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  • Company: COVAN Engineering LLC
  • Phone: 720-768-0339
  • Cell: 720-768-0339
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties:

Civil Engineering and Mining

Specialty Focus:

Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Geological Engineering, Mining Engineering, Tunnel Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Groundwater, Geology, Water Resources Engineering, Remediation Design, Trenchless Technology, Site Investigations.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Mining and Earth Systems Engineering, Colorado School of Mines - Golden, Colorado; Master of Engineering (ME) - Engineer of Mines, Colorado School of Mines - Golden, Colorado; B.S./Geological Engineer, Colorado School of Mines - Golden, Colorado; Bachelor of Science - Geological Sciences, Rutgers University - New Brunswick, New Jersey

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Additional Information

Licensed Professional Engineer (PE - Civil) (1996-Pres.) – CO, PA, and NJ; USA Licensed Professional Geologist (PG) (1992-Pres.) – PA, KY, IL, and WY; USA Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE, 2002) – American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES) Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D. WRE, 2009) – American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (ASCE affiliate) OSHA HAZWOPER 40-hour operator and 8-hour supervisor level training certification MSHA Surface Mining Certification (renewed 2016) American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Fellow (#342191) Society of Mining, Metallurgical and Exploration (SME-AIME) - Member American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES) - Member Published Papers: • Hamed M. Jassim, Mark J. Vanarelli, Faris R. Ahmed, Varoujan K. Sissakian and Hassan O. Omer, 2019. Portal Landslide Analysis of the New Haibat Sultan Tunnels in Koya, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, 14th International Conference Underground Construction Prague, Czech Republic, June 3-5, 2019. • Vanarelli, Mark J., 2008. Statistical Determinations of Steady-State, Groundwater Inflow in Rock Tunnels for the Radial Flow Condition. ASCE/EWRI, Proceedings of the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2008, Honolulu, Hawaii; Ahupua’a: Sustainability from the Mountains to the Sea. • Vanarelli M.J., 2020. A Geostatistical Solution to Estimating Groundwater Inflows in Deep Rock Tunnels with Validation through Case Studies. Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration 38:347-357. • Sissakian V.K., Vanarelli M.J., Jassim H.M., and Omar H.O and Hamoodi D.A., 2020. Chert Deposit Used in Cement Production as a Quartz-sand Alternative in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region: An Assessment Study. Journal of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering.