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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 Poulos.

Dr. Poulos 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. Poulos 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

Abstract submissions are open until October 15, 2024. Submit an abstract for your technical paper on any of the following themes by clicking on the 'Submit Your Abstract' button below:


  • Rock mass characterization
  • Soil properties and characterization
  • Discrete fracture networks modelling and application
  • Hydrogeology in mining and civil geotechnical engineering
  • Coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical modelling
  • 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
  • Advances in imaging and other emerging technologies
  • Advances in 3D excavation modelling
  • Applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning in geotechnical engineering


  • Stability modelling of underground mine excavations
  • Open pit stability analysis
  • Stability analysis of tailings storage facilities and embankments
  • Ground support innovations in mining
  • Latest technologies in rock blasting and fragmentation
  • 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
  • Liquefaction analysis

Editorial Policy

Publication Guidelines

All submitted papers must be written in English and presented in English.

Authors must ensure that their submitted papers for RIC2025 have not been accepted for another conference or published previously. Papers must also not be duplicates of previously published manuscripts. (Duplicates refer to papers that significantly overlap with already published manuscripts.)

All papers must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word through the conference portal.

Every paper must:

  • Include the title of the work, abstract, authors' names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses
  • Follow conventions outlined in the paper template, including paragraphing, sections, sub-sections and referencing formats, use of italics, and labelling of figures and drawings
  • Drawings and their labelling must be legible


Authors of RIC2025 papers must correctly attribute knowledge or information from the works of other researchers. They must adhere to widely accepted ethical standards on identifying sources to protect against plagiarism. Authors must also disclose data sources, outline how they collected the data for their conference paper and adhere to recognized ethical research practices.

Authors must list research funding sources in their papers, including direct and indirect financial support and in-kind support. These sources may be listed under an 'Acknowledgments' section or appropriately identified in the main text.

Should reviewers seek clarification on matters such as originality or data sources, authors must promptly provide the required responses.

Review Process

RIC2025 will ensure that experts with relevant expertise review papers. The conference's reviewers will carefully read papers, treat authors fairly and provide constructive feedback. They will consider papers as confidential information and keep their identity from authors. If reviewers need clarification about any aspects or have a conflict of interest, they will immediately consult with the conference chairs.

Rocscience International Conference Student Paper Contest (RICSPC)

We welcomed students to participate in this exciting and prestigious international contest by submitting geotechnical engineering abstracts and papers for the Rocscience International Conference 2025 (RIC2025), to be held in Sydney, Australia on April 6-8, 2025.

Interested students have submitted a 2-page extended abstract for review by the Student Contest Committee, which will select the finalists. The finalists will now submit full papers and present them at a Student Paper Contest oral session.


RIC2025 will award three prizes:

RIC Best Student Paper Contest

The contest seeks to encourage students to apply geotechnical concepts and modelling tools to real-world problems. It wants to inspire students to develop creative problem-solving skills and effectively communicate their ideas, highly prized attributes in industry and academia.

Selection Process

A panel of industry and academia judges (and from various geotechnical sub-specialties) have reviewed the submissions and the judges have selected the top four submissions as finalists. The finalists will submit full papers and present them at the Student Paper Contest oral session at RIC2025 in Sydney, Australia in April 2025.

Technical Course

As a part of RIC2025, we will host three short technical courses on April 6th, 2025:

Course I: 2D & 3D Slope Stability Analysis for Rock and Soil Applications

Course II: Enhanced Numerical Modeling Techniques for Tunneling and Underground Excavations

Course III: Advanced Techniques for Settlement and Foundation Analysis


Shangri-La Sydney

176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks

Sydney NSW 2000


Registration Fees


Early Bird (until November 30, 2024)

  • Conference Only - $695*
  • Course + Conference - $895*

Regular Pricing

  • Conference Only - $995*
  • Course + Conference - $1195*

*All prices are in USD

Conference Pass


Conference Pass + Course


Platinum Sponsor

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