Engineering geology is one of the most important branches of geological science and it has a decent history of development. In the last 100 years, engineering geology has developed extensively but basic theories and principles still remain the same and what have changed in recent times are experimental techniques, numerical modeling, and field instrumentations.
The gap in a practice of engineering geological studies between developed and developing nations is immensely wide. Many developing countries do not adequately consider engineering geological issues in infrastructure development. Nepal lacks proper engineering geological study guidelines for infrastructure development despite having established various national level organizations as well as producing geologists through a university graduate course. Geodisasters such as earthquakes, landslides, and floods frequent in Nepal are some of the major development hurdles; these also have not been adequately studied and explored from engineering geological perspective. It is, therefore, important that the engineering geological research and technological know how that developed countries possess is transferred to the developing nations. As a country in the Himalaya, Nepal particularly suffers from frequent landslides and floods on an annual basis, but the threat of a great earthquake, which was expected to hit any part of Nepal within the next 10-20 years, was far greater than the decades of landslide and flood damages. In this persuasion, it was unfortunate that on April 25, 2015, a major earthquake of Mw 7.8 (the Gorkha Earthquake) hit central Nepal causing a loss of 8995+ lives. Aftershocks after the main event also killed many people. Preliminary estimation of economic loss from this earthquake is more than 6 billion US$. Now, Nepal is in the reconstruction phase and many engineering geological issues are not discussed well among the practitioners and researchers. It was noticed that bridging between practitioners and researchers for engineering geological evaluation is arduous and reconstruction activities have already started without the proper understanding of engineering geological settings of the terrain.
For last 50 years, the International Association for Engineering Geology and Environment (IAEG) brings together all engineering geological professionals and researchers into a single forum through various regional and international conferences and it is serving excellently to further development of engineering geology discipline and promoting many national groups around the globe. Nepal Geological Society also has an affiliation with IAEG as Nepal National Group and it is assisting IAEG by conducting various IAEG related conferences.
In this context, Nepal Geological Society (NGS) along with its partner organizations in Nepal is going to organize the 11th IAEG Asian Regional Conference (ARC-11) in Kathmandu, Nepal on 28-30 November 2017. This series of the international conference has been an instrumental forum for the advancement of Engineering Geology in Asia. Geoscientists and engineers around the globe have contributed and have largely benefited from each other during the Asian Regional Conferences of IAEG in the past. The forthcoming event is going to be yet another building block to enhance the geo-engineering knowledge and to understand further the Engineering Geology in this part of the globe. This is the second time that an IAEG Asian Regional Conference is going to be held in Nepal ? a popular destination for geo-scientists and tourists. The conference is a forum for all geoscientists and engineers for a collegial discussion and sharing of new research findings in the field of Engineering Geology and geo-disasters. Nepal Geological Society has received an overwhelming response from geoscientists around the globe, so this event will certainly be another milestone in the history of ARC. This first circular has been issued in order to provide important information about the Conference. As pre-registration is now open through the conference website, all the geoscientists and engineers working in the field of Engineering Geology and Geo-disasters are kindly requested to submit their registration form/s together with their few details within the stated deadline. Your kind cooperation in this regard will greatly help the organizers plan and execute this important event successfully. ONLY online registration will be acceptable.