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No. 33 - March 2016


2016 ISRM International Symposium - EUROCK 2016, 29-31 August, in Cappadocia, Turkey

EUROCK2016, "Rock Mechanics & Rock Engineering: From the Past to the Future”, will be organized by the Turkish National Society for Rock Mechanics in the Perissia Hotel & Convention Center, Ürgüp (Nevşehir), Turkey, August 29-31, 2016. It will also be the 2016 ISRM International Symposium. Ürgüp is in the hearth of the Cappadocia Region, 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 symposium intends to cover all aspects of rock mechanics and rock engineering from theories to engineering practices, emphasizing the future trends in rock engineering technologies. Nowadays, 281 submitted full papers from 53 different countries are in review process.

The event will also be preceded by eight excellent keynotes by Prof. Giovanni Barla, Prof. Nuh Bilgin, Prof. Şevket Durucan, Prof. Xia-Ting Feng, Prof. Sergio A.B. de Fontoura, Prof. Yossef H. Hatzor, Prof. Doug Stead and Dr. Philippe Vaskou, two practical short courses, ISRM Board, ISRM Commission and ISRM Council meetings (27 and 28 August) and followed by two post-symposium excursions in the Cappadocia region and in İstanbul.

The two short courses have limited places and the registrations will be accepted on first come first served basis.

Course 1 : One-Day Short Course - 27 August
Key Points for Success in Mechanical Excavation, from Theory to Practice
Lecturer: Prof. Nuh Bilgin – İstanbul Technical University, Turkey

Course 2 : One-Day Short Course - 28 August
Empirical methods, Rock Mechanics, and Structural Geological Methods Useful for Excavation in Jointed/Fractured Media
Lecturers: Dr. Nick Barton & Prof. John W. Cosgrove

Detailed information on keynotes, short courses and technical tours can be found on symposium website: .

EUROCK 2016 registration and reservation page is open. Author’s Registration deadline is April 15, 2016. Participants, who are not authors, may complete their registration to symposium and short courses at discounted rates till 1 June, 2016 though the symposium website.

Prof. Reşat ULUSAY
EUROCK 2016, Chairman of the Organizing Committee

ARMS9, Bali, Indonesia, 18-20 October 2016

The Indonesia Rock Mechanics Society (IRMS) and 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 beautiful island of Bali, known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs.

Full Paper Submission Deadline is 31 May 2016.

Topics of interest include Site Investigation, Laboratory Experimentation, Field Experimentation & Observation Monitoring, and Numerical Modelling, in several sectors: Mining, Energy and Infrastructure.

The following keynote lectures are confirmed:

  • Standardization of Rock Testing Within The Context of The ISRM Suggested Methods, Associated Practical Issues and Future – by Prof. Resat Ulusay
  • Prediction of Rock Cutting Performance – by Prof. Seokwon Jeon
  • Underground Mine Development for Vein Type Deposit Under High Tectonic Stress – by Prof. Ernesto Villaescusa
  • Displacement Monitoring and Assessment of The Stability of Underground Structures – by Prof. Norikazu Shimizu
  • The Most Important and Influential Factors in Field Measurements in Geomechanics – by Prof. Shunsuke Sakurai
  • Strength Criteria to The Dynamic Strength of Brittle Rock – by Prof. Jian Zhao
  • Recent developments on rock mass stability investigations associated with surface and underground excavations in three dimensions – by Prof. Pinnaduwa H. S. W. Kulatilake
  • The Development of Geomechanics in Indonesia – by Suseno Kramadibrata

A student's night is being organized to encourage the active participation of young ISRM members to establish a network among them and to create good memories in Bali. A rock drilling competition for students will take place.

Students participating in ARMS9 will have a chance to test their engineering skills through a rock driling competition. The participant’s skills in vertical and horizontal drilling on the rock with a jackhammer will be fully tested.

Two workshops will be held in collaboration with the ISRM commissions and in connection to the symposium.

For more information visit the website: .

