2017 Tasmania Meetings

Insights from the Ballina bypass prediction exercise – Hobart

About the presentation Establishment of a national soft soil field testing facility was a Legacy of the Ballina Bypass Alliance. Prediction of embankment settlement at the design stage of BBA proved to be inaccurate in many cases during construction. Use of the Observational Method during construction allowed actions to be taken that overcame the effects …more

2015 E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture – Hobart

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

56th Rankine Lecture, Hobart:
Geotechnics and Energy

Abstract Geotechnical Engineering has matured sufficiently to contribute to some of society’s grand challenges. This 56th Rankine Lecture considers the pressing problem of ensuring vital energy supplies while also recognising, mitigating and dealing with the climate consequences of fossil fuel consumption. The Lecture’s three main sections report recent geotechnical research relating to these wide ranging …more

Geosurveys innovation

Presentation overview The presentation will use a range of case studies to illustrate how geophysical methods are being used innovatively to deliver geotechnical efficiency. The presentation illustrates: How radar satellite data is used to track infrastructure- and slope settlement to millimetre resolutions. Illustrations include a hydro dam and an urban example, How a multi-risk hazard …more

Structural engineering contributions to geotechnical failures

Abstract Like most failures, geotechnical failures usually comprise a number of contributing factors which align to bring about the failure. Whilst some fault may be attributed to the geotechnical engineer, too often, fault can also be attributed to the structural engineer. In most cases the engineers involved have not fully understood the risks involved in …more