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AGS 2015 Symposium: Recent Developments and Experiences with Groundwater and Excavations

Click here for the Revised Program  The Sydney Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) with the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) are proud to present its 19th annual Symposium to be held on Friday 13th November 2015, entitled ‘Recent Developments and Experiences with Groundwater and Excavation’. The Symposium forms part of the continuing program …more

Posted in 2015 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture – SA-NT

Introduction This biennial lecture commemorates the work in geomechanics by Professor Edward Hughesdon Davis. Professor Davis was one of the pioneers of geomechanics in Australia. He perceived that progress and understanding of the theoretical basis of geomechanics would only come if consistent, sound, but simple models of soil behaviour were used. The two topics that …more

Posted in 2016 SA Meetings, Meeting, South Australia and NT |

AGM and Local Speaker Night

Posted in 2015 Tasmania Meetings, Meeting, Tasmania |

Dynamic saturated soil and pore fluid interaction modelling using FEM and combined DEM-LBM

Abstract Earthquake induced liquefaction has caused extensively damage to various cities and one of the most notable one is the damage caused to Christchurch during the Lyttelton earthquake on 22nd February 2011. Liquefaction occurs because of the interaction between the soil particles and its pore fluid. The seminar will describe the cause of liquefaction and …more

Posted in 2015 Tasmania Meetings, Meeting, Tasmania |

Engineering geological models, slope stability and landslides.

Mark completed a Bachelor of Science (Geology) in 1983 and a Master of Science in Engineering Geology (First Class Honours) in 1987 at the University of Canterbury, NZ. Partly in conjunction with his Masters studies, Mark worked for both the New Zealand Geological Survey and the New Zealand Forest Service as a geologist on regional …more

Posted in 2015 Tasmania Meetings, Meeting, Tasmania |

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 Tasmania Meetings, Meeting, Tasmania |

Field Techniques for Landslide Assessment Course

Location TBA Next proposed to run late 2016 Course Information

Posted in Courses |

Geotechnical characterization of rock faces using photogrammetry

Abstract Photogrammetry-based techniques that use photographs of a rock face offer a fast and inexpensive way to obtain data needed for geotechnical characterization. These techniques also reduce fieldwork safety risks associated with conventional structural mapping methods. A camera can function as an accurate survey tool, in many cases as accurate as conventional laser-based survey equipment. …more

Posted in 2015 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

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 SA Meetings, Meeting, South Australia and NT |

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 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

Young Geotechnical Professional’s Night

The 2015 Young Geotechnical Professionals’ Night is an opportunity to see four 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 food provided by the committee. The following presentations will be …more

Posted in 2015 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

AGS NSW Research Award for Research in Geotechnical Engineering or Engineering Geology

FINALISTS This year three (3) research award finalists have been chosen to provide their presentations to the wider geotechnical community and they are: Mason Crumpton Adaptive Discontinuity Layout Optimisation for Upper Bound Geotechnical Stability Analysis Amin Y. Pasha Modelling the Volume Change Dependency of the Soil-Water Characteristic Curve Alessandro Tengattini Cemented Granular Materials: A Micro-mechanics Based …more

Posted in 2015 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

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 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

Are these the greatest man-made caverns on earth?

Presented  by AGS Sydney together with ATS. Abstract About 15 years ago, almost by pure chance, there were discovered at a place called Longyou, about 3 kilometres south west of Shanghai, a most extraordinary complex of human-excavated caverns. The caverns were excavated in sandstone quite similar to Sydney’s Hawkesbury Sandstone, have spans up to 35m …more

Posted in 2015 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

Reflections on Modern Geotechnical Investigation:
use of the Seismic Dilatometer for design

Abstract Seismic Dilatometer (sDMT) has been used for a number of recent projects in both New South Wales (NSW) and New Zealand to speed up the rate of gaining valuable information for design. Specific examples of the values obtained compared to more conventional techniques in NSW are highlighted and discussed. The Detailed Design of the …more

Posted in 2015 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

Estimation of design earthquake ground motions in Australia

Abstract MCE ground motions are often defined as those having a return period of 10,000 years, as estimated from a site-specific probabilistic seismic hazard analysis. However, in some cases the MCE is defined by “deterministic” ground motions that are defined as the “maximum possible” ground motions that could occur at the site. In practice, these …more

Posted in 2015 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

Newcastle Chapter Geology Tour – POSTPONED

Posted in 2015 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

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

Posted in 2015 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

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

Posted in 2015 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

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

Posted in 2015 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |