Today, it is impossible to imagine the design and operation of a mining enterprise without geodynamic classification of a deposit, detailed analysis of the rock mechanics, and geophysical analysis of the massif’s geologic aspects. The huge social responsibility falls on rock mechanics when operating hydraulic structures, subways, mining deposits under cities and water objects. The horizons of mining operations become deeper every year, which significantly complicates mining and is necessitating to develop new non-standard technical, science-intensive solutions.
Given the rapid growth of the industry requirements, there is an obvious need to strengthen research activities maximally, which able to provide professional assessment and build science-based predictions in various industrial sectors to ensure the economy running and the state development.
On behalf of the Russian Organizing Committee, I am glad to welcome you at the EUROCK 2018 International European Symposium, which is being held in Russia for the first time with the support of the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) and on the basis of the St. Petersburg Mining University. The subject of the symposium “Geomechanics and Geodynamics of Rock Masses” covers all high-tech solutions and advanced engineering developments in the field of geomechanics from theory to application in practice.
St. Petersburg Mining University (St. Petersburg, Russia) possesses all the modern material and technical facilities and a developed infrastructure that allows to conduct international events at the highest level, is located in the cultural center and in the second largest city in the country.
The scientific agenda of the event includes qualification upgrading courses and key lectures given by the world’s top experts in geomechanics and geodynamics, plenary sessions and parallel sessions. Traditionally, in the context of the Symposium, an exhibition will be held where all mining companies and organizations can demonstrate their scientific and technical achievements.
I am sure that the EUROCK 2018 Symposium will bring a great contribution to the promotion of scientific and technical cooperation and the development of geomechanics as a separate science in the mining industry. I want to wish all the participants of the Congress to have a productive work, interesting professional communication, and acquaintance with the educational and scientific potential of the Mining University and its architectural and historical complex, including the Mining Museum!
Rector of the St. Petersburg Mining University