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No. 26 - June 2014
- 13th International ISRM Congress, May 2015, Montreal, Canada
- AusRock 2014: 3rd Australasian Ground Control in Mining Conference, Sydney, 5-6 November 2014
- 3rd ISRM International Young Scholars' Symposium on Rock Mechanics, Xi'an, 8-11 November 2014 An ISRM Specialized Conference
- ISRM Rocha Medal 2016 - nominations to be received by 31 December 2014
- ISRM sponsored meetings
- EUROCK 2014 was held in Vigo, Spain
- Tunisia, the youngest ISRM National Group, presents its 1st activity report
ARMS8 - 2014 ISRM International Symposium, Sapporo, Japan, 14-16 October 2014
The symposium will be held 14-16 October 2014 in Sapporo, a modern and beautiful city in Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. The theme of the symposium is Rock Mechanics for Global Issues - Natural Disasters, Environment and Energy. This is the annual International Symposium of the ISRM, where the Board, Council and Technical Commissions will meet.
We are pleased to have had 469 abstracts submitted to ARMS8 from 36 countries. We appreciate so many submissions from the ISRM members, and we are grateful to all NGs of ISRM for their cooperation.
All accepted papers will be published in the proceedings by USB-drive at the symposium, and they will be introduced in the ISRM Digital Library after the symposium. Full paper submission deadline is 30 June and notification of full paper acceptance is 31 July.
Seven excellent keynote speakers were invited from around the world to address the main themes of the symposium:
- Prof. Xia-Ting Feng, China: "Tunneling and underground construction in China - challenges and progress"
- Mr. Rolf Christiansson, Sweden: "Environmental impact of nuclear waste management - Concerns from intermediate storage to final disposal"
- Prof. Derek Elsworth, USA: "Stimulation and fluid displacement in unconventional reservoirs using liquids and gases"
- Prof. Seokwon Jeon, Korea: "Performance assessment of a rock cutting tool"
- Prof. Toshifumi Matsuoka, Japan: "Contributions of rock physics to carbon dioxide capture and sequestration"
- Prof. Surya Parkash, India: "Geohazards risk management in India"
- Prof. Ernesto Villaescusa, Australia: "Research in ground support technology for deep underground excavations"
A variety of workshops and short courses will be scheduled before the symposium. Technical tours will be conducted after the symposium. A Student's Night will be organized to encourage the active participation of young members.
The 2014 ISRM Franklin Lecture and the Rocha Medal Lecture will be delivered respectively as follows:
- Prof. Masahiko Osada: Drying-induced deformation characteristics of rocks
- Dr. Mandadige Samintha Anne Perera: Investigation of the Effect of Carbon Dioxide Sequestration on Coal Seams: A Coupled Hydro-Mechanical behaviour
Seven workshops and one short course will be organized by ISRM commissions and special groups on 12 and 13 October.
Scholarships for students and young scientists and engineers (under 40 years of age) will be awarded to selected applicants. The ARMS8 Scholarships are supported by generous donations from 15 construction and consultant companies. We encourage young members to apply for the scholarship when they submit their full papers. Please visit the symposium website for details.
The ARMS8 Outstanding Paper Award and Poster Award, for both general members and young authors, will be selected from the papers presented during the symposium.
A “Students’ Night” will be planned to promote the active participation and the establishment of networks among young members of the rock mechanics community. Young members are invited to this pleasant event. This event will be supported by the ISRM Young Members’ Presidential Group.
A technical exhibition will be held parallel to the symposium. Twenty five companies and technical groups will contribute.
Technical tours will be planned for after the symposium; they include the Horonobe Underground Research Center, a pure pumped-storage hydro-electric power plant, and a rock cliff along a national highway and tunneling project.
Online registration will be opened on the symposium website in June 2014. The registration fee for ISRM members will be 45,000 JPY before 31 August 2014. For students, it will be 10,000 JPY.
On behalf of the Japanese Committee for Rock Mechanics, we welcome all of you to the 2014 ISRM International Symposium “ARMS8” in Sapporo. We are looking forward to seeing you in Sapporo.
VI Brazilian Rock Mechanics Symposium, Goiânia, Brazil, September 9-13, 2014
an ISRM Specialized Conference
The VI Brazilian Rock Mechanics Symposium, a Specialized ISRM Conference, is way under preparation. The Technical Committee has accepted 92 papers distributed amongst the four themes of the event:
- Laboratory and Field Tests,
- Numerical Modeling in Rock Engineering,
- Open Pit and Underground Mining Applications of Rock Mechanics
- Rock Mechanics for the Petroleum Industry.
The Preliminary Technical Program includes two short courses, one Workshop on Rock Mechanics Challenges from Petroleum Applications, two Keynote Speakers, nine parallel technical sessions.
The venue will happen in parallel to three other events: the Brazilian Soil Mechanics Conference, the Brazil-Portugal Geotechnical Symposium and the Young Geotechnical Professionals Symposium. The organizers are expecting over 1200 participants and about 50 exhibitors for what is promising to be a great opportunity to exchange technical knowledge and establishing new contacts and renewing old ones.
A fun question and answer type of competition (RockBowl) amongst student teams from Brazilian Universities will be held: the winner team will receive funds to attend the 2015 ISRM Congress in Montreal, Canada.
Chairman of the Organising Committee
“Puzzles in rock – Have they been solved?” - the 6th ISRM Online Lecture by Prof. Herbert Einstein For the sixth Online Lecture the ISRM invited Prof. Herbert Einstein and the title of his lecture will be “Puzzles in rock – Have they been solved?”.
The lecture will be broadcast in July, at a date and time to be announced soon. The lecture will remain online so that those unable to attend at this time will be able to do it later. As usual, the attendees will be able to ask questions to the lecturer by e-mail during the subsequent 48 hours.
Professor Herbert H. Einstein received his Dipl. Ing. and Dr. sc. tech. degrees from ETH Zürich. At present he is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been active both in the ISRM (First Vice President 1995-1999, several commissions) and in the American Rock Mechanics Association and its predecessor, the U.S. National Committee for Rock Mechanics. He gave the ISRM Müller Lecture in 1999, and he is a Fellow of ARMA and of ASCE.
Herbert’s research interests involve experimentation and modeling of fractured rock and of swelling rocks. They also include tunnel modeling, as well as risk prediction and management of underground structures and landslides. He is also involved in professional consulting activities in these areas that include, for instance, many of the new transalpine rail tunnels. Herbert was fortunate to spend sabbaticals at NGI, EPF-Lausanne and ETH Zürich.
Very importantly, Herbert has contributed to teaching innovation at MIT through developing a design-oriented curriculum, bringing in advanced information technology and by teaching a large number of courses. He has received a number of teaching awards for this work.
In 2013 Herbert Einstein was inducted as ISRM Fellow, the highest and most senior grade of membership of the ISRM.
A short course organised by the ISRM NG Singapore, 3-5 September 2014
Organised by the Society for Rock Mechanics & Engineering Geology (Singapore) - SRMEG, this two-day short course will cover some key elements of the lecturer’s internationally applied developments in rock mechanics and rock engineering. The course will start with a thorough treatment of the Q-system of rock mass classification and its many site-interpretation and tunnel-design aspects. Extensive work in TBM tunneling, with the QTBM prognosis method for estimating penetration rate PR and actual advance rate AR, will also be described, and illustrated by many case records.
International experiences will be reflected in numerous case record examples, from hydropower projects and from metro projects, including a dramatic cavern collapse. Mapping techniques, core logging interpretation, and so-called 'histogram-logging' will be emphasized. Fundamentals of rock joint characterization will be covered as these are fundamental to many areas of rock engineering and numerical modelling.
ISRM Commission on Petroleum Geomechanics Professor Sergio Fontoura from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro has replaced, at his request, Professor Maurice Dusseault as Chairman of the Commission on Petroleum Geomechanics. The work carried out by Professor Dusseault will be continued in order to make sure that ISRM members and rock mechanics experts are aware of the many current and potential rock mechanics applications to petroleum engineering.
