Absolutely, there were many excellent technical presentations in 3rd ARMS. In 2003, ARMS council meeting established the ARMS Outstanding Paper Award. This symposium was the first time to present the ARMS award. The first ARMS Outstanding Paper Award was conferred to Mr. S. Shirasagi, Kajima Co., Japan, who is the first author of the paper titled “Evaluation system of rock property for tunnels by the seismic reflective survey and the TBM excavation” with co-authors T. Yamamoto, I. Kuronuma, E. Ogura, Y. Mito, K. Aoki. The recipient of this award was given a certificate, a memorial plaque and cash prize of 1,000 USD.
Apart from the ARMS Outstanding Paper Award, the Organizing Committee also decided to present the 3rd ARMS Excellent Paper Award to the first author of the paper orally presented in this symposium. The recipient of the 3rd ARMS Excellent Paper Award received an award certificate, a memorial plaque and a cash prize of US$1,000, which was donated by Professor Chung-In Lee of Seoul National University. The award was given to Professor Koji Matsuki, Tohoku University, Japan, who was the first author of the paper “Estimation of regional stress for heterogeneous rock mass by FEM” with co-authors T. Kato, N. Kimura, S. Nakama, T. Sato.
Before opening the symposium, the council meeting, five workshops, one special session and the welcome reception were held on 29 November, 2004. More than two hundred participants closely discussed and exchanged excellent ideas and information.