1998 Meetings

Annual visitors night: India – Roads and Life

Did you ever wonder why the Taj Mahal has lasted as long as it has? Did you ever wonder how they build roads in India? In this seminar Bob regaled us with pictures and words of his recent trip to the subcontinent where he went to exchange knowledge on the intricacies of road building, and …more

Construction of the Blanchetown Bridge

Construction of the new bridge at Blanchetown is nearly complete. The new bridge was incrementally launched and its deck is a post tensioned concrete box girder 407m long. Some difficult ground conditions and the close proximity of the existing bridge posed problems for both design and construction. Prior to construction, predictions were made of the …more

Collapsing Soils

Collapsing soil is defined in AS2870 as a weakly cemented soil subject to large settlements under load as a result of degradation by water on the cementing action. These soils are frequently encountered in South Australia and present challenges for geotechnical engineers and footing designers. Dr Mitchell described some experiences with collapsing soils, presented several …more

Cobblers Creek Retention Dam Project

The Cobbler Creek retention dam in the City of Salisbury was constructed in 1997. Exposures seen during excavation for the dam and spillway foundations provided interesting insights into the geological formations in the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges. These formations, including the Quaternary sediments and folding and faulting of the underlying rocks, were discussed …more

Southern Expressway Project

Stage 1 of the Southern Expressway project between Darlington and Reynella has been one of the most significant road projects in recent times both from environmental and geotechnical aspects. This seminar covered many of these aspects and included a detailed discussion of a number of slope stability “challenges” that were encountered.

Annual Half-Day Seminar – Recent Developments in Pavement Technology*

Speakers include: Richard Cavagnaro, Don Cameron, Bob Andrews, Doug McInnes, Ted Booth, Chris Mathias, Kevin Mills, Craig Gilbert Increased Legal Axle Loads Resilient Modulus Variations in Clay Subgrades Crushed Rocks Related to Pavement Performance Haul Road Design Recent Advances in Sealing Technology New Applications for the Falling Weight Deflectometer Recent Experience with Local Pavements

Enhanced Natural Biodegradation (ENB) of Diesel Contaminants at the Mile End Railyards

One of the largest “design and construct” above ground bio-remediation projects implemented in Australia has been completed recently at the former Mile End rail-yards site, Adelaide. A total of 8,000m3 of diesel and oil impacted soil was successfully treated using the ENB process. This process involved the growth stimulation of naturally occurring aerobic micro-organisms and …more

Mt Barker Road Project Visit

This meeting involved a visit to the South Eastern Freeway project and a talk by Andrew Campbell from Maunsell who is involved with the geotechnical design on the project. The visit and the talk covered all aspects of the project including the design and stabilisation of the rock slopes between the Tollgate and Crafers, the …more

Modelling of Offshore Foundations

The lecture focussed on recent results of physical and numerical modelling of a range of foundation systems in uncemented calcareous sediments typical of Australia’s offshore hydrocarbon fields. Foundation types included skirted foundations, suction-emplaced caissons, and drag anchors. In each case, simplified models of behaviour were described, and the results compared with those from more sophisticated …more