Shri Balvender Kumar, IAS Secretary (Mines) Ministry of Mines Government of India
The Conference will focus on the developments and innovations made in recent years in the field of rock engineering, with special emphasis on field
instrumentation and data collection, to understand the behaviour of excavations in rock.
The main theme of the Conference
is Recent Advances in Rock Engineering; the specialized theme is Instrumentation and Field Measurements.
The general theme areas to be included in the deliberations are :
Developments in Testing & Field Investigations
Rock mass characterization
Stress regime around excavations
Mechanical properties of rocks
Instrumentation, and strata behaviour monitoring
Forensic geotechnical investigations
Advances in Excavation & Design Methods
Rock blasting & other excavation techniques
Numerical modelling and back analysis
Rock reinforcement and ground improvement
Challenges in Rock Mechanics
Landslides and other natural hazards
Underground space utilization
Other peripheral issues
The deliberations will be more in the form of discussions, and exchange of scientific / technological information and views.