13th ISRM online lecture by Prof. Peter Kaiser

For the 13th ISRM Online Lecture the ISRM invited Professor Peter Kaiser. Te title is “Challenges in rock mass strength determination for the design of underground excavations. The lecture was broadcast on 15th March and remains available in  this dedicated webpage.

Dr. Peter Kaiser is a graduate of the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, and the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. From 1987 until his recent retirement, he was Professor and Chair for Rock Engineering and Ground Control at the Bharti School of Engineering of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Canada. In 2000, he was seconded to the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) as Founding Director and then as Director of the Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction (RTC-UMC). He also holds an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Dr. Kaiser is the author of more than 300 technical and scientific geomechanics publications. He has received many awards including, early in his career, in 1993, the ISRM Schlumberger award, awards from the Canadian Geotechnical Society and from the Canadian Institute of Mining. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and of the Canadian Academy of Engineers and, in 2013, was awarded the Julian C. Smith Medal of for his "Achievements in the Development of Canada" and was named the “Tunneller of the Year” by the Tunnelling Association of Canada. He was recently selected to present the Sir Allan Muir Wood lecture at the WTC 2016 in San Francisco on “Ground Support for the Constructability of Deep Underground Excavations”.

He is a specialist in applied research for underground construction and mining. His interests lie in geomechanics, mine design, rock engineering and the application of innovative technologies to increase mine safety and productivity. He brings extensive experience from both the industrial and academic sectors, having served as consultant to numerous consulting companies, mines, and public agencies. He has supported contractors, mining companies and public sector clients during Coroner’s inquests and litigations on four continents.

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, Prof. Jean Sulem, Dr. Nick Barton. and Prof. Ove Stephansson. All the ISRM Online Lectures remain available on the ISRM website.

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Stravos Bandis 1951-2016

With a heavy heart mixed with unfading warm memories we must report the sudden death of Prof. Stavros Bandis, who was at work in the University of Thessaloniki on 11th January 2016. He died of sudden heart failure. He was head of the department and Chair of Rock Mechanics and Civil Engineering. His many past and future students, and his staff, have suffered a very great loss.

Sadly, Stavros is no longer in the University of Thessaloniki, but he left behind a team of expertly trained and gifted colleagues who will attempt via his inspiration to continue his unique legacy and reputation for geologic inquisition, realistic simulation and applied engineering solutions. Stavros leaves his wife Christina, and two adult sons Konstantinos and Nickolas.

Nick Barton, March 2016

Click here to read the complete In memoriam Stavos Bandis.

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Volume 18 - December 2015 of the ISRM News Journal is now online

The December 2015 issue of the ISRM News Journal is now available. With Prof. Hudson’s decision to step down after eight years as Editor of the News Journal, an associated modification of the Editorship was required. The new Editors of the ISRM News Journal are Dr Eda Quadros, ISRM President, and Dr José Muralha.

This issue of the News Journal includes the ISRM activities in 2015, a year that saw a new Board being elected and starting its term of office. You will find information about the Board and Council meetings, an article by the previous ISRM President Xia-Ting Feng on the accomplishments of the 2011–2015 Board, the inaugural address of the current ISRM President Eda Quadros, a report of the Technical Oversight Committee on the work done by the Commissions during the last 4 years, reports of events that took place in 2015 and announcements of futures events, reports of the Vice Presidents and many other articles of interest for the rock mechanics fraternity. Two technical articles are presented: the Müller Lecture 2015 given by Prof. John Hudson and the Rocha Medal presentation by Andrea Lisjak Bradley, winner of the Rocha Medal 2015.

The ISRM News Journal is distributed to all members in electronic version. We also print a few copies of the News Journal, which are available at our sponsored symposia. Click here to read it directly on our website or download it .

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New ISRM National Group of Malaysia

Malaysia has joined the ISRM as the 60th National Group of the Society through the Malaysian Society for Rock Mechanics (MSRM). Prof. Mohd For Bin Mohd Amin is the President of the new ISRM National Group, and Dr Rini Asnida Abdullah is the Secretary General.

For the moment, the NG Malaysia is composed by 26 individual members, to whom the ISRM addresses a warm welcome.

