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Welcome to the Third International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications (RocDyn-3).

Following the success of the First International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications (RocDyn-1) in Lausanne Switzerland in June 2013 and the Second International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications (RocDyn-2) in Suzhou China in May 2016, RocDyn-3 is held in Trondheim Norway on 26-27 June 2018. The Conference is organised by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), together with Monash University of Australia, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, Central South University and Southeast University of China, and is supported by the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) and the Norwegian Group of Rock Mechanics (NBG). RocDyn-3 is a specialised conference supported by ISRM – the International Society for Rock Mechanics.

Rock dynamics involves diverse research scopes covering the loading, the time, and the response associated with rock materials, rock joints and rock masses, including the initiation and the propagation of stress waves, the responses and the failures of rocks under the dynamic and static loads. Rock dynamics also has wide applications in civil and infrastructural, resources and energy, geological and environmental engineering, including some of the latest and most challenging applications such as shale gas, hot rock geothermal energy, and earthquake hazard management. With increasing research and engineering activities on rock dynamics worldwide, RocDyn-3 is organised to address scientific research as well as engineering applications.

On behalf of RocDyn-3 organisers, we would like to welcome scientists and engineers (including the future ones) working on rock dynamic research and practice to join us in Trondheim, to share and to cooperate, with a common aim to advance rock dynamics, from research to engineering.

LI Charlie Chunlin and ZHANG Zongxian

Chairs, RocDyn-3 Organising Committee