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No. 31 - September 2015


2016 ISRM International Symposium

On behalf of the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM), Turkish National Society for Rock Mechanics cordially invites the international community to attend the 2016 ISRM International Symposium “EUROCK 2016″. The symposium will be held between 29 and 31 August 2016 in Cappadocia (Turkey) which is one of the seven sites included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO and also a natural and historical rock engineering laboratory.

The theme of the symposium is “Rock Mechanics & Rock Engineering: From the Past to the Future”. The symposium intends to cover all aspects of rock mechanics and rock engineering from theories to engineering practices, emphasizing the future direction of rock engineering technologies. This event will be an excellent opportunity to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences in various areas of the rock mechanics and rock engineering, as well as to visit many historical sites including old and modern rock structures caved in the soft tuffs of Cappadocia. The venue of the symposium, Ürgüp-Nevşehir, is located in the heart of the Cappadocia Region with convenient access to restaurants, hotels, historical sites and national museums. We believe that you will also enjoy participating to post-symposium excursions in the Cappadocia Region and İstanbul.

In the spirit of traditional Turkish hospitality, it is our pleasure to bid you welcome to Turkey, a bridge between Europe and Asia, and hope that your stay here will be intellectually and professionally stimulating and rewarding.

We look forward to meeting you in Cappadocia in August 2016.

For further information click here to visit the conference website.

Prof. Reşat ULUSAY
EUROCK2016, Chairman of the Organizing Committee

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ISRM Symposium EUROCK2015 and 64th Geomechanics Colloquium

The Austrian Society for Geomechanics has the pleasure to invite you to the ISRM Regional Symposium EUROCK 2015 "Future Development of Rock Mechanics“ to be held 7-10 October 2015, in conjunction with the 64th Geomechanics Colloquium in Salzburg, the city where the International Society for Rock Mechanics was founded in 1962.

The Geomechanics Colloquium in Salzburg since its initiation in 1951 has always been a perfect and distinguished meeting place for researchers and practitioners. The success of this concept not only shows in the continuous meetings over more than 60 years, but also in the attendance of regularly around 1000 participants.

The Symposium will be held at the Salzburg Congress, which is located very close to the center of the city. Salzburg itself is famous for its unique scenery and atmosphere.

The four plenary sessions will be on the topics "Long-term behavior of civil structures in rock", "Tunneling under challenging conditions", "Mass movements" and "Rock mechanical aspects of excavation". Seven parallel sessions and seven workshops on specific topics will also be organised.

Poster sessions will accompany the oral presentations. For the technical exhibition more than 50 booths are available. For accompanying persons an exciting program has been organized. The social program includes a dinner and a chamber concert. On Saturday, October 10th, technical visits to important rock engineering sites and tunnels will be organized.

VIII South American Congress on Rocks Mechanics, 15-18 November 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina

SAIG, the Argentinean Society of Geotechnical Engineering is pleased to host the VIII South American Congress on Rock Mechanics (SCRM), a Regional Symposium for South America of the ISRM, to be held in Buenos Aires from 15 to 18 November 2015.

The previous South American Congresses on Rock Mechanics have been held in Colombia (1982, 2006), Brazil (1986, 1998), Venezuela (1990), Chile (1994) and Peru (2010). After having traveled much of the continent it is the first time that this congress takes place in Argentina.

The VIII South American Congress on Rock Mechanics (SCRM) will be organised together with three parallel events: the 15th Pan American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (XV PCSMGE), the 6th International Symposium on Characteristics of Deformation of Soils (IS-BA2015) and the XXII Argentinean Congress of Geotechnical Engineering (CAMSIG XXII).

Buenos Aires 2015 will be held at the Hilton Hotel, in one of the most fashionable and exclusive areas of the city with access to all major tourist attractions and very good communication with domestic and international airports.

Our goal and commitment is to produce a meeting that strengthens the connection between academics and practitioners from North and South America. The conference topics are "Rock mechanics for Mining", "Rock mechanics for Infrastructure", "Rock mechanics for Oil & Gas", "Testing methods & monitoring", "Design & analysis methods" and "Hydrogeology of rock mass".

We hope to see you in Buenos Aires 2015 to celebrate together this great event for our profession.

