Monthly Archives: February 2015

Newcastle Chapter Geology Tour – POSTPONED

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Presentations from Finalists for 2015 GHD Prize in Geomechanics

The GHD Prize in Geomechanics is an award sponsored by the firm GHD and presented annually by the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) Newcastle Chapter for the best final year undergraduate project in the area of geomechanics at The University of Newcastle, Australia. The award is intended to encourage students to undertake projects in the area of …more

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Future Graduates Networking BBQ

Are you a geotechnical professional searching for a graduate employee, or a graduating student looking for an employer? To celebrate the submission of their final year geotechnical design project, AGS Newcastle is hosting a BBQ for civil engineering students at The University of Newcastle. Join us for free refreshments and an opportunity to network with …more

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John Jaeger Memorial Award Lecture: Predicting the Mechanical Behaviour of Structured Soils

Abstract Many naturally occurring sedimentary soils and most residual soil deposits are known to possess some form of structure, which enables them to behave differently from the same material in a reconstituted state whenever subjected to mechanical loading. An important feature of the mechanical behaviour of structured soils is the occurrence of a destructuring phase …more

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Instrumentation and Monitoring: State of the Art for Geotechnics and Structures

Abstract Instrumentation is typically used to provide real time data for Design & Construct projects, and is thus aimed both at the straightforward requirement to show ‘compliance with the specification’ and also to provide real time data for optimisation of the design and control of the construction process. These requirements then drive the need to …more

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Limitations of simplified methods for the design of tunnels in bedded formations

Abstract The design of flat and semi flat-roofed tunnels or driveways, i.e. with a large arch radius to roof span ratio, in Sydney has been proven successful over time. The horizontally bedded nature of Sydney’s Hawkesbury Sandstone draws designers to the voussoir beam theory. Such analogy and the associated method of analysis can be easily …more

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Experimental and numerical study on the performance of rockfall protection barriers for hazard mitigation

Abstract Managing the rockfall hazard is a complex task involving several phases, from site characterisation to the design of protective structures. Despite the increasing interest in rockfall-related research over the last few decades, some issues remain only partially addressed to date. In particular, the criteria for the design of flexible metallic barriers are potentially flawed …more

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Control of cost overruns on major construction project through adequate site investigation

Abstract Financial risks are incurred whenever a major excavation project is planned and constructed. Geotechnical investigations may be performed to minimize some of those risks. The strength of soil and rock may affect the STABILITY of excavations, which is often considered of paramount importance, but the ABRASIVITY and EXCAVATABILITY of materials may affect the successful …more

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Annual General Meeting & Dinner

The 2015 committee for the Newcastle Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics society invites all members and their guests to attend this year’s Annual General Meeting. Attendees are welcome to remain for dinner after the AGM at a cost of approximately $20 per person. Agenda The agenda for this year’s meeting is as follows: 1. Welcome …more

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54th Rankine Lecture (2014):
Interactions in Offshore Foundation Design

Abstract Offshore foundation design has been a research topic with direct practical applications for a number of decades, with the increasing need to generate power by harvesting offshore wind presenting new challenges. The lecture will use examples from offshore foundation design to illustrate important areas: (a) where geotechnical engineers need to address engineering problems in …more

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Laboratory Testing, Theory and Practical Application (COURSE FULL)

The course aims to provide information on geotechnical laboratory testing methods to professionals working in the civil and mining industry. Although the subject is often taught during formal education, the actual implementation of that knowledge is not always straight forward. Some of the issues that will be covered in this workshop are: Soil classification and …more

Posted in 2015 Queensland Meetings, Meeting, Queensland |

Rebuilding Angola – Geotechnical Challenges

Abstract Following independence from Portugal in 1975, Angola was ravaged by a civil war which lasted until 2002. Much infrastructure was damaged or destroyed and large numbers of refugees were displaced to the relative safety of major cities. The population of the capital, Luanda grew from 0.5M to 5M during the war, most of the …more

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AGS QLD AGM & Annual Dinner

Come and join us at the AGS annual dinner to celebrate the success of Australian Geomechanics Society Queensland Chapter in 2015. It is the perfect time to reflect on how we have performed in the past year. The call is out for active committee members 2016 with open nominations for next year. Consider getting involved …more

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The Manefay Failure at Bingham Canyon Mine:
investigation outcomes and lessons

Presented by:AusIMM QLD Branch with the AGS QLD Chapter On 10 April 2013 Rio Tinto’s Bingham Canyon open-pit copper mine experienced what we understand is the world’s largest ever in-pit slope failure.  With slope monitoring data, the failure was identified some months prior to failure and mining operations ceased in the area of concern.  Once the …more

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54th Rankine Lecture (2014):
Interactions in Offshore Foundation Design

Abstract Offshore foundation design has been a research topic with direct practical applications for a number of decades, with the increasing need to generate power by harvesting offshore wind presenting new challenges. The lecture will use examples from offshore foundation design to illustrate important areas: (a) where geotechnical engineers need to address engineering problems in …more

Posted in 2015 Queensland Meetings, Meeting, Queensland |

55th Rankine Lecture:
Hazard, Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Practice

“Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one” – Voltaire Abstract More and more, society requires to know the risk which people, property and the environment are exposed to. The role of the geotechnical engineering profession should increasingly be reducing exposure to threats, reducing risk and protecting people. The objective of the 55th Rankine …more

Posted in 2015 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

23rd Annual GFWA Prize in Geomechanics
& AGS-WA Chapter AGM

GFWA Prize in Geomechanics for Final Year Undergraduate Projects in Geomechanics at Universities in Western Australia The GFWA Prize in Geomechanics is a prize sponsored by the firm GFWA Pty Ltd and awarded by the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) for the best paper presentation by a final year student in the area of Geomechanics at …more

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Foundation Design and Installation for Ichthys Structures

Presented by AGS WA together with EA Oil & Gas Group Abstract The Ichthys field is located about 220 kilometres offshore from the North West coast of Western Australia in average water depths of 250m. The field comprises a semi-submersible central processing facility (CPF), a floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO), subsea wells, umbilicals, …more

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Use of recycled materials in road pavements

About Colin Leek Colin Leek is Project Engineer with the City of Canning.  He has had a varied career as a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Curtin University where he lectured in transport and earthworks.  Prior to Curtin, he was employed as Principal Engineer Sustainable  Infrastructure Science with Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), but his …more

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Deconstructing engineering geological models – for continuous improvement in a changing world.

Presented by AGS WA with the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) – Perth Branch Abstract The use of engineering geological models to manage risks and facilitate project success is becoming increasingly common, but the rules for creating effective models are as yet unclear. Projects are now challenged by possible changes to natural process …more

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