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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to our 72nd IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
First, President Rafig Azzam has a special message about our four new board committees that were discussed at the council meeting last week on Jeju Island in Korea. They will help us run more smoothly!
Be sure to see the latest news items — a landslide was forecast in China, and there was another dam tailings failure in Brazil! One of our members, Dr. Daniele Giordan, president of the National Group of Italy, was mentioned in an article in The New York Times about the potential glacier collapse on Mt. Blanc (on the border between France and Italy) of the Planpincieux Glacier. All of these and more are mentioned below.
We updated some new dates of future meetings too on the calendar!
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
|Special Message from President Azzam
After the elections in 2018 in San Francisco, I have introduced the program of the new executive for the next 4 years. Now, after almost one year, it is time to report on the progress of our work, especially after the first official Executive and Council meetings. The new structure (Figure 1) of our IAEG Association has been approved by the Council. We have now 4 Board Committees (BC) dealing with different issues on our way to modernize IAEG. The Young Engineering Geologists (YEG) have been assigned a budget to cover their expenses, and the chair of YEG and all chairs of the BC are “ex officio” of the Executive. This will enable us to meet the future challenges of a modern IAEG.
The IAEG Bulletin reached an impact factor of 2.1, and the Publication BC is doing an excellent job, considering to increase the number of 4 publications per year to 12 as we receive now more than 1,000 manuscripts per year and have to reject more than 77%. Now we are in the process of discussing the possibility of providing the Bulletin online to all members.
The IT BC is not only taking care of the website, but also looking into the problem of data storage and management. They created a centralized database for the members according to the EU regulations, allowing the presidents of the National Groups to have access and keep their part updated.
The Advisory BC is revising the IAEG commissions looking into the actuality of the topics and the activities of the commissions, developing mechanisms for evaluation of their work and dissemination of the results.
The Promotion BC shall create and promote new awards and scholarships for the YEG and look into the possibilities of fund raising. Awards and scholarships can be named according to the persons or companies offering the funds.
In the scope of enhancing the services of IAEG to our members, the Council has approved further education services as a new IAEG summer school will be established. Now we are in the process of setting up scientific and organization committees as all National Groups are invited in the future to participate in this summer school. Field trips and field education is the second further education measure that is being set up. Also, we ask our senior scientists to offer their help in the future for both forms of further education.
Of course, we will continue to strive toward a modern IAEG with enhanced services for the benefit of all members.
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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All members of the IAEG are urged to participate more actively in
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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 between March 3 and 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.
The abstract submission deadline has been extended till Oct. 31, 2019, and abstract submission is now FREE. Please note that abstracts will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, as they are received, so we encourage you to consider an early submission.
For more information, and to review the exceptional array of sessions, please see the conference web page at: http://www.36igc.org/index.php.
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.
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
The Asia Petroleum Geoscience Conference & Exhibition (APGCE 2019) will be held Oct. 29-30, 2019, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia.
Delegates are entitled to exclusive access to all conference sessions, core sessions, oral sessions, admission to the exhibition halls, access to closing sessions, daily luncheons and coffee breaks as well as the Conference Delegate Pack. Additionally, a delegate is invited to the following social events:
Official Opening Ceremony
Date: Oct. 29, 2019
Time: 0900AM – 1000AM
Venue: Plenary Hall, KL Convention Centre
Date: Oct. 29, 2019
Time: 1720PM – 1900PM
Venue: Ballroom 1 & 2, KL Convention Centre
Date: Oct. 30, 2019
Time: 1720PM – 1900PM
Venue: Plenary Theater, KL Convention Centre
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2019
Novotel Hotel, Yangon
Second International Conference on Applied Earth Sciences in Myanmar and Neighboring Regions
Myanmar Applied Earth Sciences Association
Pre-conference workshops: Nov. 29; Conference: Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Upper Myanmar field trip: Mandalay-Sagaing-Minwun-Mogok, Dec. 2-7
The journal Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292, IF 4.118) is currently running a Special Issue titled "Remote Sensing of Landslides II." Dr. Zhong Lu, of the Southern Methodist University (USA), and Dr. Chaoying Zhao, of the Chang’an University (China), are serving as guest editors for this issue. We think you could make an excellent contribution based on your expertise and your following paper:
Urban Landslides: Challenges for Forensic Engineering Geologists and Engineers. ENGINEERING GEOLOGY FOR SOCIETY AND TERRITORY, VOL 5: URBAN GEOLOGY, SUSTAINABLE PLANNING AND LANDSCAPE EXPLOITATION 2015, 0, 3-9.
Triggered by precipitation, water-level fluctuation, freeze thaw, irrigation, earthquakes, anthropogenic activities and other factors, landslide has become a severe geohazard worldwide. In recent years, multiple remote sensing techniques that use synthetic aperture radar (SAR), light detection and ranging (LiDAR), optical and photogrammetric measurements from spaceborne, airborne, mobile-vehicle and ground-based platforms have been widely applied for landslide classification, detection, digital elevation model reconstruction, surface deformation monitoring, volume/thickness inversion and stability and mechanism analysis.
For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website.
The submission deadline is Dec. 31, 2019. You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office in advance (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Remote Sensing is fully open access. Open access (unlimited and free access by readers) increases publicity and promotes more frequent citations, as indicated by several studies. Open access is supported by the authors and their institutes. An Article Processing Charge (APC) of CHF 1800 currently applies to all accepted papers (APC: CHF 2000 from Jan. 1, 2020 onwards). You may be entitled to a discount if you have previously received a discount code or if your institute is participating in the MDPI Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP). For more information, click here.
For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website.
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.
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 Twitter, Zhenhong Li from Newcastle University tweeted about a further landslide at Heifangtai Oct. 5. This slide was about 20,000 m³, travelling over a distance of about 100 metres. But what is particularly interesting about this event is that it was successfully forecast based upon the monitoring of movement.
As beautiful as Machu Picchu is, it's not the easiest place to get to, high up in the Andes with steep drops to the Urubamba River on three sides. Now researchers think they might know why the site was chosen.
The New York Times
A giant section of a glacier on the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps is in danger of collapsing, experts warned, prompting the precautionary closing of two roads and the evacuation of mountain huts in northwestern Italy.
A block of about 9 million cubic feet of the Planpincieux Glacier on the peak of Grandes Jorasses, a mountain on the French-Italian border, has splintered and could give way, according to Daniele Giordan, a geologist working for the Italian National Research Council.
The Landslide Blog
On Oct. 1, another significant tailings dam failure occurred in Brazil, this time at Nosso Senhora do Livramento in Mato Grosso. Fortunately, in this case the scale of the failure, whilst not being trivial by any means, was not equivalent to the other two recent events in Brazil. However, two people have been injured.
The Landslide Blog
Nature Communications published a fascinating and important study of the sequence of events on and within the volcanic massif prior to the final, catastrophic failure. This paper is open access, so anyone can take a look.
|Oct. 3-5, 2019
|Oct. 27-30, 2019
||2nd IAEG Africa Regional Congress
|Oct. 29-30, 2019
||Asia Petroleum Geoscience Conference & Exhibition
||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|March 2-8, 2020
||36th International Geological Congress
|Sept. 20-24, 2020
||Euroengeo — 3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG
|Sept. 10, 2021
|Oct. 25-29, 2021
|Sept. 14, 2022
|Sept. 15-20, 2022
|Sept. 18-22, 2022
||International Geosynthetics Congress
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