From May 27th to 28th, 2014, internationally renowned scholars Richard E. Goodman and Nicholas Sitar from University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) visited CRSRI. CRSRI and Hubei Society for Rock Mechanics and Engineering jointly held a seminar. Experts and scholars from CRSRI, CISPDR, Wuhan University of Technology, China University of Geosciences at Wuhan, Wuhan University, Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics of CAS took part in the seminar. The seminar was hosted by Professor Wu Aiqing, vice director of Key Laboratory of Geotechnical Mechanics and Engineering of Ministry of Water Resources (MWR). Lin Shaozhong, Deputy-president and also chief engineer of CRSRI, delivered the welcome speech.
Professor Goodman is a world-wide famous expert on rock mechanics and engineering geology. He is also the academician of American Academy of Engineering. He proposed Goodman joint element and block theory. The tile of his speech is ¡°Some Safety Issues for Dams on Rock Foundations¡±. He introduced some safety related issues based on American construction experiences on dams and summarized the lessons of dam failure.
Professor Sitar is the former president of American Rock Mechanics Association(ARMA) and the dean of civil department of UC Berkeley. His academic contributions cover seismic safety of geotechnical engineering and underground water environment evaluation. The title of his speech is ¡°Rock-Fluid Interaction: Rock Scour and Next Generation Models¡±. On the seminar he introduced explicit DDA method and SPH-DDA coupling method. Professor Dong Xuesheng and Professor Shi Genhua from CRSRI made comments on the given speech and highly recognized the achievements. Scholars from other departments raised questions and discussed related issues. The seminar was fruitful and provided platform for participants and young scholars to communicate with master-level scholars. It helped broaden vision and deepen academic thought.
Prior to the seminar, accompanied by Professor Cheng Zhanlin, director of Key Laboratory of Geotechnical Mechanics and Engineering of MWR and also the vice chief engineer of CRSRI, and Professor Wu Aiqing, Professor Goodman and Professor Sitar visited the mechanical testing laboratory and geotechnical testing laboratory at Key Laboratory of Geotechnical Mechanics and Engineering of MWR and were impressed by the research achievements and advanced equipment.