2013 Tasmania Meetings

52nd Rankine Lecture: Performance-based design in geotechnical engineering

Performance-based design in geotechnical engineering by Professor Malcolm Bolton. Engineering design should consist of a sequence of decisions which should satisfy the client’s objective performance requirements. This lecture will argue that an assessment of geotechnical performance must involve ground displacements, and that the traditional approach of specifying safety factors is potentially wasteful. In particular, the …more

Introduction to the engineering geology of Hobart

The Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society is hosting an introduction to the engineering geology of Hobart. The format will be a field trip to sites of engineering geological interest between Lower Sandy Bay and Taroona. We will view many of the main geological strata present around Hobart including Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Tertiary and …more

Management of a Highway Pavement for Subsidence Impacts from Longwall Mining

The first of a number of planned longwalls directly beneath a freeway, southwest of Sydney has been completed. After a lengthy planning period, the risks to the highway pavement were successfully managed by the road authority, the mining company and a Technical Committee including specialists in the fields of pavement engineering, geotechnical engineering and subsidence. …more

Simulation Aided Geotechnical Engineering

Simulation Aided Engineering is a concept for leveraging computer based design tools to improve the engineering and design work flow. For complex geotechnical problems, it can be thought of as providing the virtual test laboratory for testing the bottom-line performance of various courses of action at every stage in the engineering process, using the best …more