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This set of Presentations comprises an introductory course in Petroleum Geomechanics (Petroleum Rock Mechanics). The presentations start by introducing the basics of rock behaviour and design, initial conditions such as stress and temperature, and then move on to applications in areas such as borehole stability and stress changes in reservoirs. An attempt has been made to cover all of the major issues in Petroleum Geomechanics, but the materials also reflect the interests of the author to some degree.
There are approximately 35-50 hours of lecture material, depending how it is presented, and whether there are problems presented and worked out in class by participants. The materials are suitable for 4th-year students in Petroleum Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, although the materials could be used as the basis of a late 3rd-year course providing the students have had exposure to stress and strain in earth materials such as a course in Structural and Petroleum Geology, or an introductory course in Soil Mechanics.
As a professional short course, the materials can be presented in 35 hours, or selected modules can be added or left aside. As a courtesy, if you use these materials and develop modules of your own, develop clear problems sets, or improve these materials, please send a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org, as I am always looking for better ways to present ideas and concepts.
The ISRM is extremely grateful to Erik Eberhardt of the University of British Columbia in Canada for preparing this series of downloadable ISRM Lectures on rock mechanics and rock engineering.
1 - Introduction
2 - Observational Approach
3 - Empirical Design
4 - Kinematic Analysis I
5 - Kinematic Analysis II
6 - Limit Equilibrium
7 - In Situ Stress
8 - Stress Analysis
9 - Deformation Analysis
10 - Discontinuum Analysis
11 - Excavation Methods
12 - Rock Support
13 - Instrumentation
14 - Brittle Fracture
15 - Case Histories
The ISRM is extremely grateful to Prof. John Hudson for preparing this series of downloadable ISRM Lectures.
Lecture 1 - Principles - Introduction
Lecture 2 - Rock stress
Lecture 3 - Stress path, enginering failures
Lecture 4 - Complete force-displacement curve
Lecture 5 - Fracture frequency
Lecture 6 - In situ rock failure
Lecture 7 - Archeopteryx and Open Cast Coal Mine
Lecture 8 - Modelling and Design
Lecture 9 - Failure and profilagons
Lecture 10 - SI and TA
Lecture 11 - JinPing II project
Lecture 12 - Cultural
Lecture 13 - Writing a paper
Lecture 14 - Rock Mechanics Future
This course provides an introduction to rock mechanics principles including the mechanics of rock materials, rock joints and rock masses, rock mechanics characterisation and rock mass classifications. The course is prepared for students studying civil and mining engineering, and other science and engineering disciplines concerning rocks.
The course is an on-line course, with approximately 30 hours of lectures. It covers 5 parts: (a) origin of rocks and rock masses, (b) properties and mechanics of rock materials, (c) properties and mechanics of rock joints, (d) rock mass classifications and properties, and a supplement part (e) rock mechanics testing and analysis.
The lectures are given by Professor Jian Zhao, who has been teaching rock mechanics and rock engineering since 1990, first at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, then at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne of Switzerland, and currently at Monash University in Melbourne of Australia. He is a Fellow of the International Society for Rock Mechanics since 2015.
Rock Engineering, a sequential on-line course to Rock Mechanics Principles given by the same lecturer will be made available in near future.
The Rock Engineering Practice course was recorded by Professor Zhao Jian, an ISRM fellow, of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and contains 21 lectures divided in three parts.
Part 1. Site Investigation and Testing
Part 2. Rock Slope Engineering
Part 3. Rock Foundation Engineering
Part 4. Underground Rock Excavations
The ISRM course on "Prevention methods for Landslides in Rock Masses" by Prof. Zhong-qi Quentin YUE, from the University of Hong Kong (see CV at the bottom of the page) is now available, in open access. The course has four parts, with a total of 24 lectures:
Part A - Understanding landslides in rock mass (four lectures)
Part B - Methods for quantifying rock mass (eight lectures)
Part C - Methods for landslide potential of rock mass (five lectures)
Part D - Measures for preventing landslides in rock mass (seven lectures)
This course was recorded in 2021 by Dr Nick Barton, an ISRM Fellow and recipient of the 2011 Müller Award of the ISRM. In this course, it includes some examples of empirical methods in rock mechanics and rock engineering: for tunnelling, rock joints, rock masses, and rock slopes, cliffs and mountains (Q, QTBM, JRC, JCS, QSLOPE and other topics) The course has four parts, each opening in its own page.
Part 1 - The many faces of Q
Part 2 - Shear Strength of Rock, Rock Joints, etc.
Part 3 - Failure Modes in Rock Masses
Part 4 - TBM Performance and Prognosis
This course was coordinated in 2021 by Prof. Leandro Alejano, from University of Vigo, Spain and ISRM Vice President for Europe. The course has an introduction and four parts, each opening in its own page.
Rock mass characterization and monitoring is based on information gathered at different levels that contributes to a good understanding of the rock mass behavior. Geological, geostructural and geomechanical information is needed to set up a reliable model of the rock mass. The development of advanced survey techniques, such as digital photogrammetry, laser scanning and SAR interferometry has supplied powerful instruments in several fields including rock mechanics, where some efforts have been dedicated to improve the quality and the quantity of information available. In this short course taught by relevant European experts, the basics of these techniques are briefly reviewed and a number of interesting rock mechanics applications will be shown.
Part 0 - Course Presentation (Leandro Alejano)
Part 1 - A.M. Ferrero & M.R.Migliazza - Introduction of advanced survey methods for rock mass characterization and monitoring (A.M. Ferrero & M.R.Migliazza)
Part 2 - Methods for automatic or semi-automatic discontinuity traces sampling on digital rock mass (Gessica Umili)
Part 3 - Rock Mass Characterization and Monitoring based on Advanced Remote Sensing Techniques (Adrían Riquelme)
Part 4 - SAR Interferometry in Rock Mechanics (Roberto Tomas)
The Geology 1 course is composed of three parts dedicated to 1. general knowledge of the system Earth, 2. tools for the 3D geometric representation of geological objects and 3. methods and techniques for the recognition of fundamental minerals and rocks.
The principles of rock mechanics explains the fundamental concepts of continuum mechanics and rheology as applied in studies of rock deformation. A thorough understanding of rock behavior is essential for strategic planning in the petroleum and mining industry, in construction operation, and in locating subsurface repositories. The formation of geological structures or rock deformation patterns, studied by geodynamicists and tectonicians, is, also governed by the mechanical principles outlined in this textbook. The aim of the present book is obvious: to inspire a new generation of positively forward-thinking geoscientists and engineers, skillful in and favorable to the practical application of mechanics to rock structures.