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No. 42 - June 2018

Contents

Message from the President

In the last month of May 2018, the present Board completed three years of activity as the governing body of our Society. So, it is a great pleasure to write this message after these three years, when much work has been done aiming to enhance ISRM. As I usually repeat in my messages, all the work done during our tenure was possible only due to the harmony existing among the members of the Board and the efficiency of our Secretariat in Lisbon. There is much enjoyment for all of us, for this opportunity to serve our Society during the last three years.

Time passed very quickly. It seems like it was just another day that we started our work in the Board. During this period and following our initial program we developed many contacts which contributed to expanding our Society in different countries within our various geographical regions. Our promise for the continuation of the success of ISRM since the beginning of our term of office was the main motive, and that we should never weaken our wish to work more and more for the benefit and enhancement of ISRM.

We feel especially pleased because our Society has continued to grow in these last three years. We are also happy for the addition of the term rock engineering to the name of our Society, which contributes to define a Society that is really concerned with the scientific development not only of rock mechanics but also the practice of rock engineering, where rock mechanics theory is also applied.

In this year we are celebrating our 56 years anniversary and in the next year our 14th International Congress will be held in the city of Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil. It will certainly be a successful event which will take place in the border of Argentina-Brazil-Paraguay. One of our Vice Presidents (Prof. Sergio Fontoura) is the Chairman of the Congress.

We are very grateful to the representatives of our National Groups for their participation and collaboration with the activities proposed by the Board. We have now 61 National Groups. The last country to join us is Macedonia. Last year Iceland and Malaysia joined us. Mexico already belongs to the South America region. We are also grateful for the participation of our Fellows in the times they were asked to collaborate with the Board.

In the first half of this year of 2018 we sponsored some specialized conferences and also the European Regional Symposium – EUROCK 2018, which was a very successful event, held in the beautiful city of St Petersburg and had the presence of half of the ISRM Board members. During this Symposium, the 2nd Early Career Forum for young engineers was successfully organized by the ISRM Education Fund Committee under the support of the ISRM, the National Group of China and the National Group of Russia.

At this moment, the Board is working on the selection of the winner and runners-up of the ISRM Rocha Medal, who will be publicly announced during the Council meeting in Singapore in October. Also in Singapore the most important Award of our Society, the Müller Award and the country for the next International Congress when ISRM will celebrate the 60 years anniversary, will be selected by secret ballot.

Thanks to the support of the Secretariat in Lisbon and the collaboration of the National Groups, added to the active work of the Board, we believe that the objectives proposed in the beginning of the present term of office will be reached by 2019.

Eda F. Quadros
ISRM President

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ARMS10, the 2018 ISRM International Symposium, 29 Oct - 3 Nov, Singapore

The 10th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium - ARMS10 is happening in 4 months and it is gearing up for a quality line-up of technical programs, courses, workshops, distinguished speakers and technical tours!

Do note that both the conference registration and acceptance notification for full paper will commence from Monday, 16th July 2018.

Here is a concise update of the main events of ARMS10.

Workshops:

  • In-situ Rock Testing - Abbas TAHERI
  • Underground LNG storage - Philippe VASKOU
  • Geothermal Energy - Chun’an TANG
  • Structural Geology and Applied Rock Mechanics - John COSGROVE and Nick BARTON

          Short Course

          • Rock Tunnelling - Manoj Verman

          Distinguished Speakers

          • Key Complex Process Couplings and Challenges in the Effective Recovery of Deep Geothermal Energy - Derek Elsworth
          • Eurocode 7: genesis, development and implications for rock engineering - John Harrison
          • Mining Rock Mechanics in China - Manchao He
          • The Roles of Higher-Frequency Waves in "Unexpected" Problems of Earthquakes - Koji Uenishi
          • Rock fracturing by low power microwave treatments – observation, mechanism and application - Jian Zhao
          • Rock mechanics developments in Singapore - Zhiye Zhao
          • Failure of Anisotropic Rocks such as Shales, and Implications for Borehole Stability - Robert Zimmerman

                        Technical tours

                        • Land Transport Authority: Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) Site
                        • Jurong Rock Cavern
                        • Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS)
                        • Dairy Farm Visit on Rock Mapping using Photogrammetry and Drones Demonstration
                        • Nanyang Technological University Tour

                        Bookmark this link to stay up-to-date with ARMS10: www.arms10.org!

