15th International ISRM Congress 2023
    & 72nd Geomechanics Colloquium

    Challenges in Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
    October 09th - 14th, 2023


    To the virtual Congress


    The proceedings are available in two versions:

    • Visit this interactive website. Here you can search for single papers and download them separately.
    • The complete proceedings in PDF format you can download hereAttention, the proceedings cover over 3000 pages and the file is over 430 MB big!



    ISRM Congress & Geomechanics Colloquium 2023

    The Austrian Society for Geomechanics has the pleasure to invite you to the 15th international ISRM Congress 2023 to be held in conjunction with the 72nd Geomechanics Colloquium in Salzburg, the city where the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) was founded in 1962. The Geomechanics Colloquium in Salzburg since its initiation in 1951 has always been a perfect and distinguished meeting place for researchers and practitioners. The success of this concept not only shows in the continuous meetings over more than 70 years, but also in the attendance of regularly around 1000 participants.

    We have put some effort in preparing an interesting and attractive scientific program. Interesting site visits to tunnel and rock engineering projects will be organized.

    Salzburg is famous for its unique historical city center, and the wonderful Alpine landscape in the vicinity, as well as for outstanding music festivals. Mozart was born in Salzburg and spent a good deal of his life here. Traditionally a chamber concert is organized for the participants. The accompanying persons program will include city tours, and tours to scenic and interesting places in the vicinity of the city.

    It is a special honor for us to host the ISRM Congress 2023 for the fist time in Salzburg and we hope that an exciting program and the charms of Salzburg make this a successful and memorable event.

    We look forward to meeting you in Salzburg.

    Yours sincerely,
    Wulf Schubert
    President of the Austrian Society for Geomechanics

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    Venue with Tradition

    Salzburg Congress (Auerspergstraße 6, 5020 Salzburg, entrance Mirabellgarten), located in the center of the city, a top-class convention centre for up to 2500 participants right in Salzburg’s city centre. It is your prime location for all international, national and regional conference, Congress and events in Salzburg.
    Salzburg Congress offers a versatile venue, with its holistic design finished to the highest standards. With its numerous amenities and cutting-edge technology, our conference centre has become a leading destination for Congress, conferences, meetings and other events.
    Inside and out, the Salzburg Congress building is fully adaptable to any purpose.

    Salzburg Congress, Salzburg Information and Tourism Salzburg GmbH are all fully-owned by the city of Salzburg. Being closely tied to the region’s tourist infrastructure and acting as "official convention centre" for Salzburg means that we can offer the services and discounts of a wide range of affiliated city-run institutions.

    To get a better idea of the congress center "Salzburg Congress" and of its premises a digital 3D-Model can be contemplated.


    By plane

    Salzburg's W. A. Mozart Airport is located only four kilometers from the city center, a fifteen minute journey by taxi or public transportation. Salzburg is directly accessible from cities such as Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hannover, Hamburg, Cologne/Bonn, Frankfurt, Leipzig-Halle, Amsterdam, Vienna, Paris, London, Manchester, Stockholm und Zurich. A connection to Munich Airport is given by shuttle bus. Salzburg Congress can be reached directly from the airport by Bus Line 2.

    By train

    Salzburg's train station is a five minutes' walk from Salzburg Congress. The city center is within a 15 minutes' walk. Being close to the German border means that Salzburg has outstanding Eurocity, Intercity and ICE connections to cities across Europe. You can also catch a local or suburban train to Salzburg from most towns in the region. The conference center can be reached by Lines 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 14, 25 and 840 from the train station.

    Salzburg is at the center of the European highway network: the A1 Vienna-Salzburg, the A8 Munich-Salzburg and the A10 Villach-Salzburg all converge in Salzburg. Please remember to purchase a toll sticker for Austrian highways if you are driving to Salzburg. Parking at close quarters to Salzburg Congress is possible.

    A dense network of busses and the new urban railway garantuee a fast and uncomplicate advancement in Salzburg. Bus stops are in front of Salzburg Congress. The network map in German language of the Salzburg AG can be downloaded. The following bus lines stop at the stations Kongresszentrum and Mirabellplatz: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 14, 25 and 840.


    If you need a visa for your participation at the 15th Int. ISRM Congress & 72nd Geomechanics Colloquium 2023, you will find all information here:

    Organization Committee


    Em.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont.

