2016 Sydney Meetings

AGS Sydney 2016 Debate Night

 Debate topics Publications from academia have become almost irrelevant to industry. There are significant gaps between “State of the Art” from academic research and “State of Practice” adopted by practitioners in geotechnical engineering. We don’t learn from our professional mistakes. Mistakes are being buried in legal disputes. There is no positive outlook for geotechnical engineering More Information…

55th Rankine Lecture:
Hazard, Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Practice

“Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one” – Voltaire Abstract More and more, society requires to know the risk which people, property and the environment are exposed to. The role of the geotechnical engineering profession should increasingly be reducing exposure to threats, reducing risk and protecting people. The objective of the 55th Rankine More Information…

AGS Sydney Symposium 2016

Ground Stabilisation Techniques for Problematic Soils & Unstable Rocks The Sydney Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) is proud to present the 20th Annual Sydney Symposium which will be held on Friday 11th November 2016. The Symposium forms part of the continuing program of events by the Sydney Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society More Information…

Be careful with reactive clays – some case histories

Abstract Reactive clays underlie much of Sydney and the surrounding areas. Guidance for design to cope with reactive soil movements is presented in AS2870 ‘Residential Slabs and Footings’. The principles for investigation and design are well established and should be known to practicing geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists in the Sydney area. Nonetheless, problems still More Information…

Geotechnical Mapping Course – Sydney

The Australian Geomechanics Society will be running a Geotechnical Mapping one-day training course at selected Chapters from August 2016. Please click here to download the registration form. This course is intended to complement existing courses offered by the AGS. The skills developed in the Soil and Rock Logging course are directly relevant to this course and More Information…

Pitfalls in the Interpretation of Water Content Based Soil Water Characteristic Curve for Unsaturated Soils

Abstract The soil water characteristic curve (SWCC) is one of the most fundamental relationships in the mechanics of unsaturated soils. It enters calculations relating to deformation, shear strength, effective stress, fluid flow, water retention, drainage, water balance, and appears explicitly in the constitutive formulations of pore-air and pore-water, satisfying pore-phase volume change compatibility for a More Information…

E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture – Sydney

Introduction This biennial lecture commemorates the work in geomechanics by Professor Edward Hughesdon Davis. Professor Davis was one of the pioneers of geomechanics in Australia. He perceived that progress and understanding of the theoretical basis of geomechanics would only come if consistent, sound, but simple models of soil behaviour were used. The two topics that More Information…

AS 1726 : 2016 Seminar – Sydney

SYNOPSIS The most recent edition of Australian Standard 1726 – Geotechnical Site Investigations was released in 1993. In 2011 the AGS surveyed its members and stakeholders to consider possible revision of this Standard. This survey included a total of 25 questions, with 17 pertaining to the technical content of a possible revised Standard. Subsequently AGS More Information…

Use and Abuse of Springs to Model Foundations

Springs are widely used in structural modelling packages to represent the stiffness response of foundations. This method is a significant improvement on models which assume the foundation is a rigid fixed or pinned support, and assigning a foundation stiffness is essential to enable structural models to better identify load re-distribution and deflection induced stresses in More Information…

2014 AGS Practitioner Award Distinguished Lecture in Sydney

ESCAPING THE GOLDEN CAGE*

Learning to Practise the Art of Observational Geotechnical Engineering

Abstract The observational method is a respected and much-quoted pillar of geotechnical practice, but it appears in many guises and its application is not always clearly understood or appreciated. At its heart is the engineer’s dilemma of getting something to work safely and efficiently in the face of uncertainties. Observational geotechnical engineering is the art More Information…

2016 Young Geotechnical Professional’s Night

The 2016 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. Presentations The following presentations will More Information…