2014: University of Exeter Joint Scholarship