Meeting

Advances in Earthquake Engineering post the 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes

Talking Points Dr Gary Chapman, a principal Geotechnical Engineer with Golder Associates, has been working closely with the Golder Associates’ Christchurch office since the 2011 earthquakes. His presentation will outline some of the learnings that have come out of the disaster and the  work that has been carried out in the design of new buildings …more

Reliability-Based Geotechnical Design:
From Theory to Practice

Abstract Geotechnical design codes are increasingly migrating towards reliability-based design concepts. What this means is that geotechnical designs are starting to be specifically targeted at a failure probability that is societally acceptable and that depends on both the severity of failure consequences and the level of understanding of the site and prediction model. For example, …more

2014 Terzaghi Lecture: Energy Geotechnology:
Enabling New Insights into Soil Behaviour

Abstract Energy is critical to life, and the coming decades will see worldwide population growth and associated economic development that will result in a pronounced increase in energy demand. Historically, geotechnical engineering has been crucial to projects that have sustained societal transformations. Once again, geotechnical engineering has a central role to play in the evolving …more

The Performance Characteristics of Granular Base using a Laboratory Wheel Tracking Device

Abstract A new wheel-tracking machine has been developed to improve the characterisation of granular materials used in pavement construction. It was designed and manufactured in Australia within the framework of current European standard specifications developed for asphalt materials. The laboratory performance data collected to date indicates that the approach appears suitable to assess the rut …more

Prediction of the excavation damaged zone in Callovo-Oxfordian claystone using a coupled second gradient model

Abstract The solution currently studied in France for long-term management of radioactive waste is the repository in deep argillaceous geological media with low permeability. The drilling of underground galleries in these clayey rocks induces damage propagation in the surrounding medium. This excavation process creates a damaged zone, in which the material properties are modified. The …more

E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture – Newcastle

Introduction This biennial lecture commemorates the work in geomechanics by Professor Edward Hughesdon Davis. Professor Davis was one of the pioneers of geomechanics in Australia. He perceived that progress and understanding of the theoretical basis of geomechanics would only come if consistent, sound, but simple models of soil behaviour were used. The two topics that …more

E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture – Queensland

Introduction This biennial lecture commemorates the work in geomechanics by Professor Edward Hughesdon Davis. Professor Davis was one of the pioneers of geomechanics in Australia. He perceived that progress and understanding of the theoretical basis of geomechanics would only come if consistent, sound, but simple models of soil behaviour were used. The two topics that …more

Retaining Structures for Grade Separations

Abstract Over the next eight years, the State Government will deliver a coordinated program to remove 50 of the worst level crossings in Melbourne, improving safety, reducing congestion and enabling more frequent train services. Solutions which involve lowering of road or rail below ground level typically require carefully engineered retaining structures to minimise impacts on …more

AGS QLD Chapter Symposium: Problem Ground

Summary (see flyer for more details) Keynote Address John Read (formerly CSIRO) – ‘Slope design in weak rocks’ Bruce Walker (JK Geotechnics) – ‘Clay is a four letter word’ Glen Fergus (Golder Associates) – ‘Soft clay and engineering in limonite soil’ David Williams (The University of Queensland) – ‘Accommodating the low bearing capacity of mine …more

2014 AGS Practitioner Award Distinguished Lecture

ESCAPING THE GOLDEN CAGE* Learning to Practise the Art of Observational Geotechnical Engineering Presented by John Simmons Abstract The observational method is a respected pillar of geotechnical practice, but it appears in many guises and its application is not always clearly understood or appreciated. At its heart is the engineer’s dilemma of getting something to …more

Masterclass focused on Aspects of Piling (FULL)

AGS Queensland invite you to a Piling Masterclass. The event will be moderated by Stephen Buttling, with technical presentations provided by Martin Larish and David Klingberg. Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. There are only 20 spaces available for this event which are expected to fill quickly, so if you wish to attend please …more

AGS 2015 Symposium: Recent Developments and Experiences with Groundwater and Excavations

Click here for the Revised Program  The Sydney Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) with the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) are proud to present its 19th annual Symposium to be held on Friday 13th November 2015, entitled ‘Recent Developments and Experiences with Groundwater and Excavation’. The Symposium forms part of the continuing program …more

E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture – SA-NT

Introduction This biennial lecture commemorates the work in geomechanics by Professor Edward Hughesdon Davis. Professor Davis was one of the pioneers of geomechanics in Australia. He perceived that progress and understanding of the theoretical basis of geomechanics would only come if consistent, sound, but simple models of soil behaviour were used. The two topics that …more

Engineering geological models, slope stability and landslides.

Mark completed a Bachelor of Science (Geology) in 1983 and a Master of Science in Engineering Geology (First Class Honours) in 1987 at the University of Canterbury, NZ. Partly in conjunction with his Masters studies, Mark worked for both the New Zealand Geological Survey and the New Zealand Forest Service as a geologist on regional …more