EUROCK 2022 Workshops

Eurock 2022 Short courses and Workshops will be organized on September 12. You can register using the registration links on this page. You can register to short courses and workshops even if you are not registering to the conference days. Deadline to register is JUNE 15, 2022. After the deadline we will confirm participants if the workshop or short course will be organized.



Full day short courses

  • The Many Faces Of Q
  • Modern Rock Engineering Principles
  • Geology For Rock Engineering Projects
  • 2D and 3D Modelling of Fracturing Processes in Rock Mechanics


Half-day short courses and workshops

Afternoon workshops will begin after the morning workshops have finished. So it is possible to join morning workshop and afternoon workshop.

Morning short course*

  • Photogrammetry For Rock Mass Characterization


Afternoon workshops**

  • Recent ISRM Suggested Methods and Future Prospects
  • Eurocode 7

Full day workshops cost 215 EUR inc, VAT 24 %
*Photogrammetry For Rock Mass Characterization cost 155 EUR inc. VAT 24 %
** Afternoon workshops are free of charge

More information about the short courses and workshops can be found below.


The Many Faces of Q

Full day short course
215 EUR inc. VAT 24 %

Short course Description

A live Version of Dr. Barton’s ISRM on-line course of four lectures, that includes the Q-system with examples, numerous TBM case records and the prognosis Method Qtbm, shear strength of rock joints and rock masses, and also a lecture on new methods of predicting cliff, mountain wall and mountain heights, involving observations from highly stressed tunnels. (A tensile strength and Poisson Ratio equivalent to the rule-of-thumb ‘0.4 x UCS’ used for predicting tunnel spalling).

The course will last about 6 hours with questions, and consists of five extremely well-illustrated lectures (the first in two parts) with numerous examples  from Dr. Barton’s long experimental and consulting  career from 1970 to 2020 (and on-going). Suitable for graduate-level and above engineering geology, rock mechanics, tunnelling, cavern, and dam engineering students and professionals. 

Target Audience

Geologists, engineering geologists, rock mechanics and rock engineering specialists, tunnel designers, open-pit mining advisers, mining engineers with an interest in empirical methods. Post-graduate and post-doctorate level. But few equations.

Lecturer Biography

Nick Barton was born in England in 1944. He was educated in the University of London from 1963 to 1970: with B.Sc.(hons) in civil engineering from King’s College, and a Ph.D. in rock slope stability and shear strength from Imperial College. He worked in NGI, Oslo from 1971-1980, and from 1984-2000, when he was a division director for 5 years and Technical Advisor for 10 years. From 1981-1984 he was manager of Geomechanics at TerraTek in Utah, USA. He was a visiting professor in the University of Luleå in Sweden, and in São Paulo Polytechnic University in Brazil in the early and late nineteen-nineties. In 2000 he established the international consultancy Nick Barton & Associates in Norway. He is author or co-author of 350 papers, and has written two books. The first in 2000 was to develop the QTBM prognosis, the other in 2006 was to link rock quality and seismic attributes of rock and rock masses at many scales. In 1973 he developed the Barton shear strength criterion linking joint roughness JRC and joint wall strength JCS, subsequently incorporating the gravity tilt test for calculating JRC. He is co-developer of the Barton-Bandis criterion for modelling coupled rock joint behaviour, published in 1982 and incorporated in UDEC-BB in 1985. In 1974 he developed the Q-system for characterizing rock masses and for selecting single-shell tunnel and cavern support. This was updated in 1993 with Grimstad to incorporate S(fr). He has consulted on several hundred rock engineering projects in 40 countries during 50 years, involving hydropower and metro tunnels and caverns, large dams, nuclear waste research, rock stress measurement, and jointed reservoir behaviour. He has thirteen international awards, including the 6th Müller Lecture in 2011. He is an honorary doctor of University of Cordoba, Argentina, and a Fellow of ISRM.

More information about the workshop can be found here


Modern Rock Engineering Principles 

Full day short course
215 EUR inc. VAT 24 %

Short Course Description

This brief course presents the fundamental link between Rock Engineering and Structural Geology. It begins with a discussion of the gradual build-up of the fracture network within the rock mass by the superposition of several fracture sets, each linked to a particular tectonic event in the rock’s history. This enables the detailed 3D geometry of the network to be determined. It then shows how the Rock Engineer can combine this information with site specific tests on the properties of the individual fracture sets to begin to quantify the likely physical behaviour of the rock mass on an engineering scale. 

