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
  • May 31, 2022: Final abstract deadline
  • June 8, 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

Under the current Queen's University COVID-19 policies, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors will continue to be required to wear ASTM F2100 Level 2 medical-grade masks while indoors on campus.


In addition, all visitors to the Isabel MUST be fully vaccinated. Please bring proof of vaccination (Ontario residents must show the QR Code version of their vaccination receipt), and Photo ID. Your documents and masking will be checked upon entering the Isabel.

Any individual who requires an accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code with respect to vaccination status must provide approved supporting documentation. Applications for this accommodation to come to Queen's University campus can be made here: COVID-19 Vaccine Accommodation - Human Resources. *Please note this link can be used for staff, faculty, and the general public. This process takes approximately two weeks and must be completed prior to visiting the Isabel.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping each other safe. This page will be updated if these policies change.

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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: 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.