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Rock Mechanics Principles, an on-line video course by Professor Jian Zhao available from the ISRM website

Rock Mechanics Principles, an on-line course by Professor Jian Zhao, provides an introduction to rock mechanics principles including the mechanics of rock materials, rock joints and rock masses, rock mechanics characterisation and rock mass classifications. The course is prepared for students studying civil and mining engineering, and other science and engineering disciplines concerning rocks.

The course is an on-line course, with approximately 30 hours of lectures. It covers 5 parts:

  1. Origin of rocks and rock masses (online in March 2016);
  2. Properties and mechanics of rock materials (online in March 2016) ;
  3. Properties and mechanics of rock joints (online in June 2016) ;
  4. Rock mass classifications and properties (online in June 2016) ;
  5. Rock mechanics testing and analysis (to be released later).

The lectures are given by Professor Jian Zhao, who has been teaching rock mechanics and rock engineering since 1990, first at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, then at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne of Switzerland, and currently at Monash University in Melbourne of Australia. He is a Fellow of the International Society for Rock Mechanics since 2015.

Rock Engineering, a sequential on-line course to Rock Mechanics Principles given by the same lecturer will be made available in near future.

Click here to go to the online course webpage in the ISRM website .

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ISRM Suggested Methods videos now on the website

Based on the cooperation between Prof. Seokwon Jeon from Seoul National University (South Korea) and the ISRM Commissions on Testing Methods and on Education, video films on the ISRM Suggested Methods, which are made for educational purposes, started being embedded on the website of the Commission on Testing Methods.

This initiative is an attempt to provide detailed explanations on the ISRM Suggested Methods. The video films are being recorded from the experiments conducted in the Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering Laboratory of the Seoul National University.

The first video film is on the determination of "Uniaxial Compressive Strength and Deformability of Rock Materials" and is now online. New video films on other Suggested Methods will also appear on the website in near future.

Click here to go to the ISRM Suggested Methods videos webpage.

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ISRM Online Rock Mechanics Glossary: Norwegian and French now available

Following an initiative of the ISRM Board, supported by the Chinese National Group, a Glossary with rock mechanics terminology in different languages was compiled and is available on the ISRM website since March 2015.

An initial list of 1000 English rock mechanics terms were selected. With the recent addition of French and Norwegian, the following languages are available: Chinese, English, Finnish, French, German, Korean, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish and Turkish. Translations in other languages are arriving to the Secretariat and they will be added.

A dedicated platform was implemented on the website for the Rock Mechanics Glossary. To search, choose the original language and insert the term. If a correspondence is found, click on the adequate term to see its translation in the available languages.

Follow this link to test the glossary and leave your feedback .

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Public domain rock mechanics research reports

Publicly funded research programmes such as NIOSH in the USA and SIMRAC (MHSC) in South Africa provide free (or at a nominal fee) access to research reports and products on their websites. There must be many more public research domains in different fields of rock mechanics and in different countries. The ISRM would like to create a portal, which will create awareness about and access to public domain rock mechanics research. This portal could assist students and researchers in general. We would like to appeal to all members to provide information and links to public domain research websites. Please send information to the ISRM Secretariat: .

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Digital Library at OnePetro

The ISRM Digital Library makes available to the Rock Mechanics community worldwide the materials published in the ISRM Congresses and sponsored Symposia.

The ISRM Digital Library is part of OnePetro , a large online library managed by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Papers from more than thirty ISRM Congresses and sponsored Symposia are available ( click here for an up to date list ) and more are gradually regularly introduced in the Library.

At the beginning of every year, ISRM individual members registered on the ISRM website must follow these instructions to download , at no cost, up to 100 papers from the ISRM conferences. To visit the Digital Library at the

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ISRM Board meeting and ISRM Workshop in Zagreb, Croatia, 3-4 March 2016

The ISRM Board held a full day meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, on 2 March.2016. The meeting was hosted by the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb. During the Board meeting, representatives of National Groups from the region, introduced their activities to the Board members.

Representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey during the Board meeting Board members during the Board meeting

On the day after, 3 March, the ISRM Workshop Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, "Theoretical advances, investigation techniques and design" was held. The workshop, chaired by Prof. Ivan Vrkljan, was hosted by the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, University of Zagreb, and organized by the Croatian Geotechnical Society and the ISRM. During the opening ceremony, the Dean of the Faculty Prof. Zoran Nakić greeted and welcomed all participants. The ISRM President Dr Eda Freitas de Quadros presented the Dean, Prof. Zoran Nakić, with the ISRM 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book 1962-2012.

The President of the Croatian Geotechnical Society, Ivan Vrkljan, welcomed ISRM President with flowers, stressing that Dr Eda Freitas de Quadros is first female president in the long history of ISRM and ISSMGE.

The workshop consisted of 22 presentations on the following topics: Rock mass/rock joints parameters relevant for designing; Critical review of laboratory and field tests; In situ stress measurements; Back analysis in rock engineering; Rock engineering in Eurocode 7; Design methodology in rock engineering; Rock mechanics for mining and petroleum engineering; Damages caused by natural phenomena; Case histories. Handouts of all the presentations can be downloaded from the site of the Croatian Geotechnical Society .

Lectures were given by all Board members, Dr Nick Barton as a special guest, and ten lecturers from the region (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Switzerland).

The Workshop was attended by 148 participants from 26 countries, including the Board members.

Hall with the Workshop participants Students and a part the organizing team at information desk

Prof. em. Ivan Vrkljan
President of Croatian Geotechnical Society

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2017 ISRM International Symposium - AfriRock 2017
2-7 October, in Cape Town, South Africa

Venue: Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

The 2017 ISRM International Rock Mechanics Symposium is to be held in Cape Town. The conference theme is “Rock Mechanics for Africa”. The Symposium is being organised by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) and the South African National Institute of Rock Engineering (SANIRE). Prior to the conference, the ISRM Board, Council and Commission meetings will take place.

Individuals are invited to submit papers for the Symposium. Titles and short abstracts (no more than 500 words) should be submitted in English.

Key Dates
- 3 October 2016: Submission of abstracts
- 10 October 2016: Acceptance of abstracts
- 13 January 2017: Submission of final papers

- Fracture and damage of rocks
- Deformation of rock
- Numerical modelling
- Ground consolidation
- Constitutive models
- Specialised blasting to minimise rock damage
- Rock mechanics data
- Testing methods
- Instrumentation and monitoring
- Rock mechanics in underground mines
- Petroleum rock mechanics
- Slope Stability
- Ground support
- Caving mechanics
- Subsidence
- Design of tunnels and caverns
- Risk in rock engineering
- Design mechanics of fracking
- Crustal stress and earthquakes
- Mine seismicity and rockbursts
- Radioactive waste disposal
- Underground nuclear plants

The list of confirmed keynote speakers is: Nick Barton, Sérgio Fontoura, Luís Lamas, Dick Stacey and Nielen van der Merwe.

Technical visits are being arranged for after the conference: Chapman’s Peak drive rockfall protection in Cape Town, Structural Geological tour in Cape Town, Deep Gold Mine, Diamond Mine, Copper Mine.

For more information about AfriRock 2017, please contact:
Raymond van der Berg
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

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Rock Stress 2016, 10–12 May, Tampere, Finland, an ISRM Specialised Conference

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. It will be an ISRM-sponsored Specialised Conference.

Click here to download the Bulletin with up-to-date information. The final program will be ready in mid April.

The Symposium consists of interesting keynote presentations, parallel sessions and technical excursions. The technical excursions will take place on 12 May to the P-Hämppi Central Underground Parking and the Tampere Rantaväylä Tunnel. 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
  • "S tress field in Fennoscandia", Ove Stephansson
  • "Deep mine stresses, mining induced seismicity", Stephen D. McKinnon
  • "Development of hydraulic fracturing method", Francois Cornet
  • “An integrated approach for the evaluation of measurements and inferences of in-situ stresses”, Ömer Aydan

Early bird registration fees finish on 31 March. Please visit the website for the latest information.

