Shotcrete for Underground Support XIII: New Developments in Rock Engineering, Tunnelling, Underground Space and Deep Excavation

An ECI Conference Series

September 3-6, 2017
Kloster Irsee (near Augsburg)
Irsee, Germany

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About This Conference


The 13th International Conference on Shotcrete for Underground Support (ECI SUS XIII) will be held in Germany in 2017. This event is co-organized by Engineering Conferences International (ECI) and the Institute for Underground Engineering (IuB), University of Applied Sciences Münster.

ECI SUS XIII aims to pool the consolidated efforts from engineers, researchers and project managers from across the world in order to share and update state-of-the-art technology and best practices in rock engineering, rock support methods, TBM tunneling and deep excavation.


ITA – International Tunnel Association (President Prof. Tarcisio Celestino)


  • Developments in shotcrete technology for soft ground tunneling and subsea tunnels
  • Developments in TBM, deep excavation and underground technology
  • Shotcrete reinforces design
  • Mechanical properties of shotcrete installation under elevated temperature and corrosion environment
  • Methods & equipment for shotcrete installation
  • Laboratory test, on-site quality and repair shotcrete
  • Numerical simulation of tunnel support with shotcrete
  • TBM tunneling in challenging ground conditions
  • Developments in rock tunneling and rock blasting
  • Interaction shotcrete and sealing system
  • Grouting and water control for tunnels
  • Application Eurocode in tunneling
  • New technology in rock exploration and site investigation
  • Development in fibre reinforces shotcrete
  • Case studies

Conference Organization


Professor Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Mähner, Institute for Underground Construction, FH Münster, Germany

Dr.-Ing. Matthias Beisler, ILF Consulting Engineers, Asia (Thailand)

Professor Dr.-Ing. Frank Heimbecher, Institute for Underground Construction, FH Münster, Germany

International Advisory Committee for SUS XIII 2017

Felix Amberg (Switzerland)
Dr. Stefan Bernard (Australia)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Breitenbücher (Germany)
Harald Cordes, (USA)
Martin Doll (France)
Prof. Dr. Carsten Drebenstedt (Germany)
Wolf-Dieter Friebel (Germany)
Prof. Eivind Grøv (Norway)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Heimbecher (Germany)
Dipl.- Ing. Dr. techn. Max John (Austria)
Prof. Marc Jolin (Canada)
Dr. Li Gou Jun (Singapore)
Ingo Kaundinya (Germany)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Herbert Klapperich (Germany)
Uwe Kneißl (Germany)
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Wolfgang Kusterle (Austria)
Dr.-Ing. Roland Leucker (Germany)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Lühder (Germany)
Dr. Thomas Marcher (Austria)
Prof. Lu Ming (Norway)
Rusty Morgan (Canada)
Carsten Peter (Germany)
Dr. Rudolf Röck (Austria)
Andreas Schaab (Germany)
Prof. Marawan Shahien (Egypt)
Dr.-Ing. Oscar Sigl (Singapore)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ludger Speier (Germany)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Thewes (Germany)
Volker Wetzig (Switzerland)
Dr.-Ing. Ralf Winterberg (Malaysia)
Prof. Junsheng Yang (China)

Abstract Submission

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:              Closed

Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:         Closed

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted above.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers.  Please indicate  whether the abstract should be considered for an oral or poster presentation. Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available. Thus all submissions for oral sessions will be considered for both oral and poster presentation.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically aTHIS LINK.

Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

Conference Sponsors

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Conference Venue

Kloster Irsee (Swabian Conference Centre at Irsee)  Nestling in the Alpine Foreland of the Allgäu and located only a few kilometers from walled town of Kaufbeuren lies the former Benedictine monastery at Irsee – founded in the 12th century – which now houses a modern conference center.  The magnificent Baroque church and the harmoniously designed four-winged monastery, surrounded by a well-kept park, away from major highways and yet easily reached, is particularly suitable for the conference.  The center offers a broad range of leisure activities including a bierstube in the cellar of the monastery and a game room with pool, table tennis and tabletop football.  There is also a bocce court and a sauna available for guests.  Nearby are many jogging trails, fitness trails, a tennis center, walking and hiking trails.  Across the court from the center is the Irsee brewery where conference attendees can enjoy beer directly from its source.  Note that there are no televisions in the bedrooms; however, one may be rented.

