2009 Meetings

Terzaghi Lecture – Uncertain Geotechnical Truth and Cost-Effective High-Rise Foundation Design

The essential requirements for the design of foundations for the world’s tallest buildings, from a geotechnical perspective are presented. The basic types of foundation, special in-situ testing, and load testing techniques commonly used, and several key principles to remember including the need for close structural engineering and geotechnical engineer cooperation are discussed.

YGP Evening: Showcasing young geotechnical professionals and students

Alaa Gabr, The University of South Australia (Postgraduate Student) Repeated load testing for primary evaluation of Recycled Concrete Aggregate in Pavements Sam Qiu, The University of Adelaide (Undergraduate Student) The Geothermal Energy of South Australia Reza Sadeghi Analysis of active isolation of deep foundations by Open Rectangular Trenches Lara Spriggs, Aurecon Adelaide’s $1.8 Billion Dollar …more

Seminar on seismology & earthquakes

The first part of the seminar will deal with why we get earthquakes in South Australia, probabilistic seismic hazard analysis and the earthquake hazard in the state. Later speakers will deal with the revised earthquake loading code and various aspects of earthquake engineering including the performance of masonry structures, site amplification and seismic design, pile …more

Revetment Walls for Unsaturated Clay

Most of you will have built a retaining wall in a stiff clay. You excavate the clay, often to a steep slope, and it stays there while you build the wall and backfill. During this time you’re thinkinghellip; “Why am I building a wall to retain this clay?” You comfort yourself with the thought that, …more

The Application of the Total Engineering Geology Approach

The essential concepts underlying the “total engineering geology approach” will be described e.g. the use of staged investigations, the adoption of a rigorous scientific approach, the role of geo-mapping, the establishment of reference conditions, the development of different types of geo-models, the application of the observational method etc. How the approach can be used to …more

Design of buried pipes and culverts

Over the past decade, a number of developments have been made in buried pipe design, based on laboratory testing and computer analysis. These rely on improved understanding of soil-pipe interaction, and new information regarding the strength limits of metal, fibre reinforced cement, thermoplastic and composite pipes. Various aspects of buried pipe and culvert design are …more

Failure and near Misses in a Geotechnical Career

John’s talk will cover a range of experiences that he would have preferred not to have had in a 40 year career in geotechnical work. However, there are lessons to be learnt so that younger engineers will make their own mistakes and not repeat these ones. The talk will initially cover two dam failures in …more