Growing Interest in Geomechanics
Just two years ago, ARMA had only four student chapters. Now the two new Middle East student chapters join chapters in the U.S., Canada, China, Australia, and Columbia. In total, 17 chapters around the world now each host a student chapter.
The growth reflects the interest and broad application of geomechanics, the study of the behavior of soils and rocks. As exploration and production challenges become more complex, and with the unique aspects of extracting oil and gas from unconventional reservoirs, geomechanics specialists have become essential members of geoscience and engineering teams within energy companies.
ARMA members, however, are not limited to the energy sector but work across a broad spectrum of industries such as civil, mining, geothermal, and other interdisciplinary applications such as underground storage and utilization including carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCUS) and hydrogen storage. The mission of the organization is to advance multidisciplinary rock physics and rock engineering technology across industries. Developing a network of student chapters ensures the future success of the society.
In 2018 ARMA held its first meeting in the Middle East. Now, fast forward four years later, and Han credits the faculty at KFUPM and KAUST for supporting student chapters.
“We are excited to offer our students access to so many ARMA resources—trainings, conference scholarships, research competitions, career forums, student awards, and leadership development,” said Professor Mustafa Abdulsamad Hassan Al Ramadan, Faculty Sponsor, KFUPM Student Chapter of ARMA. “This will further the development of graduate and undergraduate students in their study and research of rock mechanics and geo-engineering,” added Professor Ruud Weijermars, KFUPM College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences.