ABMS 70th anniversary issue

In July 21th 2020 the Brazilian Association for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ABMS) celebrates its 70th anniversary and Soils and Rocks published a special issue to commemorate this milestone. Prof. Waldemar Hachich is the invited editor for this special issue.

News Soils and Rocks website

As part of the commemorative program of the 70th anniversary of ABMS, Soils and Rocks launches the new journal website. Fully redesigned, the new website brings several new features, including a modern visual, which provides increased functionality. Be our guest and explore our new website.


The 70th ABMS anniversary special issue introduced a new visual identity of papers. This new format was designed to offer a fresh look, to include a machine-readable Creative Comments licensing information. The Journal also introduced a new cover in this special issue.

About the Journal

The first issue of the journal was released in 1978, under the name Solos e Rochas. The journal was originally published by the Graduate School of Engineering of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In 1980, the Brazilian Association for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering took over the editorial and publishing responsibilities of Solos e Rochas, increasing its reach. In 2007, the journal acquired the status of an international journal, being since then published by the Brazilian Association for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering and Portuguese Geotechnical Society under the title Soils and Rocks.

Aims And Scope

Soils and Rocks publishes original and innovative peer reviewed articles, technical notes, case studies, reviews and discussions in English, in the broad fields of Soil and Rock Mechanics, Geotechnical Engineering, Engineering Geology and Environmental Engineering.

The Journal is published quarterly, in March, June, September and December.

All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY. The online journal is free and open access.

As an open access journal, the authors agree to publish the article under the Creative Commons Attribution License.


Journal content is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY, except where identified. Submissions to the journal are completely free and all published papers are fully open access


Soils and Rocks operates a single blind review process. All contributions are initially assessed by the editor. Papers deemed suitable are then sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final.


The authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. These should be declared in the cover letter of the submission. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, payment fees, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding.

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Latest Issues

02 Nov 2020

Risk management for geotechnical structures: consolidating theory into practice (Pacheco Silva Lecture)

André P. Assis

This paper intends to consolidate the theory of risk management into practical applications in geotechnical engineering, presenting concepts, clarifyi...

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02 Nov 2020

Spread footings bearing on circular and square cement-stabilized sand layers above weakly bonded residual soil

Nilo Cesar Consoli; Eclesielter Batista Moreira; Lucas Festugato; Gustavo Dias Miguel

The practice of soil-cement reinforced layers to bear shallow foundations is a feasible option in low bearing capacity soils. This paper addresses the...

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02 Nov 2020

A review on some factors influencing the behaviour of nonwoven geotextile filters

Ennio M. Palmeira

Geotextiles have been extensively used as filters in geotechnical engineering for over 5 decades. The main reasons for this widespread utilization are...

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02 Nov 2020

Guidelines and recommendations on minimum factors of safety for slope stability of tailings dams

Fernando Schnaid; Luiz Guilherme F.S. de Mello; Bruno S. Dzialoszynski

Recent major upstream raised tailings dam failures have led to a reopening of the discussion of the validity of some of the existing routine practices...

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02 Nov 2020

Stabilization of major soil masses using drainage tunnels

Werner Bilfinger, Luiz Guilherme F.S. de Mello, Claudio Michael Wolle

The destabilizing effect of groundwater is one of the major causes for landslides, which represent a major hazard to human life and the environment. G...

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02 Nov 2020

Experimental, numerical, and analytical investigation of the effect of compaction-induced stress on the behavior of reinforced soil walls

Seyed H. Mirmoradi; Maurício Ehrlich; Gabriel Nascimento

The influence of the compaction-induced stress (CIS) is experimentally, numerically and analytically evaluated on the behavior of reinforced soil wall...

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Guidelines for authors

Soils and Rocks is an international scientific journal published by the Brazilian Association for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ABMS) and by the Portuguese Geotechnical Society (SPG). The aim of the journal is to publish original papers on all branches of Geotechnical Engineering. Each manuscript is subjected to a single-blind peer-review process. The journal's policy of screening for plagiarism includes the use of a plagiarism checker on all submitted manuscripts.

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The Journal is published quarterly, in March, June, September and December. The journal is open access

The members of ABMS and SPG can receive the printed version of the journal after subscription