Prof. Alejo O. Sfriso, President
Prof. Ricardo J. Rocca, Secretary
VIII SCRM Buenos Aires 2015

ARMS9, Bali, 18-20 October 2016: Call for papers

The 9th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium (ARMS9) Committee invites you to take part in the upcoming ARMS9, the 2016 ISRM Regional Symposium for Asia with the theme "Harmonizing Rock Mechanics with Sustainable Economic Development".

The symposium will be held 18-20 October 2016 in the beautifull island of Bali, known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. Call for papers is now open, for further information about the Symposium and how to submit your abstract online are available through the symposium website.

Click here to go to the symposium website .

Download the ARMS9 flyer .

11th ISRM online lecture by Dr Nick Barton was broadcast and is now online

For the eleventh online lecture the ISRM invited Dr Nick Barton and the title is “TBM performance: from best to not so good and why”.

Every three months, an expert in a different field of rock mechanics is invited to give a lecture on a specific topic. These lectures are broadcast from the ISRM website and remain available in a dedicated webpage. The attendees are able to ask questions to the lecturer by e-mail during the subsequent two days.

Nick Barton was born in England and he was educated in the University of London, with a Ph.D. in rock slope stability from Imperial College. He worked in NGI, Oslo from 1971 to 1980, and from 1984 to 2000, when he was a Division Director for 5 years and Technical Advisor for 10 years. From 1981 to 1984 he was manager of Geomechanics at TerraTek in Utah, USA. He was a visiting professor in the University of Luleå in Sweden, and in São Paulo Polytechnic University in Brazil in the nineteen-nineties. In 2000 he established the international consultancy Nick Barton & Associates in Norway.

He is author and co-author of 290 papers, and has written two books. The first in 2000 was to develop the QTBM prognosis, the other in 2006 was to link rock quality and seismic attributes of rock masses.

In 1973 he developed the non-linear shear strength criterion linking joint roughness JRC and joint wall strength JCS, subsequently incorporating the gravity tilt test for calculating JRC. He is co-developer of the Barton-Bandis criterion for modelling coupled rock joint behaviour, published in 1985. In 1974 he developed the Q-system for characterizing rock masses and for selecting single-shell tunnel and cavern support. This was updated in 1993 with Grimstad.

He has consulted on several hundred rock engineering projects in 35 countries during the last 45 years, involving hydropower and metro tunnels and caverns, large dams, nuclear waste research, rock stress measurement, and jointed reservoir behaviour.

Nick Barton is an honorary doctor of University of Cordoba, Argentina. He has ten international awards, including the 6th Müller Award of the ISRM in 2011. In May 2015 he was inducted as a Fellow of the ISRM.

The previous ISRM Online Lectures were given by Prof. Wulf Schubert, Prof. John Hudson Dr. Pierre Dufaut, Prof. Eduardo Alonso. Dr John Read, Prof. Herbert Einstein, Prof. Shunsuke Sakurai, Prof. Resat Ulusay, Prof. Dick Stacey and Prof. Jean Sulem. All the ISRM Online Lectures remain available on the ISRM website in a dedicated webpage ( click to open in a new window ).

ISRM Rocha Medal 2017 - nominations to be received by 31 December 2015

Nominations for the Rocha Medal 2017 are to be received by the ISRM Secretariat by 31 December 2015. The winner will be announced during the ISRM International Symposium EUROCK 2016, in Cappadocia, Turkey, August 2016, and will be invited to receive the award and deliver a lecture at the 2017 ISRM International Symposium in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Rocha Medal has been awarded annually by the ISRM, since 1982, for an outstanding doctoral thesis in rock mechanics or rock engineering, to honour the memory of Past President Manuel Rocha while stimulating young researchers. Besides the Rocha medal awarded to the winner, one or two runner-up certificates may also be awarded.

Click here to download the announcement with details on the Rocha Medal 2017.

New ISRM National Group of Iceland

Iceland has joined the ISRM as the 59th National Group of the Society through the Icelandic Geotechnical Society.

The new National Group is chaired by Dr Haraldur Sigursteinsson and is, for the moment, composed by 12 individual members, to whom the ISRM addresses a warm welcome.

Click here to visit the Iceland National Group website.

FedIGS website has been launched

The website of the Federation of International Geo-Engineering Societies (FedIGS) was launched. FedIGS is a collaborative forum within which learned societies or associations involved in engineering with, on, or in geo-materials can meet and interact. The purpose of the Federation is to facilitate interaction among the member societies, explore opportunities to promote their common interests and provide a unified response to common issues through effective collective actions that are more effective than individual responses of the members.

