53rd U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium

53rd U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium

The American Rock Mechanics Association invites you to its 53rd US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium taking place 23 - 26 June 2019 in New York City, one of the most exciting cities in the world! It is a major financial, commercial and cultural center - a technological and artistic hub that offers many options for entertainment such as famous concerts, shows, and theatrical plays. New York has iconic buildings, bridges, and parks that are well-known worldwide.


This symposium encompasses all aspects of rock mechanics, geomechanics, and rock engineering,. We invite scientific and engineering papers in four major tracks that include but are not limited to the following topics:

Petroleum engineering

  • Reservoir geomechanics: characterization and modeling
  • Hydraulic fracturing: modeling and experimental
  • Injection geomechanics
  • Sand in Petroleum Engineering
  • Drilling geomechanics: drilling bits, wellbore stability, casing and cementing
  • Geomechanics of unconventionals

Civil engineering

  • Slope stability, dams, foundations and underground structures
  • Innovative laboratory and field testing
  • Risk assessment and hazard mitigation
  • Numerical modeling of geo-structures: advanced constitutive models of rock and rock rocesses, data analytics
  • Rock engineering challenges of prominent projects

Mining engineering

  • Advances in mining geomechanics
  • Innovative laboratory and field testing
  • Seismic response, rockburst evaluation
  • Numerical modeling in mining: pilar performance, fracture behavior, subsidence estimation
  • Risk assessment and mitigation in high stress environment
  • Ground control in coal and hard-rock mining

Geology, geophysics, and interdisciplinary

  • Geomechanics in geothermal processes
  • Imaging technologies for geomechanics
  • Induced seismicity and microsesimic monitoring - field and lab testing
  • Multi-scale rock mechanics: pore, micro-, and nano-scales
  • Hydrothermal and biological rock mechanics


  • Bruno Goncalves da Silva New Jersey Institute of Technology (Co-chair)
  • Evangelia Ieronymaki Manhattan College (Co-chair)
  • Giuseppe Buscarnera Northwestern University (Co-chair)
  • Rajesh Goteti Aramco Services Company: Aramco Research Center – Houston
  • Mahdi Heidari University of Texas at Austin
  • Kathy Kalenchuk Mine Design Engineering Inc.
  • Vassilis Marinos Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Rita Sousa Khalifa University of Science and Technology
  • Steve WaiChing Sun Columbia University
  • Maria Nikolinakou ARMA Treasurer
  • Peter Smeallie ARMA Executive Director

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