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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to our 90th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
Lots of upcoming conferences are mentioned in this issue for engineering geologists around the world!
The concept of the new, 8th continent of the world which is mostly under water (still made mostly of granite!) is discussed in the article on Zealandia!
An incredible train crash is also mentioned that was caused by a landslide in Kentucky.
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
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The 3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG will be
hosted in Athens, Greece, by the IAEG National Group of Greece. The
conference will take place Sept. 20-24, 2020.
A European regional conference of IAEG was decided in the last council
in South Korea. The activation again of the IAEG regional
conference in Europe is a fundamental action for our region.
Unfortunately, since the regional conference of IAEG in Europe has
been inactive for almost 12 years, we do not have the chance to meet
in our region often (the last was five years ago in Torino). Considering
that almost half of the members and National Groups (NGs) of IAEG are
from European region, we hope that the initiative will become a stable
event, involving the scientific and professional community of the same
The conference will be organized with the collection of extensive
abstracts in order to reduce the complexity of the event due to the
limited time. More details about the 3rd European Regional Conference
will be available in few days on the conference website.
It is our pleasure also to announce that the Executive Office and
Council of IAEG for 2020 will be hosted in the occasion of the
conference in Athens.
The next Richard Wolters Prize competition for 2020 will be moreover
presented by IAEG at the occasion of the conference.
11th Mining and Exploration Forum
March 31-April 2, 2020
Held since 2010, MINEX Kazakhstan is one of the best-regarded major mining events in the county. The Forum is annually supported by the Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development, the UK Department for International Trade, International and National Mining Associations, as well as mining industry leaders and Investors. READ MORE
MineInvest Kazakhstan 2020
Kazakhstan is one of the world’s most promising emerging markets for natural resources and is one of the 10 leading countries in the world for mineral reserves. To ensure sustainable development of its mineral wealth, in the next few years the government of Kazakhstan is planning to issue over 3,000 exploration licenses and support the development of junior mining sector. Until now, lack of funding was the main impediment to the growth of junior mining in the country.
The 4th Junior Mining Projects Competition MineInvest will be held April 1, 2020, at the Radisson Astana Hotel as part of the 11th MINEX Kazakhstan 2020 Mining and Exploration Forum.
Cities on Volcanoes 11
On behalf of the Department of Geology and Geoenvironment of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in collaboration with post graduate programme of “Environmental, Disaster and Crisis Management Strategies”(EDCM) and the Natural History Museum (University of Crete), are honored to invite you to participate in the Cities on Volcanoes 11. CoV11 is taking place, in Heraklion, Crete, Greece, May, 23-27, 2020.
It will be our pleasure to welcome you to Crete and give you the opportunity to visit Knossos (the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete called the oldest city of Europe), and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum(one of Europe’s most important museums with archaeological finds from all over Crete, covering over 5500 years of the island’s history).
Additionally, we will organize several field trips to Methana, Santorini volcano, Psiloritis UNESCO Global Geopark, The Minoan Villa with the Lilies, etc. We strongly believe that Crete, considered as one of the top global tourist destinations, having easy access and the appropriate infrastructure, will fulfill all your expectations for a successful meeting.
To find out more about the CoV 11, please follow these important links: CoV11 Programme, Important Dates, Registration, Call for Abstracts and The Venue.
It is a great pleasure to announce that the 3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG will be hosted in Athens, Greece, by the IAEG National Group of Greece. The conference will take place from Sept. 20-24, 2020.
The activation again of the IAEG regional conference in Europe is a fundamental action for our region. Considering that almost half of the members and National Groups (NGs) of IAEG are from European region, we hope that the initiative will become a stable event, involving the scientific and professional community of the same area.
The online submission is now available!
ICL and the Global Promotion Committee of the International Programme on Landslides (GPC/IPL) will organize the Fifth World Landslide Forum (WLF5) on Nov. 2-6, 2020, in Kyoto Japan. The themes and sessions of WLF5 and the list of invited speakers who are sure to come to Kyoto and speak oral presentation have been published in Vol.16 (2) of Landslides as attached.
