2011 Queensland Meetings

Meetings and events held by the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society in 2011.

In-Situ Testing, CPTU: Theory, Application and Interpretation

The course aims to educate professionals working in geosciences, environmental sciences and civil and mining construction in the field of in-situ testing. Often overlooked as a tool or method to obtain information about the sub-surface conditions, this one day course aims to provide a basis and appreciation of the possibilities of in-situ testing in general …more

Suvarnhabhumi Airport – from Cobra Swamp to Golden Land

Planning for a new international airport at Nong Ngu Hao (Cobra Swamp) was on and off since the 1970s. Finally action started in about 1993 with site clearance, some perimeter bund walls, and design of ground improvement for airport pavements. Stephen Buttling was involved with this, and also with an unsuccessful bid to design the …more

Sustainable Development of Underground Space and the Reuse of Existing Foundations

It can be tempting to jump straight into the geotechnical aspects of a project without thinking about the bigger picture. Pressures for space mean that more developments are moving to marginal land such as soft soils, slopes, waterfronts and brownfield sites, each with their own particular set of geohazards. Rising land values and increasing congestion …more

2009 Rankine Lecture: Geohazards & Large Geographically Distributed Systems

Geotechnical engineers play a critical role in managing the performance of large geographically distributed systems that are affected by geohazards such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and landslides. Systems, such as water supplies, levees, and gas and liquid fuel supply networks, may cover thousands of km2 and may be subject to many different ground response and …more

Highwall Slope Stabilisation by the Softwall Method

Highwall slope instability related to large pit-ward dipping thrust fault occurred in a large strip coal mine in the Bowen Basin, Queensland. The inability to identify the location of thrusts and predict potential instability proved difficult. A series of highwall instability events developed into a 700m-long tension crack located 80m from the crest, resulting in …more

Recent Development in Seismic Hazard Assessment in Australia

Outline of the presentation Earthquakes in Australia – more frequent than in most “stable” continents Improved models for describing earthquake occurrence rates in Australia New information about active faults in Australia New ground motion prediction models including response spectrum Effect of shear wave velocity of foundation soil or rock on ground motion level has not …more

Soil and Rock Logging – AS 1726 Geotechnical Site Investigations

The course aims to educate geotechnical/environmental engineers, geologists and geotechnicians who find themselves logging and/or interpreting soil and rock logs in accordance with AS 1726 – Geotechnical Site Investigations. The content assumed that the participants already have a basic understanding of soil and rock logging. The course is particularly relevant to professionals starting their careers, …more

Joint Technical Presentation / Social Evening, Women in Engineering and AGS

Join us for the annual Australian Geomechanics Society and Women in Engineering joint networking and technical evening. The event will feature short presentations ranging from a range of speakers – all promising to be very interesting. Please come along and support your colleagues, meet others in the industry locally, and hear some very inspiring speakers. …more