Rocscience International Conference

A look back at our first technical conference on April 20th - 21st, 2021.

The conference proceedings are now available.

Download the Conference Proceedings

Announcement from our CEO

To celebrate Rocscience’s 25th year as a company, we hosted our first technical conference on April 20th- 21st, 2021. Click on the video to see the announcement from Dr. Thamer Yacoub, Rocscience CEO and President.

For the written transcript for this video, click here.

Paper Presentations

Geotechnical professionals from around the world will be presenting technical papers authored by them, on themes, including:

  • Tunnelling in challenging environments
  • Open pits slope stability
  • Numerical modelling of high-stress environments
  • Settlement and Foundation Engineering
  • Artificial intelligence and virtual reality technologies in geotechnical engineering
  • Advancements in probabilistic analysis of slopes
  • Advancements in three-dimensional geotechnical analysis
  • Dynamic and Liquefaction Modelling
  • Discrete fracture network modelling of rock masses

All the technical papers will be included in the conference proceedings published by Taylor & Francis.

Technical Course

As a part of Rocscience International Conference 2021, we hosted a technical short course on Finite Element Modelling of Civil & Mining Excavations. The course was conducted online on April 22nd - 23rd, 2021.

Technical Advisors

Ana Maria Parra, Carlos H. Parra & Asociados, Colombia

Anil Yunatci, GeoDestek Zemar Ltd. Şti., Turkey

Antonio Samaniego, SRK Consulting, Peru

David Oliveira, Jacobs, Australia

Denis Kalumba, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Derek Martin, University of Alberta, Canada

Erik Loehr, University of Missouri, United States of America

Francisco Suarez, Consultec Ingenieros Asociados, Mexico

Manoj Verman, Mverman, India

Mason Ghafghazi, University of Toronto, Canada

Navid Jafari, Louisiana State University, United States of America

Phil De Graaf, DeBeers Group, Australia

Richard Bathurst, Royal Military College of Canada, Canada

Sebastien Logo-Guerrero, American Geotechnical & Environmental Services, United States of America

Sergio Fontoura, International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Brazil

Sina Javankhoshdel, Rocscience Inc., Canada

Lifetime Achievement Medal Recipient

Dr. Evert Hoek

Guest of Honor

Rocscience is proud to award the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Medal to Dr. Evert Hoek. With an extraordinarily active career spanning over sixty years, Evert's extensive field experience and meticulous scholarship continue to illuminate rock engineering.

He will be giving a special keynote titled, "Developments in rock engineering from 1958 to 2020." We invite you to join us on this journey through his life on April 19, 2021.

Keynote Speakers

Will Bawden

University of Toronto


Reflections of 40+ years of Rock Engineering Practice in Mining

Kemal Önder Çetin

Middle East Technical University


Recent Advances in Seismic Soil Liquefaction Engineering

Kok Kwang Phoon

National University of Singapore


Value of Data-Driven Site Characterization

Mark Diederichs

Queens Univeristy


After Decades of Rock Engineering Modelling. Are We Asking the Right Questions?

Conference Chairs

General Chair

Thamer Yacoub

CEO & President


Technical Chair

Reginald Hammah

Chief Scientific Officer


Panel Discussions

Panel 1: From Monitoring and Calibration to Predictive Modelling


Neil Bar

Gecko Geotechnics


Davide Colombo



Niccolo Coli

Hexagon Geosystems


Dr. Will Bawden

University of Toronto


Alison McQuillan

Rocscience Australia

Panel 2: Is Numerical Modelling a Solution or a Problem?


Brent Corkum



Dr. Thomas Stacey

University of Witwatersrand


Joe Carvalho



Thiago Bretas

BVP Geotecnia E Hidrotecnia

Technical Chair

Reginald Hammah


RIC Chairs Paper Presentations Technical Course Lifetime Achievement Medal Keynote Speakers Panels"