2015 Sydney Meetings

Impact of Construction Induced Ground Movements on Performance of Existing Piles

Abstract When new developments are located in close proximity to existing structures and facilities, one important consideration for design and construction is the potential impact of the new work on the existing facilities during and after construction.  In particular, this consideration is critical when the site is located in areas where the subsoils can displace …more

Quantifying quantitative rock fall risk – How many rocks? How far?

Abstract AGS Landslide Risk Management Guidelines require that quantitative risk assessment be undertaken where there is a risk to life. When it comes to rock fall risk, a meaningful quantitative risk assessment often requires quantification of both boulder generation rates and travel distances. Three case studies are discussed each presenting methods of quantifying risk with …more

AGS 2015 Symposium: Recent Developments and Experiences with Groundwater and Excavations

Click here for the Revised Program  The Sydney Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) with the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) are proud to present its 19th annual Symposium to be held on Friday 13th November 2015, entitled ‘Recent Developments and Experiences with Groundwater and Excavation’. The Symposium forms part of the continuing program …more

Young Geotechnical Professional’s Night

The 2015 Young Geotechnical Professionals’ Night is an opportunity to see four selected presentations by young geotechnical professionals discussing interesting and challenging aspects of their work. After the presentations, you will have a chance to catch up with friends and the presenters over drinks and food provided by the committee. The following presentations will be …more

AGS NSW Research Award for Research in Geotechnical Engineering or Engineering Geology

FINALISTS This year three (3) research award finalists have been chosen to provide their presentations to the wider geotechnical community and they are: Mason Crumpton Adaptive Discontinuity Layout Optimisation for Upper Bound Geotechnical Stability Analysis Amin Y. Pasha Modelling the Volume Change Dependency of the Soil-Water Characteristic Curve Alessandro Tengattini Cemented Granular Materials: A Micro-mechanics Based …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

Are these the greatest man-made caverns on earth?

Presented  by AGS Sydney together with ATS. Abstract About 15 years ago, almost by pure chance, there were discovered at a place called Longyou, about 3 kilometres south west of Shanghai, a most extraordinary complex of human-excavated caverns. The caverns were excavated in sandstone quite similar to Sydney’s Hawkesbury Sandstone, have spans up to 35m …more

Estimation of design earthquake ground motions in Australia

Abstract MCE ground motions are often defined as those having a return period of 10,000 years, as estimated from a site-specific probabilistic seismic hazard analysis. However, in some cases the MCE is defined by “deterministic” ground motions that are defined as the “maximum possible” ground motions that could occur at the site. In practice, these …more

14th Glossop Medal Lecture Tour – Sydney

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