Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Friends of the Austrian Society for Geomechanics.
Already several months have passed by since the 66th Geomechanics Colloquium 2017. However, we want to give a few facts to last year's main event. Facts, which remember us that you are satisfied with our work, that the program we arrange every year is of great interest, and that at our events amicable discussions and fun are not missing at all.
Let us start with the main event, the Geomechanics Colloquium. We could welcome 789 participants from 26 different countries. 50 of them have been students. So we are able to inspire the youth, our future, to come to Salzburg and join us sharing knowledge.
Several lecturers granted permission to distribute their lecture slides. You can download these lecture slides at https://www.oegg.at/en/geomechanics-colloquium-3/downloads-113/
The lectures have been published in the October issue of the societies' journal "Geomechanics and Tunnelling" and are open to our members http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/geot.v10.5/issuetoc
The Leopold Müller award was granted to Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirtschaf.-Ing. Jörg Bauer for his PhD thesis with the title "Seitendruck auf Pfahlgründungen in bindigen Böden infolge quer zur Pfahlachse wirkender Bodenverschiebungen". We congratulate him to this outstanding scientific work.
On these two days, 58 exhibitors from 6 different countries presented their innovations, ideas and their visions of the future. It is always worth to visit the exhibition; individual discussions about challenging tasks accompanied by plenty of fun make it easier to tackle future tasks.
On Wednesday, prior to the Geomechanics Colloquium, three well attended Workshops took place:
- Guideline for the geotechnical design of underground structures – Experience: 64 participants (6 nations)
- Grouting, including a unique "Application-jumping-course": 108 participants (8 nations)
- Rock mechanics in Eurocode 7: 36 participants (11 nations)
We hope you could benefit from the workshops, that the lectures answered some of your questions and that new questions came up, which have to be treated in the future. However, at the end the workshops should help you in exercising your work.
On Thursday, we could accompany 6 participants to the Kremsmünster Abbey. The abbey has been the highlight of the last year's accompanying persons program and we are glad we could show you the Traunviertel Alpine foreland at its best on a sunny day. The region has been always a perfect plate to regenerate and to discover Austrian culture.
Wishes and suggestions regarding the accompanying persons program – and to all other agenda items – are welcome at any time. Ladies, call the gentlemen's attention to the attractive program we organise for you every year!
The evening event in the restaurant Stieglkeller was very well attended. About 710 participants were entertained with delicious food and drinks and we hope you had plenty interesting and amusing conversations.
For Saturday, we organised a field trip to the Brenner Base Tunnel, currently under construction. 30 participants, who had enough energy left after three days, still yearning for knowledge, accompanied us visiting this impressive construction site. We are pretty sure that there has been no lack of striking motifs for your eyes and your cameras.
Impressions from the event can be found on the societies' homepage under the drop-down menu Geomechanics Colloquium > 66th Geomechanics Colloquium 2017
Finally, we thank all people involved organizing this successful event, we thank our generous sponsors – without you it would not be possible to organise such an event in this quality – and we thank you visiting us in Salzburg and that you await the upcoming colloquium eagerly.
Best regards and Glück Auf!
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Gerald Zenz and Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Kluckner
PS: We are already busy working on a nice agenda for this year's Geomechanics Colloquium and Austrian Tunnel Day. As usual, we will inform you in time. However, please take a look to our homepage for the latest news. We are looking forward to this year's main event and in particular to welcome you in Salzburg.