The Australian Geomechanics Society will be running a Geotechnical Mapping one-day training course at selected Chapters from August 2016.
This course is intended to complement existing courses offered by the AGS. The skills developed in the Soil and Rock Logging course are directly relevant to this course and the skills developed in this course are directly relevant to the successful completion of the Geology for Engineers and Engineering Geology courses.
The goal of this training course is to provide attendees with the knowledge, skills and experience to allow them to successfully observe, measure and record geotechnically significant information when they visit a site.
This course will provide an introduction to the types of information that need to be observed and recorded during a geotechnical site visit. Attendees will be coached in observation, measuring and recording this information onto sketch plans and sections. Typically, the types of information will include:
- Existing development on the site
- Utilities / services
- Access for equipment
- Hydrology and drainage
- Erosion and other natural process
- Potential hazards, etc.
The course briefing will cover key elements of drawing geotechnical sketch plans including:
- Scale and proportion
- Orientation and situation
- Standard symbols and annotations
- Explanation of symbols
Outcomes and Skills Developed
On completion of the course, the attendees will have been introduced to and will have had an opportunity to gain practice and experience in the following skills:
- Observation of geotechnically significant information
- Measurement and estimation of the size of site features
- Recording of geotechnical information on sketch plans and cross sections using standard symbols
At the end of the course, the participants will be asked to prepare records of a mock site visit, which will be evaluated by the course leader. Constructive feedback will be provided to all participants on completion of the final evaluation.
Who Should Attend
The course is intended for a broad range of technical staff that are called upon to visit sites for geotechnical purposes. Those who will be benefit most from the course are graduate to intermediate level geotechnical engineers, geologists, geo-technicians and civil engineers.
A maximum of 16 attendees will be permitted for each individual course. Additional dates will be considered if interest exceeds capacity of initial course. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis upon receipt of payment.
Course Calendar and Venues
Courses will be run in public open spaces in each of the cities where the course will take place. Sites are selected where there is good range of appropriate geotechnical features; where there is shelter to escape inclement weather, parking and toilet facilities.
|Tuesday 9 August 2016||NSW – Sydney||8:30am – 4.30pm|
|Wednesday 10 August 2016||NSW – Newcastle||8:30am – 4.30pm|
|Thursday 6 October 2016||WA – Perth||8:30am – 4.30pm|
|Tuesday 25 October 2016||VIC – Melbourne||8:30am – 4.30pm|
|Wednesday 26 October 2016||TAS – Hobart||8:30am – 4.30pm|
|Thursday 3 November 2016||QLD – Brisbane||8:30am – 4.30pm|
Anthony Bowden will lead the courses around the country. Anthony is a member of the AGS and a Chartered Engineering Geologist with over 30 years experience in civil engineering, mining and mineral exploration.
Anthony will be supported by a number of leading local practitioners to ensure that the trainer to student ratio does not exceed about 1:8.
The course will be conducted over one day at each location and will cost $470 for AGS members and $670 for non-members. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.
If a course has to be cancelled and cannot be rearranged close to the planned date, all fees would be returned to the students.
The course is approved by the Australian Geomechanics Society and recognised by Engineers Australia as equivalent to 8 hours of CPD.
Enquiries and Registration
If you or your colleagues would like to attend, kindly return the registration form attached, via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org to assist the Australian Geomechanics Society with planning.