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51st US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium
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6/25/2017 to 6/28/2017
When: June 25-28, 2017
Where: The Westin St. Francis
San Francisco, California 
United States
Contact: American Rock Mechanics Associaiton

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Invitation to San Francisco

The American Rock Mechanics Association invites you to its 51st US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium to be held in San Francisco, California, USA on 25-28 June 2017. The 2017 program will focus on new and exciting advances in all areas of rock mechanics and geomechanics. San Francisco is one of the country’s most dynamic cities. Home to some the world’s most innovative companies (Silicon Valley is nearby), San Francisco is known for its beautiful hills and views, its world-class restaurants, and its sophisticated cultural institutions. The symposium will be held at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square in the heart of the city.

Technical tours and field trips are being planned. Sightseeing tours will include various city landmarks, social activities and other attractions. Short courses and workshops will be held immediately prior to the symposium and will be listed as they are confirmed.

Details will be provided on this website as they become available.

The focus of the symposium is on fundamental, practical and educational issues facing our profession. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Geomechanics for civil engineering - stability of slopes, pits, foundations, dams, underground storage
    • Geomechanics for petroleum engineering—well design, injection, production and depletion of reservoirs, well stimulation, sand control
    • Geomechanics/rock mechanics for mining engineering— rock excavation and breakage, dynamic loading
    • Geomechanics and environmental risk—hazards and hazard mitigation, risk assessment and uncertainty
    • Induced/triggered seismicity
    • Waste disposal—produced water, CO2 sequestration
    • Depletion-induced surface subsidence
    • Interdisciplinary rock mechanics/geomechanics topics
    • Rock mass, fault zone, fractured rock, weak rock, rock fabric characterization
    • Stability and support of underground openings and structures
    • Fracture mechanics—initiation, propagation and interaction, unconventional reservoirs
    • In situ stress, pore pressure measurements, prediction
    • Geomechanics in geothermal exploration and production
    • Laboratory and field measurements, testing, equipment
    • Coupled processes—geomechanics, fluid flow, heat, transport
    • Numerical/analytical/constitutive modeling of rock and rock processes
    • Computational advances and data analytics
    • Geophysics and geology in geomechanics
    • Rock heterogeneity across all length scales
    • Use of rock as artistic and building materials

Subject Areas

This symposium encompasses all aspects of rock mechanics, rock engineering, and geomechanics. The
emphasis will be on similarities of interests among practitioners in all fields. We invite scientific and engineering papers in:

    • Petroleum engineering
    • Civil engineering
    • Geology and geophysics
    • Mining engineering
    • Underground construction
    • Use of rock as artistic and building material.


Organizing Committee

Steven Glaser, University of California, Berkeley (Co-chair)
Haiying Huang, Georgia Tech (Co-chair)
Sarah Wilson, McMillen Jacobs Associates (Co-chair)
Florian Amann, ETH Zurich
John Dudley, Shell Research
Derek Elsworth, Pennsylvania State University
Ghazal Izadi, Baker Hughes (Technical Tours)
Matt Mauldon, Virginia Tech
Jeff Moore, University of Utah
Mike Myers, University of Houston
Seiji Nakagawa, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Fatemeh Rassouli, Stanford University (Technical Tours)
Chris Sherman, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Hiroke Sone, University of Wisconsin
Gabriel Walton, Colorado School of Mines
John Curran, ARMA Treasurer
Peter Smeallie, ARMA Executive Director

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