Faroojan K. Siakian graduated from University of Baghdad in 1969 with B.Sc. degree in Geology, and M.Sc. in Engineering Geological Mapping from I.T.C., the Netherlands in 1982. Joined Iraq Geological Survey (GEOSURV, Iraq) in 1971 and was nominated as Expert in 2005, he was the Director of Geology Department since May 2004 until October 2012. He has 125 documented reports in GEOSURV's library and 131 published articles in different geological aspects in different geological journals. He was the Deputy Vice President of the Middle East Sub-commission of CGMW (Committee of Geological Map of the World), Paris, from February 2010 until August 2012. Retired on 10 October 2012. His major fields of interest are geological mapping, stratigraphy of the Iraqi territory, site investigation, mineral exploration and geological hazards assessment and mitigation.
Mailing address: Iraq, Erbil, Ainkawa, District 108, 245/ 7/ 404
Lecturer in UKH
Private Consultant Geologist
Themain performed responsibilities are:
1- Director of Geology Department (1992 - 2012) in Iraq Geological Survey, Baghdad, retired on 10/10/ 2012.
2- Representative of Iraq in an International Committee that is concerned with the compilation of the Geological Map of the World. I was Deputy of Vise-President of Middle East Subcommission of CGMW (Commission of Geological Map of the World), Paris, December 2009 until August 2012. My name is written on the Geological Map of the World, Part Asia.
3- Visiting Lecturer in UKH since October 2014 - February 2017.
4- Lecturer in UKH, since 12 February 2017
The following are the main experiences during my career
1- Stratigraphy of the Iraqi Territory and Geological Mapping, especially in the Kurdistan Region.
2- Mineral Investigation
3- Geological Hazards, mitigation, identification and assessment
4 - Mass Movements, prediction, identification, and mitigation
5- Strategic Site Investigation and Selection
6- Performing Quality Assurance program in a Strategic project (Nuclear Power Plant Siting), as a Q.A. Manager during 1988 - 1991 in Iraq Geological Survey, Baghdad, Iraq.
The main work experience is Geological Mapping in different parts of Iraq since 1971 - 1992. I have performed and compiled geological maps of Iraq in different scales, especially in the Kurdistan Region. After 1992, I was involved in administration work besides the scientific responsibilities, since I was the Director of the Geology Department until my retirement in October 2012.
Writing, reviewing and editing different types of geological reports.
Writing, reviewing and editing different types of scientific geological articles. During 1998 - 2012, being the Secretary of the Editorial Board of two geological Journals in Baghdad.
Visual interpretation of aerial photographs and satellite images, as different geological aspects are concerned.
Performing Quality Assurance project in a strategic project (1988 - 1992) for Nuclear Power Site Selection Program, Iraq.
Performing and following-up training programs for the recently employed geologists in Iraq Geological Survey (1984 - 2012).
Performing consultation jobs in Erbil and Sulaimaniya Governorates on behalf of Faruk Group, Kar Group, UB Group.
Lecturing in UKH since October 2014.
1- A member of the Editorial Board of UKHJSE
2- Per reviewer in the Arabian Journal of Earth Sciences (Elsevier)
3- Per reviewer in the Iraqi Bulletin of Geology and Mining, as well as a member in the Advisory Committee.
4- Per reviewer in the Iraqi Journal of Geology, as well as a member in the Advisory Committee.
I have the following reports and publications:
1- 125 documented reports in Iraq Geological Survey
library, Baghdad, Iraq, and other libraries.
2- 131 published papers in Iraqi and International
scientific journals and other 11 are in processing steps.
I do bear the following professional qualifications
2- Stratigraphy of the Iraqi territory
investigation and selection
4- Mineral Exploration, and
5- Geological hazards, recognition and mitigation
I have attended tens of geological conferences in Iraq and other countries, among them, are (but not limited to):
1- The 34 International Geological Congress that was held in Oslo, Norway, 2008.
2- The 35 International Geological Congress that was held in Australia, 2012.
3- The 3rd International Iranian Geological Congress that was held in Tehran, 2016.
4- GeoKurdistan/1 Conference, Sulaiamani, 2013.
5- GeoKurdistan/2 Conference, Sulaiamani, 2015.
6- International Workshop on Mosul Dam, Stockholm, May 2016.
7- The 16th Iraq Geological Congress, Baghdad, May 2017.
8- GeoKurdistan/3 Conference, Sulaiamani, December 2017.
9- The First International Conference on Engineering Challenges in Kurdistan, Nawruz University, Duhok, May 2018.
10- The 6th Annual International Forum on Water, 16 - 19 July 2018, Athens, Greece.
I have supervised the following projects in UKH
1- Five students (UG-3 - 360-MRE) NREM, Final Projects in 2016
2- Seven students (UG -4 - 480- MRE) NREM, Final Projects in 2017
3- Four Group Projects of 18 students (UG-3 - MRE) NREM, 2017
4- Nine students (UG - 4- MRE) Final projects, 2018
5- Two students (UG - 4- MRE) as co-supervisor, Final Projects, 2018
6- One Group Project of 4 students (UG- 3, MRE), 2018 (The total number of the students is 4).
