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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to our 71st IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
First, we just completed an excellent ARC12 meeting on Jeju Island in Korea. It was a complete success with over 390 participants attending, and we would like to thank the organizing committee of the Korean National Group for doing such a wonderful job! Everything worked like clockwork! We have included a group photo of the whole 390 participants in the Connector along with photos from an amazing prize drawing contest done at the banquet! Professor Yu drew names from a box for really nice awards, but to win your award, you had to play a game of rock, scissors, paper or a head turning game. If you lost, you got a money bill that is equivalent to $8US, but if you beat his official representative, you won the prize. I have photos of one example! We also had wonderful cultural dancing to start the banquet.
I have included a summary of the the Council meeting on Sunday for you to get a quick update on what is happening in IAEG. We are close to 4,400 members!
Good luck to the organizers of Minex Russia 2019, which is happening next week!
Be sure to see the latest news items — a large landslide in a gold mine in Chad killed 30 workers, more photos of the Kerala monsoon landslides and an eruption of Anak Krakatoa!
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
|Photos from the ARC12 Conference on Jeju Island, Korea
The whole conference last week in Jeju Island, Korea (ARC12). It is all 390 participants!
Cultural dancing at the beginning
Most amazing drawing for gifts - Professor Yu was the Master of Ceremonies. Once your number was drawn, you had to come to the front and play a game to see if you got the prize. You either played "Rock, Paper, Scissors" or a head tilting game. If you lost to him, you got Korean money equivalent to $US 8. If you won, you got the prize. Here are a "winner" playing Prof. Yu's official person.
She won the prize!
The IAEG Council meets once a year with many of the national groups and officers discussing issues related to the organization. This meeting was successful, in spite of the fact that Typhoon Tapah was hitting the island! Outside the winds were very strong and heavy rain was falling, and the waves in the ocean were huge! Here is a summary of the major things discussed at the meeting:
- Membership remains strong at 4382 around the world!
- Financials for 2018 are incomplete because final calculations from the congress are still being determined. Here are the summaries so far:
- Revenues for 2018: 110,307 euros
- Expenses for 2018: 147,586 euros
- Net loss -37,259 euros
- Total Assets for IAEG (very strong!) 365,893 euros
- Budget for 2019: 130,000 euros
- Website: it has been updated with some new features
- Bulletin – congratulations to the editors! The impact factor is up to 2.1! Now, 77% of papers are rejected. We have a huge backlog of articles that now, since we are publishing electronically, we will have 12 issues per year until we catch up. We should absorb the backlog in 2 years. There is a study to determine if all members will get the bulletin and for a lower price.
- Four new board committees have been developed:
- Advisory – review commissions and help their development; advise on changes in structure to IAEG. Mark Eggers is the chair.
- Promotion – Fund raising, new awards, new scholarships
- IT – oversees the website, database management, social media, IAEG Connector
- Publication – oversees the Bulletin
- YEG – Under the leadership of Louise Vick, this group had many functions at this meeting and will have functions at the upcoming Africa meeting and next year in Greece.
- Upcoming meetings:
- Next year’s council meeting will be at the 3rd European Engineering Geology Conference in Athens, Greece, 20-24 Sept. 2020.
- The following council meeting will be in Cordoba, Argentina at their meeting 7-10 September 2021.
- Next ARC13 meeting will be in Singapore
- Midyear Executive Committee meeting will be held in India at the IGC meeting in March of 2020
- Solidarity Fund – We put aside 5000 euros each year to provide financial help to members (both students and normal members) from low-income countries to attend the congress every four years. We only spent 4,700 euros this year because many of the people who were granted funds did not get their visas to attend the congress. We talked about expanding the solidarity fund for other purposes, but this will be handled yearly in the budget, and we will not have to change the bylaws.
- IAEG Sponsored Summer Schools and field trips: It was discussed the IAEG needs to support engineering geology summer schools and student excursions and educational training. Some have happened in the past in Italy and Greece – we need to promote them more.
- Nepal – Two different groups would like to become the national group representing Nepal. Both have large numbers of members. The Council discussed this and voted to have both groups be members with each having a ½ vote in the council meetings.
- YEG on the executive committee. It was recommended the YEG should have a member on the executive committee, but ex-officio (no voting rights).
- Notification times for council handouts – Because items are now dispersed electronically and not by mail, the time to get information to the secretary general for our meetings has been reduced from 4 months to 2 months.
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
necessary to register on the website. If you want to make changes to the
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All members of the IAEG are urged to participate more actively in
updating the website and send photographs of construction sites and events
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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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The 36th International Geological Congress will be held in Delhi, India between March 3 and 8, 2020. With 43 Themes and over 200 planned sessions, as well as pre and post congress field trips, this promises to be an exceptional event.
The abstract submission deadline has been extended till Oct. 31, 2019, and abstract submission is now FREE. Please note that abstracts will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, as they are received, so we encourage you to consider an early submission.
For more information, and to review the exceptional array of sessions, please see the conference web page at: http://www.36igc.org/index.php.
Please note that there are numerous field trips associated with the Congress – of potential interest to some of you: ER008: Landslide Failure Mechanisms, Hazard and Risk Scenarios in Darjeeling Himalaya.