The members of FedIGS are:

Each of the Member Societies has its own, unique but related group of Geo-Engineering members. Some Member Societies work through chapters and individual members while others are a collection of National and Regional Societies. FedIGS creates a forum where in each of these Societies can harmonize their efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of service to their communities.

Click here to vist FedIGS website.

Download a FedIGS summary report created by FedIGS President Prof. Jean‐Louis Briaud .

Rock Stress 2016, 7th International Symposium on In-Situ Rock Stress

The Finnish National Group of ISRM and the Finnish Association of Civil Engineers RIL invite you to the 7th International Symposium on In-Situ Rock Stress to be held during 10–12 May 2016 in the beautiful city of Tampere, Finland.

The Symposium consists of interesting keynote presentations, parallel sessions and technical excursions. Post-symposium excursions will be arranged to Olkiluoto nuclear waste repository site (as first in the world!) and Pyhäsalmi mine (one of the oldest and deepest underground mines in Europe).

This symposium encompasses all aspects of rock stresses such as:

  • Rock stress measurements with different methods
  • Interpretation and analysis of results
  • Case studies (nuclear waste disposal, mining, civil engineering)
  • Regional stress fields
  • Seismicity and rock stress
  • New, innovated stress measurement methods
  • Rock structures and rock stress
  • Stress modeling

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • "Stress measurements in Finnish nuclear waste site", Kimmo Kemppainen, Posiva Oy
  • "Fennoscandian stress field", Ove Stephansson, Steph Rock Consulting AB
  • "Deep mine stresses, mining induced seismicity", Stephen D. McKinnon, Queens University
  • "Development of hydraulic fracturing method", Francois Cornet, emeritus prof.
  • “An integrated approach for the evaluation of measurements and inferences of in-situ stresses”, Ömer Aydan, University of Ryukyus

Please visit the website for the latest information.

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Invitation to RockDyn-2, May 2016, Suzhou, China, an ISRM Specialised Conference

Following the success of the First International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications (RocDyn-1) in Lausanne Switzerland in June 2013, the Second International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications (RocDyn-2) will be held in Suzhou China in May 2016. RocDyn-2 will be organised by the Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics of Chinese Academy of Sciences, together with 4 other universities around the World.

Rock dynamics covers a huge scope of research to understand the dynamic behaviour of rock materials, rock joints and rock masses, including the initiation and the propagation of stress waves, the responses and the failures of rocks under the dynamic and static loads. It has wide applications in civil, mining, hydropower, petroleum engineering, including the new rock engineering applications such as shale gas, hot rock geothermal energy, and earthquake hazard management.

With extensive research conducted worldwide and increasing engineering projects applying rock dynamics, RocDyn-2 is organised to address scientific research as well as engineering applications.

RocDyn-2 organisers would like to welcome scientists, engineers and students involving in rock dynamic research and engineering practice to join us in Suzhou, to share our knowledge, to cooperate on researches, to advance rock dynamics and engineering applications.

Chair, RocDyn-2 Advisory Committee
LI Haibo
Chair, RocDyn-2 Organising Committee

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Geosafe 2016 to be held in Xi'an, 25–27 May 2016: an ISRM Specialised Conference

Professor John A. Hudson (President of the ISRM 2007-2011) and Professor Xia-Ting Feng (President of the ISRM 2011–2015) look forward to welcoming you to the first GEOSAFE Symposium being held in Xi’an, China, 25–27 May 2016.

This will be the 1st International Symposium on Reducing Risks in Site Investigation, Modelling and Construction for Rock Engineering.

The Symposium is sponsored by the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM), the Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics and Engineering (CSRME) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

The reason for holding the Symposium is to develop methods for improving safety in rock engineering construction—through the three aspects of site investigation, modelling and construction procedures. The emphasis will be on improving our knowledge of these three aspects so that the risks can be reduced. We welcome papers describing developments in all aspects of rock mechanics and rock engineering.

For more information click here to visit the Conference website.

