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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

Posted in 2015 Queensland Meetings, Meeting, Queensland |

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

Posted in 2015 Queensland Meetings, Meeting, Queensland |

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

Posted in 2015 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

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

Posted in 2015 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

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

Posted in 2015 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

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

Posted in 2015 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

Young Geotechnical Engineers’ Evening Seminar and
The 14th Dr Baden Clegg Award – 2015

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

Posted in 2015 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

Failures in Dewatering for Diaphragm Wall (and Similar) Deep Excavations

Abstract Many failures have been recorded globally, in deep foundation excavation works within diaphragm wall or similar enclosures relating to water inflow. The issues appear to be relatively straight forward – so why is the industry getting this wrong? Examples of failures are presented, primarily from the presenter’s experience investigating dewatering problems in the Middle …more

Posted in 2015 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

Quiz Night Fundraiser for Nepal

Getting Social for Nepal Come join us to celebrate a year of successful AGS events with Nepalese cuisine, games, and a quiz. The evening will also be a fundraiser for the Nepal earthquake with all proceeds going towards the Nepal Relief Fund. The evening will include a 3 course banquet created especially for this occasion …more

Posted in 2015 SA Meetings, Meeting |

Well, what is the strength of unsaturated clay?

Talking Points There are several equations for the shear strength of unsaturated clay. Which is best? How do you get the numbers to put into them? How do you use them for design? This talk is a journey, starting with a trip down memory lane, traversing steep cuttings while retaining a sense of humour, then …more

Posted in 2015 SA Meetings, Meeting, South Australia and NT |

Laboratory Testing of Expansive Soils Seminar

Who Should Attend and Why? Identifying and managing the risks associated with problematic soils is essential for the geotechnical engineer. Across much of metropolitan Adelaide, the presence of expansive clay soils means that practising geotechnical and structural engineers need to have an awareness and understanding of the requirements for specifying, undertaking and interpreting laboratory testing …more

Posted in 2015 SA Meetings, Meeting, South Australia and NT |

Young Geotechnical Professional’s Event

Showcasing Young Geotechnical Professionals & Students The July meeting of the South Australian Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society will consist of presentations by young geotechnical professionals and students. The meeting will follow the format of the ten previous Australian and New Zealand Young Geotechnical Professionals Conferences. Meeting Aims To enhance professional development by sharing …more

Posted in 2015 SA Meetings, Meeting, South Australia and NT |

A Systems Approach to Verifying Driven Pile Foundations

Talking Points Over the past 30 years, dynamic pile testing (PDA) has become a generally accepted technique for verification of driven pile capacities in Australia. In the vast majority of projects, the technique is specified as a quick, inexpensive and generally reliable method for proof load testing for contractual verification. That being said, the implementation …more

Posted in 2015 SA Meetings, Meeting, South Australia and NT |

Seepage, Erosion and Piping.

Abstract “It’s not the soil that causes problems in geotechnical engineering – it’s the water in the soil”. This statement was made to Matthew Duthy by one of his former bosses, and it has stuck in Matthew’s head ever since. Water in soil causes a number of problems in geotechnical engineering, but the focus for …more

Posted in 2015 SA Meetings, Meeting, South Australia and NT |

AGM, Chair’s Address, Annual Dinner and Guest Speaker

The Victorian Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society invite you to their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 25 November, followed by their Annual Dinner. During the AGM the outgoing chair Jeremy Barber will give a presentation and we are proud to welcome Associate Professor Stephen Gallagher of the University of Melbourne to talk to us …more

Posted in 2015 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

Joint AGS/Structural Meeting:
Residential Slabs on Reactive Soils

Abstract Site classification is the key to a successful design, however it is fraught with uncertainty, partly because of the economics of house construction. The classifier must use judgement and available knowledge to classify a greenfield site. Then there are earthworks to consider, which may alter the classification. Designers need to be aware of the …more

Posted in 2015 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

Recent developments in earthquake seismology

Abstract The past few years have seen a significant increase in earthquake activity in the Western Strzelecki Ranges of West Gippsland. This activity and it’s implications will be discussed. Other local developments include a study on the relationship between earthquake and volcanic activity in western Victoria. These studies rely on higher resolution seismograph coverage than …more

Posted in 2015 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

Challenges of New Metro Station and Associated Tunnel Construction in a Mature Urban Environment: New Bugis Station

This is proudly brought to you as a joint presentation by AGS Victoria and the ATS. Abstract The expansion of mass transport systems in Asia requires new infrastructure to be built around, above and below operating networks. These conditions, along with tight environmental controls necessary for work carried out amongst high population density areas, requires an unprecedented …more

Posted in 2015 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |