Proceedings – DFNE 2014

Proceedings, DFNE 2014:
1st International Conference on Discrete Fracture Network Engineering

19-22 October 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Darren Kennard, Doug Stead, Erik Eberhardt and Davide Elmo – Editors

The Vancouver rock mechanics community was pleased to host DFNE 2014, the 1st International Conference on Discrete Fracture Network Engineering. The conference was the inaugural international meeting of engineers and geoscientists who use discrete fracture network engineering in the characterization of rock masses and solutions of engineering problems.

This new and rapidly expanding area of engineering has wide applications, including underground and surface mining, underground nuclear waste disposal, petroleum geomechanics, civil engineering and natural hazards. Under the themeEngineering Characterization of Fractured Rock Masses: Applications of Discrete Fracture Network Engineering, the conference attracted 200 practitioners who shared their ideas and experiences in the increased development and practical use of this technology.

Over 100 papers have been contributed here representing current DFN practice in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America.