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Call for nominations — AGS Practitioner Award and D.H. Trollope Medal

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The Australian Geomechanics Society is calling on members for nominations for the AGS Practitioner Award and the D.H. Trollope Medal.

AGS Practitioner Award

This biennial award recognises contributions of the highest order over an extended period with a commitment to the geotechnical profession in Australia and the Australian Geomechanics Society.

Nominations

Nominations should be made by at least three persons (not necessarily members) to the Secretary of the National Committee of the Society following a call for submissions in Australian Geomechanics. Nominations must be accompanied by a comprehensive supporting document.

AGS Practitioner Award Nomination Form

D.H. Trollope Medal

The Trollope Medal is awarded to the author of an outstanding paper on either theoretical or applied geomechanics. The work reported in the paper must have been undertaken in Australia by an author under 35 years of age and can have been published anywhere in the world in the previous four years. The nominated author must have been primarily responsible for the work and would normally be the principal author of the paper.

Nominations

The nomination can be made by any member of the Society. The nomination requires the approval of the author and should be accompanied by two copies of the paper. The nomination is to be accompanied by an electronic (disk or USB) copy of the Doctoral thesis, which will be returned following the selection process.

The nominations should be forwarded to the Secretary of the National Committee following a call for submissions in Australian Geomechanics Journal. Nominations will be called every two years, normally in the alternate year to the EH Davis Memorial Lecture.

D.H. Trollope Medal Nomination Form

Call for abstracts – 11th International Stress Wave Conference

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The 11th International Conference on Stress Wave Theory and Design and Testing Methods for Deep Foundations, (including a Demonstration, Testing and Prediction Event) will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, September 20 – 23, 2022.

Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts for this conference. The conference will cover theoretical and practical aspects of areas like wave mechanics applications to foundations, high strain dynamic testing, low strain integrity testing, rapid load testing, monitoring vibrations due to dynamic effects, axial (compression, tension, bidirectional) and lateral load testing, soil-structure interaction during foundation testing, monitoring and analysis of impact and vibratory driven (sheet) piles, drivability studies, and other related subjects.

For important dates, and further details, please see the official flyer.

142nd IAEG Connector

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10th Nepal Geological Congress waives fees to attend — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

141st IAEG Connector

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California Supervolcano studied in the Long Valley Caldera — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

140th IAEG Connector

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IAEG Welcomes Peru and Bolivia as New National Groups — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular – February 2021

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The latest issue of the ISSMGE News & Information Circular is available online.

139th IAEG Connector

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Mass aging of worldwide dams and their safety — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

ISRM Young Rock Engineer Award

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In October 2020, the ISRM Board decided to institute the ISRM Young Rock Engineer Award, to acknowledge excellence in the field of rock engineering by ISRM members who are in early stages of their career.

The ISRM Young Rock Engineer Award is conferred in recognition of one or more of the following achievements in rock engineering practice:
• novelty of the nominee’s contribution to solve engineering problems and/or develop original design solutions;
• pioneering in the use of materials and/or methods;
• contribution to sustainable engineering practices;
• contribution to and promotion of the engineering profession.

A complete description of the nature and objectives of this Award, as well as of the nomination procedure, can be found in the “GUIDELINE for the ISRM Young Rock Engineer Award”.

Nominations for the award shall be by the nominee’s National Group, or by some other person or organization acquainted with the nominee’s work. Self-nominations are not accepted. The deadline for submission of nominations for the ISRM Young Rock Engineer Award 2021 is 20 March 2021.

Rocha Medal 2023

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Since 1982 a bronze medal and a cash prize have been awarded annually by the ISRM for an outstanding doctoral thesis in rock mechanics or rock engineering, to honour the memory of Past President Manuel Rocha while stimulating researchers.

In addition to the Rocha Medal award to the winning submission, one or two runner-up certificates may also be awarded.

An invitation is now extended to the rock mechanics community for nominations for the Rocha Medal 2023. Full details on the Rocha Medal are provided in ISRM By-law No. 7.

Application

To be considered for an award the candidate must be nominated within two years of the date of the official doctorate degree certification.

