Each year, the last meeting is devoted to a social event where members and others are encouraged to bring along their wives and partners for a fine and inexpensive meal. This year, Bill Stacy gave a facinating insight into early road building in South Australia.
A total of 5 young geotechnical engineering graduates and students individually gave a 10 minute presentation on a range of interesting projects. The winner of the Inaugural Geotechnical Engineer’s Night was Brendan Scott, Final Year Civil Engineering Student, University of Adelaide.
The 15 m wide by 9 m high tunnels of Melbourne’s City Link Project presented a series of geotechnical and hydrogeological problems during design and construction. The 3.6 km and 1.6 km long tunnels were, at times, driven beneath a major confined alluvial aquifer with minimal rock cover. Mr. Hutchison gave an overview of the …more
Engineering Characteristics of Interesting South Australian Soils – Woomera, St Kilda And Glanville Formations (Joint Meeting with the S.A. Footings Group)
Woomera: The soil conditions of the Woomera area are a reminder that every project requires a site specific geotechnical investigation. Don Richardson discussed interesting aspects of ground engineering in the Woomera area, such as gilgai formations, gypsum, soil suction and ground movements. St Kilda and Glanville Formations (Geology): Tony Belpirio discussed the geological characteristics of …more
Due to a late cancellation of a scheduled speaker, it was decided to show a video of the 1995 E. H. Davis Memorial Lecture Presentation by the Late Prof. John Booker. Many of the audience had not seen the lecture previously and appreciated the opportunity of seeing John’s presentation.
The G-Pile System of pile construction was developed in South-East Asia where it has been widely used. It was introduced into Australia in 1998 by the Australasian Piling Company. The G-Pile system is a hydraulic jacking pile installation that uses a patented grip (hence the name G-Pile for grip pile) to inject the pile into …more
Speakers include: Dr. Peter Redman, Don Richardson, Judy Carr, Bruce Bate, Luigi Rossi, John Woodside, Peter Fisher, Dr. Mark Jaksa, Richard Cavagnaro, Richard Herraman The aims of the half-day seminar were: To share how different stakeholders perceive and manage ground engineering risk; To understand better the constraints under which different stakeholders operate; To identify collective …more
Stage 1 of the Southern Expressway project between Darlington and Reynella has been one of the most significant road projects in recent times from environmental, geotechnical and pavement design aspects. Over the past year there have been very interesting presentations on the former two of these issues. In this month’s talk Rob Bremert presented the …more
The site visit included a tour of the recent construction along the Glenelg to West Beach foreshore including the Glenelg foreshore development, the West Beach marina, Tapleys Hill Road Deviation and the Adelaide Airport runway extension.