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Structural engineering contributions to geotechnical failures

Abstract Like most failures, geotechnical failures usually comprise a number of contributing factors which align to bring about the failure. Whilst some fault may be attributed to the geotechnical engineer, too often, fault can also be attributed to the structural engineer. In most cases the engineers involved have not fully understood the risks involved in …more

Posted in 2017 Tasmania Meetings, Meeting, Tasmania |

Technical Lecture: Outcomes of the Embankment Prediction Symposium

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Posted in 2017 Queensland Meetings, Meeting, Queensland |

Christchurch Town Hall: Foundation Stabilisation Using Jet Grouting Technique

Abstract Following damage caused by the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, the NZ$127.5million Christchurch Town Hall Restoration project is due for completion in 2018. The building is undergoing extensive repairs and a strengthening regime to meet New Zealand’s New Building Standard. One major aspect of the project is the stabilisation of the soil directly beneath the building …more

Posted in 2017 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

How, where and when buried water pipelines break?

Abstract Pipelines are lifeline structures that provide essential services to communities by transporting water, gas and petroleum products over long distances. For instance, nearly two-thirds of the oil and petroleum products are transported annually by pipelines. Similarly, bulk of water and gas to world’s urban centres and communities are transported by pipelines. In fact, the …more

Posted in 2017 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

An innovative geotechnical monitoring system for soft ground treatment on the W2B Pacific Highway upgrade project

Abstract This presentation describes an innovative system for monitoring the performance of soft ground treatments on the Woolgoolga to Ballina (W2B) Pacific Highway upgrade project. The $4.3 billion project is Australia’s largest regional infrastructure project and will upgrade about 155km of highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina, to four lane, divided road. Roads and Maritime Services …more

Posted in 2017 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

Influence of wetting and drying cycles on the behavior of compacted materials

Abstract Compacted soils are often used as construction materials for earth structures such as retaining walls, dams, and road and railway embankments, and as such are usually placed and often remain on site under partially saturated condition. However, during their service life these earth structures are likely to experience changes in hydraulic behaviour owing to …more

Posted in 2017 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

Application of Empirical Approaches to Design Rock Slopes in Mining and Civil Engineering Projects

Abstract The estimation of rock slope stability is required by the civil and mining engineering industries for a wide variety of projects, not only during the feasibility study but also during the excavation and operating stages. Rock mass classification systems are then essential to quickly and reliably estimate the stable angle of a required or …more

Posted in 2017 SA Meetings, Meeting, South Australia and NT |

AGS Sydney 2016 Debate Night

 Debate topics Publications from academia have become almost irrelevant to industry. There are significant gaps between “State of the Art” from academic research and “State of Practice” adopted by practitioners in geotechnical engineering. We don’t learn from our professional mistakes. Mistakes are being buried in legal disputes. There is no positive outlook for geotechnical engineering …more

Posted in 2016 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

Rooting for Sustainable Performance

Presented by AGS Newcastle with the CGSE. Abstract Experimental studies of the behaviour of mixtures of sand with short flexible polypropylene fibres have been carried out using triaxial compression, triaxial extension, and shear box tests. Provided the fibres have appropriate orientations the attempt to stretch them generates an axial force which boosts the stress in the …more

Posted in 2016 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

AGS SA-NT 2016 Social Evening

Enjoy a fine 3 course Thai banquet and be entertained by an illustrated talk “Brunel and the Age of Progress”. The Talk Brunel and the Age of Progress Isambard Kingdom Brunel practised in the first half of the Nineteenth Century, a time of great technological, social, economic and political change. In fact he helped make …more

Posted in 2016 SA Meetings, Meeting |

AGS QLD 2016 AGM & Annual Dinner

Come and join us at the AGS annual dinner to celebrate the success of Australian Geomechanics Society Queensland Chapter in 2016. It is the perfect time to reflect on how we have performed in the past year. The call is out for active committee members 2017 with open nominations for next year. Consider getting involved …more

Posted in 2016 Queensland Meetings, Meeting, Queensland |

Talk: Tunnel face stability and its reinforcement using bolts, and AGM

The TAS Chapter AGM will follow this presentation. After conclusion of the AGM members are invited to join the TAS Chapter committee for drinks and nibbles provided by AGS followed by a ‘pay your own way’ dinner. Venue TBA. Abstract Tunnel excavation in weak to medium ground can lead to important ground movements and occasionally triggers …more

Posted in 2016 Tasmania Meetings, Meeting, Tasmania |

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 2016 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

2016 Vic Chapter AGM, Annual Dinner and Guest Speaker

Are we there yet? Some reflections on a geotechnical journey The Victoria Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society invite you to their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 7th of December, followed by their Annual Dinner. We are proud to welcome Max Ervin to talk to us as we dine. About the talk Max Ervin is …more

Posted in 2016 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

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 2016 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

Presentations from Finalists for 2016 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 …more

Posted in 2016 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

2016 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 2016 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

Damage and premature refusal of piles

Abstract Pile damage during driving is relatively common, and probably occurs more frequently than is generally acknowledged. Unless the structural integrity of the pile is compromised, damage that leads to difficulty in driving, hence reduced final penetration of the pile, may not affect the foundation performance. However, for offshore applications where piles must be driven …more

Posted in 2016 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

Computational limit analysis: from stability to deformations

Abstract The use of the finite element method for engineering analysis goes back to the 1950s. Since then, the method has undergone tremendous developments and is today a standard tool in many fields of engineering including structural, mechanical, and aerospace engineering. In geotechnical engineering, the method is used routinely for both stability and deformation analysis. …more

Posted in 2016 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

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 2016 Queensland Meetings, Meeting, Queensland |