2016 Tasmania Meetings

Talk: Tunnel face stability and its reinforcement using bolts, and AGM

The TAS Chapter AGM will follow this presentation. After conclusion of the AGM members are invited to join the TAS Chapter committee for drinks and nibbles provided by AGS followed by a ‘pay your own way’ dinner. Venue TBA. Abstract Tunnel excavation in weak to medium ground can lead to important ground movements and occasionally triggers …more

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

Geotechnical Mapping Course – Hobart

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

E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture – Tasmania

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

Engineering for Australian Earthquakes

About the Presentation This lecture explores the nature of earthquake ground motion and its effects on buildings. It gives an overview of the seismic hazard in Australia and discusses the likelihood of various levels of ground motion.  Finally it discusses what can be done to improve building response and whether we, as residents, should be …more

AS 1726 : 2016 Seminar – Hobart

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

2014 AGS Practitioner Award Distinguished Lecture in Hobart

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

GIS for Geotechs Short Course – Launceston

Empowering geotechnical practitioners with spatial data and tools to support geotechnical investigations Mineral Resources Tasmania (Dept. of State Growth)(MRT), Land Tasmania (Dept. of Primary Industries Parks, Water and Environment) (DPIPWE) and in association with the Australian Geomechanics Society are offering a one day training course in Hobart, February 15 and Launceston, February 23, specifically aimed …more

GIS for Geotechs Short Course – Hobart

Empowering geotechnical practitioners with spatial data and tools to support geotechnical investigations Mineral Resources Tasmania (Dept. of State Growth)(MRT), Land Tasmania (Dept. of Primary Industries Parks, Water and Environment) (DPIPWE) and in association with the Australian Geomechanics Society are offering a one day training course in Hobart, February 15 and Launceston, February 23, specifically aimed …more