Simulation Aided Geotechnical Engineering

Simulation Aided Engineering is a concept for leveraging computer based design tools to improve the engineering and design work flow. For complex geotechnical problems, it can be thought of as providing the virtual test laboratory for testing the bottom-line performance of various courses of action at every stage in the engineering process, using the best …more

Ground Engineering and the Law

Nick will follow up the presentation he delivered last year. He will discuss new topics such as negligence claims and the use of dispute resolution boards to resolve large engineering disputes, as well as revisiting, in light of recent case law, some of the topics he covered last year, such as expert evidence and proportionate …more

Geotechnical Design and Construction of Port of Brisbane Motorway Upgrade Project

The Port of Brisbane Motorway Upgrade project involves the construction of 6 km of new and duplicated motorway, delivered under a competitive double Early Contractor Involvement (dECI) model. The majority of the project is underlain by deep saturated soft soils, which presented various geotechnical challenges for performance of the road and interaction with fixed structures. …more

Geotechnical Engineering and the Law

Nick will discuss practical legal information of relevance to geotechnical practitioners. Topics discussed will include: Latent conditions – Who should take the risk for ground related risk? Examples of contractual approaches to risk allocation. Proportionate liability – What is it and how does it affect geotechnical contractors and consultants. Expert Witness – What are the …more

Reinforced Soil Structures – BS 8006-1 2010

BS 8006- Reinforced and Strengthened Soils has been in use since 1995 however market and design experience has necessitated some revision and enhancement to the original document. This was finalised in late 2010 and was issued to the market. The use of soil reinforced structures, particularly in applications of reinforced basal treatments under embankments or …more

Near-surface seismic: More than a problem of scale

Over the last 30 years, various seismic techniques have been successfully used to unravel some of the most intriguing and challenging near-surface problems faced by geologists, hydrologists, and engineers. In general, geophysicists define the nearsurface as the upper few hundred meters of the Earth’s surface. With the unique behavior and wavefield characteristics commonly observed on …more

Reinforced Soil Structures and the development of BS8006:1-2010

Geosynthetic materials offer the designer solutions for a wide range of soil stabilisation and ground improvement treatments in infrastructure projects, including hard faced walls, wrap-around faced green slopes, basal reinforcement and load distribution platforms. Our speaker, Stephen Corbet, will give an insight into the use of geosynthetic materials for soil reinforcement, and the development of …more


The Australian Geomechanics Society Tasmania Chapter AGM will be held at the Cargo Bar, 47 Salamanca Place, Battery Point on Tuesday 27 November 5.30pm 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. The business agenda will include: …more

Cracking and Movements in Buildings – Design Consideration

With the advent of the AS2870-2011 code release, Climatic changes and reported Residential Roof Truss movements, the following presentations will discuss Footing Design considerations to minimise cracking and movements in buildings. Fill Reactivity by Dr Peter Mitchell (Aurecon)Peter will discuss soil heaves considering a Black Earth site with 2m cut and controlled fill. The methods …more

Women that rock!

Join us for the annual Australian Geomechanics Society and Women in Engineering joint networking and technical evening. The event will feature short presentations from a range of speakers – all promising to be very interesting. Please come along and support your colleagues, meet others in the industry locally, and hear some very inspiring speakers. Dr …more

Annual General Meeting and Eminent Speaker Brian Simpson OBE

The Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Monday 5th November, 2012. The meeting will be held at the Main Engineering Lecture Theater, University of Tasmania – School of Engineering Building, Sandy Bay, commencing at 5 30pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Brian Simpson OBE, ARUP Fellow, …more