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. 



Full day short courses


  • Modern Rock Engineering Principles (Lecture room Takka)


  • 2D and 3D Modelling of Fracturing Processes in Rock Mechanics (Lecture room Poli)


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 (Lecture room Palaver)


Afternoon workshop**


  • Recent ISRM Suggested Methods and Future Prospects (Lecture room Palaver)

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.


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



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.

Lecturers 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.


Organizer reserves right for changes


Terms of cancellation 

Cancellations before May 31, 2022: 

Full refund minus 100 EUR handling fee 

Cancellations after May 31, 2022: 

No refund