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4th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium - ARMS 2006

Report on 4th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium

The 4th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium (ARMS 2006 Singapore), the ISRM International Symposium 2006, was held in Singapore from 8 to 10 November 2006 at the Meritus Mandarin Hotel.

The Symposium was organised by the ISRM National Group for Singapore, the Society for Rock Mechanics & Engineering Geology Singapore, which was formerly operating under the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Society, with support by the ISRM, the Protective Technology Research Centre of the Nanyang Technological University and the Singapore Tourism Promotion Board.

Due to the overwhelming response to the call for papers with a total of 318 accepted papers, the Organising Committee decided to publish a proceedings volume containing seven keynote lectures, the Rocha Medal paper, and extended abstracts of other technical papers, with CD-ROM containing all accepted full papers. The use of the modern publishing media has allowed the Organising Committee to accept as many quality papers as possible.

The Symposium program featured 3 keynote sessions, 28 parallel sessions (165 oral presentations and 139 poster presentations), and 2 site visits. Also, a total of 19 companies participated in exhibition, with 15 exhibition booths and 3 table displays.


The keynote lectures presented at the symposium were:

1. Forensic Engineering for Underground Construction, Prof. E. T. BROWN AC
2. Rock mechanics considerations for deep tunnelling in brittle rock, Prof. Peter KAISER
3. Rock mechanics and excavation by tunnel boring machine – issues and challenges, Prof. Jian ZHAO
4. Development and application of discontinuous deformation analysis (DDA) for rock engineering, Prof. Yuzo OHNISHI
5. Rock mechanics at great depths and coal mine disaster control in China, Prof. Manchao HE
6. The role of on-site engineering in underground projects, Prof. Wulf SCHUBERT
7. Thermo-mechanical behavior of rock masses around underground LNG storage cavern, Dr So-Keul CHUNG.

With good “insight” by the Organising Committee, the opening keynote speaker, Prof. E.T. Brown, was the happy winner of the 2007 Müller Award. At the same keynote session, Dr Daniel ASK of Sweden made his Rocha Medal Presentation, entitled “Strategy for In-Situ Rock Stress Measurements”, based on his award winning PhD thesis.

The Symposium was attended by 409 participants from 29 countries. Of the 409 participants, about 80% of came from outside of Singapore, while about 75% were from Asian countries. There were also nearly 70 students who participated in the symposium, a phenomenon that was well appreciated by the ISRM.