Erik Johansson
Chair of the Organising Committee

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RockDyn-2, 18-20 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, 18-20 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. It will be an ISRM-sponsored Specialised Conference.

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.

The Conference is pleased to announce the following invited keynote presentations, with tentative general topics:

  • David BECK: Modelling of deep mining seismicity
  • Derek ELSWORTH: Induced seismicity in EGS
  • Manchao HE: Rock bolts for rock burst failure
  • Thomas KENKMANN: Dynamics of impact craters
  • Haibo LI: Vibration monitoring of nuclear power plant
  • Laura PYRAK-NOLTE: Wave propagation in rock fractures
  • Paul YOUNG: Rock fracture physics and seismicity
  • Jian ZHAO: Rock dynamic testing and 3D Hopkinson bar

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.

Please visit the conference website for more information.

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

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Geosafe 2016, 25–27 May, Xi'an, China, an ISRM Specialised Conference

The Geosafe 2016 Symposium will be 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. It will be an ISRM-sponsored Specialised Conference.

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.

The Geosafe 2016 Organising Committee

US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium program comes together

Planning for the 50th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium in Houston from 26-29 June 2016 is well underway. A record number of abstracts was received, and nearly 650 abstracts were accepted for the symposium. The abstracts suggest we will have very strong oral and poster sessions spanning petroleum, civil, mining, and interdisciplinary topics in rock mechanics and geomechanics. Continuing the trend from the last few years, a very large number of abstracts and sessions revolve around “interdisciplinary” topics that are of interest to civil, mining, and petroleum geomechanics professionals and showcase the unique value of the symposium to ARMA members.

In addition to the strong technical program that is shaping up for the symposium, ARMA will host a new high of six geomechanics-related workshops and two short courses. Workshops will be held on Hydraulic Fracturing, Geomechanics in Unconventionals, Laboratory Geomechanics Testing, Reservoir Engineering Applied to Geothermal, Microseismic Geomechanics, and an ARMA Future Leaders-Student workshop. Short courses will be taught on Shale Gas Geoengineering and Modeling of Coupled-Hydro-Mechanical Deformation and Fracturing.

As with previous symposia, we have also lined up world-renowned scientists to give a series of keynote addresses that highlight the importance and impact of geomechanics and rock mechanics. Keynotes speakers include MTS Lecture by Peter Kaiser and ARMA’s first Distinguished Lecture by Richard Goodman. William Ellsworth, Jean-Claude Roegiers, and Charles Fairhurst round out the keynote addresses. Technical tours have been arranged that will highlight Houston’s petroleum history (tours to Spindletop and the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig) and geology (tour on Active Faults in the Houston area).

The symposium will be held in Houston at the Westin Galleria Hotel and Conference Center. Holding the meeting in Houston will allow a larger number of petroleum-related geomechanics professionals to attend and broaden the interaction between the rock mechanics/geomechanics disciplines and industries. The Westin’s Conference Center allows the symposium a breadth of space that should enhance exhibitor and networking opportunities, as well as allow an expanded and more interactive series of poster sessions.

Registration is now open at the symposium website . I would like to encourage you to attend what is shaping up to be one of the largest and broadest ARMA symposia to date. ARMA symposia are valuable to our members through the quality, quantity, depth, and breadth of our interdisciplinary technical program, workshops, keynote lectures, and exhibitors in addition to the interaction and networking between our members. This year’s symposium is looking to be extraordinary in all those aspects, and you don’t want to miss it.

Details : American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA)
50th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, 26-29 June 2016, Westin Galleria, Houston, Texas, USA

Contact : Peter Smeallie, Executive Director, American Rock Mechanics Association
600 Woodland Terrace Alexandria, VA USA 22302 703-683-1808 (office) 703-997-6112 (fax)

David Yale, Symposium Chair

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2nd ISCSR, 28-30 September, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, an ISRM Specialised Conference

The Colombiam Geotechnical Society - SCG, with the support of the International Society for Rocks Mechanics - ISRM and various academics, guilds and industrial organizations, from local, national and international levels, invite you to participate in the following geotechnical events:

  • XV GEOTECHNIICAL COLOMBIAN CONGRESS: Advances and Technologies in Geotechnical Engineering for the infrastructure development.
  • SECOND INTERNATIONAL SPECIALIZED CONFERENCE ON SOFT ROCKS (2nd ISCSR): an ISRM-sponsored Specialised Conference : Understanding and Interpreting the Engineering Behavior of Soft Rocks.

