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Keynote/Invited Speakers (in alphabetic order)
Dr. Sijing Wang

PhD (Department of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology, Moscow Geological Institute), Professor Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Engineering Geomechanics, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences



Title of Keynote/invited Lecture: Geo-sphere Dynamics and Human每Earth Harmonization



Assoc. Prof. Kiril Alexandrov Anguelov was born on 1st of October 1947 in the town of Kyustendil, Bulgaria. In 1972 he graduated MSc at the University of Mining and Geology ※St. Ivan Rilski§ in Sofia, Bulgaria, majoring in ※Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology§. Since 1972 he has been an assistant professor in engineering geology at the University of Mining and Geology ※St. Ivan Rilski§ in Sofia, Bulgaria and in 1985 became an associate professor in the same specialty. In 1976 he obtained a PhD from the Moscow State University ※M.V. Lomonosov§, where he defended his doctoral thesis on the topic: ※Strength 每 deformation properties of clay depending on the micro-structure and their structural connections§.

Later the author used the obtained results in solving problems of stability of

landslides areas. In 1987 the Executive Committee of IAEG in Washington, awarded him the ※Richard Walters§ prize. Over the years he has been invited to lecture in China, Japan, Russia, the former West Berlin, Cyprus, Netherlands, Switzerland and other countries. From 1990 to 1994 Professor Anguelov was vice president of the International association of Engineering Geology and is currently Secretary of the Bulgarian National Group in Engineering Geology. He is the author of four textbooks and more than 80 contributions. In addition to teaching, Assoc. Prof. Kiril Anguelov is company manager of ※BONDYS§ Ltd. and ※GEOLOBBY§ Ltd., operating successfully in the field of engineering geology and geotechnics in Bulgaria. Under the management of Assoc. Prof. Anguelov preliminary investigations, design and strengthening works at more than 150 landslides, excavations for construction and tailings ponds have been performed in Bulgaria.

Title of Keynote/invited Lecture: Structural bonds in the Clays from Landslides


Structural bonds among clayey particles were investigated by a number of scientists, predominantly based on results of physical and mechanical studies (van der Waals, Terzaghi, Rehbinder, Deriagin, Shchukin, Sergeev, Osipov, V.N. Sokolov etc. ). The most recent comprehensions of academician V. I. Osipov revealed that the main types of structural bonds (contacts) in clays are as follows: phase, transient, near-coagulation and far-coagulation contacts. Nevertheless of those physical-chemical concepts, which define the significant differences in the nature of contact interactions, all the types of clays are described by the same strength parameters 每 angle of internal friction (耳) and cohesion (扼). Those parameters (耳 and 扼) are convincing for clays with phase and transient contacts, where contacts between the particles are direct. What, however, may be said about clays with coagulation contacts, where hybrid coatings of bound water are available among the particles? Those kinds of contacts are present in the sliding surfaces of landslides. The present report will show which strength properties may be used instead of the traditional ones ※耳§ and ※扼§ for defining the stability factor.

Dr. David Cruden

BA, MA (Oxford University), MSc (Alberta University), PhD (Imperial College), Emeritus Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada.

Dr. David Cruden, Emeritus Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada, is a recent Varnes medalist of the International Consortium on Landslides, a Legget medalist of the Canadian Geotechnical Society and a Julian Smith medalist of the Engineering Institute of Canada for his contributions to landslide studies.

During the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (1990-2000), he led the collaboration of the International Geotechnical Societies that produced the Working Classification of Landslides for the International Union of Geological Sciences. He chaired IAEG*s Commission on Landslides from 1988 to 1995. He has published textbooks on engineering geology and terrain analysis along with three hundred technical papers. He was an Associate Editor of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal for 20 years & is presently an Advisor to the Editorial Board of ※Landslides§. He continues to suggest extensions to the Working Classification of Landslides

Title of Keynote/invited Lecture: Assessing the stability of a natural slope


An essential input to any calculation of the stability of a natural slope is a hypothesis about how the slope may move. No formal method for estimating likely kinematic modes of slopes exists unless the slope is currently moving or has moved in the past. A working hypothesis is that similar slopes in similar materials move in similar modes in response to similar causes. The Working Classification of Landslides records an international consensus on types of landslides. A landslide can be typed by a term describing the natural materials before they were displaced and a second term describing the movement. Materials are rock, debris or earth; earth may be sand, silt or clay. Movements may be falls, flows, slides, spreads or topples. Water conditions in the displaced material may range from dry thru' moist and wet to very wet. In permafrost terrain, frozen and thawed displaced material may occur. Water conditions,material and mode of movement may govern the rate of movement of the displacing mass. It can range from extremely slow to the extremely rapid movements which may have catastrophic impacts. Activity, its distribution and style may affect anticipated modes of movement in assessed slopes. Slopes may be active suspended, reactivated, dormant, abandoned, stabilized, repaired, or relict. Styles of movement may be complex, composite, successive and multiple. Compilations of the historic activity of similar slopes as landslide inventories suggest hazard scenarios which can form plausible initial hypotheses for risk assessments. Canada's railways have begun this process.

