Petrovietnam University Co-hosts the 12th ARMS with a Focus on Contemporary Issues in Rock Mechanics and Engineering

Petrovietnam University (PVU), in collaboration with the Vietnam Society for Rock Mechanics (VSRM) and the International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM), successfully hosted the 12th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium (ARMS12) on November 23-24 in Hanoi.

The conference theme, "Rock Mechanics and Engineering – Contemporary Issues," highlighted the stability of structures in sectors such as Hydropower, Transport, Mining, Geological Disasters, and notably, Oil and Gas Extraction.


Prominent attendees included Prof. Dr. Pham Quang Thao, Vice President of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA); Prof. Reşat Ulusay, President of the ISRM; Dr. Suseno Kramadibrata, ISRM Vice President for Asia; Prof. Sergio A. B. Fontoura, former ISRM Vice President for Latin America; and Dr. Mahendra Singh, President of the Indian Society for Rock Mechanics. The conference drew nearly 100 delegates, including experts, scientists, and lecturers from Vietnam and internationally.

Keynote speakers from various countries, including the USA, Norway, Japan, South Korea, China, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Brazil, and Mongolia, shared their expertise in rock mechanics and engineering. The event served as a valuable platform for Vietnamese and international scientists and professionals to exchange experiences and technology transfers in the field of rock mechanics and to steer research towards addressing contemporary challenges.

The opening ceremony featured speeches by Prof. Reşat Ulusay and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Quang Thao, emphasizing the importance of rock mechanics in socio-economic development and scientific progress. Dr. Nguyen Thanh Tung, Vice Rector of PVU, expressed his delight in co-hosting the symposium, hoping it would foster significant contributions to the country's economic development and establish future international research collaborations.


The conference included scientific reports and discussions on the latest applications in prioritized fields of rock engineering. PVU researchers presented notable papers, such as "Comparative Models for Fracture Development in the Oligocene Layers at Bach Ho Field" and "AI Applications in Predicting Mechanical Drilling Speeds in Oil and Gas Wells."


Dr. Bùi Thanh Bình, Head of the Petroleum Engineering Department at PVU, commended the organization of the event and the valuable contributions of PVU's faculty. He highlighted the nearly 40 research papers presented internationally by the department since early 2022, reflecting PVU's commitment to scientific advancement in the oil and gas sector.

Overall, the ARMS12 served as a testament to the continuous evolution and significance of the Vietnam Society for Rock Mechanics since its first scientific workshop in 1984, marking a significant milestone in the field of rock mechanics and engineering.