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EUROCK 2010, the ISRM European Regional Rock Mechanics Symposium

EUROCK 2010, the ISRM European Regional Rock Mechanics Symposium was held on 15-18 June 2010, on the campus of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), Switzerland.  The symposium was organised by EPFL’s Laboratory for Rock Mechanics (LMR) and the Swiss Society for Soil and Rock Mechanics (SGBF), the ISRM national group of Switzerland.  The scheme of the symposium is “Rock Mechanics in Civil and Environmental Engineering” and the proceedings collects 198 papers including 5 keynotes. 

One important mission of the EUROCK 2010 was to bring the rock mechanics community in Europe together, to exchange, to collaborate and to progress.  This objective was well achieved by having 336 participants, from 26 countries in Europe and 17 countries/regions in other continents.  Distribution of delegates is shown in the table below.

EUROCK 2010 made consented effort to attract young rock mechanics professionals to the symposium, with a low registration fee of €80.  There were 95 young professionals (students and engineers) attended the symposium.

The first EUROCK Award for the best paper by a young scientist/engineer was given at EUROCK 2010.  Altogether 33 young authors participated the competition and the winner was Azania Mufundirwa and the runner-up was Matt Lato.

An open discussion on the future of rock mechanics in Europe was held in the later afternoon of 17 June.  The discussion generated sufficient interests among the delegates, towards a stronger rock mechanics community in Europe, by increasing the visibility of rock mechanics in teaching, research and engineering applications. 

The main program of the symposium included a 3-day technical presentations with 5 keynotes, 3 scheme presentations and over 160 oral presentations in 4 parallel sessions, and about 20 posters.  Other activities in conjunction with the symposium were a one-day course on FEM/DEM numerical modelling on 14 June, a one-day technical site visit on 18 June, an ISRM European Council meeting, an exhibition of rock engineering companies and an exhibition on the Swiss Alpine tunnelling, a welcome reception, a banquet in the Olympic Museum, and visits to EPFL’s rock and soil mechanics laboratories.

Azania Mufundirwa, winner of the EUROCK 2010 Award, receiving the Award from Nuno Grossmann, ISRM Vice President for Europe.
Participants at the open discussion on the future of rock mechanics in Europe.
Welcome by the Swiss Alpine horn performance at the banquet reception in the Olympic museum. 

Jian Zhao, EUROCK 2010 Organising Committee Chairman