Recent developments

The 14th ISRM Congress will be held in Foz do Iguassu, Brazil in September 2019. Very few abstracts were re-ceived from South Africa by the 12 September. It is important to have good representation from South Africa and the deadline has therefore been extended until 30 October 2018. Please submit your abstracts.

EuRock 2018 was held in St. Petersburg, Russia during May. Rocdyn-3 was held in Trondheim, Norway during June 2018. Brazilian Symposium on Rock Mechanics, SBMR 2018 was held during August.

Two new videos on suggested methods have been included on the website:

  • Uniaxial compressive strength and deformability of rock materials (updated version),
  • Brazilian tension test.

Prof. Xia-Ting Feng, immediate past president of the ISRM was elected as president of the Federation of Interna-tional Geo-Engineering Societies (FedIGS). FedIGS is a collaborative forum within which learned societies or asso-ciations involved in Engineering with, on, or in geo-materials can meet and interact. The purpose of the Federation is to facilitate interaction among the member societies, explore opportunities to promote their common interests and provide a unified response to common issues through effective collective actions that are more effective than individual responses of the members.

The members of the Federation are:

  • International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE),
  • International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM),
  • International Association of Engineering Geology (IAEG),
  • International Geosynthetics Society (IGS).

Two new ISRM Online Lectures are available for viewing or downloading on the ISRM website (

  • 22nd Online lecture: Professor Hakan Stille: Rock grouting-theories in practical application,
    23rd Online lecture: Professor Maurice Dusseault: Subsurface Geomechanics Challenges in Naturally Fractured Rock Masses (as of 18 September 2018).

ISRM Conferences

The following ISRM Conferences are scheduled:

Event title Start date End date Country City
ARMS10 - the ISRM 10th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium 2018-10-29 2018-11-03 Singapore Singapore
4th Australasian Ground Control in Mining Conference - AusRock 2018 2018-11-28 2018-11-30 Australia Sydney
2019 Rock Dynamics Summit in Okinawa 2019-05-07 2019-05-11 Japan Okinawa
ISRM 14th International Congress on Rock Mechanics 2019-09-13 2019-09-18 Brazil Foz do Iguaçu
YSRM2019 - the 5th ISRM Young Scholars’ Symposium on Rock Me- chanics and REIF2019 - International Symposium on Rock Engineering for Innovative Future 2019-12-01 2019-12-04 Japan Okinawa
EUROCK 2020 - Hard Rock Excavation and Support - the ISRM Europe- an Rock Mechanics Symposium 2020-06-00 2020-06-00 Norway Trondheim