Core themes

Three days of seminars/discussions and one day of integrated excursions will be arranged around five core themes: creep and stress corrosion, long term strength limits, progressive slope failure, environmental drivers, and, subsurface infrastructure. The core themes will allow practitioners and researchers from diverse backgrounds to progress beyond current knowledge barriers, and lay out a framework for the future evaluation of time-dependent weakening and failure of brittle rocks. Participants are encouraged to present recent insights derived from:

  • field observations in both surface and sub-surface environments,

  • laboratory testing,

  • theory and conceptual modelling, and,

  • advanced numerical methods.

Workshops arranged for the final day will demonstrate practical approaches to observing and modelling progressive damage evolution and brittle failure using industry-leading tools and software.