The Commission has established a Working Group lead by Dr John Dudley from Shell with the mission to elaborate a draft document on Suggested Methods for Measuring Rock Compressibility in the Laboratory directed toward reservoir rocks. This document is about to be released during the ARMS event in Sapporo, Japan, next October.
Dr Russ Ewy is collecting the highlights of the Second and Third Workshop on Rock Testing for Petroleum and that will be made available to ISRM members shortly.
As another activity of the Commission a Workshop on Rock Mechanics Challenges from Petroleum Engineering Applications will be held in Goiânia, Brazil, in September 10th, 2014. This event is being sponsored by BG Group and will gather leading experts as speakers. Confirmed speakers are: Dr Ane Lothe (SINTEF), Dr José Gildardo Osório (Pluspetrol), Dr Shawn Maxwell (ITASCA), Dr Nick Barton (Barton Consultants), Dr Russ Ewy (CHEVRON), Dr Antonio Luiz Serra (PETROBRAS), Dr Miltiadis Parotidis (BG Group), Dr Marcos Freesz (BAKER).
For more information on this Workshop go to www.gtep.civ.puc-rio.br/sbmr2014.
Chairman of the Commission on Petroleum Geomechanics.
Dedication Ceremony for ISRM Past-President John Franklin
A 1.5 tonne piece of black anorthosite was donated by Mr Tom Palangio of WipWare in North Bay, Ontario, in memory of Dr John Franklin, past president of the ISRM, who passed away in 2012. The rock is in the University of Waterloo Peter Russell Rock Garden, an award-winning display of large rocks from around Canada.
The ceremony took place in May, and Dr Franklin's wife Kersty was in attendance, as well as various friends from Canada. Kersty spread John's ashes on and around the rock, and there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd. It was an emotional but happy ceremony as we remembered John's dedication to Science and Rock Mechanics. He was very demanding of high quality work, and we remembered his unceasing energy to the very end of his capabilities as he battled Parkinson's Disease for well over a decade. His contributions are well remembered.
Maurice B Dusseault
|Kersty Franklin sitting on the rock||Kersty Franklin dedicating the rock|
to her late husband
|John Franklin's friends and partners Tom and Thomas Palangio|
80th Birthday of Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Walter Wittke, Honorary Chairman of the German Geotechnical Society
It was 10 years ago now that Professor Nußbaumer as Chairman of the German Geotechnical Society (DGGT e. V.) wrote in the “geotechnik” 2/2004 on the occasion of the 70th birthday of Professor Wittke: “Retirement is a word which Professor Wittke does not know yet.”
Today, 10 years later, on his 80th birthday, this statement is still highly topical. We - members, board and management of the German Geotechnical Society – are happy to congratulate Prof. Wittke cordially on his 80th birthday. Also the past 10 years were characterized by tireless creativeness, enthusiasm as well as challenging events and projects.
Thus, Professor Wittke was appointed tunneling specialist in the arbitration process for the challenging infrastructure project “Stuttgart 21” in the South of Germany in 2010. As expert of the project proponents he could decisively contribute to the acceptance and feasibility of Stuttgart 21 with good arguments due to his sound knowledge about the local geology as well as the opportunities and risks of tunnel construction.
With the handing-over of the building permission by the city of Weinheim / Bergstrasse shortly afterwards in December 2011, the move of the 1980 founded WBI Prof. Dr.-Ing. W. Wittke Beratende Ingenieure für Grundbau und Felsbau GmbH from Aachen to Weinheim started, a move from Aachen to Weinheim into a 3,000 m2 large company building with attractive offices, geotechnics laboratory and lecture hall. On 23rd April 2013 the new office building was inaugurated with numerous guests from Germany and abroad and the presentation of a lecture program. With the new office close to the Frankfurt International Airport and to the projects of infrastructure development in southwest Germany Professor Wittke thus made the right decisions for the further corporate development as family business. And the chances are good that, after nephew, daughters and son, also the grandchildren will follow in the footsteps of the visionary and enthusiastic engineer Walter Wittke.
