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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to the 99th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world.
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
First, we help support the International Symposium on Landslides every three years for it is run by one of our FedIGS committees. The meeting was planned for this coming June, but because of the Covid19 pandemic, it has been postponed to February 22-26, 2020, in Colombia.
A very odd geological event happened in Ecuador — its largest waterfall disappeared as the river feeding it disappeared into a sinkhole!
And, a very deadly landslide (debris flow) killed 10 people in Papua New Guinea on Mt. Wilhelm.
Also, learn about the most expensive landslide rocks ever collected — from the moon!
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
|New Bulletin: Volume 79, Number 2
This Bulletin of the Association of Engineering Geologists and the Environment is now totally electronic with online access. It started in January. The two editors, Professor Louis Wong and Professor Resat Ulusay, have been working very hard on the bulletin and it has been very successful! The first volume came out in January of 2020 (Volume 79, Number 1) with 37 articles and 568 pages! This week Volume 79, Number 2 came out with 552 pages and 37 articles. You can get both of the list of titles of Number 1 and 2 below. I will continue to list the articles every two months when a new bulletin comes out. Next week I will have a short section on accessing your copies.
Volume 79, Number 1
Volume 79, Number 2
The Geological Society
|Hydrogeology and engineering geology titles from The Geological Society
Mapping in Engineering Geology
Compiled by J S Griffiths (University of Plymouth, UK)
294 pages, paperback
This volume is a compilation of 13 classic papers on mapping for engineering purposes that have been published in the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and the Geological Society Engineering Geology Special Publications during the past 30 years. It is produced in response to the concerns expressed by a number of senior practitioners in Engineering Geology that were summarized in the first Glossop lecture by Fookes (1997): 'I go as far as saying that I believe that engineering geology mapping, even sketch mapping, is particularly underused in British practice'. By compiling this collection of some of the most important papers on mapping for engineering, Dr Griffiths aims to introduce a new generation of engineering geologists to the cost effective techniques of engineering geological and geomorphological mapping. This publication would be of interest to practicing engineering geologists, civil engineers, undergraduate and postgraduate engineering geologists, earth scientists, and geomorphologists. The publication could also be used as a basic undergraduate and postgraduate reference book for courses in applied geology, environmental geology and engineering geology.
Military Aspects of Hydrogeology
Edited by E P F Rose and J D Mather
376 pages, hardback
This book features military aspects of geology from both sides in the two World Wars and in wider historical and geographical contexts. Military necessity gave impetus to tunnelling, quarrying, trenching, aerial photographic interpretation and assessment of both cross-country trafficability and groundwater conditions. Fortification additionally involved aspects of engineering geology.
Clay Materials Used in Construction
Edited by G. M. Reeves, I. Sims and J. C. Cripps
552 pages, hardback
Concluding the trilogy on geological materials in construction, this authoritative volume reviews many uses of clays, ranging from simple fills to sophisticated products. Comprehensive and international coverage is achieved by an expert team, including geologists, engineers and architects. Packed with information prepared for a wide readership, this unique handbook is also copiously illustrated. The volume is dedicated to the memory of Professor Sir Alec Skempton.
Various definitions of 'clay' are explored. Clay mineralogy is described, plus the geological formation of clay deposits and their fundamental materials properties. World and British clay deposits are reviewed and explained. New compositional data are provided for clay formations throughout the stratigraphic column. Investigative techniques and interpretation are considered, ranging from site exploration to laboratory assessment of composition and engineering performance.
Groundwater in Fractured Bedrock Environments: Managing Catchment and Subsurface Resources
Edited by U. Ofterdinger, A. M. MacDonald, J.-C. Comte and M. E. Young
250 pages, hardback
Fractured bedrock aquifers have traditionally been regarded as low-productivity aquifers, with only limited relevance to regional groundwater resources. It is now being increasingly recognised that these complex bedrock aquifers can play an important role in catchment management and subsurface energy systems. At shallow to intermediate depth, fractured bedrock aquifers help to sustain surface water baseflows and groundwater dependent ecosystems, provide local groundwater supplies and impact on contaminant transfers on a catchment scale. At greater depths, understanding the properties and groundwater flow regimes of these complex aquifers can be crucial for the successful installation of subsurface energy and storage systems, such as deep geothermal or Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage systems and natural gas or CO2 storage facilities as well as the exploration of natural resources such as conventional/unconventional oil and gas.
