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:

Theme 1: Rockmass Mechanics and Structure Networks

Theme 2: Innovations in Rock Mechanics Testing

Theme 3: Innovations in Rock Mechanics Modelling

Theme 4: In Situ Monitoring and Rock Engineering

Key Dates
  • November 1, 2020: Registration opens
  • December 1, 2020: 
    Abstracts due
  • TBA: Notification of abstract acceptance
  • TBA: Last day for early bird registration
  • August 2021: 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: RockEng2024 and Beyond: Rebirth of the Canadian Rock Mechanics Symposium

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Technical Tour & Banquet Dinner


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.

Icebreaker Reception & Boat Cruise


The Icebreaker event will begin with a reception at the Holiday Inn Waterfront patio bar & restaurant. We will board a 1000 Islands Cruise charter to continue the icebreaker event. A ticket fee for the Icebreaker event will be required in addition to both the regular and student registrations. 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.