Walter Wittke was born in Hamburg and studied civil engineering in Hanover. After having finished his studies, he went to Prof. Leussink to the Institute for Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering at the Technical University of Karlsruhe. There, he was graduated in 1962 with his thesis on a soil mechanic topic and with a rock mechanic work he got his qualification as a university lecturer in 1965.
In 1974, exactly 40 years ago, the exceptional academic career continued with his appointment to the Chair and as Director of the Institute of Foundation Engineering, Soil Mechanics, Rock Mechanics and Waterways Engineering at the RWTH Aachen University. As pioneer of rock mechanics he started already in the 1970’s to record as realistically as possible the load bearing characteristics of rock mainly with numerical models. With the investigation and determination of the load-bearing behavior of buildings in soil and rock he contributed significantly and intensively to the safe and economic design of buildings as impressively shown by a considerable number of national and international projects.
Professor Wittke’s exceptional position in rock mechanics and geotechnics is also reflected by the fact that he was elected President of the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) from 1979 to 1983 and Chairman of the German Geotechnical Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geotechnik, DGGT) from 1990 to 2002.
Already from 1972 to 1991 Professor Wittke was head of the Special Section for Rock Mechanics (Fachsektion Felsmechanik) of the German Geotechnical Society and his name is inseparably linked with the Symposium for Rock Mechanics and Tunneling (an event of the DGGT section for rock mechanics), which will be held for the 21st time this year. As internationally recognized leading scientist in rock mechanics, he was able to host the 7th International Congress of the ISRM 1991 in Aachen and to bring the 14th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE) of the ISSMGE 1997 to Hamburg.
Due to his outstanding merits for the DGGT Professor Wittke was appointed Honorary Chairman of the DGGT in 2002. This is one of many appreciations of his wide-ranging merits and activities in national and international professional societies and committees. A special honour for him was the awarding of the honorary doctorate by his Alma Mater, the Leibniz University Hanover in 1998.
The exceptional international charisma of his work is documented by the Rock Mechanics Award of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (1977), the Ruper H. Myers Award in Material Engineering of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (1983), the appointment as member of the Academia Nacional de Ciencias Exactas, Fisicas y Naturales in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1989), as Professor honoris causa of the Escuela Militar de Ingenieria, La Paz, Bolivia (1989) and the bestowing of the Manuel Rocha Award in Lisbon, Portugal (2002).
His wide experience in the field of geotechnics is also reflected in a large number of publications, in the “Taschenbuch für den Tunnelbau” and as co-editor of the renowned magazine “Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics” as well as in his standard work “Rock Mechanics” which will appear in a new edition after translations into English, Chinese and in extracts into Russian.
We wish Professor Wittke good health and that his enthusiasm and vigour will be with him for a long time yet. For him personally and for the WBI Prof. Dr.-Ing. W. Wittke Beratende Ingenieure für Grundbau und Felsbau GmbH all the best and a lot of success for “Worldwide Engineering”.
Prof. Dr.-Ing., Chairman of the German Geotechnical Society (DGGT)
13th International ISRM Congress, May 2015, Montreal, Canada
The deadline for submission of abstracts is now finished and more than 600 abstracts were received. Screening of the abstracts by the National Groups is now starting.
Technical Program Topics
- Application of geophysics in rock mechanics
- Enabled rock mechanices: scope of augmented reality, virtual reality and articial intelligence
- Explosive free rock breakage techniques for rock excavation and drilling
- Fracture mechanics and fracture propagation
- Fractured rock and rock mass discontinuities
- Ground freezing
- In-situ stress measurementHigh temperature geomechanics
- Lab and in-situ rock characterization and modelling
- Numerical, analytical, contitutive modelling or rock processess
- Prediction and modelling
- Remote sensing and seismicity
- Reservoir geomechanics
- Rock mechanics risk assessment
- Rock physics models for enhanced hydrocarbon recovery
- Role of uncertainties in rock engineering design
- Slope stability and land slides
- Stability and exacvation support
- Subsidence - prediction and mitigation of its impacts
- Underground storage of petroleum, gas, CO2 , and nuclear waste disposal
Plus a one day symposium on “Shale and Rock Mechanics as Applied to Slopes, Tunnels, Mines and Hydrocarbon Extraction” (ARMA & CARAM Initiative), chaired by Prof. Herbert Einstein of MIT. Click here to download the flyer. For complete information on the 13th International ISRM Congress visit the website: http://isrm2015.com/.