New Insights into Structural Interpretation and Modelling
Edited by D A Nieuwland
320 pages, hardback
This title has arisen from the Geological Society of London conference of the same name. Since the publication of the predecessor of this book (Modern insights into structural interpretation, validation and modelling, SP99, 1996, edited by Buchanan & Nieuwland) much progress has been made. This has been primarily thanks to the continuously increasing computing speed and computer memory capacity, which has positively affected all fields in structural interpretation, seismics and modelling, directly or indirectly. New insights in structural interpretation and modelling, presents a balanced overview of what the title promises. It is intended as a book that will serve the experienced professional as well as more advanced students in earth sciences, with a broad selection of topics ranging from classical field based studies to state of the art analogue and numerical modelling. The leaders of their fields have written some of the chapters, whereas younger authors with a fresh outlook and new ideas have written other chapters.
Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology is owned by the Geological Society of London and published by the Geological Society Publishing House.
Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology (QJEGH) is an established peer reviewed international journal featuring papers on geology as applied to civil engineering mining practice and water resources. Papers are invited from, and about, all areas of the world on engineering geology and hydrogeology topics. This includes but is not limited to: applied geophysics, engineering geomorphology, environmental geology, hydrogeology, groundwater quality, ground source heat, contaminated land, waste management, land use planning, geotechnics, rock mechanics, geomaterials and geological hazards.
The journal publishes the prestigious Glossop and Ineson lectures, research papers, case studies, review articles, technical notes, photographic features, thematic sets, discussion papers, editorial opinion and book reviews.
View more at https://qjegh.lyellcollection.org.
International Geological Congress
The government of India has reviewed the situation emerging out of the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It considers the health and safety of the esteemed delegates and guests paramount. In view of this, the government has postponed the congress to a later date.
Engineering Group of the Geological Society via YouTube
Click here to watch the 20th Glossop Medal Lecture by Dr. Jean Hutchinson.
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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American Geosciences Institute
With many geoscience programs now needing to quickly shift to online teaching, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) wants to make sure all faculty are aware of the 29 modules in the free-to-take Geoscience Online Learning Initiative (GOLI) platform, which is a joint effort of AGI, AIPG, SEPM, and ASBOG. GOLI courses range in duration from 1 to 10 hours in length, addressing a range of geoscience topics and skills from writing in the geosciences to geoethics to advanced environmental geochemistry, among others. These modules are ready to go and available for your students right now.
GOLI courses are always free-to-take. If a student wishes to earn continuing education credits for successfully completing the course and apply them towards licensing or other professional needs, they have the option to pay a nominal fee. Please visit https://goli.americangeosciences.org for more information about the program in general
Geochronology Summer School
Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2020
1 full day excursion Sept. 4, 2020
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
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),
Natacha Gribenski (Univ. of Bern), Nathalie Dubois (EAWAG) and others.
The Summer School is open to young researchers (PhD students and
Participation is competitive and will be limited to a maximum of 20.
The registration fee (750 CHF) includes accommodation (room sharing
half board and lunch, field trips and teaching material.
Credit points: 3 ECTS
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: April 30, 2020
In view of the escalating challenges we all face as a result of the
coronavirus-COVID-19 pandemic and the need to safeguard the health and
well-being of our exhibitors and visitors, we would like to inform you
that the EUROENGEO 2020 Organizing Committee is carefully monitoring
the situation across the globe, and assessing the implications of
containment and prevention measures by health authorities for the
EUROENGEO 2020 conference, which is scheduled to take place in Athens,
Greece from Sept. 20-24, 2020.
Whilst it is too early to make accurate predictions about the
progression or resolution of the epidemic, the meeting is still
planned to proceed as scheduled. We will follow oncoming EU and Greek
Ministry of Health recommendations regarding the organization of
public events. We are very optimistic about the future situation and
we are still looking forward welcoming you in Athens, next September!
Once again, please note that the conference will be organized with the
collection of extensive abstracts, which we are looking forward
receiving them up to the 30th of April 2020.
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.
Finally, the IAEG “Hans Cloos” and “Marcel Arnould” medals will be
awarded, while the next Richard Wolters Prize competition for 2020
will be presented by IAEG at the occasion of the conference.
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, Sept. 25-30, 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.
We are now calling for nominations of Hans Cloos Medal, Marcel Arnould Medal and Richard Wolters Prize for 2020, which are awarded biannually to our distinguished members. Please kindly see the attached notifications.
