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No. 17 - March 2012


Welcome to the ISRM International Symposium Eurock 2012, Stockholm, 28-30 May 2012

With two months to go until we open the International Symposium in Stockholm the work to finalize all the arrangements is in full swing. To this event when ISRM will celebrate their 50th anniversary we have received over 150 reviewed high quality papers to be presented during our three day Symposium. Four Key Note Lecturers will connect to the Symposium theme, “Rock Engineering & Technology for Sustainable Underground Construction". Together with the Key Note Lecturers, six Opening Lecturers will introduce us to the different sessions. The Gala Dinner will take place around the impressive Vasa ship. The ship sank after sailing on its maiden voyage in 1628, not far from where the dinner takes place.

Two Pre Symposium Work Shops will take place Sunday afternoon 27th May; “Design Standard Practice” and “Rock Mechanics in Deep Underground Excavations in Hard Rock” with international experts covering the two topics with presentations and discussions. New to the program is the Panel Discussion “Incorporation of Structural Geology Information into Rock Mechanics” Monday afternoon 28th May and chaired by Em Professor John A Hudson.

Before and after the Symposium there are different tours that are available both for symposium delegates and accompanying persons. The “3rd ISRM Technical and Cultural Field Trip” to Gällivare and Kiruna mining district will take you to the far north of Sweden on a two day tour (24th-25th May) for a subsidized fee. After the Symposium there are Technical Tours in the Stockholm area as well as outside the region.

The snow has left Stockholm, the last ice is right now breaking up from the water surrounding the city and the sun is up longer and longer every day when approaching summertime. Very welcome in early Swedish summer for EUROCK 2012! Note, Early Bird registration to reduced fee before 1st April.

Per Tengborg
Chairman of Organizing Committee


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Commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the ISRM

The commemorations of the ISRM's 50-year anniversary, which started in October 2011 in Beijing during the 12th International Congress on Rock Mechanics, will finish in October 2012 during the 61st Geomechanics Colloquy in Salzburg, where the International Society for Rock Mechanics was officially founded at the Constitutional Meeting held on 25 May 1962. During this year of celebrations a number of initiatives have been taking place.

A book was prepared to celebrate the 50-year anniversary. It compiles many contributions, which outline the background to the formation of the ISRM, the most significant activities during the 50 years and the perspectives for the future.

The ISRM 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book will be published in Stockholm, next May,  during the ISRM International Symposium EUROCK 2012, where a historical exhibition on the 50 years of the ISRM will also be on display.

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2nd SASORE, Costa Rica, 7 to 9 August 2012 - an ISRM Regional Symposium

Globalisation is, nowadays, one of the most important concepts in Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering industries, as it is for almost any relevant field in modern societies. South America is not isolated from this reality. Thus, it is of vital importance for our industry, integrate ourselves into this big unique world.

Our objective for the 2nd South American Symposium on Rock Excavation - SASORE is to gather as many professionals as possible, to share knowledge, technology and compromise.

The International Society for Rock Mechanics together with the Costa Rican Association for Geotechnics (ACG) are very proud to invite you to gather with us. If you are a Rock Mechanics Professional, working in mines or civil works in South and Central America or the Caribbean, this is an extraordinary opportunity to meet your colleagues, to improve your skills and to actualize your knowledge in almost any important field in Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering.

The Symposium will have three main speakers from Europe. First, Professor Manuel Romana will give a lecture about the issue of rock slope stability. Then, Professor Piergiorgio Grasso will be addressing the issue of underground excavations and finally Professor Arno Zang will discuss the issue of in situ stress.

Three main speakers from South American will join the event. Professor Tarcísio Celestino will deliver a lecture about the rock mass characterization. Next, Professor Carlos Carranza Torres will discuss about the modeling and numerical analysis of rock excavation. Afterwards, Professor Milton Kanji will be in charge of the lecture about soft rocks and associated problems. Finally, the Professor Duncan Wyllie, from the North American Region, will deliver the lecture about rock foundation.

If you are an author, and you are interested to present one of your papers on investigation or a case history on any of the topics of the II SASORE, please send us an abstract before 20 April. Topics of the 2nd SASORE are:

  • Rock mass characterization
  • Soft and weak rocks
  • Underground excavations on fractured and faulted rocks
  • Rock slope stability analysis and reinforcement
  • Measurement of in situ stresses
  • Numerical analysis of rock excavations
  • Foundations on rock

For full details about the 2nd SASORE visit the conference website at .

Let’s meet at Costa Rica, one of the most peaceful, democratic and joyful countries of the world. Join us to share experiences and knowledge. Be part of the South American community of professionals involved in the passionate world of rocks.


Welcome! We hope to meet you at the Second South American Symposium on Rock Excavations.

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ARMS 7, Seoul, 15 to 19 October 2012 - an ISRM Regional Symposium

The ISRM Korea NG has made progresses in organizing the 7th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium (ARMS7). · We have received 222 abstracts so far, including 192 international contributions. We thank you for your support and please note that we are still receiving abstracts even if the deadline is passed. So if you have not submitted an abstract, please do so.


There will be nine keynote lectures delivered during this event.

  • Prof. Xia-Ting Feng (ISRM President, China), “Mechanism, prediction and mitigation of rock burst at deep tunnels”
  • Prof. Robert Zimmerman (Imperial College London, UK), “Some new developments in modeling failure, fracture and fragmentation of rocks”
  • Dr. So-Keul Chung (KIGAM, Korea), “Experience of underground oil/gas storage in rock cavern”
  • Prof. Lanru Jing (KTH, Sweden), “Understanding coupled stress-flow-transport processes in fractured rocks”
  • Dr. David Potyondy (Itasca, USA), “The bonded-particle model as a tool for rock mechanics research and application: Current trends and future directions”
  • Prof. Resat Ulusay (Hacettepe University, Turkey), “The present and future of rock testing: Highlighting the ISRM Suggested Methods”
  • Dr. Jonny Rutqvist (LBNL, USA), “Rock mechanical aspects of geological storage of CO2 in deep sedimentary formations”
  • Prof. Takatoshi Itoh (Tohoku Univ., Japan), “Challenges to stress measurements in deep/unconsolidated rock formations for frontier rock engineering”
  • Dr. Yingxin Zhou (Defense Science and Technology Agency, Singapore), “Rock dynamics issues in the design of underground explosives storage facility”
There will be two two-day short courses on “Reservoir Geomechanics” and “Mining Geomechanics” and DDA workshop prior to the conference. We will organize a special event for students during the conference, a Students' Night, to encourage more interaction among students and young members. We will try to organize very attractive accompanying persons program during the conference and three technical tours will be arranged right after conference in different part of Korea. We plan to award several scholarships to students and young scholars to support their travel, accommodation and registration. We take this initiative seriously and would like to urge students and young scholars to apply for the scholarships. We will give priorities to those from the countries where rock mechanics is less active relative to their potential. Submission of paper is recommended but it is not mandatory.

The information and the last updates of ARMS7 are available at . We look forward to your contribution to ARMS7.

Volume 14 - December 2011 of the ISRM News Journal is now online

The first issue of the ISRM News Journal was published in 1992, as an initiative of the Board chaired by Prof. Charles Fairhurst. Since 2007 the ISRM News Journal has one yearly issue, published in December, reflecting the activity of the ISRM during that year. From 2011, only the electronic version of the ISRM News Journal is available. It is distributed electronically to all members and can also be read online, on the ISRM website.


This issue includes a report on the 12th ISRM Congress, a message from the new ISRM President, an introduction to the 2011–2015 ISRM Board, the annual review 2011, reports on the regions and commissions, the induction of the first batch of ISRM Fellows, reports from the 12th Congress in Beijing, the Müller Award Paper by Nick Barton, the 2011 Rocha Medal Award PhD thesis summary by Dohyun Park, two papers on coupled modelling and many other articles of interest.

Click here to go to the News Journal page on the ISRM website.


Nick Barton's 2011 Müller Lecture can now be viewed online

The 2011 Müller Lecture "From empiricism, through theory, to problem solving in rock engineering" was delivered by Dr Nick Barton during the 12th Congress of the ISRM held last October in Beijing, China. Nick recently repeated his Müller Lecture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.

The video record of the lecture was made available to the ISRM by the NTNU and can be watched here.

A pdf of his presentation is also available here.

News from the Europe region

The Eurock conference is going to be held from May 28th to May 31st in Stockholm, Sweden. During this conference, the Eurock award will be given to the young author having written the best paper.

15 young people were appointed to sit on the Young Members’ Presidential Group. They come from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland and the UK.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is joining the ISRM as a National Group. This brings us up to 24 European countries belonging to the ISRM.

The school of Mines ParisTech is going to hold the 7th conference on salt mechanics from April 16th to April 19th 2012.


ISRM sponsored meetings

  • 27-30 May 2012, Stockholm, Sweden – EUROCK 2012 Rock Engineering and Technology : the 2012 ISRM International Symposium
  • 7-9 August 2012, San José, Costa Rica – 2nd SASORE – South American Congress on Rock Excavations : the 2012 ISRM South American Regional Symposium
  • 15-17 October 2012, Seoul, Korea – ARMS 7 – The present and Future of Rock Engineering : the 2012 ISRM Asian Regional Symposium
  • 20-22 May 2013, Brisbane, Australia – Effective and Sustainable Hydraulic Fracturing : an ISRM Specialized Conference
  • 20-22 August 2013, Sendai, Japan – The 6th International Symposium on Rock Stress : an ISRM Specialized Conference
  • 23-26 September 2013, Wroclaw, Poland – EUROCK 2013 Rock Mechanics for Resources, Energy and Environment : the 2013 ISRM International Symposium
  • 26-28 May 2014, Vigo, Spain EUROCK 2014 – Rock Engineering and Rock Mechanics: Structures in and on Rock Masses : ISRM European Regional Symposium
  • 15-17 October 2014, Sapporo, Japan ARMS 8 – ISRM Asian Regional Symposium
  • 29 April-5 May 2015, Montréal, Canada – Innovations in Applied and Theoretical Rock Mechanics : the ISRM 13th International Congress on Rock Mechanics

Click here to view the list of ISRM Sponsored Conferences .

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