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iRALL School 2018

“Field data collection, monitoring and modelling of large landslides”

14th-27th October 2018, Chengdu, China

“iRALL” The International Research Association on Large Landslides, is an international non-governmental, non-political, non-profit-making and unaffiliated institution for the promotion of knowledge about large landslides founded on 11th November 2015. The scientific committee consists of international experts in the field of large landslides. The secretariat of iRALL is located at the State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (SKLGP), Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu, China.


The objectives of iRALL are to promote:
    •Cooperation and exchange of knowledge among scientists and engineers working on large landslides
    •The dissemination of scientific knowledge of large landslides
    •The mitigation of risks associated with large landslides and their consequences


iRALL Chairman:
Dr. Runqiu HUANG, Chengdu University of Technology, China
Vice Chairmen:
Dr. Mauri MCSAVENEY, GNS Science, New Zealand
Dr. Alexander STROM, Geodynamics Research Center, JSC "Hydroproject Institute", Russia
Dr. David PETLEY, University of Sheffield, UK
Dr. Gonghui WANG, Kyoto University, Japan
Secretaries:
Dr. Wei HU, Chengdu University of Technology, China
Dr. Xuanmei FAN, Chengdu University of Technology, China

  iRALL offers annually a 2 weeks high-level course, the “iRALL School”, focusing on investigation, analysis, and management of large landslides for Ph.D students and postdocs from all over the world, with international experts on the research of large landslides as teaching staff.

 

The iRALL School 2018 focuses on “Field data collection, monitoring and modelling of large landslides” and will be organized from 14th-27th October 2018, in Chengdu, China


Hosting Institution for the iRALL School 2018
  State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (SKLGP) of the Chengdu University of Technology (CDUT), Chengdu, Prov. Sichuan, China. CDUT has excellent facilities, including lecture rooms, computer rooms, laboratories, and a guesthouse. Most part of the program of the iRALL School 2018 will be conducted in the new conference center in the nearby New Beichuan area where 60000 landslides were generated during the great 2008 Wenchuan earthquake.

Topics taught in the 2018 iRALL School:
1. Occurrence of large/giant landslides:
    - Types (rock avalanches, large rockslides, debris avalanches, etc.)
    - Identification criteria 
    - Geological context (morpho-structural setting, lithology, etc.).
2. Investigation and mapping of large landslides
    - Characterization and mapping
    - Surface and subsurface data collection
    - Monitoring (in-situ, remote) of movement
3. Initiation and movement mechanism of large landslides
    - Initiation mechanisms
    - Triggers
    - Runout analysis and modeling
4. Monitoring and early-warning of large landslides
5. Mitigation, prevention and protection strategies for large landslides
    - Hazard and risk analysis
    - Risk scenarios
    - Risk prevention and mitigation
    - Early warning
6. Disaster-chain effects

 During 3 days of fieldwork, each with a different theme, and supervised by the teaching staff of the iRALL School 2018, the participants can apply in a small group the acquired knowledge in the area hit by the 2008 Great Wenchuan Earthquake.
Theme 1: Field inventory and mapping of a very large landslide
Theme 2: A giant landslide from the inside
Theme 3: Resonance seismic delineation of a large landslide body

Teaching staff of the iRALL School 2018
Dr. Wei HU, Chengdu University of Technology, China (Course director)
Dr. Xuanmei FAN, Chengdu University of Technology, China (Course director)
Dr. Hans-Balder HAVENITH, University of Liege, Belgium
Dr. Runqiu HUANG, Chengdu University of Technology, China
Dr. Vaughan GRIFFITHS, Colorado School of Mines, USA
Dr. Mauri MCSAVENEY, GNS Science, New Zealand (Emeritus)
Dr. Niek RENGERS, ITC, University of Twente, the Netherlands (retired)
Dr. Theo VAN ASCH, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands (retired)
Dr. Cees VAN WESTEN, ITC, University of Twente, the Netherlands
Dr. Gonghui WANG, Kyoto University, Japan
Dr. Yunsheng WANG, Chengdu University of Technology, China
Dr. Janusz WASOWSKI, CNR, IRPI, Bari, Italy
Dr. Qiang XU, Chengdu University of Technology, China
Dr. Xiujun DONG., Chengdu University of Technology, China

Application and registration:
 The iRALL School is intended for 20 Ph.D students that are carrying out research in the field of landslide hazards, risks and related fields and a maximum of 10 doctors/postdocs who have obtained their Ph.D degree not earlier than 2013. The participants should have a solid background in one of the following fields: Geology, Engineering Geology, Geotechnical Engineering, Geography, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Engineering Geology or related Earth science disciplines. Participants must have a good working knowledge of the English language as the iRALL School will be conducted in English.

The costs for participants of the iRALL School of 2018 are as follows:
    •No registration fee.
    •Ph.D students will have to pay their own travel to Chengdu, China. Cost of accommodation (sharing twin rooms) and field trips will be fully covered by the organizing institute SKLGP.
    •Doctors/postdocs will have to pay their own travel to Chengdu, China. They will also have to pay the cost of accommodation (sharing twin rooms) during two weeks (which will be an estimated total amount of 270 US $ or 250 Euro). Cost of field trips will be fully covered by the organizing institute SKLGP

Application procedure for PhD students and postdocs:
  The school is open to 20 Ph.D students and 10 doctors/postdocs, which will be selected after an international call. Applications should be made by sending an application form and by providing a CV (max 2 pages) and 1 or more letters of recommendation.

The deadline for applications is July 1st, 2018 and selection of participants will be announced by July 15th, 2018. For information, you can send an email to 
sklgp_cdut@126.com.

Brief Summary of the iRALL School 2017

From October 15th to 27th, 2017, 36 PhD candidates, post-doctors 12 countries (regions) such as Pakistan, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Spain, Germany, Czech, Slovakia, Macedonia, South Korea, Australia and China (including Hongkong). This was the second international doctoral course held by our lab Independently. The school started with 3-day lectures in the SKLGP, Chengdu University of Technology, then we spent 10 days near the old Beichuan Town which is the epi-central area of the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake. the 2017 IRALL School mixed academic lectures and field investigations that provided more time for students to communicate with each other. The course included more than 15 topics, involving theory, case history analysis and field practice, focusing on advanced concepts and techniques in the field of large-scale landslide mechanisms, engineering geological investigation, geophysical exploration and landslide risk assessment. All topics were developed to improve the participants’ ability to deal with actual landslide hazards and risks.

For a nicely documented and illustrated report by one of the iRALL School 2017 participants see:
http://paleoseismicity.org/the-great-wenchuan-earthquake-eight-years-on-earthquake-damage-and-coseismic-landslides/

 

Students were in front of a collapsed building by the earthquake

 

The students were in the big trench of fault rupture

 

Professors were discussing with the students in the field

 

Students are dealing with the geophysical surveying data

 

Prof. Del Gaudio was discussing with the students

 

Professors were signing songs during the happy hour! Really beautiful songs from Prof. Theo van Asch!

 

 

Huge landslide dam of Yangjia gully

 

iRALL School website: http://irall.sklgp.com/en/index.html

Attachments:

IRALL 2018 application form-doctors or postdocs

IRALL 2018 application form-phd students

iRALL School Summary 2017.pdf