AGS Tasmania 2014 AGM

The Australian Geomechanics Society Tasmania Chapter AGM will be held at The Quarry, 27 Salamanca Place, Hobart on Friday 21 November 2014 for 6pm start. There will be no formal speaker, instead the meeting will have a significant social and networking focus with refreshments and finger food provided.  We strongly encourage all members to come …more

The role of testing for pile design in Australia

ABSTRACT This presentation examines some implications of the recent (2009) edition of the Australian Piling Standard (AS2159) on the design of piles in Australia. The relative benefits of static and dynamic testing are reviewed and their contribution to reliability is assessed and compared with partial factors recommended by AS2159 (2009). Information from a range case …more

Pile testing at the Superway

ABSTRACT The South Road Superway is a 4.8 kilometre non-stop corridor with a 2.8 kilometre elevated roadway between the Port River Expressway and Regency Road in Adelaide, South Australia. It is the largest road project ever undertaken in South Australia. The elevated roadway is a 50 span viaduct, 42 of whose spans are 60m long …more

Distinguished Lecture

ABSTRACT Although the origins of geoenvironmental engineering can be traced to numerous activities, the transformative event was leakage of toxic chemicals from the chemical waste dump at Love Canal, New York, in the late 1970’s. The actual and alleged health impacts produced dramatic changes in regulations and stringent new requirements for disposal of hazardous and …more

Numerical Modelling Of Dynamic Saturated Soil And Pore Fluid Interaction

Earthquake induced liquefaction has caused extensively damage to various cities and one of the most notable one is the damage caused to Christchurch on 22nd February 2011. Liquefaction occurs because of the interaction between the soil particles and its pore fluid. The seminar will describe the cause of liquefaction and the typical damage it causes. …more

Annual AGS Symposium – The geotechnical life cycle, from investigation to delivery

Speaker Biographies Suzanne Lacasse (NGI), Technical Director, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute “Extension of the 8th Terzaghi Oration. Protecting society from landslides: Cases studies from investigation to delivery” Oliver Batchelor, General Manager, KELLER “From Mud Ponds to Mining Port – Investigation, Design, Testing, Implementation and Verification of Ground Improvement Works at NCIG” Richard Evans, Managing Geotechnical Engineer, GHD “Smart Investigations and …more

AGS & WIEQ Joint Event

Join us for this annual technical event highlighting learnings from successful female leaders in the geotechnical field followed by networking over drinks and canapés. Erin Sweeney, Senior Geotechnical Engineer Century Mine Erin has over 10yrs experience as a geotechnical engineer and geologist. Erin has worked in open cut and underground mines across coal and hard …more

Digital Photogrammetry, a Practical Tool for the Modern Geotechnical Practitioner – Applications for Mining and Civil Geotechnics

ABSTRACT Digital photogrammetry is revolutionizing the task of remote geotechnical mapping of jointed rock masses and has greatly increased in popularity and sophistication in recent years for this application. Less well known however, are the many other applications of this technology for geotechnical engineering and associated fields, including landslide mapping, slope monitoring, geological mapping, tunnel …more

Monthly Seminar – Jack Box Tunneling

ABSTRACT Already recipient of a major international engineering award, the jacked boxes comprise two 65m long concrete structures which were jacked beneath the main North Coast railway line (6 operating tracks) at Toombul in difficult ground conditions.  The operation was one of the largest of its type ever undertaken – each box weighing around 10,000 …more

Foundation Workshop – Logging of Core for Civil Geotechnical Purposes

COURSE OVERVIEW The course aims to (further) educate geologists, geotechnical/environmental engineers and geotechnicians who are tasked with logging drillhole core derived from a civil geotechnical investigation. No prior experience in logging rock core is assumed, the aim being to familiarise participants who may not have had much opportunity to log core in the field with …more

Foundation properties of variably weathered rock beneath a heavy mineral processing plant

This presentation covers an assessment of rock mass properties in a large foundation for a new Ball Mill at McArthur River Mine, Northern Territory, Australia. The results of geotechnical mapping in a substantial foundation excavation in a sequence of variably weathered meta-sediments are described. Deformation modulus values are evaluated using estimated UCS values and fracture …more