Monthly Archives: April 2013

Geothermal Energy: to heat and cool buildings

There is a form of geothermal energy which makes use of the ground at normal temperatures within a few tens of metres of the surface as a heat source in winter and a heat sink in summer to economically, efficiently and sustainably heat and cool buildings. These systems go by a variety of names including …more

Posted in 2013 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

University Research Student Presentations

Research students from our Victorian institutions will give a short talk on their research projects throughout the technical meeting. The main objective is to let the AGS members know about some of the current research and development studies being undertaking in Victoria, and to share and discuss R&D needs and ideas. Topics and speakers are …more

Posted in 2013 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

Symposium – Retaining Structures: Recent Advances and Past Experiences

The Sydney Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS), in conjunction with the Engineers Australia Structural College, is proud to present their seventeenth annual Symposium to be held on 13 November 2013, titled “Retaining Structures: Recent Advances and Past Experiences”. The Symposium forms part of the continuing program of events by the Sydney Chapter of …more

Posted in 2013 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

2013 – AGS Sydney Young Geotechnical Professional’s Night

The Young Geotechnical Professionals’ Night is an opportunity to see three selected presentations by young geotechnical professionals discussing interesting and challenging aspects of their work. After the presentations, you will have a chance to catch up with friends and the presenters over drinks and finger food, and see additional posters prepared by YGP’s. The following …more

Posted in 2013 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

E.H. Davis Award – Combined Loading Of Offshore Foundations

Predicting the bearing capacity of a foundation under combined vertical (V), horizontal (H) and moment (M) loads is a fundamental soil mechanics problem. Traditional solutions utilise ad-hoc adjustment factors to reduce the pure vertical bearing capacity in order to account for inclination, eccentricity, foundation shape and soil strength gradients. These procedures have their roots in …more

Posted in 2013 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

Cone Penetration Tests in Unsaturated Soils

This seminar will present results of UNSW’s ten year study on the cone penetration test in unsaturated soils. Firstly, laboratory-controlled cone penetration test results in two unsaturated soils will be presented, obtained using a suction-controlled calibration chamber. For unsaturated Sydney sand, the cone penetration resistances are found to increase significantly due to the presence of …more

Posted in 2013 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

Tree Roots and the Slope Stability of River Banks in Eastern Australia

Riverside vegetation is a significant factor influencing the occurrence and progress of streambed and riverbank erosion. Recent riparian management practice in Australia has focused on re-establishing or maintaining native riparian vegetation in order to control or prevent erosion as well as regenerate or preserve the complex variety of in-stream and riverside habitats. An integrated review …more

Posted in 2013 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

AGS Research Award

As part of their ongoing support of academic institutions and students, the Sydney and Newcastle Chapters of the Australian Geomechanics Society are offering the prestigious AGS NSW Research Award for research in Geotechnical Engineering or Engineering Geology. The award aims to provide a forum for research students from NSW universities to showcase their research to …more

Posted in 2013 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

Problematic Soils

The presentation will provide a brief summary of the activities of AGS over the last 2 years and then present a technical presentation on the topic “What is the Problem with Problematic Soils?” A large number of soils are considered to be problematic (eg. Collapsible soils, Expansive soils, Peat, Silty soils, Liquefiable soils). The talk …more

Posted in 2013 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |