Meeting

Geotechnical Design Innovations from the Waikato Expressway project

This technical presentation will provide details of the geotechnical challenges faced by the major New Zealand based project and innovations developed in response to these challenges. Abstract The Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway in New Zealand is being delivered by the City Edge Alliance and has just completed its second earthworks season. The project involves the construction More Information…

Workshop on Intelligent Compaction

AGS QLD, the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) & Monash University invite you to attend the 1st Australian workshop on Intelligent Compaction (IC). This highly interactive workshop will be led by a global leader in the IC technologies field – Dr. George Chang – and aims to bring together industry participants from Australia and overseas More Information…

Construction methods and quality outcomes for bored cast-in-situ piles – A review of current practice

Abstract It is well known that the adoption of an appropriate construction methodology is critical to quality outcomes for bored piles (drilled shafts). Many case studies have been published documenting quality issues that have arisen due to a range of causes involving ground conditions, ground support, drilling and cleaning techniques, groundwater, concrete properties and concreting More Information…

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…

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…

Diversity in the science and practice of engineering geology

Abstract This talk will be given in two parts. First up, in my capacity as the IAEG VP for Australasia I will give a brief update on the International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment both nationally and internationally. This includes some of the key activities and initiatives planned or currently underway. This will 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…

Effects of size, humidity and time in crushable granular materials

Abstract Granular materials subjected to relatively high stresses can undergo particle breakage. Some examples in Geotechnical Engineering include rockfills at the base of high dams, sands at the tip of driven piles, and sandy fills in rock mass discontinuities. Particle breakage can lead to increased compressibility and deformations that cause damage in civil works. It More Information…

2017 Future graduates networking BBQ

To celebrate the submission of their final year geotechnical design project, AGS Newcastle is hosting a BBQ for civil engineering students at The University of Newcastle. Join us for free refreshments and an opportunity to network with local professionals and the next generation of geotechnical engineers. Venue location CAMPUS MAP

Soil and Rock Logging Course

For more information please see the workshop page under courses here. The Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is hosting a course on Soil and Rock Logging. The one day course will aim to educate geotechnical engineers, engineering geologists, geo-technicians and other relevant professionals in logging and/or interpreting soil and rock logs in accordance with AS1726 – More Information…