2015 SA Meetings

Advances in Earthquake Engineering post the 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes

Talking Points Dr Gary Chapman, a principal Geotechnical Engineer with Golder Associates, has been working closely with the Golder Associates’ Christchurch office since the 2011 earthquakes. His presentation will outline some of the learnings that have come out of the disaster and the  work that has been carried out in the design of new buildings …more

54th Rankine Lecture (2014):
Interactions in Offshore Foundation Design

Abstract Offshore foundation design has been a research topic with direct practical applications for a number of decades, with the increasing need to generate power by harvesting offshore wind presenting new challenges. The lecture will use examples from offshore foundation design to illustrate important areas: (a) where geotechnical engineers need to address engineering problems in …more

Quiz Night Fundraiser for Nepal

Getting Social for Nepal Come join us to celebrate a year of successful AGS events with Nepalese cuisine, games, and a quiz. The evening will also be a fundraiser for the Nepal earthquake with all proceeds going towards the Nepal Relief Fund. The evening will include a 3 course banquet created especially for this occasion …more

Well, what is the strength of unsaturated clay?

Talking Points There are several equations for the shear strength of unsaturated clay. Which is best? How do you get the numbers to put into them? How do you use them for design? This talk is a journey, starting with a trip down memory lane, traversing steep cuttings while retaining a sense of humour, then …more

Laboratory Testing of Expansive Soils Seminar

Who Should Attend and Why? Identifying and managing the risks associated with problematic soils is essential for the geotechnical engineer. Across much of metropolitan Adelaide, the presence of expansive clay soils means that practising geotechnical and structural engineers need to have an awareness and understanding of the requirements for specifying, undertaking and interpreting laboratory testing …more

Young Geotechnical Professional’s Event

Showcasing Young Geotechnical Professionals & Students The July meeting of the South Australian Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society will consist of presentations by young geotechnical professionals and students. The meeting will follow the format of the ten previous Australian and New Zealand Young Geotechnical Professionals Conferences. Meeting Aims To enhance professional development by sharing …more

A Systems Approach to Verifying Driven Pile Foundations

Talking Points Over the past 30 years, dynamic pile testing (PDA) has become a generally accepted technique for verification of driven pile capacities in Australia. In the vast majority of projects, the technique is specified as a quick, inexpensive and generally reliable method for proof load testing for contractual verification. That being said, the implementation …more

Seepage, Erosion and Piping.

Abstract “It’s not the soil that causes problems in geotechnical engineering – it’s the water in the soil”. This statement was made to Matthew Duthy by one of his former bosses, and it has stuck in Matthew’s head ever since. Water in soil causes a number of problems in geotechnical engineering, but the focus for …more

The design and construction of the 16 hectare basement at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

ABSTRACT Singapore’s newest integrated resort, Marina Bay Sands, was completed in record time and has garnered numerous engineering awards. The development sits on recent sand reclamation, which in turn rests on deep soft marine clay deposits. With an average excavation depth of around 18 metres, the 16 hectare waterfront development involved some of the largest …more

14th Glossop Medal Lecture Tour – Adelaide

The 14th Glossop Medal Lecture, presented by the Engineering Group of the Geological Society will be given by Professor Jim Griffiths from Plymouth University. FEET ON THE GROUND: ENGINEERING GEOLOGY, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE. ABSTRACT Engineering geology has a long and rich heritage and the United Kingdom has been in the vanguard of the development of the subject …more