François Laigle graduated from “Ecole Normale Superieure Paris Saclay” in 1989 and obtained a PHD in soil and rock mechanics from the “Ecole Centrale of Lyon” in 2004.
He is a senior engineer at EdF, the main French Electricity company, as “Geotechnical and Underground Works Expert”. He has been involved in several underground and hydropower project developments as underground works specialist, geotechnical specialist and team leader.
Regarding large underground caverns, he was in charge of the design of large underground excavations in the framework of the CERN-LHC Project and involved in the design of several hydro power plants such as Terhi PSP in India, Gavet in France, and Gilboa in Israel…
He is the animator of Working Group n°30 of the French Tunneling Association, AFTES, in charge of the preparation of a specific guideline on the use of rockbolts as tunnel supports.