Dr. Carlos Delgado

Dr. in Civil Engineering Madrid Polytechnic University; MBA I.E.S.E. Barcelona; Professor of Geotechnics at the Madrid Polytechnic University; Director of the Public Works Engineering School (Madrid Polytechnic University)

He initially combined his professional activity with teaching as a part-time Lecturer and has collaborated with the specialised firms: Swissboring (Switzerland) and Rodio (Spain) in a large number of studies and projects in Spain, Switzerland, France, Italy, Holland, Middle East, Africa, Central and South America chiefly in the geotechnics field. Amongst these are:

Astronomy Observatory in La Palma; Bridge over the Nile in Khartoum (Sudan); Hydroelectric projects in Aguacapa and Chixoy (Guatemala), El Cajon (Honduras), Tipitapa (Nicaragua), Guabio (Colombia), King Talal Dam (Jordan), Sefi Rud (Iran), Mosul Dam (Irak), Senzier Dam (Switzerland), Pena Angulo Tunnel (Burgos, Spain), El Goloso Tunnel (Madrid), Extension of Line V Madrid Metro, Zumikon Station (Zurich), Corrective measures Avenida Ilustraci車n (Madrid), Olympic Port (Barcelona), new extensions of the Prado Museum (Madrid), correction of landfill stability in Portman (Cartagena), Dock in Seville river port, foundations of towers for electricity connection over the Amazon river, foundation of Khulna power plant in Bangladesh, etc. He has directed many in-the-field research studies of grouting mixes and procedures for the treatment of rock, soils, and hydraulic fracturing grouting in dams and other structures. Later he returned to full-time teaching at the University, and became Full Professor in the Applied Geology and Geotechnics Department at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He has also directed over 80 Academic Final Year Students Projects and Doctoral Theses and has given Master courses on Geotechnic Control of works and Tunnelling. He has published many papers at Congresses and in Magazines specialising in geotechnic subjects. From 1985 until 1995 he was the Spanish representative and deputy President of the European Foundation Association. At present he is the President of AEGAIN (The Spanish Association of Geology applied to Engineering) and President of IAEG and he is a member of the Jury for Doctorate Theses of ANCI, board member of the Spanish Association of Roads and he is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Madrid Polytechnic University, and Dean of the Civil Engineering School.

Title of Keynote/invited Lecture: Technical criteria for the design of foundation slabs and perimetral wall in difficult terrain in South East Madrid


This paper explains a procedure for the choice of ballast modules used for the design of direct continuous foundation in karst terrain. The presence of dangerous cavities is introduced in this procedure thereby evaluating risk failure. It also provides pertinent guidelines to direct the geotechnical survey of the terrain. For the last decade the growing extension of Madrid has led to the construction of housing and industrial estates to the east and southeast of the city centre. The terrain in these areas is chiefly gypsum rock affected by ※dissolution§ phenomena, covered with clayey material. Karst cavities in the gypsum rock are an important concern for all specialists involved in the foundation design for construction projects. In this respect, slab foundations have advantages over isolated footing foundations and over deep pile foundations.

Dr. Gopal Dhawan

M.Tech (App. Geology)每IIT Roorkee, India, Ph.D-ISM Dhanbad, India
President, ISEG (Indian National Group of IAEG)

Dr. Gopal Dhawan, Chairman cum Managing Director, Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL), India and formerly Executive Director (Geo-Tech & PID), NHPC Ltd. India is a recipient of Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Research Award (2004) by CBIP, India and Outstanding Contribution Award (2008) by ISRMTT, India for his contributions in the fields of Engineering Geology, Rock Mechanics & Tunneling Technology.

In his 33 years long career, he was associated with engineering geological & geotechnical studies of numerous hydroelectric projects of NHPC in India and abroad. He was one of the pioneers in India in practicing applications of modern rock mass classifications (RMR & Q systems) in Engineering Geological Mapping. As Executive Director (Geo-Tech & PID), NHPC (Jan 2008-May, 2012), he headed Engg. Geology & Geotech and Project Investigation Divisions and the Survey & Investigation Projects of NHPC. Dr. Dhawan has published and presented around 30 technical papers/keynote addresses in various National and International Journals, Symposia, Seminars etc.