                        Yingxin ZHOU
                        Symposium Chair

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                        22nd ISRM Online Lecture by Prof. Håkan Stille

                        For the 22nd ISRM Online Lecture the ISRM invited Professor Håkan Stille, from Sweden. The title of the lecture is “Rock grouting-theories in practical application”. It was broadcast on Tuesday, 28th June, at 10 AM GMT and remains available in a dedicated webpage.

                        Professor Håkan Stille has a distingusihed carrier both in the academia and in consulting. He is Professor Emeritus of Soil and Rock Mechanics in the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, where he taught from 1986 to 2010. Previous from joining the academia he worked as a consulting geotechnical engineer at Hagconsult AB, from 1969 to 1984 and then as head of the soil and rock mechanical group and later Vice-president of Skanska Technique. From 2010 to the present he has been member of dispute boards or witness expert in major claims and an independent consultant in geotechnical engineering, responsible for the geotechnical design or member of the board of experts for infrastructure projects in nineteen countries in all continents.

                        Professor Stille is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, of the Swedish National Group of ISRM and of the Swedish Member Society of the ISSMGE. He is the Chairman of ISRM´s commission on Rock Grouting and has conducted several activities related to standards development and implementation, namely as Vice-chairman of the Swedish Commission of Implementation of Eurocode 7: Geotechnical design (2005-2011), member of the Swedish Group for Geotechnical Design (CEN/TC 250/SC7) and of the Evolution Group 13 and Task Group 3 (Rock Mechanics) of the European Committee for Standardization.

                        Has authored and co-authored over 100 papers and publications to professional journals, conferences and seminars and authored and co-authored several books, in English and Swedish: "Rock Engineering", "Design of anchored sheet pile walls", "Cement grouting of Fractured Rock" and "Rock Grouting".

                        Finally, Professor Stille has received several awards and given awards lectures: the Laurits Bjerrum Lecture from NGI in 1988, the Sigge Thernwall Award (2005), the Atlas Copco Award in Rock Engineering (2006) the Swedish Society of Civil and Structures Engineers Award (2007) and finally the 2017 ITA's Sir Muir Wood lecture.

                        Previous ISRM Online Lectures were given by Wulf Schubert, John Hudson, Pierre Dufaut, Eduardo Alonso, John Read, Herbert Einstein, Shunsuke Sakurai, Resat Ulusay, Dick Stacey, Jean Sulem, Nick Barton, Ove Stephansson, Peter Kaiser, Walter Wittke, Nielen van der Merwe, Giovanni Barla, Charles Fairhurst, Marc Panet, Xia-Ting Feng, Milton Kanji and Laura Pyrak-Nolte.

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                        Prof. Xia-Ting Feng elected President of FedIGS

                        The ISRM immediate Past-President Prof. Xia-Ting Feng was elected President of the Federation of International Geo-Engineering Societies (FedIGS), for the 4-year term starting on 15 July 2018. Prof. Feng will succeed to Prof. Jean-Louis Briaud as President of the Federation.

                        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 the Federation are:

                        • International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)
                        • International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM)
                        • International Association of Engineering Geology (IAEG)
                        • International Geosynthetics Society (IGS)

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                        14th ISRM CONGRESS - submission of abstracts from 4 July to 12 September

                        Dear fellow rock engineer

                        2019 will be a special year for the ISRM South America National Groups when the region welcomes the ISRM family for its 14th Congress. Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay will be the host countries for the event that is to be held in Foz do Iguassu, city that marks the common border amongst these countries. It is an honor to organize such a venue but it is also a great responsibility to maintain the tradition of memorable ISRM congresses.

