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

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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

Key Dates
01 March 2017               Notice of acceptance of abstract
01 May 2017                   Registrations opens

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)
Ralf Winterberg (Malaysia)
Prof. Junsheng Yang (China)

Abstract Submission

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:              5 February 2017

Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:         5 February 2017

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 a

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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.

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Pre- and Post-Conference Reservations:  If you are planning to arrive early (before September 3) or 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.

General Information about ECI

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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.

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