The nearest major airport is Franz-Josef Strauss Airport in Munich and their web-link provides a great deal of useful information, including information for booking airport hotels.

A concert on the historic church organ is being arranged for early Sunday evening, September 3rd.  After the concert, conference participants are invited to go to the organ loft and informally meet the organist.

Kloster Irsee/Swabian Conference Center at Irsee is a good starting point for excursions and sightseeing tours to the Allgäu Mountains, to Lake Constance, to Austria and Switzerland. For those who plan to extend their stay, popular day-trips are to the Castles of Linderhof and Neuschwanstein (built by the Bavarian King Ludwig II), the scenic Tannheimer Valley and the Pfaffenwinkel with its famous Baroque churches (Wieskirche).

More information about Kloster Irsee can be found at

Travel Information

Transportation to Conference Site  The Swabian Conference Center at Irsee rests in the Alpine Foreland of the Allgäu, yet is conveniently located near Munich and is easily reached by rail or road.  For those traveling from the airport by train, one can reach the Munich Main Station (Hauptbahnhof) in several ways:

Bus:  Lufthansa Airport Bus.  Departures are every typically 20 minutes for the 45 minutes trip.  Cost is approximately 10.5 € one- way and 17 € roundtrip .

Train:  Rapid Transit Train (“S-bahn” – either S1 or S8).  Departures are every 20 minutes for the 41 or 45-minute trip.  (3)

Taxi:  The trip takes approximately 40-minutes and the price should be discussed with the driver.

From the Munich Main Station there are through trains to Kaufbeuren (about an hour ride).  A 2nd Class seat is about 30 €.  In front of Kaufbeuren Station there is a taxi stand where you can hire a taxi to Irsee.

Auto:  For those travelling from the airport by auto, the rental car representative will give you a map and direct you to take the autobahn in the direction of Lindau – A96.  This is the road that will take you toward Irsee.  Leaving the airport, you will first merge onto A92 and stay on this road for about 21 km.  At Exit 1, you will keep left – toward Stuttgart/Augsburg/Lindau/Munchen-West – onto A99 (18 km).  At Exit 4, stay right and follow signs for A96 toward Lindau/Memmingen/Germering-Sud/Schweiz.   Follow A96 for 54 km and then take Exit 22 onto B12 toward Jengen/Kaufbeuren/Kempten/Marktoberdorf (13 km).  Turn right onto OAL6 (4 km) and then left onto Kemptener Strasse (B16) for about 2 km.  At the next roundabout/traffic circle you will see signs to Irsee and the Swabian Conference Center, called “Schwabisches Bildungszentrum.” Take the exit onto OAL12.  Follow the road back for approximately 3 km and pull into the parking area for the conference center.  (The entire distance is approximately 122 km and should take slightly more than one hour.)  Visit to print out directions and a map.

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, nights), all meals, reception, coffee breaks, organ concert, and taxes from the reception and dinner on Sunday through lunch on Wednesday. Incidental fees (telephone calls, faxes, spa, laundry, etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.


The conference fees are:

Register on or before August 5, 2017 Register after

August 5, 2017

Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional) US $1,390.00 US 1,590.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,299.00 US $1,499.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to US $ 895.00 US $1,095.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Includes all conference included meals) US $550.00 US $550.00

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI ( for pricing.

Conference Registration

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Post-Conference Reservations:  If you are planning to stay after the conference (after September 6) you MUST make hotel reservations directly with the hotel.  Use the appropriate form on THIS PAGE to make your reservations.

Special Notes for Payment

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis.

All participants are encouraged to register before August 5, 2017.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date and hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.  Should you need a signed receipt, please contact Kathy Chan (

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. The participant must pay any additional costs for special meal requests to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment must be made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations may be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund provided that ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

Should you have specific questions regarding your registration, please contact Kathy Chan (

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General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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