2004 Meetings

Visitors Night: History of Waterfall Gully, Annual Visitors Night and AGM

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 of general interest. This meeting is a great way to socialise with fellow members of the Australian Geomechanics Society …more

The Lawrence Hargrave Drive Project, NSW

Lawrence Hargrave Drive, a coastal road north of Wollongong, is one of the most scenic roads in New South Wales and a major tourist attraction. A section of the road has been judged to have the highest slope risk in the state with a long history of rock falls, debris flows, embankment failures and road …more

Improving the Reliability and Effectiveness of Site Investigations

Several studies have been published over the last 30 years or so that clearly demonstrate that, in civil engineering and building projects, the largest element of financial and technical risk usually lies in the ground. Indeed, structural foundation failure, construction over-runs and delays can often be attributed to inadequate and/or inappropriate site investigations. Unfortunately, geotechnical …more

The Maryland Reactive Soil Field Site

Dr Stephen Fityus is a lecturer in geotechnical engineering at the University of Newcastle. He has a background in engineering geology and geotechnical engineering, from undergraduate studies in engineering and geology at the University of Newcastle. He worked for 4 years, mostly in the local geotechnical industry, before returning to the University of Newcastle to …more

Site Visit: Upgrading the Happy Valley Dam

Speakers include: Van Kennewell, Andy Parsons, Peter Russell, Peter Miller, Paul Gunson, Alan Moon Construction works are being carried out on the Happy Valley Dam as part of SA Water’s program of dam safety upgrades for their portfolio of major dams. The site visit provides an excellent opportunity to see the works first hand and …more

Tunnels and Excavations: Ground Movements and the Construction Process

Infrastructure development invariably involves construction of excavations in the ground. These may be long and horizontal – tunnels – or short, often wide and vertical – basement excavations or cut-and cover tunnels. The excavations need to be formed safely, so stability can be an issue, and increasingly there are major concerns about the assessment and …more