Those who are willing to attend WLF5 are invited to register WLF5 by completing the Preliminary Registration Form for which is available in WLF5 webpage.
GeoMEast 2020 International Congress and Exhibition
Includes three parallel international conferences to be held at Sheraton Cairo Hotel and Resort during the period of Nov. 8-12, 2020.
International Underground Structures Conference (IUSC)
International Transportation & Infrastructure Conference (ITIC)
International Sustainable Structures Conference (ISSC)
The 4th GeoMEast 2020 International Congress & Exhibition under the theme of "Sustainable Construction in Africa and Middle East" will be held in Greater Cairo, Egypt, from November 08 to 12, 2020. GeoMEast2020 is hosted by SSIGE and HBRC under the auspices of the Egyptian Government and supported by a number of leading international professional organizations.
Recent rapid construction in Africa and Middle East have provided great opportunities for structure, bridge, material, transportation, pavement, geotechnical, geological, tunnel, geosynthetics, infrastructure and all engineers to use their knowledge and talents to solve many challenging problems and cutting-edge technologies. GeoMEast 2020 will provide a showcase for recent developments and advancements in design, construction, and safety inspections of sustainable structures, underground structures and transportation infrastructures, and offer a forum to discuss and debate future directions for the 21st century. You will have the opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world for technical, scientific and commercial discussions.
GeoMEast2020 will provide some awards such as best paper awards, best presenter awards, best student presenter awards, industrial project and others.
American Society of Civil Engineers
Nov. 15-18, 2020
The ICSE is a biannual international conference under the auspice of ISSMGE. ICSE-10 is sponsored and organized by the ASCE Geo-Institute and its theme is “understanding scour and erosion processes and improving countermeasure design through integration of hydraulics and geotechnics.” The four-day conference will include short courses, keynote lectures, technical sessions, panel discussion and a technical tour.
March 5-7, 2021
Organized by IAEG Bangladesh National Group & Department of Geological Sciences
Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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.
The Landslide Blog
The U.K. Met Office issued a rare red rainfall warning for South Wales as a result of Storm Dennis. This was a prescient act as the rainfall duly triggered extensive flooding and a number of significant landslides.
The Landslide Blog
As written by Dave Petley, "My friends at GNS Science in New Zealand published an article on the Geonet website yesterday about the Alpine Gardens landslide in the Fox Glacier Valley in New Zealand. Featuring the work of a team led by Saskia de Vilder, who like me used to work at the University of Durham, the article highlights the impacts of a remarkably active landslide that has required the rerouting of the track to the Fox Glacier viewpoint, an important tourist destination on the west coast of South Island."
At approximately 7:05 a.m. Feb. 13, a southbound CSX train derailed in Draffin, Kentucky. The train consisted of three locomotives, 96 loaded ethanol cars and two loaded sand cars. The safety of the surrounding community, first responders and our crew is our top priority. CSX has confirmed a total of five railcars derailed, including four ethanol tanks and one sand car.
A landslide sent two large homes plummeting into the rain-swollen Tennessee River, video posted on Facebook by a local fire department showed, but fortunately, nobody was reported hurt.
One of the homes in Savannah, Tennessee, a two-hour drive east of Memphis, made cracking and snapping sounds and showed sparks of electricity as it slid into the river.
The hidden undersea continent of Zealandia underwent an upheaval at the time of the birth of the Pacific Ring of Fire.
Zealandia is a chunk of continental crust next door to Australia. It's almost entirely beneath the ocean, with the exception of a few protrusions, like New Zealand and New Caledonia.
|March 2-8, 2020
||36th International Geological Congress
||New Delhi, India
|April 4-10, 2020
||ICOLD 2020 Annual Meeting
||New Delhi, India
|May 23-27, 2020
||Cities on Volcanoes 11
|June 15-19, 2020
||13 International Symposium on Landslides
|Sept. 6, 2020
|Sept. 20-24, 2020
||Euroengeo — 3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG
|May 3-7, 2021
|Sept. 10, 2021
|Sept. 14, 2022
|Sept. 15-20, 2022
|Sept. 18-22, 2022
||12th International Conference on Geosynthetics
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