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ISRM Suggested Methods

Free download of all the ISRM Suggested Methods is available to ISRM members registered on the website, for their personal use. Please click here (login required) to proceed to the download page. Non-members of the ISRM can purchase the Suggested Methods directly from the Secretariat using this Purchase Form.

The Suggested  Methods are also available in book and video form (see below).

 

The Orange Book

The Orange Book "The ISRM Suggested Methods for Rock Characterization, Testing and Monitoring: 2007-2014" can be purchased directly from the editor.

Click here to go to the Orange Book webpage. 

The Blue Book 

The Blue Book: "The Complete ISRM Suggested Methods for Rock Characterization, Testing and Monitoring:1974-2006", Edited by R. Ulusay and J.A. Hudson. Price for ISRM members: [EUR 25 + postage]. Price for non-members: [EUR 30 + postage]. The Blue Book can be purchased from the Secretariat or from the Turkish National Group.

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Videos of the Suggested Methods 

To better illustrate the Suggested Methods, the ISRM Commissions on Testing Methods and on Education, in cooperation with Prof. Seokwon Jeon from Seoul National University (South Korea) produce videos, available in this page.




ISRM SUGGESTED METHODS

1- SITE CHARACTERIZATION

  • SM for Quantitative Description of Discontinuities in Rock Masses - 1978 [EUR 8]
  • SM for Geophysical Logging of Boreholes - 1981 [EUR 4]

2 - LABORATORY TESTING

  • SM for Petrographic Description of Rocks - 1978 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining Water Content, Porosity, Density, Absorption and Related Properties and Swelling and Slake-Durability Index Properties - 1977 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining Hardness and Abrasiveness of Rocks – 1978 [EUR 4] 
  • SM for Determining the Shore Hardness Value for Rock - 2006 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining Sound Velocity - 1978 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining Point Load Strength - 1985 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining the Indentation Hardness Index of Rock Materials - 1998 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining Block Punch Strength Index (BPI) - 2001 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining the Uniaxial Compressive Strength and Deformability of Rock Materials - 1979 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining the Strength of Rock Materials in Triaxial Compression - 1978 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining Shear Strength - 1974 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining Tensile Strength of Rock Materials - 1978 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Laboratory Testing of Argillaceous Swelling Rock - 1989 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Laboratory Testing of Swelling Rocks - 1999 [EUR 4]
  • SM for the Complete Stress-Strain Curve for Intact Rock in Uniaxial Compression - 1999 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining the Fracture Toughness of Rock - 1988 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining Mode I Fracture Toughness Using Cracked Chevron Notched Brazilian Disc (CCNBD) Specimens - 1995 [EUR 4]

3 - FIELD TESTING

3.1 DEFORMABILITY TESTS

  • SM for Determining In Situ Deformability of Rock - 1979 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Deformability Determination Using a Large Flat Jack Technique 1986 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Deformability Determination Using a Flexible Dilatometer – 1987 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Deformability Determination Using a Stiff Dilatometer - 1996 [EUR 4]

3.2 IN SITU TRESS MEASUREMENTS

  • SM for Rock Stress Determination - 1987 [EUR 4]
  • SM for In Situ Stress Measurement Using the Compact Conical-Ended Borehole Overcoring (CCBO) Technique - 1999 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Rock Stress Estimation - 2003 
    • Part 1: Strategy for Rock Stress Estimation [EUR 4] 
    • Part 2: Overcoming Methods [EUR 4]
    • Part 3: Hydraulic Fracturing (HF) and/or Hydraulic Testing of Pre-existing    Fractures (HTPF) [EUR 4]
    • Part 4: Quality Control of Rock Stress Estimation [EUR 4]

3.3 GEOPHYSICAL TESTING

  • SM for Seismic Testing Within and Between Boreholes - 1988 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Land Geophysics in Rock Engineering - 2004 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Borehole Geophysics in Rock Engineering - 2006 [EUR 8]

3.4 OTHER TESTS

  • SM for Rapid Field Identification of Swelling and Slaking Rocks - 1994 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Large Scale Sampling and Triaxial Testing of Jointed Rock - 1989 [EUR 4]

3.5 BOLTING AND ANCHORING TESTS

  • SM for Rockbolt Testing - 1974 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Rock Anchorage Testing - 1985 [EUR 4]

4 - MONITORING

  • SM for Monitoring Rock Movements Using Borehole Extensometers - 1978 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Monitoring Rock Movements Using Inclinometers and Tiltmeters - 1977 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Pressure Monitoring Using Hydraulic Cells - 1980 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Surface Monitoring of Movements Across Discontinuities - 1984 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Blast Vibration Monitoring - 1992 [EUR 4]

 

DISCLAIMER: Most of the Suggested Methods documents were originally published as articles in the International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences. Accordingly, the ISRM cannot supply the original documents (which are in the Journal issues). All the items above are supplied as photocopies.




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