2017 Newcastle Meetings

Natural hazards, risk, and the resilience of U.S. transportation infrastructure

ABSTRACT Natural hazards are one source of risk to transportation infrastructure. Deterioration and the deferral of maintenance present a separate source of risk, though both can be managed. The National Highway Performance Program now in place in the United States requires that states perform risk-based asset management of pavement and bridges and encourages that other …more

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 workshop

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

MEMS and other Miniaturised Electronics as Geotechnical Engineering Tools

About the presentation Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors have become a common part of everyday life. These sensors tell mobile phone screens to rotate when tilted, ensure the car icon in GPS applications points in the correct direction, and inform drivers when tyre pressures are low. The pervasiveness of MEMS is due to their low cost …more

Geosurveys innovation

Presentation overview The presentation will use a range of case studies to illustrate how geophysical methods are being used innovatively to deliver geotechnical efficiency. The presentation illustrates: How radar satellite data is used to track infrastructure- and slope settlement to millimetre resolutions. Illustrations include a hydro dam and an urban example, How a multi-risk hazard …more

Insights from the Ballina bypass prediction exercise – Newcastle

About the presentation Establishment of a national soft soil field testing facility was a Legacy of the Ballina Bypass Alliance. Prediction of embankment settlement at the design stage of BBA proved to be inaccurate in many cases during construction. Use of the Observational Method during construction allowed actions to be taken that overcame the effects …more

2015 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

Pile performance and pile prediction events

Abstract AS 2159-2009 requires that piles are designed to satisfy the inequality that resistance is greater than applied load at both the Ultimate Limit State (ULS) and the Serviceability Limit State (SLS). It is clear that, especially for rock socketed piles, the SLS may control, and this was acknowledged back in 1998 by Pells et …more

Probably looking at slope stability

Abstract Most geotechnical engineers will have some knowledge of slope stability analysis using deterministic methods, and some will have a lot. But how do deterministic methods and factors of safety fit in with probability of failure? The AGS has done fantastic work since about 2002 in: pushing the Landslide Risk Management (LRM) procedure, championing the …more

56th Rankine Lecture, Newcastle:
Geotechnics and Energy

Abstract Geotechnical Engineering has matured sufficiently to contribute to some of society’s grand challenges. This 56th Rankine Lecture considers the pressing problem of ensuring vital energy supplies while also recognising, mitigating and dealing with the climate consequences of fossil fuel consumption. The Lecture’s three main sections report recent geotechnical research relating to these wide ranging …more

Annual General Meeting – Newcastle Chapter
(2016 AGM Rescheduled)

The 2016 committee for the Newcastle Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics society invites all members and their guests to attend last year’s postponed 2016 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: Welcome …more

An innovative geotechnical monitoring system for soft ground treatment on the W2B Pacific Highway upgrade project

Abstract This presentation describes an innovative system for monitoring the performance of soft ground treatments on the Woolgoolga to Ballina (W2B) Pacific Highway upgrade project. The $4.3 billion project is Australia’s largest regional infrastructure project and will upgrade about 155km of highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina, to four lane, divided road. Roads and Maritime Services …more