From 1-4 June 2014, the U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The theme is “Rock Mechanics across Length and Time Scales.” This will focus on the role of scaling in a variety of natural and engineered processes. These processes range from very fast, such as acoustic emission, to very slow, such as response of an underground repository. The processes span spatial dimensions ranging from contributions of nanopores in hydrocarbon production to very small, as in rock cutting, to very large, as in CO2 sequestration. The general themes will be how to transpose information from one scale to another and how to analyze the influence of events at one scale affect processes at a different one.

The symposium brings together international researchers and practitioners. The scope of the symposium will include analytical solutions, numerical methods, experimental techniques, and case histories. Besides the presentation of fundamental research findings, applications in geoengineering, mining, and petroleum engineering will be highlighted.

Information on the symposium can be found at

The latest edition of ARMA’s e Newsletter is available for members. It is includes a retrospective update on the 47th U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium in San Francisco, a continuation of a biography on Charles Fairhurst as well as other articles and announcements.

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