Dr Italo Onderra has over 17 years of experience in the areas of rock breakage, excavation engineering and mining geomechanics.

Skills and experience:

Italo leads Mining3 projects focused on the development and implementation of advanced blasting engineering technologies to enhance mining productivity. Research currently focuses on novel explosive formulations, advanced sensors and monitoring techniques to quantify performance; as well as advanced modelling for blast design, analysis and continuous improvement.

His experience spans across applied research and development, and consulting projects involving several mining operations and associated clients in Australia, South America, Africa and Europe. He was part of the team that developed JKSimBlast, a blast design and analysis software used by industry in over 35 countries and installed at more than 20 Universities around the world.

Over the years he has also developed a number of explosive rock breakage and fragmentation models applicable to both underground and open pit operations. He has published extensively in the area of blast design, analysis, monitoring and continuous improvement; and has been part of the Hybrid Stress Blasting Model (HSBM) research and validation team.

The HSBM is a new explosive rock interaction model developed over the last 10 years as part of an industry-sponsored international project.

Italo is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering at the University of Queensland (UQ), and also Adjunct/Visiting Professor at the University of Chile.


Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with Honours from the University of Melbourne, Masters of Engineering Science and PhD from the University of Queensland.