Meeting

Geology and Geomorphology of Bacchus Marsh Region: Field Trip

The geology and geomorphology of the Bacchus Marsh region has been of interest to geologists since the 1860’s, with a wide range of rock types of various ages and depositional environments present. The extraction of natural resources has been an important industry in the area, with brown coal, basalt, sands and gravels worked from the More Information…

Geology and Geomorphology of Bacchus Marsh Region

The geology and geomorphology of the Bacchus Marsh region has been of interest to geologists since the 1860’s, with a wide range of rock types of various ages and depositional environments present. The extraction of natural resources has been an important industry in the area, with brown coal, basalt, sands and gravels worked from the More Information…

Some Lessons From Geotechnical Failures

Dr David Tonks will discuss a number of recent significant geotechnical ‘failures’, many of which have resulted in substantial damage and cost. Some have ended up in complex and expensive litigation. Examples include construction on very soft ground, with some ongoing consolidation settlements exceeding 2 m, collapse of an arch tunnel structure during construction, movements More Information…

Remote Sensing and GIS Based Materials Information Management

The state’s road pavements are required to perform under increasingly severe conditions with both increasing mass limits and increasing traffic volumes. Hence there is a critical need to locate new economic aggregate sources for future work on highways in the western part of the state such as the Newell and Sturt Highways. This presentation provides More Information…

AGM followed by the EH Davis Lecture: Foundations in Rock

Regardless of recent advances in testing, analysis, construction methods and materials, the geotechnical design of foundations in rock for many applications is still dominated by empirical correlations, rules of thumb and traditional values. These methods were developed at a time when our knowledge was less, analysis methods were relatively simplistic, our construction equipment was of More Information…

Soil-environment interactions in geotechnical engineering

In the lecture, a number of developments incorporating the effects of new phenomena and new variables on the behaviour of soils will be described and discussed. Recent developments in Unsaturated Soil Mechanics will be reviewed first. It will be shown that they provide a consistent framework for understanding the engineering behaviour of unsaturated soils and More Information…

Young Geotechicnal Professionals’ Night

Peter Retsos: Investigation of the Piles Creek Embankment Collapse An embankment at Piles Creek failed during heavy rain in June 2007. Five deaths occurred when a vehicle then drove into the void created by the collapse. The subsequent investigation of the collapse was undertaken by Connell Wagner in a collegial manner with expert representatives from More Information…