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No. 43 - September 2018


ARMS10 - Register now!

The 10th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium - ARMS10 is happening in one month and has a quality technical program with courses, workshops, distinguished speakers and technical tours

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


  • In-situ Rock Testing - Abbas TAHERI
  • Underground Rock Caverns for Hydrocarbons with Focus on LNG - Philippe VASKOU
  • Geothermal Energy - Derek ELSWORTH, John HOLBROOK, Xiaozhao LI, Chunan TANG, Wei WU, Jian ZHAO
  • The Integration of 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: !

Yingxin ZHU
Symposium Chair

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23rd ISRM Online Lecture by Prof. Maurice Dusseault

For the 23rd ISRM Online Lecture the ISRM invited Professor Maurice Dusseault, from University of Waterloo, Canada. The title of the lecture is Subsurface Geomechanics Challenges in Naturally Fractured Rock Masses (click to watch ) . It was broadcast on 18 September and remains available in a dedicated webpage.

Maurice is a Professional Engineer and teaches Geological Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He carries out research in deep underground engineering issues including oil production, hydraulic fracturing, energy storage, geothermal energy, carbon sequestration, and deep injection disposal of granular solids and liquid wastes (including biosolids, oilfield wastes, and civil wastes).

He is involved in energy technologies that can be downscaled to community levels to provide robust and reliable heat and power: geothermal, natural gas approaches, compressed air energy storage, and heat geo-storage. Many of the general energy processes he works on involve hydraulic fracture implementation to generate communication, or analysis to prevent hydraulic fracturing onset.

He holds over 90 international patents, has about 570 full-text papers published in journals and conferences and has taught Petroleum Geomechanics short courses in 28 countries. He authored the ISRM Course on Introduction to Petroleum Geomechanics (open to ISRM members).

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, Laura Pyrak-Nolte and Håkan Stille .

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FedIGS Board meeting in San Francisco

The annual Board meeting of the Federation of the International Geoengineering Societies (FedIGS) took place in San Francisco, U.S.A., on 24 September, immediately after the XIII IAEG Congress. FedIGS is a collaborative forum that gathers the IAEG, the IGS, the ISRM and the ISSMGE.

The meeting, chaired by the newly elected President Prof. Xia-ting Feng, was very informative and important decisions were taken. Reports of the Joint Technical Committees (JTC) of FedIGS were presented, as well as reports about the activities of the four Member Societies. The FedIGS Immediate Past-President Prof. Jean-Louis Briaud had a successful tenure during the last four years, contributing to the FedIGS organization and activities and also giving encouragement to the work of the JTC.

The meeting had the presence of: Prof. Xia-ting Feng (FedIGS President), Prof. Scott Burns (IAEG President), Prof. Charles Ng ( ISSMGE President) Prof. Chungsik Yoo (IGS President), Dr Eda Quadros (ISRM President), Prof. Roger Frank (ISSMGE), Dr. Russel Jonh (IGS), Dr Russel Jones (IGS), Prof. Carlos Delgado (IAEG), Dr. Luis Lamas (ISRM SG) and Prof. Wu Facquan (IAEG SG). The spirit of collaboration among all present and all the Member Societies was noteworthy.

It was understood that the Federation can be very useful for ISRM in many aspects: improvement of the relationship among the Geotechnical Societies, exchange of information on their management, technical activities and future developments. These are aspects of importance for the progress of each one the FedIGS Member Societies, and it is useful that this information is shared and discussed.

The IAEG and Prof. Scott Burns hosted us impeccably. A welcome reception with Oregon wine, one of Scott's many fields of expertise, followed by a nice dinner, showed his hospitality and impressed the FedIGS Board Members.

On behaf of ISRM I congratulate Prof. Xia-ting Feng, wishing him a successful four-year presidential term.