Target Audience

The course is aimed at those working with geoengineering projects – rock engineers, geologists and students – who wish to obtain better knowledge of both the principles embodied in Eurocode 7 and how an understanding of structural geology and geological environments can help in the development of rock engineering designs to Eurocode 7.
There is no requirement to be a specialist in the subjects to be covered, but this is a higher-level course and at least a background knowledge of structural geology and customary rock engineering design and will be helpful.

Lecturers Biography

Prof. John Harrison is professor W.M. Keck Chair of Engineering Rock Mechanics at the University of Toronto. He is the co-author with Prof. John Hudson of the seminal textbooks ‘Engineering Rock Mechanics Parts I & II’ which are used extensively in both academia and industry. He has over 30 years’ experience as a Rock Engineer and has advised and consulted on engineering projects from around the world.  He has published extensively in this field and since 2010, has been heavily involved with the development of Eurocode 7 for rock engineering design. He currently chairs the ISRM Commission on the evolution of Eurocode 7.

Prof. John Cosgrove is professor of Structural Geology in the Department of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Imperial College London. He has received awards for excellence in teaching from Imperial College and was responsible for the Masters course in Structural Geology and Rock Mechanics for over 20 years. His co-authored book (Price N.J. & Cosgrove J.W. 1990 ‘Analysis of Geological Structures’) has been used worldwide. He has over 30 years’ experience as a structural geologist advising internationally on complex rock engineering projects and he has worked extensively in consulting activities for rock mechanics and rock engineering projects. His co-authored book with Prof. John Hudson, (‘Structural geology and Rock Engineering’) specifically links structural geological principles with those of rock mechanics and rock engineering.

More information about the workshop can be houd here


Geology for Rock Engineering Projects

Full day Short course
215 EUR inc. VAT 24 %

Short course Description

The short course is divided in two main parts: site investigation and construction.
Presentations are organised in a chronological order which corresponds to the real project life, from site characterisation (including rock mass classifications) to site modelling and design and last, construction, including mapping and monitoring.
Within the time limitation, the attendees to the Short Course are highly expected to intervene and participate (e.g. by sharing experience and problems) during the Course, reason for which the number of attendees to the Short Course is limited to 25 people.

Target Audience

The course is suitable for any practitioner (engineer or technical staff) working in the field of rock mechanics and rock engineering, wishing to learn or strengthen their knowledge in the process of validation of input data for rock engineering projects.

Lecturers Biography

Dr. Vaskou and Dr. Vibert, have both more than 35 years of experience in the field of site selection, site investigation (programme, follow-up & interpretations), design and construction supervision of rock engineering projects for dams as well as tunnels and caverns. They will share with the short course participants their extensive and practical knowledge on site characterisation including the investigation methods and equipment to be used, data acquisition and data validation, as well as design methodologies used for industrial projects.

More information about the workshop can be found here.



2D and 3D Modelling of Fracturing Processes in Rock Mechanics

Full day Short Course
215 EUR inc. VAT 24 %

Short Course Description

The finite-discrete element method (FDEM) is a numerical approach that combines continuum mechanics principles with discrete element algorithms to simulate multiple interacting deformable and fracturing bodies. With its ability to reproduce failure processes in brittle materials, FDEM is gaining increasing acceptance in civil, mining, and petroleum engineering applications, where fracture and fragmentation processes are key to fully understanding the rock mass behaviour. Geomechanica’s Irazu software is a GPU-accelerated, thermo-hydromechanically coupled, FDEM-based modelling package capable of simulating the interaction between new fractures and pre-existing rock mass discontinuities in 2 and 3 dimensions. This one-day course will combine theoretical lectures on the fundamental principles of FDEM with practical modeling sessions where participants will be guided through several simulation cases. The course will start with a general introduction to the FDEM modelling philosophy and its application to engineering geology, rock mechanics, and geophysics problems. After a quick review of the basic algorithms, such as finite element deformation, contact detection, and contact interaction, the fracture model will be discussed in more depth. More advanced features of Irazu, including in-situ stress initialization, rock excavation, and Discrete Fracture Networks (DFNs), thermo-hydro-mechanical coupling, and rock support will also be introduced. In the second part of the course, participants will gain valuable hands-on experience through a series of practical modelling exercises using Geomechanica’s Irazu software to model practical rock fracturing problems.

