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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to our 64th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
Each year our secretary general's office puts out four newsletters electronically that are sent to the membership. You can download newsletter No. 2 below! Lots of news from all over the world!
Lots of news items from the closing of a large mine in Africa to landslides in Myanmar and Tasmania. My favorite this week is the large glacial outburst flood (Jokulaup) on South Tahoma Creek on Mt. Rainier in Washington, USA!
Lots of interesting current events from debris flows in the Alps to a huge landslide in China that killed many people to another dam tailings failure!
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
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.
The details will be announced soon.
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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.
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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
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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
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The 36th International Geological Congress will be held in Delhi, India, March 3-8, 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.
Abstract deadline: Oct. 15, 2019. Please note that abstracts will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, as they are received, so we encourage you to consider an early submission.
In addition, there is no abstract submission fee until Sept. 15, 2019, after which time a fee of USD 20 (or INR equivalent for Indian authors) will be charged.
Super early bird registration is also available until Aug. 31, 2019.
For more information, and to review the exceptional array of sessions, please see the conference web page.
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.
We invite you to submit an abstract to:
31.7: Mining and Industrial Hazards and Subsidence
This symposium will focus on the effects of mining and industrial activities on earth systems. The impacts considered may be the result of physical and/or chemical changes induced by these activities.
31.8: Geohazards Risk Reduction Measures and Mitigation
This symposium will highlight geoscientists’ contributions to both the UN Sendia Framework for Action and Sustainable Development Goals by indicating the methodologies and case histories of how hazard and risk assessments contribute to geohazard risk reduction across the world. Social, economic and policy implications will be included within the symposium and highlight what methods and techniques have succeeded or where such measures have failed.
University of Zurich
Sept. 1-6, 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.
Click here to register.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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
On Aug. 5, 2019, an outburst flood and debris flow occurred at Mount Rainier National Park. Between approximately 6:48-7:58 p.m., the park’s seismographs picked up four separate debris flow sequences in the Tahoma Creek area.
Glencore PLC is planning to halt production at one of the world’s biggest cobalt mines after prices for the battery metal collapsed and costs at the project increased, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The announcement that Glencore will close its Mutanda mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo is expected to come as the company lays out an overhaul of its key African copper and cobalt business when it releases first-half results.
The Landslide Blog
In Australia, news agencies are reporting a dispute between the government and home-owners over the impact of a reactivated, slow-moving landslide. The location is Deviot in Tasmania, where a landslide is slowly destroying five properties. It is a common, and extremely sad story of the impact that a landslide has had on everyday lives.
Ten people have died and dozens are missing after a landslide in Mottama, a small town in Thaton District in Mon State, according to local sources.
At least 30 others are still missing, according to the Mudon Recuse Association.
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