22-26 may 2018


Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6

Arrival of participants / Early check-in

Official registration / Arrival of participants

Courses: Tractebel

Courses: Itasca Consulting Group

Courses: Sigra Pty Ltd

Courses: Rocscience

Official registration

Grand opening

Greetings for participants

Introductory report

Panel discussion


Key lectures

Sectional meetings

Key lectures

Coffee break

Sectional meetings

Meeting for representatives of European national ISRM groups


Key lectures

Sectional meetings

Excursion program

Key lectures

Coffee break

Sectional meetings


Key lectures

Sectional meetings

Closing ceremony of the symposium

Solemn reception

Address of the Rector of the St. Petersburg Mining University, Professor Vladimir Litvinenko

Dear participants of the Symposium!

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!

Vladimir Litvinenko

Rector of the St. Petersburg Mining University

Chairman of the EUROCK 2018 Organizing Committee

Keynote speakers

Herbert H. Einstein

Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, co-editor of the journal "Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering"essor Civil and Environmental Engineering

Arkady Shabarov

Director of the Center for Geomechanics and Mining Problems of the St. Petersburg Mining University

Frederic L. Pellet

Professor in the Department of Geosciences and Geoengineering at MINES ParisTech

Larisa Nazarova

Principal scientific researcher in Institute of Mining Siberian Branch of RAS, professor of Novosibirsk Agrarian University

Manchao He

ISRM Vice President at Large

Ian Gray

Managing Director of Sigra Pty Ltd

Erast Gaziev

Chief specialist in the Center of Geodynamic Investigations in Power Industry of the Engineering Center of RAO UES, President of the Russian Geodynamics Association

Xia-Ting Feng

Director of State Key Laboratory of Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, President of ISRM Commission on Design Methodology, President of Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics and Engineering (CSRME), Board member of Federation of International Geo-engineering Societies (FedIGS)

Claus Erichsen

Expert and review engineer of the German Federal Railway Authority

Charlie Chunlin Li

ISRM Vice President for Europe