                        The central theme of the Congress is Rock Mechanics for Natural Resources and Infrastructure Development, a theme much relevant and needed for the current stage of most of the countries. All ISRM regions are invited to share their experience in the theme. The technical programme is being established by an International Scientific Committee in order to attract different categories of geotechnical professionals as academics, consultants, contractors, public companies and should incorporate issues of ISRM Technical Commissions.

                        On behalf of the Brazilian Rock Mechanics Committee, Argentinian Society of Geotechnical Engineering and Paraguayan Society of Geotechnics it is a great pleasure to announce the preparation for the 2019 ISRM International Congress and also to invite you to start getting ready to come and join us in Foz do Iguassu.

                        Submission of Abstracts opens on 4 July and closes on 12 September 2018. For more information visit the Congress website: http://www.isrm2019.com.

                        Sérgio Fontoura (General Chair)
                        Ricardo Jose Rocca (Co-chair)
                        José Pavón Mendoza (Co-Chair)

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                        The 2019 Rock Dynamics Summit in Okinawa - an ISRM Specialized Conference

                        The 2019 Rock Dynamics Summit in Okinawa as a specialized conference of the International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM) will be held in Bankoku Shinryokan on Busena Point in Nago, one of the most scenic spots in Okinawa (Japan), surrounded by the beautiful emerald ocean which clear blue sky and hosted 2000 Kyushu-Okinawa G-8 Summit.

                        The 2019 Rock Dynamic Summit in Okinawa is jointly organized by the Rock Dynamics Committee of Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE-RDC) and Japan Society for Rock Mechanics (JSRM) and supported by the International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM) and Turkish National Society for Rock Mechanics (TNSRM).

                        Rock dynamics involves diverse research scopes ranging from earthquake engineering, blasting, impacts, failure of rock engineering structures as well as the occurrence and prediction of earthquakes, induced seismicity, rockbursts and non-destructive testing and explorations. Rock dynamics has wide applications in civil and infrastructural, resources and energy, geological and environmental engineering, geothermal energy, and earthquake hazard management. This topic has become one of the important area of research and engineering activities in geomechanics and geoengineering. The 2019 Rock Dynamic Summit in Okinawa is organized to address scientific research as well as engineering applications. There will be ten keynote speeches related to each theme of the summit by the eminent speakers involved in various aspects of Rock Dynamics.

                        Colleagues interested in participating in 2019RDS are cordially invited to submit abstracts on the topics within the scope of the summit. Abstract should be submitted through the summit website (http://www.2019rds.org) and the key-dates are as follows:

                        • Abstract submission: 6 July 2018
                        • Notification for abstract acceptance: 27 July 2018
                        • Deadline for full paper submission: 30 November 2018
                        • Notification for full paper acceptance: 18 January 2019

                        On behalf of the organizers of 2019 Rock Dynamic Summit in Okinawa, we look forward to meeting you in Okinawa, where to share and to cooperate, with a common goal to advance rock dynamics on 7 to 11 May 2019.

                        For more information visit the website:http://www.2019rds.org/

                        Prof. Dr. Ömer AYDAN, Chairman
                        Prof. Dr. Takashi KYOYA Co-Chairman
                        Emeritus Prof. Dr. Toshikazu KAWAMOTO, Honorary Chairman

                        Bankoku ShinryokanSummit HallBussena Terrace Hotel

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                        New videos of ISRM Suggested Methods on the ISRM 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, have bee embedded on the ISRM website.

                        Recently, two new videos have been included:

                        • Uniaxial compressive strength and deformability of rock materials (updated version)
                        • Brazilian tension test

                        More educational videos are being prepared and will be uploaded soon at the Suggested Methods videos page.

