Awards & Prizes

All AGS members are eligible to submit nominations, as appropriate, for the following prizes and awards. Note that no correspondence will be entered into with regard to the outcomes of deliberations.

John Jaeger Memorial Award

John Jaeger Memorial Award
*Applications are now open and close on 31st May 2014
The award perpetuates the memory of Professor John Conrad Jaeger who lectured in mathematics at the University of Tasmania from 1936 until WWII, and briefly afterward, where he enjoyed expounding applied mathematics to engineers. He was Professor of Geophysics 
and Geochemistry at the Australian National University from 1953 until his death in 1979. Professor Jaeger’s work of the greatest importance related to the physics of heat flow and rock mechanics and he published several classic books in this field. He became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1954 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1970.

Basis of the Award

The award recognises contributions of the highest order over a lifetime commitment to the geotechnical profession in Australia. The award is not restricted to members of the Australian Geomechanics Society.

Nominations

Nominations should be made by at least three persons (not necessarily members) to the Secretary of the National Committee of the Society following a call for submissions in Australian Geomechanics. This will generally be six months prior to the ANZ Geomechanics Conference at which the award is to be presented.

Selection

The Chairman of the National Committee shall promulgate a sub-committee of 3 members of the National Committee to consider nominations for the award.

Presentation

The award is made approximately once every four years and is presented at the ANZ Geomechanics Conference. At the Conference, the award winner will present a paper based on the award submission. The award memento consists of a bronze medallion mounted on a marble plinth.

Past Winners

  • 2012 – Prof. Ian Johnston
  • 2007 – Prof. Robin Fell
  • 2004 – Prof. Ted Brown
  • 1999 – Dr. David Coffey
  • 1996 – Prof. David Stapledon
  • 1992 – Dr. Brian Richards
  • 1988 – Prof. Harry Poulos
  • 1984 – Prof. Gordon Aitchison
  • 1980 – Prof. Ted Davis

The award was first made in 1980.

E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture

E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture certificateE.H. Davis Memorial Lecture glass plaque

This biennial lecture commemorates the work in geomechanics by Professor Edward Hughesdon Davis. Professor Davis was one of the pioneers of geomechanics in Australia. He perceived that progress and understanding of the theoretical basis of geomechanics would only come if consistent, sound, but simple models of soil behaviour were used. The two topics that were the central focus of his research were application of the theory of elasticity to foundation deformation and the theory of plasticity to stability. He also made a major contribution to the theory of consolidation of clay soils. Ted Davis was always extremely conscious of the link between theory and practice, the relationship between the idealised and the real material, and the engineering significance of his work.

Basis of the award

The lecturer is a person selected by the National Committee as having made a distinguished recent contribution to the theory and practice of geomechanics in Australia.

Nomination

Nominations should be made through the Chapter Committees, or by individuals, to the secretary of the National Committee, following a call for submissions in Australian Geomechanics. Determination of the award is by a subcommittee of the National Committee. The nominee is expected be a member of the Australian Geomechanics Society.

Selection

The Chairman of the National Committee shall promulgate a sub-committee of 3 members of the National Committee to consider nominations for the award.

Presentation

In the first instance the Lecturer’s presentation is made separately to a meeting of members of Sydney Chapter and the Victorian Chapter of the Society. At one of those meetings, the award memento will be presented by the National Committee, or as otherwise arranged. The memento consists of a framed certificate and a glass plaque. The Lecture may be presented at other Chapter meetings, subject to individual arrangements.

Past Winners

  • 2013 – Prof. Malek Bouazza
  • 2011 – Dr Mark Cassidy
  • 2009 – Prof. Buddhima Indraratna
  • 2007 – Dr Chris Haberfield
  • 2005 – Prof. John Carter
  • 2003 – Prof. Scott Sloan
  • 2001 – Assoc. Prof. John Small
  • 1999 – Prof. Robin Fell
  • 1997 – Prof. Mark Randolph
  • 1995 – Prof. John Booker
  • 1993 – Dr. Philip Pells
  • 1991 – Assoc. Prof. Ian Johnston
  • 1989 – Dr. Mohammed Khorshid
  • 1987 – Prof. Harry Poulos
  • 1985 – Dr. Barry McMahon

The award was first made in 1985.

