Barton, Nick
International consultant, Rock Engineering

Barton has 45 years experience from rock engineering projects in 38 countries, mostly concerning road, rail
and metro projects, also tunnels and caverns for hydropower, rock slope stability, major dam abutment
and foundation stability, and nuclear waste disposal studies in various countries.

He is frequently involved in TBM project trouble-shooting. In 2000 he started his own consultancy in Norway:
Nick Barton & Associates.

He obtained a Ph.D. on rock slope stability from Imperial College, London in 1971. He worked for 25 years in
the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, part of the time as division director, and later as technical adviser.

He is author/co-author of more than 300 papers in technical journals and conference proceedings, and author
of a book on TBM Tunnelling in Jointed and Faulted Rock in 2000, and of a text book on Rock Quality, Seismic Velocity, Attenuation and Anisotropy in 2006. He is currently writing a rock engineering textbook with Prof. Stavros Bandis.

He developed the well-known Q-system of rock mass characterization in 1974, and a non-linear shear strength criterion for rock joints in 1973/1982, now known as the Barton-Bandis criterion. Further empirical methods: Q TBM prognosis in 1999 and Q SLOPE  for safe rock slope angles in 2015.

He received the 6th ISRM Müller Award, given only once every four years for distinguished contributions to rock mechanics and rock engineering. He has an Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) award from the University of Cordoba, Argentina, He received ten international awards between 1975 and 2015, and is an ISRM Fellow.


Address: Fjordveien 65c,1363 Høvik, Oslo, Norway.

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