2001 Meetings

Visitors Night

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. The evening includes a non-technical presentation.

Young Geotechnical Engineers Night and Annual General Meeting

A number of young geotechnical engineering graduates and students will individually give a 10 minute presentation on a range of interesting projects. Members of the Committee will adjudicate and the winner will be presented with a certificate and a $250 cash prize.

Latest Advances in Geofabrics and Geogrids

Geotextiles have been used in Australia for over 30 years for a range of applications including subsurface drainage, roadway separation, roadway stabilization, permanent erosion control, temporary silt fences and under paving. Key developments in the local industry occurred in the 1980s when Geofabrics Australasia set up a facility in Albury to produce the non-woven Bidim …more

The Use of the Dilatometer Test (DMT) in Soil Investigation and in Geotechnical Design

The seminar gave a general overview of the DMT and its design applications; indications and guidelines for the proper execution of the DMT; and highlighted a number of significant recent findings and practical developments. Attention was mostly focused on the application of the DMT to the following engineering problems: settlements prediction; determination of flow parameters …more

Chek Lap Kok Airport Hong Kong

In 1990 the Hong Kong Government launched the Airport Core Programme to provide a new international airport together with nine associated projects at a total cost of over twenty billion US dollars, making it one of the world’s largest infrastructure developments. The completion of the New Hong Kong International Airport in only seven years and …more

Underground Design in the SA Opal Fields

Since their discovery in 1915, the opal fields around Coober Pedy, Lambina, Mintabbie and Andamooka have been the largest producer of precious opal in the world. It is estimated that, up to the late 80s, they produced in excess of $25 million of rough opal per year, which represented about 80% of Australian and 75% …more

The Lost Art of Engineering Geological Mapping

Engineering geological and geomorphological mapping is an essential part of the investigation, design, and construction of most projects, yet this crucial activity is often carried out in a haphazard manner or even omitted. Sometimes this is because project managers are simply unaware of the value that mapping contributes. Some examples of the potential consequences of …more

Thredbo Landslide

The Thredbo Landslide, although very small by most standards, was Australia’s most significant landslide in terms of societal impact with the highest death toll (18 people) and probably the highest indirect economic loss. The official report on the tragedy by the Coroner found: “The Alpine Way fill embankment which ran… above Thredbo Village was in …more

Site Visit: Southern Expressway

Stage 2 will extend the Southern Expressway by 12 kms from Reynella at the northern end, to Main South Roan at the southern end. Completion, at a cost of $76.5 million, will allow traffic to bypass 15 sets of traffic lights thereby saving 10 minutes in travel time. The Expressway includes 2 lanes, a stopping …more