AGS Practitioner Award

Practitioner of the Year

This biennial award is for significant contribution to the practice of the geotechnical profession and the life-blood of the Society. This award complements our other awards, and particularly the E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture.

Basis of the Award

The award recognises contributions of the highest order over an extended period with a commitment to the geotechnical profession in Australia and the Australian Geomechanics Society.

Nominations

Nominations should be made by at least three persons (not necessarily members) to the Secretary of the National Committee of the Society following a call for submissions in Australian Geomechanics. Nominations must be accompanied by a comprehensive supporting document.

Selection

The Chairman of the National Committee shall promulgate a sub-committee of 3 members of the National Committee to consider nominations for the award.

Presentation

The award is to be made bi-annually and is presented by the National Chairman or his/her representative at a mutually convenient time and venue. The award winner will present a paper to a technical meeting of the Society. The award includes a glass memento.

Past winners

  • 2012 – Dr. Gary Chapman
  • 2010 – Andrew Leventhal
  • 2008 – Dr. Peter Mitchell
  • 2006 – Max Ervin
  • 2004 – Prof. Harry Poulos

D.H. Trollope Medal

D.H. Trollope Medal

The medal recognises the contribution of David Hugh Trollope as one of the pioneers and leaders of Australian geomechanics research and teaching. This was initially at University of Melbourne in the 1950s and early 1960s, then at James Cook University of North Queensland. Hugh Trollope was renowned as an eloquent, inspired and indefatigable leader of fundamental research, especially in the application of discrete particle mechanics in geotechnical engineering. Prof Trollope, like his long-term friend and adversary, Professor Ted Davis of University of Sydney, was one of the original pioneers of Australian Geomechanics teaching and research. The award may be made every two years, provided a suitable nomination is received.

Basis of the Award

The Trollope Medal is awarded to the author of an outstanding paper on either theoretical or applied geomechanics. The work reported in the paper must have been undertaken in Australia by an author under 35 years of age and can have been published anywhere in the world in the previous four years. The nominated author must have been primarily responsible for the work and would normally be the principal author of the paper.

The paper must be based upon recent or current doctoral research undertaken by the author.

The recipient is expected to be a member of the Australian Geomechanics Society.

Nomination

The nomination can be made by any member of the Society. The nomination requires the approval of the author and should be accompanied by two copies of the paper. The nomination is to be accompanied by an electronic (disk or USB) copy of the Doctoral thesis, which will be returned following the selection process.

The nominations should be forwarded to the Secretary of the National Committee following a call for submissions in Australian Geomechanics Journal. Nominations will be called every two years, normally in the alternate year to the EH Davis Memorial Lecture.

Selection

A sub-committee of the National Committee, promulgated by the National Chairman, will judge the nominations.

Presentation

The winner will present the nominated paper at a suitable conference or group meeting.

The award is in the form of an inscribed bronze medal. It will be presented to the winner by the National Chairman, or a designated representative, at a mutually suitable time and venue.

The paper may be presented to other Chapter meetings, subject to individual arrangements.

Past Winners

  • 2012 – Dr. Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn
  • 2010 – Dr. Muhammad Shazzad Hossain
  • 2008 – Dr. Xiangtao Xu
  • 2006 – Dr. Majidreza Nazem
  • 2004 – Dr. Richard Merifield
  • 2002 – Dr. Glen Peters
  • 2000 – Dr. Steve Neubecker
  • 1998 – Dr. Hai-Sui Yu
  • 1996 – Dr. Doug Stewart
  • 1994 – (not awarded)
  • 1992 – Dr. Bastian Otto
  • 1990 – Dr. Leigh Wardle
  • 1988 – Dr. Ian Swane

The medal was first awarded in 1988. The next award is scheduled for 2011.

AGS – Don Douglas Youth Fellowship

This award recognises the contribution of Don Douglas to the geomechanics fraternity in Australia. Don was the founding Managing Director of Douglas Partners Pty Ltd.