15th MINING AND EXPLORATION FORUM
Foresight of the Russian Mining and Exploration Industry Development
Oct. 8-10, 2019 – Moscow, Russia
Euro Geo Warsaw
The abstract submission deadline has been extended till Oct. 4, 2019. You are kindly invited to submit your paper to one of the folowing topics:
Please note that selected papers will be published in an indexed journal.
- Agricultural Applications
- Coastal Protection
- Direct and Life-Cycle Cost Savings
- Drainage and Filtration
- Embankments on Soft Soils
- Environmental Benefits
- Erosion Control
- Geosynthetics as Formwork
- Hydraulic Applications
- Innovations and New Developments
- Lightweight Construction
- Physical and Numerical Models
- Polymeric and Clay Geosynthetic Barriers
- Properties and Testing
- Quality Control and Quality Assurance
- Reinforced Walls and Slopes
- Roads, Railroads and Other Transportation Applications
- Seismic Applications
- Stormwater Management
- Unpaved Roads
- Wastewater and Fresh Water Storage
More info on how to submit and submission form can be found here.
Hotel De Bently, Plot 892, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Street
Utako District, Abuja, Nigeria
Oct. 27-30, 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 Asia Petroleum Geoscience Conference & Exhibition (APGCE 2019) will be held Oct. 29-30, 2019, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia.
Delegates are entitled to exclusive access to all conference sessions, core sessions, oral sessions, admission to the exhibition halls, access to closing sessions, daily luncheons and coffee breaks as well as the Conference Delegate Pack. Additionally, a delegate is invited to the following social events:
Official Opening Ceremony
Date: Oct. 29, 2019
Time: 0900AM – 1000AM
Venue: Plenary Hall, KL Convention Centre
Date: Oct. 29, 2019
Time: 1720PM – 1900PM
Venue: Ballroom 1 & 2, KL Convention Centre
Date: Oct. 30, 2019
Time: 1720PM – 1900PM
Venue: Plenary Theater, KL Convention Centre
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2019
Novotel Hotel, Yangon
Second International Conference on Applied Earth Sciences in Myanmar and Neighboring Regions
Myanmar Applied Earth Sciences Association
Pre-conference workshops: Nov. 29; Conference: Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Upper Myanmar field trip: Mandalay-Sagaing-Minwun-Mogok, Dec. 2-7
The journal Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292, IF 4.118) is currently running a Special Issue titled "Remote Sensing of Landslides II." Dr. Zhong Lu, of the Southern Methodist University (USA), and Dr. Chaoying Zhao, of the Chang’an University (China), are serving as guest editors for this issue. We think you could make an excellent contribution based on your expertise and your following paper:
Urban Landslides: Challenges for Forensic Engineering Geologists and Engineers. ENGINEERING GEOLOGY FOR SOCIETY AND TERRITORY, VOL 5: URBAN GEOLOGY, SUSTAINABLE PLANNING AND LANDSCAPE EXPLOITATION 2015, 0, 3-9.
Triggered by precipitation, water-level fluctuation, freeze thaw, irrigation, earthquakes, anthropogenic activities and other factors, landslide has become a severe geohazard worldwide. In recent years, multiple remote sensing techniques that use synthetic aperture radar (SAR), light detection and ranging (LiDAR), optical and photogrammetric measurements from spaceborne, airborne, mobile-vehicle and ground-based platforms have been widely applied for landslide classification, detection, digital elevation model reconstruction, surface deformation monitoring, volume/thickness inversion and stability and mechanism analysis.
For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website.
The submission deadline is Dec. 31, 2019. You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office in advance (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Remote Sensing is fully open access. Open access (unlimited and free access by readers) increases publicity and promotes more frequent citations, as indicated by several studies. Open access is supported by the authors and their institutes. An Article Processing Charge (APC) of CHF 1800 currently applies to all accepted papers (APC: CHF 2000 from Jan. 1, 2020 onwards). You may be entitled to a discount if you have previously received a discount code or if your institute is participating in the MDPI Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP). For more information, click here.
For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website.
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.
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 June 15-19, 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.
An estimated 30 people have died following a landslide at an illegal gold mine in Chad in the Tibesti region near the Libyan border.
Chad Defence Minister Mahamat Abali Sala said that following the mine collapse, more victims might still be buried in the rubble.
Geological Society of America via ScienceDaily
The ancient Incan sanctuary of Machu Picchu is considered one of humanity's greatest architectural achievements. Built in a remote Andean setting atop a narrow ridge high above a precipitous river canyon, the site is renowned for its perfect integration with the spectacular landscape.
The Landslide Blog
As the 2019 summer monsoon draws to a close (although some areas continue to be affected by heavy rainfall), cloud is starting to withdraw, providing opportunities to view the landslides that have been triggered by the heavy rainfall in Kerala in August.
The Landslide Blog
Reuters reported that yet another major mining-induced landslide has occurred, this time in the Tibesti region of Chad.
“A landslide at an illegal gold mine in Chad has killed about 30 people, a government minister said.
The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation reported minor eruption of Anak Krakatoa
200 meters above summit with volcanic ash moving to the north Sept. 27.
White plumes were seen coming from the volcano Sept. 26. Click here to see the photo.
The Landslide Blog
On Sept. 24, an M=5.6 earthquake struck Mirpur in northwestern Pakistan. Whilst the Mirpur earthquake was comparatively small, it was also shallow, meaning that a significant area will have suffered high peak ground accelerations.
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