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No. 19 - September 2012


A Tribute to John Franklin, 1940-2012

Professor John Franklin passed away on 6 July, after a prolonged illness that he fought with unparalleled strength and courage. Those who attended the ISRM Congress in Beijing, last October, where John received his Fellowship of the ISRM, can confirm his perseverance and dedication to our Society until the limit of his capacities.

For the Geo-engineering community and for the ISRM in particular this is a very sad moment. Geo-engineering at large is poorer. John Franklin was a top scientist, a successful practitioner, a strong leader and a marvelous person. Those who had the privilege to know him will never forget his dedication, his capacity to motivate people, his brilliant mind and his insurmountable capacity to discover new research themes, or new working methods. He was and will remain a guide for younger generations.

Of his lifetime accomplishments, he was most proud of his association with the ISRM. He served as ISRM President (1987-1991) and Chairman of the ISRM Commissions on Testing Methods (1975-1987) and Education (1991-1995). Among his uncountable contributions to our Society, John has organised and directed the preparation of most of the ISRM "Suggested Methods" for rock testing. On our website you can find his lectures on Geological Engineering which are still up to date after more than twenty years passed. Click here to go to the video .

Xia-Ting Feng
ISRM President

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Update on the 7th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium - ARMS7, Seoul, Korea, 15-19 October 2012

Dear Friends,

This is the reminder and the latest update of the 7th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium ARMS7 that will take place in COEX, Seoul, from October 15 to 19, 2012. Full details are available at the ARMS7 website ( )

We have received 285 abstracts from 31 countries. Among them 161 papers (120 for oral and 41 for poster) will be presented in the Symposium. The final program and time table is available in the Symposium web site.

There will be eight keynote presentations. The speakers and titles of the presentations are:

  • Prof. Xia-Ting Feng, “Mechanism, prediction and mitigation of rock burst at deep tunnels”
  • Prof. Robert Zimmerman, “Some new developments in modeling failure, fracture and fragmentation of rocks”
  • Dr. So-Keul Chung, “Experience of underground oil/gas storage in rock cavern”
  • Prof. Lanru Jing, “Understanding coupled stress-flow-transport processes in fractured rocks”
  • Dr. David Potyondy, “The bonded-particle model as a tool for rock mechanics research and application: Current trends and future directions”
  • Prof. Resat Ulusay, “The present and future of rock testing: Highlighting the ISRM Suggested Methods”
  • Dr. Jonny Rutqvist, “Rock mechanical aspects of geological storage of CO2 in deep sedimentary formations”
  • Prof. Takatoshi Ito, “Challenges to stress measurements in deep/unconsolidated rock formations for frontier rock engineering”

A DDA workshop will be held on October 14 in conjunction with the ISRM Commission. The key members of the Commission will make presentations. Site registration is available.

Two short courses will be held in Hoam Faculty House at Seoul National University for two days on October 13 and 14. One is on "Reservoir Geomechanics Introduction" and the other on "Critical rock engineering issues on mine pre-feasibility study and mining method selection". Site registration is available.

Two two-day technical tours will take place. KAERI Underground Research Tunnel and Kyoungju LILW Underground Repository Construction Site will be visited in two separate programs.

The Organizing Committee established the ARMS7 Scholarship Award to provide financial support for the students and young scholars who demonstrated great potential for rock mechanics to attend ARMS7. The winners have been selected based on the recommendations and the reviews of their statements. Full or partial travel cost and registration fee will be provided to them. Ten awards were given to applicants from Indonesia, Vietnam, Iran, Malaysia and China.

The ARMS Outstanding Paper Award will be announced at the closing ceremony of the Symposium. Two winners for the young category and for general category will receive the certificate and cash prize. An ARMS Outstanding Poster Award will also be announced in the closing ceremony.

In order to encourage active participation of young members and promote friendship within rock mechanics community, the Organizing Committee will host Students’ Night in conjunction with the ISRM Young Member’s Presidential Group in the evening on Sunday, October 14. Han River cruise and rice-wine party are included in the event. The participation is free for young members.

We invite all the participants to the welcoming reception in the evening on October 15. The symposium banquet will take place in the evening on October 16. In the two events, Korean traditional performance will be presented.

The exhibition booths will be installed in the venue. The list of the exhibitors includes Itasca, Basis Soft, Sambo Engineering Co., Hanjin DMB Co. Ltd., Research Group for EGS Plant, CIR.

The Korean Society for Rock Mechanics (KSRM) Korean National Group of ISRM extends a cordial invitation to the international community to attend the 7th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium, an ISRM regional symposium. We do look forward to meeting you in Seoul soon.

Thank you very much.