Nominations shall be by the nominee, or by the nominee’s National Group, or by some other person or organization acquainted with the nominee’s work.

Nominations shall be sent electronically, addressed to the Secretary-General, and shall contain:

  • a one page curriculum vitae, including nationality information;
  • a written confirmation by the candidate’s National Group that he/she is a member of the ISRM;
  • a thesis summary, written in English, with between 5,000 and 10,000 words, detailed enough to convey the full impact of the thesis and accompanied by selected tables and figures, and information on word count;
  • one copy of the complete thesis;
  • one copy of the doctorate degree certificate;
  • a letter of copyright release, allowing the ISRM to copy the thesis for purposes of review and selection only;
  • an undertaking by the nominee to submit an article describing the work, for publication in the ISRM News Journal.

Application Deadline

The nomination must reach the ISRM Secretary-General
by 31 December 2021.

Further information can be found in the flyer.

138th IAEG Connector

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The latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter, is available online.

IAEG Newsletter 2020 Nr. 4

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The latest issue of the IAEG Newsletter can be downloaded from Dropbox [PDF 6.6MB].

Other issues of the newsletter can be accessed from the IAEG website.

137th IAEG Connector

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The latest issue of the IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting environmental and engineering geologists around the world, is available online.

136th IAEG Connector

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YEG proposes Rock Mechanics Webinar on January 21, 2021 — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular, January 2021

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The latest instalment of the ISSMGE News & Information Circular is available online.

132nd IAEG Connector

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Summary of FedIGS meeting on 7 December 2020 — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

Australian Geomechanics call for papers

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The AGS hosted several female speakers in 2020, including keynotes at local symposia, and Dr Jackie Skipper presenting her Glossop Lecture.

We intend to continue encouraging female professionals to contribute in this way in 2021. Building on this increase in exposure for women in our industry, the AGS would like to produce a dedicated issue of the Australian Geomechanics (AG) journal in 2021, containing papers written by female geotechnical professionals (as the main author or a co-author).

We invite women working in either academia or industry (or both) in the fields of geotechnical engineering/ engineering geology to submit papers in 2021 for publication in the AG journal.

Please consider writing a paper and/or encouraging colleagues who may have some work that they could present. Submissions should be sent through the usual process, as explained here.

We are targeting the second half of 2021 for this journal issue, so please submit papers by the end of April 2021.

ISSMGE News & Information Circular – December 2020

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The latest instalment of the ISSMGE news and information circular, for December 2020, is available online.

131st IAEG Connector

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6 Missing in Haines, Alaska Landslide — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

YEG Webinar Series

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The 5th YEG webinar, titled The use of Innovative Solutions for Slope Modelling and Monitoring will be held on Friday December 18th, 2020.

Search for YEG IAEG’s Zoom Meeting or subscribe to IAEG YEG on Youtube.com

Day:  December 18th (Friday), 2020
Time: 14:00 UTC (GMT)

Speakers: Dr. Daniele Giordan (Italy) and Mr. Stratis Karantanellis (Greece)

Register here and a follow-up email will be sent with information.

130th IAEG Connector

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Abstracts due December 4, 2020 for 1st IAEG South American Regional Conference — the latest issue of the IAEG Connector newsletter is available online.

ICSMGE 2021 Announcement

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As you would be aware, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create significant suffering and uncertainty all around the world. It is very unlikely that international travel restrictions will be eased sufficiently by September 2021 to allow in-person attendance from international delegates. The Advisory Committee of the ICSMGE 2021 met yesterday and agreed to postpone the Conference by approximately six months, that is, until sometime between February and April 2022 in the hope that international travel restrictions will have eased sufficiently by that time to allow most delegates to attend in person. The date will be specified and communicated soon. As a result, the deadline for paper submission to the online portal has been extended to 1 June 2021. Member societies will have until 30 July 2021 to complete their reviews, advise authors and for final, updated papers to be uploaded.

Greater clarity on this will be provided in the coming months for the Conference. We thank you for your continued support and engagement with the ICSMGE 2021.