Third International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics (ComGeo III)

Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow, Poland, 21-23 August, 2013



Prof. Gyan N. Pande (Co-Chair)
Center for Civil and Computational Engineering
Swansea University, Swansea, UK

Prof. Stan Pietruszczak (Co-Chair)
Department of Civil Engineering
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Dr Stefanos Drakos
International Centre for Computational Engineering

Rhodes, Greece

Prof. Andrzej Truty
Institute of Geotechnics

Krakow University of Technology, Krakow, Poland

Prof. Richard Wan
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Technical Advisory Panel (Partial list)

R. Borja (USA)


F. Darve (France)

P. de Buhan (France)

E. Detournay (USA)

L. Gambarotta (Italy)

A. Gens (Spain)

G. Gioda (Italy)

V. Gocevski (Canada)

M. Hicks (Netherlands)

T. Hueckel (USA)

M. Karstunen (Sweden)

P. V. Lade (USA)



 L. Laloui (Switzerland)


D. Lydzba (Poland)

R. Michalowski (USA)

Z. Mroz (Poland)

T. Nakai (Japan)

F. Nicot (France)

G. Pijaudier-Cabot (France)

W. Pula (Poland)

H. F. Schweiger (Austria)

A. P. S. Selvadurai (Canada)

J.F. Shao (France)

H. Shin (South Korea)

G. Viggiani (France)



Scope and Objectives

The main objective of the Symposium is to provide a forum for engineers, researchers and students to exchange views and present their most recent contributions in the area of computational geomechanics. The scope of the Symposium is broad and significant contributions on advances in numerical analysis of geotechnical structures such as earth and rock fill dams, slopes, tunnels and underground caverns, as well as foundations for wind and wave energy harvesting structures, are welcome. Papers on computational engineering geology and geophysics related to issues in petroleum, mining, CO2 and nuclear waste storage and offshore engineering are also welcome. Contributions on multiscale constitutive modelling as well as hydro-mechanical-thermal coupling in saturated and unsaturated geomaterials are also of relevance.

The Symposium will include invited theme lectures presented by distinguished researchers and engineers from the field of computational geomechanics. These will be complemented by presentations given by the Symposium participants. The number of contributions will be restricted to 120.  Ample time will be provided for formal and informal discussions.


Important Dates

Abstract submission:31 January 2013
Notification of acceptance:15 February 2013
Submission of manuscripts:1 April 2013
Notification of acceptance:1 May 2013
Deadline for hotel reservation:15 May 2013
Last day for early registration:1 August 2013
Meeting:21 – 23 August 2013


Abstract and Manuscript Submissions

Contributed papers will be selected on the basis of submitted abstracts, which should be in English and not exceed 300 words (one page). Abstracts are invited by 31 January 2013 and authors will be informed of acceptance by 15 February 2013

Abstracts should be submitted in MS Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. 

The extended abstract and the final manuscript should be prepared using the following templates:

Extended abstracts: COMGEO extended abstract guidelines 

Final manuscripts:

For MS-Word users:


For Latex users:

Comgeo template guidelines 

The abstracts and the final manuscripts should be sent by email to with a copy

For a list of abstracts click here.


A block reservation at discount prices has been obtained at the Radisson Blu Hotel Krakow, Poland and participants are advised to take advantage of this offer. The rates, including a buffet breakfast, taxes and service charge are:

€ 100 (single occupancy)

€ 120 (double occupancy)

Participants can make their room reservation through the online system of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow ( by using access code MCMAST. Deadline for the reservations at the above rates is May 15, 2013.[/vc_column_text]

Location Details



Kraków is the second largest city in Poland and one of the oldest. The city dates back to the 7th century. Kraków has traditionally been one of the leading centers of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland’s most important economic hubs.

Developed over many centuries, Kraków provides a showcase setting for many historic styles of architecture. Kraków’s historic center, which includes the Old Town, Kazimierz and the Wawel Castle, was included as the first of its kind on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1978. The city’s former Jewish district of Kazimierz is particularly notable for its many renaissance buildings and picturesque streets.

Public transport is based on a fairly dense network of trams and bus lines operated by a municipal company, supplemented by a number of private minibus operators. The bulk of the city’s historic area has been turned into a pedestrian zone with rickshaws and horse buggies; however, the tramlines run within a three-block radius.

How to get to the Hotel:

The hotel is located in Krakow city center near the Old Town and it’s about 1.5km from the central railway station. There are different ways to get to the Hotel. The easiest, but the most expensive option, is to use the taxi service. The cost is approx. 70PLN. The taxi stands are located outside the terminal building. Taxis can also be ordered by phone. The least expensive taxi companies are iCar (ph. # 12 653 55 55) and Mega (ph. # 12 400 00 00). A more economical way, still very convenient, to get to the Krakow downtown is by train. The train station is located 200m away and there is a free shuttle bus from the terminal building. One way ticket costs around 8PLN (the tickets can be purchased from the machine at the station or directly onboard the train) and the journey to the central railway station takes about 20min. Finally, there are also express minibuses located in the front of the terminal building which will take you to the central train station; the cost is 20PLN/person.

Registration fees

  The registration fees, inclusive of reception, lunches,   banquet,  morning and afternoon refreshments are as follows:
Before 1 August 2013
After 1 August 2013
€ 500

€ 550
€ 600

€ 650
€ 300

€ 350
Details for bank transfer: Bank :  Lloyds TSB Sort Code: 30 95 46 Account No. : 86479654 Account name: IC2E -EURO BIC: LOYDGB21101 IBAN: GB70 LOYD 3095 4686 4796 54  Please clearly identify participants name. Registration should be paid free of bank charges, if any.

Registration form

Please download the registration formand submit the completed form by email to

For a List of Contents please click here.

Symposium program To view the final program click here


Prof. Gyan N. Pande

Center for Civil and Computational Engineering,

Talbot Building, Swansea University,

Singleton Park. Swansea SA2 8PP, Wales, UK.

Tel:  +44 (0) 1792295253, E-mail:


Prof. Stan Pietruszczak

Department of Civil Engineering,

McMaster University, Hamilton,

Ontario, Canada L8S 4L7.

Tel:  +1 905-525-9140 ext. 24007, E-mail: