09/09/2022 – 50 years of Engineering Geology and Rock Mechanics in Belgium

Atomium, Brussels

We are glad to announce the participation of representatives of the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) and the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG)

Prof. Wulf Schubert

Graz University of Technology – Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling

President of the Austrian Society for Geomechanics

Formerly Vice-President at Large for the ISRM

Prof. Rafig Azzam

Professor emeritus, from the RWTH Aachen University

President of the IAEG

Formerly President of the German National Association of Engineering Geology (2009-2017) and Vice-President for western Europa


9:00       Welcome

9:40       CBGI, GBMR, SBGIMR, a 50 years long story (P. Welter & JF. Thimus)

Theme 1 : General scientific framework

10:00     About the evolution of approaches to characterize rock materials (JP. Tshibangu)

10:20     Numerical simulations and couplings (R. Charlier)

10:40     Monitoring 4.0 for a better future (JF. Vanden Berghe)

Theme 2 : Major urban projects

11:20     ISRM, an introduction (W. Schubert)

              Rock engineering issues of tunnels boring and/or digging  (W. Schubert)

11:50     Construction of the new subway infrastructure ‘Constitution’ in Brussels (JM. Couvreur)

12:10     The challenges of the construction of an underground infrastructure in an urban context: the case of the project Metro Nord – Extension of the Metro Line M3 (M. Meyer)

12:30       Lunch

Theme 3 : Risks and underground workings

14:30     IAEG, an introduction (R. Azzam)

             Method to Substitute Threshold Criterion of Monitoring and Early Warning in Geotechnical Constructions (R. Azzam)

15:00     Risks related to underground cavities: methodologies and applications in the French post-mining context (J. Morel)

15:20     Guidelines for land planning management hampered by underground cavities hazard: new prospective for Wallonia (D. Pacyna & A. Kheffi)

15:40     Impact of past underground mining on surface movement (A. Vervoort)

16:00     The “Coo III” project: Rock mechanics aspects for the technical prefeasibility of the extension of the Coo Pumped Storage Plant  (PSP) (A. Gauffriau, S. Godart, B. Hoffer)

16:20       Calembert Award (C. Schroeder)

16:40       Issues and perspectives for engineering geology and rock mechanics (F. Descamps)

16:50       Drink


Registration fees :
  • RockEnGeo.be members : 95 €

  • Non-members : 125€

including the visit of the Atomium during lunch time.

Registration fees have to be paid on the bank account of RockEnGeo.be :

IBAN : BE56 0018 9888 0888

with the communication « Jubilee + name of the participant »

Deadline :  1 September 2022 

Please note that registration is limited to 120 participants. 


Hughes Legrain, secretary
Tél: + 32 65 40 34 50


Place de l’Atomium 1
B-1020 Bruxelles