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SINOROCK 2009, the 2009 ISRM-Sponsored International Symposium

A review of the SinoRock2009
ISRM-Sponsored International Symposium on Rock Mechanics
held at The University of Hong Kong, China, 19-22 May 2009

by Alan Kwong

The ISRM-Sponsored International Symposium on Rock Mechanics was successfully held on 19-22 May 2009 at The University of Hong Kong, China.  The symposium was organized by the International Society for Rock Mechanics, The University of Hong Kong, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics and Engineering.  The venues of the symposium were in the Rayson Huang Theatre and the lecture theatres of the Chow Yei Ching Building of The University of Hong Kong.

 

                          Opening Ceremony held on 19 May 2009

 

 

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.

 

                           Welcoming address delivered by Ir. K. K. Lau, Director of Drainage Services Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government on 19 May 2009

 

 

Professor Joseph Lee, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong; Professor Qian Qihu, the President of the Chinese Society of Rock Mechanics and Engineering; Professor John Hudson, the President of the International Society of Rock Mechanics; Ir. K. K. Lau, Director of Drainage Services Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government, gave a warm welcome address in the opening ceremony.  Professor W. C. Chew, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of The University of Hong Kong presented a souvenir to Ir. K. K. Lau.  Mr. Malcolm Gibson, Professors John W. Cosgrove, Qian Qihu, Bezalel Haimson, Shunsuke Sakurai, Wang Ju and Dr. Gang Li delivered keynote presentation for this symposium, respectively.  More than 200 experts introduced their scientific research achievements in the following themes:

  • Rock Characterisation
  • Modelling
  • Engineering Design Methods
  • Nuclear Waste
  • Sichuan Earthquake
  • Hong Kong Project

Two well attended pre-symposium events were held.  The first event was the “1-day Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering Course” held on Friday, 15 May 2009.  This 1-day Course was part of the 2009 ISRM Chinese Lecture Tour.  The lecture was based on the content of the two books by Professors John A. Hudson and John P. Harrison which have recently been translated into Chinese (“Engineering Rock Mechanics 1: An Introduction to the Principles” and “Engineering Rock Mechanics 2: Illustrative Worked Examples”).  The second event was a short course entitled “Structural Geology - Understanding of Rock Fractures for Improved Rock Mechanics Characterisation” held on Monday, 18 May 2009.  It was delivered by Professors John W. Cosgrove, John A. Hudson and John P. Harrison, all of Imperial College, London, UK, and Dr. Kimmo Kemppainen from Posiva, Finland.  The purpose of this short course was to explain the geological origin of rock fractures, so that their characterisation for rock mechanics modelling and design can be improved.

 

                           2009 ISRM Chinese Lecture Tour: 1-day Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering Course held on 15 May 2009

 

Three technical site visits were prepared and fully attended.  These site visits were:
  • Rock cavern construction and associated slope improvement works at the Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong West Drainage Tunnel Project
  • Geotechnical Engineering Office of the Civil Engineering Development Department of the Hong Kong Government
The diverse collection of papers and presentations covered a wide variety of aspects of Rock Mechanics.  Their overall quality was excellent and many were enthusiastically received and created lively discussion.

                           Site visit to rock cavern construction at the Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong on 21 May 2009

 

 

                           ISRM Council Meeting held on 18 May 2009

 

 

                           Conference banquet at the floating restaurant on 21 May 2009


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