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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to our 69th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
First, congratulations to Prof. Resat Ulusay of Turkey. He is the co-editor of our Bulletin and is doing a superb job! Today, he becomes the new president of ISRM for the next four years! We are very proud of him!
Last week we had a meeting of FedIGS in Brazil, and below I have a photo of the group and a brief summary of what we did.
Next week is the ARC12 in Korea! It will be a super meeting. The IAEG executive committee meets on September 21 and the IAEG Council meets on September 22 followed by an exciting meeting! Lots of photos will be in next week's Connector from that meeting!
Lots happening geologically in the current events below! There was a major dam failure in Laos, a coastal town in the Ivory Coast is eroding away, and a large pumice raft is present in the Pacific from an underwater eruption!
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
This week in Brazil and the annual meeting of the International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, one of our famous IAEG members, Professor Resat Ulusay of Turkey, became the new president for four years! He is also one of our two editors for our bulletin and has been an active member in our organization for a long time! We all send our congratulations to Professor Ulusay! ISRM is our sister society in FedIGS!
From left to right we have: Neil Taylor, UK, ISSMG; Scott Burns, USA, IAEG; Charles Ng, Hong Kong (China), ISSMG; Rafig Azzam, Germany, IAEG; Louis Lamas, Portugal, ISRM; Eda Quadros, Brazil, ISRM; Edoardo Zannoni, South Africa, IGS; Resat Ulusay, Turkey, ISRM; Chungsik Yoo, Korea, IGS; Sophia, Portugal, notetaker.
FedIGS is an international board that was set up way back in 2007 to unite the geo-societies of the world to work together. It is composed of representatives from the four international geo-societies: rock mechanics (ISRM), soil mechanics and geotechnics (ISSMGE), engineering geology (IAEG) and geosynthetics (IGS). Each year the president, past president and secretary general of each organization meet at one of the congresses of a member society for a day. We met on September 24, 2019 in Igwasu Falls, Brazil, where the ISRM congress was being held! Our president of FedIGS, Prof. Xia-ting Feng, could not make the meeting because of a back injury, so President Eda Quadros of ISRM ran the meeting. We compared calendars to make sure there were no overlaps in scheduling. We heard from each society about their organizations of things going well and not so well. We exchanged ideas of how to do things and learn from one another. All organizations are growing, which is wonderful We heard from two of our Joint Technical Committees — two are doing very good jobs (JTC-1-landslides and JTC2 - geodata). The third committee is on education (JTC-3) is still trying to get organized. We meet next year in Poland at the ISSMG meeting on September 10, 2019. It was a very successful meeting, and we learned so much that will help us grow in IAEG!
Scott Burns, IAEG Past President
The YEG (Young Engineering Geologists) will be having an ice breaker at the ARC 12 meeting on Jeju Island in Korea. During the conference, the YEG social event will be supported by Korean National group of IAEG.
The ice-breaking reception will be held at the conference room of the venue hotel Sept. 24 afternoon.
Then unofficial social event with Korean food will be followed after the reception.
This event is opened to all young engineering geologists and professional.
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The 36th International Geological Congress will be held in Delhi, India between March 3 and 8, 2020. With 43 Themes and over 200 planned sessions, as well as pre and post congress field trips, this promises to be an exceptional event.
The abstract submission deadline has been extended till Oct. 31, 2019, and abstract submission is now FREE. Please note that abstracts will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, as they are received, so we encourage you to consider an early submission.
For more information, and to review the exceptional array of sessions, please see the conference web page at: http://www.36igc.org/index.php.
Please note that there are numerous field trips associated with the Congress – of potential interest to some of you: ER008: Landslide Failure Mechanisms, Hazard and Risk Scenarios in Darjeeling Himalaya.
15th MINING AND EXPLORATION FORUM
Foresight of the Russian Mining and Exploration Industry Development
Oct. 8-10, 2019 – Moscow, Russia
Exhibitors - Sept. 20, 2019
Delegates - Oct. 1, 2019
The Korean Society of Engineering Geology
Jeju Island, Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Sept. 23-27, 2019
IAEG's tradition is that all the Commissions shall hold their Commission Meeting at the IAEG regional conference or congress. Since the organizer of 12th ARC is doing preparations for the meeting rooms and is setting up the schedule, it's very important for them to know how many Commissions are going to hold the meetings. If you have such plans, please contact Prof. Hyuck-Jin Park. He would be very glad to assist you with all the arrangements of your meetings during the 12th ARC. His email address is email@example.com.
Visualization — A Powerful Tool or a Potential Problem?
Present your visualization of an engineering geological model at the C25 workshop
being held during the 12th ARC in Jeju Island.
A bottle of fine red Australian wine will be awarded for the best model!
Click here to learn more.
Euro Geo Warsaw
The abstract submission deadline has been extended till Oct. 4, 2019. You are kindly invited to submit your paper to one of the folowing topics:
Please note that selected papers will be published in an indexed journal.
- Agricultural Applications
- Coastal Protection
- Direct and Life-Cycle Cost Savings
- Drainage and Filtration
- Embankments on Soft Soils
- Environmental Benefits
- Erosion Control
- Geosynthetics as Formwork
- Hydraulic Applications
- Innovations and New Developments
- Lightweight Construction
- Physical and Numerical Models
- Polymeric and Clay Geosynthetic Barriers
- Properties and Testing
- Quality Control and Quality Assurance
- Reinforced Walls and Slopes
- Roads, Railroads and Other Transportation Applications
- Seismic Applications
- Stormwater Management
- Unpaved Roads
- Wastewater and Fresh Water Storage
More info on how to submit and submission form can be found here.
Hotel De Bently, Plot 892, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Street
Utako District, Abuja, Nigeria
Oct. 27-30, 2019
The theme of the 2nd IAEG African Regional Congress reﬂects on the role of geology in the Sustainable
Development of African Countries. Decades of development without planning and planning without accurate
geoscientific data have scuttled Africa's dream for sustained economic growth. An accurate geologic map is
needed to understand the Earth's resources and hazards. A geologic map provides basic data for understanding
both past and present-day processes affecting not only the Earth but also structures created by humans on or in
The Asia Petroleum Geoscience Conference & Exhibition (APGCE 2019) will be held Oct. 29-30, 2019, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia.
Delegates are entitled to exclusive access to all conference sessions, core sessions, oral sessions, admission to the exhibition halls, access to closing sessions, daily luncheons and coffee breaks as well as the Conference Delegate Pack. Additionally, a delegate is invited to the following social events:
Official Opening Ceremony
Date: Oct. 29, 2019
Time: 0900AM – 1000AM
Venue: Plenary Hall, KL Convention Centre
Date: Oct. 29, 2019
Time: 1720PM – 1900PM
Venue: Ballroom 1 & 2, KL Convention Centre
Date: Oct. 30, 2019
Time: 1720PM – 1900PM
Venue: Plenary Theater, KL Convention Centre
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2019
Novotel Hotel, Yangon
Second International Conference on Applied Earth Sciences in Myanmar and Neighboring Regions
Myanmar Applied Earth Sciences Association
Pre-conference workshops: Nov. 29; Conference: Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Upper Myanmar field trip: Mandalay-Sagaing-Minwun-Mogok, Dec. 2-7
The journal Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292, IF 4.118) is currently running a Special Issue titled "Remote Sensing of Landslides II." Dr. Zhong Lu, of the Southern Methodist University (USA), and Dr. Chaoying Zhao, of the Chang’an University (China), are serving as guest editors for this issue. We think you could make an excellent contribution based on your expertise and your following paper:
Urban Landslides: Challenges for Forensic Engineering Geologists and Engineers. ENGINEERING GEOLOGY FOR SOCIETY AND TERRITORY, VOL 5: URBAN GEOLOGY, SUSTAINABLE PLANNING AND LANDSCAPE EXPLOITATION 2015, 0, 3-9.
Triggered by precipitation, water-level fluctuation, freeze thaw, irrigation, earthquakes, anthropogenic activities and other factors, landslide has become a severe geohazard worldwide. In recent years, multiple remote sensing techniques that use synthetic aperture radar (SAR), light detection and ranging (LiDAR), optical and photogrammetric measurements from spaceborne, airborne, mobile-vehicle and ground-based platforms have been widely applied for landslide classification, detection, digital elevation model reconstruction, surface deformation monitoring, volume/thickness inversion and stability and mechanism analysis.
For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website.
The submission deadline is Dec. 31, 2019. You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office in advance (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Remote Sensing is fully open access. Open access (unlimited and free access by readers) increases publicity and promotes more frequent citations, as indicated by several studies. Open access is supported by the authors and their institutes. An Article Processing Charge (APC) of CHF 1800 currently applies to all accepted papers (APC: CHF 2000 from Jan. 1, 2020 onwards). You may be entitled to a discount if you have previously received a discount code or if your institute is participating in the MDPI Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP). For more information, click here.
For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website.
May 10-14, 2021
Save the date for the next installment of the largest equipment show dedicated solely to the deep foundations industry! IFCEE 2021 will take place at the Hyatt Regency Reunion in Dallas, Texas.
Colombian Geotechnical Society
In association with the Joint Technical Committee on Natural Slopes and Landslides (JTC1) and the Federation of International Geo-engineering Societies: ISSMGE,ISRM and IAEG (FedIGS), the Colombian Geotechnical Society-CGS cordially invites the international geotechnical community to participate in the XIII International Symposium on Landslides-XIII ISL, which will be held from June 15-19, 2020, in the city of Cartagena-Colombia.
Our invitation extends to all those colleagues interested in presenting articles, and in a very special way to invite students and professors of universities and research centers, and to the representatives of industry and research for the installation of stands to display software, equipment and geotechnical services. In addition to the program of the Symposium to be held at the venue of the event, technical visits will be organized to selected landslide sites and structures of geotechnical interest, in the surroundings of Medellín and Bogotá cities, both located in the Andean region. It is planned to make these visits during the week of June 22-26. Finally, we invite you to enjoy our tourist attractions and the hospitality of our people.
The Landslide Blog
This progress report was prepared one year after the failure of the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy dam in Southern Laos and represents ongoing research into the causes of that failure by the authors. Early post failure studies were carried out by former dam designer Richard Meehan with engineering geologist Douglas Hamilton, joining more recent efforts to consider implications for the future of the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy project and of dam building generally in similar upland areas of the Mekong basin.
The village of Lahou-Kpanda is sinking. Residents of the once-thriving historic town 140 kilometers southwest of the Ivorian capital Abidjan have seen their prison, hospital and school be subsumed by the waters.
The New York Times
For five years, geologists in Norway had urgently warned that a mountaintop called “Little Man” could collapse because of the corrosive effects of heavy rain, destroying huge swaths of the nearby town of Rauma.
Rafts of pumice, spewed from an undersea volcano, recently appeared in the South Pacific. These transient, movable islands are important toeholds for marine life like barnacles, coral and macroalgae.
|Sept. 17-22, 2019
||AEG in Asheville
|| North Carolina, USA
|Sept. 23-27, 2019
||ARC of IAEG
|Oct. 3-5, 2019
|Oct. 27-30, 2019
||2nd IAEG Africa Regional Congress
|Oct. 29-30, 2019
||Asia Petroleum Geoscience Conference & Exhibition
||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|March 2-8, 2020
||36th International Geological Congress
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