Invitation to Minneapolis
The overall theme of the Conference will be “Rock Mechanics across Length and Time Scales” to focus on the role of scaling in a variety of natural and engineered processes, ranging from the very fast, such as acoustic emission, to the very slow, such as response of an underground repository, and from the very small, such as rock cutting, to the very large, such as CO2 sequestration. The general theme will be how to transpose information from one scale to another and to analyze how events at one scale affect processes at a different one. We will encourage participants to think critically along these lines by asking them to catalog their papers according to both a length and time scale index.
Objective and Scope
The objective of the symposium is to bring together international researchers and practitioners dealing with rock mechanics and geomechanics. The focus will be to collect and debate the developments and applications in scaling of natural and engineered processes. The scope of the symposium will include analytical solutions, numerical methods, experimental techniques, and case histories. Besides the presentation of fundamental research findings, applications in geoengineering, mining, and petroleum engineering will be highlighted.
A novelty of the symposium will be to pair a keynote address and a challenge lecture on the same general subject. While the keynote address will be given by a recognized international expert on the selected topic, the challenge lecture is intended to be more provocative. The keynote address will be scheduled midmorning and the challenge lecture mid-afternoon. Each day of the presentations.
Abstracts of 250-500 words, in English, can be submitted online. Abstracts should include a brief description of work performed, results, and significance; one figure may be included. All abstracts and papers will be peer-reviewed by experts in respective subject areas through an online process. To facilitate travel arrangements, invitation letters to attend and participate in the symposium may be issued upon request after acceptance of an abstract. A presentation slot will be assigned with final approval of the paper.
Deadlines for abstract and paper submittal are as follows:
10 November 2013 - Abstract submittal
15 January 2014 - Notification to authors
1 March 2014 - Paper submittal