Renato’s areas of practice and research include risk engineering and safety assessments for natural and human-made slopes, mining structures, transport operations, dam structures and operations, ground hazards, and reclamation. His expertise also includes the geomechanical characterization of rock and soil masses, slope failure mechanisms and monitoring, rock fall detachment and trajectory analysis, and remote monitoring techniques. His work integrates his technical skills with risk engineering principles for the design and operation of engineered systems and structures. Some of the industrial and regulatory parties with whom Renato has worked, or is currently working, include: Transport Canada, Klohn Crippen Berger, Canadian National Railway, BCHydro, Alberta Transportation, Canadian Pacific Railway, Antamina mining company, Suncor, Railway Association of Canada, TransAlta, and the National Research Council of Canada.
On the academic side, his research has been published more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, including 10 Journal articles and over 20 conference proceedings. He has guided several Ph.D. and M.Sc. candidates in risk engineering and geotechnical components of their research projects and has delivered lectures and presentations nationally and internationally. His research has always been conducted in partnership with the industry. His research interests include:
- Uncertainty evaluation and quantification associated with conceptual engineering models and limitations in site investigations; and how these impact the assessment of risk,
- Development of risk tolerability strategies for key industries in Canada (i.e. rail transport, mining) which reflect society’s expectations for safety and economic health,
- Development of practical methodologies and processes to address the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction,
- Potential effects of climate change in the levels of risk associated with critical industries in Canada, human-made earth structures and landslide phenomena, among others.