I have contributed in writing two scientific books entitled:
1- Geological and Engineering Investigation of the Most Dangerous Dam in the World, Mosul Dam. Published in 2015 by Scienpress Ltd. ISBN 978-0-9934819.
2- Mosul Dam Full Story, Scientific and Technical Comprehensive Study. Published in 2018 by Dar Al-Basha'ir Al-Islamiya, Beirut (in Arabic). ISBN 978-91-639-5553-2
The main research fields are:
1- Geological Mapping
2- Recognizing Unstable Slopes phenomena and their mitigation
3- Mineral Resource Exploration and Evaluation
4- Site selections
5- Environmnetalprotection,as different geologicl aspects are concerned.
1- Historical Geology
2- Environmental Geology
3- Mineral Exploration
4- Industrial Minerals
5- Field Mapping
6- Mineral Deposits
7- Field Mapping
1- Certificate of Attendance in GeoKurdistan/ 3 Conference, Sulaimani, 2017
2- Certificate of Attendance in the First International Conference on Engineering Challenges in Kurdistan Region, Nawroz University, May, 2018.
3- Certificate of Attendance in the 6th Annual Internation Forum on Water, 16 - 19 July, Athens, Grece.
4- Reviewing certificate, issued from the Arabian Journal of Earth Sciences (Elsivier).
Currently, I have two planned research works, which are in progress under the umbrella of UKH:
1- Landslides of Dukan. A Case Study, Dukan, West of Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan Region, Northeast Iraq (The manuscript is submitted to UKHJSE). It is published in Vol.2, No.1.
2- Slope Stability of DERBENDI KHAN DAM and near Surroundings. A Reconnaissance Study, KURDISTAN REGION, NE IRAQ (The manuscript is submitted to JZS).
3- Stability Assessment of Haibat Sultan Road Cut, North of Koya, the Kurdistan Region, Iraq (The research is completed and a scientific paper is submitted for publication in Geotechnical and Engineering Geology International Journal).
4- Evaluation of the Economic Feasibility of Asnawa Iron Ore, Penjween, Northeast Iraq (Sampling was carried out for the iron ore, in 15 - 17 May, the research is going on)
5- Portal Landslide Analysis of the New Haibat Sultan Tunnels in Koya, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (The Fieldwork was carried out and the research is going on).
Recently Forwarded Research Proposals to the Chair of NREM (Waiting for Approval)
1- Mineral Exploration in Sidakan Vicinity, North of Erbil, Using Stream Sediments' Analyses. The sampling was carried out during 2- 3 September. Now we are processing of the samples.
2- Assessment of Sharbazhar Quarry Chert as Quartz-sand Alternative for Cement Production, NE of Sulaimani city, Kurdistan Region, NE Iraq. We will start processing of the samples
3- Assessment of the carbonate rocks of the Pila Spi Formation in Permam mountain for cement production. We are analyzing the samples chemically.
I have also the following research works, which are in progress with colleagues out of UKH:
1- Development of erosional cirques in north and northeastern parts of the Kurdistan Region, Iraq (The manuscript is submitted to ARO).
2- Geology, Geomorphology, and Tectonics of Jabal Sanam, South Iraq (Published).
3- Neotectonic Activity from the Upper Reaches of the Arabian Gulf, South Iraq (Published).
4- The Geology and Evolution of the Ga'ara Depression, Iraqi Western Desert (Published).
5- Development of Straight Valleys Draining Wine Glasses in North and Northeastern Parts of the Kurdistan Region (Published in ARO).
6- Characters and Types of Alluvial Fans in the Central Eastern Part of Iraq (Published).
7- Deducing the Lateral Growth of Jambur, Pulkhana and Qumar anticlines, Central Iraq, using Drainage Analysis and Geomorphological Features(Submitted to Geoscience for publication).
8- The Lateral Growth of Qara Dagh Anticline. A Tectonic - Geomorphological Study South of Sulaimaniyah city, Iraqi Kurdistan Region (Accepted for publication in the Iraqi Bulletin of Geology and Mining, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2018).
9- Deducing Tectonic Activity in Kifri Chai Basin, Central Northeastern Iraq. Using Geomorphological Indices (In progress).
10- Factors Controlling Development of Wine Glasses in the Mountains of the Kurdistan Region, Iraq (Submitted to ARO for publication).
11- The Geological Maps in the Kurdistan Region (Published in UKHJSE, Vol.2, No.2, 2018).
12. The Minerals Wealth in the Kurdistan Region ( Submitted to the UKHJSE).
13. Neotectonic Evidences from Different parts of Iraq, within the Arabian Plate (In progress).
14. Contribution in writing of a book entitled: Mesopotamia. I'm writing the different geological aspects of the Mesopotamia ( almost 60 % is completed). It is planned that the publication will be funded by the Lulea University of Technology, Sweden.
The following reports were conducted:
1- Gasin Cement Plant Clay Quarry Evaluation, Part 1, Geological Setting, on behalf of Faruk Holding, 2015.
2- Report on Delineation of the Shallow Depressions in Najaf Cement Plant Vicinity using remote sensing and GIS techniques, in behalf of KAR Co., 2015.
3- Site selection for a Cement Plant out of the Kurdistan Region, Desk Study on behalf of Faruk Holding, 2017.