Technical Program

Subject areas

The annual rock mechanics / geomechanics symposium encompasses all aspects of rock mechanics, rock engineering, and geomechanics, with a focus on fundamental, practical, and educational issues facing our profession. We invite scientific and engineering papers in civil engineering, petroleum engineering (conventional or unconventional), mining engineering, geothermal technologies, and interdisciplinary studies. The full technical program of the 55th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium will be posted here when it becomes available.

Technical tracks and sessions

Session descriptions (PDF)


Tunneling and underground construction
Experimental rock mechanics / Advances in rock testing
Risk assessment in rock engineering
Rock mass characterization and geohazards
Slope stability, dams, and foundations
Rock engineering challenges of prominent civil engineering projects (case studies)
Numerical modeling in geomechanics: civil engineering applications


Underground mining case histories
Rock mechanics and geohazards in mining
Hydromechanical coupling in open pit slope stability
Open Pit case histories
Slope stability in mining
Numerical modeling developments for mining applications
Rock mass characterization for mining
Longwall mining geomechanics
Underground excavation and mine development
Operational ground support and ground control
Time-dependent behavior in mining
Induced seismicity and high stress mining
Discrete fracture networks in mining
Mining innovative methods in rock mechanics


Drilling – Open hole wellbore mechanics and stability
Drilling – Cased hole wellbore integrity
Drilling – Depleted reservoirs
Characterization – Pore pressure and fracture gradient
Characterization – Novel techniques: Petrophysics, Rock Physics, Geophysics for Geomechanics
Reservoir – Field scale compaction, subsidence, casing deformation
Reservoir – Complex settings: structural, heterogeneous, deepwater, and salt systems
Production – Geomechanics driven production decline and completion applications
Production – Injection hazards, faults and fractures stability and reactivation
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence applications for petroleum reservoirs
Petroleum geomechanics in Latin America – Conventional


Unconventional geomechanics characterization
Drilling challenges in unconventionals
Horizontal well near-wellbore physics and mechanics
Unconventional hydraulic fracturing, new techniques, and applications
Hydraulic fracture modeling – theoretical, experimental, and numerical
Hydraulic fracture modeling – applications and case studies
Fracture diagnostics and surveillance: new technologies and methods
Geomechanics of hydraulic fracture interference: intra-stage, intra-well, and inter-well
Induced seismicity (disposal / stimulation wells)
Production decline and rock mechanics: mechanisms and mitigation

Petroleum geomechanics in Latin America – Unconventional


Collaborative measurements, simulations, and learnings
Enhanced geothermal systems (EGS): recent experience and opportunities
General geothermal considerations
Geothermal simulations
Nonconventional geothermal applications


Remembrance of Francois Henri Cornet: crustal and petroleum geomechanics
Fiber optic distributed temperature, acoustic, and strain sensing for geomechanics
Professional ethics in rock mechanics and engineering
Coupled THMC modeling
Mechanics and physics of Shale
Multi-scale characterization and modeling of rock heterogeneities
Nondestructive evaluation in rock mechanics
Data analysis and machine learning applications in geomechanics
Constitutive behavior in geomechanics: experiments, simulations, and applications
Induced seismicity
Subsurface storage and sequestration
Salt systems / underground storage in salt
Coupled THMC experiments
Drilling – mechanics, process, and automation
Hydraulic fracturing stress measurements – Interdisciplinary aspects of theory, performance, and interpretation