2013 Queensland Meetings

Geosynthetics in Road Pavement Design Methods

The use of geosynthetic materials such as geogrid, geotextile and geocomposite products in roads and pavements for reinforcement has been demonstrated to be a viable technology through studies conducted over many years. Research has shown the importance of design variables in the efficiency of geosynthetic materials. The use and specification of geosynthetics for pavement support …more

Laboratory Testing, Theory and Practical Application

The course aims to provide information on geotechnical laboratory testing methods to professionals working in the civil and mining industry. Although the subject is often taught during formal education, the actual implementation of that knowledge is not always straight forward. Some of the issues that will be covered in this workshop are: How to determine …more

Barangaroo South Development, Sydney

At Barangaroo South on Sydney’s Central Business District waterfront, Lend Lease is working with the New South Wales Government on the $6 billion transformation of a former container port into a thriving business, residential and leisure precinct. The vision is that Barangaroo South will enhance Sydney’s position as an internationally appealing, globally competitive, environmentally sustainable …more

Student Research Projects

PhD Project: Track Degradation at Bridge Transition Zones, Biyanvilage Dareeju (QUT) Bridge transition zones experience early track geometry deviation due to sudden stiffness variation, geotechnical causes, and soil moisture fluctuation. Differential settlement between bridge and its approach is a critical issue for the railway industry and no efficient solution is yet available to maintain a …more

Queensland One Day Symposium: “Geotechnical Challenges and Lessons Learned”

Join us on Thursday October 3 at the Treasury Casino, Brisbane for the AGS Queensland Chapter’s One Day Symposium “Geotechnical challenges and lessons learned”. Our speakers for the day include: John Phillips, GHD Patrick Wong, Coffey Martyn Robotham, Rio Tinto Jeremy Kruger, Thiess Peter Mitchell, Aurecon Chris Haberfield, Golder Associates Sponsors Platinum Sponsor Gold Sponsor …more

Groundwater in Mining

Groundwater assessments are an integral part of almost every mining project. When a void (mine) is developed below the water table, groundwater will ingress to fill the mine void. A hydrogeological assessment is undertaken in order to ascertain the quantum of likely inflows and to evaluate the most appropriate dewatering / groundwater control measures to …more

Development in Pile Testing

Australia probably qualifies as one of the countries which carry out the lowest number of static pile load tests each year. When a contractor was asked in 2007 “How many pile load tests have failed to reach their design capacity?” he replied, “I don’t know, we don’t do any”. The Osterberg Cell, or O-cell test …more

Geotechnical Site Exploration and GeoEngineering Education in 2013 and Beyond

The best available program for geotechnical site exploration involves a blend of rotary drilling and sampling operations, laboratory testing, in-situ field tests, and geophysical measurements, all taken within the context of engineering geology. Yet, this is only viable when sufficient funds and time are available, specifically large or critical projects. Thus, for everyday routine site …more

The Foundation Lectures: 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 …more

Logging of Core for Mining Purposes with emphasis on the CoalLog Manual

The course aims to (further) educate geotechnical / environmental engineers, geologists and geotechnicians who find themselves logging and/or interpreting soil and rock logs in a Mining Environment and more specifically a Coal Mining Environment. The content assumes that the participants already have a basic understanding of soil and rock logging. The course is particularly relevant …more

Annual AGS Dinner

Come and join us at the AGS annual dinner to celebrate the success of Australian Geomechanics Society Queensland Chapter. It is the perfect time to reflect on how we have performed in the past year and open the nominations for 2014 AGS QLD committee. Peter Hollingsworth is the honoured speaker of the night and will …more

2013 AGS QLD Boat Cruise

The AGS Queensland Chapter is pleased to invite members and colleagues to our 2013 Boat Cruise. Join us as we cruise the Brisbane River on Friday November 1 and enjoy an entertaining presentation, river city buffet, drinks and a business card draw with prizes. The cruise will depart from Mowbray Park at 6pm sharp. Please …more

52nd Rankine Lecture: Performance-Based Design In Geotechnical Engineering

Engineering design consists of a sequence of decisions which should satisfy the client’s objective performance requirements. This lecture will argue that an assessment of geotechnical performance must involve ground displacements, and that the traditional approach of specifying safety factors is potentially wasteful. In particular, the Limit State Design (LSD) approach adopted in the Eurocodes will …more

E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture 2012: Combined Loading Of Offshore Foundations

Predicting the bearing capacity of a foundation under combined vertical (V), horizontal (H) and moment (M) loads is a fundamental soil mechanics problem. Traditional solutions utilise ad-hoc adjustment factors to reduce the pure vertical bearing capacity in order to account for inclination, eccentricity, foundation shape and soil strength gradients. These procedures have their roots in …more

WIEQ joint event

The AGS Queensland chapter and Women in Engineering Queensland group proudly present the annual AGS‐WIE joint networking and technical evening. The event will feature presentations from wide range of geotechnical topics. Please see below a short profile of the invited speakers and the topic of their talks. Natalie Campbell, Geotechnical Engineer SKM Brisbane Natalie completed …more