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Suggested Methods complete list

Bellow you can find an updated list of all Suggested Methods. Click to go to the Suggested Methods' main page.


Suggested Methods published between 2015 and today, not compiled in book format

  • ISRM Suggested Method for Determining the Basic Friction Angle of Planar Rock Surfaces by Means of Tilt Tests (2018)
  • ISRM Suggested Method for Laboratory Acoustic Emission Monitoring (2017)  
  • ISRM SM for Uniaxial-strain Compressibility Testing for Reservoir Geomechanics(2016)
  • ISRM Suggested Methods for Determining Thermal Properties of Rocks from Laboratory Tests at Atmospheric Pressure (2016)
  • ISRM Suggested Method for In Situ Microseismic Monitoring of the Fracturing Process in Rock Masses (2016)

Suggested Methods published between 2007 and 2014, published in the Orange Book

Part I - Laboratory Testing

  • ISRM Suggested Method for Determination of the Schmidt Hammer Rebound Hardness: Revised Version.
  • ISRM Suggested Methods for Determining the Dynamic Strength Parameters and Mode-I Fracture - Toughness of Rock Materials.
  • ISRM Suggested Method for the Determination of Mode II Fracture Toughness.
  • ISRM Suggested Method for Reporting Rock Laboratory Test Data in Electronic Format.
  • Upgraded ISRM Suggested Method for Determining Sound Velocity by Ultrasonic Pulse Transmission Technique.
  • ISRM Suggested Method for Determining the Abrasivity of Rock by the CERCHAR Abrasivity Test.
  •  ISRM-Suggested Method for Determining the Mode I Static Fracture Toughness Using Semi-Circular Bend Specimen.
  • ISRM Suggested Methods for Determining the Creep Characteristics of Rock.
  • ISRM Suggested Method for Laboratory Determination of the Shear Strength of Rock Joints: Revised Version.
  • ISRM Suggested Method for the Needle Penetration Test.
Part II - Field Testing:

  • ISRM Suggested Method for Rock Fractures Observations Using a Borehole Digital Optical Televiewer.
  • ISRM Suggested Method for Measuring Rock Mass Displacement Using a Sliding Micrometer.
  • ISRM Suggested Method for Step-Rate Injection Method for Fracture In-Situ Properties (SIMFIP): Using a 3-Components Borehole Deformation Sensor.
  • ISRM Suggested Methods for Rock Stress Estimation—Part 5: Establishing a Model for the In Situ Stress at a Given Site.
Part - III Monitoring
  • ISRM Suggested Method for Monitoring Rock Displacements Using the Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
Part- IV Failure Criteria:
  • Suggested Methods for Rock Failure Criteria: General Introduction.
  • Introduction to Suggested Methods for Failure Criteria.
  • Mohr–Coulomb Failure Criterion.
  • The Hoek-Brown Failure Criterion.
  • Three-Dimensional Failure Criteria Based on the Hoek–Brown Criterion.
  • Drucker-Prager Criterion.
  • Lade and Modified Lade 3D Rock Strength Criteria.
  • A Failure Criterion for Rocks Based on True Triaxial Testing.
Part V - Additional Article on Rock Characterization:
  • A Survey of 3D Laser Scanning Techniques for Application to Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering.

Suggested Methods published between 1974 and 2006

1- Site Characterization

  • SM for Quantitative Description of Discontinuities in Rock Masses - 1978 [EUR 8]
  • SM for Geophysical Logging of Boreholes - 1981 [EUR 4]

2 - Laboratory Testing

  • SM for Petrographic Description of Rocks - 1978 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining Water Content, Porosity, Density, Absorption and Related Properties and Swelling and Slake-Durability Index Properties - 1977 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining Hardness and Abrasiveness of Rocks – 1978 [EUR 4] 
  • SM for Determining the Shore Hardness Value for Rock - 2006 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining Sound Velocity - 1978 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining Point Load Strength - 1985 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining the Indentation Hardness Index of Rock Materials - 1998 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining Block Punch Strength Index (BPI) - 2001 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining the Uniaxial Compressive Strength and Deformability of Rock Materials - 1979 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining the Strength of Rock Materials in Triaxial Compression - 1978 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining Shear Strength - 1974 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining Tensile Strength of Rock Materials - 1978 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Laboratory Testing of Argillaceous Swelling Rock - 1989 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Laboratory Testing of Swelling Rocks - 1999 [EUR 4]
  • SM for the Complete Stress-Strain Curve for Intact Rock in Uniaxial Compression - 1999 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining the Fracture Toughness of Rock - 1988 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Determining Mode I Fracture Toughness Using Cracked Chevron Notched Brazilian Disc (CCNBD) Specimens - 1995 [EUR 4]

3 - Field Testing

3.1 Deformability tests

  • SM for Determining In Situ Deformability of Rock - 1979 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Deformability Determination Using a Large Flat Jack Technique 1986 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Deformability Determination Using a Flexible Dilatometer – 1987 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Deformability Determination Using a Stiff Dilatometer - 1996 [EUR 4]

3.2 In situ stress measurements

  • SM for Rock Stress Determination - 1987 [EUR 4]
  • SM for In Situ Stress Measurement Using the Compact Conical-Ended Borehole Overcoring (CCBO) Technique - 1999 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Rock Stress Estimation - 2003 
    • Part 1: Strategy for Rock Stress Estimation [EUR 4] 
    • Part 2: Overcoming Methods [EUR 4]
    • Part 3: Hydraulic Fracturing (HF) and/or Hydraulic Testing of Pre-existing    Fractures (HTPF) [EUR 4]
    • Part 4: Quality Control of Rock Stress Estimation [EUR 4]

3.3 Geophysical testing

  • SM for Seismic Testing Within and Between Boreholes - 1988 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Land Geophysics in Rock Engineering - 2004 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Borehole Geophysics in Rock Engineering - 2006 [EUR 8]

3.4 Other tests

  • SM for Rapid Field Identification of Swelling and Slaking Rocks - 1994 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Large Scale Sampling and Triaxial Testing of Jointed Rock - 1989 [EUR 4]

3.5 Bolting and anchoring tests

  • SM for Rockbolt Testing - 1974 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Rock Anchorage Testing - 1985 [EUR 4]

4 - Monitoring

  • SM for Monitoring Rock Movements Using Borehole Extensometers - 1978 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Monitoring Rock Movements Using Inclinometers and Tiltmeters - 1977 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Pressure Monitoring Using Hydraulic Cells - 1980 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Surface Monitoring of Movements Across Discontinuities - 1984 [EUR 4]
  • SM for Blast Vibration Monitoring - 1992 [EUR 4]


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