Monthly Archives: July 2013

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

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E.H. Davis Lecture 2012 – 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

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Deficiencies In Current Liquefaction Criteria As They Apply To Western Australia

In many parts of the world, including Australia, the state of practice in assessing if liquefaction will occur is based on the recommendations of Youd et al (2001) which arose from workshops convened in the United States by NCEER. However, the final publication did not so much represent a consensus view as a compromise between …more

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AGS Young Geotechnical Professionals’ Evening Seminar and the 12th Dr Baden Clegg Award

This annual event gives a platform for our younger (under 35) geo‐professionals to present their work, gain feedback from experienced colleagues and become involved in AGS activities. Please support them by coming along to what should be a varied, interesting and exciting evening. There will be three presentations, each 15 minutes long, with 5 minutes …more

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E.H. Davis Lecture

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 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

Designing for Rockfall: According to the guidelines for the approval of Rockfall Protection Kits

There is a trend in Australia of infrastructure projects occurring in higher developed areas which result in more road and railway cuttings with steeper slopes. The weathering processes on these slopes can cause rockfall which has the potential to harm road or rail users, and cause disruption to these essential services. Therefore, the protection of …more

Posted in 2013 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

Advances in Piling Techniques and Design

The introduction of limit state analyses has required that all pile designs include calculations not only for geotechnical strength but also for serviceability. This has resulted in more rigorous calculations that in turn have forced the geotechnical profession to consider pile performance in a more thoroughly and has led to a better understanding of pile …more

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