Ben L. Seegmiller, PhD Expert Witness
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General Specialties: Mining and Geotechnical Engineering

Specialty Focus: Mine Stability, Landslide Analysis, Ground Failure, Ground Stability, Underground Stability, Mine Slope Failure, Rock Stability, Earth Subsidence, Mine Stability Litigation, Open Pit Slope Stability, Ground Stabilization, Rock Fall Evaluation

Education: BS, Geological Engineer, University of Utah; BS, Mining Engineering, University of Utah; MS, Mining Engineering, University of Utah; PhD, Mining Engineering, University of Utah

Years in Practice: 42+


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Ben L. Seegmiller was born in Southern Utah and raised on a cattle ranch. He graduated high school from Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. He is a second generation miner, having learned about rocks, minerals and mining from his father, Pratt D Seegmiller, the original discoverer of Utah’s Marysvale Uranium District. Ben studied Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico and later transferred to the University of Utah where he received his doctorate in Mining Engineering in 1969. He began his career in mining with the Anaconda Company where he traveled in Mexico, Canada and throughout the Western USA working on rock stability projects both on the surface and in the underground. In 1974 Ben formed Seegmiller International and has consulted as a specialist in rock stability projects throughout the world for civil and mining clients. In 1978 he was the first rock mechanics consultant hired by the Peoples Republic of China to address stability concerns at several of their surface iron mines. Since that time, Ben has consulted for clients in more than a dozen foreign countries. In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious John E. Willson Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Utah Mining Engineering Department. When he has spare time, he travels with his wife, Sandra, to various global destinations to enjoy different cultures and experiences. He also likes to do big game hunting and spend time at his summer home in Utah’s Tushar Mountains.