Nominations should be submitted to the Secretary General by the deadline requested in the notifications. For more information and guidelines for the nomination, please refer to the bylaw Part E. Awards and Prizes.
Call for nominations of IAEG Hans Cloos Medal for 2020
Call for nominations of IAEG Marcel Arnould Medal 2020
Call for nominations of IAEG Richard Wolters Prize 2020
Richard Wolters Prize 2020 Procedure
ICL and the Global Promotion Committee of the International Programme on Landslides (GPC/IPL) will organize the Fifth World Landslide Forum (WLF5) on Nov. 2-6, 2020, in Kyoto Japan. The themes and sessions of WLF5 and the list of invited speakers who are sure to come to Kyoto and speak oral presentation have been published in Vol.16 (2) of Landslides as attached.
Those who are willing to attend WLF5 are invited to register WLF5 by completing the Preliminary Registration Form for which is available in WLF5 webpage.
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.
11th Mining and Exploration Forum
Nov. 10-12, 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 UK Department for International Trade, International and National Mining Associations, as well as mining industry leaders and Investors. READ MORE
MineInvest Kazakhstan 2020
Kazakhstan is one of the world’s most promising emerging markets for natural resources and is one of the 10 leading countries in the world for mineral reserves. To ensure sustainable development of its mineral wealth, in the next few years the government of Kazakhstan is planning to issue over 3,000 exploration licenses and support the development of junior mining sector. Until now, lack of funding was the main impediment to the growth of junior mining in the country.
American Society of Civil Engineers
Nov. 15-18, 2020
The ICSE is a biannual international conference under the auspice of ISSMGE. ICSE-10 is sponsored and organized by the ASCE Geo-Institute and its theme is “understanding scour and erosion processes and improving countermeasure design through integration of hydraulics and geotechnics.” The four-day conference will include short courses, keynote lectures, technical sessions, panel discussion and a technical tour.
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.
The 1st IAEG South American Regional Conference will take place in the city of Córdoba in coincidence with the 2nd Argentine Congress of Geology Applied to Engineering and the Environment.
The event will take place Sept. 6-10, 2021, within the Córdoba Regional Faculty of the National Technological University.
The activity marks the return of IAEG to the region after 35 years, so we trust that the initiative will be a pleasant moment for its participants, involving the scientific and professional community of the region.
Click here to view more details on the English website.
Click here to view more details on the Spanish website.
In Pike County, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet sent a crew to help one family.
They say a soupy mud came rushing off the hill and onto their property on Chloe Road.
The Landslide Blog
The EOPortal website has a nice article about work underway to open and reanalyze two samples of moon rock, recovered by the 1972 Apollo 17 mission and safely stored thereafter by NASA. Since the mission, analytical capabilities have vastly improved. These samples were wisely preserved for future generations anticipating that this would occur.
The largest waterfall in Ecuador has seemingly vanished after a sinkhole swallowed part of its water source.
San Rafael Waterfall on the Coca River was a prominent tourist attraction for the country, and according to NASA, drew tens of thousands of people every year.
Click here to see a satellite image of the Anakkrakatau volcano in Indonesia captured Jan. 17.
The Landslide Blog
As written by Dave Petley, "Back in February I wrote a series of pieces reconstructing the events that led to the huge and highly destructive debris flow in the Salkantay region of Peru. It is clear that this event was a large landslide from the mountainside that transitioned into the debris flow."
The Landslide Blog
On Friday, April 10, a large landslide was triggered, probably by rainfall at Kegesuglo in Kundiawa-Gembog district in Papua New Guinea. The location of this landslide appears to be -5.833, 145.1. This is a remote, hilly location at the foot of Mount Wilhelm, the highest mountain in Papua New Guinea.
|Sept. 6, 2020
|Sept. 20-24, 2020
||Euroengeo — 3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG
|POSTPONED UNTIL Sept. 25-30, 2020
||ICOLD 2020 Annual Meeting
||New Delhi, India
|POSTPONED UNTIL Sept. 25-30, 2020
||Cities on Volcanoes 11
|Feb. 22-26, 2021
||13 International Symposium on Landslides
|May 3-7, 2021
|Sept. 6-10, 2021
||1st IAEG South American Regional Conference
|Sept. 10, 2021
|Sept. 14, 2022
|Sept. 15-20, 2022
|Sept. 18-22, 2022
||12th International Conference on Geosynthetics
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