Monthly Archives: June 2013

Soil & Rock Logging Course – AS1726 Geotechnical Site Investigations

This one day course will aim to educate geotechnical engineers, geologists, geo‐technicians and other relevant professionals in logging and/or interpreting soil and rock logs in accordance with AS1726 – Geotechnical Site Investigations. This course is aimed at educating the profession and is particularly relevant to geotechnical and mining consultants, geotechnical contractors and laboratory geo‐technicians and …more

Posted in 2013 SA Meetings, Meeting, South Australia and NT |

AGM Annual Dinner – Geotechnical and Hydrogeological Misadventures I Have Known

Dr Rick Evans is currently the Australia President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists. He started his working life as a Civil Engineer, however, after completing his PhD on Finite Element analysis at the University of New South Wales. His first job was at the Country Roads Board, in Victoria, where he was mainly focussed …more

Posted in 2013 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

John Jaeger Award National Tour

Contrary to the popular view of geothermal energy, shallow geothermal systems make 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 heat and cool buildings. A ground source heat pump or GSHP, in combination with …more

Posted in 2013 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

YGP Jack Morgan Award Presentation

The Jack Morgan Award is presented biennially to an outstanding Victorian geotechnical practitioner under the age of 35. This year, three applicants have been shortlisted to give 20 minute presentations on their chosen topic and an expert panel will judge each candidate on their contribution to geotechnics and understanding of geotechnical issues. The winner will …more

Posted in 2013 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

52nd Rankine Lecture (2012): Performance-Based Design In Geotechnical Engineering

Engineering design consists of a sequence of decisions which should satisfy the client’s objective performance requirements. This lecture will argue that an assessment of geotechnical performance must involve ground displacements, and that the traditional approach of specifying safety factors is potentially wasteful. In particular, the Limit State Design (LSD) approach adopted in the Eurocodes will …more

Posted in 2013 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

Use And Abuse Of Springs To Model Foundations

Springs are widely used in structural modelling packages to represent the stiffness response of foundations. This method is a significant improvement on models which assume the foundation is a rigid fixed or pinned support, and assigning a foundation stiffness is essential to enable structural models to better identify load re-distribution and deflection induced stresses in …more

Posted in 2013 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

Low level construction vibrations in residential structures

The first part of the presentation will examine the response of residential structures to low level vibrations by reviewing a comprehensive experimental program, which included a unique shaking-table study of a full-scale single-storey brick-veneer house subjected to 500+ vibrations, with Peak Particle Velocities (PPVs) ranging from 0.2 mm/s to about 400 mm/s (with interesting observations). …more

Posted in 2013 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

D.H. Trollope Medal 2010 ‐ Solutions for Oil and Gas Extraction from Shallow to Deep Water Resources

This lecture will describe rational mechanism‐based design approaches for foundations and anchors for supporting rigs and floating facilities in the frontiers of offshore oil and gas development, with more complex soil conditions at the seabed. In shallow waters, oil and gas exploration and production mostly rely on the stability of jack‐up rigs. The revealed soil …more

Posted in 2013 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |