2005 Meetings


The AGS committee organised a picnic event for members and guests of the SA Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society to bring their families and meet in a social atmosphere. Thornden Park Reserve was picked for its amenities and its historical flavour as an old water reservoir (for the geotechnical minded). Richard Cavagnaro was involved …more

Soil Characterisation: The Importance of Structure and Anisotropy

The design process in geotechnical engineering was reviewed to identify the role played by soil characterisation. Taking three soil types, soft clays, stiff clays and sands, the importance in practice of structure, anisotropy and natural variability are explored. Results of a numerical study and a case history were presented to illustrate the shortcomings of current …more

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 adjudicated and the winner(s) were presented with a certificate and a cash prize from a total pool of $300. The winner was Yun Hang Chok (Uni. of Adelaide). Aaron …more

Geotechnical Aspects of the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway

The Alice Springs to Darwin Railway Project was one of the largest infrastructure projects undertaken in Australia and completes the latest link in Australia’s rail network. The project comprised over 1420 kms of earthworks and tracklaying, 97 bridges, 57 major railway cuttings (> 5 m deep), over 1,000 culverts, 2 million tonnes of ballast and …more

Collapsing Soils from Australia and Thailand

The presentation defined the nature of collapsing soils and how such soils may be identified. Case studies of the unwanted effects of such soils on buildings were presented. The composition and comparative behaviour of four collapsing soils were discussed, one of the soils being a red brown loess from Thailand. The remaining soils were from …more

Wind Farms and Tall Structures

Several speakers provided presentations on geotechnical aspects of wind farm and transmission line projects recently completed in South Australia. Getting the foundation investigation and design wrong for these unique tall structures may have significant consequences.

Rissa and Pizza

A drammatic and fascinating landslide occurred in the Norwegian town of Rissa in 1978. It was a retrogressive landslide in the notorious quick soils of Scandinavia and Canada. In this superb 45 minute, NGI Norwegian Geotechnical Institute produced video, drammatic footage of the landslide was preseted as it unfolded, as well as rescue operations and …more

Flexible uPVC Pipes in Trenches with Stiff Clay Walls Subjected to Construction Traffic

This presentation described numerical modelling of field tests involving traffic loading on flexible uPVC pipes buried in sand within trenches formed in stiff clay. The tests were part of a commissioned program to verify safe cover heights for the spirally-wound, uPVC pipes. The modelling was performed using three-dimensional finite elements with the backfill soil represented …more

Reliability-Based Geotechnical Design

In an effort to harmonize with structural codes, geotechnical design codes around the world are beginning to migrate towards some form of reliability-based design (RBD). Significant steps in this direction can be found in, for example, Eurocode 7 (1997), Australian Standard AS 4678 (2002), NCHRP Report 24-17 (2002) and the Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual (2004). …more

Geotechnics – The Hidden Face of Civil Engineering

Professor Harry Poulos will present an introductory talk on geotechnics, an important part of civil engineering. The talk will be illustrated by several case examples, and geomechanics will be of great interest to university students and geotechnical professionals alike. Professor Poulos has an impressive background in both academia and the profession. A large number of …more

Kaiapit Landslide, Papua New Guinea

An exceptionally large compound rockslide, with estimated volumes between 1.3 and 2 billion m³, occurred in the Saruwaged Range, Papua New Guinea on the 5th September 1988. The rockslide developed into three major debris avalanches which flowed some 6.5 km down two river valleys and covered an area of about 11 km³, killing seventy four …more