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Technical Program

Technical Program
Technical Themes

The RockEng22 Symposium will showcase the recent research, developments, and advancements in academia and industry, in both oral and poster presentation formats, on the following technical themes:

Special Session: Recent Award Winners

Theme 1: Innovations in Rock Mechanics Testing

Theme 2: Rockmass Mechanics & Structure Networks

Theme 3: Innovations in Rock Mechanics Modelling

Theme 4: In Situ Monitoring and Rock Engineering

Key Dates
  • May 5, 2022: Registration opens
  • June 8, 2022: Final abstract deadline
  • June 11, 2022: Notification of abstract acceptance
  • June 15, 2022: Last day for early bird registration
  • July 8, 2022: Last day for registration
  • August 8-10, 2022: Symposium!
Invited Speakers

36 invited speakers will present during the regular technical program on topics related to one of the four Technical Themes of the Symposium. The list of confirmed speakers is shown in the Program document below.

Poster Presentations

The RockEng22 Symposium will feature poster presentations from the broader Canadian Rock Mechanics community and Best Poster Awards. Please see the Call for Abstracts page if you are interested in submitting an abstract to be considered for an invitation to present a poster at the Symposium.


A workshop will be included at the end of the regular technical program to discuss the strengths and future opportunities in Canadian rock mechanics.

Workshop Title: RockEng23 and Beyond: Rebirth of the Canadian Rock Mechanics Symposia

COVID-19 Policies - Updated August 4, 2022
COVID-19 Policies

The health and safety of the students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and guests who are part of the Queen's University community, including the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, is the university's priority.

Following consultations with local public health experts, Queen's University suspended its mandatory mask requirement as of June 1, 2022. This decision is based on the current state of the pandemic, in which COVID-19 cases and hospital capacity in our region are stable, and masks are no longer required in most public settings.

Some RockEng22 Symposium attendees, social event companions, volunteers, and vendors may choose to continue to wear masks. Please demonstrate consideration and respect for individual choices.

Visitors to the Isabel are encouraged to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Regulations are subject to  change in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Health, KFL&A Public Health, and Queen's University guidelines.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping each other safe.

We invite you to view Keynote Speaker Dr. Peter Kaiser's Mueller Lecture Paper and an Updated Conference Paper related to his Keynote presentation.

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Boat Cruise

1000 Islands Sunset Dinner Boat Cruise

On the evening of August 8th, we will board a 3-hour chartered 1000 Islands Sunset Dinner Boat Cruise. A separate ticket for this event is required in addition to both the regular and student registrations. There are also non-registrant tickets available for spouses/partners to join us for this kick-off evening event. See the Registration page for details.

Join us as we sail down the St. Lawrence River, past the Kingston harbourfront, the Fort Henry National Historic and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and into the 1000 Islands National Park. If the weather permits, we will also enjoy a gorgeous sunset on the water.

Brockville Tunnel

Brockville Tunnel: Technical Tour & Banquet Dinner

On the evening of August 9th, the Technical Tour will feature a visit to the Brockville Tunnel, which is Canada's oldest rail tunnel. The tunnel was built between 1854 and 1860 to connect Brockville's waterfont industrial area to the Brockville & Ottawa Railway. Rail service in the tunnel ended in 1970. Since then, the City of Brockville acquired, renovated, and opened the tunnel for public tourism. The tunnel first opened to the public in August 2017 as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. 

Transportation to and from the Brockville Tunnel is included with registration and will be scheduled during the regular Symposium program.

Immediately following the tour, we will enjoy a banquet dinner inside the tunnel! 


Please be sure to purchase a separate ticket for this dinner during registration. There are also non-registrant tickets available for spouses/partners to join us for this unique event. See the Registration page for more details.

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