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Rocscience International Conference

Announcement from our CEO

In celebration of Rocscience’s 25th year as a company, we will be hosting 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.

Conference Events

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

View the conference schedule 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 will be hosting a technical short course on Finite Element Modelling of Civil & Mining Excavations. The course will be conducted online and will be spread across April 22nd - 23rd, 2021. Read the course outline here.

March 31st, 2021 Update - All seats for the Technical Course are now SOLD OUT!

Registration Dates

Conference Purchase Tickets
Conference (Student)

All listed prices in USD and exlude taxes.

Academic professionals from Institutes with the Rocscience Academic Bundle subscription, will receive a complimentary pass with their ticket purchase to bring a student along. Contact ric2021@rocscience.com for details.

Group of 3 or more is eligible for a group discount of 20%. Contact us at ric2021@rocscience.com for details.

If you wish to attend only the course, contact ric2021@rocscience.com.

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

Keynote Speakers at RIC 2021. Dr. Will Bawden, University of Toronto. Topic: Reflections of 40+ years of Rock Engineering Practice in Mining. Dr. Kemal Onder Cetin, Middle East Technical University. Topic: Recent Advances in Seismic Soil Liquefaction Engineering. Dr. Phoon Kok-Kwang, National University of Singapore. Topic: Value of Data-Driven Site Characterization. Dr. Mark Diederichs, Queens University. Topic: After Decades of Rock Engineering Modelling, Are we asking the right questions?

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion 1 at RIC2021. From monitoring and calibration to predictive modelling. Panelists: Neil Bar Gecko Geotechnics, Davide Colombo Tre-Altamira, Nicollo Coli, Hexagon Geosystems, Will Bawden University of Toronto. Moderator: Alison McQuillan Rocscience.
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.