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2019 AGS Victoria Symposium – Call for abstracts


The Victorian chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is pleased to announce a one day symposium titled “Geotechnical characterisation – managing design and construction risk” which is to be held on 30 October 2019.

The event will be held in Melbourne and will bring together geotechnical and other civil engineering professionals to share and discuss their knowledge and experiences related to geotechnical characterisation and its
implications for design and construction.

The Event

Victoria’s construction industry is booming. Investment in both public infrastructure and commercial real estate is growing, and as our cities and infrastructure grow, so too does the need to develop parcels of land with challenging ground conditions. Economical and safe geotechnical design requires efficient and well thought through ground investigation and characterisation to identify and manage ground risks and opportunities.

This symposium will present overviews of current state of-the-art practices, innovation, new research results and case studies relating to geotechnical characterisation with an emphasis on its implications for the addressing and managing design and construction risk.

The symposium will bring together professional engineers, researchers, specialist contractors, regulators, educators and students to share and discuss their experiences on the topic of ground characterisation. Best practices, case histories and innovative methods for assessing and characterising ground risk will be presented and discussed, with a particular emphasis on the geotechncal characterisation of the Melbourne region and regional areas of Victoria.

Suggested Topics

  • Geotechnical site characterisation
  • In-situ testing techniques and their interpretation
  • Geophysical methods and remote sensing
  • Laboratory testing, sampling and interpretation
  • Ground exploration techniques – drilling, probing, excavation and in-situ testing techniques
  • Liquefaction assessment
  • Characterisation of non-standard soils such as; arid, collapsible, expansive soils, non-engineered fills, organics/peat soils, sulfate/acid soils, soluble ground, residual soils
  • Groundwater / geo-environmental characterisation, testing, interpretation and its implications
  • Application of statistical and probabalistic techniques for geotechnical characterisation and design
  • Geotechnical characterisation and its effects on design and construction
  • Managing ground risk in design and construction with an emphasis on geotechnical characterisation


The Victorian Chapter of the AGS invites local and national practitioners, academics, contractors and other interested parties to submit abstracts on a topic related to geotechnical characterisation.

Abstracts should be not more than 300 words and prepared in accordance with the abstract submission guidelines outlined below. Completed abstracts should be sent to Ross Kristin at by 10 May 2019 for consideration by the organising committee.

Abstracts will be selected based on their quality and relevance to the topic of geotechnical characterisation with the successful author(s) invited to submit a six page paper for presentation at the
symposium. We encourage submissions from the geotechnical engineering profession as well as academia.


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

Important Dates & Submission

Abstract submission: 10 May 2019

Notification of accepted abstracts: 24 May 2019

Full paper submission: 30 August 2019

Paper acceptance notifications: 20 September 2019

Final paper submission & early bird registration deadline: 4 October 2019

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 Co-Chair of the organising committee:

Ross Kristinof
FSG Geotechnics & Foundations
Ground Floor, 1G Marine Parade
Abbotsford, VIC 3067
Phone: + 61 3 9417 4333
Email: [email protected]


The organising committee is also looking for potential sponsors of the symposium, interested parties should send an Expression of Interest to Andrew Lochaden by 10 May 2019.


Call for Abstracts flyer