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| A Special Message From Scott Burns, Past President, IAEG
Welcome to our 37th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
In this issue, we introduce our new website — just click below! We thank Professor Giorgio Lolino and his team in Italy for working hard to upgrade the website! We had to change things around to meet the new regulations in Europe.
Next, be sure to click again on the next tab for a copy of our Newsletter Number 4 for 2018! This was produced by our staff at our home office in China under the guidance of Executive Director Professor Faquan Wu. We produce four newsletters a year that go into depth about the activities of our national groups and the details of IAEG. If you have not already received the copy, be sure to click below for a copy.
Lots of current events are also below, including follow-ups of the Brazilian Dam Collapse.
Enjoy this issue,
Scott Burns, Past President, IAEG
IAEG Electronic Newsletter 2018 Issue No. 4
January 18, 2019
You can also download the newsletter from this site.
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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Geology Applied to Engineering represents a thorough and up-to-date textbook for courses in Applied PhysicaI Geology, Geology for Engineers and Engineering Geology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It
contains appropriate information for geologists and engineers who are involved in designing and constructing
engineering structures, as all structures are located either on the Earth or in the Earth, or composed of earth
materials. This textbook also provides the fundamentals of subject material included in the Examination for
Professional Licensure of Geologists, a growing need for geologists who work in the public sector.
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 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 Annual Conference SAGEEP 2019 is in Portland in March 2019 and features a full parallel Geohazards Conference including hazards for manmade structures like dams and levees and also a parallel Shallow Marine and Coastal Geophysics Conference, both of which should be of interest to AEG. AEG participation/contribution would be most welcomed.
The Korean Society of Engineering Geology
Jeju Island, Republic of Korea (South Korea)
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.
Click here for more information and abstract submission guidelines.
- Abstract submission deadline — April 30
- Abstract acceptance/rejection notification — May 31
- Pre-registration opens — June
- Earlybird registration deadline (standard registration opens) — July
Brazil iron mine owner Vale is to raise safety standards after ordering an evacuation of people living downstream of a second tailings dam at its Córrego do Feijão Mine site after another dam recently collapsed killing at least 58 people. Rescuers have said there is little hope of finding any of the other 305 people missing alive after the collapse, which Vale has said happened without warning.
For the first time in perhaps a decade, Mount Etna experienced a “flank eruption”—erupting from its side instead of its summit—on December 24, 2018. The activity was accompanied by 130 earthquakes occurring over three hours that morning. Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, has seen periodic activity on this part of the mountain since 2013.
American Geophysical Union
There are a few points to note here. First, the central portion of the dam has failed catastrophically, creating a high mobility flow. In fact, very little of the dam itself is intact. Second, the compromised smaller dam to the west of the main failure can also be seen. The toe has scoured out; clearly this needs careful monitoring but the retained volume is not very large. Third, there is a substantial volume of tailings left within the pond that now has not retention in place. These tailings can mobilise in heavy rainfall, so careful management is needed.
American Geophysical Union
The human cost of the Brumadinho disaster in Brazil is becoming increasingly clear. Latest reports suggest that there are 110 known fatalities, of whom 71 have been positively identified, and a further 238 people remain missing. Six people remain in hospital. The cost of this disaster feels very real when you look at this news report, which provides details of just of few of the victims. In addition, the environmental impact of the disaster is also apparent.
The sludgy water in Brumadinho, Brazil, is receding, but the body count is rapidly rising. On Jan. 25, a tailings dam at a mine in Brazil collapsed, burying at least 60 people under millions of tons of mud and leaving nearly 300 missing.
Related: Planet Labs image of the Brumadinho tailings dam failure
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