Basis of the Award

The fellowship is awarded to the author of the most outstanding paper at an ANZ Young Geotechnical Professional Conference, or in the event that this conference is not held, at the most recently held ANZ Geomechanics Conference. The recipient must be a member of the AGS and be below the age of 35 at the time of receiving the award.

Nominations

No nominations are made for this award as it is based upon presentation of a YGP conference paper.

Selection

A committee consisting of 2 members of the conference organising committee and 2 senior geotechnical professionals in attendance at the conference will judge the award.

Presentation

The award should be announced at the closing ceremony of the conference, or in the event that this is not possible, the announcement will be made through publicising in Australian Geomechanics. Presentation of a certificate will be made at a convenient location for the winner, sponsor and National Chairman, or their representatives.

The fellowship carries a cash amount of up to $4,000. The cash component is for reimbursement of expenses incurred in attending the next International Young Geotechnical Professional’s Conference following the award.

Past winners

  • 2012 – David Lacey
  • 2008 – Joel Gniel
  • 2006 – David Piccolo
  • 2004 – Craig Curnow
  • 2002 – Chris Bozinovski
  • 2000 – Scott Fidler

The fellowship was first awarded in 2000.

Joint Societies Award

This award is presented at the ANZ Geomechanics Conference (typically in 4 year intervals). The award is made for the most valuable conference paper, excluding invited or special papers. Judging will be undertaken by a committee consisting of Australasian VP’s for ISSMGE, ISRM and IAEG, and the Chairpersons of the Australian Geomechanics Society and New Zealand Geotechnical Society.

The winner may be either a member of the AGS or NZGS.

Past winners

  • 2012 – Not Awarded
  • 2007 – Dr. Misko Cubrinovski
  • 2004 – Dr. Susan Gourvenec
  • 1999 – Dr. Nasser Khalili and M. H. Khabbaz
  • 1996 – Ranganath Barthur, Dr. Mark Jaksa, Dr. Peter Mitchell

The award was first presented in 1996.

The Australian Geomechanics Award

This award recognises the authors of the best paper published in Australian Geomechanics in each calendar year.

Basis of the award

The editor of Australian Geomechanics in consultation with the editorial panel will recommend the nominated paper.

Selection

A sub-committee consisting of the Chair, Deputy Chair and Immediate Past Chair of the AGS National Committee, and the editor of Australian Geomechanics will make the final decision.

Presentation

The paper will be presented at the local chapter where the author(s) reside. The award, in the form of a framed certificate, will be presented by the most senior National Committee member available.

Past winners

  • 2013 - N.N.S. Yapage, D.S. Liyanapathirana, C.J. Leo, H.G. Poulos and R.B. Kelly
  • 2012 – Peter Stone
  • 2011 – Dr W.S. Kaggwa and Dr Y.L. Kuo
  • 2010 – Dr. Sri Srithar
  • 2009 – Andrew Hunter & Marc Hendrickx
  • 2008 – Dr. Brian C Burman, Mr. Garry Mostyn & Mr. David Piccolo
  • 2007 – Mr. Eric Hudson-Smith & Mr. Michael Grinceri
  • 2006 – Dr. Peter Mitchell
  • 2005 – Stephen Fityus, Greg Hawkins, Mark Delaney & Steve Morton
  • 2004 – Ray Hatley & Patrick Wong
  • 2003 – Ray Gordon

The first award was made in 2005 for papers published in 2003.

The AGS NSW Research Award

This prestigious award is sponsored by the Sydney and Newcastle chapters and valued at $1600 annually. The award is open to students from NSW universities undertaking research in geotechnical engineering or engineering geology.

Jack Morgan Young Geotechnical Practitioners Award (VIC)

The Jack Morgan Young Geotechnical Practitioners Award will be presented to an outstanding Victorian geotechnical practitioner under the age of 35. Applicants will be judged on their contribution to geotechnics and understanding of geotechnical issues.

