Monthly Archives: February 2012

Seismic Flat Dilatometer – Results and recent developments

The presentation summarizes the experience gained from SDMT tests performed at 34 sites. In particular it presents an overview of the SDMT equipment, comparisons of Vs measured by SDMT and by other methods, Inter-relationships Go, Ed, Mdmt based on a very large number of data points and a selection of significant SDMT results and related …more

Posted in 2008 Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

Foundations (piles) in Rock – Serviceability Rules

This lecture will challenge the conventional approaches to foundation design in rock. It will provide some insights into the geotechnical issues and performance of foundations in rock and will seek to provide a design approach which considers the whole process from ground investigation through design and construction to in-service performance.

Posted in 2008 Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

Engineering of the Coastal Limestones of Western Australia Seminar

The Western Australian Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) provides notice of a seminar to be held on the Engineering of the Coastal Limestones of Western Australia. The seminar will aim to educate engineers and geologists about the characteristics of the limestone of Western Australia and provide case studies that demonstrate the engineering challenges …more

Posted in 2008 Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

An Effective Stress Approach to Mine Backfill

The lecture discusses some unique aspects associated with representing the consolidation of cementing soils including the influence of cement hydration on stiffness and permeability as well as a unique aspect termed self desiccation. These aspects are incorporated into a numerical model (termed Minefill-2D) that couples the time dependent processes of filling, consolidation and cement hydration. …more

Posted in 2008 Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

Ground Improvement in the Christchurch Rebuild – A Contractor’s Perspective

The talk will present the perspective of a specialty geotechnical contractor, now active in Christchurch, on the working environment within the ongoing seismic activity of the region. Ground improvement methods applicable for the lifting/leveling and seismic mitigation of structures will be presented. Several case histories of work performed will be presented to include some aspects …more

Posted in 2012 Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

Annual General Meeting & Offshore Pipelines

Posted in 2012 Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

20th GFWA Prize

Posted in 2012 Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

Tunnelling in the Binningup Desalination Plant

The design and construction aspects of phase 1 of the Water Corporation’s new Southern Seawater Desalination plant in Binningup, WA, is being presented, highlighting the challenges presented to the Southern Seawater Alliance (SSWA) engineering and construction teams by the geotechnical conditions encountered at the site. Geotechnical, structural and construction aspects are covered by each of …more

Posted in 2012 Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

Forecasting Ground Deformation

Geotechnical engineers are responsible for building models to forecast the behaviour of structures in contact with the ground. In this talk, it will be argued that we have a fairly robust and consistent frame work for modelling the strength of soils. However, our treatment of soil deformation is confusing and often inconsistent with basic soil …more

Posted in 2012 Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

Young Geotechnical Engineers, 10th Baden Clegg Award

The Western Australian Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) invites participants for the 2012 Young Geotechnical Professional’s Seminar Evening. Participants must be under 35 years of age on 30 June 2012 and may be geotechnical engineers, geologists, mining engineers, hydrogeologists or other geotechnical professionals working in industry or academia. Three speakers will be chosen …more

Posted in 2012 Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

Anticipating Engineering Properties And Behaviour From Geological Knowledge

Skills in interpreting and understanding the geological origins of soil and rock masses and their defects are essential in the development of high quality ground models on which our ground engineering decisions are based. Alan’s talk will use case histories to show how important engineering properties and behavior of the ground can be anticipated from …more

Posted in 2012 Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

Tunnelling in Binningup Desalination Plant Project

Posted in 2012 Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

The M 6.3 Christchurch, New Zealand, Earthquake of February 22, 2011

At 12:51 pm local time on February 22, 2011, an M 6.3 earthquake shook the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. It was an aftershock of the M 7.1 Darfield earthquake of September 4, 2010. Although lower in magnitude than the earlier quake, the aftershock was centred closer to the city and caused significantly more damage, …more

Posted in 2012 Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

46th Terzaghi Lecture – Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil: From the Experimental to the Familiar

The lecture begins with a historical review of reinforced soil technology, from the ancients, the developments by H. Vidal and K. Lee on Terre Armée and Reinforced Earth, the early uses of geosynthetics for soil reinforcement in France (Bidim), Sweden (Wager and Broms), and the USA (USFS, FHWA, J. R. Bell, T. A. Haliburton, B. …more

Posted in Video |

Probabilities of Failure and Factors of Safety in Geotechnical Engineering

There has been a rapid growth of interest in both academe and industry in the use of probabilistic methods in geotechnical engineering. In hindsight this is not too surprising, since soils and rocks are among the most variable of all engineering materials, and geotechnical engineers must often make do with materials they are dealt with …more

Posted in 2012 Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

Technical presentation and associated half day seminars

Posted in 2012 Meetings, Meeting, South Australia and NT |