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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 Information…

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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 Information…

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 Information…

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 Information…

Posted in 2015 Queensland Meetings, Meeting, Queensland |

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 Information…

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 Information…

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 Information…

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 Information…

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 Information…

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 Information…

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 Information…

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 Information…

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 Information…

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 Information…

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 Information…

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 Information…

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 Information…

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 Information…

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 Information…

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 Information…

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