Meeting

Newcastle Chapter 2017 AGM

The Newcastle chapter committee of the Australian Geomechanics Society invites all members and their guests to attend the 2017 Annual General Meeting. Attendees are welcome to remain for dinner after the meeting at a cost of approximately $25 per person. The agenda for this year’s meeting is as follows: Welcome and apologies Confirmation of the More Information…

GIS for Geotechs Short Course

Empowering geotechnical practitioners with geographic information systems The Australian Geomechanics Society is offering a new short course that is an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with a focus on geotechnical applications. All geotechnical investigations have significant spatial components and GIS software is an appropriate and powerful tool for bringing diverse data sources together to More Information…

Technical Presentations and AGM

Presentation abstracts Mechanical behaviours of frozen rocks In cold climates, the temperature of soil and rock that lies at or close to the earth’s surface can often fall below the freezing point of water. While the combined effects of low temperatures and the presence of frozen water on changes in the material properties and behaviour More Information…

Bulli pass landslide hazard assessment and control measures

Abstract The Bulli Pass section of the Princes Highway is a century old two-lane road which is located approximately 11km North of Wollongong and traverses steep slopes of the Illawarra Escarpment. It is an important arterial road for the northern suburbs of Wollongong, connecting Mt Ousley Road (M1 Princes Motorway) at the crest of the More Information…

What does GIS offer Geotechnical Investigations?

Abstract We are somewhere in the midst of a revolution in spatial technology. 30 years ago Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) were in their infancy. Engineering designers embraced CAD software whereas geoscientists began to explore the possibilities of GIS in their field. Back then only organisations with deep pockets and mainframe More Information…

Recent Advances in Vertical Drains and Vacuum Preloading for Soft Ground Stabilisation

4th Louis Menard Lecture Down-under Abstract Much of the world’s essential infrastructure is built along congested coastal belts that are composed of weak and highly compressible soils to significant depths. Soft alluvial and marine clay deposits have very low bearing capacity and excessive settlement characteristics. This has design and maintenance implications for tall structures, large More Information…

Earth pressures in a landslide proximity

Abstract Continuing urbanisation brings construction into landslide prone areas. Since 1940s it has been understood that earth pressures acting on the structures within the sliding body may significantly differ from those in the stable slopes with rigorous solutions for landslide pressures recently presented by Friedli et al. (2017) and Hug et al. (2018).  Design codes More Information…