Target Audience

This one-day course is specifically designed for geotechnical, geological, mining and petroleum engineers, as well as undergraduate and post-graduate students and researchers. In particular, anyone who wishes to use or is considering using FDEM to tackle challenging rock mechanics problems would benefit from this course.

Lectuers Biography

Omid Mahabadi is president and CEO of Geomechanica. Omid’s areas of expertise range from numerical and experimental rock mechanics to the development and use of hybrid continuum-discontinuum numerical methods to investigate failure processes in rocks.

Dr. Bryan Tatone is the laboratory testing lead and a co-founder of Geomechanica. In addition to laboratory testing, his technical interests include numerical simulation of a variety of rock mechanics and rock engineering problems. He is the recipient of the 2017 Rocha Medal of the ISRM. He holds a PhD degree in Civil Engineering (rock mechanics) from the University of Toronto, Canada

More information about the workshop can be found here.



Half-day Short Course, Morning
155 EUR inc. VAT 24 %

Short Course Description

Photogrammetry is a remote sensing technique to obtain reliable geometrical measurements from real-life objects by generating 3D models from a set of overlapping 2D images. Recent advances in photogrammetry allow for an easy digitization procedure so that digital 3D models of rock surfaces can be produced and utilized for remote site characterization. This course will introduce the basic theory of photogrammetry and describe detailed workflows for scanning rocks at various scales of interests, starting from laboratory-size rock samples to field-scale scanning of entire mines. Hardware and software options will be introduced and compared. Several case studies of using photogrammetry to scan and characterize rocks and rock masses will be presented, including rock joint scanning in a laboratory, handheld scanning of rock tunnels, and scanning rock cuts, open pits and quarries using UAVs. In addition, examples of remote rock mass characterization methods that utilize the 3D data produced using photogrammetry will be presented. 

Target Audience

This course is suitable for both engineers and researchers working in the field of rock mechanics, rock engineering, mining, and geology willing to learn about the specifics of the photogrammetric method and its application for rock mass data collection. 

Lecturers Biography

Mateusz Janiszewski (D.Sc. Tech) is a post-doctoral researcher in the Rock Mechanics research group at Aalto University in Finland. He is also working as a Rock Mechanics Specialist in Fractuscan Ltd and is a co-founder of the AMS Solutions start-up. He has more than 5 years’ experience in the use of photogrammetry for scanning of rocks and rock masses. In 2019, he completed his doctoral research on techno-economic aspects of seasonal underground storage of solar thermal energy in hard crystalline rocks. His current research interest focuses primarily on applying photogrammetry and virtual reality in rock engineering, mining, and geology, both from the engineering and educational perspectives. 

Lauri Uotinen, Staff Scientist, D.Sc. (tech.), Aalto University


Recent ISRM Suggested Methods and Future Prospects

Half-day Workshop, Afternoon
Free of charge

Workshop Description

To provide a forum of discussions with the aid of presentatios on the content of some selected new and revised ISRM Suggested Methods and the methods which can be future prospective Suggested Methods and practical implementation, feedback analysis and ways of improvement of the ISRM Suggested Methods. It is also hoped that this workshop will serve a platform to initiate and enhance further interests among the members of ISRM to propose new SMs as well as to understand the thinking and needs for practicing engineers and scientists of our society. 

Target Audience

Rock mechanists, rock engineers, engineering geologists and geotechnical engineers (academicians, engineers and undergraduate and graduate students).

Lecturer Biography

Re┼čat Ulusay is the ISRM President and Chairman of the ISRM Commission on Testing Methdos.

More information about the workshop can be found here.


Eurocode 7

Half-day workshop, Afternoon
Free of charge

More information coming soon!



Terms of cancellation 

Cancellations before May 31, 2022: 

Full refund minus 100 EUR handling fee 

Cancellations after May 31, 2022: 

No refund