Dr. Kong-Chang Han
Chair of the Organizing Committee of the ARMS7
President of the Korean Society for Rock Mechanics

Prof. Seokwon Jeon
Chair of the Technical Committee of the ARMS7

ISRM 50th anniversary celebrations to end in October,
in Salzburg, at the 61st Geomechanics Colloquy

The celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the ISRM started in October 2011 in Beijing, during the 12th ISRM Congress, had a peak during the EUROCK 2012 in Stockholm, last May, and will finish in October 2012 during the 61st Geomechanics Colloquy in Salzburg, the same city where ISRM was formed, in 1962.

A number of activities took place during this year of celebrations, among which the publication of the "ISRM 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book - 1962-2012", which can be purchased from the ISRM Secretariat and will also be available during the 61st Geomechanics Colloquy. Click here to download the book leaflet with the contents and information on how to purchase it .

A Historical Exhibition describing the main milestones in the development of the ISRM during these 50 years will also be on display at the Geomechanics Colloquy . Click here to see the exhibition panels at the ISRM website .

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Call for Abstracts for the ISRM 2013 International Symposium EUROCK 2013
Rock Mechanics for Resources, Energy and Environment "

The deadline for abstract submission for consideration by the Scientific Committee of the 2013 ISRM International Symposium (EUROCK2013) is October 15, 2012. The abstracts should be written in English and should clearly explain the content of the proposed paper.

In particular, the abstracts should clearly state:

  • the objectives of the work,
  • the results and their significance,
  • the advancement over previous work.

New and significant work is a prerequisite for paper acceptance; previously published results will not be accepted. The maximum length of an abstract is set at 300 words. The abstracts should include:

  • the title of the paper,
  • name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s),
  • the e-mail address of the principal author,
  • assignment of abstract to one of the Symposium themes that are provided in the “Objectives & Topics” section of the Symposium website,
  • 4-5 keywords.

The abstracts should be prepared in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format and uploaded online by clicking the “Abstract Submission” button on the Symposium website ( ) .

Organising Committee
EUROCK 2013, the 2013 ISRM International Symposium

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A successful 2nd South American Symposium on Rock Excavations took place in Costa Rica, in August

2nd SASORE Inauguration with representatives of the College of Civil Engineers of Costa Rica, the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Mr. Luis Llach, ACG President Mr. Marco Tapia, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee Mr. Marlon Jimenez and representative ISRM Mr. Alvaro Gonzalez, Past Vice President for South America Region.
Costa Rica was chosen by the International Society of Rock Mechanics to host one of its regional events at the American continent. This event was the 2nd South American Symposium on Rock Excavations (2nd SASORE), which
took place in San José, Costa Rica, from August 7th to August 19th, 2012, o rganized by the Costa Rican Geotechnical Association and the National Group of Costa Rica.

The 2nd SASORE was very helpful for geotechnical engineers, geologists, civil and construction engineers in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, for the latest experiences and technologies related to rock excavations in the region and even in North America and Europe.

The lectures were given by international experts, all with proven experience and a track record of high standard, recognized by the ISRM. The 2nd SASORE had a turnout of approximately 130 professionals who also had the opportunity to learn about new products and services in this sector, thanks to the Expo Rock 2012.

The successful participation of young professionals, senior professionals and experts from the South American region enabled the success of the 2nd SASORE. In the second row stand the Brazilian experts Tarcisio Celestino and Milton Kanji.
European Experts like Dr. Manuel Romana of Spain that shows up in the front row, presented the inaugural lecture of 2nd SASORE.
One of the main speakers in the 2nd SASORE was Dr. Nick Barton, winner of the ISRM Leopold Müller Award 2011.

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International Conference for Effective and Sustainable Hydraulic Fracturing - HF2013
20-22 May 2013, Brisbane, Australia

This conference will advance the effectiveness of hydraulic fracturing for the energy producing and mining industries and beyond. HF2013 is co-organised and sponsored by CSIRO, the University of Utah's Energy and Geoscience Institute, the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) and the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS).

This ISRM Specialized Conference will focus on three technical themes:
  • Advancing Effectiveness presenting the latest advances in simulation, theory, field procedures, laboratory experimentation and case studies.
  • Exploring Versatility presenting methods and lessons from a diversity of application domains.
  • Promoting Sustainability driving toward differentiation between real and perceived risks, deployment of viable controls and beneficial public engagement.
For further information, please visit the conference website: .

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Invitation to submit an Abstract for the ISRM SINOROCK2013
Symposium being held in Shanghai, 18-20 June 2013

This SINOROCK Symposium is being organised by Professors Qian Qihu, John A Hudson (ISRM President 2007–2011), Feng Xia-Ting (ISRM President 2011–2015) and Zhu Hehua of Tongji University.
This will be the third SINOROCK symposium: the first was held at the Three Gorges Dam Project site in 2004; the second was held at the University of Hong Kong in 2009. The Symposium will concentrate on developing the rock engineering design process through the linkage of rock characterisation, modelling and design methods, including feedback from the construction process itself. The Symposium is being held in association with the 2011-2015 ISRM Commission on Rock Engineering Design.

