Meeting

Retaining Structures for Grade Separations

Abstract Over the next eight years, the State Government will deliver a coordinated program to remove 50 of the worst level crossings in Melbourne, improving safety, reducing congestion and enabling more frequent train services. Solutions which involve lowering of road or rail below ground level typically require carefully engineered retaining structures to minimise impacts on More Information…

AGS QLD Chapter Symposium: Problem Ground

Summary (see flyer for more details) Keynote Address John Read (formerly CSIRO) – ‘Slope design in weak rocks’ Bruce Walker (JK Geotechnics) – ‘Clay is a four letter word’ Glen Fergus (Golder Associates) – ‘Soft clay and engineering in limonite soil’ David Williams (The University of Queensland) – ‘Accommodating the low bearing capacity of mine More Information…

2014 AGS Practitioner Award Distinguished Lecture

ESCAPING THE GOLDEN CAGE* Learning to Practise the Art of Observational Geotechnical Engineering Presented by John Simmons Abstract The observational method is a respected 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 More Information…

Masterclass focused on Aspects of Piling (FULL)

AGS Queensland invite you to a Piling Masterclass. The event will be moderated by Stephen Buttling, with technical presentations provided by Martin Larish and David Klingberg. Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. There are only 20 spaces available for this event which are expected to fill quickly, so if you wish to attend please More Information…

E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture – SA-NT

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 Information…

Engineering geological models, slope stability and landslides.

Mark completed a Bachelor of Science (Geology) in 1983 and a Master of Science in Engineering Geology (First Class Honours) in 1987 at the University of Canterbury, NZ. Partly in conjunction with his Masters studies, Mark worked for both the New Zealand Geological Survey and the New Zealand Forest Service as a geologist on regional More Information…

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…

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 Information…

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…

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 Information…

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 Information…

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…

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 Information…