No. 9 - March 2010


Welcome to EUROCK 2010 - Lausanne, Switzerland, 15-18 June

Rock mechanics is virtually part of daily life in Switzerland. We live with numerous mountain tunnels and slopes. Rock mechanics offers better environmental solutions to energy and infrastructure development, including hydropower, geothermal energy, radioactive waste repository, carbon storage, and mine rehabilitation.

EUROCK 2010 is an ISRM Regional Symposium of Europe, organized by the Swiss Society for Soil and Rock Mechanics and the Laboratory for Rock Mechanics (LMR) in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), for the European rock mechanics community. We would like to welcome you to Switzerland in June 2010 to share, to cooperate, and to progress together.

Further information is available at the symposium website, .

Jian Zhao
Chairman of the Organizing Committee

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New contents on the ISRM website

The ISRM intends to have the Keynote Lectures from its main sponsored events available on the website. This has started with the Keynote Lectures of EUROCK 2009, which are already available.

Some videos that were available only through the Secretariat are now online too. These include the 1991 and 1995 Müller Award Lectures by Dr. Evert Hoek and Prof. Neville Cook and the video course "Geological Engineering" by Dr. John Franklin.

To watch the videos go to the Videos page under the Products and Publications section or click directly here . For this you need to be a registered member.


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3rd International Workshop on Rock Mechanics and Geo-engineering in Volcanic Environments
an ISRM sponsored Specialized Conference

The 3rd International Workshop on Rock Mechanics and Geo-engineering in Volcanic Enviroments will be held between 31st May and 4th June at Puerto la Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain). More than 150 assistants coming from over 15 countries are expected. 51 papers have been accepted for publication.

It is organised together with a multidisciplinary Congress: Cities on Volcanoes 6 Tenerife 2010. All participants can attend to CoV6 sessions. Scientific and technical sessions are planned to bring together geoscientists working on active volcanoes, authorities, civil protection specialists, city planners, social scientists, economists, psychologists, educators, health specialists, engineers, mass media and general members of communities living in active volcanoes to exchange and understand their experiences and knowledge in order to evaluate and improve prevention/mitigation actions, land-use planning, emergency management, and all required measurements to improve volcanic risk management in densely populated volcanic regions. This meeting will be also an ideal international forum to discuss about the plus side of living in an active volcanic environments.

Direct translation Spanish-English-Spanish will be provided. Participants can enjoy many activities before, during and after CoV6, but two technical visits are recommended for workshop participants: the first one going to visit the Teide Volcano Natural Park, with volcanoes specialists, and the second one to a tunnel under construction affected by volcanic materials.

For more information, please visit web pages: and .

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Invitation to the 2nd ISRM technical and cultural field trip to Switzerland, 13-14 June 2010

You are still in time to register for the 2nd ISRM Annual Field Trip, which takes place in June 2010 on the two days immediately before the EUROCK2010 Symposium. The Field Trip starts and finishes in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Click here to download the Registration Form and the Payment Instructions .

Click here to download the Field Trip invitation .

The field trip leader is Christophe Bonnard of the EPFL, where he is in charge of the group Natural Hazard Assessment of the Soil Mechanics Laboratory and Member of the Board of Directors of the Soil and the Rock Mechanics Laboratories. He is a Lecturer of the Doctoral Program Environment at the EPFL and at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Geneva (post-graduate course on Study and Management of Geological Risks).

The 1st day includes visits to a motorway anchored wall, landslide sites, molasse outcrops and cliffs, as well as visits to the Fribourg and Gruyères towns and castles. Dinner and overnight will be in Gruyères. On the 2nd day participants will visit a cheese cave, rock outcrops, an arch dam and a rock fall zone, a quarry and the Chillon castle.

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The 5th International Symposium on In-situ Rock Stress
an ISRM sponsored Specialized Conference

The 5th International Symposium on In-situ Rock Stress will be held in Beijing, China, 25-28 August 2010, organised by the Institute of Crustal Dynamics (ICD), the China Earthquake Administration (CEA) and the Seismological Society of China (SSC) Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics and Engineering (CSRME).

