‘An early draft of Robert Bertuzzi’s paper “Sydney Sandstone and Shale parameters for tunnel design” was inadvertently printed in the March 2014 AGS Journal.
AGS apologises for this error. The correct paper will be printed in the June 2014 edition.’

Patrick MacGregor

12th Australia New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics – Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts for the 12th Australia New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics to be held in Wellington, New Zealand, 22 – 25th February 2015, is now open.

Click here for further details and instructions on how to submit abstracts, which closes on 5th May 2014.

The overall Conference theme is The Changing Face of the Earth – Geomechanics & Human Influence. The theme reflects the fact that the worldwide community is currently facing great changes – catering for growing urban population and enhanced infrastructure requirements and expectations; and changing human perceptions and awareness of the effects of our actions particularly with respect to environmental impacts and risk of failure.

The Conference organisers look forward to receiving your abstracts.

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.

Foundation Workshop – Logging of Core for Civil Geotechnical Purposes


The course aims to (further) educate geologists, geotechnical/environmental engineers and geotechnicians who are tasked with logging drillhole core derived from a civil geotechnical investigation. No prior experience in logging rock core is assumed, the aim being to familiarise participants who may not have had much opportunity to log core in the field with the key requirements of core logging for civil geotechnical purposes. In order to accommodate the fact that many organisations have proprietary logging systems, Joe will make use of an encoding system that is used extensively in coal exploration and geotechnical applications but will be shown to be readily adaptable to civil geotechnical applications. Within this context, the course could also be useful for senior level professionals wishing to refresh their general soil/rock logging knowledge and get familiar with the encoding system.

Joe will start the proceedings with an overview of geotechnical logging of soil and rock in accordance with AS 1726 followed by some key finer points of AS 1726. Following this overview, for the remainder of the morning Joe will introduce how rock core observations are entered in the encoding system and outline their current objectives and applications in both civil and mining contexts. After lunch, Joe will lead a practical session where participants will work in small groups to apply the theory and log actual rock core. At the end of the day, outcomes will be discussed in a group session for all participants.


Joe is a retired consultant engineering geologist and has worked across major civil, mining and oil and gas projects around the world since 1975. Joe’s qualifications are from UNSW (BSc (Hons)) and UQ (Masters Qualifying Course). He has worked on investigations and designs for open cut mining, provided input in the design and construction for tunnels, dams, roads and pipelines and has a broad experience in extractive materials resource assessment. The majority of projects worked on by Joe prior to retirement in 2012 have been in the mining industry and this mining experience has formed the basis of several seminar presentations and training courses.

Joe is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Member of the Geological Society of Australia.




AGS Engineering Geology Course – Wollongong

  • September 2015
  • University of Wollongong, Wollongong and nearby field sites.

The principal objective of this course is to teach students how to apply geological skills in the field to help solve engineering problems. This will be carried out by using guided field exercises, in which the students learn by carrying out realistic project related work in the field whilst being supervised by very experienced practitioners.

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