Giovanni Grasselli


NSERC - Energi Simulation Industrial Research Chair in Fundamental Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics


Research Interests






Professor Giovanni Grasselli is the NSERC-Energi Simulation Industrial Research Chair in Fundamental Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics. His work is concentrated in examining the development of rock fractures under a range of thermohydro-mechanical conditions. This involves fundamental lab studies using x-ray tomography, and advanced numerical modelling using hybrid finite element discrete element methods (fem-dem). Professor Grasselli’s lab is equipped with state of the art field measurement tools including the aforementioned point load tester, Schmidt hammer, and 3D laser scanner for rock fracture mapping.

By combining fundamental principles of rock physics and rock mechanics with seismic imaging, his research will help in the development of technology for smarter, unconventional petroleum production, while reducing environmental impacts and contributing towards safer field operations.

Website of my research group


Research Interests

Hydraulic fracturing

Rock mechanics

Influence of fractures on the hydro-mechanical behavior of rockmasses

Flow and transport in fractured porous media

Rock physics visualization techniques (i.e., x-ray microCT, confocal microscopy)

Mining survey & 3D visualization

Rock supports


Course CodeTitle & DescriptionSessionDay(s)Start TimeEndSection
Advanced Rock Engineering: Fractured Rock Masses

Fall 2023TBDLEC0101

News Mentions

Grasselli’s Geomechanics Group receives new CNC mill with PETRONAS donation

    A donation from industry to CivMin has allowed for the acquisition of specialized machinery used in preparing rock samples for testing. PETRONAS Canada’s donation of $25,000 to Grasselli’s Geomechanics Group, led by Prof. Giovanni Grasselli, has resulted in the purchase of a new computer numerical control (CNC) mill. The CNC mill is used […]

Bryan Tatone addresses the 2016 Lassonde Research Day

CivE alumnus wins international Rocha Medal in rock mechanics

Prestigious award is the ultimate prize in rock mechanics for young researchers, putting two graduates and one faculty member on the map Bryan Tatone (CivE PhD 1T4) has been named the 2017 recipient of the international Rocha Medal, the most prestigious award a student can receive for rock mechanics research. Tatone is the second student […]

Professor Giovanni Grasselli, left, with FCMG President Duke Anderson in October 2015. (Courtesy: FCMG)

University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering announces establishment of the Foundation CMG Research Chair in Fundamental Petroleum Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics

  Story originally appeared on U of T News Toronto, ON – University of Toronto Professor Giovanni Grasselli, of the Department of Civil Engineering, has been named the inaugural holder of the Foundation CMG Industrial Research Chair in Fundamental Petroleum Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics. Professor Grasselli is joining 12 chairs at 12 universities, including […]


Giovanni Grasselli
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4


Room GB327

Tel: 416-978-0125
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