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Osvaldo P M Vitali

Assistant Professor of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
Office: Holmes Hall 339
Phone: (808) 956-7377
E-mail:  opmv@hawaii.edu
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Areas of Specialty and Research Interest

  • Soil, Rock and Salt Mechanics
  • Numerical Modeling Applied to Geotechnical Engineering
  • Tunneling and Underground Construction
  • Interaction between geotechnical-structural systems
  • Geomechanics applied to renewable energy

Education

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2020
  • M.Sc. in Geotechnical Engineering, University of São Paulo, São Carlos, SP, Brazil, 2011
  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, São Paulo State University, Bauru, SP, Brazil, 2009

Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa,  Jan 2024 – Present
  • Geotechnical Engineering Expert for Legal Disputes (autonomous), 2010 – Present
  • Post-doctoral associate at the University of São Paulo, 2022 – 2023
  • Geomechanics Specialist at Braskem S/A, 2021-2023
  • Senior Staff Engineer at Terracon Consultants, Inc. Geodesign sector, 2020-2021
  • Teaching Assistant at Purdue University, 2019-2020
  • Geotechnical Engineer at THEMAG Engenharia, 2010-2015
  • Consultant at Midas Brazil, 2012-2014

Courses Taught at UH (in the last five years)

  • CEE 355: Geotechnical Engineering I (S’24)

Professional Activities

  • Early-Career Editor at the Underground Space Journal, 2021 – Present

HONORS AND AWARDS 

  • Scholarship for post-doctoral program granted by CNPq – Brazilian Government, 2022-2023
  • Estus H. And Vashti L. Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching at Purdue University, 2020
  • Scholarship for a doctoral program abroad granted by CNPq – Brazilian Government: “Science without borders program.” 2016-2020
  • Scholarship for master program granted by CNPq – Brazilian Government, 2009-2011.
  • Undergraduate research assistant scholarship granted by CNPq, Brazilian Government: “Scientific initiation program.”, 2008-2009
  • Undergraduate exchange student at the University of Porto, Portugal: Mobile program. 2007–2008.

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES 

  • Vitali, F. P. M; Vitali, O. P. M.; Celestino T. B.; Bobet, A. (2024) FEM modeling requirements for accurate highly nonlinear shallow tunnels analysis. Soil and Rocks. Accepted for publication.
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Celestino T. B.; Bobet, A. (2022) 3D face effects of tunnels misaligned with the principal directions of material and stress anisotropy. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology. 122. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tust.2021.104347
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Celestino T. B; Bobet, A. (2021) Behavior of tunnels excavated with dip and against dip. Underground Space 6(6):709-717. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.undsp.2021.04.001
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Celestino T. B.; Bobet, A. (2022) Construction strategies for a NATM tunnel in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in residual soil. Underground Space. 7(1): 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.undsp.2021.04.002
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Celestino T. B.; Bobet, A. (2021). New modeling approach for tunnels under complex ground and loading conditions. Soils and Rocks. 44(1). DOI: 10.28927/SR.2021.052120
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Celestino T. B.; Bobet, A. (2020) Analytical solution for a deep circular tunnel in anisotropic ground and anisotropic geostatic stresses. Rock Engineering and Rock Mechanics. 53, 3859–3884. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00603-020-02157-5.
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Celestino T. B.; Bobet, A. (2020). Tunnel misalignment with geostatic principal stress directions in anisotropic rock masses. Soils and Rocks, São Paulo, 43(1): 123-138, January-March. DOI: 10.28927/SR.431123
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Celestino T. B.; Bobet, A. (2019). Shallow tunnels misaligned with geostatic principal stress directions: analytical solution and 3D face effects. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology.89: 268-283. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tust.2019.04.006
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Celestino T. B.; Bobet, A. (2019). Buoyancy effect on shallow tunnels. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences. 114(2), 1–6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrmms.2018.12.012
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Celestino T. B.; Bobet, A. (2018). Analytical solution for tunnels not aligned with geostatic principal stress directions. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 82: 394–405. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tust.2018.08.046
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Celestino T. B.; Bobet, A. (2018). 3D finite element modelling optimization for deep tunnels with material nonlinearity. Underground Space, 3(2), 125–139. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.undsp.2017.11.002
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Pedrini, R. A. A.; Giacheti, H. L.; Oliveira, L. P. R. (2012) Developing a system for down-hole seismic test together with the CPTU, Soils and rocks, April/2012 issue.

PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE ARTICLES 

  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Getchell, A.; Santagata, M. C. (2023). Early exposure to FEM to enhance undergraduate engagement in geotechnical engineering. In: Proceedings of Geo-Congress2023, GSP 342:544-553.
  • Vitali O. P. M.; Nasim M.; Khasawneh Y. (2023). Load transfer mechanism of an anchor foundation system through 3D finite element modeling. In: Proceedings of Geo-Congress2023, GSP 341:573-581.
  • Vitali O. P. M.; Nasim M.; Khasawneh Y. (2022). Cyclic and monotonic behavior of onshore wind turbine foundation systems in cohesionless ground. In: Proceedings of Geo-Congress2022, GSP 332:228-237.
  • Vitali O. P. M.; Nasim M.; Khasawneh Y. (2021). An enhanced P&H tensionless pier foundation for onshore wind turbines. In: Proceedings of the 46th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations (DFI 2021), p. 656-665.
  • Vitali O. P. M.; Nasim M.; Khasawneh Y. (2021). Cyclic degradation on wind turbine foundations in cohesive soil. In: Proceedings of the 46th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations (DFI 2021), p. 666-675.
  • Vitali O. P. M.; Nasim M.; Khasawneh Y. (2021) 3D finite element modelling of a ground improvement solution. Proceedings of the 46th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations (DFI 2021), p. 560-568.
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Celestino T. B.; Bobet, A. (2020). Deformation patterns and 3D face effects of tunnels misaligned with the geostatic principal stresses in isotropic and anisotropic rock masses. In: Proceedings of 54th US Rock Mechanics /Geomechanics Symposium (ARMA 2020).
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Celestino T. B.; Bobet, A. (2019). Progressive failure due to tunnel misalignment with geostatic principal stresses. In: Proceedings of ISRM 14th International Congress on Rock Mechanics: 2292-2299.
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Celestino T. B.; Bobet, A. (2019). Shallow tunnel not aligned with the geostatic principal stress directions. In: Proceedings of Geo-Congress2019, GSP 313:214-222.
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Celestino T. B.; Pimenta J. A. De M. Asakawa S. S. (2012). Numerical modeling of a slope stabilization with jet grouting columns (in Portuguese). In: Proceedings of XVI COBRAMSEG, Porto de Galinhas, PE, Brazil.
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Celestino T. B.; Bortolucci A. A. (2012). Evaluation of end effects on uniaxial compression tests on rocks by experimental data and numerical modeling (in Portuguese). In: Proceedings of XVI COBRAMSEG, Porto de Galinhas, PE, Brazil.
  • Vitali, O. P. M; Rios S.; Viana Da Fonsaca A. (2012). Influence of the soil-cement composition on stiffness and strength properties (in Portuguese). In: Proceedings of XVI COBRAMSEG, Porto de Galinhas, PE, Brazil.
  • Giacheti, H. L; Vitali O. P. M.; Souza, T. J; Pedrini, R. A. A. (2012). The seismic piezocone test: performance, interpretation and application examples (in Portuguese). In: Proceedings of SEFE 7, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Pedrini, R. A. A.; Giacheti, H. L. (2011). Shear wave velocity in down-hole seismic tests: Equipment and factors affecting the test data. In: Proceedings of 14th PanAm, Toronto, Canada.
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Pedrini, R. A. A.; Giacheti, H. L. (2010). Factors affecting the maximum shear modulus in down-hole seismic tests together with the piezocone (in Portuguese). In: Proceedings of XV COBRAMSEG, Gramado, RS, Brazil.
  • Pedrini, R. A. A.; Vitali, O. P. M.; Giacheti, H. L. (2010). Software for interpretation of the Down-Hole seismic test (in Portuguese). In: Proceedings of XV COBRAMSEG, Gramado, RS, Brazil.
  • Vitali, O. P. M.; Pedrini, R. A. A.; Giacheti, H. L. (2010). First results of a system to perform the down-hole seismic test under development (in Portuguese). In: Proceedings of 12º CNG, Guimarães, Portugal.
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