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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to our 53rd IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
Please note that the abstract deadline for the 12th ARC of IAEG, which will be in Korea this May 31, 2019, is this week! This is our annual meeting of IAEG where the council and the board will be having meetings. I encourage you to attend the meeting and enjoy this beautiful island where the meeting will be held. See information on the meeting below.
Below we have a report from the First Himalayan Engineering Geology Congress in Kathmandu, Nepal, this past week. It was very successful — 151 delegates with 31 international delegates. See the photo and read the report.
Every year IAEG’s office in China, under the direction of Secretary General Dr. Faquan Wu, makes three to four newsletters with lots of news of our national groups and IAEG in general. You can download a copy below at the link.
Many good news items below — a possible dam failure waiting to happen in Brazil and an offshore landslide and many more!
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
With the presence of Honorary Chief Guest Dr. Sunil Babu Shrestha, Vice-Chancellor of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), the First Himalayan Engineering Geological Congress was kicked off together with distinguished delegates. As an essential part for the infrastructure and sustainable development, a detailed and precise knowledge of engineering geology and geotechniques are imperative to analyze geohazards, mitigate and prevent the outcomes of natural disasters. In this reference, First Himalayan Engineering Geological Congress (HEGC -I) on the major theme: “Engineering Geology and Geotechniques for Developing Countries” was held on May 12-13, 2019, at Hotel Radisson, Kathmandu Nepal, in association with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA, Government of Nepal), Himalaya Conservation Group (HCG) and Nepalese Society of Engineering Geologists (NSEG).
Click here to view the newsletter.
The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to May 31, 2019.
Please submit your abstract here.
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.
In the new website, there are no more restricted areas and it is not
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send the material to be posted on the website to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China
24-26 June 2019
The 6th International Conference on Earth Observation for Environmental Changes (EOEC 2019) and the 8th International Conference on Geo-information Technologies for Natural Disaster Management (GiT4NDM 2019) aim to advance research and development, as well as encourage innovative applications of Geomatics technologies in environmental change studies, geospatial information management toward implementation of sustainable development goals and 2030 smart environment and cities using artificial intelligence and deep learning; and to address the international co-operation in environmental change studies using advanced geospatial tools, spatiotemporal models and Earth observation systems. The conference offers an interdisciplinary forum in the fields of remote sensing, surveying and mapping, geodesy and geosciences, geography, marine science, forestry, renewable energy, environment, transportation, natural hazards, disaster management and climate change science.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
12-15 June 2019
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design
Sustainable development has called for efficient bioresource utilization, sustainable energy production, effective environmental remediation/management and advanced material development. Research and innovation are critical to satisfy these pressing needs. This proposed conference will offer a timely opportunity to stimulate new research activities in technological and managerial advancement. Eminent academic researchers, industrial practitioners, green groups and governmental departments from different sectors in the local and international context will gather to share scientific and technical inputs as well as political feedback through active discussion.
The MINEX Forum
25-27 June 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria
Situated in the Western Tethyan belt, Bulgaria is a developing player in the mining industry of Europe, with significant reserves of gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc. This is an exciting time for the regional mining industry as technological advances at key properties and facilities, and investment from significant international players is bringing a new dynamism to the industry.
The forum will provide an in-person platform for networking and the sharing of the latest business intelligence, opportunities, trends and insights from mining and exploration companies and experts from the countries of the Balkans region as well as wider Europe and the rest of the world. It will also facilitate interaction with policymakers, key decision-makers and global investors.
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Here are some key dates to remember:
Deadline for exhibitor registration: 14 June 2019
Deadline for delegate registration: 21 June 2019
Summer School on Historic and Prehistoric Landslides
30 June-5 July
Trentino and Veneto regions (Northeast Italian Alps)
Applications are open for the Summer school for early career scientists on historic and prehistoric landslides in the northern Italian Alps — Implications for new hazard maps in mountainous areas.
Minex Kazakhstan 2019 Conference
We are pleased to invite you to review the materials of the 10th MINEX Kazakhstan Mining and Exploration Forum which took place in Nur-Sultan on 2-4 April 2019. The forum was organized under the central theme "Opening up new frontiers" which reflects the exciting prospects emerging in the mining sector due to the ongoing reforms.
This year, the forum has brought together more than 450 executives from 16 countries, representing 152 mining and metallurgical companies, ministries, geological committees, investment companies, banks, stock exchanges, service companies and mining equipment manufacturers.
Over 80 speakers and panelists presented at the forum. The themes addressed during the forum included the key trends and projects developing in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.
During the forum’s plenary and technical sessions, we have conducted survey asking delegates to share their views on changes evolving in Kazakhstan’s mining industry.
Please open the hyperlinks to review post-event results and press releases
To purchase a full report containing presentation slides, videos and photos, please complete this order form.
University of Zurich
1-6 Sept. 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.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 30 April 2019
Click here to register.
The Korean Society of Engineering Geology
Jeju Island, Republic of Korea (South Korea)
23-27 Sept. 2019
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.
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.
- Abstract submission deadline — May 31
- Pre-registration opens — June
- Earlybird registration deadline (standard registration opens) — July
Click here for more information and abstract submission guidelines.
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
27-30 Oct. 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 Landslide Blog
In Brazil another tailings dam, at the Gongo Soco mine in Barão de Cocais to the east of Belo Horizonte, is at risk of failure. Multiple local news agencies are covering the story, and contingency plans are in place. Fortunately, unlike at Brumadinho and Samarco, the potential failure of this dam has been detected prior to a major release of tailings, and a suitably cautious approach is being adopted.
A girl was killed and her parents were injured when their house was swept away by a landslide, triggered by heavy rains, at a village in Kolasib district of Mizoram, India, police said.
By the time the girl and her parents were pulled out from the debris at Saihapui K village, 8-year-old Mary Lalhmangaihzuali had died, the police said.
The Landslide Blog
It is well-established that the largest landslides on Earth occur in the oceans. The most famous is the Storegga slide in the northern Norwegian Sea, which is generally thought to have a volume of about 3,000 cubic kilometres.
An 8.0 magnitude earthquake rocked northern Peru June 2, killing at least one man and causing several injuries, The Associated Press reports.
The earthquake, which struck in the early hours of the morning, was centered on a remote area of the Amazon jungle, the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, a vast forest bordered by the Marañón and Ucayali rivers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The Landslide Blog
There has been some speculation about the trigger of the Joffre Peak landslides, with an abrupt rise in temperatures in the days before the landslides being cited as a potential cause. Reader Pierre Friele has very kindly taken a look at the temperature and snow pack records from three adjacent weather stations, which illustrate the point well.
Major landslides occur on the cliffs of East Yorkshire — some of the fastest eroding in Europe — every six to seven years, a study has concluded.
Geologists found some stretches of the Holderness coast were losing enough cliff to fill two-and-a-half Olympic swimming pools a year.
Meteorites crash into Earth pretty much constantly, and you can find their ancient remains everywhere from King Tut's tomb to some guy's farm in Edmore, Michigan. But to best understand where these space rocks came from and how long they've been living as earthly expats, it helps to visit the densest collection of meteorites on the planet — and that's in Chile's Atacama Desert.
|June 24-26, 2019
|Sept. 17-22, 2019
||AEG in Asheville
|| North Carolina, USA
|Sept. 23-27, 2019
||ARC of IAEG
|Oct. 3-5, 2019
|Oct. 27-30, 2019
||2nd IAEG Africa Regional Congress
|March 2-8, 2020
||36th International Geological Congress
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