AusRock 2014: 3rd Australasian Ground Control in Mining Conference, Sydney, 5-6 November 2014
An ISRM Specialized Conference
AusRock2014: Third Australasian Ground Control in Mining Conference is an ISRM Specialized Conference aimed at practical mine site operators, technical support staff, geotechnical engineers, mining engineers, consultants and researchers in the field of mining geomechanics and ground control.
The conference will provide an update to all mining industry geotechnical personnel involved in best practice in both Australasia and overseas, and an information exchange vehicle 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.
3rd ISRM International Young Scholars' Symposium on Rock Mechanics, Xi'an, 8-11 November 2014
An ISRM Specialized Conference
The ISRM Commission on Education has the pleasure to present the 3rd ISRM International Young Scholars’ Symposium on Rock Mechanics, to be held in Xi’an, on Nov. 8-10, 2014, two years after successful holding of the 2nd Symposium.
The meeting will provide stimulus and encouragement to the Young Scholars so that they will tackle our outstanding rock mechanics and rock engineering problems with renewed vigor. Welcome all young scholars in rock mechanics, including young rock mechanics scientists, engineers and students to attend the symposium. All professors, research scientists and engineers who concern about education of rock mechanics and training of young rock mechanics scholars are also welcome to the symposium.
|ISRM Rocha Medal 2016 - nominations to be received by 31 December 2014|
Nominations for the Rocha Medal 2016 are to be received by the ISRM Secretariat by 31 December 2014. The winner will be announced during the 13th ISRM Congress on Rock Mechanics in Montréal, Canada, in May 2015, and will be invited to receive the award and deliver a lecture at the 2016 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 2016.
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ISRM sponsored meetings
- 10-13 September 2014, Goiânia, Brazil. VI Brazilian Rock Mechanics Symposium. An ISRM Specialised Conference.
- 14-16 October 2014, Sapporo, Japan. 8th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium. The 2014 ISRM International Symposium.
- 4-5 November 2014, Sydney. The 3rd Australasian Ground Control in Mining Conference. An ISRM Specialised Conference.
- 8-10 November 2014, Xi'an, China. The 3rd ISRM International Young Scholars' Symposium on Rock Mechanics. An ISRM Specialized Conference.
- 10-13 May 2015, Montréal, Canada. ISRM 13th International Congress on Rock Mechanics.
- 6-8 September 2015, Wuhan, China. China Shale Gas 2015. An ISRM Specialized Conference.
- 24-25 September 2015, Island of Ischia, Italy. 4th Workshop on Volcanic Rocks and Soils. An ISRM Specialised Conference.
- 7-9 October 2015, Salzburg, Austria. EUROCK 2015 – Geomechanics Colloquy. An ISRM Regional Symposium.
- 15-17 November 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina. XVIII South American Congress on Rock Mechanics. An ISRM Regional Symposium.
- May 2016, Cape Town, South Africa. African Rock Engineering Symposium. An ISRM Regional Symposium.
- 10-12 May 2016, Tampere, Finland. 7th In-Situ Rock Stress Symposium 2016. An ISRM Specialised Conference.
- 25-27 May 2016, Xi'an, China. GEOSAFE: 1st International Symposium on Reducing Risks in Site Investigation, Modelling and Construction for Rock Engineering - an ISRM Specialized Conference.
- 29-31 August 2016, Cappadocia. Turkey. EUROCK 2016. An ISRM Regional Symposium.
- October 2016, Bali, Indonesia. ARMS 2016 – 9th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium. An ISRM Regional Symposium.