Eda F. Quadros
ISRM President

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ISRM 14th International Congress on Rock Mechanics, Foz de Iguaçu, Brazil, 13-18 September 2019 Deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 October 2018

The International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, ISRM, is pleased to announce its 14th Congress to be held 13-18 September 2019 in the city of Foz do Iguaçú, Brazil at the Bourbon Spa & Convention Hotel. The Congress is being organized by the ISRM Brazilian National Group in partnership with the Argentinian and Paraguayan National Groups.

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 countries. All ISRM regions are invited to share their experience in the theme. The program of activities has been released and is available at the Congress website and features short courses, workshops, technical sessions, the Early Career Forum and the student fun game RockBowl. Distinguished experts such as Daniel Francois Malan (South Africa), Laura Pyrak-Nolte (USA), John Read (Australia), Giovanni Barla (Italy), Li Xiao (China), Yuzo Ohnishi (Japan), Tarcisio Celestino (Brazil) and Erling Fjaer (Norway) will deliver keynote lectures that cover rock engineering for underground and open pit mines, civil works and petroleum engineering, experimental and computational state-of-the-art.

The Organizing Committee invites all members of the rock mechanics community to submit proposals of papers until 30 October 2018. Please click here to access the Congress webpage and follow the instructions.

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

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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 is 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 are Profs Dick Stacey, Jiachen Wang, Resat Ulusay and Sarah Webster, Martyn Robotham, Winton Gale.

The forty four papers accepted will be presented in single stream sessions over the three days, with two half day workshops scheduled on the day before (Forecasting instability in underground mines and Open Pit Stability, Monitoring and Slope Management). Thirteen exhibitors and a similar number of sponsors are supporting the conference, with networking opportunities including 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 is organised jointly by ISRM, AusIMM, and UNSW Sydney and co-chaired by Professors Ismet Canbulat and Serkan Saydam of UNSW Sydney. Conference registration is open and we look forward to welcoming you to Sydney in November. For more information visit the website: .

Sydney harbour

UNSW Sydney

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

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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, Three new videos have been included:

  • Uniaxial compressive strength and deformability of rock materials (updated version based on comments from Mr. Chris Langille at Univ. of Western Australia )
  • Water Content, Porosity, Density, and Wave Velocity
  • Shear Strength of Rock Joints

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

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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 .

New commission on Coupled THMC Processes in Fractured Rock has been approved

The Commission on Coupled Thermal-Hydro-Mechanical-Chemical Processes in Fractured Rock, chaired by Jonny Rutqvist from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, U.S.A., was recently approved by the ISRM Board. Click here to visit the Commission page on the ISRM website, with all Commission members .

Purpose of the Commission

  • to discuss and develop best approaches to address world challenging problems and to initiate new scientific directions in coupled THMC research through benchmarking and brainstorming meetings;
  • to hold CouFrac to bring scientists working on this topic together, communicate, collaborate and bridge the gap of the research across countries, projects and physical fields;
  • to strengthen rock mechanics in fields such as nuclear wastes disposal, petroleum engineering, geothermal exploitation and carbon sequestration;to encourage collaboration of those who practice in coupled THMC analysis.

Product of the Commission

  • a document summarizing current approaches and state of art of coupled THMC processes modelling, supporting by the Proceedings of the International Conference on Coupled Processes in Fractured Geological Media: Observation, Modeling, and Application (CouFrac);
  • special issues in top international journals after CouFrac conferences;
  • ‘Chin-Fu Tsang Coupled Processes Award’ during each CouFrac conference for identifying outstanding early career scientists in this field.
The conference CouFrac will take place 12-14 November in Wuhan, China. Click here to visit the CouFrac website .

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ISRM Sponsored meetings

Click here to go to the ISRM Sponsored Conferences page on the ISRM website.

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Geotechnical challenges in karst, Omis-Split, 11-13 April 2019, an ISRM Specialised Conference

The 8th Conference of Croatian Geotechnical Society with international participation " Geotechnical challenges in karst ", to take place 11-13 April 2019 in Omis-Split, is an ISRM Specialized Conference.

As karst poses many challenges to engineers, karst is the main subject of this conference. However, we will receive papers with other topics in geology, geotechnical engineering, etc.

