Fourth International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics (ComGeo IV)comgeo

Assisi, Italy. 2-4 May, 2018


ComGeo series of Symposia, a sequel to NUMOG (Numerical Models in Geomechanics), is a multi-disciplinary forum for exchange of views between researchers, engineers and students. The format of this Symposium will be similar to that of previous ComGeo meetings; i.e. limited number of participants, high technical standard and an informal style promoting discussion. The scope will cover a broad range of research topics in soil and rock mechanics, including developments in computational/analytical techniques, their application to practical engineering problems as well as innovations in experimental testing and interpretation. Original contributions in the areas of petroleum, mining, geo-environmental, nuclear and off-shore engineering, are also welcome.

Symposium Organizers

Gyan N. Pande (Co-Chair)
Swansea University, Swansea, UK

Stan Pietruszczak (Co-Chair)
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Cracow University of Technology, Poland

Claudio Tamagnini (Co-Chair)
University of Perugia, Italy


Diana Salciarini
University of Perugia, Italy

Wojciech Pula
Wroclaw University of Science & Technology, Poland

Stefanos Drakos
IC2E, Rhodes, Greece 

                                          Scientific Committee

E. Alonso (Spain)

J. Andrade (USA)

L. Andresen (Norway)

C. Di Prisco (Italy)

I. Einav (Australia)

L. Gambarotta (Italy)

A. Gens (Spain)

M. Hicks (The Netherlands)

T. Hueckel (USA)

C. Jommi (Italy)

M. Karstunen (Sweden)

L. Laloui (Switzerland)

D. Lydzba (Poland)

D. Masin (Czech Republic)

G. Meschke (Germany)

R. Michalowski (USA)

T. Nakai (Japan)

H. Schweiger (Austria)

A.P.S. Selvadurai (Canada)

J.F. Shao (France)

H-S. Shin (South Korea)

P. Simonini (Italy)

K. Soga (USA)

H. Thomas (UK)

J. Tejchman (Poland)

A. Truty (Poland)

C. Viggiani (France)

R. Wan (Canada)





                        Important Dates

Abstract submission: 20 November 2017
Notification of acceptance: 15 December 2017
Submission of extended abstracts: 1 March 2018
Last day for early registration: 31 March 2018
Symposium 2 – 4 May 2018

Abstract Submissions

One-page abstracts are invited by 20 November 2017 and authors will be informed of acceptance by 1 December 2017. Abstracts should be prepared in MS Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format and sent by email to with a copy to  and

The extended two-page abstracts are due by 1 March 2018. To download the guidelines for MS Word click on the link: Extended Abstracts (MsWord). For LaTeX software please use the files: Extended Abstracts (LaTeX).


Symposium Publications

All extended abstracts will be included in the publication ′4th International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics, Assisi, Italy, 2-4 May 2018 – Book of Extended Abstracts′ which will be available free to download from this website. The printed version will also be provided at the time of registration. There will be no formal proceedings of the Symposium. However, selected papers will be published, after a peer review, in Special Issues of Acta Geotechnica (Springer) and Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment (Elsevier).  

The Venue

The meeting will be held at Palazzo Bernabei located at Via San Francesco 18. The building, shown in picture on the left, is close to the Basilica of St Francis.

The Symposium will include invited theme lectures presented by distinguished researchers from the field of computational geomechanics. These will be complemented by presentations given by the Symposium participants in two parallel sessions. Ample time will be provided for formal and informal discussions. A detailed program of the Symposium will be available in mid-March.

How to get to Assisi

* By plane
The closest major airports to Assisi are:
– Florence: Peretola Airport
– Rome: Fiumicino Airport
– Pisa: Aeroporto Galileo Galilei
All three airports are roughly the same distance away, but the transport links from Rome and Florence (via train) will be the easiest.
Please note that Perugia airport (Umbria International Airport) is not a good option as it is a small airport that has only daily flights to and from Milan.

* By Car
Coming from the North:
a) Highway 14 – Autostrada Adriatica
Exit at Cesena (150 km from Assisi) and continue to Perugia (E45) until Assisi exit.
b) Highway Autostrada del Sole A 1
Exit Valdichiana until you reach Perugia, continue towards Cesena (E45) until Assisi exit.
Coming from the South:
a) Highway 14 – Autostrada Adriatica
Exit Civitanova Marche towards Foligno – Perugia until the Assisi exit.
b) Highway Autostrada del Sole A 1
Exit Orte, continue on the E45 towards Perugia – Cesena until the Assisi exit.

* By Bus
Bus service: Bus Italia
Office phone: +39.075 9637637 – +39.0744 40 29 00

* By Train
Assisi railway station is located in S. Maria degli Angeli, about 4 km from the Symposium venue. Phone +39.075 8040272
Ticket Office Hours: 1:00 P.M. To 7:35 P.M.
Website of the Italian Railways (FS):
A local bus service (line C) runs from outside the station up into the historical heart of Assisi.


Assisi has a large number of small hotels located within the ancient city walls. There is also a number of hotels in the adjacent town of Santa Maria degli Angeli which is below the hilltop town of Assisi. A bus service runs between the two towns; the trip takes about 15min.
For the list of hotels situated in or near Assisi, see the website:
Click on the interactive map provided there to view the location of the hotels. The Palazzo Bernabei is located on the opposite side of the Hotel San Fransceso (close to Basilica of St Francis).

Please note that the traditional spring festival Calendimaggio will be held in Assisi on 2-5 May 2018 (  During this period, the residents of ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ parts of Assisi put on medieval dresses, and various shows/parades are held in the streets. The main events take place near the Town Hall (Piazza del Comune) in the afternoon as well as in the evening. The festival is quite unique and attracts a lot of visitors from all over Italy.     
It is strongly recommended that the participants book an accommodation as soon as possible, as the hotels may become full.
If you wish to see the night part of the festival, it is best to find a hotel inside Assisi. Otherwise, you may stay in the area of Santa Maria degli Angeli, under the hill of Assisi. Note that the buses from the train station to the center of Assisi finish at around nine o’clock at night.

Registration fees

The registration fees, inclusive of reception, lunches, banquet,  morning and afternoon refreshments are as follows:
  Before 31 March 2018 After 31 March 2018
  AUTHORS € 500 € 550
  STUDENTS € 300 € 350
 Details for bank transfer:
 Bank: Lloyds Bank Plc, 802 Oxford St, Swansea SA1 3AF, UK
 Sort Code: 30 95 46
 Account No. : 86479654
 Account name: IC2E -EURO
 IBAN: GB70 LOYD 3095 4686 4796 54
Please clearly identify participant’s name. Registration should be paid free  of bank charges, if any.



The Symposium registration will take place on May 1st, 4-7pm, at Piccolo Teatro degli Instabili, Via Metastasio, 18. The registration will also be possible at the Symposium venue (Palazzo Bernabei) on May 2-3, 8-10am. The lunches will be served at Palazzo Vallemani, which is on Via San Francesco 10, a short walk from the conference venue. The reception will be held on May 2nd at the Valle di Assisi Resort in Santa Maria degli Angeli. It will include a brief tour of the winery, for those who are interested. The conference dinner will be on May 4th at Castello di Petrata, located on a hill 5km from Assisi.

Symposium Program

To download the preliminary Symposium program click on the link:  To be provided 

Note: This website will be continually updated as more details become available