Click here to view the list of ISRM Sponsored Conferences.
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EUROCK 2014 was held in Vigo, Spain
The 2014 ISRM European Rock Mechanics Symposium (EUROCK 2014) was held in Vigo, Spain, on May 27-29, 2014, organized by the University of Vigo and the Spanish National group of the ISRM (SEMR). A total of 390 participants from 40 countries learnt from six keynote lectures and more than 200 oral and poster presentations. Importantly, around a third of the delegates at this symposium were students.
The keynote lectures were presented by leading international experts including Nick Barton, Anna Maria Ferrero, Derek Martin, Xia-Ting Feng, Claudio Olalla and José Lemos. They covered a wide spectrum of rock mechanics traditional but still unresolved concerns as well as some advanced applications and relevant case studies.
Additionally two short courses dealing with on ‘Numerical modelling in rock engineering’ and ‘Rock mechanics solutions for ornamental rock protection & archaeological site conservation´ were held with good attendance before the conference. Also, a Workshop on "Applicability and application of Eurocode-7 to rock engineering design" took place the day before the conference, chaired by John Harrison and it had an unexpected participation of 50 people.
Three one-day technical visits were done the day after closing the symposium including 1) Underground slate mine & Las Médulas, 2) Venda Nova III underground cavern in Northern Portugal and 3) Railway tunnel underground works. A total of 50 people visited these interesting rock engineering works.
The proceedings of the symposium have been published by Taylord and Francis, in a book containing the full version of the keynote lectures and the extended abstracts of the accepted papers and a USB card including the full version of all articles. Six keynotes and 249 papers from 39 countries were accepted. These included contributions from Asia (43), Australia (11), Europe (171), North and South America (22) and Africa (2). The proceedings are now included in the SCOPUS database.
In what concerns social activities, a welcome reception was offered by the City Council including traditional Galician bag pipers and dancing. The symposium banquet was held on Wednesday 28th in the town center Bahía Hotel, including a wine tasting session and closing with a traditional Galician ‘queimada’ where liquor was burned in front of the attendance by a local witch, who called the spirit of our forerunners to wish the participants a happy life. Various guided tours for accompanying persons and delegates were also carried out to the near-by region Baixo-Minho, to the town of Vigo and a visit to Santiago.
Three days of interesting keynotes, talks, presentations and discussions in a nice venue have come to an end. Three days to see old friends and make new ones. Three days to learn about other people’s projects. Three days to mull over new ideas. A happy spirit was largely recognized and most of the delegates thank the organization for the meeting. That, we suppose is what a symposium is about!
On behalf of the organizing committee, we thank all the participants and contributors who have helped to make the symposium a pleasant and joyful event!
The Tunisian Society for Rock Mechanics (ATMR) organized a scientific day on “Vibrations of various origins transmitted by rock masses in civil constructions”, which was held in Tunis on January 15, 2014.
The day allowed 81 participants (from consulting and engineering firms, central government offices, cement plants and quarries, National Office of Mines, and National Institute of Meteorology) to share a discussion on a very important environmental issue.
Indeed, the subject of vibrations, their propagation in rock masses, and their effects on buildings is worthy of an international congress with 3 days of presentations and round table discussions. The Tunisian Society for Rock Mechanics intends to organize several scientific and technical days. It relies on a partnership that already exists but needs more liveliness and implementation between the industry and academia worlds.
The action plan of the Tunisian Society for Rock Mechanics for year 2014 includes the following activities:
- March 15, 2014: Launch a call for proposals for an international conference on the damage in rocks in collaboration with research laboratories in Civil and Mechanical Engineering from Tunisia
- May 15, 2014: Launch a competition for the Best Engineering Final Project Study in Geomechanics (Scientific Committee, oral presentation, award500DT)
- September 24, 2014: Technical Day on stabilizing unstable slopes in jointed rock masses
The Tunisian Society for Rock Mechanics presents itself as a scientific, rigorous, well-performing, and efficient society for conducting any type of partnership leading to the development of rock mechanics in Tunisia.