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Evening lecture on Legal Issues

About the presentation This lecture deals with the legal aspects of geotechnical engineering.  The lecture is focussed on some of the ramifications of engineering disasters and highlights the lessons gained from more than four decades of practice.  The experience covers not only the role of the expert witness, but acting as a Mining Warden, in …more

Posted in 2016 Queensland Meetings, Meeting, Queensland |

Retrogressive Flow Slides in South-East Queensland

Abstract ‘Retrogressive breach failures’, also known as ‘retrogressive flow slides’, are relatively common but short lived natural events which can affect shorelines adjacent to sandy tidal channels in South East Queensland and elsewhere in the world. Their occurrence often goes unnoticed and unreported because they occur underwater and do not always reach the bank or …more

Posted in 2016 Queensland Meetings, Meeting, Queensland |

Use and Abuse of Springs to Model Foundations

Springs are widely used in structural modelling packages to represent the stiffness response of foundations. This method is a significant improvement on models which assume the foundation is a rigid fixed or pinned support, and assigning a foundation stiffness is essential to enable structural models to better identify load re-distribution and deflection induced stresses in …more

Posted in 2016 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

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 2016 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

2014 AGS Practitioner Award Distinguished Lecture in Melbourne

ESCAPING THE GOLDEN CAGE*

Learning to Practise the Art of Observational Geotechnical Engineering

Abstract The observational method is a respected and much-quoted pillar of geotechnical practice, but it appears in many guises and its application is not always clearly understood or appreciated. At its heart is the engineer’s dilemma of getting something to work safely and efficiently in the face of uncertainties. Observational geotechnical engineering is the art …more

Posted in 2016 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

2014 AGS Practitioner Award Distinguished Lecture in Perth

ESCAPING THE GOLDEN CAGE*

Learning to Practise the Art of Observational Geotechnical Engineering

Abstract The observational method is a respected and much-quoted pillar of geotechnical practice, but it appears in many guises and its application is not always clearly understood or appreciated. At its heart is the engineer’s dilemma of getting something to work safely and efficiently in the face of uncertainties. Observational geotechnical engineering is the art …more

Posted in 2016 WA Meetings, Meeting, Western Australia |

2014 AGS Practitioner Award Distinguished Lecture in Adelaide

ESCAPING THE GOLDEN CAGE*

Learning to Practise the Art of Observational Geotechnical Engineering

Abstract The observational method is a respected and much-quoted pillar of geotechnical practice, but it appears in many guises and its application is not always clearly understood or appreciated. At its heart is the engineer’s dilemma of getting something to work safely and efficiently in the face of uncertainties. Observational geotechnical engineering is the art …more

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

2014 AGS Practitioner Award Distinguished Lecture in Hobart

ESCAPING THE GOLDEN CAGE*

Learning to Practise the Art of Observational Geotechnical Engineering

Abstract The observational method is a respected and much-quoted pillar of geotechnical practice, but it appears in many guises and its application is not always clearly understood or appreciated. At its heart is the engineer’s dilemma of getting something to work safely and efficiently in the face of uncertainties. Observational geotechnical engineering is the art …more

Posted in 2016 Tasmania Meetings, Meeting, Tasmania |

2014 AGS Practitioner Award Distinguished Lecture in Sydney

ESCAPING THE GOLDEN CAGE*

Learning to Practise the Art of Observational Geotechnical Engineering

Abstract The observational method is a respected and much-quoted pillar of geotechnical practice, but it appears in many guises and its application is not always clearly understood or appreciated. At its heart is the engineer’s dilemma of getting something to work safely and efficiently in the face of uncertainties. Observational geotechnical engineering is the art …more

Posted in 2016 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

2014 AGS Practitioner Award Distinguished Lecture in Newcastle

ESCAPING THE GOLDEN CAGE*

Learning to Practise the Art of Observational Geotechnical Engineering

Abstract The observational method is a respected and much-quoted pillar of geotechnical practice, but it appears in many guises and its application is not always clearly understood or appreciated. At its heart is the engineer’s dilemma of getting something to work safely and efficiently in the face of uncertainties. Observational geotechnical engineering is the art …more

