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Pitfalls in the Interpretation of Water Content Based Soil Water Characteristic Curve for Unsaturated Soils

Abstract The soil water characteristic curve (SWCC) is one of the most fundamental relationships in the mechanics of unsaturated soils. It enters calculations relating to deformation, shear strength, effective stress, fluid flow, water retention, drainage, water balance, and appears explicitly in the constitutive formulations of pore-air and pore-water, satisfying pore-phase volume change compatibility for a …more

Posted in 2016 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

Energy and Environmental Geomechanics

Abstract In the last few years geotechnical engineering has expanded its domain into the field of Energy Geotechnics. This has led to the study of the behaviour of soils and rocks under complex and extreme conditions involving mechanical, hydraulic, thermal, and geochemical coupled actions. This branch of geotechnical engineering will play a fundamental role in …more

Posted in 2016 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture – WA

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 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture – Sydney

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 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture – Tasmania

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 Tasmania Meetings, Meeting, Tasmania |

Engineering for Australian Earthquakes

About the Presentation This lecture explores the nature of earthquake ground motion and its effects on buildings. It gives an overview of the seismic hazard in Australia and discusses the likelihood of various levels of ground motion.  Finally it discusses what can be done to improve building response and whether we, as residents, should be …more

Posted in 2016 Tasmania Meetings, Meeting, Tasmania |

Unsaturated soil mechanics and the effective stress in design practice: with application to retaining wall design and CPT interpretation

Abstract Unsaturated soils are widely encountered and need to be dealt with in many engineering problems, for example foundations, fills, embankments and slopes. In many cases true predictions of performance and assessments of safety cannot be made without use of unsaturated soil mechanics. In this presentation it will be demonstrated how practitioners can apply unsaturated …more

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

AGS NSW Research Award 2016
for Research in Geotechnical Engineering or Engineering Geology Presentations

As part of the ongoing support of academic institutions and students, the Sydney Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society is offering the prestigious AGS NSW Research Award for research in Geotechnical Engineering or Engineering Geology. The award aims to provide a forum for research students from NSW universities to showcase their research to the wider …more

Posted in 2016 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

AGS NSW Research Award 2016
for Research in Geotechnical Engineering or Engineering Geology Presentations

As part of the ongoing support of academic institutions and students, the Sydney Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society is offering the prestigious AGS NSW Research Award for research in Geotechnical Engineering or Engineering Geology. The award aims to provide a forum for research students from NSW universities to showcase their research to the wider …more

Posted in 2016 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

7th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils (UNSAT2018)

3 – 5 August, 2018 Hong Kong www.unsat2018.org

Posted in Conferences & Events, International Events |

ECSMGE 2019 – XVII European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

1 – 6 September, 2019 Reykjavik, Iceland www.ecsmge-2019.com

Posted in Conferences & Events, International Events |

The opportunities for a borehole database in Brisbane

About the Presentation The viability of a modern public geotechnical database is influenced by many factors including the availability of data, an area’s population density, and seismic risk. Where a city, region or country has sustained the use of a geotechnical database or databases through evolving technology and generational change, no case needs to be …more

Posted in 2016 Queensland Meetings, Meeting, Queensland |

Geotechnical Aspects of the Gateway WA Project

Abstract Gateway WA Perth Airport and Freight Access Project was WA’s largest road project, designed to improve the safety and efficiency of one of the state’s most important transport hubs. Construction started in 2013 and official completion was achieved in April 2016 ahead of schedule and under budget. The project was delivered as an Alliance. …more

Posted in 2016 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

AGS VIC Symposium 2016

Excavations and slope stability in Melbourne geology: experiences and recent developments The Victorian chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is pleased to announce a half-day symposium titled “Excavations and Slope stability in Melbourne geology: experiences and recent developments” to be held on 16 November 2016. The event will be held in Melbourne and will bring …more

Posted in 2016 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

Young Geotechnical Engineers’ Evening Seminar &
The 15th Dr Baden Clegg Award – 2016

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 2016 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

Deconstructing Engineering Geological Models

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 factors ranging from climate change to political uncertainty and so there is an increasing need to elucidate those rules – so …more

Posted in 2016 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

2016 Annual General Meeting – Newcastle Chapter (postponed)

The 2016 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. The agenda for this year’s meeting is as follows: 1. Welcome & …more

Posted in 2016 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

51st Rankine Lecture – Geotechnical Stability Analysis – 2016 Newcastle

About the presentation Historically, geotechnical stability analysis has been performed by a variety of approximate methods that are based on the notion of limit equilibrium. Although they appeal to engineering intuition, these techniques have a number of major disadvantages, not the least of which is the need to presuppose an appropriate failure mechanism in advance. …more

Posted in 2016 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

Forest and bio-engineering rock fall protection techniques

Abstract A number of studies have demonstrated that forests can be an efficient and cost-effective means of protecting against rock-fall. This is especially true for events involving small blocks (< 5 m3). Incorporating the effects of forests in rock-fall propagation models is complicated by the mechanical processes that occur between blocks and trees. Although existing …more

Posted in 2016 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

Railway Tunnel Remediation in the Bylong Valley

Abstract In recent years rail tunnels on the Ulan Line at Kerrabee and Murrumbo in the Bylong Valley have been suffering from track geometry issues and mud pumping. Investigations have shown that the natural material beneath the tunnel’s floor slab has been pulverised by cyclic coal wagon loads, resulting in: voids, cracking and subsidence of …more

Posted in 2016 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |