2017.05 | 6th Interdisciplinary workshop on Rockfall Protection


I have been invited to participate as a member of the scientific committee on the 6th Interdisciplinary workshop on Rockfall Protection that will take place in Barcelona in May 2017. Previous RocExs workshops were held in rocky-active areas such as Japan (1999), France (2005), Switzerland (2008), Austria (2011) and Italy (2014). The workshop is being organized by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya, on behalf of the Rockfall Expert Network and the Joint Technical Committee of the ISSMFE, ISRM and IAEG.

According to the workshop website, the following topics will be discussed:

    • Rockfall source identification and characterization
    • Rockfall inventory and/or mapping
    • Parameters’ characterization and tests
    • Hazard and risk analyses
    • Rockfall modeling
    • Monitoring and alert systems
    • Mitigation and protective measures
    • Large rockfalls and rock avalanches
    • Case histories

In addition, a one day filed trip in  Montserrat Mountain is also scheduled, covering following topics:

• Rockfall hazard and risk characteristics in Montserrat Mountain (Sanctuary and Natural Park) and singular rockfall recent events
• Rockmass monitoring (jointmetric sensors, TLS, Total station, GbSAR)
• Rockfall protection for access infrastructures (roads and rack railway) and buildings: stabilization works and protective fences

The website containing useful information is already online here: http://congress.cimne.com/rocexs2017/frontal/default.asp

Hoping to see you there!

All the best,


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