Meeting

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

Geotechnical characterization of rock faces using photogrammetry

Abstract Photogrammetry-based techniques that use photographs of a rock face offer a fast and inexpensive way to obtain data needed for geotechnical characterization. These techniques also reduce fieldwork safety risks associated with conventional structural mapping methods. A camera can function as an accurate survey tool, in many cases as accurate as conventional laser-based survey equipment. …more

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

Young Geotechnical Professional’s Night

The 2015 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. The following presentations will be …more

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

FINALISTS This year three (3) research award finalists have been chosen to provide their presentations to the wider geotechnical community and they are: Mason Crumpton Adaptive Discontinuity Layout Optimisation for Upper Bound Geotechnical Stability Analysis Amin Y. Pasha Modelling the Volume Change Dependency of the Soil-Water Characteristic Curve Alessandro Tengattini Cemented Granular Materials: A Micro-mechanics Based …more

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

Are these the greatest man-made caverns on earth?

Presented  by AGS Sydney together with ATS. Abstract About 15 years ago, almost by pure chance, there were discovered at a place called Longyou, about 3 kilometres south west of Shanghai, a most extraordinary complex of human-excavated caverns. The caverns were excavated in sandstone quite similar to Sydney’s Hawkesbury Sandstone, have spans up to 35m …more

Estimation of design earthquake ground motions in Australia

Abstract MCE ground motions are often defined as those having a return period of 10,000 years, as estimated from a site-specific probabilistic seismic hazard analysis. However, in some cases the MCE is defined by “deterministic” ground motions that are defined as the “maximum possible” ground motions that could occur at the site. In practice, these …more

Presentations from Finalists for 2015 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 of …more

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

Instrumentation and Monitoring: State of the Art for Geotechnics and Structures

Abstract Instrumentation is typically used to provide real time data for Design & Construct projects, and is thus aimed both at the straightforward requirement to show ‘compliance with the specification’ and also to provide real time data for optimisation of the design and control of the construction process. These requirements then drive the need to …more

Limitations of simplified methods for the design of tunnels in bedded formations

Abstract The design of flat and semi flat-roofed tunnels or driveways, i.e. with a large arch radius to roof span ratio, in Sydney has been proven successful over time. The horizontally bedded nature of Sydney’s Hawkesbury Sandstone draws designers to the voussoir beam theory. Such analogy and the associated method of analysis can be easily …more

Experimental and numerical study on the performance of rockfall protection barriers for hazard mitigation

Abstract Managing the rockfall hazard is a complex task involving several phases, from site characterisation to the design of protective structures. Despite the increasing interest in rockfall-related research over the last few decades, some issues remain only partially addressed to date. In particular, the criteria for the design of flexible metallic barriers are potentially flawed …more

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

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