Meeting

E.H. Davis Lecture

Predicting the bearing capacity of a foundation under combined vertical (V), horizontal (H) and moment (M) loads is a fundamental soil mechanics problem. Traditional solutions utilise ad-hoc adjustment factors to reduce the pure vertical bearing capacity in order to account for inclination, eccentricity, foundation shape and soil strength gradients. These procedures have their roots in More Information…

Advances in Piling Techniques and Design

The introduction of limit state analyses has required that all pile designs include calculations not only for geotechnical strength but also for serviceability. This has resulted in more rigorous calculations that in turn have forced the geotechnical profession to consider pile performance in a more thoroughly and has led to a better understanding of pile More Information…

Soil & Rock Logging Course – AS1726 Geotechnical Site Investigations

This one day course will aim to educate geotechnical engineers, geologists, geo‐technicians and other relevant professionals in logging and/or interpreting soil and rock logs in accordance with AS1726 – Geotechnical Site Investigations. This course is aimed at educating the profession and is particularly relevant to geotechnical and mining consultants, geotechnical contractors and laboratory geo‐technicians and More Information…

John Jaeger Award National Tour

Contrary to the popular view of geothermal energy, shallow geothermal systems make use of the ground at normal temperatures within a few tens of metres of the surface as a heat source in winter and a heat sink in summer to heat and cool buildings. A ground source heat pump or GSHP, in combination with More Information…

YGP Jack Morgan Award Presentation

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. The winner will More Information…

52nd Rankine Lecture (2012): Performance-Based Design In Geotechnical Engineering

Engineering design consists of a sequence of decisions which should satisfy the client’s objective performance requirements. This lecture will argue that an assessment of geotechnical performance must involve ground displacements, and that the traditional approach of specifying safety factors is potentially wasteful. In particular, the Limit State Design (LSD) approach adopted in the Eurocodes will More Information…

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 Information…

Low level construction vibrations in residential structures

The first part of the presentation will examine the response of residential structures to low level vibrations by reviewing a comprehensive experimental program, which included a unique shaking-table study of a full-scale single-storey brick-veneer house subjected to 500+ vibrations, with Peak Particle Velocities (PPVs) ranging from 0.2 mm/s to about 400 mm/s (with interesting observations). More Information…

Barangaroo South Development, Sydney

At Barangaroo South on Sydney’s Central Business District waterfront, Lend Lease is working with the New South Wales Government on the $6 billion transformation of a former container port into a thriving business, residential and leisure precinct. The vision is that Barangaroo South will enhance Sydney’s position as an internationally appealing, globally competitive, environmentally sustainable More Information…

2013 AGM

Welcome & Apologies Confirmation of 2012 AGM Minutes National Committee Representation Election of 2014 Committee General Business

52nd Rankine Lecture: Performance-Based Design In Geotechnical Engineering

Engineering design consists of a sequence of decisions which should satisfy the client’s objective performance requirements. This lecture will argue that an assessment of geotechnical performance must involve ground displacements, and that the traditional approach of specifying safety factors is potentially wasteful. In particular, the Limit State Design (LSD) approach adopted in the Eurocodes will More Information…

Sustainability and Resiliency Implications of Underground Structures

While underground construction for civil and military and mining purposes has existed for thousands of years, the conscious use of underground space to house a variety of infrastructure and special purpose facilities has only blossomed in the past 100 years. Today, in major urban areas, the growing population and very limited land area are driving More Information…

E.H. Davis Lecture – Combined Loading of Offshore Foundations

Predicting the bearing capacity of a foundation under combined vertical (V), horizontal (H) and moment (M) loads is a fundamental soil mechanics problem. Traditional solutions utilise ad‐hoc adjustment factors to reduce the pure vertical bearing capacity in order to account for inclination, eccentricity, foundation shape and soil strength gradients. These procedures have their roots in More Information…

Remote sensing of terrain trafficability

The primary goal of this investigation is the development of new and improvement of the existing methods and models of terrain trafficability prediction based on a combination of several remotely sensed modalities. These include Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Thermal Infra-Red (TIR), and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) techniques. Two field campaigns have More Information…

Geotechnical site exploration and geo-engineering education in 2013 and beyond

The best available program for geotechnical site exploration involves a blend of rotary drilling and sampling operations, laboratory testing, in‐situ field tests, and geophysical measurements, all taken within the context of engineering geology. Yet, this is only viable when sufficient funds and time are available, specifically large or critical projects. Thus, for everyday routine site More Information…