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Wednesday, 28th May


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 Plenary session II


 Chairman: Áurea Perucho

 Keynote Foundations on rock masses

  C. Olalla




 Plenary session III



 Chairman: José Muralha

 Keynote Representation of rock discontinuities in safety analysis of large dams

 J. Lemos




 Coffee break



 Parallel sessions 10-12



 Session 10- Topic 1: Rock properties and testing methods


 Chairman: Alexander Sofianos


Experimental evaluation of the fracture toughness of a limestone          

G. SuhettHelmer, J. Sulem, J. Rohmer, S. Ghabezloo & Hild. F

Energy analyses of uniaxial impact compressive tests for coalmine sandstone after cyclic wetting and drying  

P. Yuan & Q. Y. Ma

Abrasivity measures on geotechnical materials of the Barcelona area  

C. González, M. Arroyo & A. Gens

Measurement of the basic friction angle of rock by three different tilt test methods   

J. Ruiz & C. Li

Evolution of Damage on Tensile Fracturing of Rock by Means of Elastic Ultrasonic Wave Velocity

M. Ghamgosar, N. Erarslan & D. J. Williams

The effect of Cyclic Loading Amplitude and Notch Crack Inclination Angle on the Fracture Toughness Test on Brisbane Tuff-Multiple Factorial Analyses        

M. Ghamgosar & N. Erarslan

Understanding the boundary effects by means of numerical modelling when performing punching test on small samples               

J. P. Tshibangu, F. Descamps & G. Di Paolo

The comparison of compression and impression relaxation tests with different diameters of indenter in salt rock        

F. Tavanaei, M. H. Mehranpour & M. Moosavi

A Rock Mass Elastic Modulus Estimation Using Mae Moh Mine's Large Scale Experiment Data 

C. Leelasukseree, N. Mavong & A. Chaiwan



 Session 11- Topic 9: Petroleum engineering, hydrofracking and CO2 storage

 Conference hall

 Chairman: José Albarellos


Numerical Modeling of Composite Bilaminate Materials as an Analog for Strength Variation in Anisotropic Shale Formations               

B.R. Crawford, N. DeDontney & B. Alramahi

Prediction of rock strength with matrix acidizing stimulation and induced wormhole by computational simulation methods.               

N. Jahani, G. Berge & B. Haugen

Effects of reservoir development on the well casing behavior 

C. E. Ribeiro-Lautenschläger, G. L. Righetto, R. A. C. Albuquerque, N. Inoue & S. A. B. Fontoura

Fracture properties after hydraulic stimulation in low - permeability sediments (GeneSys - project)

E. Pechan, T. Tischner & J. Renner

Shale Geomechanics: Optimal Multi-Stage Hydraulic Fracturing Design for Shale and Tight Reservoirs 

J. Leem & J. Reyna

A coupled HM-XFEM method for fracture dynamics and groundwater flow in geological porous media              

M. Faivre, R. Giot, F. Golfier & P. Massin

Dependency of deformability, strength and failure characteristics of clay shales on capillary suction

F. Amann, K. Wild & L. Wymann

A preliminary evaluation of an enhanced FDEM code as a tool to simulate hydraulic fracturing in jointed rock masses 

A. Lisjak, G. Grasselli, O. K. Mahabadi, P. Kaifosh & T. Vietor

QA/QC on Physical and Mechanical Rock Properties Relevant for Geomechanical Analysis        

U. Prasad, J. A. Franquet & D. A. Curry

Wellbore stability prediction: An improved methodology for a limited set of data         

A. Diaz & K. Williams



 Session 12- Topic 3: Rock mechanics for infraestructures

 Room A - 4th floor

 Chairman: Fernando Pardo de Santayana


Distinct element method simulation of stress fracturing around an underground opening        

N. Bahrani, B. Valley & P. K. Kaiser

Gravitational instability of a micaschist formation and its effects on road infrastructure              

D. Simic & J. López

In-situ stress amplification in tunnels from Spain, Iran and Chile estimated by TSI and SAF indices

L. González De Vallejo, T. Hijazo, J.M. Galera & Z. A. Entezari

Numerical analysis and monitoring of the Matinkylä Metro Station, Espoo, Finland       

J. Pöllä & Konstantas

Quantitative assessment of an Excavation Damaged Zone from variations in seismic velocity and fracture distribution around a gallery in the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory  

