This was the second SINOROCK Symposium. The first was held at the Three Gorges Dam site on the Yangtze River in China. The aims of the SINOROCK symposia are: a) to follow the rock engineering design process through the sequence of rock characterisation, modelling, and then design; and b) to provide a forum for rock mechanics researchers and engineers from the East and the West to exchange views.
More than 250 participants from all over the world such as China, North and South America, Canada, Japan, Iran, South Korea, Australia, Europe, India etc. attended the symposium. One volume of the proceedings containing keynote papers and extended abstracts from all the contributed authors was published in paper format and another volume of the proceedings containing full papers from all the contributed authors was published in electronic format within a CD. The papers cover the broad spectrum of progress that has been developed in geo-engineering since the last SINOROCK Symposium.