Title of Keynote/invited Lecture: Managing geological problems during construction of hydro power tunnels in India with special reference to Himalayas


Tunnelling is one of the most challenging activities in hydro power construction .The tunnel construction needs meticulous planning as it involves huge investment and has a direct impact on the completion schedule of the project. Quality Survey & investigations can help in assessment of problems/risks before taking up the construction and making adequate provision in the contract to handle the same. In India, several long hydropower tunnels have been constructed in Himalayas. It is always a challenging task due to uncertain, difficult, extremely variable and complex geological conditions emerging out of mountain building processes. Moreover, extremely rugged, densely forested, and inaccessible topography limit the scope for investigation which finally becomes a cause of concern during execution due to geological problems like sudden ingress of water, interception of shear/fault zones, negotiating low vertical and lateral cover zones, high stress conditions inside tunnel resulting in rock bursting and squeezing, high temperature condition inside tunnels, emission of noxious gases etc. These problems can be effectively handled by pragmatic contractual provisions, efficient construction management and excellent professional understanding between site geologists, construction engineers, designers & contractors. ?In the present keynote address, I will share my experiences with geological explorations and their limitations resulting in geological problems during execution of some of the important hydropower tunnels in India in the Himalayan belt and mitigative measures adopted to manage those problems.

Dr. D.C. Helm

AB (Amherst College), MDiv (Hartford Theological Seminary), MS, PhD (University of California, Berkeley), Emeritus Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence in Environmental Disciplines, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Dr. Helm has spent most of his career as a research scientist. In a nutshell: He has retired from the U.S. Geological Survey as national Project Leader of the Theoretical Aspects of Land Subsidence Project, from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia.

He entered academia as Professor of Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno, while concurrently the Director of the Las Vegas Office of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, which serves as the State Geological Survey. He left academia when he retired both as Professor of Civil Engineering at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, where he now resides, and concurrently as DOE*s Massie Chair of Excellence. In 1995, AEG gave their award for best publication of the year to his paper entitled ※Hydraulic forces that play a role in generating fissures at depth.§ In the 1970s, Dr. Helm expanded conceptually and mathematically upon his mentor*s (J.F. Poland) pioneering insights that began in the 1930s regarding the hydrogeological causes of transient land subsidence. As a footnote: Joe Poland was one of the roughly two dozen founding members of AEG at its inaugural meeting of California geologists in Sacramento. Dr. Helm was the AGU Ground Water Committee*s nominee for the annually awarded Horton Medal in Hydrology (for research publications) from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in two distinct years. UNESCO invited Dr. Helm to teach quantitative methods for prediction of land subsidence to international subsidence experts assembled in Mexico City. Before joining LLNL, he served for several years as subsidence instructor at the USGS*s annually held National Advanced Ground Water School. For more than two decades (from about 1980 into the 21st century), his vertical-subsidence computer code COMPAC formed the backbone of actions taken by Harris-Galveston Subsidence District, which includes the Houston area and serves as a Texas State agency, in their continued successful design of groundwater extraction locations as well as in litigation cases. In 2006, the American Society of Civil Engineers named Professor Helm Maryland Educator of the Year. He has served as President of the Baltimore Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Fellow of the Geological Society of America and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. For further information, please consult Who*s Who in America or Who*s Who in the World.

Title of Keynote/invited Lecture: Understanding Darcian flow leads to understanding aquifer mechanics


Groundwater flow through sedimentary material has a more intimate connection with the transient deformation of the sedimentary material itself than most engineering geologists realize. How precise can we be in quantifying this intimate commonality? The answer is: Very precise. Darcy*s law controls groundwater flow. This fact represents ※firm ground§ both empirically and based on theory. Stress and strain relations control ground deformation. This complicated truth also stands on empirical and theoretical ※firm ground.§ Unfortunately, a treacherous ※river§ separates these two disciplines or two ※terrae firmae.§ The equation that bridges these two and establishes a common or shared ※terra firma§ is Gauss* divergence theorem. Ever since Biot*s pioneering work, the problem has been that this ※bridge§ has been placed mathematically at perhaps the most inconvenient location along the ※river§ (the wrong place in the stream of logical development). This is because each (flow and strain) had become a distinct discipline before attempts were made to merge them into a unified discipline. The present paper demonstrates how to avoid the traditional location of the Gaussian ※bridge.§ Helm*s theory of transient land subsidence in three dimensions demonstrates that many locations exist for easy crossing (from the perspective of physics) and rigorous crossing (from the perspective of mathematics). In the presentation, all the new ※bridges§ will be crossed. In fact, it is shown that all must be crossed. The resulting governing equations of this new unified theory of aquifer mechanics have many practical implications for geological engineers and hydrogeologists. For example, with a small increase in CPU time any reliable computer code for transient three-dimensional groundwater flow, which like MODFLOW already computes Darcian specific discharge rates across each face of every cell, can be transformed directly into an equally reliable code for three-dimensional transient deformation of saturated sedimentary material.

Prof. Ruilin Hu

BA (Chengdu University of Technology), MSc (Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences), PhD (China University of Geosciences, Beijing), Professor at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, CAS, China.

Dr. Ruilin Hu, Professor of Institute of Geology and Geophysics, CAS, mainly focuses on rock and soil engineering geology and geological disasters.

He is currently the chairperson of C29 (Commission for Structure and Behavior of Soil and Rock Mass), IAEG, the associate editor of Journal of Engineering Geology, the member of Committee of Engineering Geology Commission(CGS) and the chairperson of Applied Quaternary Commission(CAQR). During more than 30 years of research work, he has undertaken or engaged in more than 80 important national and ministerial scientific research projects. The research of major highly difficult geological engineering information access and security evaluation technical methods in southwest hydropower development, Huge landslides* early identification and spatial prediction, Comprehensive risk assessment techniques of large landslide and mudflow disaster, the Interaction Mechanism of Engineering Construction and Geological Environment in the Coast City of China(soft soil), The coupling of the internal and external dynamic action and its influence on geological disaster and edition of Engineering Geological Map of China(1:4000000) etc.. He was awarded the second prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award twice. He has published 110 technical papers on engineering geology, and made outstanding achievements on the research of quantitative analysis of cohesive soil microstructure, structural effects of Soil-rock mixture, and soil-rock mixture landslide stability analysis and risk assessment.

Title of Keynote/invited Lecture: Study on the structural effects on geomechanical properties of Soil-rock mixture


Soil-rock mixture (SRM) is a kind of widely-distributed geological material with soil and rocks mixed together and special properties, which is an important carrier of the mountain geological disasters. The complex composition structure of SRM is the key to its special physical and mechanical properties. Presently, both domestic and overseas scholars have done many in depth researches mainly on the rock percentage, which is not enough to portray the whole structure of SRM, and itwill be an impediment to further research of SRM disaster mechanism. In this paper, firstly, according to inductive analysis of engineering properties and structural characteristics of SRM in various types, the definition of SRM is discussed and precisely proposed based on three factors including rock strength, ratio of soil and rock content and matrix strength. Then, the impact of rock percentage on strength parameters and permeability characteristics is analyzed, and the numerical experiments methods for mechanical properties of SRM are put forward based on the geometrical structure image processing and vector transformation techniques and finite element techniques. Multiple deformation and failure modes of SRM are further obtained along with their development conditions. Finally, the stability evaluation methods of SRM slope are achieved by using the image data processing techniques based on the real geological structures and strength reduction method.

Prof. Runqiu Huang

BA, MA, PhD (Chengdu University of Technology) , Professor at Chengdu University of Technology, Sichuan, China.

Prof. Runqiu Huang received his Ph.D. degree in Engineering Geology from Chengdu University of Technology in 1988, China. His most research concerns in recent ten years focus on the high rock slope stability and the mechanism of large-scale landslides. He has authored/co-authored more than 200 research articles in referenced journals and international conference proceedings, book chapters and the textbooks. He is currently the Vice-the Environment (IAEG),

the President of Chinese Engineering Geology Society, and the director of the State Key Laboratory of Geo-hazard Prevention and Geo-environment Protection. In his professional career he received a lot of important academic awards from governments and organizations, e.g. the Fork Yin-Tong Award in 1989, the Outstanding Youth Research Foundation Award of China in 1995, the highest Science and Technology Award of Sichuan Province in 2003, the First Class Award of National Science and Technology Achievements in 2005, Li Si-guang Geological Scientific Award and He-Liang-He-Li Science and Technology Progress Award in 2007.

Title of Keynote/invited Lecture: Mechanism of strong earthquake-induced landslides



Dr. Bo-An Jang

BA, MSc (Seoul National University), PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Professor at the Kangwon National University, Republic of Korea.

Dr. Bo-An Jang, Professor of Department of Geophysics at the Kangwon National University, Republic of Korea, is a president of the Korean Society of Engineering Geology since 2009. The best science paper of 2010 was awarded by the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies.

He had been served as a member of council in KSEG for 10 years and as a vice president for 2 years. His main interests are stability of engineered slope, stress measurement using acoustic emission and brittle failure of deep tunnels. He has been involved in many projects, such as road tunnel constructions and construction of nuclear waste disposal facility.

Title of Keynote/invited Lecture: A new system for evaluation and classification of slope using codes


In this paper, a slope code system is suggested to represent the condition, characteristics and geotechnical stability of slope as well as the consequence of failure from a result of evaluation and classification. A slope code system is composed of 5 elements, and each element has 4 or 5 codes which represent characteristics of that element. Element 1 represents material of the slopes which are classified as soil slope (S), rock slope (R), mixed slope (M) and complex slope (C). S, R, M and C are assigned to each slope. Element 2 indicates the genetic origin and geological structure in the slope and is classified as igneous rock, sedimentary rock, metamorphic rock and complex rock whose codes are assigned as I, S, M and C, respectively. Geological structures, such as fault, fold and so on, are represented as subscripts. Geotechnical stability is shown in Element 3 and evaluated using the Slope Mass Rating (SMR) method for rock slopes and Soil Mass Rating method for soil slopes. A, B, C, D and E are assigned depending on rating values. Probability of failure and remedial works done on the slope are represented in Element 4, and the same codes as in Elements 3 are used. Element 5 represents the consequence of failure, and A to E are assigned depending on magnitude and probability of hazard. One code is selected from each element, and the result of evaluation and classification of the slope is given as 5-codes system, such as RI4ABC. Because the condition, characteristics and geotechnical stability of a slope as well as consequence of failure are shown from a result of one evaluation and classification, this system will be used effectively in maintenance, management and decision-making for determining the priority of remedial measures.

Dr. Mingtang Lei

Professor at the Instituite of Karst Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences.

Born on Oct. 18th, 1964 at Guangxi province, China. Received B.S., M.S. and PhD of engineering geology from Chengdu University of Technology in 1986, 1989 and 1995 respectively. As the head of Karst Geohazards Center of Institute of Karst Geology CAGS, he has been engaged in karst geohazard researches, especially sinkhole collapses, for thirty years.

He and his research group have finished more than 30 projects and published 50 papers on sinkhole mechanism, monitoring, risk assessment, information management and countermeasures, and have established an integrative methodology for sinkhole prevention.

Title of Keynote/invited Lecture: Predicting induced sinkhole based on real-time monitoring of karst water pressure


Since July 14, 2007, more than 20 sinkholes formed at Jinshazhou, Guangzhou, the largest city in southern China. Draining water during the construction of Jinshazhou tunnel of the express railway between Wuhan to Guangzhou was thought to induce these sinkholes. The primary goal of this project is to assess the risk of potential sinkhole collapses around the tunnel area. Seven piezometer wells were installed in the study area to monitor changes of karst water level. The critical hydraulic gradient (I0) that may trigger sinkhole collapses was determined through seepage deformation test of undisturbed soil samples collected in the study area. From October 18, 2007, tunnel construction resumed. Monitoring results demonstrated that karst water level at site #19 had declined 12.69 meters from October 18 to October 25, 2007. It was approximately 4.79 m below bedrock surface and this area has the highest risk of potential sinkhole collapses. Hydraulic gradients (I) at all seven monitoring sites were greater than the critical value (I0), which means seepage deformation could occur at the soil layer above karst bedrock. Because the overlain soil and sediments were disturbed by the sudden change of karst water level, the risk of sinkhole collapses could last for a few years, even during the slow recovery of karst water level after the completion of tunnel construction. The monitoring method described in this paper could benefit site selection and decision making processes during railway construction in other karst areas.

Prof. Chigira Masahiro

Department of Geo-Disaster, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan

Brief Biography: Professor Chigira Masahiro obtained his academic degree of B.S.(1978), M.S. (1980) and Doctor of Science (1987) all in the University of Tokyo, Japan. From April 1981 to January 1997, Professor Chigira Masahiro was a Researcher in the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, From February 1997 to present, he was appointed as a professor in the Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University. His research interests mainly include rock weathering, gravitational slope deformation, landslide, and slope development. Professor Chigira Masahiro at present is the President of the Japan Society of Engineering Geology; and a member the executive board of the Japan Landslide Society. Recent representative scientific publications

Title of Keynote/invited Lecture: Potential sites of catastrophic rockslide or soil slide-avalanches


Asia is the most landslide-susceptible area in the world, and every year we have been experiencing devastating landslides, which have been induced by rainstorms, earthquakes, and snowmelt alongside other complicating factors. Recent triggers were 2011 typhoon Talas and the Tohoku earthquake in Japan, 2009 typhoon Molakot in Taiwan, 2008 Wenchuan earthquake and following rainstorms in China, 2009 Padang earthquake in Indonesia. In order to mitigate landslide-induced disasters, one of the most effective ways, is to know where and when landslides occur and to keep away from those susceptible areas or evacuate from there in appropriate timing. Rock or soil-slide avalanches, in particular, are very hazardous and must be predicted and considered to be prepared for, because they commonly occur suddenly and travel long distance, devastating wide areas, like landslides of Daguanbao and Yinxinggou, 2008, China, Shiaoling, 2009, Taiwan, and Tandikat, 2009, Indonesia. I have been studying geological and geomorphological features of catastrophic rock and soil-slide avalanches in Asian countries and reached to the conclusions that they could be predicted at least as potential sites. Most of the catastrophic rockslide-avalanches induced by either rainstorms or earthquakes are preceded by a certain type of gravitational slope deformation, but soil slide-avalanches of pyroclastic fall deposits are not. The latter is induced by earthquakes in areas of a particular type of successions of pyroclastics, which involve heavily weathered pyroclastics or paleosol in the depths. The features as above could be used as criteria for the prediction of potential sites of catastrophic landslides.

Dr. Prof. Victor I. Osipov

MSc, PhD, Dr.Sci., Prof. (Moscow State University), Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Honorary Professor of the Moscow State University, Honorary Professor of the Geological Institute, Academy of Science of China

Dr. Prof. Victor Ivanovich OSIPOV is the full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, director of the Sergeev Institute of Environmental Geoscience RAS, Dr. Sci. (Geol.-Min.).

He is a leading Russian scientist in environmental geoscience, engineering geology, soil and rock engineering, and geodynamics. V.I. Osipov has contributed to the world science with the considerable achievements in soil and rock engineering, the prediction, study of mechanisms and regularities of the development of geological hazards, natural risks assessment theory, and minimization of natural disasters consequences. Prof. Osipov is the chairman of the Russian national group IAEG, the head of the Scientific Council at the Russian Academy of Sciences on the problems of environmental geoscience, engineering geology, and hydrogeology; the member of the Russian National Committee of Geologists, editor-in-chief of the Russian academic periodical journal "Environmental Geoscience" ("Geoekologiya§). V.I. Osipov is the author of more than 500 scientific publications (including 12 monographs and 20 patents of inventions), awardee of the State Prize of the USSR (1988); laureate of the Moscow Major Prize in environment protection (2002), winner of the National Ecological Prize (2004); laureate of the Russia State medal of the first degree ※For great services to the Motherland§ (2008), and the State Award of the Russian Government (2008). He is the laureate of the IAEG Hans Cloos medal (2012).

Title of Keynote/invited Lecture: Microstructural Soil Mechanics


The empirical research principle consisting in thorough experimental study of soil samples occurring in different strain-stress states prevails in the modern soil mechanics. Relationships are derived to be used in further calculations. It is essential that phenomenological approach predominated for a long time, which treated soil as a ※black box§ interesting only from the viewpoint of a final result and which disregarded the causes or factors controlling the dependencies obtained. The science of materials implies indisputably that most of physico-mechanical properties of bodies are produced by their structure. Therefore, structural changes occurring in soils under the impact of external load appear to be a decisive factor that determines soil properties. From the standpoint of physico-chemical mechanics, soil should be considered as a structured fine-dispersed system connected by structural bonds in a single continuous body. Contacts in fine soils should be treated as structural defects providing deformation. Deformation includes compression, tension, rolling, sliding of particles on contacts leading to the destruction of aggregates and large pores, compaction (or decompaction) of soil, redirection of structural units and other structural changes. Therefore, the calculation models in physico-chemical mechanics should take into consideration the structural specifics of soils, alteration of their structure upon deformation under the influence of external load and physico-chemical factors. In essence, soil mechanics should be considered as structural soil mechanics. The report exemplifies the influence of soil structure on their compressibility, shear resistance, swelling, collapsibility, rheological and other properties.

Dr. Faquan Wu

BSc, MSc (China University of Geosciences), PhD (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Professor at Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.

Dr. Faquan Wu, professor of engineering geology at Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Secretary General and past vice president (2006-2010) of IAEG, Chairperson of IAEG China National Group, recipient of National Award of Science and Technology, Honored Scientist awarded by China State Council.

Dr. Wu focus his research work at Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering Geology in the past 30 years. He proposed the theory of Statistical Rock Mechanics and solved key problems for a series of high slopes and underground space construction in his practice. He has been the chairperson of working group for slope protection in Three Gorges Reservoir region (2003-2009) and organized geological survey and engineering design for 2760 slopes in the area. He has conducted research work on controlling large deformation and stability of surrounding rock for Jinping I Hydro-power Station and Lan-Yu Railway tunnels.

Title of Keynote/invited Lecture: Proposal for Development of Engineering Geology and IAEG


The rapid development of economic society and engineering construction need a strong support from the subject of engineering geology. Organizing and leading the developing of the discipline is a destined responsibility of IAEG. The urgent task of IAEG at present are suggested as:

  1. Find the demand of the society and design the developing strategy of the discipline. To survey the problem from the industry and trace the research work from the academical circle are the shortcut for finding the demand and developing trend. A summary of survey among IAEG members for the hottest and most concerned problems and a layout of the suggested strategy of the subject are introduced in the paper.
  2. Direct and encourage development of the subject. It is suggested that IAEG should direct and encourage the development of the subject through a series measures including:
  • Design the framework of the subject and propagate in the community of IAEG, and re-arrange IAEG Commission setting up;
  • Organize international lecture tours to propagate professional knowledge and new achievements;
  • Conducting IAEG International Research Program to lead the preferential developing fields and activate the activity of IAEG Commissions;
  • Present IAEG Awards to outstanding scientists and Science and Technology achievements to encourage the excellent elites and research work;
  • Attract young professionals for the talent growth, set up test base in universities for the reform of professional education, and attract corporate members through proper services to stimulate the technical advance in the industry.
Professor and Dr Feifan Ye

The president of Shaoxing University

Professor Feifan Ye recieved his PhD in 1989, his Master Degree in Engineering in 1985 and his Bachelor Degree in Engineering in 1982 from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China respectively. During 1993-1994, he studied at UMIST, UK as a research visitor. He became academic staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ningbo University, China in 1989. In 1998, he was appointed vice president of Ningbo University. In 2008 he was appointed the president of Shaoxing University.

His research interests include manufacturing system engineering, agile manufacturing, supply chain management, production planning and control. Recently, he pays much attention to higher education, particularly in engineering education on undergraduate level. He is the author of one book and more than 100 papers.

Title of Keynote/invited Lecture: Organizational study on multi-discipline based engineering education


There are many evidences to show that engineering education should be built on the base of multi disciplines, including technological and non-technological ones, in order to help its graduates work with cross disciplinary engineering issues in multi cultural circumstance. Therefore, if an undergraduate engineering programme is supported by a number of different disciplines, the benefit to engineering education would be found not only in the integration from multi disciplinary academic resources, but also in quality and efficiency improvement. In order to facilitate the proposed multi-discipline supported engineering education, a two dimensional model of academic organizations for higher engineering education is developed. Academic organizations in higher engineering education institutions are cataloged into two types which stand for real and virtual dimensions respectively in the model. All the academic organizations built based on different disciplines, such as faculties, departments, or schools are considered real organizations while all the programmes which integrate different academic resources from different disciplines are supposed to be virtual organizations. The study finds that with this model it is easy to support teaching for the new challengers of higher engineering education. Also, the study shows that the model will facilitate the quick response to the needs in society and the efficient integration of different academic resources for teaching.

Dr. Paul G. Marinos

Emeritus Professor of Engineering Geology, the National Technical University of Athens; Past President of the International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment; Past President of the Geological Society of Greece

Dr Paul Marinos received a Mining Engineering degree from the School of Mines of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 1966, a postgraduate degree in Applied Geology from the University of Grenoble, France, and his Doctorate in Engineering Geology from the same University in 1969.

He worked for French and Greek design and construction companies until 1977 and then was elected as Professor at Democritus University in Northern Greece. Since 1988 Dr Marinos has been Professor of Engineering Geology in the School of Civil Engineering in the National Technical University of Athens and has served as head of the Geotechnical Section of the School for several years. From 2001 to 2004 and from 2006 to 2008 he was the Director of a Graduate Course in Tunneling and Underground Construction. He was a visiting Professor in the Geology Department of the University of Grenoble (1987) and of the School of Mines in Paris (2003).

Dr Marinos is a member of IAEG AEG and GSA and fellow of the Geological Society of London. He is a past President of the International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG), past president of the Geological Society of Greece, past president of the Greek Tunnelling Society and honorary member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH).