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                        Brazilian Symposium on Rock Mechanics – SBMR 2018

                        The most important geotechnical meeting in Brazil will be held in August 2018, bringing together five major thematic events, including the VIII SBMR - Brazilian Symposium on Rock Mechanics. Also in this edition, the SBMR consolidates itself as a specialized conference of the ISRM and aims to congregate professionals and students of rock mechanics in both national and international spheres, attracting especially participants from South America. The chairman of the event is Prof. Lineu Azuaga Ayres da Silva, president of the Brazilian Rock Mechanics Committee (CBMR). The main committee of the event is composed by the CBMR board members: Dr. Vivian Marchesi (vice-president of CBMR), Prof. Sergio Fontoura (general secretary of the CBMR and vice-president of ISRM for South America), Prof. Carlos Emmanuel Lautenschläger (executive secretary of CBMR) and Profª Anna Luiza Ayres da Silva (treasurer of the CBMR).

                        The event will take place between August 28th and September 1st 2018, in the city of Salvador, Bahia (Bahia Othon Palace Hotel). In parallel to the SBMR, four other events will take place: COBRAMSEG (Brazilian Congress of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering), SPD (Pan-american Symposium on Landslides), Geojovem (Brazilian Symposium of Young Geotechnical Engineers) and Luso-Brasileiro (Luso-Brazilian Congress of Geotechnical Engineering). The central themes of the events are aligned with urban development, which is the theme of SBMR 2018: "Rocks Engineering on Urban Development".

                        In addition to the technical program, the 3rd edition of RockBowl Brazil will also take place within the Symposium. RockBowl is a very successful game, consolidated in the geotechnical community since the last two editions of the SBMR. Organized by CBMR, the game is sponsored by Geobrugg. The prize for the winning team will be a sponsorship to represent Brazil in the international edition of RockBowl, during the International Congress of Rock Mechanics in 2019.

                        The eighth edition of the SBMR is special for CBMR because it is the largest national rock event before ISRM 2019, which will be held in Foz do Iguaçú in September 2019. The organizers of the symposium are committed to mobilising the Brazilian geotechnical community to participate in the most important international event of rock mechanics.

                        The organizing committee invites everyone to participate in SBMR 2018! For information and registration, go to http://www.cobramseg2018.com.br and click on the menu "8° SBMR" or directly contact the organizing committee of the event through the email cbmr@abms.com.br.

                        The SBMR 2018 Organising Committee

                        AUSROCK 2018, 28-30 November, Sydney, Australia - an ISRM Specialized Conference

                        AUSROCK 2018: The Fourth Australasian Ground Control in Mining Conference will be held between 28th and 30th November 2018 at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney in Australia.

                        AUSROCK 2018 will provide a vehicle for information exchange between the coal and metalliferous sectors of the industry with a focus on new technologies and developments, industry needs and mine site problem solving, and practical case studies.

                        Conference discussion themes include: ground support systems and design in underground and open cut mines; geotechnical instrumentation, monitoring and data management; challenges in extreme mining environments including multiseam, multireef and complex orebodies; regional stability; alternative materials in ground control; geotechnical consideration in mine design; backfill technologies; pillar design and performance; rock mass characterisation techniques and practice; slope stability; geotechnical risk management; best practice case studies; numerical modelling; mine subsidence; caving mechanics and control; dynamic mining events and managing large deformations and geotechnical education and training.

                        Keynote speakers include Prof Resat Ulusay, Prof Jiachen Wang, Prof Dick Stacey and Mr Martyn Robotham.

                        Conference delegates will take part in an extensive and focused technical programme complemented by two exclusive workshops along with networking opportunities that will promote and encourage professional development. A networking highlight will include a private dinner cruise of the internationally renowned Sydney Harbour, which takes on views of Sydney’s metropolis and the famous Opera House.

                        The conference will be organised jointly by ISRM, AusIMM, and UNSW Sydney and will be co-chaired by Professors Ismet Canbulat and Serkan Saydam of UNSW Sydney.