These events will take place in the historical, tourist and pleasant city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, 28-30 September 2016.

Click here to download the first announcement. Visit the website for more information: .

The 2nd ISCSR Organizing Committee

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VIII SBMR, 19-22 October 2016, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, an ISRM Specialised Conference

The central theme of this edition of the Brazilian Symposium of Rock Mechanics (VIII SBMR) is “Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering for Innovation and Development”. This event aims to bring together professionals who make use of rock mechanics in any of its applications in engineering and geology. Focus will be given in three main contexts: Mining, Civil and Petroleum, in order to integrate the very latest in theory and practice of rock engineering. The VIII SBMR will be an ISRM-sponsored Specialized Conference.

The event will occur in parallel to the Brazilian Congress of Geotechnical Engineering, the South American Symposium of Young Geotechnical Engineers and the Special Conference on Geotechnical Education. A great exhibition of service providers, consultants and equipment dealers will be integrated with the technical sessions and lectures. Altogether, over 1500 people are expected to join in these venues.

Belo Horizonte is the mining capital of Brazil and participants will have the chance of meeting and interacting with all major Brazilian mining companies.

The main themes of the event are:

  1. Rock Mechanics for Foundations;
  2. Field and Laboratory Investigations in Rock Mechanics;
  3. Stability of Rock Slopes;
  4. Rock Mechanics for Petroleum Engineering;
  5. Numerical Modeling in Rock Mechanics;
  6. Rock Mechanics for Underground Excavation.
Deadline for abstract submission is January 18th, 2016. Join us in Belo Horizonte and share your experience with your peers. For more information go to

Sérgio Fontoura
Chairman of the Organising Committee

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RARE-2016, 16-18 November, Bengaluru, India, an ISRM Specialised Conference

The National Institute of Rock Mechanics is organizing an international conference on rock mechanics, titled “Recent Advances in Rock Engineering”, RARE-2016, as a Specialized Conference of the International Society for Rock Mechanics. The Conference will be for three days during 16th to 18th November, 2016, at Bengaluru (earlier Bangalore), the beautiful and pleasant city in southern India and the IT Capital of India.

The Conference will address the problems and challenges posed in excavation of openings in rock for mining engineering, civil engineering & infrastructure development projects, and will discuss solutions to overcome these problems. Past experiences will be shared, and application of new technologies will be explored.

The conference website will be launched soon .

The RARE-2016 Organising Committee

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ISRM Sponsored Meetings
  • 10-12 May 2016, Tampere, Finland. RS2016 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 Specialised Conference.
  • 29-31 August 2016, Cappadocia. Turkey. EUROCK 2016 – European Rock Mechanics Symposium and the 2016 ISRM International Symposium.
  • 6-7 October 2016, Cartagena, Colombia. 2nd International Conference on Soft Rocks. An ISRM Specialised Conference.
  • 18-20 October 2016, Bali, Indonesia. ARMS 2016 – 9th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium.
  • 19-22 October 2016, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. VII Brazilian Rock Mechanics Symposium. An ISRM Specialised Conference.
  • 16-18 November 2016, Bangalore, India. RARE 2016 – Recent Advances in Rock Engineering. An ISRM Specialised Conference.
  • 20-22 June 2017, Ostrava, Czech Republic. EUROCK 2017 – European Rock Mechanics Symposium .
  • 2-6 October 2017, Cape Town, South Africa. AfriRock 2017 – 1st African Rock Engineering Symposium.
  • 22-26 May 2018, St Petersburg, Russia. EUROCK 2018 – European Rock Mechanics Symposium .
  • October 2018, Singapore. ARMS 2018 the 10th Asian Rock Mechanics 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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