DFNE 2018

For more details visit www.dfne2018.com or contact Bill Dershowitz at dersh@golder.com

ARMA 2018 and the Seattle rock mechanics community are pleased to host DFNE 2018, the 2nd International Conference on Discrete Fracture Network Engineering. Building on the success of DFNE 2014 in Vancouver, this international meeting of engineers and geoscientists will bring together practitioners from around the world who use discrete fracture network engineering in the characterization of fractured rock masses and solution of engineering problems. This rapidly expanding area of engineering has wide applications, including underground and surface mining, underground nuclear waste disposal, petroleum geomechanics, geothermal energy, civil engineering, fractured aquifer characterization and cleanup and natural hazards.

The DFNE 2018 organizing committee invites you to join us to share your ideas and experiences in the development and practical use of this technology. The conference is timed to integrate with ARMA 2018.

DFNE 2018 will be held in scenic downtown Seattle, Washington, USA. Situated within the Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, this city is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests

Session Topics

DFN Theory and Fundamental

  • Rock mass characterization
  • Geophysical and micro-seismic methods
  • Multi-porosity approaches for flow and solute transport
  • Discontinuity characterization methods
  • Synthetic rock mass strength and deformability
  • Rock block size and shape analysis
  • In situ and laboratory testing
  • Incorporation of DFN’s into continuum and discontinum models
  • Numerical modelling of brittle fracture
  • Remote sensing (LiDAR and Photogrammetry)
  • Uncertainty and reliability in rock engineering


DFN Approaches for Underground & Surface Mining

  • Large open pit mining
  • Deep underground mining
  • Blasting, Comminution, and Fragmentation
  • Rock bridges and en-echelon failure
  • Mine induced seismicity & rock bursts
  • Mine resource evaluation
  • Pillar stability
  • Block caving
  • Rock support & ground control
  • Subsidence


DFN Approaches for Infrastructure/Geohazards

  • Induced seismicity and earthquake risks
  • Groundwater contamination and remediation
  • Karst Hazards
  • Nuclear waste repositories
  • Underground facilities
  • CO2 sequestration
  • Tunnels, slopes and foundations
  • Dam & hydro projects
  • Excavatability & TBM performance
  • Earthquake engineering & foundations
  • Natural & engineered rock slopes


Oil, Gas and Geothermal Energy

  • DFN Reservoir Engineering
  • Oil and Gas resource evaluation
  • Petroleum geomechanics
  • Hydraulic fracturing, re-fracturing and alternative stimulation
  • Geothermal energy


Radioactive Waste Management

  • Fractured Argillaceous Site Characterization
  • Fractured Crystalline Site Characterization
  • Channeling and Compartmentalization
  • Radionuclide Flow and Transport
  • Reactive Surface Area and Matrix Diffusion
  • DFN Approaches to Long-term Stability
  • Fractures, In Situ Stress, and Constructability
  • Canister Emplacement Hole and Cavern Resaturation
  • Safety Assessment in Fractured Rock
  • Discrete Fractures and Seismic Risk to Underground Facilities
  • Fracture Response to Climate Change and Glaciation

For more details visit www.dfne2018.com or contact Bill Dershowitz at dersh@golder.com.