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2012 John Jaeger Lecture: Introducing Geotechnical Design to Shallow Geothermal Systems

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 2014 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

2012 John Jaeger Lecture: Introducing Geotechnical Design to Shallow Geothermal Systems

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 2014 SA Meetings, Meeting, South Australia and NT |

2012 John Jaeger Lecture: Introducing Geotechnical Design to Shallow Geothermal Systems

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 2014 Queensland Meetings, Meeting, Queensland |

2012 John Jaeger Lecture: Introducing Geotechnical Design to Shallow Geothermal Systems

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 2014 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

2011 Géotechnique Lecture – Foundation Design for Offshore Wind Turbines

The UK Government has put in place ambitious plans for energy generation from renewable sources for the next decade, and beyond. To achieve these targets a substantial contribution from offshore wind is required. At present there are just over one thousand offshore wind turbines installed and operating around the UK, with hundreds more currently being …more

Posted in 2014 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

Victor Milligan Award 2012: Estimation of Parameters for Seismic Design in Peru

Peru is situated along the western edge of the convergent plate boundary between the South America plate in the east and Nazca plate to the west where ongoing subduction is the major source of large damaging historical earthquakes. We present results of a detailed probabilistic seismic hazard analysis for Peru to provide site-specific 0.2-second and …more

Posted in 2013 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

Geosynthetics in Road Pavement Design Methods

The use of geosynthetic materials such as geogrid, geotextile and geocomposite products in roads and pavements for reinforcement has been demonstrated to be a viable technology through studies conducted over many years. Research has shown the importance of design variables in the efficiency of geosynthetic materials. The use and specification of geosynthetics for pavement support …more

Posted in 2013 Queensland Meetings, Meeting, Queensland |

E.H. Davis Memorial 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

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

GFWA Prize in Geomechanics for Final Year Undergraduate Projects in Geomechanics at Universities in Western Australia

Basis of the Award 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 Universities in Western Australia. The winner is chosen by a panel selected …more

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Australian Geomechanics Society Award, Curtin University

Basis of the Award Awarded to the engineering student who presents the best combination of thesis and seminar on a geotechnical topic. Presentation The winner will receive a cash prize of $500. Past Winners 2016 – Giancarlo Marra 2014 – Giovan Jonathan Surya Chandra 2013 – Matthew Addis 2012 – Rohan Went 2011 – Atticus …more

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Laboratory Testing, Theory and Practical Application

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: How to determine …more

Posted in 2013 Queensland Meetings, Meeting, Queensland |

Geotechnics of Nearshore and Dredging Projects

The Western Australia Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is pleased to announce details of a one day seminar focussing on the Geotechnics of Nearshore and Dredging Projects. This seminar forms part of the continuing program of technical events by the AGS WA Chapter, designed to keep geotechnical professionals aware of recent developments in …more

Posted in 2013 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

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 Universities in Western Australia. Final year students from The University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Kalgoorlie …more

Posted in 2013 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

2012 John Jaeger Lecture: Introducing Geotechnical Design to Shallow Geothermal Systems

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 2014 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

2011 Annual General Meeting & Dinner

Posted in 2011 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

Drilled Shaft Instrumentation for O-cell Tests

The O–Cell is a device for determining inplace drilled shaft skin friction and end bearing. It can be used in single or multi-layer stratigraphy and is generally more convenient than traditional load testing methods. In this talk, the general requirements for O-cell instrumentation will be presented, including the differences in instrumentation required for O-cell bi-directional …more

Posted in 2011 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

Gunnedah Basin Geology

The Gunnedah Basin hosts large resources of predominantly thermal coal within an Early Permian to Middle Triassic structural basin that is currently the subject of much exploration and mining activity. The limits of the Gunnedah Basin extend from Williow Tree to Dubbo to Moree. Coal in the Gunnedah Basin is present within two Permian packages: …more

Posted in 2011 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

Building 3D models of rock strength using geophysical logs

In Australian coal mining, geophysical logs are run in most exploration boreholes. The conventional suite of logs includes the natural gamma, density and sonic logs. A qualitative examination of these logs allows the basic geological section to be inferred. For many years, geotechnical engineers and geologists have also used sonic data to empirically estimate UCS. …more

Posted in 2011 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

Palmers Road landslides: investigation, analysis & remediation

Slope instability is a relatively common occurrence in the Gosford – Lake Macquarie – Newcastle area. The occurrence of landslides and their mechanisms are determined by the geology and hydro-geology of the various regions and care must be taken to understand this regional context when investigating and designing engineering works. In June 2008 a routine …more

Posted in 2011 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

Ballast!! Who needs it?

Rail track ballast is often ignored in the rush to deliver on rail upgrades with money going into more obvious tangible assets like sleepers, rails, fastenings, signalling, and “big yellow machines” etc. As has been witnessed lately with the problems of track geometry on the Main Southern Railway, the condition and depth of ballast is …more

Posted in 2011 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |