Rocscience International Conference 2025

The Rocscience International Conference 2025 (RIC2025) will be a momentous event, scheduled to take place from April 6-8, 2025, in Sydney, Australia, where geotechnical professionals from across the globe will converge. The primary aim of this conference will be to establish a platform for the exchange of innovative ideas and the discussion of critical issues in geotechnical engineering. By providing attendees with networking opportunities, RIC2025 will facilitate collaborations that could potentially lead to groundbreaking advancements in the field.

The theme of the conference, "Beyond the Surface: Deepening our Understanding of Geotechnical Challenges," is carefully chosen to reflect the evolving nature of the geotechnical industry. As challenges in this field become increasingly intricate, it will be essential for engineers to delve deeper into the underlying complexities. RIC2025 will seek to inspire attendees to explore these challenges from new perspectives, encouraging them to push the boundaries of their understanding and develop innovative solutions.

Overall, RIC2025 is expected to be a resounding success, leaving a lasting impact on the geotechnical engineering community. Attendees will depart with new insights, valuable connections, and a renewed sense of purpose, ready to tackle the complex challenges that lie ahead in the field of geotechnical engineering.

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Dr. Harry Poulos

Professor Harry Poulos

Rocscience is proud to announce the recipient of the 2025 Lifetime Achievement Medal, Dr. Harry Polous.

Dr. Polous is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney and a Senior Consultant with Tetra Tech Coffey in Sydney, Australia. He is renowned for his groundbreaking work in geotechnical engineering, highlighted by prestigious lectures such as the 1989 Rankine Lecture, the 2004 Terzaghi Lecture, and the 2009 Terzaghi Oration.

Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Polous has contributed to numerous landmark projects worldwide, including the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai. His outstanding achievements have been recognized with numerous accolades, highlighting his exceptional contributions to engineering.

Abstract and Paper Submissions

We will open abstract submissions in May 2024. Geotechnical professionals from around the world are invited to submit the abstracts for their technical papers on themes including:


  • Rock mass characterization
  • Soil properties and characterization
  • Discrete fracture networks modelling and application
  • Rock and joint strength and deformation properties
  • Rock joint and mass hydraulic properties
  • Coupled thermos-hydro-mechanical modelling
  • Inter-disciplinary studies
  • Applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning in geotechnical engineering
  • In-situ stress measurement and estimation
  • Rock mechanics advances in constitutive and numerical modelling
  • Probabilistic and reliability methods
  • Recent innovations in laboratory and field testing
  • Risk assessment and mitigation of geotechnical hazards
  • Advances in imaging and other emerging technologies
  • Advances in 3D excavation modelling
  • Case histories in geotechnical engineering
  • Application of geosynthetics in geotechnical engineering
  • Performance-based design


  • Stability modelling of underground mine excavations
  • Open pit stability analysis
  • Stability analysis of tailings storage facilities and embankments
  • Numerical modelling of mining excavations and sequences
  • Mining-induced surface subsidence
  • Backfill
  • Ground support innovations in mining
  • Latest technologies in rock blasting and fragmentation
  • Field monitoring of excavation behaviour in mining
  • Advances in mining geomechanics
  • Rock mass and excavation response to seismic events and dynamic stimulations
  • Seismic and micro-seismic monitoring


  • Soil mechanics
  • Soil improvement techniques
  • Civil rock mechanics
  • Soil-structure interactions
  • Slope stability, dams and embankments
  • Recent advances in mechanically stabilized and reinforced wall analysis and design
  • Shallow and deep foundation analysis and design
  • Tunnelling
  • Hydrogeology in civil geotechnical engineering
  • Modelling of underground caverns and chambers
  • Rock support and ground control in civil engineering
  • Advances in field monitoring and instrumentation of excavation behaviour in civil engineering
  • Numerical modeling in civil geotechnical engineering
  • Liquefaction analysis


Shangri-La Sydney

176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks

Sydney NSW 2000


Conference Chairs

General Chair

Thamer Yacoub

CEO and President


Technical Chair

Reginald Hammah

Director of Rocscience in Africa


Technical Chair

Alison McQuillan

Director of Rocscience in Australia