Meeting

The opportunities for a borehole database in Brisbane

About the Presentation The viability of a modern public geotechnical database is influenced by many factors including the availability of data, an area’s population density, and seismic risk. Where a city, region or country has sustained the use of a geotechnical database or databases through evolving technology and generational change, no case needs to be …more

AGS VIC Symposium 2016

Excavations and slope stability in Melbourne geology: experiences and recent developments The Victorian chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is pleased to announce a half-day symposium titled “Excavations and Slope stability in Melbourne geology: experiences and recent developments” to be held on 16 November 2016. The event will be held in Melbourne and will bring …more

Deconstructing Engineering Geological Models

Abstract The use of engineering geological models to manage risks and facilitate project success is becoming increasingly common, but the rules for creating effective models are as yet unclear.  Projects are now challenged by factors ranging from climate change to political uncertainty and so there is an increasing need to elucidate those rules – so …more

2016 Annual General Meeting – Newcastle Chapter (postponed)

The 2016 committee for the Newcastle Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics society invites all members and their guests to attend this year’s Annual General Meeting. Attendees are welcome to remain for dinner after the AGM at a cost of approximately $20 per person. The agenda for this year’s meeting is as follows: 1. Welcome & …more

51st Rankine Lecture – Geotechnical Stability Analysis – 2016 Newcastle

About the presentation Historically, geotechnical stability analysis has been performed by a variety of approximate methods that are based on the notion of limit equilibrium. Although they appeal to engineering intuition, these techniques have a number of major disadvantages, not the least of which is the need to presuppose an appropriate failure mechanism in advance. …more

Forest and bio-engineering rock fall protection techniques

Abstract A number of studies have demonstrated that forests can be an efficient and cost-effective means of protecting against rock-fall. This is especially true for events involving small blocks (< 5 m3). Incorporating the effects of forests in rock-fall propagation models is complicated by the mechanical processes that occur between blocks and trees. Although existing …more

Railway Tunnel Remediation in the Bylong Valley

Abstract In recent years rail tunnels on the Ulan Line at Kerrabee and Murrumbo in the Bylong Valley have been suffering from track geometry issues and mud pumping. Investigations have shown that the natural material beneath the tunnel’s floor slab has been pulverised by cyclic coal wagon loads, resulting in: voids, cracking and subsidence of …more

2016 Newcastle Geology Tour

About the Tour The Newcastle chapter of the AGS is pleased to announce plans for a geology tour in the Lower Hunter Valley. The 2016 excursion will follow a transect across the Lochinvar anticline, beginning with an overview of the lower Hunter Valley from the top of Mount Sugarloaf, and proceeding to follow the Hunter …more

Mechanics of Unsaturated Soils

Abstract The effective stress principle is one of most fundamental contributions in the field of soil mechanics. It converts a multi–phase, multi–stress state porous medium to a mechanically equivalent, single-phase, single-stress state continuum, thus allowing the application of the principles of continuum solid mechanics to fluid-filled deformable porous media. Without the advent of the effective …more

AGS SA-NT Seminar 2016

Design considerations for cuttings, revetments and retaining structures for unsaturated clay The SA/NT Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society is pleased to announce our one day seminar for 2016. This forms part of a continuing series of technical events organised by the Chapter and will focus on design for unsaturated clay. Who should attend? Geotechnical …more

El Viar Dams In Southern Spain:
Embracing Expansive Clay

Dam Construction Using Expansive Clay,<br>Case Study of two dams built in Southern Spain in 2007-2008 Abstract The use of expansive clay in road construction and dry embankments is well established thanks to traditional soil stabilisation methods. However there is relatively little experience in the use of expansive clay for the construction of large earth dams …more

Risk Management for Onkaparinga Coastal Cliffs

Abstract Onkaparinga Council is responsible for managing approximately 30 km of coastline, comprising a wide variety of coastal land forms and geologies including spectacular cliffs and stunning beaches. However, along with its outstanding natural beauty, this coastal strip is also subject to significant and ongoing erosion and slope instability as a result of the dynamic …more

SA-NT AGM, followed by the 55th Rankine Lecture:
Hazard, Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Practice

The lecture will immediately follow after the SA-NT Chapter Annual General Meeting. “Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one” – Voltaire Abstract More and more, society requires to know the risk which people, property and the environment are exposed to. The role of the geotechnical engineering profession should increasingly be reducing exposure to …more

Significant geological sites within urban Melbourne – Field Trip

This Field Trip is preceded by a Technical Presentation on 13 April (click here for more information) Abstract In 1970, the Victorian Division of the Geological Society of Australia initiated work to create an inventory of geological features and landforms which in various ways are relevant to the interests of the public, research, teachers, government bodies, …more

Significant geological sites within urban Melbourne – Technical Presentation

This Technical Presentation followed by a Field Trip on 16 April (click here for more information) Abstract In 1970, the Victorian Division of the Geological Society of Australia initiated work to create an inventory of geological features and landforms which in various ways are relevant to the interests of the public, research, teachers, government bodies, …more