2012 Meetings


The Australian Geomechanics Society Tasmania Chapter AGM will be held at the Cargo Bar, 47 Salamanca Place, Battery Point on Tuesday 27 November 5.30pm for 6pm start. There will be no formal speaker, instead the meeting will have a significant social and networking focus with refreshments and finger food provided. The business agenda will include: …more

Annual General Meeting and Eminent Speaker Brian Simpson OBE

The Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Monday 5th November, 2012. The meeting will be held at the Main Engineering Lecture Theater, University of Tasmania – School of Engineering Building, Sandy Bay, commencing at 5 30pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Brian Simpson OBE, ARUP Fellow, …more

Geotechnical Practitioner of the Year 2010 and Civil Engineer of the Year 2011

Andrew’s presentation will cover: Salient features and “take-away” lessons from some of the geotechnical projects selected from his portfolio over the last 4 decades; Background to the development of the Landslide Risk Management framework for Australia, dealing more with the challenges and issues in bringing the framework to fruition than specifically the guidelines themselves; and …more

Some Mining Application of Unsaturated Soil Mechanics

Unsaturated soil mechanics continues to play poor relation to saturated soil mechanics, in part because of the dominance of conventional soil mechanics approaches involving saturated conditions, perhaps because the inclusion of another phase (air) adds considerable complexity, and because a soil at a given density is stronger, less compressible and less permeable (i.e. performs better) …more

Probabilities of Failure & Factors of Safety in Geotechnical Engineering

There has been a rapid growth of interest in both academe and industry in the use of probabilistic methods in geotechnical engineering. In hindsight this is not too surprising, since soils and rocks are among the most variable of all engineering materials, and geotechnical engineers must often make do with materials they are dealt with …more