                        We warmly invite you to register for AusRock 2018 and we look forward to welcoming you to Sydney this coming November.

                        For more information visit the website: http://ausrock.ausimm.com.

                        Sydney harbour

                        UNSW Sydney

                        AUSROCK 2014 – Keynote speakers
                        with the Co-Chair of the conference

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                        The 2019 Rock Dynamics Summit in Okinawa - an ISRM Specialized Conference

                        The 2019 Rock Dynamics Summit in Okinawa as a specialized conference of the International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM) will be held in Bankoku Shinryokan on Busena Point in Nago, one of the most scenic spots in Okinawa (Japan), surrounded by the beautiful emerald ocean which clear blue sky and hosted 2000 Kyushu-Okinawa G-8 Summit.

                        The 2019 Rock Dynamic Summit in Okinawa is jointly organized by the Rock Dynamics Committee of Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE-RDC) and Japan Society for Rock Mechanics (JSRM) and supported by the International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM) and Turkish National Society for Rock Mechanics (TNSRM).

                        Rock dynamics involves diverse research scopes ranging from earthquake engineering, blasting, impacts, failure of rock engineering structures as well as the occurrence and prediction of earthquakes, induced seismicity, rockbursts and non-destructive testing and explorations. Rock dynamics has wide applications in civil and infrastructural, resources and energy, geological and environmental engineering, geothermal energy, and earthquake hazard management. This topic has become one of the important area of research and engineering activities in geomechanics and geoengineering. The 2019 Rock Dynamic Summit in Okinawa is organized to address scientific research as well as engineering applications. There will be ten keynote speeches related to each theme of the summit by the eminent speakers involved in various aspects of Rock Dynamics.

                        Colleagues interested in participating in 2019RDS are cordially invited to submit abstracts on the topics within the scope of the summit. Abstract should be submitted through the summit website (http://www.2019rds.org) and the key-dates are as follows:

                        • Abstract submission: 6 July 2018
                        • Notification for abstract acceptance: 27 July 2018
                        • Deadline for full paper submission: 30 November 2018
                        • Notification for full paper acceptance: 18 January 2019

                        On behalf of the organizers of 2019 Rock Dynamic Summit in Okinawa, we look forward to meeting you in Okinawa, where to share and to cooperate, with a common goal to advance rock dynamics on 7 to 11 May 2019.

                        For more information visit the website:http://www.2019rds.org/

                        Prof. Dr. Ömer AYDAN, Chairman
                        Prof. Dr. Takashi KYOYA Co-Chairman
                        Emeritus Prof. Dr. Toshikazu KAWAMOTO, Honorary Chairman

                        Bankoku ShinryokanSummit HallBussena Terrace Hotel

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                        Report on Eurock 2018 in St. Petersburg, Russia

                        In St. Petersburg, leading experts in geomechanics and rock geodynamics discussed topical problems in the field and methods for their solutions.

                        On Wednesday, May 23, the International European Symposium Eurock 2018 was opened in the Multifunctional complex “Gorny”. Scientists from 50 countries, including the USA, Australia, Canada, Germany and others, arrived in the city on the Neva.

                        In welcoming speech, the rector of St. Petersburg Mining University, Professor Vladimir Litvinenko and the President of the ISRM Eda Quadros noted that the event will be useful for the entire industry and specialists will be able to discuss the most important issues, exchange experience in introducing new technologies and gain new contacts and connections.

                        During the symposium, over 200 reports were presented on nine main scientific themes of geomechanics. EUROCK 2018 has become a platform for the exchange of experience precisely in the field of introducing new technologies that enhance the safety of mining enterprises. Delegates of the symposium discussed innovations related to:

                        • numerical research and regressive analysis;
                        • rock mass strength and failure;
                        • development of mineral deposits: methods and geomechanics challenges;
                        • geodynamics and monitoring of rock mass behavior;
                        • rock mechanics and underground space development: mining, hydrotechnical engineering, and civil engineering structures, geophysics in rock mechanics;
                        • physical and mechanical properties of fractured rock (laboratory studies of rock properties, field measurements and investigations);
                        • geophysics in rock mechanics;
                        • rock mechanics in petroleum engineering;
                        • risks and geodynamic hazards.

