Meeting

Young Geotechnical Engineers Night and Annual General Meeting

Speakers include: Neil Schunke, Chris Hughes, Klayton Stivers, Julianne Martin, Nigel Brooks Five young geotechnical engineering graduates and students individually gave a 10 minute presentation on a range of interesting projects. Members of the Committee adjudicated that Klay Stivers, URS, Adelaide was the winner was presented with a certificate and a $250 cash prize.

Annual Half-Day Seminar – Recent Developments in Piling

Prof. Harry Poulos: Recent Developments in Piling and Ground Movement Around Piles Ray McMillan: 50 Years of Piling Peter Mitchell: Site Investigation and Assessment of Piling Options Paul Moritz: Piling Specifications: Good and Bad Slav Tchepak: Developments in Concrete Injected Piles Nicholas Morgan: Piling for the Pelican Point Project Michael Vadasz: The G-Pile System Prof. More Information…

Case Studies in Geotechnical Engineering (Joint Meeting with the S.A. Footings and Structural Groups)

Richard Herraman:¬†Assessing the Performance of the Footings on the Commercial Road Railway Viaduct at Port Adelaide The loads on transport infrastructure are continually increasing. How can we determine whether the footings of old bridges will perform satisfactorily under proposed load increases? What is a cost to effectively upgrade the footings? We also know that footing More Information…

Application of Pressure Injection

This presentation discussed a number of geotechnical projects in which the Pressure Injection Process has been used. These projects include railway and road stabilisation and contaminated ground remediation. According to the contractor, the range of uses for the process are limited only by the imagination. The presentation also presented some procedures that, although not yet More Information…

Remediation of Contaminated Sites

Adam Kilsby: Contaminated Soil – Take it or Leave it The viability of redeveloping ‘brown fields’ sites within South Australia can be significantly influenced by residual soil contamination associated with past land use. The viability is particularly relevant for residential developments on former commercial/industrial sites, where changing the land use to one more sensitive can More Information…

40th Rankine Lecture Nonlinear Soil Stiffness in Routine Design

Over the past 30 years or so the fundamental non-linear stress-strain behaviour of soils and soft rocks has been established by laboratory and in situ tests leading to development of new theoretical models for soil behaviour and complex numerical analyses. But for much day-to-day practice, ground engineers do not need such complex and detailed methods More Information…

Design of Large Underground Excavations

In Australia, large underground excavations for Civil Engineering purposes have traditionally been associated with hydroelectric installations. However, these excavations are now becoming more common and will continue to do so. In the mining industry, large underground excavations are common and many of the principles used and rock mechanics issues considered when designing these excavations are More Information…

1999 E. H. Davis Memorial Lecture: Embankment Dams – Some Lessons Learnt and New Developments

The lecture described some personal experience accumulated over 33 years of working on embankment dams as an investigations and design engineer, review consultant and supervisor of research. The issues covered included: Seepage in dams and their foundations. Internal erosion and piping failure, including filter design, and the factors which influence the initiation, and progression of More Information…

Visitors Night

Each year, the last meeting is devoted to a social event where members and others are encouraged to bring along their wives and partners for a fine and inexpensive meal. The evening includes a non-technical presentation.

Young Geotechnical Engineers Night and Annual General Meeting

A number of young geotechnical engineering graduates and students will individually give a 10 minute presentation on a range of interesting projects. Members of the Committee will adjudicate and the winner will be presented with a certificate and a $250 cash prize.

Latest Advances in Geofabrics and Geogrids

Geotextiles have been used in Australia for over 30 years for a range of applications including subsurface drainage, roadway separation, roadway stabilization, permanent erosion control, temporary silt fences and under paving. Key developments in the local industry occurred in the 1980s when Geofabrics Australasia set up a facility in Albury to produce the non-woven Bidim More Information…

Chek Lap Kok Airport Hong Kong

In 1990 the Hong Kong Government launched the Airport Core Programme to provide a new international airport together with nine associated projects at a total cost of over twenty billion US dollars, making it one of the world’s largest infrastructure developments. The completion of the New Hong Kong International Airport in only seven years and More Information…

Underground Design in the SA Opal Fields

Since their discovery in 1915, the opal fields around Coober Pedy, Lambina, Mintabbie and Andamooka have been the largest producer of precious opal in the world. It is estimated that, up to the late 80s, they produced in excess of $25 million of rough opal per year, which represented about 80% of Australian and 75% More Information…

The Lost Art of Engineering Geological Mapping

Engineering geological and geomorphological mapping is an essential part of the investigation, design, and construction of most projects, yet this crucial activity is often carried out in a haphazard manner or even omitted. Sometimes this is because project managers are simply unaware of the value that mapping contributes. Some examples of the potential consequences of More Information…

Thredbo Landslide

The Thredbo Landslide, although very small by most standards, was Australia’s most significant landslide in terms of societal impact with the highest death toll (18 people) and probably the highest indirect economic loss. The official report on the tragedy by the Coroner found: “The Alpine Way fill embankment which ran… above Thredbo Village was in More Information…