Basis of the award

Nominees must be under the age of 35 as at 31 December of the year they apply, a member of the Australian Geomechanics Society, and a resident of Victoria. Nominees must also have their employers consent to apply for this award.

Selection

Applications will be reviewed and a shortlist of candidates will be selected. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to make a 20 minute presentation to a meeting of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society. The judging panel will announce the winner at the conclusion of this meeting. Non shortlisted candidates will be invited to present a poster on the evening.

Presentation

The winner will receive a trophy and cash prize of $1,000.

Past Winners

  • 2013 – Jared Fetherston
  • 2011 - Avi Shonberg
  • 2009 – Guillermo Narsilio

AGS Prize in Geotechnical Engineering, University of Tasmania (TAS)

Criteria

Awarded to the student who gains the best overall results in Geotechnical Engineering l & 2 together with a final year project related to geotechnical engineering. Students who are completing the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) will be eligible to be considered for the award.

Value

$500 plus 1 year student membership to AGS.

Kevin Nash Gold Medal (ISSMGE)

The Kevin Nash Gold Medal is awarded on a four yearly basis in memory of Prof Kevin Nash, who was Secretary General of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering from 1965 to 1981. The medal is awarded to a person who, through his distinction as an engineer, through his international contributions to engineering practice and education, through his contributions to international goodwill, and through his service to the ISSMGE has made a major contribution to fostering the ideals and goals of the ISSMGE throughout the world.

Further information is available at the ISSMGE website.

Past Australian Winners

  • 2005 – Prof. Harry Poulos

Dr Baden Clegg Award (WA)

The award perpetuates the memory of Dr Baden Clegg (1925-1999), who was a lecturer at the University of Western Australia for around 30 years until his retirement in the mid-1980’s and in recognition of his lifetime of achievement in the support and development of young geotechnical professionals. Dr Clegg was instrumental in the invention and development of both the ubiquitous Perth sand penetrometer and the Clegg Impact Hammer, both used for compaction control in earthworks and flexible pavements.

Basis of the Award

The award is presented annually to a young geotechnical engineer or geologist (under the age of 35 years) for presentation of an outstanding 15-minute seminar on a topic of interest to the wider geotechnical community.

The seminars are presented by three or four selected candidates, with judging by a panel of three experienced geotechnical professionals who assess the seminars for their technical content, presentation quality and presentation style.

Nominations

A call for abstracts is distributed around March or April in each year. Candidates should submit their abstracts by the due date (typically June). Selected candidates will present their papers at the July AGS WA chapter meeting (second Tuesday in July).

Selection

The AGS WA chapter will select a sub-committee of 3 members to consider the issued abstracts and to select three to four to present their seminars.

A judging panel of 3 judges (comprising AGS WA chapter members) will be selected by the AGS WA chapter committee for the judging on the night.

Presentation

Judging and presentation of the award is done on the evening of the seminar. The award for the winner consists of a trophy representing the Perth sand penetrometer and a cash prize. Runners-up will be presented with a cash prize.

Past Winners

  • 2014 – Shane Greene
  • 2013 – David Reid
  • 2012 – Justin Willis
  • 2011 – Pauline Truong
  • 2010 – Gary Webley
  • 2009 – Christine Hug
  • 2008 – Su Kwong Tan
  • 2007 – James Schneider
  • 2006 – Owen Woodland
  • 2005 – Brook Ewers
  • 2004 – Marc Senders
  • 2003 – Brad Fuge
  • 2002 – Frederic Verheyde

Muller Award (ISRM)

Basis of the Award

The Muller lecture is awarded on a 4 yearly basis, being presented at the ISRM Congress. Nominees will have made distinguished contributions to the profession of rock mechanics and rock engineering. Nominations are made through National Groups (one nomination from each group) and are to be received 18 months prior to each Congress.

Past Australian Winners

  • 2007 – Ted Brown

Rocha Medal (ISRM)

Basis of the Award

An annual award for an outstanding doctoral thesis in rock mechanics or rock engineering. Nominations are required 8 months prior to ISRM Board meeting.

