05. October 2011

Preview of the 60th Geomechanics Colloquium in 2011

On October 13th and 14th, 2011, the Austrian Geomechanics Association is holding its 60th Geomechanics Colloquium in its usual venue, the Salzburg Congress Centre. This year's colloquium is dedicated to Professor Ernest H. Weiss, who passed away on October 20th, 2010. The former Chair for Construction Geology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna with his exceptional powers of observation and highly developed sense for geological conditions provided important contributions to the development of the field of geomechanics.

During four sessions this year's colloquium will treat current themes with high practical relevance and mostly related to tunnel construction. A few contributions deal with rock falls and slides as well as mining aspects. The four main themes are:

  • Utility of geotechnical measurements
  • Failure events, their lessons and how to avoid them
  • Criteria for choosing tunnelling methods
  • Current large-scale projects

The second theme "Failure events, their lessons and how to avoid them" is supplement by a panel discussion where the panelists investigate systemic risk drivers in design, execution and operation as hotbed for failure events.

Issue No. 5/2011 of the Geomechanics and Tunnelling journal includes the written version of all contributions to the 60th Geomechanics Colloquium in German and English. In the issue's editorial, Prof. Wulf Schubert, Chairman of the Board of the Austrian Geomechanics Association, reflects on the association's development during the past years and provides and interesting retrospective of developments of the last 10 years.