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Rocscience International Conference

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.

Conference Events

  • Keynote Speeches
  • Open Panel Discussions
  • Paper Presentations
  • Technical Course

Paper Presentations

Geotechnical professionals from around the world presented 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 and was spread across April 22nd - 23rd, 2021.

There were over 100 participants for the course and all seats were SOLD OUT!

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

Dr. Evert Hoek at Rocscience International Conference 2021. Lifetime Achievement Medal Recipient. Rocscience is proud to award the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Medal to Dr. Evert Hoek. With an extraordinarily active career spanning of sixty years, Evert's extensive field experience and meticulous scholarship continue to illuminate rock engineering. He will be giving a special keynote titled,

Keynote Speakers

RIC 2021 - Keynote Speakers

Panel Discussion

RIC - Panel Discussion 1
Panel Discussion 2 at RIC2021. Is Numerical Modeling a solution or a problem? Panelist: Joe Carcalho Golder, Thomas Stacey University of Witwatersrand, Brent Corkum Rocscience, Thiago Bretas, BVP Geotecnia E Hidrotecnia. Moderator: Reginald Hammah Rocscience.

Conference Chairs

Rocscience Conference Chairs. Thamer Yacoub, CEO & President Rocscience, General Chair. Reginald Hammah, Director of Rocscience Africa, Technical Chair.