2017 Victoria Meetings

Natural hazards, risk, and the resilience of U.S. transportation infrastructure

ABSTRACT Natural hazards are one source of risk to transportation infrastructure. Deterioration and the deferral of maintenance present a separate source of risk, though both can be managed. The National Highway Performance Program now in place in the United States requires that states perform risk-based asset management of pavement and bridges and encourages that other …more

AGS VIC Symposium 2017 – Fully subscribed

This event is fully subscribed, no further registrations will be accepted. The Event The reactive soils of the Melbourne region form a large portion of its complex and variable geology. In particular, the basaltic volcanics situated to the north and west of Melbourne, which cover some 40% of the Melbourne region, present numerous geotechnical challenges, particularly …more

Jack Morgan Young Geotechnical Practitioners Award 2017

The Jack Morgan Award is presented biennially to an outstanding Victorian geotechnical practitioner under the age of 35. This year, six applicants have been shortlisted to give short presentations on their chosen topic and an expert panel will judge each candidate on their contribution to geotechnics and understanding of geotechnical issues. The winner will be …more

2015 E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture – Melbourne

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

Insights from the Ballina bypass prediction exercise – Melbourne

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

Bushfires, Landslides and Geotechnical Challenges

The aftermath of the Christmas 2015 bushfires in Wye River and Separation Creek About the presentation The Christmas 2015 bushfires destroyed more than 100 homes and caused extensive vegetation loss in the townships of Wye River and Separation Creek on the Great Ocean Road in southwest Victoria. These townships are located on very steep slopes with a …more

AGS Graduate Night 2017

Research students from our Victorian institutions will give a short talk on their research projects throughout the technical meeting. The main objective is to let the AGS members know about some of the current research and development studies being undertaking in Victoria, and to share and discuss R&D needs and ideas. The Grad Night will …more

Managing slope instability in the Dandenongs and Yarra Ranges – Field Trip

This Field Trip is preceded by a Technical Presentation on 30 March (click here for more information) Landslide risks in the foothills of the Dandenongs and the Yarra Ranges are well known to the local geotechnical engineering industry. Large periodic mobilisations of the thick residual volcanic soil and weathered rock profiles in the Older Volcanics and Devonian-aged …more

Groundwater and Deep Excavations

Abstract Due to popularity and a large number of requests, this talk is a longer format of the AGS Vic symposium keynote talk by Rob Day. The presence of groundwater in deep excavations in soil and rock has the potential to profoundly impact bit the stability of the excavation, and the impacts that the excavation …more

56th Rankine Lecture, Melbourne:
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

How, where and when buried water pipelines break?

Abstract Pipelines are lifeline structures that provide essential services to communities by transporting water, gas and petroleum products over long distances. For instance, nearly two-thirds of the oil and petroleum products are transported annually by pipelines. Similarly, bulk of water and gas to world’s urban centres and communities are transported by pipelines. In fact, the …more