Engineers Australia

2019 AGS QLD AGM and Annual Dinner

Stephen Fityus

Registrations are now closed

Whilst many are all well aware of the broader economic consequences of living on the Newcastle Coal Measures, the everyday consequences of having them literally beneath their feet – under their homes, businesses and infrastructure – are often poorly appreciated by the wider community. The somewhat unique geological setting of Greater Newcastle and the Hunter Valley makes the region a special place to be a geotechnical engineer. This talk explores the many facets of the local geology that have important consequences for the way we design and manage our engineered environment; touching on old rocks, young soils, the regional setting and the legacy of 200 years of industrial activity. Some short case studies will illustrate important aspects such as reactive clay soils, deep estuarine/alluvial soils, adverse relationships in bedded strata, and groundwater anomalies.

Pursuant to Rules 27 & 35 of the Constitution of the Australian Geomechanics Society, notice of the Queensland Chapter Annual General Meeting is hereby given. The AGM will occur prior to the start of the Annual Dinner on 5th December 2019.

To attend the annual dinner, please RSVP by completing the registration form.

The business of the QLD Chapter AGM will include:
•    Confirmation of the minutes of the 2018 QLD Chapter AGM
•    Ratification of the appointments of the QLD Chapter Office Bearers for 2019
•    Election of 2019 Chapter Committee – note, nominations should be submitted to the QLD AGS Chapter Secretary ( in advance of the AGM
•    Presentation of 2018 Annual Awards to QLD Recipients by National Chair 
•    2019 Chapter Reports – Chair & Treasurer
•    Any other business

About the speaker

Stephen FityusSchool of Engineering, University of Newcastle

“We built this city on rock and roll coal, an estuary and old workings”

Dr Stephen Fityus has a BE (civil), a BSc (geology) and a PhD from the University of Newcastle. He is a Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Newcastle, and Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment. He teaches Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Design at the University of Newcastle. His wider research interests include the behaviour of residual and expansive clay soils, rockfall phenomena and rockfall risk mitigation, and slope stability in dipping strata. Recently his research has focussed on the geomechanical behaviour of mudrocks and minespoil. He is the current Chair of the Australian Geomechanics Society.

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