                        A ISRM early career forum was held at the Symposium. It was attended by 7 representatives of geodynamic schools in Russia. As a result of the forum, the scientific work of young Russian specialists was highly appreciated by the international scientific committee. Traditionally, exhibition of equipment for geomechanical and geodynamic research will be organised during the Symposium.

                        Sponsors of EUROCK 2018 were the Russian Copper Company, Polymetal and Uralkali. The organizers of the event were ISRM, the Mining University and Russian Geomechanics Association.

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                        Report on TuniRock 2018

                        The First International Conference on Rock Mechanics (TuniRock 2018), an ISRM Specialized Conference, was held in the very nice city of Hammamet, Tunisia from 29 to 31 March 2018. This is the first International Conference organized by the Tunisian Society for Rock Mechanics since its creation in 2012 and affiliation within the International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM) as a National Group in 2013. The theme of the conference was “Advances in Rock Mechanics”. Of the 35 papers included in the Proceedings, 19 are from Africa (Tunisia, South Africa, Algeria, Libya, Nigeria). Papers deal with rock mechanics and rock engineering research and applications. Mining, Civil and Petroleum Engineering industries are also included. The main topics of the conference were rock matrix and rock mass characterisation, monitoring, geotechnical investigations, numerical modelling, slope stability, petroleum rock mechanics, support design, tunnelling, pillar design, seismic analysis.

                        Two Short one-day courses were delivered:

                        • The first course was delivered 28 March 2018 on “The integration of structural geology and applied rock mechanics: the origin and characteristics of rock joints and joint sets, (i.e. fractures and fracture sets), shear strength, anisotropy, Q-system application for drill-and-blast tunnelling, TBM tunnelling and QTBM prognosis” by Dr N. Barton (NB&A, Oslo, Norway) and Prof. John Cosgrove Imperial College, London.
                        • The second course was delivered 1 April 2018 on “Slope Stability in Fractured Rock Masses” by Prof. Pinnaduwa H.S.W. Kulatilake (University of Arizona, USA).

                        Moreover, eight keynote lectures were delivered during the TuniRock 2018 Conference:

                        1. A glimpse into the 56 years of the ISRM, 1962-2018, Dr. Luis Lamas (Secretary General ISRM, Portugal)
                        2. Rock Mechanics in the Future- Some ISRM Visions, Dr. Eda F. de Quadros (President ISRM, Brazil)
                        3. Some new developments in intelligent rock mechanics and engineering, Prof. Xia Ting Feng, Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
                        4. Enhanced resource recovery using massive fluid injection in natural environments, Prof. Ali Karrech (University of Western Australia, Australia)
                        5. Dealing with uncertainty and risk in rock engineering design, Mr William C. Joughin (SRK Consulting, South Africa)
                        6. High performance iterative thermo-hydro-mechanical scheme for establishing safe injection procedures into oil reservoirs, Prof. Sergio A. B. da Fontoura, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
                        7. TBM tunneling under difficult conditions: too massive, too faulted, too wet, too deep, Dr. Nick Barton Nick (Barton & Associates, Norway)
                        8. Recent developments on rock mass stability investigations associated with surface and underground excavations in three dimensions, Prof. Pinnaduwa H.S.W. Kulatilake (University of Arizona, USA)

                        The Tunisian Society for Rock Mechanics is grateful to the organising and scientific committees as well as to presenters and keynote lecturers for taking time to share their knowledge within this major event. Thanks are also due to the President of ISRM, Dr. Eda Freitas de Quadros (Brazil) and to the Secretary General of the ISRM, Dr. Luis Lamas (Portugal) for accepting the invitation to attend the Conference and for their support.

