M. Scholz received a Bachelor of Applied Science (1997) and a Master of Engineering (2002) in geological engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He joined Piteau Associates in Vancouver in 1997, and in 2010 relocated to Peru where he is currently the Engineering Manager for Piteau's Lima office. He has over 15 years of practical experience working on numerous soil and rock mechanics projects and groundwater studies in Canada, the USA, South America, Southeast Asia and South Africa. He has conducted a variety of geotechnical and hydrogeological studies, analyses, design investigations and modeling for open pit mining projects, waste dumps and earthworks stability, from scoping-level to detailed design and optimization. He specializes in the analysis of laboratory testing and geotechnical/geomechanical data, rock mass strength assessments, photogrammetric mapping, structural fabric model development, bench and interramp kinematic assessments, slope monitoring data analysis, rockfall and runout analyses, and detailed 2D/3D limit equilibrium and numerical modeling assessments of overall slope stability and deformation. Mr. Scholz is also involved in the development of in-house software and utilities related to kinematic analyses, slope deformation monitoring and numerical modeling.