International Society for Rock Mechanics (India)


The study of rock mechanics has assumed considerable importance because of its wide application in civil engineering, more predominantly in water resources and mining engineering. With the execution of multipurpose water resources projects located in complicated geological settings, the significance of rock mechanics in the design and construction was realised in late 1950s. Despite tremendous alround advancement in technology, a full understanding of natural forces and phenomena particularly in the construction of water resources projects eludes the design engineer and therefore there is always a need for upgradation of ones knowledge. Liberalisation of economy has facilitated planning and execution of many exciting and complicated projects. These projects require application of modern principles of rock mechanics, which warrants deliberations and collaboration to facilitate flow of appropriate technology to enable successful implementation of such projects under a time-bound programme in a cost-effective manner, conforming to environmental requirements.

Since its inception, in 1991, the Indian National Group of ISRM i.e. ISRM (India) has been involved in dissemination of information regarding rock mechanics, mining and tunnel engineering by organising symposia, seminars, workshops, and training courses, both at national as well as international level, in liaison with international organisations.

The International Society for Rock Mechanics was founded in Salzburg in 1962 as a result of the enlargement of the “Salzburger Kreis”, its foundation being mainly owed to Professor Muller who acted as President of the Society till September 1966. The Society is a non-profit organization supported by the fees of the members and grants that do not impair its free action.

The field of Rock Mechanics is taken to include all studies relative to the physical and mechanical behaviour of rocks and rock masses and the applications of this knowledge for the better understanding of geological processes in the fields of Engineering.

Manual on Rock Mechanics

The first Manual on Rock Mechanics, which was prepared under the guidance of an Expert Committee, was released by Central Board of Irrigation & Power (CBIP) in early 1979. The manual was very well received.

The manual was revised in 1988, under the guidance of the then Director and Joint Director of CSMRS, Shri C. Sudhindra and Dr. V.M. Sharma, respectively, to reflect the then state-of-art knowledge of Indian Engineers in the field of Rock Mechanics. The revised manual contained 17 Chapters, covering basic concepts of Rock Mechanics, Field and Laboratory Tests on Rock Mass and Rock Specimen, Geophysical Investigations, Interpretation of Test Data and their Application to various problems of Foundation of Dams, Tunnelling, etc.

The Governing Council of the Indian National Group of ISRM, in its meeting held on 27 February 2009, under the Chairmanship of Dr. K.G. Sharma, President of Indian National Group of ISRM, felt that there was a need to update the manual, as more than 20 years had passed since its publication. It has been decided to release the revised manual during the ISRM International Symposium 2010 and 6th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium to be held in New Delhi during 23-27 October 2010.