The Symposium will take place in the Jiuhua Resort & Convention Center in the north of Beijing. Up to now, 267 abstracts from 22 countries were submitted. Prof. Ove Stephansson, Prof. Bezalel Haimson, Prof. Lu Ming, Prof. John Hudson, Prof. Shi Yaolin and Prof. Xie Furen have been invited as keynote speakers.

The four post-Symposium tours will offer you a very good opportunity to appreciate Chinese culture, ancient civilization, people's daily life and traditions.

We look forward to meeting you in Beijing this August. For more information visit the conference website .

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Update on t he 2010 ISRM International Symposium
and 6th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium
"Advances in Rock Engineering" - 23-27 October, New Delhi, India

The 6th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium has received an overwhelming response from the Rock Mechanics community. 273 abstracts from 31 countries have been received. The Technical Committee is scrutinizing the papers, and the decision of the Committee would be communicated shortly to the concerned authors. Following are the important dates related to technical papers:

  • Notification of acceptance of synopses 07 April 2010
  • Submission of full texts of the accepted presentations 31 July 2010

The Keynote Lecturers are now being confirmed and the 1st ISRM Annual Lecture will take place during the Symposium. This is the first of a series of lectures, selected by the ISRM Board, which from now on will be delivered in all ISRM International Symposia.

The Symposium will take place at the modern Habitat Convention Centre, organised by the Indian National Group of the ISRM and the Central Board of Irrigation and Power. The ISRM Board, Council and Commission meetings will take place on the 23rd and the 24th, and the technical programme of the Symposium will be from the 25th to the 27th October.

An exhibition is planned as a technology showcase to meet the challenges of 21st century. The strategic location of this event in India, which is the fifth largest economy in the world, will be a key factor for the exhibitors who are looking for a gateway to this region. Apart from the extensive international exposure to prospective exhibitor’s products and services, exhibitors have a unique opportunity to spread their network in this region and profit from the growing business in this emerging and technologically important area.

The Second Bulletin, providing the details of Keynote Lectures, Pre-Symposium Short Courses/Workshops, Accompanying Persons' Programme, etc., is being finalized and would be issued during last week of May 2010.

For more information click here to go to the Symposium website .

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VII South American Congress on Rock Mechanics, an ISRM Regional Symposium
Lima, Peru, 2-4 December 2010 - Call for Papers

Following the success achieved in the Seminar on Geo-engineering Applied to Mining and Construction, which was held in Lima, Peru, in February 2010, the Peruvian Society of Geo-engineering is pleased to announce that is currently organizing the 7th South American Congress on Rock Mechanics, which will take place in Lima, Peru, from December 2 to 4, 2010 and will be co-sponsored by the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) and the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers (IIMP).

The aim of this forthcoming congress is to offer a space where the world's most respected experts in the field of rock mechanics can share their experiences with their South American colleagues and discuss with them the most recent advances in this important discipline of engineering.

Most South American countries share the challenge of having to design and build a variety of complex engineering works (roads, tunnels and hydro-power stations) within the Andes, as well as mining the vast mineral resources hosted by this important mountain range, which means that civil and mining engineers working in this part of the world have been able to accumulate a rich and valuable technical experience in surface and underground engineering in rugged and difficult rock environments.

Call for technical papers has already been launched, the deadline for submission of abstracts having been set at May 30, 2010. If you are interested in participating in the Congress and/or in submitting a technical paper, you are kindly invited to contact the Organizing Committee at .

Click here to download the Call for Papers

Carlos G. Soldi
President of the Organising Committee

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ISRM sponsored meetings

  • 30 May-1 June 2010, Tenerife, Canary Island, Spain – 3rd International Workshop on Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering in Volcanic Environments : an ISRM Specialized Conference
  • 15-18 June 2010, Lausanne, Switzerland – EUROCK 2010 – Rock Mechanics in Civil and Environmental Engineering : an ISRM Regional Symposium
  • 25-27 August 2010, Beijing, China – 5th International Workshop on Rock Stress : an ISRM Specialized Conference
  • 23-27 October 2010, New Delhi, India – ARMS 6 – International Symposium on Advances in Rock Engineering : the 2010 ISRM International Symposium
  • 2-4 December 2010, Lima, Peru – VII Southamerican Rock Mechanics Congress : an ISRM Regional Symposium
  • 16-21 October 2011, Beijing, China – ISRM 12th International Congress on Rock Mechanics : the 2011 ISRM International Congress
  • 27-30 May 2012, Stockholm, Sweden – EUROCK 2012 Rock Engineering and Technology : an ISRM Regional Symposium

Click here to view the list of ISRM Sponsored Conferences .

