RockEng22 – Kingston

After being postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 22nd Canadian Rock Mechanics Symposium was held at the Isabel Bader Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada on August 8-10, 2022. The RockEng22 Symposium, hosted by the Canadian Rock Mechanics Association (CARMA), was themed to celebrate Canadian excellence in rock mechanics and a renewal of CARMA’s stewardship and promotion of national meetings on rock mechanics.

The symposium aimed to be a catalyst in bringing back the quality and energy of past RockEng Symposiums and other Canadian rock mechanics events. Former graduate students from the research group were invited as guest speakers, namely Dr. Bryan Tatone and Dr. Andrea Lisjak, former winners of the ISRM Rocha Medal in 2017 and 2015, respectively. Their talks involved material from their award-winning PhD dissertations and in addition included a company history of their current organization, Geomechanica.

In addition, Prof. Giovanni Grasselli, winner of the CGS John A. Franklin Award and ISRM Rocha Medal, gave a presentation of the current advancements in rock mechanics within the energy sector.

Poster sessions were also held for students, professionals, and exhibitors to showcase their work. Several students presented their work to highlight the current research taking place in our group, namely:

High-resolution Mapping and Characterization of Shale Fractures Hydraulically Induced in the Laboratory
Mei Li, Earl Magsipoc, Lei Sun
Investigating the Thermal Cracking Process of Granitic Rocks Using Digital Image Correlation (DIC)
 Bezawit Haile, Kareem Ramzy Aboayanah
Impact of Layering in Buckinghorse Shale on Strain Measurement Using Digital Image Correlation (DIC)
Earl Magsipoc, Bezawit Haile
Investigating the Effect of Bedding Plane Orientation on the Mechanical and Elastic Properties of Shale
Aref Rizehbandi, Afeez Popoola, Seyed Hosein Ghafouri
The Pulverization Mechanism of Host Rocks Induced in Faulting: Insights from Grain-scale Fracturing
Xiaofeng Li, Qi Zhao