K. Aoyagi, K. Tsusaka, K. Kondo & D. Inagaki

Main difficulties and lessons learnt during the TBM excavation in shales in the North portal of Pajares tunnels              

M. B. Diaz Aguado, J. García De Muro & R. Rodríguez

Sliding stability analysis of a gravity dam founded on a rock mass with an impersistent joint set

M. Cabrera,  S. Senent, C. Olalla & R. Jiménez

Analysis of the conditions of stability and stabilization of two slopes, in AP-68 with K.P. 59+743 to 60+038 and in AP-7 with K.P. 581+250 to 581+315, incorprating the terrestrial photo-restitution

F.J. Castanedo-Navarro, S. Rodón & M. Sopena




 Poster session II

 2nd floor



 Topic 2: Rock mass characterization


Geophysical Characterization of an Instable Rock Mass               

C. Colombero,C. Comina

Horizontal stresses at shallow depths in Seoul (Korea) gneissic region 

E. S. Park, B. H. Choi, S H.. Bae & S. Jeon

On the use of the continuity factor for rock mass properties based on a review of the representative elementary volume               

P. Zhou & F. Johansson

Geotechnical characterization and correlations obtained in Flysch unit

R. Moreno Bernal, Alkorta Lertxundi, G. Martínez Ruiz & S. Sánchez Rodríguez

Mechanical characterization of the rocks involved in the Albuñuelas landslide (South Spain)    

J. Martínez- Martínez, J. Delgado, J. Garrido,  S. Martino, D. Benavente, S. Ordóñez & M. A. García-del-Cura

Characterization of the rock joints by fractal analysis    

R. Galindo, A. Serrano & C. Olalla





 Topic 4: Mining and quarriying rock mechanics


Impact of destress blasting on stress field development ahead of hardcoallongwall face

P. Konicek, J. Ptacek, L. Stas, R. Kukutsch, P. Waclawik & A. Mazaira

Optimum Extraction of Pillars by FLAC-3D. Where Surface Features is the Major Constrain

K. Das & G. Shiva Kumar

Detection of faults and hidden granites in metallic mine using ground penetrating radar tomography 

F. Yang, C. Du, X. Xu, Y. Liang & X. Xu

MGC–RocDesign|CALC: a geomechanical calculator tool for rock design            

R. Pinheiro, L. Ramos, J. Teixeira, M. J. Afonso & H. I. Chaminé

An approximation to the prediction of the extent of the area crushed around a blasting drill   

F. García-Bastante, E. Alonso & M. A. González

Preliminary Design of Underground Crushing Chamber              

E. Trigueros, M. Martinez & I. Alhama

Slope Stability Control of a Coal Mine during the filling of the artificial lake        

J. I. Piñeiro, J. Taboada & J. Martínez Torres

Back Analysis of a general rock failure in a marble quarry           

M. Martínez- Segura, E. Trigueros & J. Mulas





 Topic 9: Petroleum engineering, hydro-fracking and CO2 storage


Laboratory simulation of CO2 injection in sandstones and sands for improved seismic monitoring of CO2  reservoirs. 

I. Falcon-Suárez, L. North, A. Best,  J. Sothcott, J. Canal- Villa & J. Delgado- Martín

Cements of improved sealing capacity in CO2 geological storage            

E. Estévez, L. Valle, D. del Barrio, G. Blázquez, T. Kovács & V. Blázquez

Fracture Mechanical Evaluation of Hydraulic Fracturing Laboratory Experiments            

F. Stoeckhert, S. Brenne, M. Molenda & M. Alber

Constraining the magnitudes of maximum and minimum horizontal stresses from borehole breakouts – A comparison between different rock failure criteria –             

W. Lin

Drilling optimization based on A Geomechanical Analysis using Probabilistic Risk Assessment, A Case Study from Offshore Iran       

S. Rafieepour & H. Jalalifar

Detection of underground instabilities in an old limestone quarry through acoustic monitoring

