Terms of reference
Purpose of the Commission
The URL Networking Commission will establish and enhance international, inter-disciplinary interactions among URLs worldwide to maximize the science and engineering research that may be completed at these protected underground environments. The URLs engage in wide range of research and assessments on waste disposal, resource production, and particle-physics searches. Rock mechanics challenges include the design and construction of large-span excavations at depth and at high-stress. This URL Networking Commission will contribute to the future development of rock mechanics, both with current and planned URLs. This will include virtual, ideal and generic URLs designed for collecting and exchanging information and for integrating in situ testing in URLs with validation, modelling, and laboratory measurements. These observations are crucial to advance the state of science and engineering for multi-disciplinary studies involving the complex physical feedbacks present in the subsurface. Both scientific and engineering challenges and practical aspects of networking and outreach will be addressed by the Commission. Additional experts from different disciplines will be approached to address innovative challenges. We plan linkages with other ISRM Commissions (including current commissions on Rock Dynamics, Testing Methods, Radiactive Waste Disposal, Application of Geophysics, and proposed commissions on Petroleum Geomechanics [Maurice B. Dusseault, Chair], Coupled Processes [Jishan Liu, Chair], Triaxial Testing, Crustal Stress/Earthquakes, Case Histories), international programs and other initiatives to develop and generate useful results.
Product of the Commission
Workshop Proceedings, meeting summaries, annual reports, and proposed ISRM Book on URLs.