Abstract shall be submitted online on the SINOROCK2012 website before15 November 2012.

Abstracts should be in English, should clearly explain the content of the proposed paper and be less than 400 words long. There is no required specific format for the Abstracts but the abstract should include the title, authors, authors’ affiliation, corresponding author’s telephone and email, contact numbers, and the abstract text. The Symposium Proceedings will be published in hard copy book form by the international publishers Taylor & Francis, CRC Press, in the new ISRM Book Series.

Please contact Dr. Fei Tan at Sinorock2013@gmail .com for any question regarding the abstract submission or the Symposium. For more information visit the Symposium website at .

Organising Committee

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6th Rock Stress Symposium, 20-22 August 2013, Sendai Japan - Call for Abstracts

The 6th International Symposium on In situ Rock Stress is an ISRM Specialised Conference that will be held to promote integration between geophysics, tectonics and rock mechanics and discussion of the topics related to rock stress at a wide variety of depth ranging from tens of meters to tens of kilometers. We are pleased to invite all of rock mechanics engineers, researchers and practitioners, as well as geologists, geophysicists and earth scientists. Contributions are welcome within civil, mining, geothermal, petroleum engineering and earth science. Please join us for this exciting event in Sendai, Japan!

This 6th Rock Stress Symposium is set to focus on fundamental and practical issues related to rock stress. The scientific program consists of keynote and invited lectures and contributed papers for oral and poster presentations. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Frontiers of in-situ stress measurements
  • Integration of stress data and methods
  • Practical approaches to in-situ stress measurements
  • Excavation in rock stress field
  • Deep mining
  • Storage of carbon dioxide and radioactive waste in rock stress field
  • Oil, natural gas and geothermal resource developments and rock stress
  • Induced seismicity
  • Rock mass deformation and fluid migration
  • Earthquakes and stress in the earth's crust

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 November 2012. For complete details, please visit the Symposium website:

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ISRM sponsored meetings

  • 15-19 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
  • 18-20 June 2013, Shanghai, China Rock Characterization, Modelling and Engineering Design Methods: 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 - Rock Engineering and Rock Mechanics: Structures in and on Rock Masses: the 2014 ISRM European Regional Symposium
  • 15-17 October 2014, Sapporo, Japan – ARMS 8 – Rock Mechanics for Global Issues - Natural Disasters, Environment and Energy: the 2014 ISRM International Symposium
  • 10-13 May 2015, Montreal, Canada: 13th International Congress on Rock Mechanics
  • 7-9 October 2015, Salzburg, Austria, EUROCK 2015 – the 64th Geomechanics Colloquy: the 2015 ISRM European Regional Symposium

Click here to view the list of ISRM Sponsored Conferences .

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ISRM Rocha Medal 2014 - nominations to be received by 31 December 2012

Nominations for the Rocha Medal 2014 are to be received by the ISRM Secretariat by 31 December 2012. The winner will be announced during the 2013 ISRM International Symposium in Wraclaw, Poland, in September 2013, and will be invited to receive the award and deliver a lecture at the 2014 ISRM International Symposium in Japan.

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 2014 .

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New Delhi Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium Keynote lectures now online

The videos and presentations of the keynote lectures of the 2010 ARMS held in New Delhi, India are now online. ISRM members can watch the full length lectures, which are accompanied by the powerpoint presentations:
  • Jan Christer Andersson,  Rocha Medal Winner - Äspö Pillar Stability Experiment
  • John A. Hudson - Underground Radioactive Waste Disposal: The Rock Mechanics Contribution
  • Maurice Dusseault - Deep Injection Disposal: Environmental and Petroleum Geomechanics
  • Shinichi Akutagawa - On Site Visualization as a New Paradigm for Field Measurement in Rock Engineering
  • Herb Wang - Deep Underground Instrumentation and Monitoring
  • Giovanni Barla - Progress in the Understanding of Deep-Seated Landslides from Massive Rock Slope Failure
  • Yossef H. Hatzor - Modelling Dynamic Deformation in Natural Rock Slopes and Underground Openings with Numerical DDA Method
  • Claus Erichsen - Challenges in the Design and Construction of Tunnels in Jointed Rock
  • Guowei Ma and Yingxin Zhou - Rock Dynamics Research in Singapore: Fundamentals and Practices
  • Xia-Ting Feng - Application of Intelligent Rock Mechanics Methodology to Rock Engineering
  • John Read - The Large Open Pit Project

Click here to go to the videos page (login required) .

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