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The ISRM South America Board Lecture Tour 2010 was held in Bogotá and Lima

The ISRM Board met on 8 February 2010 in Bogotá, Colombia, half way between the 2 regular meetings in May 2009, in Hong Kong, and in October 2010, in New Delhi. This additional meeting was necessary owing to the large span between those 2 meetings, and in order to booster the modernisation initiatives which are in an advanced stage of implementation.

Profiting from the presence of the Board members South America, our Colombian and Peruvian National Groups agreed to host two Seminars entitled "Latest Advances in Rock Engineering", in Bogotá and in Lima, where the Board members delivered lectures on specific rock mechanics issues. Both Seminars were attended by over 200 professionals, which showed great interest in the topics presented and participated in lively discussions.

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Seminar on Rock Engineering took place on 8-9 March in New Delhi

The Indian National Group of the ISRM organised a Seminar on Rock Engineering, which took place at the headquarters of the Central Board of Irrigation and Power in New Delhi. The ISRM Vice President for Asia, Prof. Abdolhadi Ghazvinian, and Secretary General, Dr Luís Lamas, were invited for the Seminar, which had the participation of Indian experts who gave an insight on the leading rock engineering projects currently under construction, and also on the rock mechanics research in India.

The ISRM Vice President and the Secretary General were also able to participate in meetings with the Organising committee of the 6th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium, which will be the 2010 International Symposium of the ISRM, and to visit the venue of the conference.

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6th ISRM Müller Award - nominations to be received by 16 April 2010

The nominations the 6th Müller Award are to be received from the ISRM National Groups by 16 April 2010. Further information on the award can be found on the ISRM website .

The nominations will be voted by secret ballot at the next ISRM Council meeting in New Delhi, in October 2010. The selected nominee will receive the award and deliver the Müller Lecture at the 12th ISRM International Congress in Beijing, in October 2011.

The ISRM instituted in 1989 an award to honour the memory of Prof. Leopold Müller, the founder and first President of the Society. The Müller Award is made once every four years in recognition of distinguished contributions to the profession of rock mechanics and rock engineering and consists of a special Müller Lecture to be delivered at the ISRM International Congresses, a work of art typical of the culture of the country hosting the Congress and a silver medallion with a portrait of Leopold Müller.

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ISRM Rocha Medal 2012 - nominations to be received by 31 December 2010

Nominations for the Rocha Medal 2012 are to be received by the ISRM Secretariat by 31 December 2010. The winner will be announced during the 2011 ISRM International Congress in Beijing, in October 2011, and will be invited to receive the award and deliver a lecture at the 2012 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 2 runner-up certificates may also be awarded.

Click here to download the announcement with details on the Rocha Medal 2012 .

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Corporate members' highlights - focus on China

The last Newsletter inaugurated a series of highlights on the ISRM corporate members, which give a very valuable support to our activity. All of them are listed on our website and can be searched per country, name or type of activity.

In that issue of the Newsletter the focus was on Japan, one of the reasons for that bein the fact that Japan has, by far, the largest number of ISRM corporate members. In this issue highlits of the activities of three Chinese corporate members will be presented. They are:

  • The Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics (IRSM) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • The Three Gorges Geotechnical Consultants
  • The China Railway 16th Bureau Group

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Corporate members' highlights - Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Founded in 1958, Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics (IRSM), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is a comprehensive scientific research institution dedicated to the basic research and applications of geomechanics and geotechnical engineering featured with strong engineering background.

IRSM is the host of the State Key Laboratory of Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (a national laboratory), the Key Laboratory of Geo-environmental Engineering of Hubei province and three other research centers (Chinese Research Center of Geotechnical Engineering, Geo-engineering Testing & Measurement Center, and Research Center for Underground Storage of Energy and Waste).

