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Pizza & Videos Night

Presentation details The production of high quality, engineering related documentaries has increased greatly over the last 5 to 10 years. You may have seen some of these on free to air television, while many others are only available on pay television or DVD and hence may be unfamiliar to you. Through the agency of Australian More Information…

AS 2159-2009: A Brief Outline

The revised Standard “Piling — design and installation”, referred to locally as the Australian piling code, was introduced in late 2009. The changes from the 1978 Standard to the 1995 Standard were major, with the introduction of limit state analysis among other significant changes. AS 2159-2009 has continued that trend, with major changes throughout the More Information…

In Situ Testing

Allan McConnell will discuss in situ geotechnical testing. The underlying theme will be “reducing geotechnical uncertainty”. The presentation will be a “warts and all” dialogue, covering: What is reasonably available to a geo-engineer in Australia. What is it good for – and strengths and weaknesses. How good is it really? Why does it help to More Information…

Pavement Design And Construction For Airfields And Container Terminals

This presentation will cover a range of pavement types – concrete, asphalt and interlocking concrete blocks. The particular differences between road and aircraft / container pavements will be highlighted. The background to the design methods will be presented along with a discussion of examples.

Large Strain Consolidation in Unsaturated Porous Media

Gareth presented a consolidation model that allows for the effects of desiccation which is prevalent in slurried mineral waste deposits in areas of high evaporation. The coupled model is based on conventional large strain consolidation of saturated porous media extended to include the effects of partial saturation using the Richards equation. The model can accommodate More Information…

Evaluation of the Stability of an Arch Dam Founded on Fractured Rock

Antonio outlined a case study involving three dimensional finite element analysis of a 150m high arch dam founded on fractured Cretaceous limestone. Key constraints were limited abutment resistance and unfavourable defect orientation. Details of data acquisition including in situ rock mass shear testing were presented. The finite element analysis modelled discontinuities using individual joint elements More Information…

Discrete Element Modelling in Soil Mechanics

An alternative to the Finite Element Method, the Discrete Element Method is particularly suitable for modelling granular materials and for studying the relationship between `micro’ and `macro’ behaviour. Discrete Elements allow contacts between elements to be created or broken and can therefore be used to gain insight into the processes of nucleation and growth of More Information…