Rocha Medal (ISRM) – 2018 Call for Nominations


The ISRM Rocha Medal has been awarded annually by the ISRM, since 1982, for an outstanding doctoral thesis in rock mechanics or rock engineering, to honour the memory of ISRM Past President Manuel Rocha while stimulating young researchers. Besides the Rocha medal awarded to the winner, one or two runner-up certificates may also be awarded.

Click here for details about the application process. 

Nominations for the ISRM Rocha Medal 2018 are to be received by the AGS Secretary, Peter Robinson ( by Friday 2nd December 2016. Please ensure all required documentation is included in the submission.


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

AGS Practitioner Award Winner: John Simmons

Citation AGS Practitioner's Award 2014Congratulations to the winner of the 2014 Geotechnnical Practitioner’s Award, Dr John Simmons. Dr Simmons of Sherwood Geotechnical won the award for his work in the coal industry. He is well respected within the areas of coal mine and waste dump geotechnics for his ability to simplify and convey complicated problems and solutions to clients and stakeholders. Dr Simmons also volunteers significant time to the mentoring and development of young geotechnical practitioners.

Read Dr Simmons full citation here.


EAGE Application Manual of Geophysical Methods

Application Manual of Geophysical Methods to Engineering and Environmental Problems is a new book published by the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). This 600 page manual is a translation of the manual compiled by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists of Japan (SEGJ). This manual covers more than 20 geophysical methods both on- and off-shore surveys and downhole survey methods commonly used in geotechnical investigation. It describes the principles of each method, preparation for survey including instrumentation, parameter selection and planning procedure, correct field procedure and possible pitfalls, analysis and interpretation, and reporting. Geotechnical engineers will learn the appropriate selection of geophysical method for their particular project, checkpoints in the survey and what can be achieved from the survey.
It can be purchased from EAGE Bookshop (


Embankment Prediction Symposium – Call for EOI

  • Fort Scratchley, Newcastle, Australia
  • 12-13 September, 2016
  • website

Are you interested in the application of numerical methods to the prediction of embankment deformations and the behaviour of footings?

Yes? Well you may also be interested in the following invitation:

The Australian Research Council-funded Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (CGSE) invites practising engineers and academics to make and submit predictions of the performance of an embankment constructed using prefabricated vertical drains on soft clay and/or the load-displacement response of a shallow foundation loaded to failure on soft clay.

All manner of predictions are encouraged and invited. These may range from hand drawn curves based merely on experience and engineering judgement, to the most sophisticated 3D numerical analysis incorporating advanced geotechnical models.

Field observations and the time history of the embankment behaviour, as well as the various predictions of that behaviour will be presented and discussed in a special Prediction Symposium to be held in Newcastle, Australia, on 12 and 13 of September 2016.

If you might be interested in submitting a prediction please advise
Kirstin Dunncliff by 1 April 2015.

Click here for details.

ISSMGE launched its first Webinar of the year !

Dear Colleagues around the Globe,

Let me start by wishing you all a Happy New Year on behalf of ISSMGE President and Board Members. The International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), with great pleasure, has launched its first Webinar of the year!

ISSMGE 2015 Webinar01

Webinar: Introduction to Cone Penetration Testing

was given by Prof. Peter Robertson (from Gregg Drilling – California USA).

All the Webinars are given Free of Charge in an effort to assist geotechnical engineers worldwide and to promote our profession.

You are welcome to attend and highly encouraged to invite all Geotechnical & Civil Engineers and Students to attend.

This Webinar will be launched on the 2nd day of February @12 noon GMT. lt will be then followed by a 2-day Q&A session that, like the webinar video, can also be viewed  anytime later on via our ISSMGE Website.

Click here to link to the webinar.

East Australian Ground Control Group

The East Australian Ground Control Group (EAGCG) comprises over 300 underground and surface mining focussed rock engineers, tunnelling and civil geotechnical engineers. The Group provides opportunities for members to get together at two, two-day, meetings each year on specific topics in rock engineering. Members get to discuss practical issues and share ideas and experiences. The meetings have a good reputation in the local and international rock engineering communities due to their pragmatic focus on issues concerning practitioners and the high quality of the presentations.

The Group invites members of the AGS to attend its next meeting, the details of which can be viewed HERE.