Posted in 2016 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

2016 Young Geotechnical Professional’s Night

The 2016 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. Presentations The following presentations will …more

Posted in 2016 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

GIS for Geotechs Short Course – Launceston

Empowering geotechnical practitioners with spatial data and tools to support geotechnical investigations Mineral Resources Tasmania (Dept. of State Growth)(MRT), Land Tasmania (Dept. of Primary Industries Parks, Water and Environment) (DPIPWE) and in association with the Australian Geomechanics Society are offering a one day training course in Hobart, February 15 and Launceston, February 23, specifically aimed …more

Posted in 2016 Tasmania Meetings, Courses, Meeting, Tasmania |

GIS for Geotechs Short Course – Hobart

Empowering geotechnical practitioners with spatial data and tools to support geotechnical investigations Mineral Resources Tasmania (Dept. of State Growth)(MRT), Land Tasmania (Dept. of Primary Industries Parks, Water and Environment) (DPIPWE) and in association with the Australian Geomechanics Society are offering a one day training course in Hobart, February 15 and Launceston, February 23, specifically aimed …more

Posted in 2016 Tasmania Meetings, Courses, Meeting, Tasmania |

Evolution of Submarine Landslides

Abstract Large underwater landslides represent a major geohazard, due to their devastating consequences and tsunami generation potential. Evidence from historic events shows that these submarine landslides can be tens of kilometres in length at very low slope inclinations. It is highly unlikely that slip surfaces of such great dimension could appear simultaneously along a slope’s …more

Posted in 2016 Newcastle Meetings, Meeting, Newcastle |

Monitoring Equipment & Interpretation Workshop

Monitoring Equipment & Interpretation: Theory, use & practical application in the Mining & Civil industries This course aims to provide information on the use of geotechnical monitoring equipment in different applications to professionals working in the civil and mining industry. Although the subject is covered during formal education, advancing technologies continue to expand the ability for monitoring …more

Posted in 2015 Queensland Meetings, Meeting, Queensland |

Jack Morgan Young Geotechnical Practitioners Award 2015 Presentations

Shortlisted Candidates’ Presentations The Jack Morgan Award is presented biennially to an outstanding Victorian geotechnical practitioner under the age of 35. This year, three applicants have been shortlisted to give 20 minute presentations on their chosen topic and an expert panel will judge each candidate on their contribution to geotechnics and understanding of geotechnical issues. …more

Posted in 2015 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

Energy piles: Developments and common construction practices in Europe

Abstract Energy piles offer the opportunity to make dual use of our building foundations. As well as providing essential structural support to the overlying building, energy piles are also equipped with plastic heat transfer pipes to allow connection to a ground source heat pump system. In this way the foundations can also contribute to the …more

Posted in 2015 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |

Simplified models for wave-induced dynamic soil response around marine infrastructures.

Abstract The evaluation of the wave-induced dynamic soil response is particularly important for coastal and geotechnical engineers involved in the design of foundation of marine infrastructures. Seabed instability such as liquefaction occurs because the cyclic loading and the resultant interaction between the pore fluid and soil particles. This seminar will first introduce the analytical approximation …more

Posted in 2015 Tasmania Meetings, Meeting, Tasmania |

Impact of Construction Induced Ground Movements on Performance of Existing Piles

Abstract When new developments are located in close proximity to existing structures and facilities, one important consideration for design and construction is the potential impact of the new work on the existing facilities during and after construction.  In particular, this consideration is critical when the site is located in areas where the subsoils can displace …more

Posted in 2015 Sydney Meetings, Meeting, Sydney |

Landslides, Risk Concepts and Case Studies

About the Presentation The presentation includes an overview of landslide types, mechanisms and discusses the role of preparatory factors and triggering causes in landslide occurrence. A brief history of Landslide Risk Management (LRM) in Australia is provided as background to a discussion of the Australian Geomechanics Society’s (AGS) 2000 and 2007 LRM Guidelines. A discussion …more

Posted in 2015 Victoria Meetings, Meeting, Victoria |