2010 Queensland Meetings

Geotechnical Risk, Uncertainty, Ignorance & Vagueness – Another Industry-Wide Forum

John Simmons John has over 38 years geotechnical experience as an academic, designer, and consultant, with the past 15 years working independently and specialising in open pit coal mining slope stability and industrial foundations. He is also involved in risk management training and investigations of professional misconduct. John has faced hazards from language, culture, geological …more

Geological Constraints and Geotechnical Issues in Mechanized Tunnelling

Mechanized tunnelling is evolving dramatically and every year constraints are reduced and TBM tunnelling is applied in new geological situations. Progressing from homogeneous, stable rocks through heterogeneous formation and unstable rocks, today the positive control of the face, or dealing with squeezing ground, constitute a great advance. Tomorrow we can expect the same TBM for …more

Joint Presentation with Women in Engineering

Women represent a small but active part of the Geotechnical community: This evening meeting draws together a selection of female speakers from different areas of Geomechanics to celebrate the achievements of female engineers and geologists in Queensland. Roadheader Tunnel Excavations in Brisbane Rock Types Sarah Hateley, Golding Expanding urban populations are placing pressure on current …more

Concepts & Parameters Related to Ground Improvement Illustrated by Case Histories

The International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) Technical Committee on Ground Improvement, has proposed a classification system of ground improvement techniques according to the general nature of the soil, (frictional or cohesive) and the inclusion or exclusion of added material. This classification system has been detailed in the state of the art …more

2009 EH Davis Memorial Lecture – Recent Advances In The Application Of Vertical Drains And Vacuum Preloading In Soft Soil Stabilization

Much of the world’s essential infrastructure is built along congested costal belts composed of highly compressible and weak soils up to significant depths. Alluvial and marine soft clay deposits have very low bearing capacity and excessive settlement characteristics, with direct design and maintenance implications on tall structures, large commercial buildings, as well as port and …more