It is worth knowing that great Karl Terzaghi started his rich career in Croatian karst, in Gacko polje, just 110 years ago. His first contributions to geology and geotechnical engineering will be remembered in a special lecture, to inspire us all. Hence the subtitle of the conference is Karl Terzaghi and Croatian karst 110 years ago .

The topic of the congress has arisen from a whole range of new life requirements. Let’s just mention some. By spreading the settlements at the bottom of the high cliffs, there is a need for a high-quality protection against the rockfalls. The need to build garages in urban areas, and to save valuable resources on the surface for other purposes, the coastal towns descend underground into the area of the karst. The construction of the foundations of large bridges and viaducts in the coastal zone creates a challenge in the transfer of concentrated loads into karst characterized by a number of weaknesses (karst sinkholes, caverns, …). The need for the construction of high speed roads in the coastal zone of the Republic of Croatia implicates excavations of long tunnels, which again is threat in the karst area.

Abstracts will be accepted until 15.10.2018. Full papers will be accepted until 15.01.2019.

If you wish to take part in this conference, to present a paper, as an exhibitor or sponsor, or you just wish to attend it, click here to visit the conference website .

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The 2019 Rock Dynamics Summit in Okinawa, 7-11 May, 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 ( and the key-dates are as follows:

  • 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:

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

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3rd ICITG, Guimaães, Portugal, 29 Sep. to 2 Oct. 2019 – September Update

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. The main themes are: Data exchange (including ownership/legal aspects); Use of Information and communications technologies (ICT) in laboratory and field works; Big data and databases; Data mining and data science; Imaging technologies; Building information modeling (BIM) applied to geo-structures; Artificial intelligence; Intelligent constructions; Optimization systems; Virtual reality and augmented reality; Intelligent geo-synthetics and health systems; Sensors and monitoring; Asset management; Case studies in design, constructions and maintenance

Authors are invited to contact the organizing committee if they intent to submit abstracts and papers on the above 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. Currently one mini-symposium (Machine Learning in Geotechnics) and one workshop (Deep Underground Engineering and Data Mining)are available. Those wishing to participate can submit an expression of interest.

For more information visit the conference website: .

On behalf of the organizing committee I am honored 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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YSRM2019 and REIF2019, Okinawa, Japan, 1-4 December, an ISRM Specialized Conference

On behalf of the Japanese Society for Rock Mechanics, we are pleased to hold “YSRM 2019: The 5th ISRM Young Scholars' Symposium on Rock Mechanics & REIF 2019: International Symposium on Rock Engineering for Innovative Future”. The purpose of this symposium is to promote the exchange of newly invented technology among young and skilled researchers/engineers and to aid in the passing on of this technology and future developments to the younger generations.


  • Innovative Technologies (AI, ICT, IoT, Computational Methods, Exploration Methods, etc.)
  • Conventional and Unconventional Energy (Engineering of Oil, Natural Gas, Geothermal and other Mining Resources, etc.)
  • Investigation and Testing, Design, Construction, Measurements and Maintenance (Site Characterization, Tunnels and Underground Spaces, Dam Foundations, Field Measurements, Back Analysis, Maintenance, etc.)
  • Environmental Issues (Global Warming, Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage, Radioactive Waste Disposal, THMC Coupling, etc.)
  • Natural Disasters and Mitigation of Geo-hazards (Earthquakes and Rock Dynamics, Risk and Hazard Management, Disaster Mitigation, Subsidence, Slope Stability, etc.)
  • Earth Sciences and Engineering Geology (Seismology, Volcanology, Rock Properties, Geophysical Prospecting, Remote Sensing, etc.)

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 30, 2019

  • Notification of Abstract Acceptance: May 31, 2019
  • Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: August 10, 2019
  • Notification of Extended Abstract Acceptance: September 30, 2019


Scholarships for students and young scholars will be awarded to selected applicants. We look forward to welcoming you to Okinawa in December, 2019. For more information visit the website: .

Prof. Norikazu Shimizu
Chairman of the Organizing Committee

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