China Shale Gas 2015 - Successful ISRM Specialised Conference in Wuhan, China

The International Symposium on Shale Gas, 2015 was held in Wuhan in China from 6-8 September, 2015. In addition to ISRM the Symposium was sponsored by the Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the national State Key Laboratory of Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. It was organized by Prof. Xia-Ting Feng (President of the Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics), Prof. Jishan Liu from the University of Western Australia, Prof. Derek Eslsworth, from the Penn State University and Prof. Fubao Zhou from the China University of Mining and Technology.

The Symposium was very successful with around 400 participants The general objective was to provide an international discussion integrating the main branches of the geotechnical sciences including flow and transport of fluids and chemical processes occurring in varied scales that could be used for the successful extraction of gas from shales. The objective was achieved through the nine Keynote Lectures, 52 presentations and 31 posters.

During the presentations, geotechnical parameters in micro and nano scales, based on laboratory research and using modern instruments attempted to explain the morphology and matrix properties in these scales, and how the gas can flow through the pores of the rock matrix. The nine Keynote Lectures were given by leading scientists and specialists in different disciplines who discussed the mechanisms involved with the behaviour of shales during the extractions of gas, and the application of scientific research at laboratory and field scale for improved understanding and effective control of the production of gas in shale rocks.

The Symposium venue was on the outskirts of Wuhan, a modern and beautiful city in China, the capital of the Hubei Province. The conference was held in the East Lake Hotel, surrounded by gardens and lakes. Beautiful lotus flowers could be seen in local lake-side surroundings.

Proceedings were provided by means of a volume with the Abstracts and a pen-drive containing the papers and Keynote Lectures.

The Symposium was attended by the previous ISRM President Xia-ting Feng and the current President Eda F. Quadros as well as by the ISRM Vice-President for Asia (Prof. Seokwon Jeon) and the ISRM Vice-President for South America (Prof. Sergio Fontoura).

We thank the organizers for promoting this successful specialized conference!
Eda Quadros, ISRM President

Prestigious Turkish Tunnelling Society Award given during the Turkey Tunnel-Expo 2015

Two ISRM Members wins prestigious Turkish Tunnelling Society Award at the end of August 2015, during the event Turkey Tunnel-Expo 2015.

Dr. Nick Barton, the ISRM Muller Lecture 2011 and Dr. Güner Gürtunka the Past ISRM Vice-President for South Africa (1999-2003) and Prof. Levent Ozdemir were awarded with the Medal for Life Time Contributions to Rock Engineering, by the Turkish Tunnelling Society at the end of August 2015.

The prize-winners were selected for their outstanding contributions to tunnelling and mining engineering.

Congratulations to Dr. Nick Barton and Dr. Güner Gürtunka for their achievement. We thank these two professionals for promoting the status of rock mechanics in this way.

Eda Quadros, ISRM President

ISRM Sponsored Meetings
  • 7-9 October 2015, Salzburg, Austria. EUROCK 2015 – Geomechanics Colloquy - an ISRM Regional Symposium.
  • 15-17 November 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina. XVIII South American Congress on Rock Mechanics - an ISRM Regional Symposium.
  • 10-12 May 2016, Tampere, Finland. 7th In-Situ Rock Stress Symposium 2016 - an ISRM Specialised Conference.
  • 18-20 May 2016, Suzhou, China. RocDyn 2 - 2nd International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications - an ISRM Specialised Conference.
  • 25-27 May 2016, Xi'an, China. GEOSAFE: 1st International Symposium on Reducing Risks in Site Investigation, Modelling and Construction for Rock Engineering - an ISRM Specialized Conference.
  • 29-31 August 2016, Cappadocia. Turkey. EUROCK 2016 - an ISRM International Symposium.
  • 18-20 October 2016, Bali, Indonesia. ARMS 2016 – 9th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium - an ISRM Regional Symposium.
  • 16-18 November 2016, Bangalore, India. RARE 2016 – Recent Advances in Rock Engineering - an ISRM Specialised Conference
  • October 2017, Cape Town, South Africa. First African Rock Engineering Symposium - an ISRM Regional Symposium.
  • 13-15 June 2017, Ostrava, Czech Republic. EUROCK 2017.
  • October 2018, Singapore. ARMS 2018 - the 10th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium - an ISRM Regional Symposium.
  • 20-27 September 2019. Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. ISRM 14th International Congress on Rock Mechanics.

Click here to view the list of ISRM Sponsored Conferences.

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