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| A Special Message From Scott Burns, Past President, IAEG
Welcome to our 47th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
First of all, the new executive committee met in Paris last weekend, and we had a superb meeting plotting out the next four years of IAEG. Below, I have summarized in an outline the major items discussed at the meeting. Lots of good ideas were presented. As they come into existence, we will update you on them in the Connector.
Second, please note that the abstract deadline for the 12th ARC of IAEG, which will be in Korea this coming autumn, is April 30, 2019! This is our annual meeting of IAEG where the council and the board will be having meetings. I encourage you to attend the meeting and enjoy the most beautiful island where the meeting will be held. See information on the meeting below.
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG and editor, IAEG Connector and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
Summary of the Mid-year Executive Committee Board Meeting in Paris, France (April 5-6, 2019)
(Below is a summary of the main points discussed at the mid-year board meeting. The official minutes are completed but must be approved at the Council meeting Korea in September. I am just listing the highlights of this very good meeting. We are plotting out our “roadmap” for the next four years! All members of the board were very active in participating! All of these ideas will be presented and ratified at the council in Korea.)
Scott Burns, Past President
1) Four new Board Committees were suggested (chairs are being asked now):
2) Two Ad Hoc Committees Suggested
- Advisory Board – continue IAEG strategy development, assess commissions
- Funding Committee – oversee awards, develop new awards (like technology and project awards), develop fundraising, develop international research program
- Publication Committee – oversee bulletin and past publications
- IT (Info-Tech) Committee – oversee website, social media, IAEG Connector, digitizing
3) YEG member on the Executive Committee – the board voted to have a member of the Executive Committee from the Young Engineering Geologist group – This passed and Louise Vick, President of this group, was invited to become an active member of the board.
- Bylaw Committee – modification and updating
- Young Professional Promotion Committee – we voted to increase the budget here from 5000 euros to 15,000 euros
4) Treasurer report for 2018:
5) Reports from the Vice Presidents – There are many countries that are interested in forming new national groups, and the vice presidents are pursuing these leads: Chile, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia. Myanmar has officially applied and will be ratified in Korea.
- Revenue: 110,307.51 euros
- Expenses: 147,566.01 euros
- Net: -37,259.50 euros
- Scott Burns mentioned that the final amount from the congress proceeds is still being calculated, but it seems that it will just about equal our 37,000 euro deficit for the year, so we will be just about be neutral for the year which is good!
6) Bulletin – Resat Ulusay, co-editor, gave the report that we are now going to 12 issues per year because so many papers are being accepted. The two leading countries where the papers coming from are China (51% of the papers) and Iran (13%).
7) Website – Giorgio Lollino and his committee have upgraded the website, and it is all open to all people who visit it. They will be organizing a central committee to oversee regulations about personal data that the EU has developed.
8) YEG: The committee had a meeting in Paris just before the board meeting and are organizing events for the Korea meeting in 2019 and the IGC meeting in 2020 in India. They are having a contest to develop a new logo.
9) Nepal – We have two different groups in Nepal who would like to represent the country as the national group. The board put together a plan to ask both groups to apply so we can help find a win-win solution to this question of which group will represent the country.
10) We had a long discussion on developing strategies of outreach to potential national groups from the Middle East, Africa, Iran and Mongolia.
11) We discussed the Congress in San Francisco – The general conclusion was that it went well and that we should recommend that the next congress in 2022 in China to use the similar format. We will have a surplus from this event.
12) We discussed the IAEG Connector, our electronic newsletter which has been a great success connecting all of our members around the world each week. The format will be changing, based on some excellent suggestions, but the content will be basically the same. It is free to IAEG and actually earns us money.
13) Vice President Bo-An Jang updated us on the exciting meeting to be held in Korea in September. We put together the calendar of the board and council meetings.
14) We discussed the sponsorship of upcoming annual meetings for 2020 and 2021. This is still under discussion.
To go to the website, click here. We have added the following too.
As you will notice, we have a new design and user-friendly search functions. We have three social media accounts, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram, to post photos on the web (and short films) in the Photo Gallery of our website. We also have direct connection with IAEG Connector and Frontiers in Earth Science.
In the new website, there are no more restricted areas and it is not
necessary to register on the website. If you want to make changes to the
Commissions or National Groups or to report Congresses or Courses, you must
send the material to be posted on the website to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All members of the IAEG are urged to participate more actively in
updating the website and send photographs of construction sites and events
that may affect our association with a brief descriptive caption and with
the name of the author. Even webinars are welcome, and from now, even the
presentations in PowerPoint of projects and research with their results will be welcome. Please
send all material to email@example.com.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IAEG2016
LinkedIn group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3109098/
Nepalese Society of Engineering Geologists
“Engineering Geology and Geotechniques for Developing Countries”
12-13 May 2019, Kathmandu, Nepal
The main aim of this congress is to unite all geoengineers, civil engineers, city/urban planners, engineering geologists, geoscientists, disaster experts, social welfare researchers and professionals in a single platform to share and give exact solutions to the global society through transferring knowledge and skills from the from highland/mountain to lowland/low lying areas and vice versa.
11 May 2019 (Saturday): Pre-conference excursions
12 May 2019 (Sunday): Inaugural program followed by technical sessions and Welcome Reception
13 May 2019 (Monday): Technical Sessions
14-16 May 2019: Post-conference Excursion
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
12-15 June 2019
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design
Sustainable development has called for efficient bioresource utilization, sustainable energy production, effective environmental remediation/management and advanced material development. Research and innovation are critical to satisfy these pressing needs. This proposed conference will offer a timely opportunity to stimulate new research activities in technological and managerial advancement. Eminent academic researchers, industrial practitioners, green groups and governmental departments from different sectors in the local and international context will gather to share scientific and technical inputs as well as political feedback through active discussion.