Since it was founded, IRSM has been strategically geared to the research and development related to the significant engineering constructions in China and completed more than 500 significant research projects in diverse fields, including energy resource, transportation engineering, urban construction, national defense, and geohazard mitigation. From these efforts, IRSM has obtained numerous achievements in the field, and made great contributions to the social and economical development of China. IRSM is now taking the lead in research in the areas of computational geomechanics, intelligent rock mechanics, construction process mechanics, site investigation and monitoring, underground engineering, and slope and foundation engineering.

Website: . If you need further information, please contact: .

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Corporate members' highlights - China Railway 16th Bureau Group

China Railway 16th Bureau Group Co., Ltd., a large comprehensive special grade state-owned construction enterprise, has obtained special grade in general contract for railway and building, A-grade in general contract for highway, municipal works, water conservancy and hydroelectric power, A-grade in profession contract for pavement, bridge, tunneling and architectural adornment, profession contract for urban track transportation, foreign contract managerial authority and foreign work cooperation managerial authority. It has passed the quality system, the environment management system, the occupation health safety system. We operate in different fields: construction, design, supervision, railway operation. Logistics, machine manufacturing, hotels, real estate development, etc. The turnover has been up to over RMB 15 billion yuan, and the group ranks first few among 100 largest construction enterprises in the lines of railway, highway, tunnel, bridge across the country.

Over 140 railways, 76 high grade highways, 28 urban subways, Beijing Olympic projects, Shanghai Magnetic levitation Project, Pipe Jacking Project in Transiting the Natural Gas from the West to the East Project, South-to-North Water Transfer Project, Wuhan - Guangzhou Passenger Traffic Only Line, Zhengzhou - Xi'an Passenger Traffic Only Line, Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway and Beijing Capital Airport enjoyed a high prestige at home and aboard. 197 projects have been appraised as high-quality projects of country level or the province and ministry level, 11 projects were awarded Luban Prize; 12 projects were awarded Zhantianyou Prize, 5 techniques were awarded National Scientific and Technological Progress Prize, including 1 special award, 1 first prize, 3 second prizes.

Website: .

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Corporate members' highlights - Three Gorges Geotechnical Consultants

Three Gorges Geotechnical Consultants Co., Ltd., one of the subsidiary companies of the Changjiang Institute of Survey, Planning, Design and Research, is a science and technology enterprise. The businesses of the company cover the fields as the followings: geological investigation, geotechnical design, research, consultation, geotechnical construction, geo-hazards evaluation and remediation, underground water resources evaluation and development, etc.

The company owns the geotechnical consultation license of “A” level issued by the Chinese government and ranks in the front positions of geotechnical consultation companies in China. In 1999, quality management system of the company was granted to be in conformance with the standard of ISO9001.

Website: .

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World Tunnel Congress 2010

The Tunneling Association of Canada (TAC) is pleased to welcome you to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, for the ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress 2010 entitled “Tunnel Vision Towards 2020” and the 36th ITA-AITES General Assembly, which is being held at the Vancouver Convention Centre from 14 to 20 May, 2010.

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44th U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium and 5th U.S.-Canada Symposium

The 44th U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium and 5th U.S.-Canada Symposium will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, from June 27-30, 2010 with special events taking place before and after the symposium.

For 54 years, the U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium has brought together the expertise of different industries in the area of geomechanics - rock mechanics, rock engineering, and rock physics. Participants from the United States and other countries are the recognized leaders with demonstrated expertise in the area of rock mechanics. The technical works presented and published are understood to be the state of the art. This symposium brings together multiple disciplines - from mining, oil and gas, to civil and geological engineering.

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11th Congress IAEG 2010

The International Association of Engineering Geology is hosting the 11th Congress IAEG 2010 - Geologically Active!  IAEG 2010 is hosted on 5-10 September in Auckland by the New Zealand Geotechnical Society and will be a five-day congress including a day of field trips mid-week, preceded by meetings of the IAEG Executive, Council and presentations for the Richard Wolters Prize.

The five sub-themes that will recur throughout the week are: geohazards; managing geological risk; advances in engineering geology; applied engineering geology; evolving engineering geology. The themes of IAEG2010 extend beyond engineering geology and the congress aims, at least in part, to bridge the gap between science and practise. The congress and post-congress field trips will introduce delegates to the active geological environment and outstanding landscapes of New Zealand.

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