Robert Sharon has over 35 years of industry and consulting experience in mining geomechanics, having worked in senior roles for companies including Barrick and Newmont. He has degrees in geology and geological engineering from the University of Utah. In 2018, Robert formed Sharon Geotechnical LLC, a private consulting practice with a primary focus on open pit geomechanics, and he also serves as a Principal Geotechnical Consultant for Piteau Associates. Erik Eberhardt has over 25 years of consulting and research experience in rock slope engineering and rock mechanics. He has a PhD in Geological Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and is currently a Professor of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering and the Director of the Geological Engineering program at the University of British Columbia. He was the 2013 recipient of the Canadian Geotechnical Society's John A. Franklin Award for outstanding technical contributions to rock mechanics and rock engineering, and 2017 recipient of the Thomas Roy Award for outstanding contributions to the field of engineering geology in Canada.