Past Australian Winners

  • 2013 – Dr Anne Perera
  • 1998 – Fiona MacGregor
  • 1991 – T.H. Kleine
  • 1985 – P.M. Dight

Hans Cloos Medal (IAEG)

Biennial award in conjunction with the Int. IAEG / Geological Congress. Engineering geologists with an international reputation for their eminent contribution.

More information is available from the IAEG website.

The bylaws of the Hans Cloos medal.

Richard Wolters Prize (IAEG)

Basis of the Award

Biennial scientific achievement by a young engineering geologist (under 40) and a member of IAEG. Nominees should exhibit a significant list of publications, with outstanding contribution in the last decade.

Past Australian Winners

  • 2010 – Darren Paul

Australian Geomechanics Society Prize, University of Western Australia (UWA)

Basis of the Award

Awarded to the engineering student who presents the best combination of thesis (or technical report) and seminar on a geotechnical topic for the degree of Bachelor of Engineering, or the Bachelor of Engineering component of a combined course.

Presentation

The winner will receive a cash prize of $500.

Past Winners

  • 2012 – Mr Stephen Karl Suryasentana
  • 2011 – Miss Tina Qiao
  • 2010 – Mr Ian Johnston
  • 2009 – Mr Mark Simkin
  • 2008 – Mr Daniel Brooks
  • 2007 – Mr Alex Li
  • 2006 – Miss Rimonde Nguyen
  • 2005 – Mr Thomas Cunningham
  • 2004 – Mr Damien Fitzgerald

Australian Geomechanics Society Award, Curtin University

Basis of the Award

Awarded to the engineering student who presents the best combination of thesis and seminar on a geotechnical topic.

Presentation

The winner will receive a cash prize of $500.

Past Winners

  • 2012 – Rohan Went
  • 2011 – Atticus Dekuyer
  • 2010 – Christie McKinnon
  • 2009 – Alice Cargeeg
  • 2008 – Eric Cheung
  • 2007 – Radoman Kitanovich
  • 2006 – Jamie Bennett
  • 2005 – Ashley Harris
  • 2004 – Leon Fogliani

GFWA Prize in Geomechanics for Final Year Undergraduate Projects in Geomechanics at Universities in Western Australia

Basis of the Award

The GFWA Prize in Geomechanics is a prize sponsored by the firm GFWA Pty Ltd and awarded by the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) for the best paper presentation by a final year student in the area of Geomechanics at Universities in Western Australia. The winner is chosen by a panel selected by the AGS WA Committee. Judging is done on the basis of the overall quality of the project and work, the quality of the written paper; and the standard of the presentation on the night.

Presentation

The winner will receive a prize of $800, each finalist receive a prize of $200 and the best presentation (as judged by votes cast by the audience) receives $200.

Past Winners

  • 2013 – Guan Tor Lim
  • 2012 – Stephen Suryasentana
  • 2011 – Tina Qiao
  • 2010 – Ryan Colcott
  • 2009 – Mark Simkin
  • 2008 – Saskia Barnett
  • 2007 – Radoman Kitanovich
  • 2006 – James De Burgh
  • 2005 – James Ayers
  • 2004 – Andrew Wilson
  • 2003 – Andrew Howes

NSW Research Award 2014

As part of their ongoing support of academic institutions and students, the Sydney and Newcastle Chapters of the Australian Geomechanics Society are offering the prestigious AGS NSW Research Award for research in Geotechnical Engineering or Engineering Geology.

The award aims to provide a forum for research students from NSW universities to showcase their research to the wider Geotechnical Community. Abstracts for the below presentations can be viewed on the meeting flyer.

FINALISTS

This year three (3) research award finalists have been chosen to provide their presentations to the wider geotechnical community and they are:

Hassan Sabetamal     
The University of Newcastle
Presentation title: Finite element algorithms for dynamic analysis of geotechnical problems

Rasika Manori Athukorala
The University of Wollongong
Presentation title: A theoretical model on the erosion behaviour of lignosulfonate treated soil

Thanh Vo   
The University of New South Wales
Presentation title: Interactions between a rigid retaining wall and unsaturated soils

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