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AGS QLD Symposium 2016 – Presentations

The Future of Geotechnics

Please start making arrangements to join us for AGS QLD’s 2016 full day symposium.

This year’s theme revolves around “The Future of Geotechnics”.

Presentations include (click the link to view):

  • Mark Cassidy – The Future of Offshore Geotechnics
    (Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems, The University of Western Australia)
  • James Glastonbury – Disruptive Technologies and a view of the Future for Geotechnical Practice
    (Laing O’Rourke)
  • Thayalan Nallarulanantham – The Influence of Construction ‘Side Effects’ in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Phillip Pells – Is there nothing new under the Sun?
    (Pells Consulting)
  • Burt Look – Geotechnics – Back to the Future
    (Foundation Specialists Group)
  • Robert May – Geotechnics – Rising to the Extraordinary Challenges of the New Millennium
    (Golder Assciates)
  • Jinsong Huang – Factor of safety or risk, how should we face uncertainty?
    (The University of Newcastle)
  • D.J. Klingberg – The Use of Advanced Thermal Integrity Profiling (TIP) to Aid Pile Modelling
    (Wagstaff Piling)

Note that 2016 will see AGS QLD’s annual symposium move forward from its traditional October timeslot to 16 June. This move has been made to prevent a cluttered QLD technical conference event calendar in the second half of the year.

We hope you enjoyed the 2016 Symposium.

Event sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the Symposium Event. If you are interested in becoming an AGS QLD sponsor in 2016, please don’t hesitate to contact the committee for sponsorship package details.

AGS Sydney Symposium 2016

Ground Stabilisation Techniques for
Problematic Soils & Unstable Rocks

The Sydney Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is proud to present the 20th Annual Sydney Symposium which will be held on Friday 11th November 2016.

The Symposium forms part of the continuing program of events by the Sydney Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society and is designed to keep the engineering profession aware of recent developments in particular to the ground stabilisation aspects of geotechnical engineering practice.

Call for Papers

Call for Papers flyer

Overview of the 2016 Symposium

The 2016 AGS Symposium will present the state-of-the-art practices, innovative technologies, new research results and case histories in construction and design towards advanced stabilisation techniques, cost effective approaches and better management systems for multi-disciplinary issues.

The goal of this symposium is to provide professional engineers, researchers, specialist contractors, regulators, educators and students the opportunity to meet and share their knowledge and experiences in this area.

This symposium will bring together engineers, geologists, and researchers who are interested on new advances in ground stabilisation techniques, design, analysis, lessons learnt from major Australian projects and experiences in geotechnical aspects of ground improvement.

Suggested Topics

The followings are some suggested topics for this Symposium:

  • Soft Soil Consolidation and Creep
  • Sand and Gravel Piles, Stone Columns and Rigid Inclusions
  • Geosynthetics Reinforcement
  • Surface and Deep Compaction, and Vibroflotation
  • Grouting and Chemical Stabilization
  • Electro-kinetic, Electro-osmotic, Bioengineering,
  • Thermal and Explosion-based Techniques
  • Methods of Preventing Soil Erosion, Scour and Internal Piping
  • Ground Control in Underground and Surface Mine Excavations
  • Methods of Stabilisation of slopes and Mass Movement
  • Surface and Sub-surface Drainage
  • Stabilisation of Fractured and Jointed Rock-mass

Important Dates & Submission

Abstracts are to be received by
20 May 2016

with papers to be completed by
15 July 2016

All papers will be peer reviewed and should be submitted in Australian Geomechanics journal format (the details of which will be forwarded to authors at a later stage). All abstracts and papers should be sent to Sam Mirlatifi via

By submitting a paper for the Symposium, the author(s) are giving permission for the AGS to publish the paper in the proceedings and other AGS national publications.

Call for Papers flyer

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship flyer and forms

The Symposium will offer owners, suppliers, contractors, engineering geologists, civil, geotechnical consultants a unique opportunity to promote their products and services to a wide cross-section of the industry, through sponsoring the Symposium.

What is sponsorship?

Sponsorship is a strategic marketing vehicle that provides companies the opportunity to align themselves with organisations that have an existing relationship with that company’s target customers.

What sponsorship will do for you?

  • Significantly increase your visibility and impact at the Symposium
  • Promote your organisation to hundreds of senior-level decision-makers in the industry, and nearly 2500 readers of Australian Geomechanics spread throughout Australia
  • Establish name and product recognition
  • Demonstrate to colleagues and clients that you support the industry

Why should you be a sponsor?

  • Sponsorship is a direct line to customers who may never come to you
  • Sponsorship is a targeted, cost effective marketing opportunity
  • Ability to meet a prospective client during the Symposium to discuss potential future business

Benefits of Sponsorship

  • Acknowledgement of sponsorship in 2016 Symposium materials
  • Recognition of your sponsorship at the Symposium and to members of the Australian Geomechanics Society
  • Sponsorship recognition signs at venue

There will be three levels of sponsorship – Platinum, Gold and Silver.

1. Platinum Sponsor

By Tender (one only)

The Platinum Sponsor will be entitled to acknowledgement on the presenter’s podium and in the Symposium Proceedings, and to have their brochure included in the proceedings. The sponsor will also receive a full page advertisement in the Symposium proceedings that will be dedicated to Ground Stabilisation Techniques for Problematic Soils and Unstable Rocks. Promotional benefits include recognition of company name on signage, acknowledgement in program and sponsorship of the CD cover containing the proceedings.

The Platinum Sponsor will be able to set up a booth at the Symposium to distribute promotional material to attendees.

Three of the Platinum Sponsor’s employees will be entitled to free admission to the Symposium.

Due to the demand for this sponsorship level, Platinum sponsorship will be by a tender process to provide a fair and equal opportunity for all potential sponsors at this level.

Conditions of the tender process are contained in the tender form. Non-winning bids will be provided the option of Gold or Silver sponsorship.

2. Gold (Major) Sponsors

$2,200 (including GST)

Gold Sponsors will be entitled to acknowledgement as a Gold Sponsor in the Symposium’s proceedings, to have their brochure included in the proceedings, and will receive a half-page advertisement in the Symposium proceedings.

Two of the Gold Sponsor’s employees will be entitled to free admission to the Symposium.

3. Silver Sponsors

$1,100 (including GST)

Silver Sponsors will be entitled to acknowledgement as a Silver Sponsor in the Symposium’s proceedings, to have their brochure included in the proceedings, and receive a half-page advertisement in the Symposium proceedings.

Interested in Sponsorship?

For further information about sponsorship, please contact Adrian Hulskamp or Cillian McColgan.

Adrian Hulskamp
Phone 02 9888 5000

Cillian McColgan
Phone: 02 9812 5055

To register your interest for the Platinum Sponsor, please complete the attached Tender Form and return it to Peter Robinson via by 15th July 2016.

To become a Gold or Silver Sponsor, please complete the attached Order Form and return it to Peter Robinson via by 5th August 2016.

Sponsorship flyer and forms

AGS VIC Symposium 2016 – Call for Abstracts

Excavations and slope stability in Melbourne geology: experiences and recent developments

The Victorian chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is pleased to announce a one day symposium to be held on 16 November 2016.

The event will be held in Melbourne and will bring together geotechnical and other civil engineering professionals to meet, share and discuss their knowledge and experiences related to excavations and slope stability.

The Event

Since the publication of the “Engineering Geology of Melbourne” in 1992, both the geotechnical profession and Melbourne has undergone significant change. Urban sprawl over the past few decades has seen increasing development in the hillside areas in the Dandenong and Mornington Peninsula regions. This coupled with changes to the regulatory environment and the introduction of the Landslide Risk Management Framework by the AGS in 2007 has changed the way in which local and state government as well as geotechnical practitioners manage and assess slope stability.

In addition to development in hillside areas, significant development in the inner parts of Melbourne has posed many challenges for excavations not just in the soft soils of the Yarra Delta but also the weak rock of the Melbourne Formation.

This symposium will bring together practitioners from consulting, construction and academia to share and discuss their experiences on the separate, but related, topics of excavation and slope stability. Best practices, case histories and innovative solutions for dealing with these challenges will be presented and discussed, with a particular emphasis on local geotechnical issues.

Keynote Speakers

Chris Haberfield

Principal, Golder Associates

Rob Day

Technical Director – Ground Engineering, AECOM

Two additional keynote speakers TBC.

Suggested Topics

The followings are some suggested topics for this Symposium:

  • Geological and hydrogeological factors affecting excavation and slope stability in
  • Melbourne and surrounds
  • Assessment and classification of slope instability, risk assessment and management
  • Geological factors influencing rock fall, earth/rock slides and earth flow assessment
  • Groundwater conditions and slope stability
  • Statutory and landslide risk management guidelines
  • Case histories of projects with complex/challenging excavation works and/or sub-surface conditions
  • Soil-structure interaction analysis
  • Numerical modelling of slope stability and/or excavations and retaining systems
  • Slope stability and deformation of earth retaining structure (e.g. sheet piling, mechanically stabilised earth walls, diaphragm walls, secant and contiguous walls)
  • Groundwater inflows, water pressure gradients, base heave, temporary and permanent recharge for excavations
  • Instrumentation and monitoring of excavations and slopes
  • Unintentional impacts associated with excavations and unstable slopes


The Victorian AGS committee chapter invites local and national practitioners to submit abstracts on a topic related to excavations and/or slope stability. Abstracts should be prepared using the abstract submission format outlined on the following page, be not more than 300 words and sent to Daniel King ( by 10 June 2016 for consideration by the organising committee.

Successful nominations will be selected based on the quality and relevance of the abstract and will be invited to submit a 6 page paper for presentation at the symposium. There are 12 speaker presenters available in addition to the keynote speakers. We encourage submissions from the geotechnical engineering profession as well as academia. The successful papers will be published in the symposium proceedings which will be provided to attendees.


Presenters will enjoy free entry to the symposium with discounts for co-authors.

Important Dates & Submission

Abstract submission by

10 June 2016

Notification of accepted abstracts

24 June 2016

Full paper submission

19 August 2016

Paper acceptance notifications

16 September 2016

Final paper submission and early bird registration deadline

16 October 2016

Abstract Submission Format

Please submit a word document with the following information for abstract submission:

Authors’ full names

e.g. Bob, A. Smith, David, S. Smith.
(font type: Times New Roman, font style: regular, font size: 12)
* Please underline the presenting author.

Authors’ full affiliation

Position, name of company/university, email address and contact number
(font type: Times New Roman, font style: regular, font size: 12)


Title of paper, maximum 100 characters
(font type: Times New Roman, font style: bold, font size: 14)


Abstract text, maximum 300 words
(font type: Times New Roman, font style: regular, font size: 12)

Further Information

For further information please contact the Chair of the organising committee:

Daniel King

Monash University, Department of Civil Engineering

Clayton, VIC, 3800

Phone: +61 3 9905 5576



The organising committee is also looking for potential sponsors of the symposium, interested parties should send through an EOI to Daniel King by 10 June 2016.