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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to our 84th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
We wish that all of you will have a wonderful 2020 as the New Year is upon us! I hope you enjoyed last week's edition of the top ten stories of the newsletter for 2019!
We have a superb report from Vice President Professor TKS Abam on Nigeria on the 2nd African Regional IAEG Conference and the 4th NAEGE National Conference held in Nigeria this past autumn! Congratulations to all of the organizers on a job well done!
Many news items to read about: Australian fires, tailing dams, landslides, earthquakes and two volcanoes ready to become more active. The life for an engineering geologist is never dull!
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
The 2nd IAEG Africa Regional Congress was held jointly with the 4th NAEGE Annual Conference from 27th to 30th October, 2019, at De Bently Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria, with the theme Environmental and Engineering Geological Mapping for Sustainable Development. Eight sub-themes were addressed as follows:
- Engineering geological mapping for sustainability of structures
- Environmental geological mapping of urban series
- Spatial distribution of geo-materials (naturally occurring construction materially)
- Environmental geological mapping of coastal hazards
- Engineering geological mapping for mitigation of mining and drilling/hazards
- Geo-mapping for sustainable waste management
- Engineering geology and stability of structures in seismically prone areas
- Material testing for sustainability of roads
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The MINEX Forum
The conference has brought together 200 participants from Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, North Macedonia, Russia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, U.K., U.S. and Uzbekistan.
The Eurasian region is often viewed as a challenging place to do business, yet many companies are benefiting from its rich resources and low operating costs. This year MINEX Eurasia Conference provided insight from companies investing and operating in Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz Republic.
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- Slides presented during the Conference
- Forum catalogue with information about presenters, sponsors, and exhibitors
- Video recordings of the Forum sessions
- Photos in high resolution taken during the Forum
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 20th to 24th of September 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.
International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
A call for papers is currently underway. The deadline for submission of papers has been extended to Feb. 17, 2020.
Previously, no later than Feb. 14, full manuscript (four to eight pages in length, abstract included), shall be submitted to the conference organizing committee through the ISSMGE's
Conference Review Platform.
Those interested in submitting papers for the conference are kindly requested to visit the website above and register. The account credentials should be used to access the platform for
Conference topics are:
1. Weather and landslides.
2. Landslides and sismo-tectonic and volcanic activity.
3. Landslides and human activities.
4. Effects of Landslides with emphasis on infrastructure and
5. Landslides: Risk assessment and management.
6. Slope investigation and analysis.
11th Mining and Exploration Forum
31 March – 2 April 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 U.K. Department for International Trade, International and National Mining Associations, as well as mining industry leaders and Investors.
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, on 23-27 May, 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.
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.
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.
Rain has fallen in fire-ravaged parts of Australia and temperatures have dropped — but officials have warned that blazes will "take off" again.
Sooty rain fell down the east coast, from Sydney to Melbourne, with "torrential" rain reported in some parts of New South Wales.
New Civil Engineer
Landslips on the Redhill to Tonbridge railway line, between Hurst Green and East Grinstead and at Wivelsfield on the Brighton Main Line triggered emergency works and line closures over the Christmas period.
China has tightened rules covering the safety management of tailings dams, including banning them in some areas, authorities said, as the country aims to prevent risks after a fatal disaster in Brazil in January.
Downstream areas with a high density of people — such as residential neighborhoods, industrial premises or markets — or with production and living facilities within one kilometer, will be off limits for new, rebuilt or expanded tailing dams, the Ministry of Emergency Management said in a statement on its website.
The Landslide Blog
As written by Dave Petley, "In May 2019 two large landslides occurred on Joffre Peak in British Columbia in Canada. I described these events at the time, but a proper analysis has now been published (Friele et al. 2020) in the journal Landslides."
Alaska Volcano Observatory
Low-level eruptive activity likely continues at Shishaldin volcano. Seismic levels have remained relatively low over the past day. Nothing significant was observed in cloudy satellite views of the volcano.
More than 240 people died this past January in Brazil when a Vale-owned tailings dam collapsed, unleashing a torrent of mud and mining waste on the countryside and the small town of Villa Ferteco, a kilometer (0.62 miles) away.
The Landslide Blog
New research suggests forces pulling on Earth’s surface as the planet spins may trigger earthquakes and eruptions at volcanoes.
Seismic activity and bursts of magma near Italy’s Mount Etna increased when Earth’s rotational axis was furthest from its geographic axis, according to a new study comparing changes in Earth’s rotation to activity at the well-known Italian volcano.
On Mars, just as on Earth, gravity can send material tumbling down steep slopes — and the results can be stunningly pretty, as shown in this photograph NASA released.
The image reveals an area of Mars called Cerberus Fossae, which scientists believe is the youngest fault system on the planet.
The Landslide Blog
On Feb. 27, 2010, a huge earthquake occurred off the coast of Chile. With a magnitude of Mw=8.8, the 2010 Chile megathrust earthquake (also known as the Maule earthquake) was the sixth largest event in the instrument record, rupturing a section of fault 450 km from north to south and 150 km from east to west, and with a hypocentre depth of 37 km.
The Landslide Blog
On Dec. 13, a large wedge failure developed on the E18 motorway at Larvik in Norway. Norway Today has a good report about the aftermath of the landslide, which appears to have occurred in a steep cut slope.
People's Daily, China via Twitter
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|March 2-8, 2020
||36th International Geological Congress
|May 23-27, 2020
||Cities on Volcanoes 11
|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
||International Geosynthetics Congress
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