                        Prof. Essaieb Hamdi
                        National Engineering School at Tunis
                        President – Tunisian Society for Rock Mechanics


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                        ISRM Rocha Medal 2020 - nominations to be received by 31 December 2018

                        Nominations for the Rocha Medal 2020 are to be received by the ISRM Secretariat by 31 December 2018. The winner will be announced during the 14th ISRM International Congress on Rock Mechanics in Foz de Iguaçú, Brazil, and will be invited to receive the award and deliver a lecture at the 2020 ISRM International Symposium .

                        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 2020.

                        Visit to Slovenia and Croatia National Groups

                        Prof. Norikazu Shimizu, ISRM Vice President at Large, and Prof. Ivan Vrkljan, past ISRM Vice President, visited Slovenia to meet Dr Mojca Ravnikar Turk, President of the Slovenian National Group Ms. Suzana Svetličič, Secretary, past President Dr Vojkan Jovičič and other members, and to attend a workshop on “DInSAR-Modern displacement monitoring using satellite technology in geotechnical engineering” and “Geodetic survey in geotechnical engineering-Slovenian experience” organized by the Slovenian National Group on 17 May at the Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute. One lecture about the application of DInSAR to ground displacement monitoring was delivered by Prof. Shimizu, and three presentations about classical geodesy methods, terrestrial laser scanning, and GNSS in geotechnics were made by Messrs. Dušan Kogoj, Klemen Kregar, and Bojan Stopar, respectively. The workshop was enjoyed by 35 participants.

                        Prof Shimizu visited Croatia to join a seminar on “Landslide monitoring using GNSS and DInSAR” at the Croatian Geological Survey and a field excursion on 19 May. Both were organized by the Croatian Geotechnical Society (President: Dr. Igor Sokolić) and by the Croatian Geological Survey. One member came to participate in this event from Bosnia and Herzegovina. They discussed a famous landslide area in Zagreb, considering the monitoring results by the modern technologies of GNSS and DInSAR together with historical and conventional viewpoints. After the seminar, almost all the participants went to the field to confirm the actual behavior and situation of the landslide. This event was very successful for exchanging mutual knowledge and for making collaborations.

                        Another lecture was made by Prof. Shimizu at the University of Split, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy, on 21 May 2018.

                        Workshop in SloveniaWorkshop in Croatia

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                        ISRM Sponsored meetings

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                        3rd ICITG, Guimaães, Portugal, 29 Sep. to 2 Oct. 2019 - Call for abstracts

                        The 3rd International Conference on Information Technology in Geo-Engineering (3rd ICITG) is organised in the framework of the activities of the Joint Technical Committee 2 (JTC2) on "Representation of Geo-Engineering Data" of the Federation of International Geo-Engineering Societies (FedIGS), by the Portuguese Geotechnical Society (SPG) and the University of Minho (UM).

                        This conference aims to address the most updated developments in information communication and technologies in geo-engineering. It covers the application to laboratory and field tests, as well as the monitoring and survey of geo-structures. It embraces also intelligent geomaterials, intelligent construction and all the related aspects with design, construction and maintenance of geo-structures.

                        Authors are invited to submit their abstracts and papers on themes of 3rd ICITG 2019. All accepted papers will be published by Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering and further submitted for indexing by Scopus and Web of Science. Additionally, you can also propose a Workshop to the Organizing Committee.

                        The deadline for submission of abstracts is 17 August 2018. Submission of abstracts is made only through the following website: https://ocs.springer.com/misc/home/ICITG2019.

                        For more information visit the conference website: http://www.3rd-icitg2019.civil.uminho.pt/.

                        On behalf of the organizing committee I am honoured to invite you to the 3rd ICITG in the City of Guimarães, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

                        António Gomes Correia
                        Chairman of the 3rd ICITG

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