Engineers Australia

AGS SA-NT Symposium 2020 Call For Abstracts


The South Australia and Northern Territory Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is pleased to announce the 2020 AGS Seminar titled “Geotechnical aspects of renewable energy” which is to be held on 6 November 2020.

The symposium forms part of the continuing programme of events organised by the SA-NT Chapter of the AGS and aims to provide the engineering profession with a comprehensive introduction to the geotechnical aspects of renewable energy, including best practice techniques and recent developments.

The SA-NT Chapter has issued a call for abstracts.

The Event

South Australia has in current years seen an increased focus on the adoption of renewable energies to help reduce our contribution to climate change. This symposium will present overviews of current design practice, state-of-the-art practices, novel technologies and innovative solutions, and case studies demonstrating the application of advanced techniques and cost-effective solutions in the design and construction of geotechnical aspects for various renewable energy technologies.

The symposium will bring together professional engineers, researchers, specialist contractors, regulators, educators and students to share and discuss their experiences on the topic of geotechnical aspects of renewable energy and associated challenges and opportunities.


The following are some suggested topics for the symposium:

  • Planning and design of geotechnical investigations for renewable energy projects
  • Foundation and earthworks design and construction for solar farms, in particular, shrink-swell considerations
  • Foundation and earthworks design and construction for wind turbines
  • Geotechnical design and construction aspects of pumped hydro


The SA-NT Chapter invites local, national and international practitioners to submit abstracts on a topic related to the design and construction of geotechnical aspects of renewable energy technologies. Abstracts are not to be more than 300 words and shall be prepared in accordance with the abstract submission guidelines outlined below. Complete abstracts should be sent to Marnel de Wet by Tuesday 9 June 2020 for consideration by the symposium organising committee.

Abstracts will be selected based on their quality and relevance to
the theme and objectives of the seminar with the successful authors invited to submit a six-page paper for presentation at the seminar.

We encourage submissions from the geotechnical engineering professions as well as academia.


The cost of the symposium is to be confirmed. Presenters will enjoy free entry to the symposium with discounts for co-authors.

Important Dates & Submission

Abstracts are to be submitted by Tuesday 9 June 2020

Authors will be notified of acceptance of abstracts by Tuesday 16 June 2020

Full papers are to be submitted by Monday 21 September 2020

Final paper submission after addressing any reviewer’s comments by Monday 5 October 2020

Abstract Submission Format

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

Author’s full name(s)

e.g. Bob, A. Smith, David, S. Smith (font type: Times New Roman, font style: regular, font size: 10) * Please underline the presenting author.

Author’s full affiliation

Position, name of company/ university, email address and contact number (font type: Times New Roman, font style: regular, font size: 10)


Title of paper, maximum 100 characters (font type: Times New Roman, font style: bold, font size: 12)


Abstract text, maximum 300 words (font type: Times New Roman, font style: regular, font size: 10)

Presenting author’s biography, maximum 150 words (font type: Times New Roman)


The COVID-19 situation globally is constantly changing. The SA-NT Chapter of the AGS are aware of the possibility that public gatherings and travel restrictions may extend past November 2020.

Please be advised that the symposium may be postponed until 2021 in the event that the above-outlined restrictions remain in place for November 2020, however the content of the event will not be impacted.

Further Information

For further information, please contact the Chair of the organising committee:
Marnel de Wet


The organising committee is also seeking potential sponsors of the seminar. Interested parties should send through an EOI to Marnel de Wet by Friday 12 June 2020.