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It is with deep sadness that we inform all ISRM members that our Past President and friend John A. Hudson passed away last Wednesday, 14 February 2019, in London, from complications resulting from a severe stroke.

John was one of the most active members ever of our Society - chairman of the Commission on Testing Methods during 19 years, Vice President, President and Fellow. He was one of the most influential teachers of rock mechanics and author and editor of several of the most relevant books on the discipline.

We will keep warm memories from him for his paramount professional contributions, but also for the permanent friendship and kindness. The ISRM will prepare tributes to John Hudson during the coming months.

Our thoughts are with his wife Carol and his close family, to whom we present our deepest condolences.

Luís Lamas
Secretary General, ISRM.

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It is with regret that we announce the sudden passing away of Andre Odendaal.
Andre had a long career in Rock Engineering, after graduating from The University Of Witwatersrand he worked for Goldfields firstly on production and then Rock Engineering obtaining his COMRO Rock Mechanics Certificate no 48 in 1979.
After leaving the mines he worked for various supply companies before joining Stratabolt Products in the early 1990’s where he once again became involved in the Rock Engineering Industry as a supplier of resin capsules. He retired in 2014 and moved down to the South Coast of KZN.
He will missed by all his family, friends and colleagues.
His funeral will be held in KZN and those wanting details can please contact:
Dennis Van Heerden: 083 309 6997 or

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Yet another year has made its way through our lives as we move to-wards the end of 2018 and what do you have of it? That 2 586 photos on your phone or back-up drive somewhere which will be laughing stock in a few years with regards to the funny hairstyles and fashion statements? If you sit back, can you think of those moments where you really felt ALIVE? Those are the moments we should embrace and create more of in 2019.

ISRM Conferences:

The following ISRM Conferences are scheduled:

Event title Start date End date Country City
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
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

The International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM) Board, which were founded in 1962 in Salzburg, Austria, decided at its Tokyo meeting in September 1981, to institute an annual prize with a view to honour the memory of Past-President Prof. Manuel Rocha. Profiting from the basis established by Prof. Müller, Prof. Rocha organized the first ISRM Congress and he was the leader that was responsible for transforming the international collaboration carried out in an amateurish way into a real international scientific association, having for the purpose settled the fundamental lines that have guided and supported the ISRM activity along the years.

In order to ensure that we have an appropriate process in place which addresses the needs of all our members, SANIRE has launched the new online electronic practical examination registration portal via our website. This will cater for the registra-tion of the Strata Control Officer (SCO) practical exams. The intent of the system is to ensure that SANIRE can administer the registration process to make sure that any potential irregularities are ruled out in the future. All the practical exams will be coordinated at central venues to cater for the needs of all candidates within their branch areas.