Itasca Consulting Group, Inc.

Derrick Blanksma

Geotechnical Engineer

U.S. Minneapolis
Itasca Consulting Group, Inc.

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Areas of Expertise

Numerical Modeling

Consulting Services

Civil Engineering

Derrick Blanksma

Geotechnical Engineer

Software Development

Mr. Blanksma develops numerical modeling software for engineering applications. His area of expertise includes finite volume/difference and discrete element numerical methods. His experience includes GUI development for building meshes in continuum codes. Additionally, he has helped in the development of the 2D continuum code FLAC2D. The projects included implementing the Dynamics, and most recently, the Interface functionality in the code.


Mr. Blanksma is a geotechnical engineer with experience in numerical modeling for soil, rock, and other earth structures. His areas of expertise includes soil and rock mechanics, fracture mechanics, and fluid/thermal mechanics. He has experience in numerical modeling applied to slope stability, open pit and underground mining, reinforced earth structures, borehole stability, blasting in hard rock, and hydraulic fracturing.


M.S. (GeoEngineering), 2013
University of Minnesota

B.S. (Geological Engineering), 2011
University of North Dakota

B.A. (Physics and Mathematics), 2009
Concordia College

Professional Memberships

American Geophysical Union

Minnesota Geotechnical Society


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U.S. Minneapolis
Itasca Consulting Group, Inc.