1601 Risk Analysis and Management of Rock Slopes

  • Luis Ribeiro E Sousa, FEUP

The Mini-Symposium on Risk Analysis and Management of Rock Slopes will be held in Yokohama, Japan, from July 31-August 5, 2022. We invite you to participate in the Mini-Symposium associated with the 15th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM XV) and the 8th Asian Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics (APCOM VIII).

Landslides and or rock falls are one of the most important geotechnical risks on planet Earth. Landslides and rockfalls are hard to predict because their initiation depends on many factors and the interaction between these factors. To satisfy the societal demand for protection against slope instabilities, it is necessary to systematically assess and manage landslide and rockfall hazards and risks. This can be done using principles of decision-making under uncertainty. Natural or built slopes are defined as sloping surfaces on rock masses, earthy or mixed masses, originated from geological, geomorphological, hydrological processes and anthropic actions. The slope design involves the collection of geological and geotechnical information, the evaluation of the behavior and strength properties of the rock mass and discontinuities network, and of the presence of water with emphasis on the pluviometry regime.

Several presentations are planned, namely:

・Keynote - Risk in Slopes, by Rita Leal Sousa (Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, USA) and Herbert Einstein (MIT, Cambridge, USA)
・Numerical and Safety Considerations about the Daguangbao Landslide, by Fabricio Fernandes (PUC-Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Eurípedes Vargas Jr. (PUC-Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Luis Ribeiro e Sousa (FEUP, Porto, Portugal), Rita Leal Sousa (Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, USA) and C. Sousa Oliveira (IST, University of Lisbon, Portugal).
・Risk Analysis Management of Porto Formoso in São Miguel Island, Azores, by Paulo Amaral (LREC, Ponta Delgada, Portugal), Fabricio Fernández (PUC-Rio, Brazil), Ana Malheiro (LREC, Ponta Delgada, Portugal), Luis Ribeiro e Sousa (FEUP, Porto, Portugal) and Jaime Santos (IST, University of Lisbon, Portugal).
・Correlation among S-wave Velocity Structures, Physical Property Structures and Mineral Assemblages in Strongly Weathered Andesite Field, by Takehiro Ohta (Yamaguchi University), Eiji Nakata (CRIEPI), Chika Kamiya (Kiso-Jiban Consultants Co., Ltd.), Mika Urasoko, Miyuki Takaji (Yamaguchi University), Yu-Ichiro Minami, Masahiro Ono (Sumiko Resources Exploration & Development Co., Ltd.) and Motoyuki Suzuki (Yamaguchi University).
・Large Slope Failures During Construction Stage at Musandam Independent Power Plant, Oman, by José Eduardo Menezes (FEUP, Porto, Portugal), Rita Leal (Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, USA), Luis Ribeiro e Sousa (FEUP, Porto, Portugal), Karim Karam (Sarooj, Muscat, Oman) and Helder I. Chaminé (ISEP, Porto, Portugal).
・Effects of Thermally Induced Stresses in Failures of Rock Slopes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by Eurípedes Vargas Jr. (PUC-Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Raquel Velloso (PUC-Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Cláudio Amaral (UERJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

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