Dr Paul Marinos has received several awards, including the Hans Cloos medal of IAEG, and the Andr谷 Dumont medal of the Geological Society of Belgium. He was selected for the presentation of named lectures, including the 6th Glossop Lecture in London (2002), the 19th Rocha Lecture in Lisbon (2002), the 33rd Cross Canada Lectures Tour (2005), the Rock Mechanics annual Lecture in Madrid (2006), an invited lecture tour in Australia, by the Australian Geomechanics Society and as the 2010 Jahns distinguished Lecturer of the Geological Society of America and the Association of Engineering Geologists. He is a Dr Honoris Causa of the University of Thrace

Dr Marinos and his team conduct research on a variety of applications of geology to engineering, mainly rock mass characterization, weak rock properties and behavior, and karstic terrain, with special emphasis to engineering design and construction. His work covers landslides, rock mass instability, and tunnel and dam geology. His other significant interest is the protection of historic monuments and archeological sites. Dr Marinos has authored or co-authored over 300 papers in journals or major conference proceedings. He was a key or invited lecturer in more than 50 conferences or special events. He has given lectures to University Courses or Workshops, among them the Federal Technical University (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Polytecnico of Turin, Italy, the University of Durham, U.K., the University of Coimbra, Portugal, the University of Kobe, Japan, the Black Sea University Romania, the Aristotle University of Thessalonica, Greece, and the Griffiths University, Australia. He has edited proceedings published by international publishers. Dr Marinos is editor in chief of the journal ※Geotechnical and Geological Engineering§ and also a member of the Editorial Board of a number of prominent journals as ※Engineering Geology§, ※Bulletin of the International Association of Geology§, Landslides§, ※Environmental Geology§ and ※Environmental and Engineering Geosciences§.

Dr Paul Marinos has extensive industrial experience having served as consultant, independent reviewer and member of consulting boards, panel of experts on major civil engineering works, landslide-rock slide cases and water resources projects in Chile, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Greece, France, India, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Laos, Morocco, Nigeria, Quatar, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan and Turkey. The projects involved hydroelectric schemes, dams and tunnels, highways and railways, involving many of them the study and management of significant landslides or rockslides and falls. As selected papers of broader interest and application

Keynote Lecture:

Prof. Scott Burns

PhD (Geology, University of Colorado), MSc (Physical Science, Stanford University), BS (Chemistry, Stanford University), Professor Department of Geology, Portland State University



Title of Keynote/invited Lecture: Risk Estimation and Reduction of Geological Hazards



Prof. Yuntai Chen

Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Institute of Geophysics, China Earthquake Adminstration



Title of Keynote/invited Lecture:



Prof. Martin Culshaw

Director of Environment and Hazards at the British Geological Survey

Martin Culshaw is an independent researcher and consultant. Unil April 2008 he was Director of Environment and Hazards at the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the Survey's Chief Engineering Geologist. He was a member of the BGS*s Executive Committee and responsible for managing an applied geological research programme worth approximately ㏒15 m.

Previously, he managed the Survey*s Physical Hazards Programme, the Urban Geoscience and Geological Hazards Programme, the Coastal and Engineering Geology Group and the Engineering Geology and Geophysics Group. He has been involved in engineering geological research, environmental and engineering geological mapping, geohazard assessment, site investigation, urban geoscience and the application of geology to land use planning for over thirty nine years. During this time he has spent a number of years overseas in Asia, Africa, Europe and Central America.

He is Visiting Honorary Professor in Engineering Geology in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham and an Honorary Research Associate at the BGS. He has published over one hundred and forty papers, books and articles and over a hundred and ten technical reports for the BGS, the UK, and overseas, government departments and private clients. He edited nine conference proceedings, as well as organising numerous meetings and conferences and serving on three journal editorial boards. He is currently an Assistant Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology. He received the Engineering Group of the Geological Society*s Award for 1989, and was the Geological Society*s Glossop Lecturer in 2004, receiving the Glossop Medal, and received the E B Burwell Jr Award from the Geological Society of America in 2006. In 2010 he was awarded the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment's Hans Cloos Medal. He has been an external examiner at the universities of Edinburgh, Imperial College London, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Manchester, Newcastle, Portsmouth, Pretoria and Sheffield and is currently a research project assessor at the University of Lisbon.

He has served on various committees and steering groups for the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment, the Geological Society, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Construction Industry Research and Information Association. He was a trustee and member of Council of the Geological Society from 2005 to 2009 and a Vice President from 2007 to 2009

Title of Keynote/invited Lecture: Optimization of Civil Engineering Projects taking environmental issues into consideration