Engineers Australia

2018 Sydney Symposium

Advances in Site Investigations, Monitoring and Instrumentation

Peter K. Robertson and Michael Nicholson


Registrations are now open for the 2018 Sydney Symposium. Please complete the Registration Form and return to [email protected].

Overview of the 2018 symposium

The symposium will present overviews of current geotechnical investigation and instrumentation challenges, state-of-the-art practices, innovative technologies, new research results and case histories demonstrating applications of advanced techniques and cost effective approaches in site investigation and verification of long term performance of earth and earth supported structures. Papers are invited on geotechnical aspects of site investigation, real time monitoring and new insights into experiences, technologies and strategies.

The goal of this symposium is to provide professional engineers, researchers, specialist contractors, regulators, educators and students the opportunity to meet and share their knowledge and experiences in this area.

Papers that have been previously published will not be accepted for the symposium.

Important dates & submission

All papers will be peer reviewed and should be submitted in the Australian Geomechanics journal format (outlined below). The final version of the papers, after addressing any reviewers’ comments, will be due by 1 October 2018 and PowerPoint presentations are required by 1 November 2018.

All abstracts and papers to be sent to [email protected]

By submitting a paper for the symposium, the author(s) are giving permission for the AGS to publish the paper in the proceedings and other AGS national publications.


Fees (including GST) Early Bird After 16/10/2018
Presenter FREE FREE
Author (non-presenter) $215 $275
AGS Member $400 $450
Engineers Australia Member $500 $550
Non Member* $620 $670
Member – Full time Student / Concession† $100 $150
Non Member* – Full time Student / Concession† $200 $250

(AGS membership fee for Undergraduate Students: Free)
(AGS membership fee for Postgraduate Students / Retired: $110 / year)

Become an AGS member. † Proof of being full-time is student required.

AGS Symposium Organising Committee

For further information, please contact any of the following 2018 AGS Sydney Symposium organising committee members:

Ali Parsa, SMEC
(Symposium Organising Coordinator)
Phone: 02 9900 7188
Email: [email protected]

Sam Mirlatifi, AECOM
(AGS Sydney Chair)
Phone: 02 8934 0567
Email: [email protected]

Hadi Khabbaz, University of Technology Sydney
Phone: 02 9514 9942
Email: [email protected]

Adrian Hulskamp, JK Geotechnics
Phone: 02 9888 5000
Email: [email protected]

Cholachat Rujikiat-kamjorn, University of Wollongong
Phone: 02 4221 5852
Email: [email protected]

Event Sponsors

To sponsor the symposium please complete the sponsorship form.

Platinum Sponsor

  • Insitu Geotech Services
Gold Sponsors
  • Aecom
  • Arup
  • WSP
  • Coffey
  • Douglas Partners
  • NSW Government
  • JK Geotechnics
  • SMEC
  • EIC Activities

About the speakers

Peter K. RobertsonTechnical Advisor, Gregg Drilling & Testing Inc., USA and Gregg Canada Ltd

““CPT-based Soil Behavior Type (SBT) Classification System: recent updates and applications””

Dr. Peter Robertson brings more than 40 years experience as an educator, researcher, consultant and practitioner specialising in the areas of in-situ testing and site investigation, earthquake design of geotechnical structures, and soil liquefaction. Peter is recognised as an expert both nationally and internationally in the areas of in-situ testing and soil liquefaction. He has been a consultant to various industrial clients and insurance companies in North America, Asia and Europe for projects involving liquefaction evaluation for major structures, stability of on-shore and off-shore structures, landslides, stability of natural slopes and tailings dams, and use and interpretation of in-situ tests. He is the co-author of the primary reference book on Cone Penetration Testing (CPT). He has also authored or co-authored over 250 publications as well a popular CPT Guide that is freely available via the several websites. Peter has also assisted in the development of several inexpensive CPT-based interpretation software programs and has presented a series of free webinars in an effort to enhance education and practice. Peter continues to provide private consulting to a wide range of clients.

Michael NicholsonDirector, Michael Nicholson Consulting Pty Ltd

““Advances in Ground Monitoring Techniques – A Surveyor’s Perspective””

Michael Nicholson graduated with honours from University of Newcastle Surveying Degree in 1992. He has over 25 years experience in an extremely wide variety of surveying disciplines from the rivers and jungle of New Guinea to high precision industrial metrology. Over the past 15 years Michael has focussed on control networks and deformation surveys using a range of high tech instrumentation. During this period he has worked extensively with Geotechnical Engineers and hopes to be able to communicate how high quality survey data can greatly enhance geotechnical understanding.

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