Marie-Hélène Fillion

Marie-Hélène Fillion

Assistant Professor

Bharti School of Engineering

Biography

Dr. Marie-Hélène Fillion joined Laurentian University in January 2019. She has a multidisciplinary background in geological, civil and mining engineering. She has worked as a project manager in geotechnical engineering in Québec (LVM Inc.) and in research positions at the CREIG Research Chair (Laval University) and at the Lassonde Institute of Mining (University of Toronto). She has Canadian and international research experience with the mining industry in Northern Québec (Glencore) and in South Africa (Anglo American). She is a registered member of the ‘Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec’ (OIQ), of the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) and of the International Society of Explosive Engineers (ISEE).

Education

Postdoctoral Fellow, Lassonde Institute of Mining, University of Toronto, Mining geomechanics

PhD, Lassonde Institute of Mining, University of Toronto, Mining geomechanics

MSc, Université Laval, Québec, Geotechnical Engineering

BEng, Université Laval, Québec, Geological Engineering

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor

Research

  • Optimisation of geotechnical data collection for mine design
  • Mining geo-mechanics
  • Ground characterisation
  • Rock mass stability analysis
  • Statistical methods used in geo-engineering
  • Discrete Fracture Networks modelling
  • Geostatistical methods for minimizing the influence of the spatial correlation between rock samples
  • Implicit 3D modelling for defining a geological model
  • Impact of using quantitative vs. qualitative or subjective measures in mining risk assessment
  • Ground characterisation for optimising rock fragmentation

Awards

2019 Douglas Hay Medal (The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining)



Teaching

ENGR 3337 Explosives and Blasting Techniques

ENGR 2106 Introduction to Mineral Resources

ENGR 2346 Rock Mechanics

Publications

Scientific journals with reviewers:

Fillion, M.-H., Hadjigeorgiou, J., Grenon, M., Caumartin, R. 2019. Practical considerations in establishing the statistical reliability of geomechanical data. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering: 22 p. doi: 10.1007/s10706-019-01005-w. 

Fillion, M.-H., Hadjigeorgiou, J. 2018. Recommendations for a quantitative description of joint orientation data. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering: 12 p. doi: 10.1007/s10706-018-0703-8.

Fillion, M.-H., Hadjigeorgiou, J. 2018. Quantifying the impact of drilling additional boreholes on the quality of a geological model. Canadian Geotechnical Journal: 17 p. doi: 10.1139/cgj-2017-0653.

Fillion, M.-H., Hadjigeorgiou, J. 2017. Quantifying the influence of geotechnical borehole inclination on collecting joint orientation data. Mining Technology: 15 p. doi: 10.1080/14749009.2017.1308690.

Fillion, M.-H., Hadjigeorgiou, J. 2017. Quantifying the Impact of Additional Laboratory Tests on the Quality of a Geomechanical Model. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering: 25 p. doi: 10.1007/s00603-016-1160-4.

Fillion, M.-H., Hadjigeorgiou, J. 2016. Implications of collecting additional data for slope design in an open pit operation. The Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 116: 357-366. doi: 10.17159/2411-9717/2016/v116na1.

Fillion, M.-H., Côté, J., Konrad, J.-M. 2011. Thermal radiation and conduction properties of materials ranging from sand to rock-fill. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 48: 532-542. doi: 10.1139/T10-093.

Côté, J., Fillion, M.-H., Konrad, J.-M. 2011. Intrinsic permeability of materials ranging from sand to rock-fill using natural air convection tests. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 48: 679-690. doi: 10.1139/T10-097.

Côté, J., Fillion M.-H., Konrad, J.-M. 2011. Estimating hydraulic and thermal conductivities of crushed granite using porosity and equivalent particle size. Journal of Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering: 834-842. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0000503.

Conference papers:

Fillion, M.-H., Hadjigeorgiou, J. 2015. Implications of collecting additional data on the slope design in an open pit operation. Proceedings of the international Slope Stability conference, Cape Town, South Africa, October 12-14: 1-13.

Fillion, M.-H., Hadjigeorgiou, J. 2013. Reliability of strength estimates based on limited laboratory data. Proceeding of the international Slope Stability conference, September 25-27, Brisbane, Australia: 163-176.