Institut für Geotechnik und Tunnelbau Exploratory Workshop
Fractals and Geotechnical Engineering
INNSBRUCK 15-17 December 2003

1. Olivier Bour
Institut fédératif de recherche CAREN (IFR 90) Géosciences Rennes,
Campus de Beaulieu,
35042 Rennes Cedex, France

"Scaling properties of fracture networks and consequences on permeability models",
by Philippe Davy, Olivier Bour, and Jean-Raynald de Dreuzy

2. Bernardino Chiaia
Professor of Structural Mechanics,
Department of Structural Engineering and Geotechnics,
Politecnico di Torino

"A fractal model for permeability of clay linings",
"Scaling and criticality in rock mass sliding"

3. Claudio Scavia
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Strutturale e Geotecnica,
Politecnico di Torino

"Use of fractals for the evaluation of scale effects on some mechanical characteristics of rock material and rock joints"

4. Joern H. Kruhl
Tectonics and Material Fabrics,
Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering,
Technische Universitaet, D-80290 Muenchen

"New modified Cantor-dust methods for evaluating the anisotropy of rock fabrics"

5. A. Cristian Suteanu
Department of Geography, Saint Mary's University,
923 Robie St.,
Halifax, Nova Scotia,
B3H 3C3 Canada

"Relation between fluid flow properties and scale in fractured rock - an application of multifractals"

6. Luc Empereur-Mot and Thierry VILLEMIN
LGCA Univ-Savoie and CNRS,

"Fractal properties in rock fragmentation : result of a self similar process or consequence of a pure stochastic phenomenon?"

7. Alexander Ostermann
University of Innsbruck

"A mathematical approach to fractals and power laws"

8. Christian Hecht
Institut für Geologische Wissenschaften und Geiseltalmuseum,
Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle Wittenberg
Abteilung Ingenieurgeologie

"Scale Effects of fractals in fractured multilayer sequences"

9. Alison Ord

"3D imaging of jointed rock masses: scaling laws - are they fractal?"

10. Bruce Hobbs

"The development of fractal fabrics in deformed rocks"

11. David Masin

"Application of the fractal fragmentation model to the fill of natural shear zones"

12. Andrew Palmer
University of Cambridge, UK

13. Feodor Borodich
Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics,
Technological Institute, Northwestern University,
Evanston, IL 60208, USA

"Size effect and fractal development of multiple fracture patterns"

14. Ian Lerche
Institute of Geophysics and Geology
University of Leipzig

"A probabilistic procedure to assess the uncertainty of fractal dimensions from measurements"

15. Dimitrios Kolymbas

"An introduction to the applications of fractals in geotechnical engineering"

The conference centre Seehof (4 km from Innsbruck) offers secluded and attractive accommodation with possibilities for outdoor activity. The costs for accommodation and food totals 54 Euro per person and per day single room (48 Euro double room). Information on Innsbruck and Tyrol is available on the internet:

The tentative programme you can find here: programme.pdf

Fractals and power laws have a considerable potential in geotechnical engineering. They could help us in answering questions such as "What is the strength and permeability of jointed rock mass? How do these properties depend on the scale?"


Markus Maehr
University of Innsbruck
Institut for Geotechnical and Tunnelling Engineering
Technikerstrasse 13
A-6020 Innsbruck
Tel.: ++43/512/507-6682
Fax: ++43/512/507-2996
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