1st Canada-U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium

Venue: Sheraton Wall Centre

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Event Date/Time: May 27, 2007 End Date/Time: May 31, 2007
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The Canadian Rock Mechanics Association (CARMA) and American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) are pleased to present the 1st Canada-U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium. This conference series will be held in a three-year rotation, alternating between Canadian and U.S. host cities (titled the "U.S.-Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium" when held in the U.S.) and the U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium.

This first symposium will be held at the Sheraton Wall Centre in scenic downtown Vancouver, British Columbia Canada from May 27-31, 2007.

The 1st Canada-U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium organizing committee invites you to come to Vancouver to discuss the challenges we are facing in our profession and to share your experiences under the theme:

Rock Mechanics: Meeting Society's Challenges and Demands

This symposium will offer the complete conference experience: keynote and state-of-the-art lectures, short courses, social events, technical tours and other activities that will ensure a busy and enjoyable meeting in a city often rated as one of the world's most desirable cities to live in.

Vancouver sits between Canada's coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean - the mountainous landscape of British Columbia offers an array of challenges for rock mechanics professionals and is home to major projects related to mining, tunnelling, natural hazards and rock slope engineering.

Throughout Canada, the U.S. and internationally, growing populations demand increased infrastructure development, exploitation of mineral resources, and dependence on precarious transportation corridors. As host city for the 2010 Winter Olympics, several significant rock engineering and construction projects are underway in British Columbia, including Sea-to-Sky Highway improvements between Vancouver and Whistler BC, and the Canada Line Rapid Transportation Tunnel. These projects typify the importance of rock mechanics in meeting societal needs, and exemplify many of the challenges being faced by rock mechanics professionals around the world.