Università di Pavia
3rd Summer School on
Natural Hazards and Engineering Geology Applications
Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) 18-21 June 2019
The school is dedicated to Ph.D. and master's students in earth sciences and
The number of participants is limited.
The application deadline is May 15.
No registration fee is required.
The accommodation is partially included.
Candidates should send an email to:
Click here to view the full program.
Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China
24-26 June 2019
The 6th International Conference on Earth Observation for Environmental Changes (EOEC 2019) and the 8th International Conference on Geo-information Technologies for Natural Disaster Management (GiT4NDM 2019) aim to advance research and development, as well as encourage innovative applications of Geomatics technologies in environmental change studies, geospatial information management toward implementation of sustainable development goals and 2030 smart environment and cities using artificial intelligence and deep learning; and to address the international co-operation in environmental change studies using advanced geospatial tools, spatiotemporal models and Earth observation systems. The conference offers an interdisciplinary forum in the fields of remote sensing, surveying and mapping, geodesy and geosciences, geography, marine science, forestry, renewable energy, environment, transportation, natural hazards, disaster management and climate change science.
University of Zurich
1-6 Sept. 2019
Topics to be covered in lectures, excursions and workshops include dating techniques such as numerical methods
(radiocarbon, exposure dating with cosmogenic nuclides, OSL, 137Cs, 210Pb, etc.), dendrochronology, anthracology, archaeomagnetic dating, palaeolimnology, as well as relative methods like soil weathering and Schmidt-hammer technique. See also attached flyer.
List of lecturers:
Holger Gärtner (WSL), Paolo Cherubini (WSL), Markus Egli (Univ. of Zurich), Susan Ivy-Ochs (ETH Zurich/Uni Zurich), Dmitry Tikhomirov (ETH Zurich/Uni Zurich), Dennis Dahms (Univ. Northern Iowa), Irka Hajdas (ETH Zurich), Jérôme Poulenard (University Savoie Mont Blanc), Eileen Eckmeier (LMU University of Munich), Evdokia Tema (Univ. of Torino), Pierre Valla (Univ. of Bern), Nathalie Dubois (EAWAG) and others.
The Summer School is open to young researchers (Ph.D. students and post-docs) worldwide.
Participation is competitive and will be limited to a maximum of 20.
The registration fee (750 CHF) includes accommodation (room sharing required),
half board and lunch, field trips and teaching material.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 30 April 2019
Click here to register.
The Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists 2019 Annual Meeting invites you to submit an abstract for publication and presentation at the 67th Annual Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina, Sept. 17-22. Abstract online submittal is now open. The deadline to submit your abstract is May 1. For complete meeting details and to register, please visit www.aegannualmeeting.org.
The Korean Society of Engineering Geology
Jeju Island, Republic of Korea (South Korea)
23-27 Sept. 2019
Call for abstracts
12th ARC of IAEG is calling for abstracts towards engineering geologists around the globe to make this conference meaningful and fruitful. Please be noticed with the information as follows.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Abstract submission deadline — April 30
- Abstract acceptance/rejection notification — May 31
- Pre-registration opens — June
- Earlybird registration deadline (standard registration opens) — July
Click here for more information and abstract submission guidelines.
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.
Hotel De Bently, Plot 892, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Street
Utako District, Abuja, Nigeria
27-30 Oct. 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
Unesco IHP Land Subsidence International Initiative
From 20-24 April 2020, the Tenth International Symposium on Land Subsidence (TISOLS) will take place in Delft - Gouda, the Netherlands.
Land subsidence, or land-level lowering, is a major problem that threatens the viability and sustainable economic development for millions of people throughout the world, especially in (but not restricted to) highly urbanized coastal areas. It is often a result of overexploitation of groundwater resources. The total costs globally amount up to many billions of dollars annually.
The Landslide Blog
On April 9, yet another significant tailings failure occurred, this time at the Hindalco works at Muri in Jharkhand, India. The location is 23.364, 85.871.
There are some limited reports of this failure event in the media.
Rock formations that look like they could topple at any moment, aptly named "precariously balanced rocks," are effective earthquake barometers because they're easily destroyed by ground shaking. Now, researchers working in the Negev Desert of Israel have combined observations of precariously balanced rocks with models of seismic shaking to constrain the magnitudes of historical earthquakes known from archaeological records to have struck the region. They found that earthquakes within the past 1,300 years along some of the region's faults were at most magnitude 5.0, weaker than previously thought.
The Landslide Blog
On March 18, late in the night, a large rockslide occurred at Flüela Wisshorn in the Swiss Alps. The best image of the landslide can be found in a good, detailed article about the event on the Tages Anzeiger website.
The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory comprises about a dozen small buildings nestled among pine trees in the Palisades, 15 miles north of Manhattan. On the second floor of the observatory’s geoscience building, the shelves lining Columbia University paleontologist Paul Olsen’s labyrinthine office sag under the weight of hundreds of books about dinosaurs.
Seismological Society of America via Phys.org
Two moderate-sized earthquakes that struck the southern Sichuan Province of China last December and January were probably caused by nearby fracking operations, according to a new study published in Seismological Research Letters.
Daily Commercial News
After a bridge collapse in Clayton, Saskatchewan, officials are implementing weight restrictions on five similarly designed bridges in the province.
Six bridges in other rural municipalities were inspected by engineers who recommended five carry less than secondary weights.
|May 12-13, 2019
||First Himalayan Engineering
|June 24-26, 2019
|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
|March 2-8, 2020
||36th International Geological Congress
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