C. Occhiena, M. Pirulli, C. Scavia, A. Astolfi, G. E. Puglisi, L. Shtrepi, C. E. Nadim & P. Bigarré




 Lunch break



 Parallel sessions 13-15


 Session 13- Topic 8: Case histories and preservation of natural stone


 Chairman: Tiago Miranda


Hazard analysis for rock-fall onto touristic beaches from overhanging cliffs in ophiolitic rock-mass

M. Coli, I. Erbetta & E. Livi

A new approach for modeling heat transfer between a freeze pipe and the surrounding ground

M.Vitel, A. Rouabhi, M. Tijani & F. Guérin

Temperature induced-changes on the mechanical properties of a calcarenite 

V. Brotóns, R. Tomás & S. Ivorra

Analysis of Potential Rockfalls and Protection Measures for the Mardin Castle, Turkey               

N. Dadashzadeh, C. Aras, N. Yesiloglu-gultekin, A. Bilgin & H.S.B. Duzgun



 Session 14- Topic 9: Petroleum engineering, hydrofracking and CO2 storage

 Conference hall

 Chairman: Brian Crawford


Studies in fracture stimulation induced tectonics in rock require new test equipment 

J. B. Surjaatmadja, D. Meadows, K. Coffman & D. Looper

Anisotropic mechanical properties of shales and the influences on hydraulic fractures

Tiegang Fan, Guangqing Zhang & Y. Lou

Hydraulic fracture propagation under steady state fluid flow   

A. Pouya, Van-LlinhNguyen & S. Ghabezloo

Hydraulic Fracturing of a Devonian Slate under confining pressure - with emphasis on clevage inclination         

S. Brenne, M. Molenda, F. Stöckhert & M. Alber

Behavior of a Fractured Reservoir over Time based on geomechanical Modeling           

H. W. Stockhausen, M. R. Lakshmikantha, V. Sifontes & M. E. Barboza

Hydro-mechanical coupling in zero-thickness interface elements, formulation and applications in geomechanics          

D. Garolera, I. Aliguer, J. M. Segura, I. Carol, M. R. Lakshmikantha & J.Alvarellos



 Session 15- Topic 3: Rock mechanics for infraestructures

 Room A - 4th floor

 Chairman: Claudio Olalla


Update of 1989 Bieniawski’s RMR guidelines for tunnel excavation and support            

M. Romana

A review on the impacts and causes of landslides associated with recent earthquakes in Iran 

F. Pellet, K. Amini Hosseini & M. Keshavarz Bakhshayesh

Application of the Hoek & Brown (1980) failure criterion to the definition of the foundation of an arch dam    

C. M. Baena, C. Granell & C. Olalla

A unified thermo-plastic/viscoplastic constitutive model for geomaterials         

S. Raude, F. Laigle, R. Fernandes & R. Giot

3D Geomechanical Modeling of Cavity Growth in Loosely Consolidated Sandstone       

M. Nassir & D. A. Walters




 Parallel sessions 16-18



 Session 16- Topic 8: Case histories and preservation of natural stone


 Chairman: Michael Alber


Dynamic strain wave analyses of parallel cut blasting model test for vertical shaft         

Q. Y.  Ma, Pu Yuan, B. Han, J. S. Zhang & H. X. Liu

The use of active seismic methods to study seismic waves anisotropy in Triassic dolomites.     

I. Stan- Kłeczek & M. J. Mendecki

Slope stabilization at km 25.5 El Cobre highway – CODELCO Chile, El Teniente mine division

V.H. Recabarren & F.J. Peña Díaz

Analysis of a deep-seated slope movement in a marly-arenaceous formation 

E. Celluzzi, A. Grazziani & A. Lembo-Fazio



 Session 17- Topic 9: Petroleum engineering, hydrofracking and CO2 storage

 Conference hall

 Chairman: Jordi Delgado


Application of Transient Methods to the Assessment of Permeability of Well Cements              

I. Falcon-Suárez, B. Rodríguez - Cedrun, J. Delgado- Martín & J. Canal- Vila

Geomechanical Simulation of the Injection of CO2 into Saline Aquifers with Respect to Risk Assessment          

M. Adams, M. Feinendegen, M. Ziegler & T. Kempka

Coupled hydro-mechanical simulations demonstrate system integrity at the Ketzin pilot site for CO2 storage, Germany               

T. Kempka, S. Klapperer & B. Norden

Assessing the permeability anisotropy of claystone by pulse test methods       

R. Giot, C. Auvray & A. Giraud

Effect of supercritical CO2 on the Corvio Sandstone in a flow-thru triaxial experiment 

J. Canal, J. Delgado, I. Falcón, V. Barrientos, R. Juncosa & B. Rodríguez- Cedrún



 Session 18- Topic 2: Rock mass characterization

 Room A - 4th floor

 Chairman: Harum Sönmez


Relationship between RMRb and GSI based on in situ data       

F. Ceballos, C. Olalla & R. Jiménez

Results of Laboratory Tests on Artificial Block-in-Matrix Rocks 

T. Pilgerstörfer & W. Schubert

Preliminary assessment of the scaling relationships of in-situ stress orientation variations indicated by wellbore failure data               

B. Valley & K. F. Evans

Mathematical development of stress-strain law for rock block contacts             

R. Galindo, A. Serrano & C. Olalla

Geotechnical characterization of rocky materials from Arteara rock avalanche (Gran Canaria)

M. Santana, J. Estaire & J. Yepes




 Coffee break



 Parallel sessions 19-21


 Session 19- Topic 7: Excavation and support


 Chairman: Mathew Perras


Analytic stress solutions for a circular pressure tunnel at great depth including support delay and pure slip boundary condition           

A. Z. Lu, N. Zhang, H. Y. Chen, Y. Qin & L. Q. Zhang

A semi-analytical procedure for circular opening in strain-softening rock masses           

L. Cui, J. Zheng & R. Zhang

Rock grouting and durability experiments of colloidal silica at Kurashiki underground LPG storage base              

S. Kobayashi, M. Soya, J. Nobuto, A. Nakaya, T. Okuno, S. Shimada, T. Kaneto, T. Maejima & N.Takeuchi

An Investigation of Different Drill Bits and Drilling Angles in Blast Hole Drilling  

D. Akbay & R. Altındağ

The load transfer mechanics of fully grouted cable bolts: a theoretical analysis               

J. Chen, S. Saydam & P. Hagan



 Session 20- Topic 4: Mining and quarrying engineering

 Conference hall

 Chairman: Pedro Ramírez Oyanguren


Evaluation of pillar width on crush pillar behavior using a limit equilibrium solution        

M. Du Plessis & D. F. Malan

Application of Stress Control Technologies in Design of Multiple Seam Layouts at Energy West Mining Company          

H. Maleki, K. Fleck, C. Semborski, J. Christensen & L. Tonc

Geotechnical Analyses of Mine Seismicity and Control Measures in the Western US Mines      

H. Maleki

Using the distribution curves to optimize the block exploitation in natural stone quarries          

Turanboy & E. Ülker

A study of a joint model incorporating excavation-induced opening effect       

Y. Li, J. Oh , R. Mitra & B. Hebblewhite



 Session 21- Topic 2: Rock mass characterization

 Room A - 4th floor

 Chairman: Harald Stockhäusen


A Tool for Semi-Automatic Geostructural Survey Based on DTM – a Case Study from NW Italy

A. Facello, S. Bonetto & G. Umili

Effects of loading conditions on strength and deformability of fractured rocks - a numerical study

M. NoorianBidgoli & L. Jing

Improving teaching methods of rock mass classification parameters    

P. Torrens Barbens, L. Uotinen, T. L. Toivanen & C. Edelbo

Experimental and numerical study of fracture aperture estimation and characteristics of non-linear fluid flow through artificial fracture intersections 

R. Liu, Y. Jiang, B. Li, X. Wang & H. Huang

Geomechanical study with outcrop samples to improve drilling performance for an exploration well in Northwest Africa

H. W. Stockhausen, J. M. Hernán- Gómez, H. Gallego, A. Alonso L., J. Barbiero & J. Delgado



Conference: Opportunities in Rock Engineering in India


Presenter: Dr. Manoj Verman, Vice President at Large (ISRM)


"As India continues to build its much needed infrastructure, there is a large number of exciting rock engineering projects coming up. Come and see how India's potential for growth and staggering investment plans promise to unravel a range of challenging opportunities".





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