The 7th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium (ARMS7) was held from 15 to 19 October in Seoul, South Korea, organized by the Korean Society for Rock Mechanics. A total of 314 participants from 32 countries, of which 167 were from overseas, enjoyed eight invited lectures, one special workshop, two short courses, and two technical tours.
ARMS7 was preceded by the ‘Students’ Night’ sponsored by ISRM Young Members Presidential Group which is the first initiative by KSRM in order to encourage active participation by young members. KSRM made a special initiative in providing a scholarship to eight young members from Asia. Four members were given full airfares, accommodations and registration waivers, and the other four were given registration waivers only. KSRM sincerely hope that this can be an example for other conferences by a way of encouraging young members in rock mechanically less-developed countries. Short reports by two Scholarship winners can be downloaded here.
The ISRM commission on DDA arranged a special workshop and two two-day short courses were organised: one on Reservoir Geomechanics given by Prof Maurice Dusseault and the other on Mining Geomechanics by Drs Bo-Hyun Kim and Fidelis Suorineni. Two interesting technical tours were organised and well attended.
Eight keynote lectures, 169 papers including 41 posters were presented in 21 sessions including two special sessions on ‘Reservoir Geomechanics’ and ‘Structural Geology’. The ARMS Best Paper Awards were given in the general category and in the young member category. The ARMS best poster awards were also given.
The ARMS7 was highly successful with many participants and a variety of programs. It was shown that Asia was becoming the center of rock mechanics activities with greater potential. This event was indeed a timely celebration of the past Asian rock mechanics activities since the inauguration of ARMS fifteen years ago in the same place, COEX in Seoul.
On behalf of Korean National Group, we thank all the participants and contributors who have helped the success of ARMS7. We look forward to the 8th ARMS which will take place in Sapporo in Japan in Oct 2014.
The ARMS7 Organising Committee