1 Announcement for the 4th International Workshop on Underground Research Laboratory 3 rd circular (May 6, 2015, with the latest changes in italic) With Preliminary Agenda Following the 2003 Johannesburg, the 2007 Lisbon, and the 2011 Beijing workshops, we plan to organize the following activities associated with 2015 Montreal Congress of the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) on Underground Research Laboratory (URL) related studies. The activities associated with this 4 th URL Workshop include (1) on May 7, Thursday, 2015, a field visit from 7 am (sharp at SNOLab site, please bring your own lunch) to 3 pm to Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Lab (SNOLab), at Sudbury, Canada; (2) an afternoon meeting after the site visit to discuss infrastructure plans among Asian, European, and North American laboratories; (3) on May 8, Friday, 2015, 1 pm to 5 pm for a site visit to the Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI), Laurenthian University; (4) on May 10, 2015, Sunday, 8 am to 6 pm, for the 4 th International URL Workshop at Montreal, Canada; (5) on May 12, Tuesday, 10:30 am to 12 noon, for several URL talks in the Underground Site Studies session (to be confirmed), organized by the ISRM Congress; (6) on May 15, Friday, 2 pm to 5 pm, for a visit to University of Toronto to discuss microbiology, geochemistry, and hydrology activities in URLs worldwide, and (7) on May 20, Wednesday, 11 am to 1 pm, for an informal meeting with ARMA and NSF to brief our URL Workshop findings at Cosmo Club, Washington, D.C. Our Workshop/Commission meeting on May 10 is announced in The final Workshop program and activity information will also be updated and posted in the final link on The ISRM Congress web site is No fees are planned to be collected for these activities. Please prepare to pay lunches, waters and coffees in the hotels, restaurants, or in coffee shop of the Palais des Congress. In attending the Workshop, please specify that you are coming for the Commission meeting of our ISRM URCL Networking Commission. For Lecturers and Participants not planning to attend the ISRM Congress on May 11-13, please ask for a badge that says URL Workshop (no name) prepared by the Convention Coordinator, Chantel Murphy. I will send him a note before the Workshop to estimate how many URL preprinted badges we will need. I currently estimate that 5 Participants from China, 5 from Europa, 3 from U.S.A. and 1 from Canada, may need this type of preprinted badges, If more Participants need this type of badges, please let me know as soon as possibl.. For others, you can pick up the Congress badges on Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm, or Sunday after 8 am. No fees are planned to be collected for the Workshop. Please prepare to bring lunches, waters and coffees from hotels, restrauants, or in the coffee shop of the Palais des Congress.
2 As in previous URL workshops, we will discuss rock mechanics and geoscience advances associated with characterization of excavation damage zone characterization and with testing progress in couple process understanding for radioactive waste assessment as well as in recent large excavations in deep physics facilities. We are interested also in multi-disciplinary studies and controlling processes in enhancing earth resource engineering. These topics are the scope of the ISRM Commission on URL Networking. Similarity and differences among URLs will be discussed in this 4 th International URL Workshop. Please contact for early logistics and questions for activities associated with the 4 th International URL Workshop. Please forward this announcement to your colleagues and encourage participation and contributions. I will be glad to contact whoever you recommend for these activities on your behalf and encourage Lectures given in the Workshop. As mentioned above, our 4 th International URL Workshop is also scheduled to be our annual meeting for the ISRM Commission on URL Networking to discuss future URL-related activities, including potentially the preparation for an invited book on URL case histories and planned developments. A preliminary agenda for the workshop is given below, for Lectures and discussions.
3 Preliminary Agenda for the 4 th International Underground Research Laboratory (URL) Workshop May 10, 2015, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Room 524A, Level 5, Palais des Congress, 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle (see floor diagram at the end) In association with the 13 th International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) Congress, May 11-13, 2015 The 4 th URL Workshop is scheduled to have four sessions, with Lectures in sessions each lasting ~ 25 minutes, with minutes for the presentation, followed by 5-10 minutes for discussion. After each Lecture, all Participants are welcomed to introduce additional information on similar studies in other laboratories. We hope that we have many inter-exchange of information in this Workshop. In this update, I include a few additional potential talks by Colleagues planning to come to the Workshop, and hopefully can show a few slides. I will confirm with each of them if they are planning to share their URL information during discussion periods. We hope that these additional talks are informative, and we will adjust schedules accordingly during the Workshop. We hope to accommodate as much talks as we can. The morning sessions focus on rock engineering and physics in Asia, Europe, and North America deep physics labs. The North American and Europe Lectures will follow Asian Lectures. The afternoon sessions focus on radioactive waste and on energy/environmental experiments in URLs and other underground settings. We will reverse the order and have European and North American Lectures first, followed by Asian Lectures. 8:00 8:10: Welcome and Introduction, Peter Smeallie, Derek Elsworth, Charles Fairhurst or Joe Wang Session I. Asia s Deep Physics and Rock Mechanics Laboratories & World s Long Baseline Experiments 8:10 8:35am: Xia-Ting Feng, IRSM-CAS, Wuhan, China; ISRM President Rock Mechanics Associated with Deep and Large Excavations in China Monitoring and Observations of Rock-bursts in JinPing Tunnels Ongoing Studies of Rock Mechanics Laboratory in CJPL-II 8:35 9:00am: Jianmin Li, Tsinghua Univ., Beijing, China; CJPL-II Chief Engineer Expansion Plan and Physics Experiments at CJPL and CJPL-II Dark Matter Experiments in China JinPing Lab (CJPL) Development of Phase 2 of CJPL (CJPL-II) and Spaces for Collaborations
4 9:00 9:25am Chang Kee Jung, Professor of Physics, State Univ. of New York (SUNY), Stoney Brook, New York; T2K International Co-Spokesperson, DUNE Resource Coordinator Very Large Underground Detectors for Neutrino Physics and Nucleaon Decay Searches: Recent Discovery of Electron Neutrino Appearance from a Muon Neutrino Beam in T2K and Future Outlook for Discovery of CP Violation in the Lepton Sector Tokai to Kamioka (T2K) Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment Planned Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) in the U.S.A. and LAUGUNA-LBNO in Europe (Bill Roggenthen on Planned SURF Detector Hall for DUNE) 9:25 9:50am: Chris Laughton, U.S.A. (with inputs from Guido Nuijten & Andre Rubbia, LAGUNA- LBNO) Constructability and Value Engineering Top Ten Best Practices for Underground Laboratory construction 9:50 10:10am Short Break Comparison of Cost Analyses and Designs Between DUNE and LAGUNA LBNO Geotechnical Engineering Considerations in Establishing Deep Halls Session II. European and North American Physics Laboratories and Experiments 10:10 10:35am: Stefano Ragazzi, Gran Sasso, Italy, INFN-LNGS Director (to be delivered by Fabrice Piquermal) Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS) Program Physics and Geoscience Experiments in Large Halls and Along Tunnels International Committees in Selecting Next Generation Experiments (New LSC Director after Sandro Bettini on Laboratorie Souterrain de Canfrac) 10:35 11:00am: Fabrice Piquemal, Modane, France, LSM Director Laboratorie Souterrrain de Modane (LSM) Program Physics and Radioactive Measurements at LSM Expansion Plan for Multi-Disciplinary Hall Next to Existing Lab (Sean Paling on Bulby Underground Lab in U. K.) 11:00 11:25am: Ino Agrafiot, Paris, France, ApPEC Spokesperson Astroparticle Physics European Consortium (ApPEC) Activities ASPERA Workshops on Progress in European Lab Experiments Progress in Multi-Disciplinary Studies in European Consortium Network
5 11:25 11:50am Nigel Smith, Sudbury, Canada, SNOLab Director (to be presented by Ian Lawson) Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Laboratory (SNOLab) 11:50am 12:50pm: Lunch Break Experiments and Activities at SNOLab Inputs of SNOLab Infrastructure to Worldwide Development in Physics Labs Session III: Contributions of Rock Mechanics to Radioactive Waste Disposal Evaluations 12:50 1:15pm: John A. Hudson, Imperial College, London, U.K.; DECOVALECX Chairman; ISRM President URLs to Support Geo-Engineering Projects Studies Underground in Reducing Geo-Engineering Risks Model Validation with URL Experiments 1:15 1:40pm: Erik Johansson, Saanio Riekkola Oy, Finland, ONKALO Spokesperson for Repository Development of Rock Characterization and Field Testing Activities Progress in POSIVA s Nuclear Waste Repository Program 1:40 2:05pm: Xiang Ling Li, GIE EURIDICE, Mol, Belgium The PARCLAY experiment at URL HADES in Mol, Belgium First results of the PA Design of the PARCLAY heater and seal experiment ONKALO Underground Rock Characterization Facility for In- Situ Testing RCLAY heater test 2:05 2:30pm: Sandra Fahland, Stefan Heusermann, and Peter Vogt, BGR, Hannover, Germany Geoscientific exploration of a candidate waste disposal site in rock salt Exploration of the Gorleben site Geothermal borehole measurements and numerical modeling 2:30 2:55pm: Seokwon Jeon, Seoul National Univ., Seoul, Korea (to be delivered by a KAERI Colleague) KAERI Underground Research Tunnel (KURT) Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) experiments for disposal study Expansion plans for KURT (Ju Wang on China s Area-Specific URL at the Beishan site) 2:55 3:15: Short Break Session IV: Networks and URL Inter-Disciplinary Underground Science and Technology Experiments
6 3:15-3:40pm: Peter K. Kaiser, Laurentian Univ., Sudbury, Canada; CEMI Founder Hydraulic Fracturing Experiments in Network Mine Observatories Rock bursting in deep mines Mines as URLs 3:40 4:15pm: Derek Elsworth, Penn State Univ.; (May Be Conflicted with an Project Review in Denver) Lab to Field Injection of Under- and Over-Saturated Fluids in Fracturing Use of He, N 2, Ar, CO 2, SF 6 and other gases for injections Role of URLs in probing controls of induced seismicity 4:15 4:40pm: Yves Guglielmi, Aix-Marseille Universite, Marseille, France (may be deferred to late slot if arrive late) Hydro-Mechanical Experiments in Fault Zones in Shales and Carbonated Rocks Procedure to determine in situ properties of fractures with step-rate injections Test results from Monti Terri, Tournemire, and LSBB URLs (Christophe Nuessem on Monti Terri Lab, to be presented by Yves Guglielmi) 4:40 5:05pm: Ignacio Lazaro Roche and Stephane Gaffet, LSBB, Apt, France, LSBB Director IDUST Conferences and Muon Densitometry of Rocks at LSBB Inter-disciplinary studies in low noise environment Muon densitometry using micromegas detectors (Philllip Vascu on Underground Nuclear Plant Designs) 5:05 5:30 pm: Shaojun Li, IRSM-CAS, Wuhan, China Comprehensive Monitoring of Rock behaviors in China CJPL-II Laboratory Risks of tunnel stability and rock cores Configuration of comprehensive monitoring facilities 5:30 6:00 pm: Open Discussion (Workshop Findings and Inputs to ISRM URL Activities, including the preparation for a potential ISRM book on URL case histories and planned developments.
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