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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to our 62nd IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
First, we lost a very famous engineering geologist, Bruce Riddolls of New Zealand, recently. His obituary is below. He was Vice President of IAEG from 1998-2002 for Australasia.
Louise Vick, chair of the YEG group, has an update of YEG activities in Korea at the ARC-12 that is coming up in September! Today is the last day to register for the early bird registration costs for that conference.
Lots of interesting current events from debris flows in the Alps to a huge landslide in China that killed many people to another dam tailings failure!
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
1 Oct. 1943 – 27 June 2019
Pioneering Engineering Geologist
Dr. Bruce Riddolls was a noted engineering geologist who played a leading role in making geological considerations an integral part of project investigations in New Zealand. Having studied regional mapping for his MSc at Canterbury University and obtaining a Ph.D. from Exeter University on geological mapping, Bruce developed a strong appreciation of the importance of geological context to the safety and viability of major engineering works. This appreciation was greatly enhanced during his ten years (1971-81) with the NZ Geological Survey (NZGS) Division of DSIR (later to become GNS Science). He joined at a time of rapid development of national infrastructure. NZGS had a long-standing role in providing geological advice to government, and its Engineering Geology section grew to provide advice on hydro-electric and thermal power development, tunnelling, roading, railways and gas pipeline projects.
The YEG (Young Engineering Geologists) will be having an ice breaker at the ARC 12 meeting on Jeju Island in Korea. During the conference, the YEG social event will be supported by Korean National group of IAEG.
The ice-breaking reception will be held at the conference room of the venue hotel Sept. 24 afternoon.
Then unofficial social event with Korean food will be followed after the reception.
This event is opened to all young engineering geologists and professional.
The details will be announced soon.
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IGCs have come a long way since their inception in 1878 in Paris. We are, today, on the threshold of witnessing the 36th session of this prestigious global event. With less than a year’s time left for the Congress, the excitement among the geoscientists is strikingly visible and infectious.
India, with the scientific support of Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be hosting the 36th IGC at Delhi from March 2-8, 2020. With as many as 12 Plenary Talks by outstanding geoscientists from across the globe, 44 science themes, 71 exciting field trips spread in India and neighboring countries, a far-reaching Geohost Program, a massive Geoexpo and many other attractions, the Congress promises to be a truly memorable experience.
India is known for its glorious history, rich cultural diversity, scintillating scientific wealth, and immaculate hospitality. We cordially invite you to participate in the Congress and experience the myriad flavors of India.
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
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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
- Early bird registration deadline (standard registration opens) — July 31, 2019
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
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 15-19 June 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.
Los Angeles Times
Millions felt the shaking from the Ridgecrest earthquake.
But new satellite images offer a dramatic and instructive view of the immense power of the magnitude 7.1 quake, showing how California’s biggest earthquake in nearly two decades caused the ground to break.
Death toll from the floods and landslides in Brazil's northeast reached 13, local officials said.
The Fire Department in the northeastern Pernambuco state confirmed five deaths in Recife, five in Abreu e Lima and three in Olinda, including minors and women who could not take shelter from mudslides and landslides.
The Landslide Blog
A very large landslide occurred in Shuicheng County, in Liupanshui City, Guizhou in China on the evening of July 22. Xinhua is reporting that the known loss of life totals 13 people, but that about 32 further people remain missing. Eleven people have been rescued. In terms of losses, this is the largest landslide of the 2019 Asian monsoon to date.
The Landslide Blog
The kind folks at Planet Labs have generously collected a high resolution satellite image of the Cobriza Mine tailings failure in Peru, which happened July 10.
A coal mine worker was killed while three others were feared trapped and nine rendered critical in a landslide at an open cast mine of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd. at Bharatpur of Talcher in Angul district of India. According to reports, rescue teams pulled out the body of a worker from the rubble, while three others are feared trapped.
At least four persons have been killed and over 15 have been missing when a landslide dam outburst flood in Dordi river of Lamjung in Nepal.
According to district police, a sudden flood in Dordikhola swept away the workers who were working in the Dordi ‘A’ Hydropower Project. Police said four bodies have been recovered so far.
Although the seismic activity earlier this month raised some concerns about the Rattlesnake Ridge landslide, it appears the earthquakes haven't made a difference.
The landslide continues to move at a slow pace with Yakima Valley Emergency Management monitoring the ridge on a regular basis.
The Landslide Blog
It is now clear that the landslide in Shiucheng County in Guizhou Province, China, occurred close to the village of Pingdi. News reports indicate that 15 bodies have been recovered, but that a further 30 people remain missing.
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