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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 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 |

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

Posted in 2015 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

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

Posted in 2015 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

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

Posted in 2015 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

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

Posted in 2015 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

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

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 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

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

Posted in 2015 Queensland Meetings, Meeting, Queensland |