    President of the Austrian Society for Geomechanics

    General Chairman

    Tel: +43 662 875519


    Andreas GORICKI

    Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

    Board Member of the Austrian Society for Geomechanics

    Technical Programm Chairman

    Tel: +43 662 875519

    Bernd Moritz

    Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

    Board Member of the Austrian Society for Geomechanics


    Tel: +43 622 875519

    Christian Zangerl

    Univ.Prof. Mag.rer.nat. Dr.sc.nat

    Board Member of the Austrian Society for Geomechanics


    Tel: +43 622 875519



    Treasurer of the Austrian Society for Geomechanics Geomechanik


    Tel: +43 622 875519

    Helmut F. Schweiger

    Ao.Univ.-Prof.i.R.DI. Dr.techn. M.Sc.

    Board Member of the Austrian Society for Geomechanics

    Tel: +43 622 875519

    Johann Herdina


    Board Member of the Austrian Society for Geomechanics

    Tel: +43 622 875519

    Alexander Kluckner

    Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

    Executive Secretary

    Tel: +43 622 875519


    Secretary of the Austrian Society for Geomechanics


    Tel: +43 622 875519



    Sales Manager Salzburg Congress (Venue)

    Tel.: +43 662 88987-611

    Advisory Committee

    Scientific Committee

    Chairman of Scientific Committee

    • Andreas Goricki / AUSTRIA

    Members of the ISRM - Region Group Europa

    • Luljeta Bozo / ALBANIA
    • Rainer Poisel / AUSTRIA
    • Thomas Marcher / AUSTRIA
    • Jean-Pierre Tshibangu / BELGIUM
    • Mato Uljarevic / BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
    • Chavdar Vassilev Kolev / BULGARIA
    • Željko Arbanas / CROATIA
    • Ivan Vrkljan / CROATIA
    • Petr Konicek / CZECH REPUBLIC
    • Lauri Uotinen / FINLAND
    • Jean Sulem / FRANCE
    • Conrad Boley / GERMANY
    • Deak Ferenc / HUNGARY
    • Atli Karl Ingimarsson / ICELAND
    • Anna-Maria Ferrero / ITALY
    • Igor Peshevski / MACEDONIA
    • Dominique J.M. Ngan-Tillard / NETHERLANDS
    • Henki Ødegaard / NORWAY
    • Jose Muralha / PORTUGAL
    • Vojkan Jovicic / SLOVENIA
    • Leandro R. Alejano / SPAIN
    • Fredrik Johansson / SWEDEN
    • Erich Pimentel / SWITZERLAND
    • Walter Steiner / SWITZERLAND
    • Ergün Tuncay / TURKEY
    • James Lawrence / UNITED KINGDOM

    Members of the ISRM - Region Group Northamerika

    • John Harrisson / CANADA
    • Mark Diederichs / CANADA
    • Laura Pyrak-Nolte / USA
    • Maria Nikolinakou / USA

    Members of the ISRM - Region Group Latin Amerika

    • Diego G. Manzanal / ARGENTINA
    • Ariel Bustamante / BOLIVIA
    • Gabriel Rodríguez / BOLIVIA
    • Tarcisio B. Celestino / BRAZIL
    • Sergio A.B. da Fontoura / BRAZIL
    • Antonio Bonani Rizzolli / CHILE
    • Alvaro J Gonzalez / COLUMBIA
    • José Pavón Mendoza / PARAGUAY
    • Alfredo Laos Villacrez / PERU

    Members of the ISRM - Region Group Australasia

    • Sevda Dehkhoda / AUSTRALIA
    • Paul Horrey / NEW ZEALAND

    Members of the ISRM - Region Group Afrika

    • Paul Couto / SOUTH AFRICA
    • Michael du Plessis / SOUTH AFRICA
    • Essaïeb Hamdi / TUNISIA
    • Omberai Mandingaisa / ZIMBABWE

    Members of the ISRM - Region Group Asia

    • Manchao He / CHINA
    • Suseno Kramadibrata / INDONESIA
    • Vahab Sarfarazi / ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN
    • Michael Tsesarsky / ISRAEL
    • Tetsuo Okuno / JAPAN
    • Sung O.Choi / KOREA
    • Seokwon Jeon / KOREA
    • Rini Asnida Abdullah / MALAYSIA
    • Enkhbayar Dandar / MONGOLIA
    • Ying Xin Zhou / SINGAPORE
    • Do Nhu Trang / VIETNAM